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Psychology 101 - Introduction to Psychology - Tammy L Mahan

Course:Introduction to Psychology
Professor:Tammy L Mahan
  • Online
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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Welcome to my Orientation Letter for Psychology 101! My name is Tammy Mahan and I will be your instructor throughout this course. I have been a Full-Time Tenured Professor within the Psychology Department at College of the Canyons since 2005. I have taught several courses within the Department including, but not limited to, Developmental Psychology, Developmental Psychology-Honors, Introduction to Psychology, Psychology of Gender Roles, Human Sexuality, Psychology of Aging, Abnormal Psychology, and Health Psychology. In addition to teaching for the Psychology Department at College of the Canyons, I have also taught within the First Year Experience (FYE) program, the Future Instructor Program (FIT), and Introduction to Online Learning (IOI) through the Center for Excellence Teaching Institute (CETL). Throughout the years, I have also taught Statistics, Research Methods, Family Systems & Theory, Personality, Scientific Writing, and Social Psychology at other Institutions. 

I am the Co-Advisor of the Psychology Club and Psi-Beta at College of the Canyons and also serve on the Professional Development Committee. I have served on several committees throughout the years and continue to be active within my Psychology Department, School of Social Sciences and Business, as well as the College of the Canyons community. In addition to my commitment at College of the Canyons, I also serve as a Mentor for the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at UCLA. 

I earned my Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology with a special emphasis in Developmental Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. My Master's Degree was also earned in Psychology with an emphasis in Community College Teaching from California State University, Bakersfield. My Doctorate Degree was earned in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

I look forward to working with you while you are enrolled in this fun and engaging Developmental Psychology course! 


Tammy L. Mahan

Course Description

Psychology 101 is a wonderful course that covers a variety of topics. Every chapter is a different branch of Psychology. We will be covering topics including, but not limited to, the following: 

  • The History of Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Physiological Psychology 
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Senstation & Perception
  • Learning & Behavior 
  • Memory 
  • Stress 
  • Developmental Psychology 
  • Psychological Disorders 
  • Treatments of Psychological Disorders 

What to Expect in this Course

For every hour of class time you can expect to spend 1.5 hours of preparation/study time outside of class. For a 3 unit course, whether online or in person, you should expect to spend approximately 4.5-6 hours a week studying and working with the course materials. 

You will need access to a computer/laptop as well as a solid internet connection. If you do not have a computer/laptop, please review all of the locations on campus that provide access to computers as well as their hours of operation. Google Chrome or Firefox are the recommended browsers for our coursework. 


Types of Assessments

  • 5 Exams, 100 points each. Online courses will take the exam online, 100 questions, 90 minute timeframe. Traditional Face to Face classes will take the exams on a Scantron 882-E. 
  • 5 Discussion Boards, 1 per testing unit. 
  • Pearson REVEL homework assignments for each chapter. These are to be completed online, using Pearson REVEL. 

Textbook Information

Psychology, 6th Edition. REVEL

Pearson Publishing

Ciccarelli & White

ISBN-13: 9780135238301 

Other Relevant Course Information

This class will be using Pearson REVEL. The book is an ebook with integrated questions/quizzing/exam prep. If you would like to order a loose-leaf copy of the book in addition to the ebook, please identify that when ordering. 

Waitlist: I will be adding students from the waitlist dependent upon availability throughout the first week of the semester. 


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: 01/24/2024 Sub#: 1707