I'm Alannah Rosenberg, a professor of Economics and Co-Chair of the Honors Program at Saddleback College.
In Fall 2011, I'm teaching three courses:
Econ 4: Principles of Microeconomics (Internet)
(Check out the "Class Details" for this course on the Saddleback College Class Schedule.)
The course will not appear on your Blackboard page until the class starts on Monday, September 12th.
Don't be alarmed if you don't see it before then.
If you're nervous about whether you're really enrolled, check your MySite page. If the course shows in your class listing, everything is OK.
Econ 4 is
Here are some things you can do to get ready:
- online only: No face-to-face meetings are required, although if you're local you may always come see me during office hours, which will be given on the syllabus. There will be syncronous experiments, and chat times, for real-time communication.
- not self-paced: Each week there are two deadlines, so the course maintains an even space with little in the way of crunch times.
- exam-free: Well, kind of. There are problem sets, news analyses, and real-time experiments. So there's lots to submit, but it's a little at a time.
(1) Buy the textbook only where you can get the package of the three required items: the Krugman-Wells textbook, the Bauman "Cartoon Guide to Economics," and the Aplia access code.
You will need these items as soon as the course starts. Buying them separately will cost you much, much more. And yes, you do need all three.
(2) Have your Saddleback e-mail forwarded.
All class e-mails sent via MySite or Blackboard must use it. At MySite you can forward your Saddleback e-mail to an address you check regularly.
(3) Make sure your computer meets Saddleback's and Blackboard's specifications.
You can find these here: http://www.saddleback.edu/de/sysreq.html. Notice the special issues for AOL users!
(4) Make sure your computer meets Aplia's specifications.
The site on which you'll be doing most of your work is http://www.aplia.com. Go there to take its "System Configuration Test," which checks Java and Flash levels and tells you how to get any necessary upgrades.
(5) Make sure you meet the specifications for a successful distance education student. Taking courses over the internet generally requires a higher level of academic maturity than does taking a face-to-face class. Nobody's minding you, and this can be bad -- especially if you're easily distracted. Check this out, really! http://www.saddleback.edu/de/DEquiz.html
(6) Visit Blackboard and Aplia on the first day of class.
See above re: not self-paced!
Humanities 10A and 10B are the two required Humanities core courses for students who seek to complete the Honors Program. These courses require advanced writing skills, and the Program faculty strongly recommend these be taken only after successful experience in transfer-level writing courses. Humanities 10 courses are always team-taught by faculty from widely different disciplines, and the subject matter of the course is different with each instructor pair. The courses need not be taken in A/B order; the "A" course is not preparatory to the "B" course. The letters indicate a course focus either prior to (A) or after (B) the 1800s -- approximately!
Humanities 10B: Culture, Science, Society II (with Dr. Dominguez) (Check out the "Class Details" for this course on the Saddleback College Class Schedule.)
Professor Chattopadhyay, who is also a Co-Chair of the Honors Program, is an instructor of art history; our course this semester will examine the artistic and intellectual history of the No-They-Were-Not-Dark "middle" ages. For my part, I'm putting a special emphasis on how the social transformations involved in the development of more monetized life affected attitudes about everything from poverty to justice to identity to rights to . . . . (Even our language changed. As just one example, "commodity" used to mean only something that made one comfortable, not something one traded.)
Professor Dominguez is Professor of Music & Musical Theatre Studies and the Director of Instrumental Music at Saddleback College. Our course this semester will examine the places where the live performing arts meet economic realities. We'll examine patronage, censorship, and the simple survival of live music, live theatre, and musical theatre, with a special emphasis in two very different worlds: Broadway and Nazi Germany.