AP Psychology Course Description: Advanced placement psychology is a year long course designed to provide the student with an in-depth knowledge of introductory psychology. This course follows the College Board's Advanced Placement curriculum and as such is extremely rigorous and fast paced. Required Text:
Hock, Roger R. Forty Studies that Changed Psychology: Explorations into the History of Psychological Research, 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 200
Allen, Bern Personality Theories, Allyn and Bacon, 2003
•Worth Publishers Companion Web Site: http://bcs.worthpublishers.com/cppsych/
•Psychology in the News: www.psychport.com
•Psych Web: www.psychwww.com
1. Students will prepare to do acceptable work on the Advanced Placement Examination in
2. Students will study the major core concepts and theories of psychology. They will be able to
define key terms and use them in their everyday vocabulary.
3. Students will learn and evaluate the basic principles of psychological research.
4. Students will be able to apply psychological concepts to their own lives. They will be able to
recognize psychological principles when they are encountered in everyday situations.
Grading: The course is set up on a point basis. Points are given on assignments, tests, quizzes, etc. Keeping track of your points will enable you to simply divide my points into your points and come up with an average. The scale for grading is based on the academic policy of the district.
Percents greater than or equal to .5 will be rounded up to determine grades. You will not receive a daily participation grade, but your participation and preparedness for class can have an effect on borderline grades. The final exam is worth 20% of your final grade. The final exam is a comprehensive multiple-choice final exam. A review sheet will be given. Tests/Quizzes: Some alternative assessments will be used this semester as well as standard quizzes and tests. The tests are challenging, but not impossible. The tests and quizzes require you to know the book and material covered in class. You will need to read the chapter thoroughly
Assignments/Projects: We will have traditional “bookwork” assignments. There may be a few “project” oriented assignments. “Projects” tend to include some sort of reflection. They are usually not difficult but do take time. The “project” usually has 2 purposes: To extend the reading and for you to apply the concepts to your life. You will need to take time to think about its application and be serious in your reflection. Psychology is learning about individual people and behavior, and these assignments will allow you to explore your own.
Homework Procedures: Due dates: All work is due on the date given. Late work will be accepted ONE DAY late and will be given half the value that you earn. It is YOUR responsibility to check with the instructor before or after class of work that you missed. Because of the group projects, your attendance is imperative. If you should have to miss, it is YOUR responsibility that your group is prepared to go without
you. In other words, let your group know (hint: cell phone?) that you will not be in school. Also, make plans to give them your materials, so they can make a good presentation despite the fact that you are not there. Make-up work: Make-up tests will be scheduled with the instructor upon return to class. Schedule a time to make up the test, put it on your calendar, and then be there at the scheduled time. All work must be handed in the day after you return. If the assignment is long term and you miss the due date, it is expected to be turned in on the day of your return. I will not go back to previous chapters to discuss your missing assignments. In other words, check your grades on line often!!! Cheating and plagiarism are not tolerated.If this should happen the students involved (whether you copied or let someone copy your work) will NOT receive credit for the assignment.
Readings: Throughout the semester students are required to submit reports on chapters from Hock’s Forty Studies that Changed Psychology book. Your reports are to answer the following questions:
1. Indicate the chapter title and the formal research citation. For example:One Brain or Two?
Gazzaniga, M.S. (1967). The split brain in man. Scientific American, 217 (2), 24-29
2. Describe the basic research question, or hypothesis, that was explored in the study and indicate the research method that was employed. Note that several of the studies involved a review of the psychological literature rather than being an original research study.
3. Describe the basic results and conclusions of the research that is discussed.
4. Describe the criticisms and limitations of the study or research.
5. Describe your personal reaction to the research. For example: What did you find interesting about it, what questions did it raise for you, how did it relate to what is covered in the text about this topic, what would you like to discuss in class about the research.
Abbreviated Outline for the Course: Unit I: History and Major Approaches
A. Logic, Philosophy, and History of Science
B. Approaches/major perspectives Objectives:
1. Define psychology and understand its roots and historical development.
2. Be familiar with the major perspectives in psychology. Activities/Assessments:
-Timeline of significant people/events in the history of psychology. Unit II: Research Methods