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Psych-101 - Introduction to Psychology - Matthew Lorenzen

Course:Introduction to Psychology
Professor:Matthew Lorenzen
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Hello potential virtual Psych 101 student!

If you are thinking about enrolling in this section of the course, please be sure to note all of this very important information.

The Canvas course will become available on the first day of class, shortly before our first class meeting.  We will be meeting each class period via Zoom, which can be accessed through Canvas.  Lectures will be done via Zoom -- and I will be taking attendance each class period.

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

I am going to try to make this virtual classroom experience as close as possible to being in a face-to-face classroom.  So, if you are looking for structure, regular meeting times, and interaction with both your professor and fellow classmates -- this is the class for you!  Although having your camera on will not be required, it is HIGHLY recommended for maximum engagement with the class.

I will go over the syllabus and all course requirements on the first day of class  -- so be sure to attend.

If you are not able to attend the class sessions via Zoom at the times posted in the schedule, please enroll in a different Psych 101 section.

Types of Assessments

Exams, quizzes, homework activities, Zoom breakout room chats

Textbook Information

Grison, S., Heatherton, T.F., & Gazzaniga, M.S. (2017). Psychology in your life (College of the Canyons, 2nd ed.). New York: W.W. Norton

Other Relevant Course Information

I will go over the syllabus and all course requirements on the first day of class -- so be sure to attend!  I will actually drop students who do NOT show up for the first day of class.  It really helps if you have a camera so that I can see your face -- because again, I want to replicate a regular classroom experience as much as possible.

If you have any questions prior to the start of the semester, please reach out to me via email:

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.

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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.

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Last updated: 08/18/2021 Sub#: 538