Online Education

Online Education Center

Orientation Details

Online Orientation for SOC -D001.-65Z
(It is highly recommended that you print out this page for future reference.)
Instructor Contact Information
Instructor Maristella Tapia
Office Hours online only
Office Location F21E
Office Phone 408-864-5721
A Message from your Instructor
Welcome to Sociology! This is a fully online course which means that there will not be any in-person course meetings, and assignments, quizzes and tests will be all taken online. Students will be given specific windows of time and dates by which to submit assignments and take quizzes and exams.

Please note that this online course will not be available until 8am of April 8th which is the first day of Spring Quarter, 2013. Prior to this, the course will not be open for access.

It is very important that you log in the first day of the course in order to avoid forfeiting your space in the course to someone on the wait list. If, for whatever reason, you are not available on the first day of classes to log in, or if you have trouble logging in, please email me immediately so that I know you are still interested in taking the course. My email address is:

If this is your first time taking an online course with the Catatlyst system, visit the first time user info page located at: The tutorial located on this page will walk you through the process for logging in and getting started with Catalyst. Again, students will not be able to log in until the first day of Winter Quarter.


There are two required texts for this course:

1. Reader: The Norton Mix: Sociology Custom Reader

2. Textbook: Giddens, Anthony et al. Introduction to Sociology. Seagull Eighth Edition.

These texts are available as a custom bundle for a special price through the campus bookstore only. Please order your texts through the bookstore website: or in the store. In addition to these readings, you will also need to access readings from the Catalyst website for this class.

It is very important that you purchase these texts prior to the start of the quarter as you will have assignments due the first week of the quarter that require you to read from the texts.

Hours of Study
Be prepared to spend a minimum of 24-30 hours per week using and studying the course materials.
How to get started in your course
There is no separate orientation required for this course, but to get started in the course, students MUST:

1. Download and read the Course Syllabus CAREFULLY!

2. On the first day of the course, log in and read the information located in the Getting Started section of the course website.

3. Read the Course Orientation link located in the Getting Started section of the course website.

4. Take your Course Logistics quiz.

5. Start on the reading and the assignments due for week 1.

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