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This orientation will introduce you to the course content and expectations for BOT 104 online. You'll also have a chance to make sure everything is set up and ready to go. Please review all items carefully. While you work through this orientation, jot down any questions you might have and post them to our course Help discussion board. I recommend that you print this page, and check each item off as you complete it.

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What to do for this assignment

  1. Print this page and mark each item as you complete it. 
  2. Enroll in the course. You enroll for this online course the same way you enroll in any other Cuyamaca College course. You will need to be enrolled in the course before you can access the course Blackboard site.
  1. Buy the textbook. You can buy the book and access code at the campus bookstore, or from the publisher (see options below). You will need them on the first day of class. This course teaches Filing & Records Management.
  1. Login to Blackboard. The first day of class is January 27, 2015. If you enrolled successfully in the class, you should now be able to access the class. If you want to add the class after the start date, you need to contact the instructor for an add code.
  1. How to login to Blackboard (available one day before class begins) 
    A. Go to (click on this link or the Blackboard Login link in the web page navigation at the left side of this page)
    B. Click the Login button
    C. For Username enter your name as
    firstname.lastname (all lower case)
    D. For Password enter your birthday
    E. If you cannot login successfully the first time, try it again. Your login information is the same as when you login to any computer on campus. If you still have trouble logging in, STOP and contact me ( Do not panic, we'll get it fixed. Do not click the create an account button as this will only complicate matters and delay your first login.
  1. Successful login! Now that you have logged in, welcome to the course. Read the Welcome announcement. This announcement contains helpful information on how the course works and where to start.
  1. Update your personal information. I regularly send class announcements and email through Blackboard. It is very important you keep your email address current in order to receive these communications. Please login to WebAdvisor, click on STUDENTS, then UPDATE PERSONAL INFORMATION and list your preferred email address and the telephone number where I can reach you if needed. WebAdvisor updates BlackBoard nightly, so it's important to keep current information in WebAdvisor.
  1. Print the syllabus. In the Blackboard course site, click on the Course Information button. Click on the syllabus link. Print the syllabus and keep it with your textbook. You may need to save the syllabus and then open it to print it. READ the whole syllabus (you will need to answer questions on the quiz).
  1. Familiarize yourself with the course web site by clicking on all of the links (buttons) in the course navigation on the left side of the course website. There are also several links on the web pages that display. Browse through them thoroughly to familiarize yourself with the entire course website.
  1. Begin on the course assignments. Turn to the Assignments page in your syllabus and begin on the assignments in the order they are listed. You can turn in assignments early, but please submit an entire chapter at one time. See instructions for submitting assignments on page 3 of the syllabus. The due dates for each assignment are listed in the syllabus.
  • If you still have questions AFTER completing all of the items above, email me at and tell me exactly what you need help with. Be very specific with your question. I will ask you if you completed the orientation items listed above. Include the COURSE AND SECTION NUMBERS in the Subject Line of your email, as email can get filtered as junk and this will help me to recognize your email message.

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Course textbook

NOTE:  If a book kit is listed, you will need all components included in the kit. If you purchase your book online other than the Cuyamaca Bookstore, you may not receive all items in the required kit. Also, you should verify that access codes are valid if you purchase your book online from another seller. Read information carefully below.  As an online student, you must provide your own computer with the required minimum specifications prior to the class start date.

The textbook is available in the Cuyamaca College Bookstore or online at


  1. Records Management, 9th edition
    by Judy Read & Mary Lea Ginn (Printed Book with CourseMaster Instant Access Code). ISBN: 
  2. Purchasing Options: 
  3. The textbook kit is available in the Cuyamaca College Bookstore
  4. As another option, you can purchase an electronic book access code, which also includes the CourseMaster Instant Access Code, for $102.00 from the publisher at:
  5. NOTE: While the kit in the bookstore is a little more expensive, it does include a hard copy of the textbook which is convenient to use while completing the online filing components in CourseMaster. Previous students preferred having the actual book vs. the electronic e-book. Email your instructor if you have questions before purchasing your book kit.


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Advice from BOT online students

  • Keep up with the class. The biggest problem online students have is gradually falling behind. You lose points when assignments are late, and you may be dropped from the class if you get behind. These classes are only 5-6 weeks in length and all work must be completed by the class end date.
  • Schedule at least 10 hours per week to focus on the class. Some students may need more or less time, so you can make adjustments based on your skill level in Word.
  • Don't wait until the last minute to start an assignment. If you run into a problem, it may take time to get help.
  • Contact your instructor as soon as you begin to have problems or if you decide to drop.
  • Attend the BOT Flex Lab for in-person help whenever the lab is open, if necessary.
  • Check e-mail and online discussion several times a week.
  • Have a back-up plan in case your computer crashes. You can always use the BOT Flex Lab during open hours.

Good luck and let's have fun!!!

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