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Spring 2010   PSY-205 -- Introductory Psychology
(3 units, Distance Education, Video Format)

Section 4682 Class Begins January 30, 2010

Course Description

Provides an introduction to the field of psychology, defined as the scientific study of all human behaviors, including observable actions, emotions, and thinking processes. The approach of the course offers students a foundation for applying the principles of psychology to daily life, understanding the self and others, enhancing interpersonal relationships, and preparing for further study in psychology. Topics include the psychology-biology connection, learning, memory, mental processes, emotions, motivation, human development, mental illness, psychotherapy, human interaction, and methods used in psychological research.

Recommended Prep: English 80 or placement into English 200 through assessment process

  • Instructor:  Roger Hock 
  • Email:
  • Textbook Information:
    1. Gerrig, Richard & Zimbardo, Phillip (2010) Psychology and    Life, 19th Edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon. [ISBN: 0205685919].
    2. Franklin, Nancy (2010) Psychology and Life Telecourse Study Guide (19th Ed) [ISBN: 10: 0205757081] Approx text costs: $90.00
    3. Video Series: Discovering Psychology” [see below]
  • Estimated Time Required per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 6 hours per week reading, watching videos, and interacting with the instructor via email, phone, or in-person office visits.
  • Special Requirements: Please attend the orientation on January 30, 9:00-10:20 where you will receive the class syllabus, a preview of the material, and answers to any questions you might have.  
  • Assignments & Tests: Independent reading of the assigned text; watching and studying video programs related to the text readings; attending orientation and three, 3-hour review, discussion and exam sessions (see below); interacting with the instructor via email, phone, or in-person office visits, as needed; and completing a take-home essay assignment.  All course requirements are detailed in the course syllabus.  
  • Additional Comments: This is a distance education video course. The video programs serve as “lectures” that accompany the textbook reading and studying. Students will meet with the instructor 4 times during the semester for review, discussion and exams.
  •  Class meetings will be held on 1/30/10 (from 9:00-10:20 – orientation), and on 3/6, 4/17, and 5/15 from 9:00 - 11:50AM in Room 730 (Library Building). Video programs may be viewed at the Ukiah campus Learning Center, and at both College Centers (Willits and Lakeport), or using Video on Demand (VoD) at A complete set of DVDs or VHS programs may also be rented (for a $55 fee) at or 1-800-745-5480.