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Psychology 101 - Introduction to Psychology - Michelle LaBrie

Course:Introduction to Psychology
Professor:Michelle LaBrie
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Michelle LaBrie

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 100% online course. There are no class meetings: on campus or online via Zoom. All course work will be administered online via the campus Learning Management system, Canvas. That means you can log onto Canvas when it is convenient for you to view the learning objectives, videos, video lectures and participate in the course at a time convenient for you, as long as you meet the deadline dates published in the course syllabus. The entire class moves through the course together at the same pace, so there are deadlines to keep all students moving at the same pace.


How is the course set up? 

The course is divided into 4 units made up of chapters, usually 3 or 4 chapters each.  Within each chapter, there are chapter assignments, chapter quizzes, lecture videos, some with quizzes attached to them, supplementary videos, lecture notes and discussions. At the completion of every unit, there is a unit exam.

All of the course content is located in the Modules. You will only be able to see what is relevant; I open and close modules as we move through the class. Future modules are locked so you cannot accidentally click on something and open it by mistake. 

Throughout the course you are asked to:

  • read the text: Open Stax College, (2020). Psychology 2e, Open Educational Resources Text, Retrieved from
  • watch/Listen to my video lectures to supplement the text reading, just like if we were in class together.
  • participate in unit discussions and reply to other's responses to the material --engaging in lively conversation with each other (and me too, of course) about psychology and human behavior.
  • visit websites and watch a lot of clips online and via you tube (could be fun...)
  • chapter quizzes online (open book, open notes, how bad could that be?)
  • take 4 unit exams (closed book, closed notes)

What you need in terms of technology

  • Access to Canvas.   Canvas is the Learning Management System COC uses. You will have access to Canvas as a registered student. There are no additional fees to access and use Canvas.
  • A reliable working computer and reliable internet access. There is a canvas app, however, students report to me that the desktop versoon may be easier to navigate.
  • Microsoft Word (free to COC students - click here)
  • PDF reader (free to COC Students - click here)
  • YouTube


Types of Assessments

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

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

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

Other Relevant Course Information

Course Availability
The course will be available on COC's Canvas system the first day of the term. On that date, you must login to Canvas to enter our classroom. On that date, please login to Canvas to enter our classroom. You may access Canvas from the College of the Canyons homepage, click on Canvas and follow the log in username and password instructions.

Confirm your presence in the online classroom:
Log in to the website and post to the "Roll Call" Discussion Board inside the online by a date specified in the announcements and in the course syllabus  to confirm your presence in the online classroom. Typically, this deadline is 24-48 hours after the course begins. Please consult the schedule of classes to determine the first day of the course. In a face to face class on the first day, the instructor calls the roster and each student who is present raises his/her hand and/or says "Here!" so the instructor knows that the student is present in the classroom. The "Roll Call" Discussion Board is our class Roll Call. Log into Canvas, enter the "Roll Call" Discussion Board, add a new thread and just type "here," "raises hand" or something to indicate that you have successfully logged into the online classroom and are present. Doing so will confirm your enrollment in the course and avoid being dropped as a "no show."  

In order to accommodate students on the waiting list, you may be dropped from the class if you do not log in and post to the "Roll Call" Discussion Board inside the online classroom by that date and time.   A student from the waiting list may be added in your place. Please note: it is the student’s responsibility to drop and withdraw from the course after this point. If you no longer wish to continue in the course, please consult Admissions and Records for drop and withdrawal deadline dates and use the online registration system to withdraw. It is your responsibility to be accountable for your academic records. If you stop participating in the course after the withdrawal date, it may result in a final grade of “FW” or “Failure to Withdraw” on your transcript.

If the class is closed and you would like to add...
If you are on the official waiting list, the COC web registration system automatically adds students from the waiting list to the course. All wait-listed students will receive priority over those not wait-listed. If there is room in the course, I will add students based on their number on the waiting list. If you are on the waiting list, please send me an email indicating your interest in adding the course with your COC ID number that will authorize you to add via the COC online registration system, “My Canyons.”  

If you are not on the official wait list, I can consider adding you after any officially waitlisted students. Please send me an email with your COC student ID number indicating your interest; if there is room in the course after all of the waitlist students have been accommodated, I may be able to add you. 

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)

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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

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 02/03/2022 Sub#: 1274