Distance Learning

Distance Learning Center

Orientation Details

Online Orientation for POLI-D001.-63Z
(It is highly recommended that you print out this page for future reference.)
Instructor Contact Information
Instructor Scott Heffner
Office Hours Virtual
Office Location no office - retired; contact via email only
Office Phone
Email heffnerscott@fhda.edu
Website http://www.deanza.edu/faculty/heffnerscott/
A Message from your Instructor

Read this FIRST, your status in this class may be impacted:

  1. This is an online course - all assignments, quizzes and exams will be performed from a computer with an appropriate browser, connected to the internet (broadband [CABLE/DSL] recommended).
  2. No attendance is required or scheduled on campus, unless you choose to visit with the instructor during his on campus office hours and/or review your quizzes and exams at the Distance Learning Center (there of course will also be virtual instructor/student, student/instructor contact available).
  3. ENROLLED STUDENTS: The linked Syllabus and all other information specific to this course will be found on the course website site - you can only gain access IF you are enrolled. Whether enrolled (or just interested), you may go to the following URL for instructions on how to access the virtual classroom and also view additional information @ http://deanza.edu/faculty/heffnerscott/Poli_01_DL_Online_Class.html
  4. WAIT LISTED STUDENTS: For the last two-years and due to the popularity of this course, I have not accepted any adds. However, Admissions and Records does establish a Wait List where students on this list, automatically move into an enrolled slot when enrolled students drop BEFORE the quarter begins - I do not accept ADDS once the quarter starts. Getting on the Wait List is the next best position you can be in if not enrolled - you may want to also access the above URL for additional information.

About the Course

Political Science 1, American Government, and Politics, is the introductory course to the discipline of Political Science and will mostly concentrate on how the American political system (as well as state and local governments) operate from an "institutional" perspective


Political Science, as all disciplines (economics, biology, etc.) has its own distinctive language and an appreciation for and a basic understanding of 'things political', will greatly assist the student learner in comprehending the sometimes peculiar and abstract concepts and principles related to the study of government in general and the specifics assigned to American government and its local governing schemes.


As a distance learning student, it is imperative you understand the process and requirements very early on in the quarter (or summer session).
Additional and in depth introductory materials will be accessible once you log in to Catalyst.

Hours of Study
Be prepared to spend a minimum of 12 hours per week using and studying the course materials.
How to get started in your course
  • Apply for admission to De Anza College and register for this class, if you have not already done so. Completing this orientation DOES NOT enroll you in the course.
  • Complete the Distance Learning online orientation and submit the Student Information Form.
  • This course is offered in Catalyst. Go to https:// catalyst.deanza.edu Bookmark this page, then follow the instructions logging into the class.. NOTE: You will not be able to login to Catalyst until the first day of the quarter. For late adds, it will take up to one day after you register for your account to be created.


Distance Learning
Building: MLC 250
Email: distance@deanza.edu
Phone: 408.864.8969
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Last Updated: 9/5/13