Segment A

Welcome to BUS 104-E052: Introduction to Business! This is a very condensed course and it will take a lot of effort and self control to be effective and successful in this class. In Segment A, we will get oriented to the course and dive right into the content.

Please note: all segments span a full week (except for Segment A, which starts when classes begin on Tuesday, September 6th because of the Labor Day holiday), which means there will always be at least two assignments due each Sunday through the end of the semester. It is up to you to budget your time accordingly. Expect each Segment to take 5-6 hours to complete, so plan to block off at least an hour each day to work through the course materials and assignments.

Start by exploring our course site, specifically the following pages:

Then, visit our Getting Started page to complete the necessary tasks to get oriented to our course. Please reach out via email at if you have any questions or encounter any issues.

In order to verify your enrollment in this course, all tasks in our Segment A: Getting Started section must be completed by Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 11:59pm ET.

We will also focus on two units of study: Unit 1: Introduction to Business & Unit 2: Excel Skills for Business

In Unit 1: Introduction to Business, we will explore the fundamentals of business: what defines a business, how businesses are categorized from a profit perspective, and some important terms we’ll rely on throughout the semester like profit, loss, and value.

In Unit 2: Business Technology, we will learn about Information Systems and why they are vital to business, before turning our focus specifically to Microsoft® Excel® which is a spreadsheet program used by most businesses for a myriad of reasons. As part of our BUS 104 requirements, students will learn the basics of Excel, through open educational resources, recorded tutorials, and self-practice and application. Throughout our semester, we’ll examine how in both professional and personal settings, Microsoft® Excel® can make processes and record-keeping more efficient and accurate. (Plus, many employers list Microsoft® Excel® proficiency as a requirement for employment, so this unit and the semester-long focus on Microsoft® Excel® will help students in their chosen path after they complete this class.

Use the Segment A links in our Course Schedule to access our Course Materials and Assignments for this unit. As a reminder, all assignments must be submitted by Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 11:59pm ET.