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Essential Objectives

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Revision Date: 05-Jun-24
 

Fall 2024 | PSY-1010-VO05 - 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: 15 (as of 07-19-24 8:05 PM)
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Faculty

Abby Gelfer
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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
    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 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 course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

PSY-1010-VO05 Link to Textbooks 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.


Methods

Instructor presentations of material

Weekly forum discussions

Films and Videos from Khan Academy and others

Topic 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

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

 HighLow
A+10098
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 
P10060
NPLess than 600


Weekly Schedule


Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments
 

1

INTRODUCTIONS

  

PSYCHOLOGY IN EVERDAY LIFE chapter 1

  

POSTS: introductions

response to chapters

 

2

BIOPSYCHOLOGY

  

PSYCHOLOGY IN EVERYDAY LIFE chapter 2

  

POST: response to chapter

 

3

DEVELOPMENT

  

PSYCHOLOGY IN EVERYDAY LIFE, chapter 3

  

POST: response to chapter

 

4

SEX, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY

  

PSYCHOLOGY IN EVERYDAY LIFE, chapter 4

  

POST: response to chapter

NATURE/NURTURE PAPER

 

5

SENSATION AND PERCEPTION

  

PSYCHOLOGY IN EVERYDAY LIFE, chapter 5

  

POST: response to chapter

 

6

LEARNING

  

PSYCHOLOGY IN EVERYDAY LIFE, chapter 6

  

POST: response to chapter

 

7

MEMORY

  

PSYCHOLOGY IN EVERYDAY LIFE, chapter 7

  

POST: response to chapter

MID-TERM EXAM

 

8

LANGUAGE AND INTELLIGENCE

  

PSYCHOLOGY IN EVERYDAY LIFE, chapter 8

  

POST: response to chapter

 

9

MOTIVATION AND EMOTION

  

PSYCHOLOGY IN EVERYDAY LIFE, chapter 9

  

POST: response to chapter

 

10

STRESS AND HEALTH

  

PSYCHOLOGY IN EVERYDAY LIFE, chapter 10

  

POST: response to chapter

 

11

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

  

PSYCHOLOGY IN EVERYDAY LIFE, chapter 11

  

POST: response to chapter

HELPING BEHAVIOR PAPER

 

12

PERSONALITY

  

PSYCHOLOGY IN EVERYDAY LIFE, chapter 12

  

POST: response to chapter

 

13

PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS

  

PSYCHOLOGY IN EVERYDAY LIFE, chapter 13

  

POST: response to chapter

 

14

PSYCHOTHERAPY

  

PSYCHOLOGY IN EVERYDAY LIFE, chapter 14

  

POST: response to chapter

 

15

FINAL EXAM

    

FINAL EXAM

 

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.


Participation Expectations

To earn full participation points for the week, students should:

  • Read the assigned material and demonstrate an understanding of those resources in your assignments and posts.
  • Post an original response to the weekly prompt(s) before Friday at midnight (11:59 PM) and a minimum of two responses to peers before Monday at NOON. You are welcome to post early and/or more frequently, as your schedule allows, but you will not receive full credit if you do not meet these minimum requirements and/or deadlines.
  • Posts should be substantive and demonstrate college-level writing. A substantive post references the reading or another appropriate source.


Missing & Late Work Policy

Formal papers can be submitted late, but there is a 10-point penalty. Weekly forum posts will be accepted only until Monday at noon of the week they are assigned.


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.