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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 03-Jun-24

Fall 2024 | PSY-1010-VO04 - Introduction to Psychology

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 9 (as of 07-13-24 3:05 PM)
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Katherine Penberthy
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Kate Hughes

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Social Sciences
  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 catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course is a survey of the basic issues, concepts, theories, and methods of psychology. Students explore 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, including practices that create, maintain, or dismantle social inequalities.
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. Discuss how individuals and groups are influenced in social settings over time.
10. Evaluate how socio-cultural norms and values shape psychological diagnosis and treatment and discuss the importance of cultural competence in the field of psychology.
11. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding the scientific method and in interpreting and evaluating statistical and other quantitative data as applied to human behavior in an ethical manner.
12. Explore the scope and diversity of career opportunities in the field of psychology and related professions through assignments such as informational interviews, job shadows, or other career exploration activities.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a no cost textbook or resource class. ***

PSY-1010-VO04 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


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.
An annotated bibliography 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.

Annotated Bibliography

You will be required to complete one annotated bibliography paper in this class. The annotated bibliography will require that you summarize and critique 3-5 articles on a topic of your interest and cite your sources using APA format. Look in the first module of class to find more detailed information on the research paper.

The annotated bibliography will be submitted to me under assignments. I will return the paper to you, with comments. Discussions regarding topic selection and the process of writing an annotated bibliography will happen in a designated discussion board forum.

The annotated bibliography is worth 15% of the grade.

Throughout the semester there will be 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

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Introduction and Careers


Introduction to Psychology Rathus


Discussion Board Introductions and Careers in Psychology
Discussion Questions and responses



Scientific Method and Theories of Psychology


Intro. to Psychology Rathus


Discussion Board Assignment
Question and Response
Small Group Discussion
Quiz Chapter 1



Biology and Psychology


Intro. to Psychology Rathus


Discussion Board Assignment
Question and Response
Chapter 2 Quiz
Meet with Embedded librarian to select and article



Sensation and Perception


Chapter 3 Introduction to Psychology Rathus


Discussion Board Assignment
Question and Response





Chapter 4 PSYCH Rathus


Discussion Board Assignment
Question and Response





PSYCH- Rathus- Chapter 5


Discussion Board Assignment
Discussion Question and Response
Quiz Chapter 5





Chapter 6 PSYCH Rathus


Discussion Board Assignment
Question and Response



Language, Thinking, and Intelligence


PSYCH- Rathus- Chapter 7


Discussion Board Assignment
Question and Response
Quiz Chapter 7



Motivation and Emotion


PSYCH-Rathus Chapter 8


Discussion Board Assignment
Question and Response
Quiz Chapter 8



Human and Moral Development


PSYCH-Rathus- Chapter 9


Discussion Board Assignment
Question and Response
Quiz chapter 9



Personality Theories


PSYCH-Rathus- Chapter 10


Discussion Board Assignment
Question and Response
Quiz chapter 10
Submit topic and research question for annotated bibliography



Stress, Health, and Adjustment


PSYCH-Rathus-Chapter 11


Discussion Board Assignment
Question and Response
Quiz chapter 11
Find and summarize one article for your annotated bibliography



Psychological Disorders and Methods of Treatment


PSYCH-Rathus- Chapter 12


Discussion Board Assignment
Question and Response
Quiz chapter 12
Find and summarize a second article for your annotated bibliography



Social Psychology


PSYCH-Rathus- Chapter 13


Discussion Board Assignment in Small Groups
Question and Response
Quiz on Chapter 13
Find and summarize a third article for your annotated bibliography and submit it to a peer for review. Review one peer's annotated bibliography.



Farewell and Annotated Bibliography


No Reading


Discussion Board Assignment
Question and Response
Submit Annotated Bibliography


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

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.