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BUS 100 - Introduction to Business - Diane Grair, MBA

Course:Introduction to Business
Professor:Diane Grair, MBA
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Dear Students,
Welcome to BUS 100 introduction to Business. My name is Diane Grair and I am an adjunct faculty member here at College of the Canyons. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance and Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from CSUN, Go Matadors! I teach business classes at Burbank High School. I also own a small business and have been running my family's businesses since I was 16 years old. I enjoy bringing content from my personal experiences into the classroom. I am excited to have each of you in this class. Although this class is online, I hope to get to connect with each of you as we would in a physical classroom environment. As we go through the course, feel free to contact me, if you have any questions and or concerns.

Course Description

We are going to learn about importance of many key components of business in today’s business world. This course provides a multidisciplinary examination of how culture, society, economic systems, legal, international, political, financial institutions, and human behavior interact to affect a business organization’s policy and practices within the U.S. and a global society. Focuses on how these influences impact the primary areas of business including: organizational structure and design; leadership; human resource management; organized labor practices; marketing; organizational communication; technology; entrepreneurship; legal, accounting, and financial practices; the stock and securities market; and therefore, how they affect a business’ ability to achieve its organizational goals. 

What to Expect in this Course

I am always here to help you. Please contact me at the e-mail address above. My goal is to respond to each e-mail as quickly as possible; usually within two business days.

You should not anticipate hearing from me on weekends. All communication needs to be in CANVAS Inbox email/messaging system.

What are the technology requirements for this online class?

  • Reliable computer with reliable, consistent Internet access
  • Working web cam and good audio on reliable computer
  • Pearson My Biz Lab web access code for 13th ed. textbook
  • Up-to-date Google Chrome Internet browser
  • Word document software (Microsoft Word)
  • PowerPoint presentation software (Microsoft PowerPoint)
  • Excel chart and graph software (Microsoft Excel)
  • Valid COC My Canyons  and Canvas e-mail address that you check daily
  • Use of Canvas 
  • Computer skills, such as basic document creation and handling (how to cut/copy/paste from one document to another, how to create and save documents in Microsoft Word and as a pdf file), how to attach documents and media (photos, videos, etc.) to e-mail messages and discussion posts, how to create and save a graph/chart/diagram, etc. in Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word or Microsoft PowerPoint.


  • Taking an online course is different from taking an on-ground course from a technological perspective. You will attend a “virtual” classroom through “Canvas,” COC’s Learning Management System. All students must login to the Introduction to Business course on Canvas on the first day of the semester and complete your Student Introduction Discussion #1 to avoid being dropped as a “no show.” Thereafter, students must routinely login to Canvas throughout the entire course - at least three times a week - to read class materials, obtain assignments, read announcements, and communicate with me and other students. This entire Course is in CANVAS. All assignments, discussions, quizzes, exams and projects are to be completed in or turned into CANVAS.The entire course is outlined for you to follow in CANVAS.


Types of Assessments

There is a substantial amount of effort required for this course, which may include discussion boards, team projects, business case analysis, research, readings, writing essays, quizzes, proctored exams, and other assignments.  You may expect to spend MANY HOURS per week completing the reading and other work assignments for this course.  

Textbook Information

Business Essentials, 12th Ed.
Author(s): Ronald J. Ebert; Ricky W. Griffin;
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: 2019
Print ISBN 13: 978-0-13-472839-1
10: 0-13-0-472839-4

Other Relevant Course Information

Should you take this business course in the online format?

  • Only you can make that decision.  But here is some information that may help you in making your decision.  Students who do well in online college courses tend to share the following qualities: 

  • They are good at motivating themselves to complete work by deadlines.
  • They are strong readers and communicate well in writing.
  • They have effective time management skills.
  • They enjoy active, cooperative learning experiences.
  • They have reliable access to the Internet.
  • They have basic computer skills, including the ability to do basic document creation and handling (how to cut/copy/paste from one document to another, how to create and save documents in Microsoft Word and as a pdf file), how to attach documents and media such as photos, videos, etc. to e-mail messages and discussion posts, how to create and save a graph/chart/diagram, etc. in Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Work or Microsoft PowerPoint.

Feel free to email me if you have any other questions about expectations or time commitment. I look forward to seeing you in the Fall!

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: 06/11/2021 Sub#: 265