Briefly introduce yourself by going to the Blackboard Discussion Board, "Introductions" forum, and adding a new thread to introduce yourself (whether you work or are a full/part-time student, etc.). For example, see my introduction.
Order the textbook. It is recommended that you order the textbook ASAP because it is printed in Great Britain and can be difficult to obtain. It is not available through the Pace University bookstore. A link to online bookstores is posted on the Homepage of the course website.