• Syllabus for Psychology

    Teacher: Phil Kothmayer 

    Room: 4-211 

    Textbook- “Psychology in Everyday Life” by David G. Myers

    (You will NOT have a book issued to you, but this is the book which we will use in class.) 


    Objective: The content of this course is to give you an overview into the field of psychology.  We will cover a number of topics in psychology and how they influence our thinking processes and behavior.


    Projected pacing guide of topics to be covered


    Quarter # 1:  

    Unit 1:        Psychology’s Roots, Big Ideas and critical Thinking Tools

    The Biology of Mind and Consciousness


    Unit 2:        Developing through the Life Span

                       Gender and Sexuality

    Sensation and Perception


    Unit 3:        Learning




    Quarter # 2

    Unit 4:        Motivation and Emotion

    Stress, Health and Human Flourishing



    Unit 5:        Psychological Disorders



    Unit 6:        Social Psychology



    Supplies required:   

    You need to come to class everyday prepared to learn and with the supplies which will aid you.  The supplies you need for this class are: a notebook for all of your notes that you will take in class, pens or pencils (on essay tests, I require that you MUST use a pen with black or blue ink), your textbook and most importantly, a good attitude and eagerness to improve upon your abilities. 


    Classroom Behavior Policy

    1. Enter the room without excessive noise and commotion.
    2. Immediately after entering, sit in your assigned seat so that accurate attendance can be recorded.
    3. Please try to raise your hand and be recognized before speaking. I truly don’t get upset about this unless it is a disruption to class learning or a habitual tendency to blurt out questions, answers or opinions.
    4. Treat your fellow classmates with respect! Everyone is entitled to their opinions.  Name calling will NOT be tolerated. 


    Grading procedures:   I don’t “give” grades, but simply write down what you have earned. I will try to update the grades every week so that you can see where you stand by accessing the student portal.


    The grade categories are: 

    Tests and special projects or reports = 40%

    Quizzes & in-class work = 40%

    Homework = 10%

    Participation= 10%


    On unit tests, if you are not satisfied with the grade you earned, you may retake the test before or after school.  The two grades will then be averaged into one score.  Please make arrangements with me if you want to retake the test so that I can prepare and be sure that I will be available and in my room. 


    Unless you have an EXCUSED ABSENCE, any out of class assignment MUST be turned in to me by the due date if you wish to avoid penalties.  For each late day, I will deduct 10% from your score during the first three days.  If it is over three days late, the grade will remain a zero. 



    General information 

    This will be my 36th year as a teacher in the Marion county school system.  I hope this class will spur your interest so that the information you learn can be applied to your everyday life and decisions.  IF YOU TRY AND COMPLETE YOUR ASSIGNMENTS, YOU WILL NOT FAIL THIS CLASS.  That, however, does not mean that grades in the A, B and C categories must be earned through all of the grade categories listed above.  Please feel free to see me if you have any concerns or questions and I will do what I can to help you-that’s my job!



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