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PSY-1010-VM01 - Introduction to Psychology

Synonym: 184119
Location: Montpelier
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Tuesday, 05:45P - 08:30P
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: Gina Hilton-Vanosdall | 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:

Though it is not required, it will benefit students to read chapter 1 in IntroducingPsychology, fourth edition(Schacter, Gilbert, Wegner, and Nock) prior to the first class meeting.

Purchasing access to Launch Pad gives you access to the eBook as well as to other resources and assignments that will be used throughout the semester. We will ensure that everyone is signed up for Launch Pad during the first class meeting.

If you also would like a printed copy of the textbook in addition to the eBook that comes with Launch Pad, you may purchase one online. Just ensure that it is Introducing Psychology,fourth edition(Schacter, Gilbert, Wegner, and Nock). ISBN-13:978-1464155543.

Evaluation Criteria:

The requirements for receiving a satisfactory grade for this course include:

1. Completion of reading assignments in the texts and other materials. Students are expected to come to class each week having completed the week's assigned reading.

2. Participation in class discussions and other in-class exercises. Having completed the reading, you will be prepared to discuss the material in depth, and grasp the concepts covered in the reading and during class, as well as fully engage in all in-class activities and exercises. Class participation includes: demonstrating interest,expressing ideas, asking questions, listening to others, offering relevant comments.

3.Thorough and thoughtful completion of homework and all written assignments.

4.Class attendance. Class attendance is essential. There are occasions where one may have to miss class. Any missed class, however, will affect your participation grade (and more importantly, your overall learning of the material).Allmissed classes must have prior notice. Missingthree or moreclasses will likely result in a failing grade. Three (3) late arrivals (more than 10 minutes) will equal one absence.

The different areas of your work in this class will be weighted as follows:

Class participation


(Launch Pad assignments, Critical Thinking Questions, and all other assigned work)


Exams and Quizzes


Writing Assignments (Assignments 1 and 2, Chapter Presentation)


Grading Criteria:

A The student has an excellent command of all course objectives, as indicated by high levels of performance in all evaluation areas (e.g., excellent research papers,consistently informed and interested in class discussion, paced, steady progress and high quality work) and has gone beyond the minimum acceptable performance with creative and thorough work. Student has attended all classes.

B The student has mastered all course objectives as indicated by very good performance in all areas of evaluation. While the objectives have been well achieved, it may be the case that the performance across the domains is not consistent, that is, one area may show an acceptable level of mastery where the others show superlative work. Students earning this grade have demonstrated achievement of the objectives through performance that is generally complete and thorough. Because of omissions or inconsistency the student's work does not achieve the level required for the grade of A, nonetheless, the student has made steady, paced progress in achieving the objectives.

C At this level, the student achieved or mostly achieved the objectives. This level of mastery indicates that the student has knowledge, but not expertise. Performance across the areas of evaluation may be inconsistent, with no area being of outstanding quality. Papers have most of the essential content required, but are lacking in depth, analysis or presentation.Some work is missing. The student has not used opportunities to indicate progress and refine the out-of-class work.

D The student has not achieved all the course objectives in a satisfactory manner. This level indicates the student's marginal knowledge of the content. Performance across evaluation areas is inconsistent though there is evidence of effort. Papers have some of the required content but are not complete.

F At this level the student has not achieved the course objectives as indicated by poor deficient performance in all evaluation areas. The student has failed to meet the grading criteria listed above. Student has missed at least 3 classes.


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-VM01 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: Gina Hilton-Vanosdall
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Kathryn Hughes

Attendance Policy:

Please inform the instructor prior to class if you will be absent. Apart from affecting the participation portion of your grade, missing three or more classes makes it very difficult to pass the class. Therefore, missing three of more classes will likely result in a failing grade. Three (3) late arrivals (more than 10 minutes) will equal one absence.

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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