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Revision Date: 27-May-20

PSY-1010-VU01 - Introduction to Psychology

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Synonym: 185069

Location: Winooski - Meets Online

Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-26-2020 to 08-17-2020
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-14-2020 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Genevieve Jacobs | View Faculty Credentials
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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.

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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:

Hello dear students of Introduction to Psychology, CCV, Summer 2020,

I look forward to meeting all of you digitally online for our course, in this strange summer of Covid-19. I hope you're well and healthy and ask that you will be please be patient for details about our syllabus-- as we will be learning together how best to adapt this highly interactive course to the new required online format of Canvas. I'm getting retrained after two solid decades of classroom F2F in person work together!

Can't wait to "meet" you. More to follow soon. Feel free to contact me as needed, hang in there and keep the faith.

your loyal instructor...

Genevieve Jacobs


This course will consist of

* lectures

* discussions

* presentations

* in-class exercises and group activities

* films and responses written and verbal

* reading and writing assignments

* an on-going journal

* field trips as possible

* hands-on community action practicum

* research project

Evaluation Criteria:

* regular attendance

* active class participation

* satisfactory completion of weekly assignments, projects

* a final term demonstration of achievement of course objectives (individually designed)

Letter Grade Criteria:

A The student demonstrates excellent to outstanding proficiency in the accomplishment of all course objectives.

B The student demonstrates good to excellent proficiency in the accomplishment of all course objectives.

C The student demonstrates adequate to good proficiency in the accomplishment of all course objectives

Official Grading Scale:

A+ through C-: Indicates satisfactory completion of course objectives and expectations as specified.

D+ through D-: Indicates marginal performance that will not count as credit for specific program requirements or competence area requirements.

F: Indicates failure to meet course objectives and/or failure to meet grading criteria for successful completion as described in the course description.


Summer 2020 textbook data will be available on April 6. 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: Genevieve Jacobs
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Gilberto Diaz Santos

Attendance Policy:


I do believe that regular attendance is crucial in order to gain a solid grasp on all of the material of this course, and I will consider attendance in my overall evaluation. More than one absence may result in failure to pass. Three absences (9 hours of class) or more will lead to a no credit grade.



Genevieve Jacobs CCV

KNOW THYSELF Socrates (Plato)

Our texts: (among other readings) you will be seeking out and finding your own weekly articles relevant to Psychology, reading them, writing responses, and posting a link to your "chosen article" and your response to it. Classmates will be enjoying your "chosen article" and commenting as well.

Norton Psychology Reader, by Marcus: This is optional choice, an anthology or collection of mostly excellent source material in Psychology by renowned Psychologists. You can use any of the articles in the Norton Reader as a basis for your weekly "chosen article" instead of searching one out independently.

Introducing Psychology, Benson: This one is required. It's short and mostly sweet. Everyone will be reading at least 20 pages a week. One or Two students per week will sign up to present and post their own highpoints and understanding of this text, as "Chapter Guides", 20 consecutive pages at a time. When it's your turn to be a "Chapter Guide" you and/or you and your team partner will read your 20 pages thoroughly, dig and delve with any additional research in response to the questions raised by your reading, and create a presentation to share online on your week for our comments and responses.


--Journal: use paper file folder type, with selection of lined and blank paper (no spiralbound or hardcover notebooks, too heavy for me to carry home!)

--Art supplies, Colored pencils or magic markers or crayons etc

Absences and Tardiness:


  1. Chapter guiding: each week, one or two students will read consecutive articles from Norton Reader, and 20 pages of Benson, read thoroughly, and write up a 1 to 2 page summary of highlights from the reading to create a preparation to share in class. Guide/s also prepare or create an experiential 10 minutes of 'stress relief' (music, yoga, writing exercise, video clips, you tubes, you name it!) to help us transition or illustrate the chapter reading content.
  2. Journal Responses to Introducing Psychology and Norton: each week, all students write a brief response to the week's 20 pages in Benson's book and your choice of any article from Norton . Include your questions, your ideas or associations to the material presented in these dense little books!

Each week, there will be a special creative assignment in addition to the above:

  1. Self portrait: a symbolic representation of yourself, could be a drawing, collage, poem, or 3-D object, to share in class.
  2. Genogram: This is kind of a family tree or schematic for looking at factors in your heritage, a graphic map of your inherited life and stories. Details included with syllabus.
  3. News Clip: research and bring an interesting clipping from a magazine, tv, film, or newspaper relevant to our study of psychology.
  4. Oral History: prepare to tell a joke, story, poem, song from memory in class.
  5. Dream: write in detail a dream (sleeping dream) for exchange in class.
  6. Final Projects: Your topic must be personally meaningful to you, use MLA or APA format, and cite at least 3 resources. This is primarily an exploratory essay, not a research paper. You'll share what you're learning about your topic with class in an enthralling 20 minute presentation.

Schedule of events (towards our learning goals):

When Chapter Guides Be Ready to present:

Wk 2

Benson 1-20


Self portraits

Wk 4




Wk 6



Dream for exchange

Wk 8

B 110-130

Unit 7

(work on final projects)

Wk 10


Unit 9

(final projects continue)

Wk 12

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.
  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 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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