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Fall 2001
MGT 162, Personal Finance and Investment

Orientation Letter

August 2001

Dear MGT 162 Students,

Please read this letter carefully.

This course runs from August 27 to December 16, 2001.

There is no required on-campus orientation
for this course. All orientation materials are on the Internet.  I will be available on campus on the evening of Friday, August 24 for the Distance Learning orientation should you wish to ask any questions about the course.  Times and rooms for the orientation will be posted on the college's distance learning Web site after August 20.

The only required trip to campus is to purchase your  textbook.   The Campus Bookstore has the texts for this course: 

Personal Finance, Sixth Edition
by Jack R. Kapoor, Les R. Dlabay, and Robert J. Hughes

The Richest Man in Babylon
by George S. Clason

Student Login Procedures for Blackboard 5

You will be able to access course materials beginning August 24, 2001.
To logon to the Blackboard system, follow the procedures listed below.

1.  Go to Prince George's Community College's Blackboard site at:

     http://pgcconline.blackboard.com

2.  Click on the button labeled Login:      

3.   You will see a dialogue box that asks you to enter your username and password.

4.  You will see a dialogue box that asks you to enter your username and password.

Your username will be: (first initial of first name)( first 3 initials of last name) (your birth month expressed as two digits; for example, if your birthday is in March, it would be entered as 03) (your birth date expressed as two digits; for example if your birth date is on the first of the month, it would be entered as 01).

Use only lowercase to enter your username; use NO spaces.

For example, if your name is John Smith and your birthday is April 8, your username will be

smi0408

Your password will be: your full 9-digit Social Security Number (no spaces and no hyphens).  For example, John Smith's password will be

123456789

Note: You can change your password after you logon. To change your password, after you logon, click on "Personal Information" in the Tools frame and then click on "Change Password."

5.  Write down your username and password information so you can refer to it if you forget.

6.    Very important!  You will have only one username and one password for Blackboard 5 regardless of how many Blackboard courses you are taking.  If your login is successful, you will see the Blackboard Welcome screen and and links to your courses will listed in the box labeled "My Courses."

More About Blackboard 5

Our web course management system will be Blackboard 5. Although you cannot access the course materials site until August 24, you can access the Blackboard 5 Level One Student Manual  to find out more about how to use Blackboard 5.  Most  students find Blackboard easy to learn and easy to navigate.   But, if  you have questions about Blackboard, contact the Distance Learning Center staff at 

DistanceLearn@pgcc.edu                                       


Have a great semester,

Professor Robert Wiedefeld, Business and Management
Prince George's Community College