Howard W Combs

Department of Marketing and Decision Sciences
College of Business

San José State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0069




Preferred: (408) 924-3501

Office Hours

Fall 2017: Online and on campus as needed

Office Location

BT 760 

Link to Canvas Student Resources


August 1, 2017

Announcement for students currently registered for and those wishing to add my three sections (83. 84, and 85) of BUS 130, Principles of Marketing for Fall Semester 2017


Please note that each of my three sections of BUS 130 will use blended online instruction.  This means that the majority of the instruction/assignments will be online but there will be occasional important on-campus class meetings.  The on-campus class meetings for all three sections will be on Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in BBC room 202.  Students who are unable to attend the on-campus class meetings should not register for my sections of BUS 130.

The first class meeting for all three sections of my Bus 130 will be on Friday August 25th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in BBC room 202.  It is extremely important that all students currently registered and those wishing to add attend this class meeting. 

Please do not email me in advance asking if you can add the class.  All decisions on adding students will be made at the class meeting.  Students currently registered should note that they may be dropped from the roster if they miss the first class without a preapproved excused absence.

At the first class meeting on August 25th I will (a) explain the online learning system which will be used for instruction, (b) create the LINE group to be used for class communication, (c) discuss the online quizzing system which will be used, (d) organize for the class projects, (e) explain the textbook options, (f) organize the sign up for the Wall Street Journal and (g) discuss the syllabus/answer all questions about the class.

Shown below are the dates for the on-campus class meetings for BUS 130.  All on-campus class meetings will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in BBC room 202.

August 25

September 1

October 6

November 3

December 8


Since much of the class is online, students will need a laptop/tablet and a smartphone with Internet access. 


Please note that I am currently in Bangkok, Thailand and will not return to California until August 20th.  It would be better if students would not email me questions about the class at this time.  All questions about the course requirements and about potentially adding the class will be answered at the first class meeting.

For the past 20 years I have taught at both SJSU and at universities in Thailand.  Therefore, you will find that my class is very globally focused with an emphasis on marketing practices in Asia.

Happy to have you as a student in my BUS 130 classes this fall and I look forward to meeting you at our first class meeting on Friday August 25th.


Instructions for adding into the LINE group for Bus 130

The LINE messaging app will be used for communication in my Bus 130 sections in Fall 2017.  This app is designed for smartphones but it will also work on a laptop/tablet.

If you do not already have LINE, please install it on your smartphone or laptop/tablet.  LINE is free and can be found by Googling “LINE.”

Once you have installed LINE, use the QR code shown below to be added into the Bus 130 class group.  Students currently enrolled and those wishing to add are welcome to add into the LINE group.