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Revision Date: 03-Sep-19

PSY-1010-VG01 - Introduction to Psychology

Synonym: 184117
Location: Bennington
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Wednesday, 09:00A - 11:45A
Semester Dates: 09-04-2019 to 12-11-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-23-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Felipe Stetson | 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.


Teaching methods will include -

* Lecture

* Small and large group discussion

* Multi-media

* Group presentations

* Writing

* Weekly quizzes

* Mid-term/final evaluations

Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be evaluated by the following criteria:

* Participation and attendance 25%

* Weekly quizzes - 50%

* Final Project - 25%

Grading Criteria:

A+ - A- = 100-90%

Expectations to acheive an "A" grade are excellent class and group participation and attendance. Always being prepared, asking questions, giving feedback relevent to content of class discussion, excellent writing, thoughtful insight and effort in research and presentation and 90% and above on quizzes, tests, and writing assignments.

B+ - B- = 89-80 %

To achieve a "B" - good class and group participation and attendance - not missing more than 1 class during the semester and participating in lecture and group activities, asking questions, feedback relative to content of class discussion, good writing skills and thoughtfulness to research and presentation and 80% and above on quizzes, tests, writing assignments.

C+ - C- = 79-70%
To achieve a "C" - good class and group participation and attendance - not missing more than 2 classes during the semester and participating in lecture and group activities, asking questions, feedback relative to content of class discussion, good writing skills and thoughtfulness to research and presentation and 70% and above on quizzes, tests, writing assignments.

D+ - D- = 69-60%

To achieve a "D" - coming to class unprepared, not participating very much, general lack of caring for course content. Minimal effort. 69-60% on assignments, tests/quizzes, group presentations/research and missing 2 or more classes.

F = Below 60%

To Achieve an "F" - please drop this course before you earn a failing grade.


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-VG01 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: Felipe Stetson
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Philip Crossman

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is mandatory.

No one will be allowed to miss more than 3 classes and pass the course. I will allow 1 excused absence during the semester if and only if it is an unavoidable issue such as an emergency sickness or accident, child care issue, death etc. You must call me at (802) 733-1827 (you can text to this number) at the earliest possible time you become aware of your issue. If you call or contact me after the date of the class you miss, it will be a "non-excused" absence with no exceptions.

Unexcused absences

Will not be allowed to make up the missed assignment, quizzes, tests etc. Your daily participation grade will reflect a "0" for that day regardless of whether it is an excused absence or not.

Excused absences

Will be allowed to turn in assignments due that day and take make-up quizzes with a 10% grade reduction for the assingnment/quiz. It will be your responsibilty to set up a time with me to make up your missed quiz and it must be done within a week of your excused absense or you will not be allowed to take the missed quiz.

If you are absent for a mid-term, final exam or a group presentation/research report due date you will not be able to make these up and will recieve a "0" for that assignment.

Please do not be late to class or leave early, do not text, talk, email, sanpchat, Facebook or otherwise use your phone or electronic device during class time.

If electronic devices become a chronic - more than 1 - distraction during class then a meeting with your advisor will be recommended.

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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