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This orientation will introduce you to the course content and expectations for BOT 120, 121, and 122 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 this 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

  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 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 Word 2013. If you already have Word 2013 on your computer, you're ready. If you have an older version of Word, you need to upgrade as Word 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.

  1. Login to Blackboard. The following are the first day of class for each course:
    BOT 120, section 1055--August 18, 2014
    BOT 121, section 8163--September 29, 2014

    BOT 122, section 9812--November 3, 2014
    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.
  1. How to login to Blackboard
    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 (if applicable). 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.
  2. Take the online orientation quiz in Blackboard. After completing the steps above, you can take the quiz (due by Wed the first week of class). 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.
  1. Begin on the course assignments. Turn to page 5 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. You are encouraged to work ahead as the class moves at a fast pace. The due dates for each assignment are listed in the syllabus. Most assignments are due by midnight on Sunday, but be sure to check 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 and software

  • Required:
    Textbook: Signature Word 2013 by Nita Rutkosky; ISBN 978-0763851996 for book only*
    2) SNAP 2013 Access Code; ISBN  978-0763855192 for SNAP
    Software: Word 2013 part of Office Professional 2013 version which includes Access
  • IMPORTANT NOTE!  You can purchase Office 2013 from at an educational discount -- $40 Direct Download (no media), $10 additional for CD.
  • Purchasing Options: 
    The textbook 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:
    • Computer/Processor:  1 gigahertz (GHz) processor or higher
    • Memory1 GB of RAM (32 bit) or 2 GB of RAM (64 bit)
    • Hard disk:  3 GB of available hard-disk space
    • Monitor 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 7.0 or higher, Firefox 3.6 or higher, Chrome 11 or higher
    • Sorry, no Macintosh as the Office 2013 program is very different on a Mac.

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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 Word 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 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.
  • 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 Lab in E-120 during open hours.

Good luck and let's have fun!!!

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