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Revision Date: 25-Jul-19

PSY-1010-VO05 - Introduction to Psychology

Synonym: 185292
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: Zoe Griffing | 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.

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:

Please be aware that I will post periodic announcements to the entire class by using the Announcements Forum on the course site.

It will be important to check your CCV email regularly

I check my email fairly regularly so you can expect a response from me within 24 to 48 hours. If a couple of days have gone by and you haven't heard from me please call me.

I am also available by phone 802-922-8785. If I'm not able to answer the phone when you call I do have voice mail so you if you leave me a message I will return your call.

I don't have conversations with students over text message.


Methods willinclude the following:

1) Readings from the main text and other sources

2) Discussions

3) Activities

4) Assignments

5) Videos

Evaluation Criteria:

Your final grade and your progress towards adequately meeting the course objectives will be based on the following:

Attendance (1 point possible each week)

Timely submission and accuracy of Assignments (typically up to 5 points possible each assignment)

Final Project (10 points)

Discussions will be part of the class and can benefit your learning and the learning of others but they will not be factored into the final grade.

Grading Criteria:

The final grade will be computed by dividing the number of points earned by the number of points possible. The total number of points possible for the Fall semester is 75

Attendance forum posts are worth 20% of the final grade

Weekly Chapter Assignments are worth 67 % of the final grade.

The Final Project is worth 13% of the final grade

A+ (100-97%)

A (96-93%)

A- (92-90%)

B+ (89-87%)

B (86-83%)

B- (82-80%)

C + (79-77%)

C (76-73%)

C- (72-70%)

D + (69-67%)

D (66-63%)

D- (62-60%)

F 59% and below


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-VO05 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: Zoe Griffing
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jeremy Vaughn

Attendance Policy:

Post in the attendance thread once each week. The post needs to happen no earlier than 12:00am Tuesday morning of the start of the course week and no later than 11:59pm Monday evening at the end of the course week. (These attendance posts can earn you 1 point each week)

Attendance will be submitted on Tuesday mornings.

Please be advised that the attendance requirements for financial aid may be different than the requirements of this class.


Introduction to Psychology PSY-1010-VO05 Fall 2019

Attendance Posts: Due at some point between 12:00am Tuesday at the start of the course week and 11:59pm Monday at the end of the course week.

Discussion Posts: Aim for posting something on Thursday

Assignments: Due by 11:55pm on Mondays (grace period until 5am
Tuesdays then assignment is locked)

Week 1 (Sept. 3 – 9)
Let’s Talk About This Class

Week 2 (Sept. 10 – 16)
Chapter 1 The Science of Psychology
Week 2 Discussion
Week 2 Assignment

Week 3 (Sept. 17 – 23)
Chapter 2 Neuroscience
Week 3 Discussion Week
3 Assignment

Week 4 (Sept. 24 – 30)
Chapter 3 Sensation and Perception
Week 4 Discussion
Week 4 Assignment

Week 5 (Oct. 1 – 7)
Chapter 4 Learning
Week 5 Discussion
Week 5 Assignment

Week 6 (Oct. 8- 14)
Chapter 5 Memory Week
6 Discussion
Final Project Discussion
Week 6 Assignment

Week 7 (Oct. 15- 21)
Chapter 6 Thinking and Intelligence
Week 7 Discussion
Week 7 Assignment

Week 8 (Oct. 22-28)
Chapter 7 Developmental Psychology
Week 8 Discussion
Week 8 Assignment

Week 9 (Oct. 29- Nov. 4)
Chapter 8 Personality Theories and Assessment
Week 9 Discussion
Week 9 Assignment

Week 10 (Nov. 5 – 11)
Chapter 9 Social Psychology
Week 10 Discussion
Week 10 Assignment

Week 11 (Nov. 12 – 18)
Chapter 10 Abnormal Psychology
Week 11 Discussion
Week 11 Assignment

Week 12 (Nov. 19 – 25)
Final Questions

Week 13 (Nov. 26 - Dec. 2)
Thanksgiving Week
Attendance post only this week

Week 14 (Dec. 3 – 9)
Final Projects Due

Week 15 (Dec. 10-16)
Last Week of Class
Course Reflection

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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