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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 24-Jan-23

Spring 2023 | PSY-1010-VA01 - Introduction to Psychology

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: St. Albans
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Thursday, 06:00P - 08:45P
Semester Dates: 01-26-2023 to 05-04-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-26-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Tana Randall
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Gilberto Diaz Santos

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General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
Social Sciences
  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 catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course is a survey of the basic issues, concepts, theories, and methods of psychology. Students explore 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, including practices that create, maintain, or dismantle social inequalities.
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. Discuss how individuals and groups are influenced in social settings over time.
10. Evaluate how socio-cultural norms and values shape psychological diagnosis and treatment and discuss the importance of cultural competence in the field of psychology.
11. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding the scientific method and in interpreting and evaluating statistical and other quantitative data as applied to human behavior in an ethical manner.
12. Explore career opportunities in the field of psychology and related professions.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. Browse the Canvas Site for this class.


small and large group discussions

interactive projects and/or activities

multimedia presentations and resources

readings, writing, and inquiry-based research

Evaluation Criteria

30% Attendance and Participation

15% Homework

15% Research Paper

15% Quizzes

10% Final Exam

10% Final Project

5% Student strength

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Introductions, forming class, co-creating syllabus, reviewing text, What is psychology, plagiarism, research methods




Read, Watch related video, take reading notes



Statistics, Scientific Method, bias, the brain


Read on next week's topic, watch related video,


Take reading notes, other homework assigned in class



Perception, Sensation, Consciousness, discuss research topics




Take reading notes, other homework assigned in class, work on outline for research paper



Language, Learning




Take reading notes, other homework assigned in class



Cognitive development, child development, memory


OpenStax related chapters


Take reading notes, other homework assigned in class



Intelligence, motivation, emotion


OpenStax related chapters


Take reading notes, other homework assigned in class



Social Psychology, feedback/discussion on research & rough drafts


OpenStax related readings


Take reading notes, other homework assigned in class





OpenStax related chapters


Take reading notes, other homework assigned in class



Built in catch-up day. Used to cover any topics we've left behind in the past 8 classes


OpenStax related readings


Take reading notes, other homework assigned in class



Stress, Research paper due


OpenStax related readings


Take reading notes, other homework assigned in class



Labelling & Disorders


OpenStax related readings


Take reading notes, other homework assigned in class



Treatment in the U.S.


OpenStax related readings


Take reading notes, other homework assigned in class



Prejudice, Descrimination, Stereotypes, Privilege, review for final exam


OpenStax related readings, others assigned in class


Take reading notes, other homework assigned in class



Final Exam, further discussion on careers and other related topics




Complete final presentation for next week



Final presentations on psychology topic of interest.


students choice - 5 sources minimum


last class


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

This is a participatory class. You get half a point for just showing up. Participation includes cell phones off/away and engagement in the class process. You can earn up to two points for participation. I understand everyone has different comfort levels with groups, so there will be a variety of ways to participate in class, including asking questions, sharing information, small group, and pairs work.

Missing & Late Work Policy

  • Assignments are due by the deadline noted on the syllabus, even when you need to be absent. Your work can be emailed..
  • You are responsible for checking Canvas and getting any notes, materials and assignments for the class you missed. Please reach out and ask questions if anything is unclear.
  • Plan to complete homework for the next class meeting on time.
  • Late work is not accepted, except in emergency situations. In the case of an extenuating circumstance, please communicate as early as you can with your instructor about the need to miss class and/or assignments.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

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.