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Revision Date: 16-Nov-17

PSY-1010-VO01Y - Introduction to Psychology

Synonym: 172462
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: 06-26-2018 to 08-13-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 07-11-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-27-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Patricia Davenport | 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.

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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.


  • Discussion forums
  • Mini-lecture
  • Small group activities, including activities and simulations
  • Reflection writing and writing assignments
  • Midterm and Final exams
  • Research project of the student's choosing
  • Subject content presentation
  • Multimedia
  • Electronic research

Evaluation Criteria:

                                          Quizzes                                              10%

                                          Research Paper                               20%

                                          Presentations                                   15%

                                          Midterm Exam                                   15%

                                          Final Exam                                         15%

                                          Participation/Discussion Posts     25%


  • Extra Credit (2 points) – Any student with on-time completion of all discussion posts and responses will receive an extra two points (to be added to final grade).

Grading Criteria:

A+ through A-: For any work to receive an “A”, it must clearly be 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 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 a 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.


Summer 2018 textbook data will be available on April 9. 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: Patricia Davenport
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jeremy Vaughn

Attendance Policy:


It is expected that students will actively participate each week throughout the course. In order to be marked present in this online course, students must log-on to the course at least once during the week (which runs Tuesday - Monday). In order for students to be successful in the course, it is recommended that students log in and participate in discussions and activities frequently. More than two weeks of participation absences will negatively impact a student’s ability to complete the requirements of the class successfully and will likely result in a meeting with the instructor and academic advisor.


Students are required to post three times in the discussion forum each week. The initial post, in response to the discussion question/topic is due by midnight on Thursdays. This is expected to be 1-2 paragraphs in legnth. Two responses (to two different peers) are due by midnight on Sundays. These peer responses should be no less than three sentences and should contribute content to the discussion. Points will be deducted for late posts and assignments. Discussion posts, if more than three days late, will receive no credit.

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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