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Distance Education

A number of Business Department programs can be completed entirely online.
  • Certificate of Achievement in Accounting (3 options)
  • Department Certificate in Computer Accounting
  • CPA preparation
  • Certificate of Achievement in Entrepreneurship
  • Certificate of Achievement in Management/Leadership
  • Certificate of Achievement in Marketing
  • Department Certificate in Business Entrepreneurship
  • Department Certificate in Business International
  • Department Certificate in Business Management
  • Department Certificate in Business Marketing
  • Department Certificate in Logistics


Everyone comes to the class with different expectations. An online course DOES duplicate the content of the traditional course, but NOT the delivery. An online course relies on the self-directed student completing the assignments, readings, and threads on their own time schedule while meeting the posted deadlines. It is very easy to fall behind in an online class.

(Email questions regarding a specific course or section directly to the instructor.)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I add this course?
You must be enrolled at Santa Monica College. You can enroll for online classes at smconline.org.

When do classes meet?
There are no scheduled on-campus or on-line class periods. The entire course is asynchronous and can be accessed at your convenience. Your only requirement is to complete assignments and exams as scheduled on the syllabus.

Are the classes different from "on-campus" classes?
NO. The content is identical. Only the delivery method differs. Your transcript will NOT identify this course as an online class.

Is this method of delivery for everyone?
Absolutely NOT. You must be a self-directed student who can plan their schedules to accommodate the deadlines outlined in the syllabus. It is very easy to fall behind in this course.

Is an online course right for me?
Students who are self-empowered are often successful at surviving the on-line journey and reaching the endpoint of their cyber course. Students who perform at his or her full potential, has high self-esteem, welcomes change and is willing to assume responsibility, make decisions, and express opinions, are successful cyber learners.

What are some potential problems?
Avoid traps. Don't set yourself up for doom by procrastinating, blaming others, mismanaging time or technology. Cyber students are often in multiple life roles and time is a valuable commodity.

What are threaded discussions?
They are asynchronous class discussions, much like a bulletin board. You can respond to my comments or your classmates comments. Post your responses and comments on the website. Do not email your responses. You participate at your leisure, but must complete them during the assigned time frames.

What are the arranged hours?
This is the time that you will spend on the course over the Internet. This does not include study time.

Will we ever meet on campus?
No, unless otherwise indicated in the syllabus.

Do we have to meet online at a specific time?
No, unless otherwise indicated in the syllabus.

How do I take exams?
Over the Internet and/or on campus, or a combination of both. Please see the course syllabus for details and policies.

Who should I contact if I am experiencing a technical problem on the SMConline website?
You should email or call the Help Desk. Contacting the instructor for answers will not solve the problem. Instructors do not have the same administrative rights to view your minute-to-minute activity as they do. However, you can always cc: a copy of your correspondence to the instructor.
Tech Support Email: helpdesk@smconline.org
Tech Support Phone: 1-303-873-0005

Do I need to buy the textbook?
Yes. The course assignments and exams are written with the assumption that you have the book. Also, your book may include a CD-ROM which is critical to the course. (Check the syllabus.)

Where do I begin?
I am assuming you know how to login into the http://smconline.org. First and foremost, you must read the Course Syllabus thoroughly.

I have sent you email, but you have not responded?
All correspondence must include your last name and first name. Faculty receive a large volume of email. Much of it is junk. The only way they can distinguish between student's email and "junk" is by you following this request. Also, facultyI do not respond to anonymous email. That is, people who only include their "email name", such as, "seacastle@aol.com.‚Äč