I am delighted to be your instructor for Abnormal Psychology. You have chosen a challenging and fascinating course that will
be helpful whether or not you pursue a career in the Psychology field. Though you have chosen to take this course as a Distance
Learner, I would like to suggest two methods in which you can make the material come alive to you.
The first way is to utilize my professional background as a therapist and psycho-educational instructor in the clinical field,
and as an instructor at Stanford University, Santa Clara University, West Valley College, Mission College, and De Anza College.
You may do this by emailing me throughout the quarter. Please put "Psy 4 question" or "Psy 4 student: help needed" or
something like that in the subject line of the email. I teach courses online and on-campus and receive many emails from my
various classes. Please be clear and concise in your emails and know that I will answer your messages as soon as possible. I
encourage you to communicate with me via email throughout the quarter. If you are an oncampus student, please feel free to
make an appointment with me to meet in person. I am here to help!
The second way of making the course material come alive to you is to form study groups with others in the course. You have
access to others in the course via the CourseCompass website, where the Psy 4 course happens. In these groups, you can discuss
readings, video clips from the CD-ROM and course material.
I hope you find this course to be stimulating, informative and helpful in achieving your educational goals.
Please note that the entire Psy 4 course happens on the CourseCompass website (and NOT on Catalyst). See the Hurkmans Psy 4
syllabus for complete instructions on how to register onto the CourseCompass website and get started in the course.
Please do NOT miss deadlines for the course saying "I could not find you on Catalyst". This course DOES NOT happen on Catalyst.
Be prepared to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week using and studying the course materials.