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Revision Date: 29-Aug-19

PSY-1010-VR02 - Introduction to Psychology

Synonym: 184122
Location: Rutland
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Thursday, 06:00P - 08:45P
Semester Dates: 09-05-2019 to 12-12-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-23-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Michael Kingsbury | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

Comments: No class 11/28.

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.


Students will learn through a variety of methods including

  • Group Discussion
  • Group Activities
  • Readings
  • Writing and Personal Reaction to Concepts discussed in the class
  • Lecture
  • Guest Lecture
  • Videos

Evaluation Criteria:

Accomplishment of course objectives will be evaluated on the basis of:

Students will be evaluated on the following criteria

· 40% Participation and Attendance

· 10% Journal Assignments

· 20% Final Test

· 10% Final Presentation

· 20% Assessment of Learning Paper

Grading Criteria:


· A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

· B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

· C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

· D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

· F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

· P: Equivalent to D (+/-) or better and therefore course will not count as credit for specific program requirements or competence area requirements.

· NP: indicates failure to meet course objectives and/or failure to meet grading criteria for successful completion as described in the instructor's course description.


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-VR02 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 Kingsbury
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Philip Crossman

  Work Phone: 802-786-5885

Notes: Please contact me via e-mail at

Attendance Policy:


· Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A pattern of late arrival or early departure will constitute absence at the instructor's discretion. The instructor must be notified regarding any absences or late arrivals. Students may one classes unexcused. Following this, each class missed will result in the student dropping one letter grade.


Course Syllabus

Week One (Thursday September 5th 2019) What is Psychology?

· Read Chapter 1

· Journal Entry on What is Psychology?

Week Two (Thursday September 12th, 2019) Psychology and Biology

· Read Chapter 2

· Biology and Psychology Quiz

Week Three (Thursday September 19th, 2019) The Five Senses and Our Perception of Reality Guest Speaker Ben Wimmett AT Project

· Read Chapter 3

· Journal Entry on the Five Senses and our Perception of Reality

Week Four (Thursday September 26th, 2019) Consciousness Guest Speaker Kelly Moriarity Motivational Interviewing

· Read Chapter 4

Week Five (Thursday October 3rd, 2019) Learning

· Read Chapter Five

· Journal Entry on your Learning Style

Week Six (Thursday October 10th, 2019) Memory

· Read Chapter Six

Week Seven (Thursday October 17th, 2019) Thinking, Language and Intelligence

· Read Chapter Seven

· Emotional Intelligence versus IQ

Week Eight (Thursday October 24th 2019) Motivation

· Read Chapter Eight

Week Nine (Thursday October 31st, 2019) Development and Personality

· Read Chapters Nine and Ten

· Journal Entry on Development and Personality

Week Ten (Thursday November 7th, 2019) Stress, Motivation and Psychological Disorders

· Read Chapter 11

Week Eleven (Thursday November 14th, 2019) Stress, Motivation and Psychological Disorders

· Read Chapter 12

Week Twelve (Thursday November 21st, 2019) Methods of Therapy

· Read Chapter 13

· Assessment of Learning Due

Week Thirteen (Thursday November 28th, 2019) Presentation

· In Class Presentations

Week Fourteen (Thursday December 5th, 2019) Social Psychology

· Read Chapter 14

· Begin Final Exam

Week Fifteen (Thursday December 12th, 2019) Final Class

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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