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Revision Date: 10-Jan-23

Spring 2023 | PSY-1010-VG01 - 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: Bennington
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Thursday, 03:00P - 05:40P
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


Felipe Stetson
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Philip Crossman

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

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

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


1/26/23 Defining and Touring Psychology:

Class introductions

Class expectations and requirements

Class discussion about chapter 1 and Chapter 8 Memory, section 8.4 in Psychology 2e


Read Chapter 1 in Psychology 2e.

Please pay attention to section 1.1, James and Functionalism, Freud and Psychoanalytic Theory, Gestalt Psychology, Behaviorism, Humanism, Cognitive Revolution, Multicultural and Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Section 1.3 Learn and Understand the array of different perspectives and disciplines within psychology

Chapter 8: Memory Read section 8.4 "Ways to Enhance Memory"


Please complete the review questions 1-15 at the end of chapter 1 - Introduction to Psychology and Chapter 8 - Memory, questions 9-12. These will be turned in at the end of the first class.

Please read Chapter 2 - "Psychological Research" for week 2/2/23 -

Please read in Psychology 2e:

Section 2.1 - Skip section entitled "notable researchers".

Section 2.2

Section 2.3 - know what correlation means, the difference between positive and negative correlations and decide whether correlations define causality between two or more correlations.

- pay attention to and understand section "Designing an Experiment", "Independent and Dependent Variables", Selecting and Assigning Experimental Participants", Interpreting Experimental Findings", "Reliability and Validity".

We will have a class discussion on Ethics.

Study for Chapter 1 Quiz



2/2/23 Chapter 2 - Psychological Research


Quiz on Chapter 1:Defining and Touring Psychology

In class article and discussion re: psychological research.

Long Covid and how it affects the brain, mood, and the limits of psychology and research.


In class small group work exploring research methods/designing experiments.

Read Chapter 3 "Biopsychology" for 2/9/23 -

Skip 3.1 - genetics

Read 3.2 - 3.4 - Skip brain imaging, Read 3.5 endocrine system

Answer questions 1-20 in chapter review

Write a response to question number 24 in chapter review.



2/9/23 Chapter 3: Biopsychology


Quiz Chapter 2: Psychological Research.

In class discussion and exploration of the central nervous system with attention given to the lobes if the brain, the limbic system, and different structures associated with how human are wired and how this effects our psychology.


Read chapter 4 for week of 2/16/23: States of Consciousness 4.1 - 4.4, Skip 4.5 - we will address substance abuse later in the semester, read 4.6.

Answer review questions 1-24 and write responses to questions 40 and 41.

We likely will need to finish chapter 3 in the upcoming week because there is a lot of information to cover. Please be prepared to discuss further the function of the Brain.



2/16/23 Chapter 4 - States of Consciousness


Quiz Chapter 3: Biopsychology

Likely, finishing chapter 3 - biopsychology

Class discussion small group work exploring what is the nature of consciousness, sleep, learning and memory, circadian rhythms, and what happens to the body and mind when we lack sleep.


Read Chapter 5 for week of 2/23/23 - Sensation and Perception

Read: 5.1, skim through 5.2-5.4 - understand the basic functions of our sensory organs and how they transform physical energy into neuronal signals interpreted in the brain - what is this called how does it generally work for a particular sensory organ?, read 5.5 Gestalt principles or organization.

Answer questions 1-4, 18, 22-25, answer written response to question 26 and 37



2/23/23 Chapter 5: Sensation and Perception


Quiz on Chapter 4 - States of Consciousness

Likely finishing up Chapter 4 discussion,

Chapter 5 discussion and small group work presenting elements of the sleep cycle, transduction of energy, Gestalt principles in mini in class presentations.


Read Chapter 6 for week 3/2/23 : Learning

Read 6.1-6.4 Classical Conditioning, Operant Conditioning, Observational Learning

Answer review questions: 1-16, write answer to question 17



3/2/23 Chapter 6: Learning


Quiz chapter 5: Sensation and Perception

Likely finishing chapter 5 discussion, presentations

Discussion chapter 6, experimentation with learning principles


Read chapter 7 for week 3/9/23 - thinking and intelligence

Read: 7.1, Skip 7.2, 7.3-7.6

Answer questions 1-4, 9-24, write a response to question 40



3/9/23 Chapter 7: Thinking and Intelligence


Quiz chapter 6: Learning

Class Discussion on cognition, intelligence, creativity, schema, why we measure intelligence, what is intelligence, disorders related to cognition. Small group work.


For week 3/16/23: Review chapters 1-7, Chapter 8: memory, section 8.4 for Midterm for week 8

Read Chapter 8: Memory 8.1 - 8.4

Section 8.4 will be included on the midterm. Please read and use the strategies to help you study for the midterm. Be prepared to answer whether this helped you study, memorize and improve your test taking.



3/16/23 Midterm: Chapters 1-7 A portion of chapter 8 will be included in the midterm, section 8.4.



3/23/22 Chapter 8: Memory


Quiz Chapter 8

Before the Quiz: Discussion and small group work on memory, its function,malleability, how we store memories.

Video on how we actively, though unconsciously edit memory


Read Chapter 9 for week 3/30/23: Lifespan Development, section 9.1 only, Read Chapter 10: Emotion and Motivation, section 10.1 and section 10.4 only.



3/30/23 Chapter 10: Emotion and Motivation


Small group presentation on a theory of Emotion and Motivation - TBD

Discussion of final project, topics, rubric, and timeline for development of topic and schedule of due dates for sections of the final project for review.

Quiz Chapter 10 Emotion and Motivation


Read Chapter 11 for week 4/6/23 : Personality, section 11.1, 11.2, Skip 11.3, read 11.4 - 11.8, skip 11.9



4/6/23 Chapter 11: Personality




Read Chapter 12 for week 4/13/23 : Social Psychology

Read 12.1, Skip 12.2, read 12.3-12.7



4/13/23 Chapter 12: Social Psychology



Work on final project research, Understanding APA citation


Read Chapter 14 for week 4/20/23: Stress, Lifestyle, and Health

Read 14.1 skip 14.2, read 14.3-14.5



4/20/23 Chapter 14: Stress, Lifestyle, and Health


TBA - Class discussion, small group presentations

Work on final projects, research

Quiz Chapter 14 Stresss, Lifestyle, and Health


Read chapter for week 4/26/23 15

Read 15.1-15.7



4/27/23 Chapter 15: Psychological Disorders


TBA - Class discussion, small group work

Work on final projects, research, putting project together for presentation

Quiz Chapter 15 Psychological Disorders


Read Chapter 16 for week 5/4/23 : Therapy and Treatment

Read 16.1-16.5



4/4/23 Final Project Presentations and Topic Summaries


Presentation of Research Final Project in APA format with 4-5 page summary of findings.


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.

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.

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