Vatterott College : Introduction to Psychology Course Syllabus

By proffesor Anh Tho Andres

Vatterott College

GE-105 Introduction to Psychology

Course Syllabus

Course Number:  GE-105 Instructor: Dr. Perry L. Clark
Course Title:  Introduction to Psychology Office Number: 314.264.1000
Phase: 10 Weeks Office Hours: Mondays (only)
  12:30 pm – 1:30 pm & 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Credit Hours: 4.5 QCH 
Lecture:  4.5 QCH   
Quarter Offered: October 20, 2014 

Date Revised: 10/2014





Course Summary

This psychology course is an introduction to the understanding of human behavior. Course covers theories and concepts including: scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.

Primary Course Textbook

Instructional Materials:

Ciccarelli, S. K., & White, J.N. (2012). Psychology. Boston, MA: Pearson – Prentice Hall. ISBN – 13:  9780205986217

Additional Resources:

Web-based resources are available for the entire course on eCompanion: Doc Sharing and Webliography.

Instructor Bio:


I received a Doctorate in Education Leadership from Argosy University-Chicago. I also earned a Master’s degree in Counseling & Educational Psychology and a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco.  Four years of experience in as an adjunct psychology instructor at Vatterott College, academic advisement and admissions at Jefferson College, the University of Missouri, and the University of San Francisco.  Member of APA (American Psychology Association), National Academic Advising Association, former member of The National Resume Writers’ Association.  My passion is to educate and motivate people.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Examine the field of psychology in terms of history, key perspectives and issues, current trends, scientific and research methods.
  2. Explain the anatomical structures and physiological functions related to psychology.
  3. Examine sensation, perception, heredity and genetics.
  4. Analyze the underlying principles, and basis of the psychology behind learning, memory and experience.
  5. Explain cognitive abilities and intelligence from a psychological perspective.
  6. Examine the different phases and stages in human development.
  7. Examine the different motivation theories and the psychological basis of emotions.
  8. Examine psychoanalytic approaches and humanistic theories to explain behaviors, and traits in personalities.
  9. Evaluate health psychology, and approaches to health management.
  10. Investigate the different mental disorders as related to psychology.
  11. Analyze psychotherapy, the different methods and their effectiveness.
  12. Investigate the importance thoughts, trends in social behavior, and impact of social influences.
  13. Examine industrial and organizational psychology.
  14. Students must wear their uniforms each day of class.  Look at it this way, school is an extension of “work” and therefore, we are to be professional at all times.
  15. Arrive on time and stay for duration of class
  16. Take advantage of Tutoring times if you have questions/concerns at any point.
  17. Check your Student Portal often and ask questions when you have them.
  18. Understand:  You are paying for this education—take advantage of it.

If you miss ONE day of this class, you suffer.  THIS class is essential to your success.



Course Outline:

The following modules are planned events for each course session. Instructors will attempt to follow these planned events as closely as possible:

Week Dates Chapters / Content Assessments
1 Oct. 20 Introduction of Content
2 Oct. 27 1. The Science of Psychology Quiz – Week 2 material
3 Nov. 03 2. The Biological Perspective3. Sensation and Perception Quiz – Week 3 material
4 Nov. 10 4. Consciousness: Sleep, Dreams, Hypnosis, and Drugs5. Learning

6. Memory

Quiz – Week 4 material
5 Nov. 17 Midterm Exam Midterm Exam
6 Nov. 24 7.Cognitive Psychology: Thinking, Intelligence, and Language8. Development across the Lifespan

9. Motivation and Emotion

Quiz – Week 6 material
7 Dec. 01 10. Sexuality and Gender11. Stress and Health

12. Social Psychology


Quiz – Week 7 material
8 Dec. 08 13. Theories of Personality14. Psychological Disorders

15. Psychological Therapies

Quiz – Week 8 material
9 Dec. 15 Quiz Make Up Day Week 9 Quiz Make Up Day
10 Dec. 22 Final Exam Final Exam

What you can expect:

1st hour – Video/Movie/Short Story (take notes, any material can be on quiz)

2nd hour – Lecture (take notes)

3rd hour – Class discussion/ Exercise Assignment

4th hour – Application/Quiz over entire Class period’s information

Last ½ hour – Question/Answer time

Course Requirements:


Students will be required to complete the following in order to obtain a final passing grade for this course:

Participation in class = 10%
Weekly Quizzes = 10%
Daily Assignments = 25%
Mid-term Exam = 25%
Final Exam = 30%

TOTAL           100%

Note:  The above percentages are suggested values.  Your instructor may make adjustments to it at any time.

Letter Code Numerical Percentage Description Included in Credits/Clock Hours Earned Included in Credits/Clock Hours Attempted Included in CGPA Quality Points
A 90 – 100 Outstanding Yes Yes Yes 4.00
B 80 – 89 Above Average Yes Yes Yes 3.00
C 70 – 79 Average Yes Yes Yes 2.00
D 60 – 69 Below Average Yes Yes Yes 1.00
F 0 – 59 Failing Yes Yes Yes 0.00
W N/A Withdrawn No Yes No N/A
WF N/A Withdrawn/Failure No Yes No N/A
I N/A Incomplete No Yes No N/A
TC N/A Transfer Yes Yes No N/A
TO N/A Test-Out Yes Yes No N/A
AU N/A Audit No No No N/A
CPT N/A Credit Previous Training Yes Yes No N/A

Course Examinations:


The mid-term exam will be given during the 5th week of the course. The final exam will be given the 10th week of the course. Both exams will only contain information that was covered in the course. Students should use notes, laboratory exercises, any handouts, and previous tests to study for the mid-term and final. Every student will be required to take these exams. NO MIDTERM OR FINAL EXAM MAKE-UP.

Testing Policy:


Students will be given quizzes once a week. If a student is absent during a test day you will allow to make up the quizzes on week #9. If a student is absent during a week, then five points per day missed and/or per day left early will be deducted from that quiz.


There will be several in class assignments. All homework assignments must be complete and turn in at the beginning of class. Late assignments will be accept.*

General and Miscellaneous Information:



The instructor uses this syllabus as a guideline for covering the required course materials and may make changes to it at any time.  The instructor will follow the syllabus as closely as possible during the course session.

Students who require special accommodations are encouraged to inform the instructor on the first day of the course session start.

Make-Up Work                                                                                     

Vatterott College is committed to caring for its students. Our policy on graduation clearly defines the criteria for graduation. Strict enforcement of these requirements is the norm, but since we are committed to the individual needs of our students, there are exceptions.

Vatterott College may allow the student, at the discretion of the Director of Education, to perform independent study projects, to make up missed days (only up to 50%), or make up missed work. The guiding principle will be the academic progress of the student. If a student, by extra attendance or extra work, can make up his/her work, then the student will remain academically sound and maintain satisfactory progress. The Director of Education has the responsibility to determine the outcome of these exceptional situations.

Library Resource                                                                         

Students are expected to use the Library Resource System as needed during the phase to complete class assignments and projects. All students will utilize the Learning Resource System to conduct research for assignments using EBSCOhost and other research resources. The instructor may assign topic-relevant projects for student presentation or give assignments requiring the use of the Internet, online databases, books, or periodicals. The librarian and instructor will plan together for these projects and assignments to insure enough information in varying formats will be available for student use. The librarian will provide classroom instruction on library use, writing procedures, internet searching, and database use at the request of the instructor.

Guidelines for Classroom Behavior

I would like to welcome all students into an environment that creates a sense of community, pride, courtesy and respect; we are all here to work cooperatively and to learn together.

In order to create a smooth and harmonious learning community, please make every attempt to come to all the class sessions, to come to class on time, and to stay until the end of the class unless you have informed the instructor that you must leave early. There may be a time when you are unavoidably late for class. In that case, please come into the room quietly and choose a seat closest to the entrance. Please see me after class to record your attendance; otherwise you will be marked absent.

Once the class session has begun, please do not leave the room and then re-enter unless it is an emergency. If you miss a class meeting for any reason, you are responsible for all material covered, for announcements made in your absence, and for acquiring any materials that may have been distributed in class.

It is important that we are all able to stay focused on the class lecture/discussion and not have disruptive behaviors in the class. For this reason, only one person at a time in the class should be speaking. Side conversations are distracting for surrounding students and for me. Also, it is very rude to read papers, sleep or work on assignments for other classes in this class. If you feel the need to do any of these things you may leave and return the next class. For additional information on student misconduct refer to pages the Student Guide. Failure to abide by policies may result in expulsion from the class and an “F” for the semester. As you can see, simple norms of courtesy should be sufficient to have our class run in the best interests of all of us. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Cell Phones, Pagers, and other Electronic Devices

Cellular phones, pagers and other electronic devices will not be used for this course. Cell phones should be set in a manner that will not cause disruption in the classroom (either silenced of off) and placed out of sight of the instructor. Any student seen using a cell phone during class will be asked to leave the class immediately. Any devices that ring, beep, or otherwise disrupt the classroom during an exam will result in the student’s exam being taken up immediately. The use of any electronic device during an exam will result in immediate expulsion from the class and a grade of zero (0) will be given for the exam. The use of a lap top during class is not permitted.


You are expected to attend class each time it meets. Regular attendance is to your advantage, as test questions will include information from the lecture, class discussion and other material presented in class. Roll will be taken at each class session and a record of attendance maintained.

Tardiness: Being late does not constitute being absent but it is very disruptive and rude to come to class late so allow enough time in your schedule to arrive a few minutes early to class. If you do arrive late, quietly take a seat closest to the entrance.

Course Number

Tentative* Reading Assignments

Course Textbooks

Week Day Read Before the Next Class
From the     textbook:
2 27 Chapter 1 – The Science of Psychology
3 03 Chapter 2 – The Biological Perspective
Chapter 3 – Sensation and Perception
4 10 Chapter 4 – Consciousness: Sleep, Dreams, Hypnosis, and Drugs
Chapter 5 – Learning
Chapter 6 – Memory
6 24 Chapter 7 –  Cognitive Psychology: Thinking, Intelligence, and Language
Chapter 8 –  Development across the Lifespan
Chapter 9 –  Motivation and Emotion
7 01 Chapter 10 –  Sexuality and Gender
Chapter 11 –  Stress and Health
Chapter 12 –  Social Psychology
8 08 Chapter 13 – Theories of Personality
Chapter 14 – Psychological Disorders
Chapter 15 – Psychological Therapies

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