Collat Resources and Expectations for Online Learning

Collat School of Business Resources and Expectations for Online Courses

Student Resources


Minimum Technical Skills

You do not have to be a computer genius to be successful in this course; however, you must be able to:

  • Use a keyboard and mouse
  • Save, open, and edit various file types
  • Open, send, and reply to email
  • Attach/Upload and download files
  • Click on and open hyperlinks
  • Navigate the Internet
  • Navigate the Canvas course environment
  • Download and utilize software and/or plug-ins as specified by your instructor

Minimum Time Requirements and Other Considerations

  • Students often have the misconception that online learning is easier than on campus instruction. Actually, online instruction is more demanding because is it equally challenging academically, but there are other challenges that require attention. In order to be a successful online student, you must:
  • Log in to each course a minimum of three times weekly
  • Dedicate a minimum of 6 to 9 hours weekly to each course for a 14 week course or 12-18 hours weekly for a 7 week course.
  • Possess excellent time management, reading, and writing skills
  • Avoid procrastination because with technology the only certain thing is that it can fail>


See the course schedule in the course syllabus for due dates. Refer to UAB Academic Calendar for other important dates. If you wish to observe or celebrate a holiday based on your religion that conflicts with the course schedule, provide the professor with the name of the requested holiday and date of observance at least one week in advance to make the necessary arrangements to complete any work that will be missed during such an absence.

Suggested Study Methods

To be successful in this course the following suggestions are made:

  • Become familiar with the activities in each module to identify any areas of confusion or technical issues
  • Print and regularly check due dates posted on the Course Schedule.
  • Read all of the assigned material.
  • Utilize all of the additional resources provided if you need further clarification of concepts.
  • Complete each module and assessment on time.
  • Participate in class discussions.
  • Study!


  • Student to Student Etiquette: There are course expectations concerning etiquette or how we should treat each other online. It is very important that we consider the following values during online discussions and when emailing fellow students: Student to Instructor Etiquette: In addition to the above values, I expect that each student will submit completed assignments in a timely manner.
    • Respect: Each student’s opinion is valued as an opinion. When responding to a person during the online discussions, be sure to state an opposing opinion in a diplomatic way. Do not insult the person or their idea. Do not use negative or inappropriate language.
    • Confidentiality: When discussing topics be sure to be discreet on how you discuss children, teachers, and colleagues. Do not use names of people or names of facilities.
    • Format: When posting use proper grammar, spelling, and complete sentences. Avoid using ALL CAPITALS. This signifies that you are yelling. Avoid using shortcuts/text abbreviations such as 'cu l8r' for 'See you later.'
    • Relevance: Think before you type. Keep posts relevant to the discussion board topic.
  • Instructor to Student Etiquette: Students can expect that the instructor will also follow the values listed above by checking and responding to emails and grading assignments in a timely manner.>

Collat School of Business Codes of Conduct

UAB Policies 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham expects all members of its academic community to function according to the highest ethical and professional standards. Students, faculty, and the administration of the institution must be involved to ensure this quality of academic conduct. Academic misconduct undermines the purpose of education. Such behavior is a serious violation of the trust that must exist among faculty and students for a university to nurture intellectual growth and development. Academic misconduct can generally be defined as all acts of dishonesty in an academic or related matter. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following categories of behavior:

  • Abetting is helping another student commit an act of academic dishonesty. Allowing someone to copy your quiz answers or use your work as their own are examples of abetting.
  • Cheating is the unauthorized use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information, study aids, the work of others, or computer-related information.
  • Plagiarism means claiming as your own the ideas, words, data, computer programs, creative compositions, artwork, etc., done by someone else. Examples include improper citation of referenced works, the use of commercially available scholarly papers, failure to cite sources, or copying another person's ideas.
  • Fabrication means presenting falsified data, citations, or quotations as genuine.
  • Misrepresentation is falsification, alteration, or the misstatement of the contents of documents, academic work, or other materials related to academic matters, including work substantially done for one class as work done for another without receiving prior approval from the instructor.

View the UAB Plagiarism site and this website for more information about plagiarism and the correct way to cite resources in APA style.

For more information read the Undergraduate Student Handbook or the Graduate Student Handbook.

Institutional Refund Policy details the restrictions and limitations for students withdrawing from classes. 

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Serving Others Takes UAB Alum Inside The White House

spring2011_teacher-carpenterMost 23-year-olds looking for fun with a little drama would tune in to The Hills. Not many would go to work on The Hill, as in Capitol Hill. Yet that is the choice UAB School of Business alum Josh Carpenter made.

“The value of service-learning that UAB emphasized has enabled me to invest in my colleagues the importance of the work we are doing for the people we serve and ourselves,” says Carpenter.

Carpenter is spending his summer in the White House Internship Program (WHIP) with the Office of Presidential Correspondence.

“Josh has many leadership qualities,” says Stephen Yoder, director of UAB School of Business Honors Program. “He is an extrovert, collaborative, empathetic and has terrific interpersonal skills.”

Almost immediately Carpenter was named a co-leader of one of WHIP’s public-service initiatives. He organized a team to create an alternative service project for the 55 volunteer leaders and interns. “We coordinate interns to aid the Capital Area Food Bank in the distribution of 25 million pounds of food to those in need,” Carpenter says. “Hunger is a real problem in D.C.; one of every three residents are at risk for hunger. This includes 200,000 children.”

It is not surprising that he has taken the lead in serving the community. Carpenter recently finished the first of two years in the Teach for America program. He is in the first class of Alabamians to join Teach for America, a program that sends future leaders to low-income communities. Carpenter is teaching English plus coaching football and baseball in Marion County, Ala.

“The challenges are, indeed, numerous, but so are the rewards,” says Carpenter. “Professionally, I developed a deeper understanding of the deficits that plague many low-income public schools. Students often are the victims of a number of deficits, including chronic underfunding, low teacher support and misaligned incentive structures. I hope to use this experience to inform my future endeavors in public service.”

Josh_DCThe White House intern, who has not yet met President Barack Obama, says his typical day varies. In the Office of Correspondence he has learned the level of effort placed on responding to the emails and letters the president receives. He is amazed by “the substantive value the president places on hearing from the American people.” But the most valuable lesson he has learned is that sometimes it takes more than hard work to be successful.

“Most of the government officials we’ve heard from said one serendipitous opportunity ultimately propelled them to where they are now,” says Carpenter. “I think the point here is that you must be willing to take on a job that you may feel is incommensurate with your abilities and work hard at it because that very well could be your starting point or provide you with a connection to develop your career. Breadth of experience is as important as your education.”

Carpenter’s short-term goal is to finish his commitment to Teach for America and his students in Marion County. Afterward he plans to pursue a master’s degree and maybe a doctorate.


UAB Students Seek to Unearth Treasure in Struggling Area

Reported by Kevin Storr
UAB Media Relations

The unemployment rate in Camden, Alabama is more than double the national average. A staggering 47 percent of households earn less than $25,000 per year.

The Wilcox County area needs help. The UAB School of Business is providing some.

“This all started because I was chatting with my friend Ed Partridge (Dr. Edward Partridge, director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and president of the American Cancer Society Inc.) about the health disparity in Wilcox County,” says Mickey Gee, executive-in-residence in the UAB Department of Marketing, Industrial Distribution and Economics. “It is not a delivery problem, it is an economic problem. So I hand-picked six School of Business students to find and implement a solution that will generate tourism and revenue to this area so desperately in need.”

The student volunteers are Olu Dosunmu-Ogunbi, Calvin Burchfiel, Daniel Owens, Gabrielle Hood, Eboni Thomas, Lewinale Harris and Derrick Strong. They were each chosen because of individual skills in marketing, industrial distribution, management, web work and web design.

The students will develop a marketing strategy for the Wilcox Area Chamber of Commerce. They will help develop the brand and tag line the chamber will use to promote the county. They will also work with Black Belt Treasures, a non-profit organization promoting the arts of the Black Belt region, on their point-of-sale system, bar coding, inventory management and website support.

The School of Business students will mentor a group of students from each of the two local high schools. They will be assisted by faculty volunteers Jacob Gelber and Nathan Oliver in addition to Gee. They are calling the project “One Tank Treasures” because it only takes one tank of gas to reach the Wilcox County area from most of Alabama’s major cities. Plus, the area offers so many treasures for tourists and retirees.

You can follow the students’ journey daily by visiting their One Tank Treasures Blog.

One Tank Treasures in the news-

UAB professors, students push Wilcox County, Alabama economic development (with gallery)- Birmingham News



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Pi Sigma Epsilon is the only national, professional, and coeducational fraternity in marketing, sales, and management. Founded in 1952, by Sales & Marketing Executives International, PSE strives to develop the practical sales and marketing skills of its member through active involvement in sales and marketing projects and competitions, marketing research, professional programs (speakers, seminars, etc.) community service, social events, general chapter operation, and much more. The skills that can be learned in PSE can provide you with the abilities to be more successful in all aspects of your life and work.

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