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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!

AP Psychology Syllabus

AP Psychology


Teacher:  Mr. Daly


School Phone:  240-236-7316




Textbook:  Psychology:  Eighth Ed. In Modules

                    Myers, David G

                    Worth Publishers

Cost:  $95   This price will be charged if the book is lost or damaged.



Course Objectives:

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.




  • 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.



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.


Course Outline

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

B.     Approaches

1.      Biological

2.      Behavioral

3.      Cognitive

4.      Humanistic

5.      Psychodynamic

C.     Experimental, Correlational, and Clinical Research

D.     Statistics

1.      Descriptive

2.      Inferential

E.      Ethics in Research


II.         Biological Bases of Behavior                                         8-10%

A.     Physiological Techniques

B.     Neuroanatomy

C.     Functional Organization of the Nervous System

D.     Neural Transmission

E.      Endocrine System

F.      Genetics


III.       Sensation and Perception                                                          7-9%

A.     Thresholds

B.     Sensory Mechanisms

C.     Receptor Processes

D.     Sensory Adaptation

E.      Attention

F.      Perceptual Processes


IV.       States of Consciousness                                                            2-4%

A.     Sleep and Dreaming

B.     Hypnosis

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%

A.     Memory

B.     Language

C.     Thinking

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

1.      Longitudinal

2.      Cross-sectional

C.     Heredity-Environment Issues

D.     Dimensions of Development

1.      Physical

2.      Cognitive

3.      Social

4.      Moral

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

F.      Conflict

G.     Stress


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

E.      Intelligence

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)


80-89%  B

70-79%  C

60-69%  D

Below 60%-F


Other Class Policies:


County and School policy will be followed concerning absences and make-up work.  Make-up tests will generally be all essay.  Arrangements to make up the test are to be done the day the student returns.


Late homework will not be accepted and failure to make arrangements for make-up work will result in a zero for that particular assignment.


All papers and critiques should be proofread and mistakes corrected before turning them in.


Students are expected to come to class prepared to work.  (This means having a textbook, pen and a notebook.)  Students will receive consequences that are consistent with county policy.


Proper behavior is expected at all times.  Since disruptive behavior interferes with the learning process, it will not be tolerated. 



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