Georgia Highlands College

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General Information

Online BUSA 2205 is designed for those who need flexibility in their schedule, feel comfortable communicating by email, have some experience using the Internet, and are self-motivated.  It is a great way to learn at home with a course based on individual skill assignments using software found in Microsoft Office Suite 2010..  The only on-campus meetings are the mandatory orientation  and the proctored final exam during exam week.


What is this course about?    This course is designed to assure a basic level of computer applications literacy, to include spreadsheet, database, LAN, e-mail, and internet utilizations as well as word-processing skills.

Course Objectives:

  1. To become familiar with the features of the software programs in the Microsoft Office Professional 2010 Suite. To gain a familiarity with the Microsoft Windows operating system.
  2. To learn to use the Internet and its resources to find current information on a variety of business & computer technology topics.
  3. To complete a business project that will result in a written report that demonstrates not only your word-processing skills, but also your research and communication skills.
  4. To become familiar with the changing nature of the business environment.
  5. To obtain a general overview of computer fundamentals including history and social issues as well as software and hardware applications.

What is the work load?

            Since this is a 3 hour course, in general, students can expect to spend 3 to 12 hours a week involved in course work.  However, if your computer is at your home, you will save the drive time of going to and from campus twice a week. In addition, there are times when you can complete assignments ahead of the course schedule which may help with your time management and balancing your other responsibilities.

 What about the Course Materials and delivery?

The course uses GeogiaView Vista to deliver the syllabus, weekly assignments, periodic quizzes, final project instructions, and your grades for completed work.   The course is setup around modules that guide students through the topic assignments in your textbook chapters.  While the TWO textbooks are the primary resource, each module will contain links to other resources to help you learn.  Some files may need to be downloaded to your computer for you to complete them before you upload them as completed work ready for grading purposes.

Am I ready for an online class? Will you be successful in this course?

If this is your first online course, I would highly recommend that you take the Readiness for Education At a Distance Indicator (READI) to assess your readiness, your goals, and your learning preferences.  

You can find the READI at

On that page you will find several User Names and Passwords.  Select and use the one that best fits your major area of study.  When the READI opens, you will notice a navigation bar on the left side. The items listed in the bar are the areas that you will be measured on by the indicator.  At the end, a report will be displayed which you can use to help you prepare to be successful as a distance-learning student.

Mandatory Attendance :   You are only required to attend one in-person orientation meeting and take an on-campus final exam.  All other assignments and tests will be submitted online.

Required Materials:

Texts (required):                Microsoft Office Excel 2010: Complete, ShellyQuasney

                                             Microsoft Office Access 2010: Introductory,Shelly Pratt

Other:                                  You must have access to Microsoft Office Suite 2010.

You must buy an ACCESS CODE for SAM Projects, the automatic grader for labs submitted.

Software Use:                    In this course we will use Office 2010. You MUST use these programs. Office 2003, Office for Mac O/S, Works, WordPerfect, etc. are NOT acceptable substitutes. Office 2007 is workable, but the books are geared toward 2010 and may make it difficult to complete your assignments in a timely manner. On-campus computer labs, the library, and the student hub are equipped with Office 2010. If you do not have the software on your personal computer, you will need to travel to campus to take advantage of these college resources.

Typical Assignments:  Each module will consist of chapter assignments that involve completion of homework like tutorial labs and cases, or extend your knowledge through application of skills.  You will submit your solutions by emailing your files as attachments to the message. You will complete several quizzes on-line as part of assignments due.  In addition, each month you will have a test over that month’s material delivered on-line. Your final exam on-campus involves using the software skills that you have developed all semester through those assignments.  It is a proctored computer test in the computer lab on campus. You must bring student ID with a photo to prove you are you when you take the proctored final exam.


  • Chapter Summaryprovides a brief review of key topics in the chapter and a list of key skills referenced by page number.
  • Learn It Onlineis a series of online exercises that test students’ knowledge of chapter content and key terms.
  • Apply Your Knowledgeis an assignment that helps students reinforce their skills and apply the concepts learned in this chapter.
  • Extend Your Knowledgeis an assignment that challenges students to extend the skills learned in this chapter and to experiment with new skills. Students may need to use Help to complete the assignment.
  • Make It Rightis an assignment that asks students to analyze a worksheet and correct all errors and/or improve the worksheet’s design.
  • In the Labis a series of assignments that ask students to design and/or format a worksheet using the guidelines, concepts, and skills presented in this chapter. The labs are listed in order of increasing difficulty.
  • Cases and Placesis a series of assignments in which students apply creative thinking and problem-solving skills to design and implement solutions.

Composition of Assignments & Assessment:


how many



monthly tests




final exam, proctored, on-campus




orientation, on-campus, mandatory, with follow-up assignment due




labs, tutorials









research reports






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