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Psych 101 - Introduction to Psychology - Nadezhda (Nadia) Monosov

Course:Introduction to Psychology
Professor:Nadezhda (Nadia) Monosov
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Do you want to learn more about people?  Or better yet, do you wish to learn more about yourself - understanding what motivates your actions and shapes your thoughts? If so, then this Introduction to Psychology course is perfect for you. 

Hello there, I'm Nadia Monosov, your instructor for the Psych 101 course.  I hope it doesn't come as a surprise that I love psychology, but it is a vast field.  Some of my favorite areas of psychology are physiological, social, and of course, statistics and research psychology.  Nonetheless, this course is designed to help students gain a better appreciation for this fascinating field and provide an opportunity for self-exploration and reflection.  

Course Description

Many students enter college without having a basic understanding of how and why they think and behave in the ways that they do. This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to a broad range of concepts and perspectives of human behavior. Throughout this class, we will cover many topics such as biological bases of behavior, perception, cognition and consciousness, learning, memory, emotion, motivation, development, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders and therapeutic approaches, and applied psychology.

This class, much like everything in your life, will be what you make of it. In the words of Winston Churchill "Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential."

Student Learning Outcome: Compare & contrast the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, & historical trends in psychology.

What to Expect in this Course

The Psych 101 course is structured into chapter modules on Canvas.  Each week there will be readings from the textbook, and, at times, additional articles and cases. Instructor made presentations/lectures will be used to introduce the learning objectives, the readings/resources, and the activities/assignments that are due. Audio/video presentations may be provided on topics that are important, but have not been discussed thoroughly in the book. Each chapter will require you to complete a timed chapter quiz (using Canvas). Some chapters will have a discussion. These discussions are a critical component of the course, as you will learn as much, if not more, from other perspectives on an issue, as from your own interpretations.  Lastly, this class will have timed exams.  All exams are non-cumulative and will only cover 2 to 3 chapters/modules leading up to the test. Questions may include true-false, multiple-choice, and short-answer responses. 

Your work for this class will be completed using Canvas, an online course management system. Since this is an online class, I will assume you are familiar with using internet browser software (such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.), with sending and receiving e-mail, and with attaching a file to an e-mail message.  Additionally, this course is designed to be completed on a computer.  I discourage students from completing the work on the app as some things don’t always work correctly.

This class is not an easy A! If you are already familiar with taking online courses, this class will likely feel comfortable. If this is the first time you have taken an online course, I’d like to point out the differences between the online environment and the traditional classroom. The most important point to be made is that learning in the online world requires good time-management skills and a consistently high level of self-motivation. Since I will not be visible to you in a classroom, it is possible that you may forget about the work required for success in this course. There is a significant amount of effort required, including discussion boards, chapter quizzes, and writing assignments.

Additionally, this is not a self-paced class and assignments will need to be submitted each week.

For full-semester courses (16 weeks): we will cover approximately one chapter a week, so expect to spend about 6 - 12 hours per week completing the reading assignments and other work for this class.

For short-term courses (8 weeks): we will cover approximately two chapters a week, so expect to spend 12 - 24 hours per week completing the reading assignments and other requirements of the course.

For summer/winter session courses (5 weeks or less): we will cover approximately 3 - 4 chapters a week, so expect to spend 24 - 40 hours per week completing the reading assignments and other requirements of the course.

If this sounds like more than you can manage without external prompting, perhaps a more traditional face-to-face class is for you. If you are highly motivated, then this is the course for you. This class promises to provide you with a good overview of the field of psychology, as well as the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of students from many different backgrounds.


Types of Assessments

Assessment in this course will be based on:

  • an introduction activity
  • chapter quizzes
  • discussions
  • exams


Textbook Information

For this course, we will use an OER textbook titled “Psychology” which can be found at:

Once at this site, I would recommend you download the text as a PDF so you always have a copy.

Other Relevant Course Information

There is no way for me to determine whether additional spaces will be available in the course prior to the first day of class. However, I do my best to add as many students as possible. If you are on the waitlist and wish to be added to the course, please email me on the first day of class. If I don’t hear from you, I will assume you are no longer interested in the course.

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: 02/13/2024 Sub#: 1721