Online Education

Online Education Center

Orientation Details

Online Orientation for BUS -D054.-63Z
(It is highly recommended that you print out this page for future reference.)
Instructor Contact Information
Instructor Sandra Spencer
Office Hours Mon through Thu: 10:30-11:20 am (Online)
Office Location F-51Q
Office Phone 408-864-8932
A Message from your Instructor

Hello and welcome to the course! I look forward to working with you this quarter as we explore various business situations that require the use of mathematics as a tool to aid in the decision-making process.

This is a very practical course. Many of the concepts we will be discussing will further develop your mathematical and analytical skills in general, and the specific applications discussed will be directly related to your personal and professional lives.

To succeed in this course, time management is of the utmost importance. Please plan to devote at least 10 - 12 hours per week to this course. In addition, for each lesson, please proceed through the specified activities in the sequence outlined. Though you are not required to complete all of the activities, I strongly encourage you to do so as they will aid in your mastery of the concepts and your ability to make practical use of them.

I began teaching at De Anza in 1997 and am a tenured faculty member. I earned my BA from the University of California-Berkeley in Economics, and my MBA from California State University-Hayward with an emphasis in Finance, Marketing and International Business. Prior to coming to De Anza, I worked full-time in a family business in the funeral service industry. I still maintain my license as a California Funeral Director.

A final note: Any student who is having difficulty with the course is strongly encouraged to communicate with me (and the class). I welcome your questions and will do everything I can to assist you. I truly want you all to succeed. I look forward to an exciting and challenging quarter with you!

Upon enrolling in this distance learning course, student must complete all requirements listed below in a timely manner or officially withdraw from the course. Otherwise, they may receive a failing grade.

  • Complete all required reading assignments
  • Complete four graded homework assignments
  • Complete all on-line quizzes
  • Post comments in on-line discussion areas
  • Complete Internet research projects
  • Pass two exams (one midterm and one final)

How to access the course website: The instructions below assume you are already registered in the course and have either attended the on-campus orientation or completed the on-line orientation.

1. Go to

Hours of Study
Be prepared to spend a minimum of 10-12 hours per week using and studying the course materials.
Course Meetings
Meetings for BUS -D054.-63Z with Sandra Spencer
Date Start End Room Meeting For
01/10/2013 06:30 PM 08:00 PM MLC-102 Orientation
How to get started in your course
  • Apply for admission to De Anza College and register for this class, if you have not already done so. Completing this orientation DOES NOT enroll you in the course.
  • Read the complete course syllabus.
  • Read the "Navigating Through the Course Website" document.
  • Obtain the required textbooks and course materials.
  • Prepare a study/preparation schedule blocking at least 10-12 hours per week for this class.
  • Access the course website at http://www.TBA/

    Note: You will NOT have full access to the on-line course web site until after the on-campus orientation.

  • Create a Student Account.
  • Go the the "Course Content" area and complete the activities in the "Preparing for Success Module"
  • Introduce yourself to the class by posting a greeting in the "Ice Breaker" discussion forum in the course web site.
  • Begin the week 1 readings and assignments.

Online Education
Building: MLC 210

Phone: 408.864.8969
M-Th: 9:00a-5:00p
F: 9:00a-4:00p


Last Updated: 1/27/16