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Revision Date: 06-Jan-23

Spring 2023 | PSY-1010-VO11X - 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: 01-24-2023 to 03-13-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-02-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 02-21-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Anie Sklar
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Kate Hughes

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
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 career opportunities in the field of psychology and related professions.

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 only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


There is NO TEXTBOOK for this class. Instead you will be watching videos and listening to podcasts.

Evaluation Criteria

Don’t forget to use the rubrics. They list everything you need to get 100%. Just click:
The name of the assignment/class discussion
Show Rubric

For help finding the rubrics contact the Canvas technical support. Just click on the help icon on the left side of class. You might need to scroll down.

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


getting to know you & memory


Click on People to learn more about your instructor and your fellow students. Check out the virtual sources in materials. By clicking on modules then memory materials.


Join the getting to know you discussion. Contribute to the memory class discussion. Submit a memory assignment.



states of consciousness & learning


Check out the virtual sources in materials. By clicking on modules then states of consciousness/learning materials.


Contribute to the states of consciousness & learning class discussions. Submit the states of consciousness & learning assignments.



motivation and emotion & thinking and intelligence


Check out the virtual sources in materials. By clicking on modules then motivation and emotion/thinking and intelligence materials.


Contribute to the motivation and emotion class discussion & the thinking and intelligence class discussion. Submit the motivation and emotion assignment & the thinking and intelligence assignment.



development across the lifespan & personality


Check out the virtual sources in materials. By clicking on modules then development across the lifespan/personality materials.


Contribute to the development across the lifespan class discussion and the personality class discussion. Submit the development across the lifespan assignment and the personality assignment.



psychological disorders 1 and psychological disorders 2


Check out the virtual sources in materials. By clicking on modules then psychological disorders 1/psychological disorders 2 materials.


Contribute to the psychological disorders 1 class discussion and the psychological disorders 2 class discussion. Submit the psychological disorders 1 assignment and the psychological disorders 2 assignment.



therapy & social psychology


Check out the virtual sources in materials. By clicking on modules then therapy/social psychology materials.


Contribute to the therapy class discussion and the social psychology class discussion. Submit the therapy assignment and the social psychology assignment.



happiness and review


Check out the virtual sources in materials. By clicking on modules then happiness materials.


Contribute to the happiness class discussion. Submit the happiness assignment & your review paper.


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 be marked as present for the week make a post in one of these two places:

* class discussion thread
* post your assignment

Missing & Late Work Policy

Due to life events that occur to many students over a semester (such as sickness, weddings, family illnesses) each student may have a grace topic that can be used once a semester. When you make your request for the grace topic, no explanation is necessary.

For the grace topic you can post your assignment late without any impact on your grade. You will also get 100% for class discussion that week, even if you do not make any class discussion posts.

You can submit late papers anytime before the end of class, 10% is deducted for each late assignment.

Are you someone who wants to get the best grade possible in class? If so, you can make an unlimited amount of revisions on your papers to increase your score.

Late class discussion posts will not be accepted. Think of it as going to an empty classroom and talking to yourself. This is different than being present during a class discussion.

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.