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  • BUS 117, Human Resources Management
  • BUS 130, Small Business Management
  • BUS 160, International Business
  • BS, University of California, Irvine
  • MBA, University of California, Irvine
  • VOICEMAIL: 760.757.2121 x1283
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Erin Thomas
BUS 130 Class

Erin Thomas has many years of business experience in the telecommunications, defense and non-profit industries. Her early years were spent developing and deploying complex Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and other information systems for Qualcomm. Before she retired from Qualcomm in 2005 Erin spent four years on international assignments including product deployments in Asia, Europe and Latin America. More recently, she has facilitated a non-profit organization’s move to the internet and server-based data management to better serve the group’s members.
Erin received both her undergraduate degree in Information and Computer Science and her Masters of Business Administration from University of California, Irvine.


BUS 117 Human Resources Mgmt

BUS 160 International Business


BUS 117:1220 Fall 2015 (online)
BUS 130:1205 Fall 2015 (OCS)
BUS 290:1214 Fall 2015 (OCS)

BUS 130: 1144 Spring 2016 (OCS)
BUS 160: 1161 Spring 2016 (online)

BUS 290: 1165 Spring 2016 (OCS)


BUS 130 Erin Thomas Pt1 Pt2
BUS 160 Erin Thomas Video
BUS 130 Guest Spkr Cheryl Wadeson Pt1 Pt2 Pt3 Pt4 PPT
BUS 130 Guest Spkr Jen Lechowicz Pt1 Pt2 Pt3
BUS 130 Guest Spkr Mark Valle Pt1 Pt2 Pt3 Pt4
BUS 130 Guest Spkr Ralene Friend Pt1 Pt2 Pt3 Pt4 Pt5
BUS 130 Guest Spkr Bradley Corbett Pt1 Pt2 Pt3 Pt4
BUS 130 Guest Spkr Shaun Spalding Pt1 Pt2
BUS 130 Guest Spkr Joe Molina Pt1 Pt2 Pt3 Pt4
BUS 130: Levi Strauss Guest Speakers Hdt Pt1 Pt2
BUS 130: Guest Spkr Angie Swartz Pt1 Pt2 Pt3 Pt4 Pt5

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BUS 117 Text Link:

BUS 130 Chapters for the first two weeks (PDFs):
MariottiText 2nd Ed CH01
Mariotti Text 2nd Ed CH03

BUS 160 Chapters for the first two weeks (PDFs):
GLOBAL 2nd Ed Text CH01
GLOBAL 2nd Ed Text CH02

CTE Open House Powerpoint 1-31-14 (ppsx)

Online Class Evaluations:(comments to each of the survey questions are summarized at the end of each survey)
Fall 2012: BUS130:2470 (34 students) Pt1 Pt2

On-Campus Class Evaluations:
Fall 2012: BUS130:1263
Fall 2012: BUS130:2853

Teaching Philosophy/Style and Class Management/Activities

Together, you and I will be creating an in-class and on-line learning community. All members of this community are responsible for ensuring that learning takes place. Thus, preparation for, and contribution to, class discussion, whether in class or on-line, are very important. You are expected to complete the assigned reading prior to class or discussion board posting, contribute meaningfully and substantively when in class, and to complete and submit all assignments on-line by their due dates. We all learn when we all make this commitment to the class. Our learning activities include discussion, chapter summaries or assignment questions, quizzes, and writing assignments appropriate to the course.

What I bring to this learning community is many years of business experience in the telecommunications, defense, and non-profit industries. My undergraduate degree is in Information and Computer Science and my MBA emphasized International Business. Both were earned at the University of California, Irvine. Much of my career was spent in Information Technology roles which allowed me to see a wide variety of business operations. I also spent 4 years on international assignments which included product deployments in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Even my on campus courses include a significant on-line component. You will submit all assignments on-line and you will retrieve all grades and comments on-line as well. Because of this, I expect you to have the technical knowledge and ready access to an efficient computer and to effectively deal with the Internet, Email, Blackboard and basic Word Processing tools. You are expected to promptly read and fully understand the syllabus and all information sent by email or posted on the Blackboard site. You must have good time management skills and be able to spend approximately 6 to 9 hours per week on the class. If you have work, family or other class obligations that will not allow for this, you should not take the class. I am available via phone, email and office hours but I will expect you to find and utilize the many resources provided by MiraCosta College to assist you in being successful in my class.