PSYCH-102 - Physiological Psychology - Rebecca Shepherd
Hi, my name is Rebecca Shepherd and I'm the instructor for this course. I've been a full-time faculty member at College of the Canyons since 1996. Prior to teaching here, I taught at University of Nebraska, Creighton University, Mira Costa College and Palomar College. My research background is in physiological psychology (I studied New World monkeys) and positive psychology (I studied stereotype threat). I will post more information about myself in our class introductory discussion, so there is time for you to get to know me and for me to get to know you.
I've taught this class in a face-to-face format and in a 100% online format, and realize that "one size does not fit all." But, if you feel Zoomed out, and/or feel like the flexibility provided by a 100% online class might work for you, please keep reading...
All work will be done online and there are no face-to-face or required Zoom classroom meetings. This means the class is running in an asynchronous fashion--You can complete each assignment, discussion, quiz & exam from the comfort of wherever you are located, any time of day or night (no proctoring services required), but all assignments must be completed by the submission deadline to be eligible for credit. It also means that you are responsible for reading the assigned textbook pages, viewing suggested video clips and other study materials and practicing the material without class meetings to guide you. So while there is great flexibility (you don’t have to log into Zoom for our class meeting, only to roll over and go back to sleep), there is also great responsibility (you need to keep on top of the material, including reading assigned textbook pages) in this type of course.
This course details the functional and anatomical aspects of the nervous system in order to interpret behavior in terms of physiological processes. Topics include the cellular and organizational structure of the nervous system, the effects of psychoactive substances on the nervous system, the means by which sensory systems detect and process environmental events, and the biological basis of a variety of complex behaviors and mental processes.
Note: Subject matter discussed in this course is mature, sensitive and controversial in nature. Some topics covered in physiological psychology such as: the mind/body debate, animal experimentation, human sexuality, intersex condition, sexual orientation, and psychological disorders may be objectionable to some students. This should be considered prior to enrolling in this course. Continued enrollment in the course verifies your readiness to analyze and discuss these mature topics.
Student Learning Outcome:
Upon successful completion of this course a student will be able to assess the influence of a variety of biological factors including neural and hormonal mechanisms that impact behavior and mental processes such as perception, sleep and dreaming, reproductive behaviors, memory, language and psychological disorders.
What to Expect in this Course
While the field of physiological psychology is fascinating, it does involve a number of complex terms and concepts that require time and energy to understand. Online classes require as much time and effort as traditional face-to-face classes. To further complicate matters, a number of terms that we will be learning in class aren’t terms we tend to use in everyday speech (like “acetylcholinesterase,” for instance). To successfully complete this online course, you must read the required textbook, view suggested video clips, complete discussions, assignments, quizzes and exams.
During a 15-week semester, this class will require approximately 8 - 10 hours per week of studying to complete the reading assignments and other work for this class. [During an 8- or 5-week condensed session (winter, summer), this class will require more studying each week, as we will be moving at 2 - 3 times the full semester pace.] Please note that this is just an “average.” Some of you will find you will need to study more than this to be successful and others of you will find that you can study less and still be successful.
I have done my best to spread the material out across the session as much as possible, but we will be moving through the material quickly. You should plan to log into the class on a regular basis a minimum of 3 days per week, and should be checking your COC email regularly, as well. You are always welcome to work ahead in the discussion posts and you can complete quizzes on whichever days they are available in your folder. A little bit of planning may allow you to navigate around dates that may be problematic.
Types of Assessments
Assessments in this course include: chapter assignments, chapter quizzes, several discussion board assignments, and 4 unit exams. Each unit exam typically consists of multiple-choice and/or true-false questions covering 3-4 chapters.
All assessments can be completed from the comfort of your own home. Proctoring services are not required for any of the assessments this semester.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
“Brain & Behavior: An Introduction to Biological Psychology, 5th Edition,” by Bob Garrett (2018). Sage/ISBN: 978-1-5063-4920-6
For this class, you will need to have regular access to the required textbook. It was selected because it corresponds to selected because it corresponds to student learning outcomes developed by COC that allow us to maintain transferability agreements with 4-year colleges. A different textbook, or even a different edition of this book, will not provide you with the required materials to be successful in this class.
**Having regular access to the textbook and to Canvas is required. for this course.**
The required textbook is available for purchase at the COC Bookstore.
Other Relevant Course Information
I look forward to working with you this semester!
This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at https://coc.instructure.com. Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:
- CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex: email@example.com)
- CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password
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.
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Last updated: 10/18/2021 Sub#: 884