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Revision Date: 05-Sep-19

PSY-1010-VN01 - Introduction to Psychology

Synonym: 187216
Location: Newport
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Monday, 05:30P - 08:15P
Semester Dates: 09-09-2019 to 12-16-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-23-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Judith Castonguay | 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:

This course will feature case studies from a variety of sources to enhance and "bring to life" course content.


1. Class meetings will consist of lectures, small and large group discussions, and hands-on activities. Some on-line activities may also be assigned.

2. Videos and articles may be used as they relate to course content.

3. Three exams will be given to assess student learning. All exams are take home - done outside of class - and can be completed using texts, class notes and resource materials.

4. Students will be asked to keep and hand in a weekly journal commenting on reading assignments and/or class discussions/activities.

5. Each student will complete a final project which will be chosen in collaboration with the instructor. Options for the final project include a research paper or a class presentation.

Evaluation Criteria:

1. Regular attendance and participation in class and online discussions and activities.

2. Satisfactory completion of exams.

3. Satisfactory completion of weekly journal entries.

4. Satisfactory completion of final project.

Grading Criteria:

attendance/participation: 65 points (this includes participation in online discussions and activities if assigned)

exams: 90 points (30 points each)

journal entries: 70 points (5 points for each journal entry)

final project: 75 points


Letter Grade Criteria:

256- 300 - A

211- 255 - B

166- 210 - C

121- 165 - D

0 - 120 - F

Extra credit accepted if approved in advance.

A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must be clearly 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-VN01 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: Judith Castonguay
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Kathryn Hughes

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 three (3) classes may result in a non-satisfactory grade. A pattern of late arrival or early departure may constitute absence at the instructor's discretion. If you know you are going to miss a class, please let the instructor know in advance so that you can make arrangements to complete missed work.


Introduction to Psychology, Fall 2019, Mondays 5:30 - 8:15

September 9th

Introduction - The History & Science of Psychology

September 16th


Chapter 1

Journal #1

September 24th

The Brain & Human Development

Chapters 2 & 3

Journal #2

September 30th

Sensation & Perception

Chapter 4

Journal #3

October 7th


Chapter 5

Journal #4

Test #1 passed out

October 14th

Learning & Memory

Chapters 5 & 7

Journal #5

Test #1 due

October 21st

Cognition, Language, Creativity, & Intelligence

Chapters 8 & 9

Journal #6

October 28th

Motivation & Emotions

Chapter 10

Journal #7

November 4th

Sex, Gender, & Sexuality

Chapter 11

Journal #8

November 11th


Chapter 12

Journal #9

Test #2 passed out

November 8th

Health, Stress, & Coping

Chapter 13

Journal #10

Test #2 due

November 26th

Abnormal Psychology – Disorders & Therapies

Chapters 14 & 15

Journal #11

December 2nd

Social Psychology & Behaviors

Chapters 16 & 17

Journal #12

December 9th

Applied Psychology

Chapter 18

Journal #13

Final Test passed out

December 16th

A Review

Journal #14

Final Test due

Final Project due

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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