AP Psychology Rios

AP Psychology
Mrs Rios @ SHHS
Course Syllabus 2014-2015
AP Psychology 2014-15
Email
[email protected]
@shhsrios
www.myhaikuclass.com/paige.rios/appsychology
https://sites.google.com/site/riosshhs/
Twitter
LMS
website
Content
This course is designed to introduce you to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior
and mental processes of human beings and other animals. You will be exposed to
psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields
within psychology. You will also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists used in their
scientific practice. The course is intended to expose students to the rigor and content of a
college introductory/survey psychology course.
The content of the course is determined by the College Board program and will adhere to a
pacing schedule that will allow us to cover all topics on the AP Psychology exam.
Purpose
Instruction will serve three purposes:
I. To expose students to the field of psychology from both scientific and social scientific
angles.
II. To assist students in the transition from high-school level coursework to postsecondary academics.
III. To facilitate preparation for the AP Psychology exam.
Materials
• Myers’ Psychology for AP, 1st edition, David Myers and accompanying website
• 50 Psychology Classics
• Optional: Study Guide to Accompany Myers’ Psychology for AP
Overall Course Expectations
Reading
Online
Assessment
Attendance
Students are
responsible for reading
textbook before topics
are addressed in class.
Students should take
notes in an organized
fashion (by unit) and
learn all of the
vocabulary for the
chapter/unit. In
addition, each chapter/
unit will have several
open-ended questions
to be addressed in
notes as well.
Each unit will have
relevant videos posted
on the class website for
student viewing. In
addition students are
expected to assess
their knowledge of
material using online
quizzes provided by
textbook publisher.
The Haiku LMS will
house discussion
boards, class wikis, files
and online test banks to
aid in learning the
material
Assessment will occur
in a variety of ways.
Clear communication of
conceptual
understanding is
essential. Each unit
exam will be designed
similar to the AP Exam
w/ both multiple choice
(2/3) and free response
questions (1/3).
Various projects and
written assignments
both in and out of class
will also be employed
as assessment
Daily attendance is
essential as the inclass activities will build
upon the foundational
knowledge gained from
textbook readings.
Quizzes based on
required readings
(notes permitted).
The class meets for
approximately 50
minutes 3 x per week
and 88 min 1 x per
week.
AP Psychology
Mrs Rios @ SHHS
Course Syllabus 2014-2015
Contacting Your Teacher
The easiest way to discuss questions or concerns is to talk to me at lunch, after school,
or during access period. I will keep information regarding assignments both on the
Haiku LMS and on Aeries .I can also be contacted via
email: [email protected] . In addition, I will keep students informed with
updates and reminders on Twitter @shhsrios. Parents are welcome to use any of the
above avenues to keep informed of assignments and student progress.
The Exam - May 4, 2015
Taking the exam is strongly encouraged; students electing not to take the AP Exam will
complete an equivalent assessment that will count as part of the semester grade.
Format: The AP Psychology Exam is made up of two parts: a 70-minute, multiple-choice
section that includes 100 questions (increasing in difficulty) and a 50-minute, written
section made up of two free response questions (covering a wide range of material).
The multiple choice section accounts for two-thirds of your exam grade and the freeresponse section for the remaining one-third.
Scoring/College Credit: You can check the policies of the colleges you are applying to
by searching each school’s website for “ap credit”. In general, time and effort put into
the course throughout the year will result in a higher AP score on exam day. Preparation
for high-stakes exams is crucial.
Grading
Exams: Multiple Choice and
Free Response Questions
55%
Classwork, Reading Quizzes,
Writing, and Projects
45%
Tests The bulk of your grade is determined by exams, because I want you to become
used to the format of the AP Exam and the reality of post-secondary courses in general.
When you take the AP Exam, one day - one exam determines whether or not your
receive college credit for all of your hard work. The exams will mimic the format of the
AP Exam scaled back to fit within our class period. Given an hour during a block period
there will be 45-50 multiple choice questions and one free-response question. If an
exam is given on a 45-minute period day, there will be 25-30 multiple-choice questions
and one free-response question.
AP Psychology
Mrs Rios @ SHHS
Course Syllabus 2014-2015
Classwork and Quizzes Class meetings will be active and lively where discussions and
explorations will take place. It is essential that you prepare for class. In order to fully
participate, you must COMPLETE the reading prior to class meetings in which the
readings will be built upon. In order to encourage everyone to complete this
preparation, quizzes on the assigned material will be a regular part of class. You will be
advised of reading expectations well in advance. There will be opportunities for you to
use your own notes on quizzes, so it is in your best interest to take notes during class
and while reading.
Projects/Writing Assignments: People can demonstrate knowledge in a variety of ways,
so you will have an opportunity to engage in several projects each semester. Some of
these will be in class and will require working with a group, while other may be
individual projects/writing assignments to be done outside of class. In addition, you will
complete two major writing assignments (one each semester) using APA formatting.
Late Work and Absences
As this is an AP course and designed to mimic college-level work, all work has a firm
due date. In addition, you have the exam dates planned out for the entire year. If you
have an excused absence (illness, field-trip, sports), my expectation is that your work
will still be turned in that day. If an absence falls on an exam day, you need to make
prior arrangements to take the exam. I expect that each of you will keep in touch
with me via email when you are absent. Reading assignments are due before the
unit begins in class. Class time will be spent going over material and numerous
examples of concepts that will help the student comprehend and review material. Class
time will also be used to analyze video clips that cannot be checked out for individual
viewing. Group work and discussions that will aid in comprehension cannot be reenacted. Therefore, it is imperative that you are in class. Make up exams and
quizzes will not be the same as the initial exam/quiz.
Tips for Success
Be present and prepared in class. Review the material often. Luckily, the material will
be of high interest to most of you. However, there is much to be covered in this survey
course, therefore, I suggest you spend some time reviewing the material each day.
Proper use of vocabulary is essential so use flashcards to improve your fluency with
psychological vocabulary. Finally, challenge yourself to delve deeper into concepts by
forming a discussion group that meets regularly.
If you are absent…contact me via email, check Haiku for materials, check Aeries for
assignments due, study the material that was covered in class, contact a classmate for a
summary of what was completed in class. Most importantly, realize that with the quick
pace of the class it is imperative that you keep up with material even when absent.
AP Psychology
Mrs Rios @ SHHS
Course Syllabus 2014-2015
Pacing
Unit
Topic
(% of AP Exam)
Reading/
Major
Activity
College Board AP
Topic Outline
Exam
date
1
History &
Approaches
(2-4%)
pages 1-8
and 9-15
The Case of
Andrea
Yates
-Logic, Philosophy and History
of Science
-Approaches
Monday
9/8/14
2
Research
Methods and
Statistics
(8-10%)
p. 19 - 24
p. 25 -36
p. 37 - 46
Analyzing a
Case Study
-Experimental, Correlational, and
Clinical Research
-Statistics
Ethics in Research
Monday
9/8/14
3
Biological Bases
of Behavior
(8-10%)
Unit 3A: p
51 - 63
Unit 3B: p
66 - 91
Brain
Models
Unit 3C: p
94 - 110
Nature vs
Nurture
Debate
-Functional Organization of
Nervous System
-Neural Transmission
-Endocrine System
-Physiological Techniques
-Neuroanatomy
-Genetics
-Evolutionary Psychology
Friday
9/26/14
4
Sensation &
Perception
(6-8%)
p. 115-134
p.134 -150
p.151-169
Sensation
and
Perception
Group
Project
-Attention
Thursday
-Thresholds and Signal Detection 10/23/14
Theory
-Sensory Mechanisms
-Perceptual Processes
AP Psychology
Mrs Rios @ SHHS
Course Syllabus 2014-2015
Unit
Topic
(% of AP Exam)
Reading/
Major
Activity
College Board AP Topic
Outline
Exam
date
5
States of
Consciousness
(2 - 4%)
p. 175-191
p. 192-210
Mouse
Party;
Project:
“Vision
Quest” or
Dream
Journal
-Sleep and Dreaming
-Hypnosis
-Psychoactive Drug Effects
Thursday
10/23/14
6
Learning
(7-9%)
p. 215-227
p. 228-242
p. 242-249
-Cognitive Processes
-Classical Conditioning
-Biological Factors
-Operant Conditioning
-Social Learning
Thursday
12/4/14
Thursday
12/4/14
Classical vs
Operant
Conditioning
Activity
7
Cognition
(8 - 10%)
Unit 7A:
p.255-278
p. 278-294
Eyewitness
Field Trip
Unit 7B:
p.298-312
p.313- 322
Barnga
-Memory
-Thinking
-Problem Solving and Creativity
-Language
8
Motivation &
Emotion
(6 - 8%)
Unit 8A:
p. 327-348
p. 349-362
Maslow’s
Hierarchy of
Needs
Project
Unit 8B:
p. 366-384
p. 385-406
Theories of
Emotion
Project
-Biological Bases
-Theories of Motivation
-Hunger, Thirst, Sex and Pain
-Social Motives
-Theories of Emotion
-Stress and Health
1-8
1st Semester
Final
Units 1-8A
8A To be
included
on final
exam
third week
of
December
as well as
Unit 8/9
Exam
Friday
1/30/15
Third
week of
December
AP Psychology
Mrs Rios @ SHHS
Course Syllabus 2014-2015
Unit
Topic
(% of AP Exam)
Reading/
Major
Activity
College Board AP Topic
Outline
Exam
date
9
Developmental
Psychology
(7-9%)
p.411- 435
p. 435-454
p. 455-473
Child
Observation
Project;
Media
Portrayal of
Adolescents:
Fact or
Fiction?
-Life Span Approach
-Research Methods
-Heredity-Environment Issues
-Developmental Theories
-Dimensions of Development
-Sex Roles and Gender Roles
Friday
1/30/15
10
Personality
(5-7%)
p. 479-503
p. 503-518
Personality
Portfolio
-Personality Theories and
Approaches
-Assessment Techniques
-Growth and Adjustment
Thursday
2/26/15
11
Testing and
Individual
Differences
(5-7%)
p. 523-539
p. 539-556
-Standardization and Norms
-Reliability and Validity
-Types of Tests
-Ethics and Standards in Testing
-Intelligence
Thursday
2/26/15
12
Abnormal
Behavior
(7-9%)
p. 561-579
p.580-600
Abnormal
Psychology
Group
-Definitions of Abnormality
-Theories of Psychopathology
-Diagnosis of Psychopathology
-Types of Disorders
Thursday
3/26/15
Presentations
13
Treatment of
Abnormal
Behavior
(5-7%)
p. 605-618
p. 619-638
-Treatment Approaches
-Modes of Therapy
-Community and Preventive
Approaches
Thursday
3/26/15
14
Social
Psychology
(8-10%)
p. 643-664
p. 664-677
p. 678-692
-Group Dynamics
-Attribution Processes
-Interpersonal Perception
-Conformity, Compliance,
Obedience
-Attitudes and Attitude Change
-Organizational Behavior
-Aggression/Antisocial Behavior
-Cultural Influences
Friday
4/17/14
Social
Psychology
Experiments
Movie
Posters
AP Psychology
Mrs Rios @ SHHS
Course Syllabus 2014-2015
Unit
Topic
(% of AP Exam)
Review All topics
AP
Exam
All topics
PostAP
Various activities
and projects
Reading/
Major
Activity
Two weeks
of Various
Activities
College Board AP Topic
Outline
Exam
date
Full
length
practice
Exam
4/23/15
and
4/24/15
Monday
May 4,
2015
Five
Weeks of
Various
Activities