For 15.4.19


As the weekly assignments and portfolio system for this class is likely new to you, please take a moment to read my advice on Portfolios. Additionally,

  • This first week there can be no mistakes (except not trying), so don’t worry about being too smart or too dumb: everything is good!!
  • Install Dropbox and share your homework by Saturday night so everyone can see what others have done, including me
  • Plan on spending 2+ hours on this: 2 hours is required, + hours is additional work when you learn how to adapt the exercises to your own purposes and really, really want to learn this stuff for life!

e-Commerce Supply Chain

Our main topic this semester is e-commerce, and we will start with a top-level, PWC article, How digitization makes the supply chain more efficient, agile, and customer-focused

  • Scan the text until you find one section that might interest you most
  • Outline this section with topics in Heading 3 and short discussion in Heading 4
  • Expand your outline to include briefly 4-5 other sections and explain why you chose the one you did
  • For your chosen section, dig deeper, for instance, look up all the special terms both as you may find them in dictionaries and the special way they are being used here

The trick is to find a topic and approach that both interests you AND interests others: otherwise, nobody cares.

Head First Excel

We are reading Excel not simply because it is required and to learn what buttons to push, but to learn how to learn and explain such things on our way to learning more complicated stuff you might not yet know, like SQL.

  • Read “HF Excel xxii-xxxiii” and “HF Excel 1” until you find something interesting about the way they are explaining things and make notes explaining and exploring your interest
  • It would be great if you made a comment each on an illustration, a story, an explanation, an exercise, and a procedure.
  • What you learn is what makes you scratch your head and think: “this is interesting, I hadn’t thought to look at things this way, and it might be important for understanding bizinfo, learning, etc.,”

Learning MS Word

Convince yourself that outlining is worth learning

Take a moment to open the links on my Outlining to Think and see how outlining is everywhere, because it is a powerful way to organize information: to put data in so you can get it out easily and meaningfully

Learn the Outline View

Follow my Outlining Checklist and learn as much as you can about MS Word (this will take you a couple of weeks, so just get started here.

Create your BizInfo Template

MS Word has a bunch of style codes you mostly can’t see and that if you are not careful you will end up mixing them up and, when you put your homework together, will end up with conflicts and a heap of trouble. What you sant to do is save the styles from my BizInfo Syllabus by deleting everything, all the text and images, and then File/Save As Template. This will automatically store a template file in a special place so that when you click File/New From Template, you will be able to use this special, built-in style scheme. For more on styles, please see my First Structure, Then Style page.

  • Open the Syllabus .doc file
  • Delete all the text
  • Replace my header with “YourFirstName, date” (for instructions, search for “ms word support headers)
  • File/Save As Template

If you have trouble, look up “ms word support templates”.

Taking notes

To better understand, clarify your thought, and to help you remember, take a few moments to write this up carefully as you see me do here: walk through the steps and include links to support documents and anything else. Use a fast, lightweight online notebook like OneNote on Windows and Notes on OSX. Make both short and longer versions, the shorter you look up for footnotes, the longer you look up for proocedures and explanations. Include these in your homework.


MS Word Outline

  • Levels ⌃⇧#
  • View Outline/Print ⌥⌘ O/P
  • Expand/Contract ⇧⌃ –
  • Move ⇧⌃↑↓
  • Ribbon ⌥⌘R
  • Non-Printing characters ⌘8
  • Replace ⇧⌘H

Copy and use these symbols

⌃⌥⌘ fn ⇧⇥ ⌫→←↑↓☐✓⇒☞ ↩︎↖ ⌤ √ = ⌥v

Save your short notes with other helpful links as a browser start page.

  • “Save As” .pdf with “browser-start-page” as filename
  • Place that file in a safe, memorable place
  • In your browser, navigate to that place and open that file. And in your browser Properties, click “use current file” as your start page