Welcome to Psychology 101: Introduction to Psychology, Section # 92008 a 100% online class for the Summer 2013 term, June 3, 2013-July 5, 2013. This course is 100% online; there are no classroom meetings. Psychology 101 will journey through the fascinating discipline of Psychology. Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The course covers topics such as the brain and behavior, sleep, dreams & drugs, learning, memory, intelligence, motivation, development, gender & sexuality, health & stress, personality, and psychopathology and therapy. This course is 3 units; it is UC and CSU transferable and it applies to the Associate Degree.
My name is Professor Michelle LaBrie and I will be your online instructor. Please read this entire letter for details about logging into the course and the details of the course requirements. If you have any additional questions after reading this letter in its entirety, please feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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If you are not on the official wait list, I will consider adding you after any officially waitlisted students. Send me an email indicating your interest; if there is room in the course after all of the waitlist students have been accommodated, I will send you an add code. Important note: You must PAY for the class, not just register, before you can access Blackboard. Keep in mind; if you add the class, it may take one to two business days before your account is created in Blackboard and you will not be given additional time to complete assignments.
How do I log in to Blackboard?
Blackboard is the course management system supported by COC, and I will use a Blackboard website to teach the class. If you are not already familiar with the Blackboard course management system, I strongly suggest that you complete the Blackboard Tutorial.
Because this is an online course, you must have regular access to a computer that has reliable internet access. Before continuing in the course, please make sure that you have a reliable computer with internet access. If you do not have a computer at home, computers are available on the College of the Canyons campus. You may also wish to check your local public library. If your internet connection is dropped because of a faulty connection or you have other difficulties with your computer, it is your responsibility to troubleshoot the problem. COC does provide Blackboard support for students, but having faulty equipment is not a valid excuse to make-up a quiz, assignment or discussion board post. It is your responsibility to log into Blackboard to complete assignments, check for new announcements, and review assignment deadlines.
Attention Summer students: Because this is a 5 week format, the pace of this course is very, very fast. The course content is the same as in a 15 week semester; thus, we cover approximately 3 chapters per week. There will be discussion board postings, chapter quizzes and homework assignments due nearly every other day. You must log onto our class’s site regularly to retrieve and submit assignments and to participate in discussion board activities with classmates and me. If you are going to be unable to participate in this manner, this is not the course for you.
Email Note: All correspondence will be sent to your my.canyons email. If you have not set up your my.canyons email, please do so now. Here is a link to help you set up your email account or forward your my.canyons email to an alternate email address.
Am I ready for an online class?
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have reliable equipment and network connections before signing up for this (or any) online class. A flaky computer or unstable internet connection is not an acceptable reason for missing assignments in this course.
Learning in the online world requires strong time management skills and a consistently high level of self-motivation. Although I will be in the online world with you, participating in the online discussions and providing weekly feedback to you, I am only present if you log in to the classroom. Thus, there is a significant amount of effort required for success in the online world: in addition to keeping up with the reading for the course, there are weekly discussion board topics, online web pages to view and comment on coupled with weekly homework assignments, critical thinking journals and a quiz to be completed for each chapter. In addition, exams will occur approximately every week. You should expect to spend 16-18 hours per week completing the reading assignments and additional requirements for this class. If this sounds like more than you can manage without external prompting, perhaps a more traditional class is for you (I also teach this course face to face.) If you are highly motivated, then this is the course for you.
I look forward to having you join this class. If you have any questions about the course, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at email@example.com. Please write Psych 101 in the subject line of the e-mail message or I may not respond. I generally respond to properly identified emails within 48 hours. I’ll “see” you online June 3rd.