Welcome to DE Psyc 201 18-Week Version!

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Dear Student,

Thank you for your interest in my distance education class! Before you consider enrolling, please read through all of the following information and make sure that you are willing and able to make all the demands of this course.

If you enroll, I will email you (through your mycuesta email account), a few days prior to the start of the term, information including the Syllabus and a Getting Started document. (There will be NO face-to-face orientation!) Once the term begins, I will be communicating with you primarily through Canvas so be sure to check this site on a regular basis.

You will need to login to Canvas during the first day of the course (the syllabus will include instructions on how to login). (Though you may be able to access our Canvas site before the first day of the course, the site will not be ready until the first day of the term.) If you have any problems logging in to Canvas during the first week of the term, email me immediately. (For a quick reference sheet to Canvas, click here. And technical support for Canvas can be found hereLinks to an external site.)

There are a few additional things to consider before enrolling in my class. First, this course demands that you are self-motivated. It is your responsibility to keep on top of the reading assignments, to log-on to the course site frequently, to turn in the required work on time, and to take the examinations during the time period specified (you will have a 48-hour window to take exams—more on this later). Thus, I recommend this course only to those who are well organized and self-disciplined.

Second, this course requires a large amount of reading and a significant time commitment – expect to spend at least 9 hours per week dedicated to this course. Much of the instruction in this course will be coming to you in written form, videos, links, and through the discussions. If you are a quick reader and someone who retains the material you have read, this won’t be a problem for you. However, if you are a slow reader, or don’t retain information you’ve read, this course could be quite difficult. Only you can evaluate whether this type of course is for you, but I urge you to take this self-assessmentLinks to an external site. to determine whether you have the learning style that is compatible with an online course. If that self-assessment survey does NOT describe you, then taking this class online is NOT for you and I strongly suggest that you drop the online class and enroll in a traditional classroom section.

Regards, Katy

Contact Information:

Instructor: Katy Dittmer (previously Neidhardt)
Voice Mail: 546-3100 Ext 2683

Computer and Class Requirements:

  • You must have access to a computer
  • Email account
  • Reliable Internet connection. You will also need to have a backup plan in case your internet provider or computer goes down. 
  • It is also essential that you understand the basic concepts of email, web navigation and online communication to succeed in this course.
  • Must obtain the following textbooks prior to the first day of class.

Required textbook:

Grison, S. & Gazzaniga, M. (2016). Psychology in your life (2nd Ed.). New York: W.W. Norton & Co. (ISBN 978-0-393-26515-6) http://books.wwnorton.com/books/webad.aspx?id=4294990473Links to an external site.

Technology tools:

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic concepts, theoretical perspectives and definitions of vocabulary necessary for the understanding of psychology,
  2. Compare and contrast the different research methods utilized by psychologists in the analysis of behavior,
  3. Apply the basic theoretical perspectives to the scientific analysis of their own and other’s behavior and personality, as well as psychological disorders and treatment methods,
  4. Analyze the role of cognitive, physiological, hereditary, social, multicultural, and emotional factors in determining the complexity and diversity of human behavior.

Course Policies

Drop Policy

Students who fail to log in on the first day of the class (without prior approval from me) will be dropped. Students who fail to take an exam during the 48-hour exam window may be dropped as well. Otherwise it is your responsibility to drop yourself!

Please review the campus add/drop policyLinks to an external site.

Academic Honesty:

You are expected to complete your own assignments and exams. If you are caught cheating, both you and the other students involved will receive an F.

What do we mean by “cheating?”

  • Sharing answers with another student to complete assignments or exams
  • Submitting someone else files as your own
  • Submitting either your assignments or another student’s files from a previous semester
  • Helping someone or receiving help on an exam
  • Getting someone else to take your exams

What happens if you cheat?

Both you and the other students involved will receive an F on the assignment, exam, and/or for the entire course.

For more information, see the Student Code of ConductLinks to an external site. in the General College Catalog.



1. Contact the DSPS officeLinks to an external site. (805) 546-3148 dspsinfo@cuesta.edu
2. Present documentation of disability for review by a disabilities specialist
3. Discuss options for support through DSPS
4. Present a signed DSPS authorization for accommodation to your instructor

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