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PSYCH-103 - Introduction to Behavioral Research - Deanna Riveira

Course:Introduction to Behavioral Research
Professor:Deanna Riveira
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Hello potential virtual Psych 103 student!

If you are thinking about enrolling in this section of the course, please be sure to note all of this very important information.

We will be meeting ON CAMPUS in PERSON during select days.  Please be sure to check the schedule in MyCanyons for all meeting dates. All other work will be completed online in the Canvas system.



Course Description

Classic studies in psychology are highlighted as students learn the basic principles and concepts of research through a survey of methods currently used in psychology including: naturalistic observation, case study, questionnaire, correlational research and laboratory experiments. Students have the opportunity to examine research designs and the process of data analysis to gain added insight into the scientific method. This course requires research study and manuscript writing using APA guidelines and format. Transfer credit: CSU:UC

Course Student Learning Outcome:
Differentiate and apply basic research methods in psychology, evaluate research using critical thinking and skeptical inquiry, utilize effective research tools and resources, and communicate effectively using APA format.

What to Expect in this Course

You must attend the first class session on campus, or you will be dropped from the class as a No Show.  All other on-campus meetings are also mandatory, and you can be dropped for missing any of those sessions as well.  All other work will be completed online in the Canvas system.

Types of Assessments

Exams in person, quizzes, homework activities, APA manuscript, presentation

Textbook Information

Cozby, P.C., & Bates, S.C. (2021). Methods in behavioral research (15th ed.). McGraw-Hill Education.

ISBN: 978-1-260-71890-1

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).

Our bookstore should have copies to purchase these books.

Other Relevant Course Information

The first class session will be an orientation to the class.  We will not have any required Zoom sessions -- unless lock-down occurs again.

If you have any other questions before class begins, feel free to email me:

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:

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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: 10/03/2023 Sub#: 1177