Course Information Page

Instructor Contact Information
  BUSE119 - Business Communications
  Mode of Delivery:  Fully Online
  (Fully Online = All class meetings are conducted online with no on-campus instruction or exams)

Dr. Dorothy K. Simpson
Senior Professor of Business
San Diego Miramar College
10440 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92126

Optional (no credit) on-campus meeting at end of semester

If you are dropped by the district for non-payment, you will NOT be reinstated. Therefore, please pay within the very short timeline given.


Dr. Dorothy Simpson

Textbook and Course Material Requirements
Business Communications for the 21st Century; Haygood & Luke, 8th Ed; Billies Publishing
Only available at Miramar College Bookstore.
Not available "used," since theory/practical applications workbook combination and must be written in.

See District Online Schedule for official list of required and optional textbooks and materials for this class.
Purchase Textbooks Online at the SDCCD Online Bookstore

Hardware and Software Requirements

Hardware and Software:
To successfully complete this online course, you will be required to meet the minimum hardware and software requirements. View Hardware and Software Requirements.

Internet Browser:
You must use a supported Internet browser in order to successfully work in Blackboard, the online course management system for this course. To see a list of supported Internet browsers, click here.

Course Description

        Required course for business and business-related majors. Directly transfers to SDSU, etc.

(As of Fall 2015, requires prerequisite English 101.)

        Ours is a practical, no "busy work" class in which your application of learned theories is far more important for workplace and personal success. There is no final exam; no mid-term. Instead, students perform interesting internet drills, watch short videos of workplace application examples, and take multiple-choice chapter quizzes.

        Students have praised this class for being "highly organized," "very specific in what is expected," "you know from the beginning what is due and when," "easy-to-understand website," "professor easily available by email,” etc.

        Dr. Simpson (fondly known as "Doc") wrote the very first online Business class in our district. She has taught Business Communications 119 online consistently for 20+ years.

       She understands the needs of online students, since she worked full-time while attending college evenings and weekends for more than 18 years.


Course Objectives

       Students will gain practical business knowledge in nonverbal communications, ethics, protocol, international communications, teamwork, resume writing, interviewing techniques, etc.

       You will write a resume (graded), analytical report (pass/fail), and business letters (graded).

       NOTE: It continues to surprise students that they are immediately able to apply what is being learned to their lives and workplace.


Application and Registration Information


  1. Complete Online Application (for new SDCCD students). Go to Student Web Services
  2. Receive registration appointment and instructions by email or mail.
  3. Register online at the Reg-e, our online registration system.
  4. Make sure that you pay your tuition so that you don't lose your registration!   Fees and Tuition Information.
  5. Order textbooks online. Visit our online bookstore.
  6. After completion of registration on Reg-e, and several days prior to the start of the semester, you will receive an email with course login instructions. If you don't receive an email please go to and login on the first day of class as follows:

    Type your Blackboard Username = 7-digit College Student Identification (CSID) number
    Type your Password =  mmddyyyy (your birthdate with no hyphens, slashes, or spaces)

    For example:  1010101 (CSID number used at registration)
                           06231980 (password for the birthdate June 23, 1980 )
  7. If this course is closed, please login to Reg-e to be placed on a waitlist. If the waitlist is full, you will not be able to add your name to the waitlist.

You will not be able to login to your online course until the first day of the semester!!!
You must login to your online course on the first day of the session to avoid your enrollment being dropped.
Follow the login instructions at

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