Online Courses

BUSN 40 - Introduction to Business

Instructor: Lisa Weaver
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Course Description

Concepts of economic systems, competition, and business enterprises in the international marketplace. Business ethics and laws, accounting and computer data systems by which businesses are controlled, banking and securities. Types of business ownership for small and large enterprises, organizational structures and management function. Fundamentals of insurance, production, marketing, human resources, and employee motivation.

To take this class, you must have daily access to a computer with an Internet connection and experience using a web browser. You will also need to utilize your college Zonemail account. Learn more about Zonemail.

Check the college catalog for CSU/UC transferability and to see if this course meets AA/AS degree requirements.

The instructor may drop students who miss the first meeting of a course. The first meeting of online or hybrid Distance Education courses is the first day of the class as specified in the class schedule listing. For these courses, instructors may drop students who do not log into their Blackboard course and/or complete indicated activities by the third day of classes. DE instructors may drop students if they have not submitted work and/or accessed the class for two consecutive weeks.

There might be an instructional materials fee associated with this course. Learn more about instructional materials fees.

This class begins Jan 19 and ends May 27.

On-Campus Meetings

There are no required on-campus meetings for this class. You can attend an OPTIONAL, on-campus orientation to Online Learning on Jan 13 from 1 - 2:30 pm or Jan 14 from 5:30 - 7 pm in Room 2410. A virtual session will be offered on the Internet on Jan 19 from 5:30-7 pm. Learn more about these orientations, which are NOT course-specific.

How This Class Operates

This is not a self-paced class; there are due dates throughout the semester that you are expected to meet, just like in a traditional, face-to-face class. Active participation is required.

This class is divided into seven modules, or sections.  Each module covers a group of related chapters and contains various activities. You will only be able to access the current module. Each module lasts several weeks.

Class Activities

Students enrolled in this course are expected to complete all of the assignments, including Discussion Board postings, in each module.

There are six 100-point module tests. The tests will be a combination of multiple-choice and true/false questions. Tests are, obviously, open notes and books. Students will have 75 minutes for each test.

The Final examination will consist of multiple choice and true/false questions.

There is one extra credit opportunity for the course. It is a research project. The paper must be at least 10 full pages in length and not more than 15 pages. A bibliography is required with the assignment..

How Students are Graded

There are 1000 points possible for the course.

Six Module/Chapter Tests @ 100 points each = 600
Seven Assignments @ 20-30 points each = 200
Final Examination @ 200 points possible = 200

Grading Scale

900 or more points = A
800 - 899 = B
700 - 799 = C
600 - 699 = D
599 and below = F

Succeeding in an Online Course

Students who succeed in online courses tend to be independent, self-motivated learners with good computer skills. If you are a procrastinator who relies heavily on the instructor for motivation, can't use a computer too well, have taken less than 21 units of college credit in your lifetime, and/or have a grade-point-average under 2.0, you should probably consider enrolling in a face-to-face course instead.

Also, don't enroll in this class if you believe the myth that learning online requires less effort than learning face-to-face. This course covers the same content and has similar activities as the face-to-face version of the course; only the method of delivery changes.

LPC offers a tutorial called "Succeeding in an online course" that will not only tell you if you are a good fit for online learning, but it also offers many strategies -- among other pertinent information -- that will help you succeed online. Please complete the tutorial.


This course will use the Blackboard course management system as its virtual classroom. To learn how to log in to Blackboard, go to the Blackboard Login Procedures page. Once you enroll, you will not be able to log in until the first day of class.

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Page last modified: April 25, 2017