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PSY-1010-VO02 - Introduction to Psychology


Synonym: 185289
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2019 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: Katherine Veilleux | 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.

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:

Teaching Methods will include:

A weekly discussion board assignment related to textbook content and/or
A small group discussion board related to course material.
Students will also pose and respond to questions weekly.
Weekly quizzes will be administered.
A final research paper on a topic of interest in psychology with APA citations will be completed by the end of the semester.

Evaluation Criteria:

Discussion Questions

During the weeks that you are assigned a discussion question you will be expected to complete all aspects of that question i.e. in addition to answering the assigned question you must also:

  1. Post your response to the discussion question. As a general guideline, be sure to post at least two complete paragraphs.
  2. Post a question you have either about the reading that week, one of the discussion questions, or a posting by another student.
  3. Respond to a fellow students question.
  4. Respond to any follow-up questions I. the instructor, pose directly to you.

All discussion questions will be responded to in the discussion board forum for that week.

If you complete all of the above, in a comprehensive and insightful manner, while paying attention to the general grading guidelines given below, you can expect to receive an A grade.
Overall these points will combine to make up 40% of your score

Group work

Group work or cooperative learning is an integral part of your coursework and while it will not be a requirement every week, it is something you can expect to participate in, especially during the completion of your final research papers when you will be peer reviewing the work of other members of your group.

I appreciate that group work can result in some anxiety, either because some members of your group are not contributing or because you feel you do not know the other members of your group and so cannot effectively communicate with them. In order to ensure such situations do not occur I have placed you in groups that you will stay in for the duration of the semester. I will also be grading you on the following 3 aspects of your group work:

  1. The amount of work each individual contributes.
  2. The process: here I will look out how individual members work to create group bonds and get the group working well together.
  3. The end result.

Group work will be completed in your group discussion boards which can be found by clicking on "Groups".

If you complete all of the above, in a comprehensive and insightful manner, while paying attention to the general grading guidelines given below, you can expect to receive an A grade. Overall these points will combine to make up 15% of your score.

Final Research Paper

You will be required to completeoneresearch paper in this class. The final research paper will require that you perform research and cite your sources using APA format. So that you have a clear sense of what I am looking for in terms of the content of your paper, please review the Research Paper Writing Rubric.

The final research paper will be submitted to meunder assignments.I will return the paper to you, with comments. Discussions regarding topic selection and the research paper writing process will happen in a designated discussion board forum.

The final research paper is worth 15% of the grade.

Quizzes
Throughout the semester there will be multiple choice quizzes covering each major topic. These quizzes are not meant to test your recall on the subject, rather they are there as a review, designed to enhance and strengthen your understanding, and also to provide you with insight into your own progress. You can therefore feel free to use your text when you respond. Once you have completed and submitted your quiz, it will automatically be graded and the score entered into the gradebook.

Your quizzes are worth 30% of your total grade.

Grading Criteria:

A Work: (A+ = 100-98%, A = 97-93%, A- = 92-90%)

  • Assignment is carefully and systematically answered.
  • Reponses illustrate the student has a thorough understanding of the subject matter as evidenced through appropriate use of subject specific vocabulary and key concepts, and the ability to relate the subject matter to their own experiences and /or other areas of knowledge.
  • Responses are thoroughly researched and reference (in APA format) scholarly primary and secondary sources.
  • Arguments, theories and conclusions are well developed and show evidence of critical thinking and reflection.
  • Writing (with a very limited number of spelling and grammar errors) clearly communicates the argument.

B Work: (B+ = 89-87%, B = 86-83%, B- = 82-80%)

  • All major pieces of the assignment are responded to.
  • Reponses illustrate the student understands the subject matter as evidenced through appropriate use of subject specific vocabulary and key concepts; limited ability to relate subject matter to their own experiences and/or other areas of knowledge.
  • Responses are researched and reference (in APA format) scholarly primary and secondary sources.
  • Arguments, theories and conclusions are developed.
  • A small number of spelling and grammar errors may be present.

C Work: (C+ = 79-77%, C = 76-73%, C- = 72-70%)

  • Student responds to most elements of the assignment.
  • Response illustrates basic understanding of subject matter.
  • Limited amount of research and use of primary and secondary sources.
  • Arguments, theories and conclusions are not fully developed. Spelling and grammar errors impede the student's ability to communicate the main points of their argument.

D Work: (D+ = 69-67%, D = 66-63%, D- = 62-60%)

  • Student responds to some elements of the assignment.
  • Response illustrates limited understanding of subject matter.
  • Little to no research and use of primary and secondary sources.
  • Spelling and grammar errors make it difficult for the student to communicate the main points of their argument.

F Work: (59% or less)

  • Student does not respond to the components of the assignment.
  • Response does not illustrate an understanding of the subject matter.
  • No research or use of primary and secondary sources.
  • Spelling and grammar errors make it impossible for the student to communicate the main points of their argument.

Late Work: All work must be submitted by the posted deadline. If it is not, prior arrangements must be made with the instructor. Please note, even if an extension is granted, expect your homework to drop in points (a penalty for late submission).

Textbooks:

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-VO02 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: Katherine Veilleux
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jeremy Vaughn

Syllabus:

''Introduction to Psychology Online Syllabus Fall 2019'

Syllabus

WEEK/
DATE

TOPICS COVERED

READINGS

ASSIGNMENTS

ESSENTIAL OBJECTIVES MET

1

Sept.3-9

Why are you interested in Psychology?
Major Schools of thought
Careers in Psychology and roles psychologists play in today's society

Rathus pp.2-18
Intro. and theories
American Psychological Society Careers site http://www.apa.org
/students/brochure/

Discussion Board Work
Respond to discussion questions 1.1 and 1.2 in the Week 1 discussion board.

1

2

Sept. 10-16

Scientific Method and
Group Activity re: Major Schools of Thought

Rathuspp.18-25
Scientific Method

Group Work
Complete group activity in your small group discussion area. Also, complete discussion board item 2.1 in the weekly discussion board area.

Quiz
Complete thechapter 1quiz, found under "Quizzes".

1

3 Sept. 17-23

Psychology

Rathus

Chapter 2

5 articles from databases accessed through VCTC
library

http://www.cordblood.com /google/learn.asp

Discussion Board Work
Respond to discussion question 3.1 and 3.2 in the Week 3 discussion board.

Complete the week 3 Quiz

2

4
Sept 24-Sept 30

Sensation and Perception

Rathus
Chapter 3

Discussion Board Work
Respond to discussion question 4.1 in the Week 4 discussion board.
Preparation in a dream journal for next week's group work.

Quiz
Complete the Week 5 quiz, found under "Quizzes"

2

5
Oct 1-Oct 7

Consciousness

Rathus

Chapter 4

Group Work
Complete group assignment 5.1 in your small group discussion board. Please note that this is a three part assignment with different elements due on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

Complete week 5 quiz on chapter 4

3

6

Oct 8-Oct 14

Learning

Rathus Chapter 5

Complete week 6 Discussion Board Assignment

Complete the week 6 quiz found under quizzes

4

7
Oct 15-Oct 21

Memory

RathusChapter 6

Discussion Board
Respond to discusson question 7.1 or 7.2 in the week 7 discussion board.

Quiz
Complete the week 7 quiz found under "quizzes".

4

8
Oct.22-Oct 28th

Language, Thinking, and Intelligence

Rathus Chapter 7

Discussion Board
Respond to discussion question 8.1 or 8.2 in the Week 8 iscussion board.

Quiz
Complete the Week 8 quiz, found under "Quizzes"

4,5

9
Oct 29-Nov 4

Motivation and Emotion

Rathus Chapter 8

Discussion Board
Respond to discussion question 9.1 or 9.2 in the Week 9 discussion board.

Quiz
Complete the Week 9 quiz, found under "Quizzes"

6

10
November 5-Nov 11

Life Span

Rathus
Chapter 9

Discussion Board Work
Respond to discussion question 10.1 in the Week 10 discussion board.

Quiz
Complete the Week 10 quiz, found under "Quizzes"

5

11
Nov 12th-Nov 18th

Personality

RathusChapter 10

Discussion Board

Respond to discussion question11.1 or11.2 in the Week 11 discussion board.

Quiz
Complete the Week 11 quiz, found under "Quizzes"

.

Quiz
Complete the Week 11 quiz, found under "Quizzes" in the Blackboard site.

7

12
Nov 19th- Nov 25th

Stress, Health, and adjustment

Rathus Chapter 11

Discussion Board
Complete Discussion Board 12.1
Final Research Paper
Select your topic, turn your topic into a thesis question and post both to the Research Paper discussion board for approval. Check in to the same discussion board for tips and pointers from CCV Library Coordinator, Larraby Fellows

Complete week #12 quiz found under Quizzes

2,3

13
Nov 26th-Dec 2nd

Psychological Disorders and Methods of Therapy

RathusChapters 12 and 13

Discusion Board 13.1,13.2, 0r 13.3

Final Research Paper
Continue your research, develop your outline and post the outline to the Research Paper Discussion Forum. Provide feedback for one of your classmates. I also encourage you to submit your paper to e-tutoring to get an e-structer's feedback on your paper.

Quiz
Complete the Week 13 quiz, found under "Quizzes"

9

14
Dec 3rd- Dec 9th

Social Psychology

Rathus Chapter 14

Group Work

Final Research Paper/Group
Continue your research, draft your paper and post it to your Group Discussion Forum. Provide feedback for at least one of your group. I also encourage you to submit your paper toe-TUTORING to get an e-structer's feedback on your paper.

Quiz
Complete the Week 14 quiz, found under "Quizzes" in the Blackboard site.

8

15
Dec 10th-Dec 16th

Final Research Paper
Closing Discussions

Discussion Board
Respond to discussion question 15.1 in the Week 15 discussion board.

Final Research Paper/Group
Complete the final draft of your research paper and submit it to your instructor under assignments

1-9

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.

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