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PSYCH-101 - Introduction to Psychology - Deanna Riveira

Course:Introduction to Psychology
Professor:Deanna Riveira
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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Hello potential virtual Psych 101 student!

This course will be taught 100% online, asynchronously.  That means that although you will have due dates for assignments, we do not have specific meetings at any particular times.

Course Description

Scientific study of behavior through an exploration of major concepts, methods, and research findings.  Topics include biological, physiological, and cognitive processes; learning and motivation; life span development; individual differences; behavioral disorders and therapies; social behavior; and applied psychology.  Transfer credit: CSU; UC. 

Course Student Learning Outcome

Compare and contrast the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.

What to Expect in this Course

For a 16 week length course, we typically go through about one chapter each week.  If the course is shorter than 16 weeks, expect a more work per week in order to fit all of the chapters into the course length. 

We will use Canvas and Revel.  You will not need a webcam.

Types of Assessments

Activities in Revel, including reading and quizzes on the material.  Discussion board posts.  Timed and proctored exams with Honorlock (with the option to take in the TLC, if preferred).

Textbook Information

Psychology (6th edition) by S. Ciccarelli & J. N. White, published by Pearson with Revel

You will be able to gain access to an online version of the text directly on our Canvas site.   If you purchase electronic access to the text directly from our Canvas site (once available), it comes with Revel integrated.  Gaining access from our Canvas site is the least costly option, as it will be approximately $90.

Or, if you prefer a printed version, you should order the printed version from our bookstore.  The version from our bookstore should have the correct Revel code included with the print version of the text.  There is also an option to purchase a printed version of the text once you register with Revel, if you also wish a printed copy (this option is less expensive)

In summary, if you purchase the correct Revel code, you do not need a separate textbook since the eTextbook is included with the code.  (Unless you want a print version of the text.)

Other Relevant Course Information

Be sure to download a copy of the syllabus once you are in the Canvas class.  If you have further questions, feel free to email me.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 10/03/2023 Sub#: 604