Online Course - Psychology 300
Updated for Spring Semester 2018
Psychology 300 Section 12717
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This is an online course in psychology. Students will interact with classmates and the professor online via the course site (Canvas). Except for textbook reading, all course work is accessed and submitted online.
About the course: Psychology is a fun and challenging subject that is used to understand every aspect of our lives. Much of this course is focused on the "how" of psychology: how psychologists investigate questions, how to determine whether one method should be used over another, how to understand the conclusions drawn within context. Classic studies in psychology plus current trends will be discussed as an overview of this very broad field is provided in this course. I hope you leave the course understanding yourselves better, the people and animals in your lives, as well as leaving a better consumer of research.
What to Expect in this Course:
- My online courses are offered via Canvas
- Please note: you will have access to the Canvas site beginning on Day 1 of classes and not before.
- A mandatory orientation for the course opens on Day 1 of classes and must be completed by 11:55 PM on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018
- Important documents (e.g., syllabus, class schedule, assignment descriptions, grading criteria) can be found on the Canvas course site on the first day of classes.
- In this course, students will:
- Read assignments from the required textbooks.
- ALL course work is submitted via the Canvas course site. Course work: quizzes, exams, online and in class discussions, and additional written assignments.
- You will read a lot: College students read a lot as a general expectation, but because this course is also offered online, students in this course will read more than those in a traditional classroom. That is because materials that are translated to the online environment, e.g., lectures, often use text to convey ideas.
- This course is NOT self-paced. Course materials are released on a week-by-week basis. Students will work with each other throughout the semester.
- Time commitment: This is a 3-unit transfer-level course. As in any transfer-level course, students are expected to study/do course work for 2 hours outside of class for each hour spent in class. In other words, for this course, students are expected to participate "in class" online (Canvas ) 3 hours per week, minimum; AND to work on the course outside of class time for 6 hours a week, for a grand total of 9 hours per week spent on this course, at minimum. Successful students often spend more time on their classes.
All of my psychology courses require the use of a computer, including the Internet. The courses are not designed to be worked on using small mobile devices, e.g., a phone or an iPad or the equivalent. A desktop or laptop computer is expected. Enrolled students may use any computer available on any Los Rios campus to access the course.
Browser - any of the following: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer
Media Readers and Players - any of the following or the equivalent: Adobe Reader, Flash Player, Shockwave, Java