Online Education

Online Education Center

Orientation Details

Online Orientation for PARA-D018.-64Z
(It is highly recommended that you print out this page for future reference.)
Instructor Contact Information
Instructor Michael Gough
Office Hours 10:15-11AM Mon/Wed, 1:15-2PM Tues/Thurs
Office Location F-51a
Office Phone (408) 864-8622
A Message from your Instructor

I am looking forward to working with you in this course over the next term. Success in this class can be attained by following some simple steps: Do all of the assigned reading. Do all of the written assignments and turn them in on time. View all of the videos during the term. Take all of the examinations.

In all cases be a proactive learner. That is, read the text and view the tapes with an eye toward fully understanding the concepts. If you don't understand something follow these steps: Read it again. Outline the difficult concepts using your own examples. View the tapes that cover the difficult concept. Call me. Go to the tutorial center (room L-47 on campus) for help.

I have been a tenured instructor at De Anza College since 1985. I have worked in the high tech industry and public accounting, and have a small consulting firm in addition to my teaching duties at De Anza. I hold MBA and BA degrees from Santa Clara University, and earned my AA from San Joaquin Delta College (a product of the California Community College system!). I am a certified public accountant and hold an enrolled agents license which permits me to practice before the Internal Revenue Service.

This course will cover the American legal system and laws applicable to business emphasizing general contracts, sales contracts, agency contracts, the impact of the legal system on business, and ethical considerations in the business environment. (Offered as both BUS 18 and PARA 18. Students may enroll in either, but not both, for credit.)

Hours of Study
Be prepared to spend a minimum of 15 hours per week using and studying the course materials.
Course Meetings
Meetings for PARA-D018.-64Z with Michael Gough
Date Start End Room Meeting For
06/21/2013 05:00 PM 07:00 PM MLC-105 Exam
Video programs for this course are shown weekly on cable TV in Silicon Valley. Below are channel listings by community.

Comcast Cable
Channel 27 Channel 75
Los Altos
Los Gatos
Mountain View
San José
Santa Clara
East Palo Alto
Menlo Park
Palo Alto
Stanford University
The channel numbers listed are subject to change. Consult your local cable guide for the most current information.

For problems or questions concerning the De Anza College cable TV broadcasts, please contact the Broadcast Media Center at 408-864-8300.

Check your syllabus for specific broadcast information or visit our Technology web page for general information on days and times.

Most courses with video content are also available via streaming media. Please check the course syllabus and/or instructions within the Catalyst shell for additional information on access to streaming media.


Webcasts and Videostreaming

The video lessons for this course are also available as videostreams. If you would like to access your video lessons from a computer you will need:

  • RealPlayer installed on the computer.
  • A high speed Internet connection.

To access the videostreams go to and follow the logon instructions on this page. You will not be able to logon until the first day of instruction.

If you do not already have RealPlayer you may download it for free. Some courses use Quicktime instead of RealPlayer. Instructions for downloading are in your Catalyst course.

Keep in mind that network congestion either at De Anza College or with your ISP can affect the smooth delivery of the videostream.

How to get started in your course
This course uses a course management software called Catalyst. To enter your Catalyst classroom go to the De Anza College Catalyst Web Site and follow the directions for log in. You will find instructions and information about your username and password on the Catalyst Web Site, Bookmark this page on your computer.
  • 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.
  • Attend the on-campus first class meeting, OR complete the Online Orientation and submit the Student Information Form.
  • Log on to Catalyst at:
  • Read the complete course syllabus. Available on my home page at the URL listed above.
  • Obtain the required course materials and determine your video program viewing schedule.
  • Consult the Weekly Assignment Schedule and start your Weeks 1 and 2 reading, viewing, 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