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Schedule for Fall Semester 2010
Block 1- Planning
Block 2- Modern World History-Directed
Block 3- Modern World History- Merit
Block 4- Moderrn World History-Honors
After school hours and remediation available upon request!
Teacher: Mr. Daly
School Phone: 240-236-7316
Textbook: Psychology: Eighth Ed. In Modules
Myers, David G
Cost: $95 This price will be charged if the book is lost or damaged.
1. Students will prepare to succeed on the AP Psychology Exam at the end of the course.
2. Students will study the major core concepts and theories of Psychology. They will be able to define key terms and use these terms in their everyday vocabulary.
3. Students will learn the basic skills of Psychological research. They will be able to devise simple research projects, interpret and generalize from results, and evaluate the validity of research reports
4. Students will be able to apply psychological concepts to their own lives. They will be able to recognize psychological principles when they encounter them in everyday situations.
5. Students will develop critical thinking skills. They will become of the danger of blindly accepting or rejecting any psychological theory without careful, objective evaluation.
6. Students will build their reading, writing, and discussion skills.
7. Students will learn about Psychology as a profession and become aware of the educational requirements that must be met to pursue such careers. They will learn about ethical standards governing the work of Psychologists.
TIPS FOR STUDENTS
- Take complete class notes and date them. Put them in your own words. Don’t write something down that you don’t understand without asking about it. Leave some blank space on each page so that you are able to go back and change, add or clarify any item that needs it. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO REVIEW YOUR CLASS NOTES EVERY DAY WHILE THEY ARE STILL FRESH IN YOUR MIND. Expand them, clarify them, and add examples so that they will make sense to you when you go back to them.
Learn to read more effectively.
1. Read actively; don’t just look at words. If you spend ½ hour “reading,” but you are unable to recall anything when you are done, you have just wasted your time.
2. Preview the chapter before you begin, and review the material frequently. Pause at the end of each paragraph and summarize mentally, in your own words, what you have read.
3. DO NOT attempt to read an entire chapter at once. Limit your reading to one or two sections of the chapter at a time. Too much information at once can cause you to lose all of it at once.
4. Do not ignore pictures, diagrams, tables and sidebars in your textbook. These features help make the material more interesting and may include important information.
5. Take notes as you read. If you can condense a 30-page chapter to a few pages of good notes, it is going to be much easier to review. Perhaps the most important thing to do: keep a list of questions about the reading.
Half of this class is vocabulary: The sooner you realize that the better. I strongly suggest you make a set of flash cards on 3-by-5 index cards for the terms and concepts you will have for each chapter. As you make the cards, you are already learning the vocabulary. Save them throughout the year and you will see all the items that could possibly be on the AP exam.
FORM A STUDY GROUP AND MEET REGULARLY!!!!!!!
Grading: Your grade will be determined by your performance on tests quizzes and assignments. Because this is an AP course, it will be more difficult to earn top grades in this class than other classes you have taken before. In general, students have found to be very difficult at first, but have done better as the year progresses. HIGH STANDARDS BENEFIT YOU!! You will learn more about Psychology, be better prepared for college, and you be ready to excel on the AP Psychology exam in May.
The course outline, from the AP Psychology Course Description, shows the major content areas covered by the AP Exam, as well as the approximate percentage of the exam that is devoted to each area. The outline is a basic guide. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of topics.
I. Methods, Approaches and History 7-9%
A. Logic, Philosophy, and the History of Science
C. Experimental, Correlational, and Clinical Research
E. Ethics in Research
II. Biological Bases of Behavior 8-10%
A. Physiological Techniques
C. Functional Organization of the Nervous System
D. Neural Transmission
E. Endocrine System
III. Sensation and Perception 7-9%
B. Sensory Mechanisms
C. Receptor Processes
D. Sensory Adaptation
F. Perceptual Processes
IV. States of Consciousness 2-4%
A. Sleep and Dreaming
C. Psychoactive Drug Effects
V. Learning 7-9%
A. Biological Factors
B. Classical Conditioning
C. Operant Conditioning
D. Cognitive Processes in Learning
VI. Cognition 7-9%
D. Problem Solving and Creativity
VII. Motivation and Emotion 7-9%
A. Biological Bases
B. Theories of Motivation
C. Hunger, Thirst, Sex, and Pain
D. Social Motives
E. Theories of Emotion
VIII. Developmental Psychology 7-9%
A. Life Span Approach
B. Research Methods
C. Heredity-Environment Issues
D. Dimensions of Development
E. Sex Roles, Sex Differences
IX. Personality 7-9%
A. Personality Theories and Approaches
B. Research Methods (e.g., idiographic, nomothetic)
C. Assessment Techniques
D. Self-concept, Self-esteem
E. Growth and Adjustment
X. Testing and Individual Differences 5-7%
A. Standardization and Norms
B. Reliability and Validity
C. Types of Tests
D. Ethics and Standards in Testing
F. Heredity/Environment and Intelligence
G. Human Diversity
XI. Abnormal Psychology 7-9%
A. Definitions of Abnormality
B. Theories of Psychopathology
C. Diagnosis of Psychopathology
D. Anxiety Disorders
E. Somatoform Disorders
F. Mood Disorders
G. Schizophrenic Disorders
H. Organic Disorders
I. Personality Disorders
XII. Treatment of Psychological Disorders 6-8%
A. Treatment Approaches
1. Insight Therapies: Psychodynamic/Phenomenological
2. Behavioral Approaches
3. Cognitive Approaches
4. Biological Approaches
B. Modes of Therapy (e.g., individual, group)
C. Community and Preventative Approaches
XIII. Social Psychology 7-9%
A. Group Dynamics
B. Attribution Processes
C. Interpersonal Perception
D. Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience
E. Attitudes and Attitude Change
F. Organizational Behavior
G. Aggression/Antisocial Behavior
Grading: Percentage grades are used for all Tests/Quizzes. Classwork/Homework will be given point values that will be added up and divided by the number of assignments for a homework percentage grade.
Scale- (According to County Policy)