Greetings! I look forward to working with you this semester! This class will explain and explore the biological mechanisms that underlie the brain and behavior. This is a 16 week fully online and asynchronous course, which means we have no set meeting times online or in person meetings, however you do have an online orientation and deadlines to help you keep the pace of the course. The goal of this orientation is to introduce you to the basics of online education and to familiarize you with your course requirements, as well as how to use the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) that your online courses are delivered in. The orientation includes a series of required exercises designed to ensure you know how to use of all the course tools and resources. Many of these tasks will apply to any online course you will take at CCSF while other items will apply specifically to this course. Learn more about Online Classes at CCSF. Best! Prof A.

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Welcome to Biological Psychology Online!

(PSYC 1B 79068-932)

This 16 week course begins on Tuesday Sept. 3, 2019 - and ends on Friday December 20, 2019

Biological Psychology explores the interaction between the body and behavior. Topics include structure and function of the nervous system, neurotransmitters, psychopharmacology, hormones, behavioral genetics, neuroplasticity and cognitive neuroscience. It examines the biological correlates of sensation, movement, sleep, hunger, sex, emotions, memory, language, and neurological and psychological disorders. The course is CSU/UC transferable, meets the IGETC Area 5B Biological Science requirement, and articulates to UC Berkeley MCB C61/Psych C61. For psychology majors, it is required for the CCSF AT-T Psychology Major. The field of Biological Psychology has been identified by the American Psychological Association (APA) as one of the four major content areas required for psychology majors, and comprises about 20% of the items in the Psychology Graduate Record Exam (GRE). ** Course Prerequisite: Psych 1 General Psychology

Professor Contact Info

Michel B. Arnold, M.S.

All emails will be replied to Mon-Fri 9am-6pm within 24-48 hours excluding weekends and Holidays, click the Inbox to send an email from within Canvas; You may also use: when outside of the Canvas course. Please resend email if you do not receive a reply within 48 hours.

Textbook information for this course can be found below:

Choose one option below:

  1. BioPsychology/with Revel 10th ed., Pinel & Barnes (From CCSF Bookstore)

Revel Access Code Card ISBN-13: 9780134567730

Revel Online purchase price $93.32. Printed text copy option available for purchase $20 additional with free ground shipping.

APA style Reference for your textbook for this course:

Pinel, J. P. J., & Barnes, S. J. (2018). Biopsychology (10th ed.). New York: Pearson.

Revel is required for this course: What is Revel? How Can it help me in this class?

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We will use APA format for this course. Students wishing to late add the course must be on the course waitlist. Waitlisted students will be contacted via email if added to the course.

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Log-in Instructions

Go to the RAM ID Portal and Login.

Username: CCSF ID, examples: W12345678 or @12345678

Your Canvas password is your RAM ID password.

Instructions for new students

Once logged in, Click on the Canvas Tile.

Shortcut: Login directly to Canvas.

Canvas Support Hotline (844) 592-2198 available 24/7.

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Online Learning

What are the real challenges encountered by both new and experienced online students, and how can you be successful? Tune into this short tutorial video to help debunk common myths about online learning.

What Makes a Successful Online Learner? Valuable tips for success and what to expect.

Professor Arnold

Dept. Of Behavioral Sciences

Meet Your Professor!

My name is Michel (Me-kell) Arnold, and I am from San Diego, Ca, however I currently reside in sunny Oakland, Ca near Lake Merritt. Please refer to me as Professor Arnold. I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from a small private historically black liberal arts college, in Greensboro, NC (Bennett College for women) in May of 1999.

I received my Master of Science in Clinical Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback from the California School of Professional Psychology (now Alliant International University) in San Diego, Ca in August of 2000. I have been teaching academically for 18 years. I currently teach courses in Human Sexuality, Child Development, Personality Theories, Adolescent Psychology, General Psychology, Biological Psychology and Lifespan Development just to name a few. For the past 10 years I have worked in both the Clinical and Academic settings. As a Health Educator II and Biofeedback Therapist for Kaiser Permanente where I facilitated groups in Stress Management, Smoking Cessation and saw individual client’s with Psychophysiological disorders such as hypertension, headaches and chronic pain to Family and Children services where I facilitated parenting classes for those court mandated by San Mateo County. I also began simultaneously teaching at Grossmont College and Southwestern College in San Diego, Ca, as an adjunct Psychology Professor, teaching Human Sexuality and Introduction to Psychology.I am currently in the last stage of obtaining my Ph.D. online and am currently working on completing my doctoral dissertation. My research areas of interest include: HIV, sexology, cognition and death and dying. Since 2005 I have been exclusively teaching at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Ca and in the Fall of 2008 acquired a position as a full-time tenured Professor of Psychology and I am currently the Chair for the Psychology Department at this institution. This is my first semester teaching at City College!

I enjoy yoga, cooking, films (old and new), traveling, live music, reading and the beach! I have two pets an 8lb Yorkshire Terrier named Juliette and a long haired domestic cat, named, Veronica! Please feel free to ask questions for anything you are unsure about, (after reading the syllabus of course!).

You can contact me via email at: Monday-Friday between 9am-6pm, or click on the inbox under your calendar between those hours. I will reply to all emails within 24-48 hours excluding holidays. Please resend the email if you receive no reply within 48 hours.