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PSY-1010-VU02 - Introduction to Psychology

Synonym: 184126
Location: Winooski
Room: CCV Winooski 205
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Wednesday, 08:30A - 11:15A
Semester Dates: 09-04-2019 to 12-11-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-23-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Genevieve Jacobs | 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.

Evaluation Criteria:

We will use a midterm rubric for self evaluation based on 4 criteria: Attendance, Preparedness, Engagement, and Intellectual Curiousity.

You will be creating a portfolio of your work to turn in with the rubric at midterm supporting your rubric's recommended grade.

"A" is earned by excellence and outstanding consistent effort on all aspects of our study.

"B" is earned by VERY GOOD and consistent effort across all aspects of our study.

"C" is earned by GOOD and consistent effort across most aspects of our study.

"D" is earned by mediocre or inconsistant effort, including absences and tardiness which inevitably make the other criteria difficult to attain. Also, persistent use of laptop or cellphone during class is incompatilbe with two of the criteria and will most likely lead to a grade of "D" .

"F" is earned by excessive absences (beyond 3) and/or pattern of excessive tardiness.


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-VU02 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: Katherine Maynard

Attendance Policy:

Your presence is vital in class. Any absence will detract from your grade, More than 3 absences will cause you to have to forfeit the class.


Syllabus: Introduction to Psychology

KNOW THYSELF-- Socrates (Plato)

" misty, wavering and mysterious are the beings that share with us the sight of the stars and the warmth of the sun."--Joseph Conrad

"I've lived through some terrible things in my life. Fortunately, most of them never happened."

-- Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)


--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.


  1. Chapter guiding: each week, two students will be Chapter Guides to teach us what you think is juiciest in the week's readings, and guide/teach the rest of us in a half hour presentation on the material. Please do any additional research that would help clarify, and write up a 1 to 2 page summary of highlights from the reading, or if you prefer, a power point presentation. Chapter Guides will also prepare or create an experiential 10 minutes of 'stress relief' (music, yoga, writing exercise, video clips, you name it!) to help us transition. An interactive activity, game, clips from films, you tubes or other sources are great.
  2. Weekly Journal Responses: each week, write a brief response to any chosen chapter or section of the textbook and any additional reading you have chosen.

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. Oral Wisdom Tradition: prepare to tell a joke, story, poem, song or dance from memory in class.
  3. Valentine: Create a "valentine" of appreciation towards something/someone you love to share in class.
  4. Genogram: This is a systems-oriented form of a family tree or schematic for looking at factors in your heritage, a graphic map of your inherited life and stories. Details included in class on handout. To share in small groups in class.
  5. Advertisement: choose one that caught your attention, analyze how and why this ad got your focus and write a brief critique. Share in class.
  6. News Clip: research and bring an interesting clipping from a magazine, tv, film, or newspaper relevant to our study of psychology. Write a brief response to the story.
  7. Dream: write in detail a dream (sleeping dream) for exchange in class. You'll be exchanging your written dream with one other classmate and work with interpreting and processing their dream with them and vice versa.
  8. 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 enthralling1/2 hour presentation.

Schedule of events (towards our learning goals):

When Chapter Guides Be Ready to present:

Week 1

Introductions, overview

Questions in Psychology,

Sign up volunteer Chapter Guides for each week, gain clear understanding of the syllabus.

(each week: everyone is also reading at your own pace, writing at least one page of reflection, and preparing the following creative assignments to share in class)

Wk 2

Chapter guides 1-20 Benson

Self portraits

Wk 3

Ch. Guides 20-40

Oral History (story, joke, poem, or song?)

Wk 4

Ch Guides, 40-60 "Valentine" ode to beloved...person, place, thing, idea...

Wk 5

Ch Guides, 60-80


Wk 6

Midterm portfolios:

paper folder

Ch Guides, 80-100

MIDTERM PORTFOLIO containing 5 response papers to your chosen readings, and a note or photo of creative assignments (above). We will do Rubrics in class together.

Wk 7

Ch Guides, 100-120

Advert with brief analysis to share

Wk 8

Ch Guides, 120-140

News clip from current events with reaction

Wk 9

Ch Guides, 140-end

Dream to exchange

Wk 10


Written interpretation of exchanged dream

(work on final projects continues)

Wk 11

outline final topic

Outline or introductory paragraph on your chosen topic for final presentation. All final topic papers due on last day of classes

Wk 12


Wk 13


Wk 14


Wk 15final class


All Final papers due and Rubric to be done in class together

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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