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Revision Date: 01-May-20

PSY-1010-VO05 - Introduction to Psychology

Synonym: 199876
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-08-2020 to 12-21-2020
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-28-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-09-2020 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Dianne Coffey | View Faculty Credentials
Open Seats/Section Limit: 16/16 (as of 06-03-20 12:15 PM)
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:

Psychology is regularly defined as the scientific study of the mind and behavior (Nordquist, 2015), but it is much more than this simple definition implies. There are many branches of psychology – neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, abnormal psychology, social psychology, evolutionary psychology, developmental psychology, behavioral psychology, educational psychology, and more. Each branch focuses on a specific area of study, yet all branches attempt to understand how and why humans think and behave the way they do.

In this class, we will explore many of the fascinating branches of psychology, as we look at the theories and research specific to each branch of study. We will learn much about how humans think, feel, and behave as we apply psychological concepts to our everyday experiences in the real world. In addition to getting an overview of the field of psychology, students will explore – in depth – a topic of personal interest to them.

Required Textbook

Rathus, S. A. (2020). PSYCH (6th ed.). Boston, Cengage Learning.

This book is available in print and digital formats; choose the format that works best for you.

Grading Criteria:

Student’s grades will be based on the following point system:

Points Grade

94 - 100 A

90 - 93 A-

87 - 89 B+

84 - 86 B

80 - 83 B-

77 - 79 C+

74 - 76 C

70 - 73 C-

67 - 69 D+

64 - 66 D

60 - 63 D-

< 60 F


Fall 2020 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.

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: Dianne Coffey

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.
  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 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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