Advanced Placement Psychology
Course Syllabus, 2017-2018
Course Title: AP Psychology
Course Goal:To learn about the field of psychology through in-depth study, discussion, blended learning using virtual content and hands-on activities.
Course Description: This course is a survey of psychology that introduces students to the major topics of the field, the terminology and methodology of psychology, and the historical and current understanding of human behavior and thought-processes. Students learn to analyze human experiences like psychologists do and to apply what they have learned to the world around them. The focus of the course is to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Psychology course administered by the College Board in the spring of each year.
o Understand the concepts, terminology, and research findings presented in an introductory college psychology course.
o Utilize investigative and critical thinking skills necessary in the study of psychology.
o Express interest in the study of psychology and appreciate the place of psychology as a science in modern society.
o Demonstrate their knowledge of introductory psychology on the Advanced Placement Psychology Examination.
COURSE LENGTH: One Year
REQUIRED TEXT: Myers' Psychology for AP,* 1st Edition: Worth Publishers, ISBN: 1429244364
MATERIALS LIST: Laptop computer, paper, pen & digital notebook with seven sections.
AP Course Demands:
It should be understood at the outset that the expectations of this class are consistent with those of any Advanced Placement course. Students should expect a workload similar to what they have if they were to complete this course at the college level. This includes extensive reading, active involvement in class discussions, taking notes, and doing research. All major assignments will be posted on the calendar in our iPrep AP Psychology Google Group; so check regularly.
The AP Exam:
One goal for this course is to prepare students for the Advanced Placement exam on May 7, 2018 at 12:00 Noon. You will be required to take this exam. Students who earn a passing grade on this exam will receive credit for an introductory psychology course on their college transcript.
Unit 1: Introduction to Psychology
· History of Psychology
· Thinking Like a Psychologist
· Research Strategies in Psychology
Unit 2: The Biological Basis of Behavior
· The Nervous and Hormonal Systems
· Nature, Nurture, and Human Diversity
Unit 3: Human Development and Awareness
· Life Span Development
· Sensation and Perception
· States of Consciousness
Unit 4: Human Cognition
· Thinking, Language
Unit 5: Human Motivation and Emotion
· Stress and Health
Unit 6: Human Interactions
· Psychological Disorders
· Social Psychology
Unit 7: AP Review
· Preparing for the Exam