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Revision Date: 05-Sep-19

PSY-1010-VA01 - Introduction to Psychology

Synonym: 184116
Location: St. Albans
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Monday, 03:00P - 06:00P
Semester Dates: 09-09-2019 to 12-16-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-23-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Rhonda Richard | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Human Behavior
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description:

A survey of the basic issues, concepts, theories and methods of psychology. Students will increase their awareness of the scientific approach to understanding human behavior through a study of sensory processes, perception, emotion, motivation, intelligence, learning and personality formation.

Essential Objectives:

1. Discuss the development of psychology as a social science.
2. Analyze how current research in neuroscience influences our understanding of the biological and environmental foundations of behavior.
3. Explore how environmental stimuli are sensed and perceived.
4. Describe the nature of consciousness and its relationship to psychological well-being.
5. Experiment with learning and memory formation and evaluate how intelligence is measured.
6. Understand key milestones in language, cognitive, and socio-moral development.
7. Compare theories of motivation and emotion.
8. Identify psychodynamic, behavioral, social, cognitive, and humanistic theories of personality and discuss the approach each takes to understanding human behavior.
9. Give examples of how individuals and groups are influenced in social settings.
10. Evaluate how socio-cultural norms and values shape psychological diagnosis and treatment.
11. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding the scientific method and in interpreting and evaluating statistical and other quantitative data as applied to human behavior.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Pre-class Assignments and Required Text: There "is" a Required Text, although there are no required pre-class assignments for the first class. However, please purchase the text in time to be prepared for the readings and assignments required for the second class. You can purchase your text from any source you choose (which can sometimes save money), but make certain it is the correct text with the correct ISBN#.

Required Text: Think Psychology (2011 Edition)

Publisher: Pearson ISBN#: 9780132128407

Contact Information: Please write 'CCV Intro to Psychology' in the subject area when contacting the instructor via email. Thank you.


This is an interactive course that allows students to explore a variety of psychological concepts. Various applied activities and assignments are integrated into the classes to promote an understanding of, and a connection to, the course content.Course assignments and activities are designed to consider different learning styles and interests, allowing adult students to learn and demonstrate knowledge in varied ways. Please email me if you have any questions.

I look forward to meeting you!

Course Methods:

Activities that connect "real life" authentic situations and examples to Psychological concepts

· Small-group and whole-class discussions

· Instructor presentations

· Interactive activities

· Small group assignments/activities

· Individual student assignments/activities

· Reflective assignments (oral and written)

· Topic related Multi-Media Resources

· Access to Websites and other Instructional Technology

Assessment of Knowledge (Exams)

Evaluation Criteria:

Assignments/Activities and Attendance/Participation:Throughout the course students can earn 0-100 points for completing required assignments and participating in class activities. Each requirement is assigned a value, resulting in a possible accumulated total of 0-100 points or 0-100 percent. This totalis converted toa final letter grade.Before the final grade is calculated, students will know how they are doing in this course, since feedback/grades for completed requirements will be provided throughout the semester.Students should feel free to communicate with the instructor about any concerns or questions they might have during the semester. A lengthy research paper is not required, but briefer activities that address relevant and current topics, and that allow students an opportunity for some personal exploration of specific interests (and extensions) related to the course objectives.

Syllabus/Assignment Instructions and Formats:A list of weekly class assignments will be noted on the Syllabus/Class Calendar (additional hand out). Written instructions and formats for some assignments will also be provided.We will discuss this during our first class.

Participation/Preparedness:Thoughtful and respectful class participation is expected. Please come prepared for each class by completing required readings and assignments. Participation does impact a student’s overall final grade. Students are required to come to class with legible notes (typed not necessary unless otherwise noted) that demonstrate an understanding of the assignments to be covered in class. This will be discussed further during our first class.

Communication and Expectations:Building a community of learners is a rewarding endeavor. To ensure a positive experience for all, please refer to the following criteria.

The student:

·Is prepared for each class

·Is a ‘positive’ contributor

·Supports his/her fellow class colleagues

·Allows others to express themselves

·Shares his/her ideas in a professional and respectful manner

·Is respectful of “participation expectations” (e.g., balancing active participation with allowing others time to also speak and participate)

·Works effectively in groups

·Is prepared and willing to take on class responsibilities

·Thoroughly reviews all of the course requirements and assignment guidelines, hand-outs, posted and shared information

·Follows assignment instructions and formatsandAdheres to designated due dates/times

·Makes copies of all assignments that are handed in (please keep copies for yourself)

·Demonstrates required written and oral expression skills

·Considers the confidentiality of others when sharing information

·Communicates with the instructor about absences and missed work

·Communicates with the instructor in a timely manner if there are issues that need to be addressed

·Maintains his/her CCV email account to ensure that communication is possible and checks his/her email on a regular basis

Please do not include the instructor’s email on personal ‘send to all’ lists. Only CCV email addresses can be used for the purposes of this course.Please identify emails by writing ‘CCV Intro to Psychology’ in the subject area.

Thank you for not text messaging during class (the use of cell phones, laptops, and other devices will be discussed during the first class).

Grading Criteria:

Earning a Final Letter Grade: Throughout the course students can earn 0-100 points/percent for completing required assignments and participating in class activities. The accumulated result is converted to a Final Letter Grade at the end of the semester.

Final Grade Points/Percentages Required

A+ 97-100

A 94-96

A- 90-93

B+ 87-89

B 84-86

B- 80-83

C+ 77-79

C 74-76

C- 70-73

D+ 67-69

D 64-66

D- 60-63

F 59 and below

A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

P (satisfactory), NP (non-satisfactory), or AU (audit/ or no credit): Requests for these grading options must be made through your advisor. and have specific time-line submission requirements. Please inform the instructor during the first class if you are requesting any of these grading options for this course.


Fall 2019 textbook data will be available on May 13. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

PSY-1010-VA01 Textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Rhonda Richard
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Katherine Maynard

Attendance Policy:

Attendance: Class attendance is essential to the success of each individual student and the development of a complete and dynamic class community. It is expected that class will begin and end as scheduled, therefore punctuality is necessary. One missed class (depending on the class missed) might be able to be made up with alternate assignments if the student communicates with the instructor in advance to determine if/how this might be possible. In this case the student can still earn credit for missed work, although any absence still needs to be recorded as an absence. Excessive absences will impact a student’s overall grade and three absences will result in a failing grade.Arriving late or leaving class early will be counted toward absences. Only in extreme situations, and at the discretion of the instructor, can exceptions regarding attendance policies be considered.Please speak with the instructor if you are facing issues that interfere with your attendance.

Getting Assignments when Absent: Check emails and Canvas. If a student is absent for a class, they are responsible for being prepared for the next class by knowing what assignment(s) are expected and if there are any required hand-outs/instructions for them to review. Students can select a fellow class member to collect and give them any materials (that are on on Canvas) OR the instructor can place hand-outs in her CCV mailbox with the student's name on them (if any are required that are not on Canvas). The student must make arrangements to have all materials/ hand-outs/instructions in time to complete assignments before the next class. You can call the main St. Albans CCV site phone number and ask a staff member to check the instructor’s mailbox to see if there is anything with your name on it to pick up. Please allow the instructor time after class to place things in her box, and please check your email and Canvas when you are absent.

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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