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Revision Date: 04-Jun-24
 

Fall 2024 | PSY-1030-VO01 - Psychology of Consciousness


Online Class

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

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 5 (as of 07-24-24 8:05 PM)
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Faculty

David Tomasi
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Kate Hughes

General Education Requirements


This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Social Sciences
    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 catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course examines various ways that people have constructed the world in which they live. Topics will include sleep, dreams, meditation, biofeedback, hypnosis, false memories, special states of awareness, and attributional styles.


Essential Objectives

1. Define perception and explore what makes us conscious vs. unconscious.
2. Examine how major psychological theorists define various states of consciousness.
3. Explore the influence of the unconscious mind including the methods, experiences and applications of dream work.
4. Discuss the biology of belief and thoughts and how they affect the perceiver's reality.
5. Examine altered states of consciousness including dream states; coma; hypnotic, meditative and trance states; mystical and near death experiences.
6. Discuss the physiology of consciousness by exploring brainwave patterns and the latest technology designed to alter brainwaves.


Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.


Required Textbooks and Resources


*** This is a no cost textbook or resource class. ***

PSY-1030-VO01 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Methods

·weekly lectures

·videos

·multimedia presentations

·small and large group discussions

·readings, writing, and peer-reviewed research examples

·weekly quizzes

·midterm draft

·final paper / project

Note on Artificial Intelligence:

The use of generative Artificial Intelligence is not allowed in this course, with the exception of spellcheck, grammar check and similar tools. This course rests in the value of students engaging in the learning process without relying on Artificial Intelligence-generated content. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills independently, owning their learning journey from start to finish. If you use these tools, your actions would be considered academically dishonest and a violation of CCV’s Academic Integrity Policy.


Evaluation Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

HighLow

A+10098

ALess than 9893

A-Less than 9390

B+Less than 9088

BLess than 8883

B-Less than 8380

C+Less than 8078

CLess than 7873

C-Less than 7370

D+Less than 7068

DLess than 6863

D-Less than 6360

FLess than 60

P10060

NPLess than 600

Evaluation Criteria:

9-10 points

Engaged in the activity and participate in the discussion during the class period. Participated actively in group work. Volunteered often and in a meaningful way to the class discussion. All work handed in early. Listened attentively while others were talking.

8-8.5 points

Participated actively in group work. Volunteered occasionally but answered when called upon. All work handed in early or on time. Listened while others were talking.

7-7.5 points

Participated sometimes or halfheartedly in group work. Did not stay on task during group work. Answered sometimes when called upon. Some late assignments. Listened while others were talking.

6-6.5 points

Not very engaged in group activities and/or conversation. Did not volunteer during classroom discussion.

5-5.5 points

Was not engaged in group activities or got off-topic during group activities. Did things other than the assigned activities during class. Disrupted class by speaking while others were talking.

20% Attendance and Participation

20% Draft Final Paper

30% Quizzes

30% Presentation/Final project (Exam)

Note on Homework:The homework makes up 20% of your total grade and involves weekly reading assignments, short writing assignments, being prepared for class activities, and any (unannounced) quizzes we might have.

Note on Grades:I reserve the right to assign any grade from 0-5 (for that day) in the case that someone is disruptive or rude during class.


Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

 HighLow
A+10098
A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
P10060
NPLess than 600


Weekly Schedule


Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments
 

1

Course introduction:What is Psychology of Consciousness?

  

·Students’ presentations and perspective onthe Mind-Body Connection

·Professor’s presentation and class expectations, content, and structure

  

·Introduction toChapter 1

 

2

A Scientific Re-examination of the Mind-body Problem– Chapter 1, Part 2

  

·General Overview

·Perspectives from Philosophy, Psychology History, and Anthropology

  

·Introduction toChapter 2

·QUIZ 1

 

3

The exact science of the hard matter– Chapter 2,Part 1

  

·General Aspects

·Examining, Controlling, and Verifying

  

·Neuroanatomy

·Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

 

4

The exact science of the hard matter– Chapter 2,Part 2

  

·Stress andDevelopmental Neuroscience

·Evolutionary Neuroscience

·History of Neuroimaging

·Neuroengineering

  

·QUIZ 2

 

5

Between Psyche and Mind– Chapter 3,Part 1

  

·Recollection

·Talking to the mind and mind-talking

  

·Behavioral Neuroscience

 

6

Between Psyche and Mind– Chapter 3,Part 2

  

·Affective Neuroscience

·Neuroethology

·Neuropsychology and Neuropsychotherapy

·Ethnopsychology and Psychological Anthropology

  

·Neurotheology and Psychology of Religion

 

7

Medicine on, of, and off the brain– Chapter 4,Part 1

  

·Disease and Disorder, Illness and Issue

·To treat, To heal, To cure

·Clinical and Medical Neuroscience

  

·MIDTERM EXAM / QUIZ

 

8

Medicine on, of, and off the brain– Chapter 4,Part 2

  

·Neurocritical care or Neurointensive care

·Neurosurgery and Neurology

·Paleoneurology

·Neurophysiology

  

Psychoneuroimmunology, Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology

 

9

Brain, Culture, and Society– Chapter 5,Part 1

  

·Context and Situation

·Mother Nature, Father Nurture

·Medical Anthropology and Ethnomedicine

  

·QUIZ 3

 

10

Brain, Culture, and Society– Chapter 5,Part 2

  

·Cultural, Cross-cultural, and Trans-cultural Psychiatry

·Cultural and Transcultural Neuroscience

·Social Neuroscience

  

·Neuroanthropology

·Sociobiology

 

11

Perception and Cognition– Chapter 6,Part 1

  

·The mind-body problem: a general overview

·Perceiving, seeing, evidencing, understanding

·Cognitive Neuroscience

  

·QUIZ 4

 

12

Perception and Cognition– Chapter 6,Part 2

  

·Computational Neuroscience

·Sensory Neuroscience and (Theory of) Perception

·Systems Neuroscience

·

  

Neuroinformatics

·Neuroimaging and Neurophysics

 

13

Philosophy as basic approach toward Consciousness and Neuroscience– Chapter 7,Part 1

  

·Preliminary discussion

·The Triple-S Model: Self, Soul, Spirit

·Psychology of Consciousness

  

·QUIZ 5

 

14

Philosophy as basic approach toward Consciousness and Neuroscience– Chapter 7,Part 2

  

·Neurolinguistics

·Neuroheuristics or Neuristics

·Neuroeconomics

·Artificial Intelligence

  

·Sense, Purpose, Meaning

 

15

Final Paper & Exam

  

·FINAL EXAM

  

QUIZ + FINAL PAPER

 

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.


Missing & Late Work Policy

More than one absence may result in failure to pass.Three absences (9 hours of class) or morewill lead to a no credit grade.

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.


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. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  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 Integrity


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.