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BUS-100-78583 - Introduction to Business - Joan Washington

Course:Introduction to Business
Professor:Joan Washington
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Welcome to Business-100-78583

Hello! I am Joan Washington, and I am your instructor for this course. This is a 16-week course therefore for 16 weeks you will be exposed to student learning outcomes from the textbook that are essential to your exposure to the world of Business. 

Instructor Background

I am currently a civil servant. I have been employed with the City of Los Angeles for 35 years. I have 35 years of combined work experience in the fields of accounting, finance, purchasing services and materials management, personnel management, business tax collection, and pension fund administration. Prior to beginning my career in civil service, I was employed in the fields of retail management and banking. As you can see my business background is broad and varied. I look forward to getting to know you all in the weeks to come. 

Course Description

The course modality is In-Person.

This course is a 16-week in-person course. The class meetings are every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. Course assignments are completed on your course in Canvas. Class location is on the Valencia Campus, Hasley Hall Room 234. You are required to attend class In-Person on the first day of school.

The textbook required for this course is, Business Essentials, by Ebert, Ronald J. / Griffin, Ricky W., Edition: 14th (ISBN 13: 9780138072445). The textbook is a rental for a one-time flat rental fee that covers the entire semester. The COC Campus Main Bookstore will assist you with the terms and conditions. You will also have a BEST DEAL choice for a Digital Rental of the textbook in the amount of $59.99 ISBN 8220136440569. There are payment plans available. Please contact the Campus Bookstore for more information at (661) 362-3255.

How to get started in this course:

1. Read the Syllabus

2. The modality of this course is In-Person or Via Zoom. Attendance is required each week.

3. Each week check the Announcements link for class announcement.

What to Expect in this Course

Summary of the Course

The assignments will be outlined in the course syllabus and weekly modules. Each week two to three of you will be assigned opening statements regarding topics covered in the chapter. Your opening statements will be three to seven minutes long. This assignment is to kick start the class discussion topic for the day.

The weekly discussion questions are required course work and they will be posted on the weekly module. If three or more discussion questions and weekly assignments are not submitted each week by the assigned due date, the student will be dropped from the course.  If you have extenuating circumstances that may result in late assignments, please contact me via email immediately.

In addition, you will have weekly warm-up and other assignments through the course textbook, application exercises, discussion questions taken from the textbook, midterm, a final case study assignment and a final exam. There are 16 chapters to the text and there are 16 weeks in the semester, therefore we will review at least one chapter per week. Week one will be an easy week in order for you to acclimate to the course. 

On each weekly module you will see a list of Student Learning Outcomes (SLO's).  After reading the assigned chapter of the text you will be able to define, describe, show and explain the weekly objectives after reading the text.  

Class begins: Tuesday, August 20,  2024

Class ends: .Tuesday, December 3, 2024

Last day of the semester is December 7, 2024

Types of Assessments

Each week on your course in Canvas you will have warm-up exercises (not graded); a weekly discussion question; a weekly application exercise and quiz; a midterm and a final exam. There is also a course term paper that is required and you will work on it in class each week and complete it as homework. 

Textbook Information

Business Essential

By Ebert, Ronald J. / Griffin, Ricky W.

Edition: 14th 


ISBN 14: 9780138072445 Textbook - Rental

Digital Purchase
ISBN 8220136440569 $59.99

Payment plans available through ZIP. Inquire with the Bookstore Staff!

To support the delivery of digital content, a fee of $3.99 will be applied to each digital material

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.

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Last updated: 05/13/2024 Sub#: 1745