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PSY-1010-VO01Y - Introduction to Psychology


Synonym: 168578
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Semester Dates: 03-20-2018 to 05-07-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 03-29-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 04-17-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Abby Gelfer | 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
    Note
  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.

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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.

Methods:

Instructor presentations of material

Weekly forum discussions

Films and Videos from Khan Academy and others

Case-specific forum discussions

 

Evaluation Criteria:

 

10%  nature/nurture paper

20%  mid-term exam

10%  helping behavior paper

20%  final exam

40%  class participation/weekly posts

Grading Criteria:

A - The student demonstrates a high level of proficiency in both written and oral work.  Each objective is achieved by extensive analysis of the concepts involved and by original and creative responses to related assignments.  Excellent listening and speaking skills are demonstrated both in class discussions and formal presentations.  All written assignments are completed promptly with careful attention paid to both presentation and content.

B - The student demonstrates a very good level of proficiency in both written and oral work.  Each objective is achieved by solid analysis of the concepts involved and by appropriate responses to related assignments.  Very good listening and speaking skills are demonstrated both in class discussions and formal presentations.  All written assignments are completed promptly with careful attention paid to both presentation and content.

C - The student demonstrates a satisfactory level of proficiency in both written and oral work.  Each objective is achieved by adequate analysis of the concepts involved and by acceptable responses to related assignments.  Satisfactory listening and speaking skills are demonstrated in both class discussions and formal presentations.  All written assignments are completed with attention paid to both presentation and content.

D - The student demonstrates a less than satisfactory level of proficiency in either written or oral work, while minimally addressing the essential objectives.  Most written assignments are completed.

Textbooks:

Spring 2018 textbook data will be available on December 4. 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.

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: Abby Gelfer
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jeremy Vaughn

Attendance Policy:

In this class, more than two absences will lower your final grade by one full grade.  If you miss three classes, you can not receive a higher grade than B; if you miss four classes you can not receive a higher grade than C.  It is not possible to pass the course with more than four absences.

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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