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PSYCH-101 - Introduction to Psychology - Timea McLean

Course:Introduction to Psychology
Professor:Timea McLean
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Timea McLean

Hello and welcome to Psych 101 at College of the Canyons!

My name is Timea McLean and I am your instructor for the course. Please read this entire document for information about logging into the course, required materials, and the amount and type of work required. The course will be conducted through Canvas and lectures via Zoom. You will be able to log into the Canvas course on the first day of class and a detailed syllabus will be available for you at that time. If you have any questions, please send me an e-mail at I look forward to working with you this semester!

Course Description

The course involves a scientific study of behavior through an exploration of major concepts, theoretical perspectives, research findings, and historical trends in psychology. 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.

What to Expect in this Course

This course is a remote/distance education course, which means that students will need to complete the required work online on Canvas AND there will also be regular lectures via Zoom to explain the material. Zoom meetings will start at the scheduled start time and end when we have covered the material but no later than the scheduled end time for this class. The course will have structure, manageable assignments, clear expectations and regular communication. On the first day, I will go over the syllabus, which will give you all the detail you will need about the course. 

Types of Assessments

Exams, quizzes, brief in-class assignments, term paper

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Your textbook for this class is the OER textbook Psychology 2e and it is available for free online from OpenStax:

Your book is available in web view and PDF for free. You can also choose to purchase on iBooks or via the campus bookstore or from OpenStax.

Other Relevant Course Information

Since all the work in this class will take place online, it is very important that you have regular access to a computer or other device with reliable internet connection. You MUST log into Canvas on the first day of class and post to a Discussion Board (titled "Introductions") by the end of the day in order to avoid being dropped from the course. Lectures will take place via Zoom and in these lectures I will present powerpoint slides pertaining to the chapters in the book. I will go over the detailed syllabus (which will also include a schedule) on the first day of class, so be sure to attend!

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)

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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

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: 10/18/2021 Sub#: 886