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PSYCH-101 - Introduction to Psychology - Georgia Estrada

Course:Introduction to Psychology
Professor:Georgia Estrada
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
  • Hybrid
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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Welcome to Psychology 101! As the Instructor, I  look forward to acquainting students to the subject of psychology. This is an introductory course designed to present students with the various theoretical perspectives which explain the science of behavior and mental processes. This course covers many of the wide range of topics which constitute modern psychology and must shift gears often as the topics change. There will be several worksheets to evaluate yourself such as "Are you a Perfectionist?" An OCD worksheet, Emotional Intellegence worksheet, and a Myers Briggs Inventory worksheet that will identify your Personality Type as well as the best career choices for yourself.

Please note that the information provided includes for regular in class sessions, short-term semesters, Online, Online/Live as well as for a Hybrid course. Please follow according to the section number description.

Course Description

Four online proctored exams, quizzes on the text material, Canvas discussions boards and student participation will be assessed on several subjects. Regular classroom class will complete exams in class. Students enrolled in regular classroom sessions will be allowed to choose in class exams or the online proctored exams.

Topics include but are not limited to, the key concepts of Freud’s Psychoanalysis theories on the unconscious, fixations, defense mechanisms, and dream symbolism, and what influence they have on contemporary psychologists. Jung's theory of psychological types as they relate to personality and choices of careers is discussed as well as Bowens Theory of Family Dynamics.

Students will consider the dichotomy of memory as well as forgetting, the psychology of the biological model of mental disorders such as addiction and the relationship to the brain's neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine. This course will explore psychological questions such as  human addiction to eye drops and cell phones. 

What to Expect in this Course

Introduction to Psychology is taught in person, Online/Live, Hybrid or as a Online class. In addition, this course is taught as a regular semester length or as a short course. Classes may meet once or twice weekly and may require Synchronous Online Live sessions (video camera on). All classes meet for the maximum time allowed depending on the time it takes to cover the material.  Choose the section number that best accomodates the needs of the student. Attendance is expected at each meeting.

A copy of the class syllabus will be emailed to enrolled students one week prior to the first class meeting. The first class is considered the Orientation session that will cover the course syllabus. The syllabus is provided for printing on Canvas. Each class meeting will consists of lectures, discussions, worksheets, activities and quizzes. Students may be asked to work in groups either in the classroom or in Canvas  Breakout rooms to complete worksheets and/or quizzes that are open book.

A recommendation of two hours out of class for every credit hour, or at least 12 more hours a week, is a perfectly reasonable expectation to succeed in this class. Participation points include monitoring the time spent Canvas reviewing the topics as well as completing the assigned worksheets in class.

The textbook is mandatory and can be purchased online through the College of the Canyons Bookstore. Please contact the bookstore to find the textbook by section number or check the syllabus.

Important: Online, Online/Live and Hybrid course requires the student to have access to Wi Fi and a computer that is up to date and has enough memory for the 4 proctored exams. Regular classroom classes should also have wifi access to Canvas.

Canvas and Canvas School Email: Students enrolled in this course must activate your Canvas School Email. Login to CANVAS  to find this course and section number: Psychology 101, on the Canvas Dashboard.

Types of Assessments

90 to 100% of 1000 points = A for the course.
Canvas Modules follow the course and textbook sequentially but separated into four sections. Each section covers 4 chapters of the text. Each section ends with an online proctored exam worth 100 points. 400 points total for the course.
Each chapter canvas module, summaries and reviews each chapter from the text. Students can earn Participation Points up to 400 points total for the course, 100 participation points for each section by completing the discussion board, class activities, reviewing relevant videos and chapter quizzes. Worksheets include but are not limited to Myers-Briggs Personality test, Emotional Intelligence test, OCD and the Perfectionist test.

200 points are earned for the class assignment: Genogram and Essay assignment. Detailed instructions and information for this assignment is provided on the Canvas Modules for creating this chart as well sample essays for review.

Course Grading is calculated below:
90 to 100% = A = 900 TO 1000 POINTS
80 TO 89% = B = 800 TO 899 POINTS
70 TO 79% = C = 700 TO 799 POINTS
60 TO 69% = D = 600 TO 699 POINTS

Textbook Information

Textbook Title will be provided on the syllabus that is sent to enrolled students by email one week prior to the first class meeting.

E-Book, Rental and used books are available

Other Relevant Course Information

One chapter Extra Credit Quiz is provided on the Canvas modules. This optional quiz must be completed prior to the beginning of class on the same date as a section exam.

4 Extra Credit Quizzes are provided for a total of an extra 40 points for the course.

These extra credit quizzes are not proctored and open book and notes are allowed.

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.


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Last updated: 08/14/2022 Sub#: 1039