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PSY-1010-VU01 - Introduction to Psychology


Synonym: 186648
Location: Winooski
Room: CCV Winooski 107
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Monday, 03:00P - 05:45P
Semester Dates: 09-09-2019 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: Annemarie Dunn-Watson | 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
    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 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:

For our first class session, you will need the following textbook: PSYCH 6 - Introduction to Psychology, by Spencer A. Rathus (2020). It is fine to purchase a used copy, or to use the 5th Edition; the material is very close in terms of scope and content. However, all assignments will reference material in Edition 6. Please contact me if you have any questions about the text.

Methods:

Readings and Related Assignments

Short lectures and videos

Small Group and Whole-Class Discussions

In-Class Activities, including presentations from the homework

One Small Group Project

Weekly Quizzes

Short Research Project and Paper

Evaluation Criteria:

Demonstrated application of concepts, engaged participation in classroom activities, timely completion of readings and related assignments (50% of grade), quiz scores (20% of grade), attendance (no more than 3 absences for a passing grade), participation in a group project (15% of grade), and completion/overall quality of a short research project (15% of grade).

Instructor reserves the right to raise or lower grades in response to levels of classroom engagement, late arrivals or early departures, and/or number of absences.

Grading Criteria:

A+ through A- Consistently exceptional or outstanding work, submitted in a timely manner and demonstrating keen insight and original thinking. Full understanding as well as critical analysis of the topics covered. In addition, an “A” grade reflects a student’s ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning in oral and written form. No student who has been absent twice will receive an “A” grade.

B+ through B- Good to excellent work, demonstrating 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 in oral or written form. A “B” grade is a typical grade for students taking this course, and reflects successful engagement with the material.

C+ through C- Meets the expectations for the course. Good 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-: Marginally meets the expectations of the course. Minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail may have been demonstrated. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

Textbooks:

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-VU01 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: Annemarie Dunn-Watson
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Katherine Maynard

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. Please be aware that missing more than three (3) classes will result in a non-satisfactory grade (i.e., a "fail"). A pattern of late arrival or early departure will constitute absence at the instructor's discretion.

Syllabus:

SYLLABUS

Class 1: What is Psychology?
Topics Covered: Historical Foundations of Psychology, Psychological Research

PREPARE: Get the textbook, review the course description, and take a look at the syllabus and assignments on our Canvas course page. Got questions about the course? Bring them to class. And ask yourself how learning about psychology will benefit you personally and professionally.


Class 2: Biology's Contribution
Topics Covered: Nervous System, Brain, Endocrine System, Evolution and Heredity

PREPARE by reading Chapter 2: "Biology and Psychology." You will also complete the 3-2-1 Chapter assignment and prepare for the in-class quiz. If you are a visual and auditory learner, consider viewing the Crash Course videos, linked on our Canvas course page.


Class 3: Sensation and Perception
Topics Covered: The Senses, ESP

PREPARE by reading Chapter 3: "Sensation and Perception." You will also complete the 3-2-1 Chapter assignment and prepare for the in-class quiz. If you are a visual and auditory learner, consider viewing the Crash Course video, linked on Canvas course page.


Class 4: Consciousness
Topics Covered: States of Consciousness, Sleep and Dreaming, Altering Consciousness

PREPARE: Read Chapter 4: "Consciousness." In addition, jot down a dream you've had (recently, or in the past - one that you don't mind sharing with us). We will analyze these dreams, using some of the theories explored in Chapter 4. Complete the 3-2-1 Chapter assignment. Prepare for the quiz. Crash Course videos available.


Class 5: Learning
Topics Covered: Theories of Learning, Cognitive Factors, Conditioning

PREPARE by reading Chapter 5: "Learning." Complete the 3-2-1 Chapter assignment. Prepare for the quiz. Crash Course videos available.


Class 6: Memory
Topics Covered: Types and Processes of Memory, "Forgetting," Biology's Role

PREPARE by reading Chapter 6: "Memory." Complete the 3-2-1 Chapter assignment. Prepare for the quiz. Crash Course videos available.


Class 7: Thinking, Language, Intelligence
Topics Covered: Thinking, Language Development, Theories and Measurement of Intelligence

PREPARE by reading Chapter 7: "Thinking, Language, and Intelligence." Complete the 3-2-1 Chapter assignment. Prepare for the quiz. Crash Course videos available.


Class 8: Motivation and Emotion
Presentation by Group 1
Topics Covered: Theories of Motivation and Emotion

PREPARE by reading Chapter 8: "Motivation and Emotion." Complete the 3-2-1 Chapter assignment. Prepare for the quiz. Crash Course videos available.


Class 9: Human Development
Presentation by Group 2
Topics Covered: Physical, Cognitive, and Social/Emotional Development from Prenatal to Adulthood

PREPARE by reading Chapter 9: "Voyage through the Lifespan." Complete the 3-2-1 Chapter assignment. Prepare for the quiz. Crash Course videos available.


Class 10: Personality
Presentation by Group 3
Topics Covered: Theories and Perspectives, as well as Measurement of Personality

PREPARE by reading Chapter 10: "Personality." Complete the 3-2-1 Chapter assignment. Prepare for the quiz. Crash Course videos available.


Class 11: Health Psychology
Presentation by Group 4
Topics Covered: Stress, Coping, Psychological Factors in Health and Illness

PREPARE by reading Chapter 11: "Stress, Health, and Coping." Complete the 3-2-1 Chapter assignment. Prepare for the quiz. Crash Course videos available.


Class 12: Research Project Week -- NO IN-CLASS MEETING.

PREPARE by reading Chapter 12: "Psychological Disorders." Complete the Research Project posted in Canvas in this date block. You will use the Hartness Library for research on your topic. This project will demonstrate skills in understanding and applying psychological concepts.

The Assignment: You will research, describe, and critically evaluate the portrayal of a psychological disorder in fiction (film or literature). You will report on your findings in a 3 to 5 page paper and discuss in class on Dec. 2nd.


Class 13: Psychological Disorders
Topics Covered: Nature of Psychological Disorders
Presentations on your research projects

PREPARE: Your completed research project paper should be uploaded in Canvas before today's class session. Preparation for class should have included reading Chapter 12, "Psychological Disorders."


Class 14: Methods of Therapy
Topics Covered: Theories and Methods of Psychotherapy, Effectiveness, Biological Therapies
Guest Presenter

PREPARE by reading Chapter 13: "Methods of Therapy." Complete the 3-2-1 Chapter assignment. Prepare for the quiz. We will have a guest speaker during the second half of class. Crash Course video available.


Class 15: Social Psychology
Topics Covered: Attitudes, Social Influence, Aggression, Group Behavior

PREPARE by reading Chapter 14: "Social Psychology." Complete the 3-2-1 Chapter assignment. Prepare for the quiz. Crash Course video available.

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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