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PSY-1010-VU01Y - Introduction to Psychology

Synonym: 179078
Location: Winooski
Room: CCV Winooski 205
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Day/Times: Monday & Thursday, 09:00A - 11:45A
Semester Dates: 10-29-2018 to 12-17-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 11-07-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-27-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Sandy Bolivar | 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.

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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:


My Philosophy: 


            Every minute of education is a potential journey in self discovery.




Where is the line between simply learning a topic or skill, and understanding how that moment of learning helps all of us understand ourselves and the world better?  It is my personal and professional philosophy that the beauty and significance of learning new things almost forces us to reflect on how that material impacts our own sense of self.  I encourage you to incorporate this course information into your own path of self discovery during the course of this semester.






Habits of Success:


    There are several choices that we can make that will increase our ability to succeed, in both college as well in life.  Here are some of those choices upon which to reflect…


1.     Personal responsibility: I understand that I am responsible for my own learning.


2.     College communication tools: I can only know how I am doing if I keep up to date with instructor feedback, grades and other CCV communications.


3.     Professional etiquette: In order to be successful I must come to class on time with materials, homework and being ready to engage in the learning process.


4.     Academic planning: I can only be successful if I know where I am going and how I can get there. 


5.     School-life balance: I know I must balance all the responsibilities that I carry in order to be successful.  If my life and school work get out of balance, success is harder to accomplish.


6.     Utilize resources: I must be in touch with the people who can increase my success, which may include my advisors (both academic and financial), mentors, coaches, instructors and all others that have a vested interest in my success.


7.     Mindset: I know that how I think, how I think about myself, and how I think about my school work is an important aspect to my success. Positive mindset = Positive outcomes!









A.    Methods/Content:


1.      Discussion style teaching

2.      Small groups and participatory exercises

3.      Weekly reading assignments

4.      Written and/or oral student presentations



Evaluation Criteria:

C. Completion Requirements/Criteria for Evaluation:


1.      Attendance: As class discussions are important to fully participating in this course, your grade will drop to the next grade point for every 2nd absence.  There are no “excused absences”.   Chronic lateness may also be recorded as an absence.  Please arrive on time and will all relevant materials.

2.      Weekly reading and writing assignments: There will be weekly reading/writing assignments from the textbook and potentially from other  materials.

3.   Class discussions and presentations: Demonstrate skill and/or understanding in the following areas: reflective listening, critical thinking, constructive feedback, conflict resolution, and collaborative problem solving.

Electronic Usage Policy:

With the increase in electronic devices and wireless internet connections, comes the increase in usage during class time.  Please plan to use devices before class or during the break.  Please let me know if you have any extraordinary circumstances that requires you to keep your device active during class.



Grading Criteria:

Grading Criteria:


      Final Grades will be calculated in this manner:


      Class and Small Group Participation                         25%

      Weekly Reading/Writing Assignments

            (including  cultural project)                                  25%

      Written Assignments                                                 25%

      Final project                                                             25%


Letter Grade Criteria:


A   =    Outstanding Work:

·         Demonstrates clear understanding of all course objectives

·         Actively participates in classroom activities

·         Has challenged oneself significantly in communication skill levels and awareness.


B   =    Good Work:

·         Demonstrates an understanding of all course objectives.

·         Participates in most classroom activities.

·         Shows significant intent to expand communication skills level and awareness.


C   =    Meets Course Expectations:

·         Demonstrates an understanding of the majority of course objectives.

·         Participates to some extent in classroom activities.

·         Demonstrates knowledge in communication skills level by meeting completion requirements.


F    =    Unacceptable Work:

·         No credit.


Fall 2018 textbook data will be available on June 4. 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: Sandra Bolivar
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Katherine Maynard

Notes: Please be in touch with any questions or concerns. 802-232-2025 (Text or Talk!)

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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