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Psychology 101 - Introduction to Psychology-HYBRID - Michelle LaBrie

Course:Introduction to Psychology-HYBRID
Professor:Michelle LaBrie
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • 8 Week
  • 16 Week


Welcome to Introduction to Psychology! My name is Michelle LaBrie; I’ll be your instructor for the course, and I look forward to working with you.  I have been a full time faculty member since 2002 and I have taught full time in the psychology department since 2008. In addition to teaching Social Psychology, I have taught several courses in the department including Social Psychology, Human Sexuality, Developmental Psychology and Psychology as a Major and a Profession. I was an academic counselor at COC for 10 years prior to transferring into the Psychology Department. I have taught in all modalities, including traditional on campus classes and I have taught 100% online courses since 2006. I also teach other faculty members how to teach online. If you are still developing your online learning skills, try not to worry, I will provide help and guidance as we move through the class. I am a graduate of College of the Canyons, so I've been a community college student too! 

Please read this entire orientation letter for details about access the course, which textbook will be used, and the type of work required of the course.

Course Description

An introduction to the psychological theories, psychological research and applications in major areas of social psychology with an emphasis on individual and cultural differences in social cognition and social behavior as seen by the discipline of psychology.

In this course, will cover the following topics:

  • psychology as a science, how we conduct research and why that is important
  • what's happening in the brain and the fascinating connection of the brain to behavior, emotions and thoughts, sensation and perception
  • states of consciousness: Sleep, dreams & drugs
  • learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, motivation, emotion, gender & sexuality
  • social psychology--how we think, feel and behave in the presence or implied presence of others: how we figure other people out--why did they DO that?
  • personality, stress, mental health--what happens when emotions, thoughts and behavior become maladaptive and what kinds of therapeutic interventions can help

What to Expect in this Course

This is a HYBRID course which means that part of the course is in person on campus and part of the course is delivered online via Canvas the college's learning management system. Please review the specific dates that the course will meet in person via the MyCanyons registration system. In a HYBRID course,  the in person meetings are required, they are not optional. 

In a HYBRID course, the instructor uses Canvas (the district-authorized LMS) to house course documents, assignments, quizzes, resources, grades and more. Exams will be taken in person during the class meeting time using a Scantron 882 and a pencil. The unit exams will not be delivered in canvas.

Students will be required to complete some assessments, such as chapter quizzes, inside the Canvas LMS outside of class time. Student may also be required to submit writing assignments within the Canvas LMS. You may access Canvas from the College of the Canyons homepage, click on Canvas and follow the log in username and password instructions. Students are encouraged to use the campus computers to submit course assignments. 

Attendance in person is required. The college policy on attendance (BP 4233) specify that after a student misses 10% of the course,  1.6 weeks in 16 week class, that they can be DROPPED from the course. In a class that meets 2 times per week (3 hours), a student can be dropped after 4 absences (6 hours). If a student misses more than 30% of any class meeting, it is considered an absence. 

Types of Assessments

 Chapter Assignments, Chapter Quizzes, Discussions and Reflective Writing Assignments, Video Assessments, Exams.

Exams will be taken in person during the class meeting time using a Scantron 882 and a pencil. The unit exams will not be delivered in canvas.

Textbook Information

This course uses a Zero Textbook Cost book.

Open Stax College, (2020). Psychology 2e, Open Educational Resources Text, Retrieved from

Other Relevant Course Information

Students must be present the first day of the in person class in order to avoid being dropped as a no show. If you would like to add the class, please add yourself to the official course waiting list and students may be added in the order in which they appear at the first official class meeting in person. If the registration system does not allow you to add the course, please email the instructor and attend the first class meeting.

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: 11/21/2023 Sub#: 1675