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PSY101 Psychology and Human Relations

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  • CRN: 42590
  • Credits: 4
  • Locations, days, times, and instructors:
    • Online, Available 24/7
      From September 26 through December 17, 2022, Tani L McBeth

Class materials


Find out which textbooks are required for this class.

Details about this class

Welcome to PSY 101 Psychology and Human Relations!

**This is a fully online, asynchronous class that doesn't meet "synchronously" (together at the same time) using Zoom or Google Meet, etc.

This is a great class for focusing on applied psychology concepts to improve work and personal interactions.

This is intended to be a practical course. We will explore various psychological and interpersonal communication theories and concepts to understand and practice making changes to behavior.

Note: This course focuses on practicing the concepts that we're exploring in the course for skill development. You will need to be prepared to go beyond understanding and practice the skills. Main areas of practice include paraphrasing, perception checking, 'I' statements, and non-defensive responses to criticism.

Enjoy the course! :-)
Tani McBeth

Required Textbook
See the information at the “Textbooks” link on the class schedule online.

There are often questions about how the waitlist works and whether you're likely to get into the class from the waitlist. I can tell you that typically I'm only able to let in the top 3-5 from the waitlist, however, whether seats become available depends upon whether students who are already registered in the course drop before the class starts. Not many students tend to drop once they've registered, however, it can vary from term to term. I always let a few students in from the waitlist on the Friday prior to the term. You will know if you've been added to the class from the waitlist as I will email you once I've submitted the permission for you.

Students must log into D2L at some point on day 1, Monday, 9.26.22, and complete the required orientation items and get started on week 1 work no later than day 3, Wednesday 9.28.22 by 11:59 PM, for Fall 2022 so that students on the waitlist can be added. Those not logging in to participate in the course or not submitting the orientation items by the deadline will be dropped as a "no show." Also, dive into the week 1 assignments as there is a lot going on to get started on a successful footing!

Log into D2L Brightspace
This course will be using D2L as our online classroom.

To login to your course, please go to: https://my.pcc.edu and click on the D2L login on the left side.

You can also log directly into D2L at https://online.pcc.edu and using your MyPCC log in information.

Once in D2L, click on 'Content' on the top navigation menu to access the weekly learning modules, quizzes, discussions, and assignments. There you will find the Introduction to Online Learning and Course Information modules, which include the Syllabus and Assignment schedule/Calendar to print or save for your reference! :-)

Course Organization
The main structure of this course will be the following:

  1. Actively read 1-2 chapters and watch relevant videos per week.  This is the foundation for our application with the discussions and homework.
  2. Quiz on each chapter (not cumulative). These are multiple attempt and intended to help us practice the "spacing effect" and "testing effect" for the learning process.  Use them to self-assess your understanding from the chapters to apply with the discussions and homework. There is no midterm or final test.  
  3. Respond to questions relating to the chapter/video concepts via the discussion forums. You will be expected to contribute your own ideas as well as respond to the ideas of others in class. This acts as our 'classroom.'  We'll be exploring perspectives and practicing skills in the discussions.
  4. Homework assignments every week relating to the chapter to apply it to our lives. :-)
  5. Participation is monitored by the amount of time you are logged into the class and your participation in the discussion forums. Your success in the course will depend upon how much time you devote to study and your ability to manage time. In an online class, you are in control of the learning process and you have to be very motivated to keep up with the material and assignments. You will get out of the course what you put in so approach the class as a serious endeavor. If you are interested in the class because you think you will not have to work hard, this course is not for you. Online classes are structured so you may actually have to devote more time to the course than a traditional on-campus class, however, your hard work will be rewarded with a deeper understanding of psychological concepts.

    All communication for this course is through D2L. This class moves along at a fairly good clip through the term. There are aspects of the course that are flexible within the deadlines, however, regular student-student and instructor-student interaction via the discussion forums is a large part of how we explore and apply the material.


  1. You will need access to the following hardware and software for this course:
    A computer with reliable internet access at least several times per week. Make sure you have a backup plan for potential computer/internet problems or outages. (e.g., the library, computer lab, friend, neighbor, work, or relative, etc.)
  2. A word processing program (save everything as .docx or .doc) prior to submission online.  Note that you have FREE access to Microsoft Office 365 (which includes Word) through PCC! :-)
    Link to Microsoft Office 365
  3. A webcam and microphone/headset microphone during week 1 and later in the term as well.  Make sure you have one, purchase one, or can borrow one (from the library or someone you know) during these time frames.

PCC library checkout information for laptops, webcams, and headset microphones

We will be using Video Note in D2L at key parts of this course.

If you do not feel comfortable doing any of these tasks, please consider taking a remote/face-to-face version of the course instead.

Online class information

No show policy
Your instructor can mark you as a "no show" if you do not participate in your class during the first week. This will remove you from the class. It is important to log in as soon as the class starts to see what the participation requirements are.
Online & Remote Teaching Technical Requirements:
Please be sure to read the quick guide to Online Learning technical requirements.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities taking Online based classes please visit the Disability Services website.
Online Prerequisite | Start Guide for Online Learning:
Before you take your first online class at PCC, you must complete the start guide for online learning. The start guide will help you decide if online classes are right for you. Once you complete the start guide, you will be eligible to register for online classes.

The Start Guide is not required for Hybrid or Remote Classes but strongly recommended. To learn more, go to https://www.pcc.edu/osg