August 22, 2001

Dear History of South Africa OnLine Student,

Welcome to Principles of Microeconomics on the Web. I hope you find this course interesting and stimulating. Read this letter carefully.

This class is being offered through the Maryland Community College Teleconsortium (MCCT).  Your instructor is Izette Bredenkamp, history lecturer at Vista University in Bloemfontein, South Africa in the Free State province.  She will be assisted by Nancy De Sousa for computer assistance. This course is being provided to MCCT through a grant funded by USAID. I am a professor at Prince George's Community College and the project director of the grant.  Students participating in this course come from Prince George's Community College, the College of Southern Maryland, and Carroll Community College.

There is no on-campus orientation for this course. All orientation materials are on the Internet. The only required trips to campus are to purchase your textbook and to take the final exam in December. If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to call me (301-322-0477) or send me an email at pughmb@pgcc.edu. Your first stop should be at my home page:

The "class" will be accessed at http://pgcconline.blackboard.com .  Your login is your first initial followed by the first three letters of your last name and the month and day of your birth.  For instance, my login would be mpug0209.  Notice that February is 02 and the 9th is 09.  Your password is your social security number with no hyphens.  For instance 123-45-6789 would be entered as 123456789.  Lastly, please send me your email address so I can enter it as it allows your instructor and your classmates to send you emails.  If you are not from PGCC, we may not have your date of birth, so try your login as first initial last name without the four digit date of birth (example mpugh).  If you cannot access the course by following the above instructions, please send me an email with the correct information so I can enter you.  For all other help in the course, please email either Ms. Bredenkamp or Ms. De Sousa.

The course does not begin until August 27 and you will not be able to access the course materials until August 24. You may, however, buy your textbook.  You will be using South Africa: A Modern History, fifth edition by Rodney Davenport and Christopher Saunders.  The publisher is St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0-312-23376-0.

Required Software:

You must be connected to the Internet.  Your browser must be:

            *   Netscape Communicator Version 4.x   OR
            *   Internet Explorer Version 4.x

or higher.

You need to have the following personal productivity software installed on your computer:

            *   Office 97, especially WORD and EXCEL

I hope you enjoy the special opportunity you have this semester to learn about the fascinating and complex history of South Africa.

Have a great semester,

Dr. Marilyn Pugh, Professor of Economics
Director, Center for Academic Resource Development
Prince George's Community College