AP Syllabus

AP Psychology SYLLABUS
Name: Mrs. Beth Hinde                       School Year: 2017-2018
Email: bhinde@evergreenpark.org         Phone:  708-822-3818
Course Description:  Statement of APA
This Advanced Placement Psychology Course is designed to give students a college-level class each day.  The course involves nightly reading assignments and an APA style paper.  In addition, there will be weekly vocabulary quizzes and unit exams.  Many methods will be implemented to convey information and encourage student participation such as: research projects, demonstrations, activities, book reviews, and exploration of psychological journals.
The course will cover those topics generally discussed in a college level introductory psychology course.  These topics include: social psychology, personality, history and research methods, brain, sensation/perception, learning, memory, cognition, development, disorders and treatment.
Course Objectives:
At the completion of this course students should be able to:
  1. Understand scientific methodology.
  2. Increase knowledge of physiological psychology and increase understanding of the relationship between biology and behavior.
  3. Increase student’s knowledge and understanding of various states of consciousness.
  4. Gain an understanding of the complexity of developmental psychology through the studies of physical, intellectual, moral, emotional, and social growth over the life span.
  5. Students should understand the major core concepts and theories of psychology.
  6. Develop knowledge about the variety of treatment theories and classification system for the psychological disorders.
  7. Understand measurement of intelligence, good test design, and research.
  8. Students will learn the basic skills of psychological research. They should be able to initiate a full-scale research project.
  9. Students should be able to apply psychological concepts to their own lives.  Also, they should be able to recognize psychological principles as they encounter them in their everyday life.
  10. Students should develop critical thinking skills.

Required Materials:
Psychology (6th) Edition (2011).  Myers, D.G. New York: Worth

Hock, Roger Forty Studies That Changed Psychology:Explorations Into the History of Psychological Research, 4th edition, (New Jersey:Prentice Hall 2002.,various journal articles will be provided for each unit, and audiovisual materials.

A.P. Psychology Green Book

Breakdown of Grade:
Homework/Classwork: 50%
Exams/Quizzes/Projects: 50%
Exams: Chapter exams will occur approximately every one-two weeks.  The tests will follow the Advanced Placement Exam format. Students will receive a unit plan in order to prepare for each exam.  Lecture, textbook readings, articles, and research experiments will appear on the tests.  Students are responsible for any material that has been assigned even if it was not discussed during lecture.
Quizzes:  Quizzes will be essential and given at any time.  They are an important element to succeed in Advanced Placement Psychology.   
  • Vocabulary Quizzes
  • Reading Quizzes
Homework: There will be a large amount of reading during the course both from the text and other outside sources on a nightly basis as well as other assignments like articles, projects, worksheets, book reviews, and other assignments. These assignments will not be accepted as a late grade.  
  • Vocabulary Note Cards
  • Forty Studies Readings
  • Google Classroom Discussion Questions

Projects: Descriptive Study, Addiction, Child Visit, Breaking a Social Norms, Personality Scrapbook

Final Exam/AP College Test:
  • Students are REQUIRED to either take a class final exam or the AP College Board Psychology exam.
  • Students that decide to take the AP exam, but fail to show up for the AP test and/or make-up exam will receive the consequence of having their grade dropped by one full letter grade.
Students are strongly encouraged to NOT plan vacations, medical appointments and any other non-school activities on the day of the exam.  Students that miss the AP test will be REQUIRED to take the make-up exam at a later date.  

  1. Cheating and Plagiarism: DO NOT DO IT!!!
  • Part of an individual’s success is relative to taking responsibility for their own actions.  Therefore this means accepting responsibility for not completing an assignment.  Anyone caught cheating will receive a score of zero for that assignment and will be required to make-up that grade with an alternative assignment.

2. Attendance:
  • It is the student’s responsibility to check the absence folders and to make-up the work accordingly. Remember that attendance is an essential part of the learning experience and each day missed may be reflected in your grade.  Any vacations and extended absences should be arranged in advance whenever possible.  
3. Class Participation:  
  • An integral part of the learning experience is participating in class discussions, activities and lectures.  Students should be motivated to learn and eager to engage in dialogue on various topics with peers and teacher.  Displaying a poor attitude during class is disrespectful to the teacher and your classmates.  Anyone struggling to demonstrate active participation will meet with the teacher to discuss their attitude and set up a remediation plan to correct their behaviors.  Failure to adjust class participation will affect your grade.

General Objectives:  The APA recognized content areas are clustered into five content domains since the course is taught on the block schedule consisting of one semester.
Methods Domain:
  • Introduction and definition to the science of psychology
  • History and foundations of psychology
  • Identifies methods for examining behavior and mental processes
  • Purpose of statistics
  • Ethical Issues in research with humans and animals
  • Evolution of psychology
  • Reviews scientific careers available in the discipline

Biopsychological Domain:
  • Addresses how the brain processes information
  • Divisions of the nervous system
  • Structure and communication of neurons
  • Functions of the brain
  • Midbrain/Hindbrain/Forebrain
  • Plasticity
  • Consciousness
  • Stages of Sleep
  • Sleep disorders
  • Classification and effects of drugs
  • Physiological stressors
  • Measuring stress

Cognitive/Memory Domain:
  • Heuristics vs. Algorithms
  • Schemas
  • Problem-Solving
  • Learning
  • Intelligence Testing/Advantages/Disadvantages
  • Testing & Individual Differences
  • Theories of Intelligence
  • Multiple Intelligences
  • Encoding/Storage/Retrieval
  • Recall vs Recognition
  • Forgetting
  • Short term/Long term memory

Developmental Domain:
  • Components of Language
  • Acquisition of Language
  • Prenatal development
  • Piaget /Kohlberg /Erikson
  •     Gender Roles
  • Attachment
  • Adulthood and Aging
  • Psychological disorders
  • Identifying illness
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Mood/Personality disorders
  • Behavioral Theory
  • Cognitive Therapy
  •       Abnormal Psychology            

Sociocultural Domain:
  • Social Influence/Social Perception
  • Cooperation vs Competition
  • Obedience/Conformity
  • Attitudes/Group Process
  • Interpersonal Attraction
  • Personality development
  • Psychodynamic theory
  • Humanistic theory
  • Theories of emotion
  • Maslow’s hierarchy   

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