101 Welcome to the class!

Bill Pelz

This course will introduce you to the fascinating study of human behavior. You will learn what sorts of things psychologists (or Sociologists) are interested in – and some of the methods they use to study them. You will learn some new vocabulary, examine a bit of research, and discuss many interesting issues with your fellow students. Keep an open mind and be prepared for a challenging and thought-provoking course. If you are the curious type, and if you like to think, I believe you will enjoy this course.

Picture of Prof Pelz
Picture of Prof Pelz


Hello! I’m your professor for this course – Bill Pelz.

I began my teaching career at Herkimer County Community College in 1968, and began teaching online in 1997.

Can you guess where I am in the picture on the right?
Picture of Prof Pelz in a grove of trees
Picture of Prof Pelz in a grove of trees

The “Course Information” documents in this section provide syllabus information which describe the course requirements and policies. (Overview, Course Reading and Materials, Course Schedule, etc.). Read all of these documents carefully. If you have any questions, ask in the Bulletin Board at the bottom of the Learning Modules tab, and I will get right back to you with a clarification. After reading through all of the Course Information documents you should have a clear picture of my expectations for the course. Feel free to print any of the documents if you are more comfortable with hard copies.

The Learning Modules appear in the Course Map on the right hand side of your screen – and they can also be accessed by clicking on the Learning Modules tab at the top of the screen. The Learning Modules contain the content, reading assignments, and learning activities for the course. The Learning Modules part of the course is where you will “attend class” on a regular basis. You should logon and participate as often as you can – but not less than six times per module. The Course Schedule document lists the start and end dates for the discussion forums in each module, and also lists the dates when you complete the Knowledge Audits.

Notice: If something in the course seems odd, or if you are not clear what you are expected to do, post a message in the Bulletin Board.


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