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HDHS 212 / CRNs 33838; 33839
Spring 2023 Semester:  Beginning 17 January

This course is fully online.

Instructor: Bailey Drechsler (she/her), M.A.Psych.

My Contact information

Email Address: Please use Canvas once the semester opens (OR bdrechsl@cuesta.edu before the start of the semester)

Phone Number:  805 . 592 . 9344

Office Location / Student Hours: My office is located in Bldg. 4000, rm. 4033.  I am available to meet by phone, Zoom, in-person & email.  My current Student Hours will be posted on the Course Syllabus in Canvas

The quickest way to make contact me is by email.  I will generally respond to your emails within 24 - 36 hours during weekdays only.  During busy times of the semester, the response time may increase to 48 hours.  On weekends, I will do my best to get back to you ASAP but I cannot guarantee an expeditious response. 

The information below is intended to help you determine if this online course is right for you and provide introductory information to orient you to the course.  Please carefully read the information below to see if you are willing and able to meet the requirements of this course.  Wishing you the very best on your academic journey!

Course Environment:

This online course will be using a Web-based Learning Management System Canvas as the method to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the course including PowerPoint presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book. Using the communication tools, you can communicate using e-mail, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums and groups. 

More about HDHS212 ...

This course integrates the physical, social, emotional and cognitive aspects of human development throughout the lifespan. Advisory: ENGL156. Transfer: CSU; UC .

 Student Learning Objectives:  By the end of the semester, students will be able to….

1. Analyze the fundamental concepts, theoretical perspectives necessary and current research trends necessary to understand the study of lifespan human development.

2. Describe the elements of scientific methodology and the common research designs used by psychologists to study human development.

3. Evaluate how physiological, cognitive, emotional, social and multicultural factors influence human development.

4. Apply concepts and theories of human development to analyze one’s own developmental processes.

Required Textbooks / Materials:

  • An OER (online educational resource) / FREE & Downloadable textbook is used for this course.
  • Additionally, students will need to read ONE of the following books (print versions recommended):

Hunger: A memoir of (My) Body, R. Gay
Look me in the Eyes, J. Robison
A Dream Called Home, R. Grande
Honey Bus, M. May
How We Fight for Our Lives, S. Jones
Crazy Brave, J. Harjo

Take this Man, B. Skyhorse
Beautiful Country, Q. Wang

Canvas Opens on the First Day of the Semester:

Prior to the start of the semester, you will receive an email in your cuesta.edu address providing you with a reminder that class will be starting and log in procedures for Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content. You can access Canvas by logging into MyCuesta, then clicking on the Resources Tab, then clicking on Canvas in the Online Learning Channel, or by typing the Canvas address (https://cuesta.instructure.com/) into your browser address bar. Do not bookmark / favorite the canvas site after your login, or you will get an error message next time you try to log in. You must access the canvas log in directly.

If you are not familiar with logging into canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference Guide.Links to an external site. Once logged into Canvas you will be directed on where to get started. Be sure to read all the direction on the course home page.  

If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas after the semester has begun and need assistance please email me or technical support at this email address: support@my.cuesta.edu

Online Learning: 

If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself. Online classes are not inherently easier, although they may be much more convenient for many students. You should expect to spend at least as much time, if not more on this course as you would on a course that meets face to face. Since there is no lecture component, much of this time will be self-directed and there will be a substantial amount of reading, viewing, studying, and writing required. This course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. There are no face-to-face meetings.  Please be prepared to spend 6 - 8 hours per week on coursework for this class


  • First, go to the Online Readiness ResourcesLinks to an external site. to take a "self-assessment”. There are many resources that were designed to help you understand the basis for an online class and the skills necessary for success. (If the tutorials do 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.)

Regular Effective Contact policy:

Regular and Effective Instructor Contact will be met through weekly instructor initiated threaded discussion forums; weekly announcements to students; timely and effective feedback on student assignments; email, phone or messaging to individuals; and virtual office hours.


Keep in mind that this course will require as much time—if not more— as a traditional course.  While distance education provides a convenient alternative to traditional classroom education, it requires computer literacy and much more reading and writing.  This 3 unit college-level course translates into spending approximately 5 hours each week on coursework.

  • This is NOT a work-at-your-own-pace class. You will have assignments due each week.
  • Once the semester begins, it is your responsibility to access the course using Canvas.  ALL students (no matter when they register), will be held to the same assignment deadlines for this class.    An Introductory Assignment is due by 11:59pm on the first Sunday of the semester.  Submission of this first assignment is required to remain in the course.


This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class such as extended time on exams or other resources. Please let me know as soon as possible so that you can receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. You should also contact DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services)Links to an external site. at 805-546-3148

Technical Support

Cuesta students are encouraged to direct all technical support inquiries to  support@my.cuesta.edu. If you are having issues with Canvas, you should contact the Canvas Support Hotline at (877) 921-7680, or click on the help button on the Canvas Navigation to report a problem.

If you are having difficulty viewing the course or logging in, it may be because you are not using the correct url: https://cuesta.instructure.com/ or you are using your phone or using an unsupported browser.

Your learning environment is best accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, using Firefox or Chrome.  This may solve your problem!  Please review the browser requirements and minimum computer specificationsLinks to an external site. .

College & Course Policies

Academic Honesty Policy:

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.

In addition to my course policy, please note all students attending San Luis Obispo County Community College District at any district site and when representing Cuesta College in any off-campus activity, assume an obligation to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner compatible with the Student Code of conduct. Please review the Cuesta College Student Code of conductLinks to an external site. at:

Add / Drop Policy: Students who fail to complete/submit the first assignment on time will be dropped.  Additionally, students who miss 7 assignments within the first 12 weeks will be dropped. In addition to my policy, please review the Cuesta policy for drops

Waitlist Policy: Please review Cuesta’s waitlist procedure and instructionsLinks to an external site.:  




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