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Revision Date: 27-Nov-18

PSY-1010-VR01 - Introduction to Psychology

Synonym: 176060
Location: Rutland
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Wednesday, 09:00A - 12:30P
Semester Dates: 05-22-2019 to 08-07-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Mike Sauro | 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:

All written work must be typewritten and submitted in the following format: 12-point font with one inch borders. If outside sources are cited, they must be formatted to either APA or MLA specifications.

While I will accept work printed out and handed directly to me, I would much prefer that assignments be entered in the appropriate assignment drop-boxes in Moodle. This provides an electronic time-stamp for students submitting work and for the instructor grading and returning work. It also prevents student work from being misplaced or lost by the instructor.

Typewritten work must be submitted with one of the following extensions: .doc or .docx (Microsoft Office), .rtf (rich-text format), .wps (Microsoft Wordperfect), .txt (Notepad or Wordpad), .odt (Apache Open Office), or PDF (Adobe).

I will not accept work submitted in PNG, .PAGES.ZIP (Mac), or JPG formats. ( can be saved as a PDF and submitted in that format.)

Students who use Google Docs for written assignments will need to save assignments as PDFs and submit them in that format.

Please do not e-mail completed assignments to me. Please submit them in the appropriate assignment drop-box on Moodle.


  • Readings (PSYCH5 Textbook)
  • In-Class Team Tasks
  • Out-of-Class Individual Assignments (Found on Moodle)
  • Four Examinations (Taken through Moodle)

Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be evaluated utilizing the following methods:

  • Examinations (400 possible points): Four examinations, worth 100 points each, will correspond to units of instruction and will be taken through Moodle. Examinations are open book and consist of multiple choice items. Questions will reflect knowledge of facts and concepts, as well as application of facts and concepts.
  • Individual Out-of-Class Assignments (900 possible points): Periodic individual assignments, worth 100 points each, are required after certain chapters are completed. Students are expected to complete the assignments by the designated date. For each day an assignment is late, the student will be penalized five (5) points, up to a maximum of 25 points (possibly earning a grade up to 75 points). PLEASE NOTE: After two weeks, late assignments will not be accepted for credit.
  • In-Class Team Activities (500 possible points): After material is introduced for each instructional unit, students will be expected to participate in and complete in-class Team activities designed to increase comprehension of course material.

Grading Criteria:

A student's grade will be determined by dividing the total number of points earned by the total number of possible points (1800 points) and multiplying by 100. Letter grades will be assigned as follows (decimals are rounded to the nearest whole number): 

                                                            A         95% & above

                                                            A-        92-94%

                                                            B+       88-91%

                                                            B         85-87%

                                                            B-        82-84%

                                                            C+       78-81%

                                                            C         75-77%

                                                            C-        72-74%

                                                            D+       68-71%

                                                            D         65-67%

                                                            F          Below 65%



Summer 2019 textbook data will be available on April 1. 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: Michael Sauro
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Pamela O'Connor

Attendance Policy:

Attendance: Attendance is expected and crucial to student success in this course. Attendance itself is not graded, but graded in-class Team activities constitute an important part of the course grade. Keeping a passing average in this area is not possible without consistent attendance.

Missing class, arriving late, or leaving early means earning an automatic zero (0) for the activities missed. No make-up opportunities will be available for missed in-class activities.

However, students who missed a class because of illness AND present a doctor's note will not be penalized for missing Team Activities.


Week 1: What Is Psychology?
  • Introduction to the Course & Classmates
  • Read Chapter 1
Week 2: Biology & Psychology
  • Read Chapter 2
  • "What Is Psychology?" Assignment Due
Week 3: Sensation & Perception
  • Read Chapter 3
  • "Music and the Brain" Assignment Due
Week 4: Consciousness
  • Read Chapter 4
  • Exam #1 Opens
Week 5: Learning
  • Read Chapter 5
  • "Devoted to Distraction" Assignment Due
  • Exam #1 Due
Week 6: Memory: Remembrance of Things Past - and Future
  • Read Chapter 6
Week 7: Thinking, Language, & Intelligence
  • Read Chapter 7
Week 8: Motivation & Emotion
  • Read Chapter 8
  • "Intelligence: The Surprising Truth" Assignment Due
  • Exam #2 Opens
Week 9: Stress, Health, and Coping
  • Read Chapter 11
  • Exam #2 Due
Week 10: A Voyage Through the LifeSpan
  • Read Chapter 9
  • "Stress in Your Life" Assignment Due
Week 11: Personality
  • Read Chapter 10
  • "Optimal Caregiving Behaviors" and "Erikson's Ages and Stages" Assignments Due
  • Exam #3 Opens
Week 12: Psychological Disorders; Methods of Therapy
  • Read Chapter 12 & Chapter 13
  • "Mixed Signals" Assignment Due
  • Exam #3 Due
Week 13: Psychological Disorders; Methods of Therapy
  • Read Chapter 12 & Chapter 13
Week 14: Social Psychology
  • Read Chapter 14
  • Exam #4 Opens
Week 15: Class Not Held
  • Instead of attending class, complete Exam #4

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.

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