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Psychology 172H - Developmental Psychology-Honors - Mehgen Andrade

Course:Developmental Psychology-Honors
Professor:Mehgen Andrade
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


My name is Mehgen Andrade and I am your instructor for the Honors Developmental Psychology (Psychology 172H) course and am looking forward to working with you during the coming session! Please read this entire letter for details about logging in to the course and the amount and type of work required. If you have any further questions that this letter does not answer, please send me an email at

This is an OnlineLIVE Class, which means that there will not be any on-campus meetings, but we will meet online during scheduled classtimes via Zoom and Canvas. Examinations will be administered online and will require the use of a working camera.  

This course will be available on Canvas beginning on the day that the class officially starts. Instructions for logging in to Canvas can be found here:

Only officially enrolled students will have an account, and you must complete the orientation discussion board by the first day of class, or risk being dropped from the course.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to human development over the entire lifespan. It will include an emphasis on changes that occur throughout the lifespan, including the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social growth of all age groups. You will also learn about psychological theories that offer many perspectives on human development.

Student Learning Outcome: Compare and contrast the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and developmental trends as they apply to human development across the lifespan.

What to Expect in this Course

Our online class will include a combination of various graded assessments, which may include discussion boards, assignments (generally written essay style submissions), quizzes, and exams. The course is organized in modules, where each module covers approximately 3-5 chapters or topics and includes each of these graded components. The Discussion Boards require a personal response to a question I pose to the class, as well as a response to another student. It encourages reading of the chapters ahead of time but is most heavily based on your own opinions and reflections. The assignments require more in-depth reading and understanding that is demonstrated in a well- organized and clearly written essay. There are times that the assignments may require other types of activities. Again, in order to really do well, you will need to read each chapter and use the practice quizzes that are provided to be best prepared. The details for each task is included in the syllabus and I will make it available to you no later than the Friday before classes begin so you can schedule accordingly. In some cases, I may have it available even earlier to you. If you have any questions regarding expectations, please let me know!!

Types of Assessments

Discussion Boards Synopsis/Writing Assignment Proctored Exams

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Download Psychology 172 Textbook access.pdf

Other Relevant Course Information

It is the student's responsibility to drop the course through the college if warranted. However, the instructor reserves the right to drop any student if it is apparent that the student is no longer active in the course. If you miss the first discussion board post, or any two course requirements (discussion boards, assignments, or exams) in a row, YOU MAY BE DROPPED. The student should not assume that s/he will automatically be dropped from the course. This means that if you miss some assignments and are not dropped, you will likely earn an “F” or “FW” in the course.

Given that this is an online course, you MUST have available to you a computer with reliable internet access and a valid e-mail address that you check regularly, preferably daily.

Exams are administered online with Proctorio, which is an extension through your internet browser that allows for integrity controls and requires the use of a video recording device while taking all exams. You will need to have a functioning video source that accurately records your behaviors during the exam. The camera may be a built-in part of the computer or an external device.

Because this is an online course, you are required to master the material outside of a classroom setting. This requires approximately 20-40 hours per week of studying in order to complete the reading assignments and other work for this class. If this seems like more than you can manage without external prompting, perhaps a more traditional 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.

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.

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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.

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Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 10/06/2021 Sub#: 739