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PSY-1010-VA02 - Introduction to Psychology

Synonym: 188942
Location: St. Albans
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Tuesday, 08:30A - 11:30A
Semester Dates: 09-03-2019 to 12-10-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-23-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Tana Randall | 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.


  • In-class discussions
  • Small group and whole class exercises
  • videos
  • Lectures
  • Research paper
  • Homework and writing assignments
  • Quizzes and final exam

Evaluation Criteria:

  • 25% Attendance and Class participation
  • 20% Homework
  • 20% Research papers
  • 5% Final presentation
  • 15% Quizzes
  • 10% Final Exam
  • 5% Student choice

Grading Criteria:

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: Equivalent to D (+/-) or better and therefore course will not count as credit for specific program requirements or competence area requirements.

NP: indicates failure to meet course objectives and/or failure to meet grading criteria for successful completion as described in the instructor's course description.


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-VA02 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: Tana Randall
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Katherine Maynard

Attendance Policy:

Attendance Policy:Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. Please be aware that missing more than two (2) classes will result in a non-satisfactory grade. A pattern of late arrival or early departure will constitute absence at the instructor's discretion.

Attendance and participation are 25% of the final grade. This is a participatory class with half of a point awarded for attendance. The other 2 points are awarded each class for full participation.



You will find a more detailed syllabus with specific assignments on the class Canvas.

Class 1: What Is Psychology

Class 2: Biology, The Brain

Class 3: Perception & Consciousness

Class 4: Lifespan Psychology

Class 5: Learning & Behaviorism

Class 6: Memory

Class 7: Thinking, Language & Intelligence

Class 8: Motivation & Emotion

Class 9: Personality & Stress Management

Class 10: Student Success Week

Class 11: Psychiatric Diagnoses & Treatment

Class 12: Social Psychology

Class 13: More Diagnoses & Treatment

Class 14: Final Exam

Class 15: Final Presentations

Detailed Syllabus

Detailed Syllabus

First Research Paper: This paper is about a psychological theory you are interested in. You will choose thetheory from a list at the end of our first class. The paper will be due on the fourth class. Focus on the historyand foundation of the theory, which theorist or theorists were involved and what it is about. Are therepros/cons to the theory? Is it scientifically sound? What is the theory based on? Three-page minimum. Nocover page.Double-spaced. APA citations and reference page. You must use AT LEAST TWO reference articles (notwebsites) from the Hartness Library, plus your text. This is worth 5% of your final grade.Second Research Paper: This paper is chosen from a list of topics. The paper will be due on the 14th class.This is a 5-10-page paper on a psychological topic. Focus on the history of the topic, who, what, when, where,why and how. Is there controversy? Is the research behind it scientifically based or not? This paper must be5-pages minimum, but a quality paper will be around 7 pages. No cover page. Double spaced. APA citations and reference page required. You must use AT LEAST THREE reference articles (not websites) from the Hartness Library, plus your text. This is worth 15% of your final grade.

Final Presentation: Your final presentation is on the last day of class. It will be a 10-minute minimum presentation on your (second) research topic. You should use a visual aid and/or a class activity. You can use a video for up to 20% of the time (for example, 2 minutes out of 10) to illustrate your topic. You will be graded on your knowledge of the topic, ability to answer questions and engagement. This is not a public speaking class, so don’t worry about those skills – just get to know your topic really well. This is worth 5% of your finalgrade

Attendance and Participation: 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 pairswork.

Quizzes: are open notes, but not open book. This means you should take notes on your readings. You arerequired to answer questionsinyourownwords, not copied from the text, so you should take notes in yourown words. This aids in understanding new concepts. Each quiz is worth 1% of your grade.

Final Exam is cumulative and worth 10% of your final grade.

Class One: What Is Psychology?Introductions, hopes, expectations, Plagiarism, Research Methods,

Homework due next week: Read chapters 1 & 2 Draw a picture of the brain and it’s structures and bring to class (you won’t be graded on your drawing skills,just your understanding of the structures!)

Class Two: Biology, Quiz on chapters 1 & 2Biology, The Brain, Synapses, Neurotransmitters

Homework due next week: Read Chapters 3 & 4, Pick topic for first research paper (psychological theory). TYPE a brief outline and bring to class.

Class 3: Outline due, Quiz on chapters 3 & 4, Perception, Sensation, Consciousness

Homework due next week: Read Chapter 9, First research paper due next week

Class 4: Lifespan Psychology, First research paper due, Quiz on chapter 9, Psychological Development across the Lifespan

Homework due next week: Read chapter 5, Create a Lifespan Development chart with at least 5 theories/theorists and the ages/stages they postulatedabout psychological development. OR 1-page personal reflection paper on your own psychologicaldevelopment and the 5 theories discussed in class. (Ainsworth/Bowlby, Kohlberg, Freud, Erikson & Piaget.) (2points)

Class 5: Papers returned, Quiz on chapter 5, Conditioning, Behaviorism, Handout on topics for 2nd paper

Homework :Read chapter 6, Choose a topic for your 2nd paper, Other homework assigned in class

Class 6: Memory, Quiz on chapter 6, Choose 2nd paper topics

Homework: Read chapter 7

Create a Learning Styles collage AFTER reading the chapter. Use only pictures, no words, to describe your learning style(s). It can either be 9 squares (a 5 & 4 model) or 16 squares (a 4X4 model). You can use magazine pictures, clipart, and/or drawings.

Class 7: Thinking, Language, Intelligence, Quiz on chapter 7, Share Learning Styles

Homework: Read chapter 8, Create a TYPED outline for your final paper. It must include 3 sources. Other homework assigned in class

Class 8: Motivation & Emotion, Quiz on chapter 8, Review outlines in class, Emotions, Gender

Homework: Read chapters 10 & 11 Write the rough draft of your final paper. It must be typed, APA style, minimum of 3 sources. Hand in on paper next class.

Class 9: Personality & Stress Management, Quiz on chapters 10 & 11, Rough drafts due - review in class

Homework due in 2 weeks: Read chapters 12 & 13 Other homework assigned in class

Class 10: Student Success WeekT

Class 11: Psychological Disorders & Treatment, Quiz on chapters 12 & 13, Dangers of Labelling

Homework due next week :Read chapter 14, Other homework assigned in class

Class 12: Social Psychology, Quiz on Chapter 14, Prejudice, Discrimination, Stereotypes, Privilege

Homework due next week: Final papers due at the beginning of class next week1

Class 13: Catch up Day,Final papers due today. This day is set aside for us to catch up on any loose ends and topics we have put aside through the semester. Please do not treat this as a day off because there will likely be a lot covered today, Exam Review, Final homework

Class 14: Final Exams, Final papers returned today, Final exams taken today,

Homework due next week: Final presentations due next week

Class 15: Final Presentations, Papers returned, Final presentations

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.

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