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BUS 100 - Introduction to Business - Professor Diane Sionko

Course:Introduction to Business
Professor:Professor Diane Sionko
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 12 Week
  • 16 Week


Greetings! Happy New Semester!

I hope that you had a great Summer Break and that you are ready to embrace learning about the fundamentals of business this semester.

My name is Professor Diane Sionko, and I would like to welcome you to the online version of the “Introduction to Business” course   (BUS 100).  I am very excited to work with you this semester, and hope that you will  enjoy our course. 

I attained my M.B.A. (Masters in Business Administration) from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Business.  Go Bruins!   Over the years, I have had the honor and pleasure of teaching wonderful students as a full-time professor in the Business Department at the College of the Canyons. 


During this semester, I look forward to helping you to learn about the basics of business.  Our course will also introduce you to such areas of business as marketing, accounting, human resources, finance, and management, in order to help you make your career choices.  There will be many opportunities for you to learn and grow.

Although this course is taught entirely online with no campus attendance requirement, my hope is to get to know each of you the same as if we interacted face-to-face in a physical classroom.  Please feel free to contact me whenever you have questions or ideas. 

Course Description

What will you learn in this Introduction to Business Course?

This course is designed as a beginning college course in business administration.  Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to differentiate and analyze basic business concepts in such areas as: economic systems, leadership, management, entrepreneurship, marketing, human resources, accounting, finance, business ethics and law, sustainability, and globalization.  Students should also be able to analyze a business case.

What if you are more experienced in business and would like to learn how to write a business plan or develop a marketing plan? 

Please note that if you are an experienced business professional or advanced business student, this is probably not the course for you.  There are other business department course offerings that can probably meet your specific needs, whether you would like to learn how to write a business plan or develop a marketing plan.  Please see the COC College Catalog for a description of other great COC business courses that you might like to take. 

What to Expect in this Course

How do you get started with this online business course?

This course will be available on COC’s Canvas course management system on the course's start date.


Do you have to login by a certain deadline?

You must log in by the course's start date or you will be dropped from this course.


What are the technology requirements for this online class?

  • Reliable computer with reliable, consistent high speed Internet access
  • Working web cam and good audio on reliable computer
  • Pearson My Biz Lab web access code for 14th 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 and possibly Honorlock or other proctoring system that the college may provide
  • 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.


Types of Assessments

There will be online quizzes, discussion boards, essays, My Biz Lab assignments, business case analysis papers, and three proctored closed book online exams in this Canvas course.

The three proctored closed book online exams will be multiple choice or true/false and may either be with Honorlock and/or Canvas or other proctoring system that the college may provide. Your syllabus will include more details.

When you take your proctored closed book online exams in Canvas, you will need to use your computer with a functioning web cam and working audio. Also, you will need to take your proctored closed book online exams with your computer in a quiet space in a room in your home with the room door closed and no other persons in the room. This will help to maintain academic integrity in this online course.


Textbook Information


Pearson My Biz Lab Web Access Code for the 14th edition of the e-textbook "Business Essentials" by Ebert and Griffin (REQUIRED).


NOTE:  When you purchase the 14th edition for My Biz Lab Web Access Code, the code will give you access to the e-textbook AND the My Biz Lab exercises.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you purchase the textbook bundle from the COC Bookstore:

The Access Code Bundle includes: (1) My Biz Lab class exercises, AND (2) e-textbook.

 (This option does NOT include a physical textbook.  If you would also like to purchase a physical textbook, then it is my understanding that when you log in to My Biz Lab, you can purchase a physical textbook for an additional fee and have the book ground shipped to your home.  Please check with Pearson Publisher if you wish to purchase the physical textbook.)

The Pearson My Biz Lab Web Access Code is REQUIRED because it not only provides access to the e-textbook but also to the required class videos, simulations, quizzes, and other class exercises that count toward your overall course grade.

If you choose to purchase the textbook elsewhere, please make sure it comes with the Pearson My Biz Lab Web Access Code that is tied to the 14th edition of the "Business Essentials" textbook.

NOTE also that you can purchase the My Biz Lab access code when you access it through our Canvas course when our class begins.

As a temporary courtesy, the Pearson publisher allows students FREE access to My Biz Lab for ONLY about 14 days. 

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.



Do you have the motivation and time to commit to this online course?


If you are already familiar with taking online college courses, this class will likely feel comfortable.  If this is the first time that you that you will take an online college course, then it is important to realize that there are differences between the online environment and the traditional physical classroom.  Since your professor is not physically visible to you in the online environment, it is possible that you may forget about the work required for success in this course.  That means that learning online requires good time management skills. 


There is a substantial amount of effort required for this course, which may include discussion boards, 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.  You may also expect to log in to this class every day for the duration of the course. 


But if you are highly motivated to learn and analyze the fundamentals of business, then this is the course for you.  In our BUS 100 course, motivated students learn to carefully assess business issues and develop critical thinking skills needed in the working environment.  In addition, students have the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of students of diverse backgrounds and experiences without the limitations of physical classroom time constraints. 


Once again, I would like to welcome you to our BUS 100 online course.  I look forward to meeting you online in our class.



Diane Sionko

Professor of Business

College of the Canyons

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: 06/14/2024 Sub#: 923