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BUS-110 - Principles of Management - Diane Sionko

Course:Principles of Management
Professor:Diane Sionko
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Greetings! Happy New Semester!

I hope that you had a great Winter Break and that you are ready to embrace learning about the principles of management this semester.

My name is Professor Diane Sionko, and I would like to welcome you to the online version of the “Principles of Management” course (BUS 110). 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 business 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 management. I am very excited about teaching this online management course. It will introduce you to basic management functions such as planning, leading, organizing, and controlling. In addition, it will challenge you to consider various career opportunities for you in management.  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

This course is designed as a beginning undergraduate college course in management.  Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to evaluate fundamental concepts, theories, and issues of modern management.  Students should also be able to analyze and apply leading planning, organizing, and controlling principles.  In addition, students should be able to analyze a management case.

What to Expect in this Course

How do you get started with this online management 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.


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
  • Cengage Mind Tap web access code for the 10th edition 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 Proctorio 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, and can create a PowerPoint slides presentation and can use online presentation software such as Studio or Screencast-O-Matic. 



Types of Assessments

There will be online quizzes, discussion boards, essays, Mind Tap assignments, manager interview presentation and report, management case analysis papers, and two online exams in this Canvas course. Your syllabus will have more details.

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

Please make sure that you are able to take your online exam on the assigned date. When you take your proctored 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 / Link to ZTC Textbook

"Fundamentals of Management" by Ricky Griffin (10th Edition, 2022), Cengage Publisher, AND Cengage Mind Tap Web Access Code (Required)

Both the 10th edition of the textbook AND accompanying Mind Tap Web Access Code are REQUIRED.

For some students, "Cengage Unlimited" may be less expensive.

Note also that you can purchase the Mind Tap access code when you access it through our Canvas course when our class begins.

PLEASE NOTE: If you purchase the web access code bundle for BUS 110 from the COC Bookstore, it should include the Mind Tap web access code that contains access to the e-textbook AND the Mind Tap exercises.

Please do NOT open the wrapping of the Access Code bundle or textbook until class begins. It is my understanding that the Bookstore will NOT accept returns if it is unwrapped. Check with the COC Bookstore Manager.

The Mind Tap 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 Cengage Mind Tap Web Access Code that is tied to the 10th edition of the "Fundamentals of Management" textbook.

As a temporary courtesy, the Cengage publisher allows students FREE access to Mind Tap for ONLY about SEVEN DAYS. 

Other Relevant Course Information


Should you take this management 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 Word or Microsoft PowerPoint, and can create a PowerPoint slides presentation and can use online presentation software such as Studio or Screencast-O-Matic. 


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, management case analysis, manager interview and presentation and report, 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 principles of management, then this is the course for you.  In our BUS 110 course, motivated students learn to carefully assess management 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 110 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

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 12/21/2022 Sub#: 623