• Syllabus: AP Psychology

    West Port High School

    Sarah Cardinal,, teacher

    Phone Number: 291-4000

    Email Address: sarah.cardinal@marion.k12.fl.us


    Course Objectives

    The central question addressed in AP Psychology is: “how do psychologists think?” The psychologist David Myers wrote that to think as a psychologist, one must learn to “restrain intuition with critical thinking, judgmentalism with compassion, and illusion with understanding.” (Sternberg, 1997). Whether students choose to pursue a career related to psychology or one in some entirely different field, this habit of mind will be of great value.

    The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings.

    • Students learn about some of the explorations and discoveries made by psychologists over the past century.

    • Students assess some of the differing approaches adopted by psychologists, including the biological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic, and sociocultural perspectives.

    • Most important, students come to an appreciation of how psychologists think.

    Resources for Teaching AP Psychology

    • Text: David Myers, Psychology for AP with accompanying instructor’s resource manual, study guide, and test bank.

    • AP Released Exams in Psychology and other support materials provided by the College Board.

    • Numerous other readings from books, newspapers and videos.

    Grading Policy

    Quarterly grades are made up of the following:

    Preparation (daily assignments, homework and quizzes) 50%

    Evaluation (tests, writing assessments, projects, and oral presentations) 50%

          * NO WORK AFTER THE LAST CALL WILL BE ACCEPTED (Generally 2 weeks after assigned)

          * THERE WILL NOT BE RETAKES ON TESTS

    Material Needed

    • Paper, pens, pencils, index cards, various materials for projects and a binder with 3 prongs and pockets.

    AP Prep Materials (Optional but recommended)

    5 Steps to a 5 AP Psychology, 2015 or 2016 Edition by Laura Maitland
    Barron’s AP Psychology Flash Cards
    Brainscape AP Psychology Digital Flashcards (APP)


    Pacing


    Unit
    Topic
    Percent of the AP Exam
    Length
    1
    History and Approaches
    2-4%
    1 week
    2
    Research Methods
    8-10%
    3 weeks
    3
    Biological Bases and Behavior
    8-10%
    3 weeks
    4
    Sensation and Perception
    6-8%
    2 weeks
    5
    States of Consciousness
    2-4%
    2 weeks
    6
    Learning
    7-9%
    3 weeks
    7
    Cognition
    8-10%
    3 weeks
    8
    Motivation and Emotion
    6-8%
    2 weeks
    9
    Developmental Psychology
    7-9%
    2 weeks
    10
    Personality
    5-7%
    2 weeks
    11
    Testing and Individual Difference
    5-7%
    2 weeks
    12
    Abnormal Psychology
    7-9%
    2 weeks
    13
    Treatment of Abnormal Psychology
    5-7%
    2 weeks
    14
    Social Psychology
    8-10%
    2 weeks

     


    The AP Exam

    The AP Psychology Exam will be administered at WPHS on Monday May 1st at 12.  The exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions and 2 free response questions (written response).  The students have 1 hour and 10 minutes* to complete the multiple choice section and 50 minutes* to complete both free response questions.  Upon scoring a 3, 4 or 5 on the exam, students will receive college credit.  The scores are released during July.

    *If a student has accommodations, in some situations they can be used on AP Exams.