Tom Severance is Chair of the MiraCosta Business Department, which includes Accounting, Business Administration, and Real Estate. He is also the lead instructor for all the Business Administration courses. Tom regularly teaches Legal Environment of Business (BUS 140) and Personal Finance (BUS 147) online. He strives to make his classes practical, informative, and enjoyable for his students.
Stop by and visit him in his Oceanside campus office 4810 in the 4800 Business Building.
BUS 140/147 Tom Severance Discussing:
MISC MCC/OTHER VIDEOS:
BUS 140 Chapters for first two weeks of semester (PDFs):
IMPORTANT NOTE on CLOSED Classes: All the online classes and many of the on-campus classes close quickly. You should register ASAP if you are interested in any class. If you change your mind, please drop the class immediately so others can enroll. If the class is closed, consider the WAIT LIST procedures; be aware of the rules and the limitations. Otherwise, consider these options: 1) register for another section if available; 2) register for another class; 3) consider registering in a future semester; 4) show up for the first day of an on-campus class and discuss with the instructor; or 5) forget about it and move on. The instructor will not intervene with the wait list procedure.
Please be aware that, once a class reaches maximum enrollment and “closes,” on or after the first day of the semester, even if “available” spaces appear on SURF due to drops, it is within the instructor's complete discretion on whether to add more students at that time. Drops after the first day are normal attrition and are factored in when setting the maximum enrollment. The class has started and important assignments and subject matter have already been covered. Please do not email the instructor. Thank you for your understanding.
Student Comments/Suggestions, Learning Experiences and Student Suggested Non-ACCT/BUS Classes from final weeks' discussion boards:
Spring 2013: BUS140:1309: Comments/Suggestions; Learning Experiences& Student Suggested Non-ACCT/BUS Classes
Fall 2013: BUS140:1237: Comments/Suggestions; Learning Experiences& Student Suggested Non-ACCT/BUS Classes
Spring 2014: Student Suggested Non-ACCT/BUS Classes and Instructors
Teaching Philosophy/Style and Class Management/Activities
Since I am currently teaching only two different online classes, BUS 140 and BUS 147, my statement is simplified. As a long-time Attorney and CPA with substantial experience in business, law, tax and education, I strive to make both classes practical, informative, and enjoyable for students. The lessons learned and issues discussed in these two classes will be helpful to all students in both their business and personal lives for the remainder of their lives. I am always available for students to stop by or call or email with personal or business questions related to the topics. Take advantage of this generous offer.
If students choose to take an online class, I expect them to have the technical knowledge and ready access to an efficient computer and to effectively deal with the Internet, Email, Blackboard and basic computer skills. Students are expected to promptly read and fully understand the syllabus and all information sent by email or posted on the Blackboard site. They must have good time management skills and be able to spend approximately NINE (9) hours per week on the class. If they have work, family or other class obligations that will not allow for this, they should not take the class. I am available as needed but I am not a hand-holder. Students are expected to be proactive and take full responsibility for their learning and their grade. They should strive to complete and learn from all activities as well as from the instructor and the other students.
Although my classes are online or hybrid, they are not self-paced. Students complete the assignments for each week on their own time schedule within that week Students read the chapter, take a quiz, respond to discussion questions, and complete and submit homework problems online each week. There are Midterm and Final Papers and Peer Reviews (analysis of other students’ papers) on relevant class topics. Each student will find some instructional methods more beneficial and/or enjoyable than other methods, but must realize that such conclusions differ greatly from student to student. All are expected to do their best to learn from each teaching method and complete all required assignments timely.
Links for ACCT/BUS/REAL FACULTY: