Online Education

Online Education Center

Orientation Details

Online Orientation for PSYC-D004.-64Z
(It is highly recommended that you print out this page for future reference.)
Instructor Contact Information
Instructor Linda Hurkmans
Office Hours Office hours online via email throughout the term, on campus by appt. only.
Office Location DLC
Office Phone (408) 864-8770 Email is PREFERRED.
A Message from your Instructor

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. Thank you.
Hours of Study
Be prepared to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week using and studying the course materials.
How to get started in your course
  • Apply for admission to De Anza College and register for this class, if you have not already done so. Completing this orientation DOES NOT enroll you in the course.
  • Complete the online orientation and submit the Student Information Form.
  • Read the complete course syllabus. Go to and select "Syllabus".
  • Obtain the required course materials.
  • Consult the Assignment Schedule in the syllabus and start your text reading and assignments for Week 1.

Online Education
Building: MLC 210

Phone: 408.864.8969
M-Th: 9:00a-5:00p
F: 9:00a-4:00p


Last Updated: 1/27/16