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Effective: Late Spring 8-Week, 2017/2018

FINC 410: Sports Finance

Course Description

An integrated course that incorporates concepts from economics, finance, statistics and operations research in approaching decision-making in sports management.  

Prerequisite: ECON 293, ECON 294, FINC 350, MATH 170, MATH 250

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Leeds, Michael A. & Peter von Allmen. The Economics of Sports. 5th ed. Pearson, 2014.
    • ISBN-978-0-13-302292-6

Additional Required Reading

The following texts and article are available (the texts as e-books) in Columbia College’s Stafford Library. There is no charge to access these resources. The links to them may be found in the course Content area.

This resource (for Week 6) covers valuation of private companies. Relate the concepts to your sports team, and include this information in your presentation:

Damodaran, Aswath (2012). Investment Valuation: Tools and Techniques for Determining the Value of Any Asset (3rd ed.). Canada: Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 9781118011522  

Required Excerpts to Read: Chapter 1; Chapter 2; and Chapter 24.

These resources (for Week 7) cover the capital budgeting issues of a company. Relate the concepts to your sports team, and include this information in your presentation:

Baker, H. Kent (2011). Capital Budgeting Valuation: Financial Analysis for Today's Investment Projects. Canada: Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 9780470569504

Required Excerpts to Read: Chapter 1, pages 1 to 5; Chapter 6, pages 95 to 100; and Chapter 12, pages 217 to 219.

Harjoto, Maretno A. & John K. Paglia (2012). “Cost of Capital and Capital Budgeting for Privately-Held Firms: Evidence from Business Owners Survey.” Journal of Accounting & Finance, 12:5, 71-85. ISSN: 2158-3625

Required Excerpts to Read: pages 71 to 72; understand the tables in pages 75 to 81; and read the conclusion on page 83.

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

This course is designed to develop an understanding of financial and economic aspects of sports, both professional and college, including the pricing of tickets, revenue sharing, broadcast revenue, and sports merchandise. Major focuses include the government’s role in influencing sports, a professional team’s benefit to a city, the financial decision-making relating to sports teams, and the building of stadiums and other sports-related facilities. Students will financially analyze a sports team and submit a presentation, developing knowledge of the finance of sports, business acumen, and presentation skills.     


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Objectives

  • To learn to use various types of quantitative tools in the field of sports management.
  • To identify specific aspects of sports management that can be approached using mathematical models and statistical methods.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the nature of sports franchises as profit-maximizing firms.
  • Explain the mechanics of public finance as they apply to the funding and operation of sports teams.
  • Explain the costs and benefits of a sports franchise to a city.
  • Explain the economics of college sports teams and their impact on institutions of higher education.
  • Analyze the fundamentals of financial decision-making as they apply to team acquisitions, sports franchises and facility investment.
  • Explain the financial dynamics involved in the building of stadiums and facilities.
  • Apply the principles of finance to determine the valuation of a sports facility, franchise or operation.
  • Use capital budgeting techniques in the evaluation of investment decisions regarding sports franchises and facilities.
  • Conduct a financial analysis of a sports franchise.
  • Explain the principles of pricing as they apply to ticket prices.
  • Explain the nature of competition in various aspects of the sports industry.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions 240 24%
Dropbox Questions 150 15%
Quizzes 150 15%
Midterm Exam 150 15%
Final Exam 200 20%
Sports Team Presentation 110 11%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 10 Tuesday
Discussion 2 10 Thursday
Discussion 3 10 Saturday
Quiz 1 25 Sunday
Dropbox Assignment Week 1 30
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 10 Tuesday
Discussion 5 10 Thursday
Discussion 6 10 Saturday
Quiz 2 25 Sunday
Dropbox Assignment Week 2 30
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 10 Tuesday
Discussion 8 10 Thursday
Discussion 9 10 Saturday
Quiz 3 25 Sunday
Dropbox Assignment Week 3 30
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 10 10 Tuesday
Discussion 11 10 Thursday
Discussion 12 10 Saturday
Midterm Exam 150 Sunday
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13 10 Tuesday
Discussion 14 10 Thursday
Discussion 15 10 Saturday
Quiz 4 25 Sunday
Dropbox Assignment Week 5 30
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 16 10 Tuesday
Discussion 17 10 Thursday
Discussion 18 10 Saturday
Quiz 5 25 Sunday
Dropbox Assignment Week 6 30
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 19 10 Tuesday
Discussion 20 10 Thursday
Discussion 21 10 Saturday
Quiz 6 25 Sunday
Dropbox Assignment Week 7: Sports Team Presentation 110
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 22 10 Tuesday
Discussion 23 10 Thursday
Discussion 24 10 Saturday
Final Exam 200
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Discussion Postings

Discussion postings should be complete by their respective deadlines (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at midnight) of each assigned week. Discussion postings will be graded according to the rubric found in the course content area. 

You are expected to read and respond to classmate and instructor posts. To participate in discussions means more than simply posting your answer to the discussion question and moving on. It means reading what others think about the question, and responding to them. “Good post” is not considered participation and will not count as credit. Students must post to a minimum of two classmates on each discussion for full credit. 

As you might expect, we will have many discussions on sports teams. Please remember that this is an academic setting, and that all responses must be premised on a financial basis (after introductions where you may show preference for your team). Please remember that our discussions are to learn how to look at sports in a financial light. 


Dropbox Assignments

Five short-answer writing assignments (weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6) will be assessed based on analytical and critical thinking skills, completeness, correct spelling, correct formatting and citations, and neatness. These writing assignments will be graded according to the rubrics in the course content area.

The Week 7 Assignment will be a progressive assignment analyzing a project for your chosen sports team (professional, chosen from MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, or worldwide soccer team leagues). The assignment will require coverage of required information for the subject team in a written presentation using APA or MLA formatting, and will be assessed based on analytical and critical thinking skills, completeness, correct spelling, correct formatting and citations, and neatness. There is a separate rubric for this assignment.


Quizzes

There will be a 10-question quiz in Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 (weeks without a midterm or final exam).  Each quiz may have multiple-choice and/or true/false questions. You will have 20 minutes to complete each quiz.  All quizzes may be found under the Quizzes link.

Exams

There will be a midterm and a final exam. The midterm has 30 multiple-choice, true/false, and short-answer questions. It covers material from Weeks 1 to 4 and you will have 60 minutes to complete the exam. The 40-question final exam contains questions from all weeks of the course. You will have 90 minutes to complete the final exam. Both exams may be found under the Quizzes link.


Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Demand, supply and sports market outcomes
Readings

Leeds: Read Chapter 1 and review Chapter 2 (economic concepts)

Read the Plagiarism Tutorial found in our Content section.  This will give you information on how to write for our college class and avoid getting a "0" on a paper that you have diligently written.  After reading the Plagiarism Tutorial, please take the Plagiarism Quiz found in our Quizzes section.  You may take this Quiz as often as you would like.  Please note that you will not have access to the Dropbox to submit your first assignment until you have viewed the Tutorial and taken the Plagiarism Quiz. You must take the Quiz through our course to allow you to submit your first writing assignment.

Discussion 1
Introduce yourself in the "Introductions" topic. Please give us more than your name. Include your profession, hobbies, interest in sports, and any other pertinent information that will help us get to know one another. Comment also on what you would like to discover in the next 8 weeks. Please post your response in the appropriate topic by midnight Tuesday.   
Discussion 2
What effect does stubhub.com have on fans and owners? And what is the effect of antiscalping laws? In addition, when teams with more star players are on the road, do the opposing teams charge higher prices for tickets to the games? Should they? Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post your response by midnight Thursday.
Discussion 3
Explain opportunity costs and then give examples of absolute and comparative advantage of your own (i.e., not found in the textbook). Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post your response by midnight Saturday.
Quiz 1
Take the 10-question quiz (of true/false and multiple-choice questions) found in the Quizzes link by midnight Sunday. You will have 20 minutes to take this quiz.
Dropbox Assignment Week 1

Short-answer questions

  1. Pick the team you will use throughout the course and for the Week 7 presentation (professional, not amateur or college; see the specifications following) and give a short history of that team.
  2. Explain the structure of your sports team’s league and a short history of it.

Each question should be answered in paragraph form with at least 125 words, double-spaced, with citations and references; and the completed set of answers is due by midnight Sunday.

Week 2: Team cost, profit and winning
Readings
Leeds: Chapter 3
Discussion 4
Would fans be better off if the government prevented media outlets such as Disney or local cable companies from owning pro sports teams?  Is free agency without a salary cap good or bad for competitive balance? Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post by midnight on Tuesday.  
Discussion 5
An executive for the Toronto Blue Jays once bragged that he could turn a multi-million dollar profit into a multi-million dollar loss without violating generally accepted accounting principles. How would a team do this? Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post by midnight on Thursday.
Discussion 6
How can it be that the San Diego Padres, one of the weakest teams in the National League from a wins-losses perspective, is one of the most profitable teams? In addition, are teams in larger metropolitan areas always the most profitable? Give examples to support your answer to this question. Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post by midnight on Saturday.  
Quiz 2
Take the 10-question quiz (of true/false and multiple-choice questions) found in the Quizzes link by midnight Sunday. You will have 20 minutes to take this quiz.
Dropbox Assignment Week 2

Short-answer questions

  1. How are your sports team and its league doing financially? Does it have a lot of revenue and does it use its funds conservatively or not?
  2. Is your sports team involved in revenue sharing and does it contribute to other teams, receive from other teams, or both?

Each question should be answered in paragraph form with at least 125 words, double-spaced, with citations and references; and the completed set of answers is due by midnight Sunday.

Week 3: The value of sports talent
Readings
Leeds: Chapter 8
Discussion 7
What pressures lead sprinters to take steroids and gymnasts to develop eating disorders? Explain the logical reason behind whatever has led to these pressures and give examples. Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post by Tuesday at midnight.
Discussion 8
Go to Fantex.com and discuss this relatively new concept of stock in star sports players. Do you think this will last? What do you think of investing in players and the importance of injuries in this process? Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post by Thursday at midnight.  
Discussion 9
How did Kevin Garnett become the highest-paid player during the 2008–09, 2007–08, 2006–07, 2003–04, 2002–03, 2001–02, and 2000–01 seasons when he was not always the player with the highest wins? How are and how do you think player salaries should be established (and define human capital with your answer)? Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post by Saturday at midnight.  
Quiz 3
Take the 10-question quiz (of true/false and multiple-choice questions) found in the Quizzes link by midnight Sunday. You will have 20 minutes to take this quiz.
Dropbox Assignment Week 3

Short-answer questions

  1. What factors do college athletes have to take into consideration when considering when to commit to or enter professional sports if the opportunity is presented?
  2. What star players are on your sports team and how do they compare to star players on other teams in the league? 
  3. How does the pay of star players on your team affect its financial standing?

Each question should be answered in paragraph form with at least 125 words, double-spaced, with citations and references; and the completed set of answers is due by midnight Sunday.

Week 4: Government and the sports business
Readings
Leeds: Chapters 6 & 7 
Discussion 10
View and/or listen to the story, “The Cost To Keep The Home Team At Home May Not Be Worth It” (link in Content and Discussions areas) and comment on whether you favor or do not approve of taxpayer dollars funding sports teams. The comments to the story are also interesting and you can include and investigate the opinions given there, particularly examples of stadiums revitalizing areas and any benefits (or nonexistent benefits) found.  Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post by Tuesday at midnight.
Discussion 11
What are the Ramsey Rule, the Winner’s Curse, and the Equivalence Theorem? Explain examples of each. Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post your response by Thursday at midnight.  
Discussion 12
Why did the Dodgers leave Brooklyn and why was it so much more shocking to fans when they were not the first (or last) team that moved to another city? Provide an example of another team that moved and why the effect was not as drastic as when the Dodgers left Brooklyn. Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post your response by Saturday at midnight.  
Midterm Exam
The 30-question midterm exam, found in the Quizzes link, is due by midnight Sunday. It has true/false, multiple-choice, and short-answer questions, and covers Weeks 1 to 4. You will have 60 minutes to complete this exam.   
Week 5: Financial decisions relating to sports management, competition and pricing
Readings
Leeds: Chapters 4 & 5 
Discussion 13
Is cooperation between franchises a violation of antitrust laws? Is a sports monopoly in a city a bad thing? Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post your answer by Tuesday at midnight
Discussion 14
Analyze the strategy used by Oakland Athletics baseball manager Billy Beane and made famous in the movie Moneyball as a competitive edge. Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post your response by Thursday at midnight.
Discussion 15
If you had to raise funds for a new stadium in your city, how would you do so? Would you use a lottery for funds? Why or why not? Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post your response by Saturday at midnight. 
Quiz 4
Take the 10-question quiz (of true/false and multiple-choice questions) found in the Quizzes link by midnight Sunday.  You will have 20 minutes to take this quiz.
Dropbox Assignment Week 5

Short-answer questions

  1. Given the table (see below) of winning percentages of the teams in a league (for a single year), compute the within-season standard deviation for the league (provide the answer with your calculation only; no need for a 75-word answer here).
  2. Describe the stadium your sports player uses and its origin. What funds were used to build the stadium? 
  3. How does the city of your team benefit the team and how does the team benefit the city?
  4. What competition of other possible local activities does your team have (activities in which consumers will participate instead of consuming the activities and merchandise of your team and/or league)?
Team  Season Winning Percentage 
1 0.750
2 0.750
0.200
4 0.600
5 0.200

  

Questions 2, 3, and 4 should be answered in paragraph form with at least 125 words, double-spaced, with citations and references; and the completed set of answers is due by midnight Sunday.
Week 6: Financial analysis of a sports franchise
Readings

Read Chapter 1; Chapter 2; and Chapter 24 in the following e-book:

Damodaran, Aswath (2012).Investment Valuation: Tools and Techniques for Determining the Value of Any Asset (3rd ed.). Canada: Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 9781118011522

(Access the Stafford Library e-book by following the directions and link in the Content area.)

Discussion 16
Read, in the Week 6 Content area, some of the articles and/or other information about Frank and Jamie McCourt and their ownership of the LA Dodgers baseball team from 2003 to 2011, including the then baseball commissioner’s (Bud Selig) role in stopping the McCourts from piling up debt. Discuss the opinions about this case and what the baseball league did to stop it, and cite any sources used. Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post by Tuesday at midnight.
Discussion 17
According to the Damodaran text and any other sources, what are the three most important aspects of valuing a private firm, such as a sports team, and what are some of the difficulties in and ways of obtaining financial information? Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post by Thursday at midnight.
Discussion 18
What steps can be taken by a team owner to maximize interest in his team in order to sell? Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post by Saturday at midnight.
Quiz 5
Take the 10-question quiz (of true/false and multiple-choice questions) found in the Quizzes link by midnight Sunday. You will have 20 minutes to take this quiz.
Dropbox Assignment Week 6

Short-answer questions

  1. From what source is most of your team’s revenue (ticketing, broadcasting, memorabilia)? And discuss historic changes in the team’s revenue.
  2. Indicate the valuation of your sports team, and discuss any ups or downs of revenue for that team. (Show what figures are important in the valuation.)
  3. Discuss the ownership of your team, including whether it has often changed ownership, how the owners spend on the team (a lot or a little), and how fans view the ownership. 

Each question should be answered in paragraph form with at least 125 words, double-spaced, with citations and references; and the completed set of answers is due by midnight Sunday.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Capital budgeting and investment decisions
Readings

ReviewLeeds, Chapter 3.

Read Chapter 1, pages 1 to 5; Chapter 6, pages 95 to 100; and Chapter 12, pages 217 to 219 in the following e-book:

Baker, H. Kent (2011). Capital Budgeting Valuation: Financial Analysis for Today's Investment Projects. Canada: Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 9780470569504

(Access the Stafford Library e-book by following the directions and link in the Content area.) 

Read pages 71 to 72; understand the tables in pages 75 to 81; and read the Conclusion on page 83 in the following e-journal article:

Harjoto, Maretno A. & John K. Paglia (2012). “Cost of Capital and Capital Budgeting for Privately-Held Firms: Evidence from Business Owners Survey.” Journal of Accounting & Finance, 12:5, 71-85.

(Access the Stafford Library article by following the directions and link in the Content area.)

Discussion 19
What are the six stages of the capital budgeting process and what could go wrong at each stage? Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post your answer by Tuesday at midnight.
Discussion 20
Give examples of sports teams and explain whether they invest in long-term or short-term prospects. Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post your answer by Thursday at midnight.
Discussion 21
Why do some managers prefer to invest in a project with short-term performance? Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post your answer by Saturday at midnight.
Quiz 6
Take the 10-question quiz (of true/false and multiple-choice questions) found in the Quizzes link by midnight Sunday. You will have 20 minutes to take this quiz.
Dropbox Assignment Week 7: Sports Team Presentation

Write a 1,200-word essay on a project you, as the team CFO, suggest for your team, including

•    how much the project will cost,
•    the viability of the project based on the current financial status of your team,
•    what revenue could be gained (or prevention of revenue loss, such as recommending maintenance) from your project, and
•    why this project would be preferred (opportunity cost) over other possible projects (naming at least two other possible projects).

Finally, follow the 6 steps in accomplishing your project as studied in the reading material for Week 7 and discussed in the first discussion question for the week.  This may include:

o   at which step funds are needed,
o   discussion of employees or outside organizations necessary to accomplish a successful project,
o   your role in seeing the project goes through, and
o   what parameters would signal continuation or cessation of the project.

A persuasive recommendation for your project should be in the conclusion. In addition, there should be reliable sources listed for all information provided and APA or MLA formatting used throughout the paper.

This project is due by the Sunday of Week 7.



Week 8: College sports issues
Readings
Leeds: Chapter 11
Discussion 22
Some colleges profit from their athletic programs and some do not. Provide examples of each and give reasons why those colleges not profiting with revenue continue their athletic programs. Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post by Tuesday at midnight.
Discussion 23
The typical problem faced by a cartel is the incentive for its members to overproduce. Explain why this is not a problem in the NCAA. Also give reasons why the NCAA is considered a monopoly and a monopsony. Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post your response by Thursday at midnight.
Discussion 24
How do coaches and players benefit from college sports? How do football and basketball teams benefit from college sports? Provide a reference for at least your first posting. Please post your response by Saturday at midnight.  
Final Exam
The 40-question final exam, found in the Quizzes link, is due by midnight Saturday. It has true/false, multiple-choice, and short-answer questions. You will have 90 minutes to complete this exam. 


Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Late Dropbox assignments will be subject to a 5-point reduction for each late day. No late assignments will be accepted without extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student and with instructor notification prior to the due date (Columbia College Catalog).  All course work and assignments must be completed by 11:59 p.m. CT Saturday of Week 8, the last day of the session. 

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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