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BUS-100 - Introduction to Business - Desireé Lee-Perry

Course:Introduction to Business
Professor:Desireé Lee-Perry
  • Hybrid
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Hello and Welcome to Spring 2024! My name is Professor Desireé Lee-Perry and I am so excited to have you in my class this semester. A little about me: I am a Native Texan but have lived in California for the past 15 years. I have over a decade of higher education experience and am a proud community college graduate. I earned my Associate’s degree from Antelope Valley College, my Bachelor’s from California State University- Northridge, and my Master's of Business Administration from Northcentral University. I have a wealth of knowledge about the community college experience and am happy to share with you. My goal for this semester is to ensure your success, so please use me as a resource! 

My role as your instructor is to support you through the learning and exploration process. I am also here to encourage you to be open to new ideas, to put forth the effort, and to stretch yourself to go beyond your comfort zone. My daily goal is to honor diversity, practice inclusion, and invite courageous conversations. I strive to create a community where each individual is valued, respected, and included. I encourage you to participate and ask questions, especially for clarity. Our discussions and lecture materials will provide additional insight into assigned readings and assignments.

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Course Description

In this course you will learn the importance of the key components of business in today’s business world. This business foundations course is designed to introduce the student to the complex world of business by means of a survey of the principles and skills that apply to business. Through case analysis, business article discussions, presentations, and computerized research, the students will come to understand primary business principles. Key areas of emphasis include the following: cultivating a business, domestic and global business environments, management, human resources, marketing processes, information systems, ethics and sustainability, accounting and financial issues.

As a beginning course in business administration, this course has the potential to become a decisive factor in determining, for many students, a career choice. As such, the principle course objective is to expose the students to a broad-based look at the business world -- locally, nationally, and internationally. This includes analyzing business case studies, as well as examining current business events and the business people who make these events happen. In this process, the students will learn to carefully assess business issues and develop critical thinking skills. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have developed the basic skills needed to: 1) become aware of various fields of business specialization; 2) critically analyze a business case; 3) use the Web to facilitate business discussion; and 4) acquire insight into global, ethical, and sustainability issues in business today.

What to Expect in this Course

In this 16-week hybrid course, we will have the opportunity to explore the various aspects of conducting business online. You will engage in lively discussions with your fellow classmates and delve into different business cases. Through discussion boards, homework assignments, and learning materials, you will gain a better understanding of the concepts and how they apply to the online business world.

Familiarity with navigating the Internet is assumed.

In-Person (Face to Face)

  • Lecture (Synchronous)
  • Weekly Assignments and Exams
  • Break (as needed)

Types of Assessments

Online Participation (Discussion boards), Chapter Review (myLab Assignments), Quizzes and Exams, Business Case Analysis Project (Group).

Textbook Information

Textbook: Business Essentials, by Ebert and Griffin, 13th Edition, Pearson, 2022

The book is available at the COC Bookstore or on COC’s Bookstore website. If you have
questions, please call the bookstore at 661-362-3255.

The textbook is also available in an E-Book format for purchase or rent. Please make sure that you get the 13th edition.

*Students will need access to Pearson MyLab for this class. Students will have weekly Pearson My Lab Assignments. Registration handout will be provided via Canvas shell.

**Laptop/Computer: Familiarity with navigating and access to the internet is presumed.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 01/16/2024 Sub#: 1704