BOT Online Instructors
This orientation will introduce you to the course content
and expectations for BOT 123, 124 & 125 online. You'll also have a chance to make sure
everything is set up and ready to go. Your first quiz (to be taken after
orientation) will include questions about information found on this web
page, syllabus, and Blackboard. 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. Don't forget to take the 20-point
quiz to complete this orientation. The Orientation quiz is found in
Blackboard at the "exams" link. If you score less than 20 points, please
take it again. You are allowed multiple attempts until you successfully
score 18 out of 20 points.
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What to do for this assignment
- Print this page
and mark each item as you
- 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
- Buy the textbook and install the software. You
can buy the book at the campus bookstore, or from another source. You
will need the book and software on the first day of class. This course
teaches Microsoft Excel 2013. If you already have Excel 2013 on your
computer, you're ready. If you have an older version of Excel, you need
to upgrade as Excel 2013 is significantly different. (See below for more
details about the required course materials)
As a student enrolled in an online class,
you are responsible to login and begin working on the day class starts.
- Login to Blackboard.
The following are the first day of class
for each course:
BOT 123, section 1108--August 18, 2014
BOT 124, section 1109--September 29, 2014
BOT 125, section 9811--November 3,
Enrolled students will
be able to access the class in the Blackboard system the day before the class
starts. If you enrolled successfully in
the class, you should be able to access the class. If you want to add the class after the start date, you need to contact
your instructor for an add code.
- How to login to Blackboard
(available one day before class begins)
A. Go to
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
D. For Password enter your birthday (mmddyy)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
- 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.
- 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. Therefore, your email in
WebAdvisor is identical to your email in Blackboard.
Print the syllabus
(available one day before class begins). 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).
- 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.
- Take the online orientation quiz.
After completing the steps above, you can take the quiz (worth
20 points and due by Wed the first week of class).
You must score 18 out of 20 points to successfully pass the quiz. Login to
Blackboard, click on the Exams
link, and click on the Online
Orientation Quiz. The quiz will cover information from the syllabus
and Blackboard. There is no Orientation Quiz required for
BOT 125 Online class.
- Begin on the course assignments. Turn to the
"Assignments and Deadlines" section
in your syllabus and begin working on the assignments in the order they are
listed. You can turn in assignments early, but please submit an entire
chapter at one time. You are encouraged to work ahead as the class moves
at a fast pace. Assignments will be submitted online in Blackboard using
the "Submit Homework Here" link in the Assignments section.
Do not email any homework. It will not be accepted. The due dates for each assignment are listed in the
syllabus and in Blackboard.
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Course textbook and software
- 1) Textbook:
Benchmark Excel 2013
by Nita Rutkosky: ISBN 978-0-76384-313-7 for book only*
2) SNAP 2010
Access Code; ISBN 978-0763853891 for SNAP
3) Software: Excel 2013
You can purchase
Office 2013 from http://www.collegebuys.com at an educational discount
-- $40 Direct Download (no media), $10 additional for CD.
- Purchasing Options:
and SNAP access code are available separately in the
Cuyamaca College Bookstore.
You only need to purchase SNAP one time. It does not expire and can be
use for all of the BOT courses requiring it.
If you purchase your book elsewhere, you can buy the SNAP access code either in the Cuyamaca
Bookstore or directly from the publisher
- Access to a PC/Windows computer with the following requirements:
1 gigahertz (GHz) processor or higher
1 GB of RAM (32 bit) or 2 GB
of RAM (64 bit)
- Hard disk:
3 GB of available hard-disk space
1024 x 576 minimum screen
resolution (or 1366 x 768 to use Windows Snap feature)
- Operating system:
Windows 7 or 8
Broadband Internet access with minimum connection speed
of 128 kpbs: Internet Explorer
or higher, Firefox 3.6 or higher, Chrome 11 or higher
- Sorry, no Macintosh as the Office 2013 program is very different on a
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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. The Comprehensive Excel 1-3
classes are scheduled in short blocks so that you can complete all three
classes in a single semester, as requested by students.
- 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 Excel.
- Work ahead. Don't wait until the last minute to start an
assignment. If you run into a problem, it may take time to get help,
especially with technical issues.
- Contact your instructor
as soon as you begin to
have problems or if you decide to drop.
- Check e-mail and online discussion several times a
- Have a
back-up plan in case your computer
crashes. You can always use the BOT Lab in E-120 during
Good luck and let's have fun!!!
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