Welcome to Distance Education at Cuesta College and the online version of Introduction to Agriculture Business. My name is Amy Stapp and I will be your instructor for this course. This letter is to inform you of some of the important details prior to the start of this Fall 2023 class.
CRNs 74240 and 74241 are both 16 week courses (8/14 - 12/1).
CRN 74240 is a Hybrid course that meets on Mondays from 10:00am - 11:20am at the Cuesta North County Campus in Paso Robles in Room N3233. The remainder of the course is completed online though Canvas and Connect with no additional required face to face meetings.
CRN 74241 is an entirely online course with no required face to face meetings. All coursework is completed through Canvas and Connect.
When considering which course is the best fit for you, think about the difference a weekly face to face class session will make for your unique learning style and the completion of your weekly work. Some students find a face to face class session improves their engagement and learning. Some students find that the flexibility of an entirely online class is a good fit for their learning and success in the course. I am happy to talk with you about this decision and can be reached on my cell phone below during regular working hours. I look forward to getting to know you.
Instructor: Amy Stapp
Phone: 805.704.4728 (cell)
Welcome to AGB 202 Introduction to Agriculture Business, a Hybrid and Distance Education course. In this course you will be exposed to key business disciplines including Economics, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources, International Business and Ethics, all through the lens of agriculture. You will become familiar with concepts and current thinking in each area, and will have the opportunity to analyze and apply these ideas to the agribusiness world. This is a course where you will bring your own work experience to our virtual classroom to create a robust learning environment. Expect your business acumen to grow through group discussions and thought-provoking case study analysis.
Please be prepared to spend 6 - 9 hours per week on coursework for this class. Are you wondering how successful you may be at a distance education course? Take the Self-Assessment Survey at http://www.cuesta.edu/student/aboutacad/distance/survey.htmlLinks to an external site..
This course is taught using Canvas and Connect. These are Web-based tools used to facilitate teaching an online or hybrid class. These platforms provides the framework for the AGB 202 class including PowerPoint presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book. Using Canvas you can communicate with other students, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forum.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Explain how economic principles relate to agriculture business management
- Recognize and describe agricultural business organizational structures including sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, franchises, and cooperatives
- Develop an awareness of the basic laws, regulations, and regulatory agencies that interact with the agricultural community
- Describe the various styles of leadership
- Identify the role of the agricultural manager
- Recognize, evaluate, and propose solutions to problems in personnel, ethics, and communication
Canvas and Connect
Canvas (https://cuesta.instructure.com) is the online learning platform used by Cuesta College and this will be the central location for all course activity. You can find all you need to know about our course through Canvas. You will find the course syllabus, weekly assignments, announcements, and your updated grades. Please go to Canvas (link above) on the first day of class (Monday 8/14), use your my.cuesta.edu login and password, and familiarize yourself with our course. You will be able to access our Canvas class on Monday 8/14 once the semester officially begins but not before. Once you locate the site, please bookmark it or add it to your favorites for future reference.
In Canvas, Discussions are weekly assignments where you will do an initial post and then respond to your fellow classmates after that. The purpose of these posts is to create dialogue within our class and stimulate thinking. The class will be broken into smaller groups after the first couple of weeks of class when enrollment has stabilized. Please notice that a significant portion of your grade is tied to these discussion posts. I’ve weighted them heavily to reflect my hope that they will be an opportunity for you to do deeper thinking and learning each week. Be sure to make time for this thinking. I look forward to reading your thoughts and being part of your discussions. These discussions are a key part of our class.
Canvas Quick Reference for Students:
Course materials will be delivered digitally via Canvas through the Cuesta Inclusive Access program. Students will access the course materials through the Canvas website on the first day of class to make sure there are no issues in the delivery. Students will automatically have access to the course materials on Day One. After the Cuesta add drop date, the student's bursar account will be billed at a discounted rate for the required course materials representing significant savings for students.
Understanding Business, 13th Edition, Nickels, McHugh, McHugh, McGraw-Hill, Paperback, Copyright 2021.
The browser requirements and minimum qualifications required for this class are detailed in the following link:
First Assignment and Accessing Canvas:
Your first assignment is to log into the class through Canvas (cuesta.instructure.com)
- Your login ID is the same as your my.Cuesta login. It is: firstname_lastname.
- Your password is the same as your Cuesta password.
You will NOT be able to access Canvas until Monday 8/14. Once you locate the site, please bookmark it or add it to your favorites for future reference.
Canvas Quick Reference: http://www.cuesta.edu/student/documents/distance_ed_students/Canvas_Quick_Reference_Students.pdfLinks to an external site.
Technical Support: http://www.cuesta.edu/student/aboutacad/distance/technical_support.htmlLinks to an external site.
College Policies and Assistance:
Each student is required to follow all school guidelines and comply with all school deadlines including personal responsibility for adding and/or dropping this class. Drop dates are available on the academic calendar http://academic.cuesta.edu/admrreg/infodate.htmLinks to an external site.. Each student is responsible for obtaining updates or changes to the syllabus and/or assignments for the course.
Students are responsible for being aware of and complying with the Academic Honesty Policy (refer to Cuesta College Schedule or Cuesta College Catalog). At the discretion of the instructor, students being academically dishonest (submitting another student’s work as your own, e.g. copying a computer file that contains another student’s work) will be dropped from the course. If the drop deadline has passed, students will receive a failing grade in the course. In addition, a “Student Incident Report” will be filed with the Vice President of Academic Affairs office.
- Please feel free to use the student help hours for additional instruction (or just to introduce yourself.) I’m here to help!
- Student Academic Services provides tutoring at no charge to students. Check that out here:
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- Library services are available here:
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- Some students may experience learning disabilities or challenges that affect their academic performance. If you have any special concerns or disabilities that could affect your learning, please see me or contact DSPS at 546–3148 as soon as possible. DSPS requests that testing forms be submitted at least 7 days prior to the test. Exams and quizzes taken with accommodations must be taken with DSPS and must start or end during a regular class period. Please schedule your classes and other obligations such that accommodated exams and quizzes can occur concurrently with the class.
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- If you are a veteran, please contact Karen Andrews, Cuesta College's VA Certifying Official at 546-3142.
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- The college experience can compound other issues in one's life. If you feel you need to talk to someone or need help to maintain balance in your personal life, please contact the Counseling Center at (805) 546-3171.