FORSYTH COUNTY COURSE SYLLABUS
COURSE TITLE: IB Psychology
TEACHER NAME: Mr. Canterbury E-MAIL: email@example.com
ROOMS: 1st pd. 369 PHONE: (770) 781-2264 Ext. 100182
2nd pd. 371
3rd pd. 348
Course Description: IB Psychology is a yearlong course at South Forsyth High School.
One of the Sixth Subject options, IB Psychology focuses on three basic elements of psychology: biological, cognitive, and
sociocultural. Students will be expected to be able to explain how cultural, ethical, gender and methodological
considerations affect the interpretation of behavior within the context of the three basic areas; students will also
demonstrate the knowledge and skills required for experimental design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation.
The course will also explore the application of each perspective through a study of pathological behavior. Internal
assessment will be based upon reproduction of a simple experimental study. The external assessment consists of two
papers: Paper One includes the three perspectives of psychology and Paper Two is based on the study of pathological
behavior and one other option area.
You will be challenged by a course which introduces you to one of the most fascinating of the Social Sciences. It is a
subject where the hypotheses, the facts, the theories and the observations are all related to people - you, your family,
your friends and people, perhaps unknown to you, but whom you observe every day. Briefly stated, „no other discipline is
more relevant to life‟1.
Psychology is an exciting field of study which offers insight into human behavior. It is not unusual that we often may
observe, comment upon, think about and evaluate ourselves and others many times each day. Psychology allows us to do
so in a structured, organized, methodical and scientific way.
Standards: There are no established QCC/GPS standard for IB Psychology, The course conforms to International
Learning Resources/Textbook(s): With the emergence of technology as a tool for learning, South Forsyth High School will be
various resources to assist with instruction, including ANGEL, online textbooks, and interactive websites. In addition to these web
instructional tools, the texts that will be used are IB Psychology Course Companion (Crane) and Forty Studies that Changed
Psychology (Hock). The cost to replace these books is $42.00 and $40.00 respectively. In addition to the textbook,
ANGEL learning system will be utilized as a store of information as well as an additional means of communication for the
Required Supplies: Notebook, pencil, and blue or black pens.
Organization of Notebook:
Required Assignments: A variety of assignments will be given, including quizzes and tests, products may include
written responses and electronic presentations. The ANGEL learning system will be used to enhance the student‟s
comprehension of the material through formative assignments.
Availability for Extra Help: I will be available for extra help sessions during Instructional Focus on Wednesdays as
needed and before school except for duty day ,Thursdays, between 7:45 am - 8:15 am.
Late Work Policy: In keeping with the premise of standards based education, all formative assessments are assigned
and evaluated by the teacher in order to inform planning and instruction; therefore it is imperative that all students turn
assignments in on time. Students are allowed to turn in late assignments until the date of the summative
assessment for the corresponding unit for a maximum possible score of 70%. Any student who finds it
necessary to turn in a formative assignment after that date must make individual arrangements with the teacher.
Circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis. The late work policy for summative assessments (i.e. project,
research paper, etc.) will be outlined on the assignment guidelines given by the teacher when the project is assigned.
Makeup Work: All missed work and assessments are the responsibility of the student when they are absent from
school. A student who is absent on the class day before a regularly scheduled assessment will be responsible for
completing the assignment on the regularly scheduled day and time. Students who have been absent more than two
consecutive days (including the assessment day) will be given five (5) school days to make up the assessment and/or
other assignments. This does not include major projects, research papers, etc., where the deadline has been posted in
advance. The teacher has the discretion to grant a longer period of time to make up work if there are extenuating
As per school policy, you have 1st (warning), 2nd= parent notified (I must document ) , then on the 3rd and subsequent
tardies you have earned detention.
ReTeach & ReAssess Policy:
No reassess possibilities; due to IB required mark-schemes, all summative exams in IB classes will be addressed by
individual teachers based upon the specific subject rubrics
Non-EOCT Course Average = 50% (1st Sem. Course Work) + 50% (2nd Sem. Course Work)
1st and 2nd Semester Course Work = 75% Summative = 25% Formative
A = 90 – 100
B = 80 – 89
C = 70 – 79
Failing = Below 70
*Formative Assessments include, but are not limited to homework, class work, rough drafts, and sections of projects/
research papers/presentations. Concept of formative assessment: http://pareonline.net/getvn.asp?v=8&n=9
*Summative Assessments include, but are not limited to unit tests, final projects, final essays, final research papers, and
Award opportunities: Any student(s) with an 95+ average for the course will receive a Psychology textbook from me.
Last year the following students earned a textbook ( the standard was a 97): Rachel Corbitt (11), Jordan Chambers
(12), Kristen Hopper (10), Ethan Kim (10), Tom Lee (12) , and Taylor Tai (11) The student with the highest overall
average will be recognized at South Forsyth‟s Honor‟s Night ceremony. 3. Student of the Semester: On each exam, I
will recognize the top 5 students on an “Honor‟s List”. Depending on how often you make the list and your placement on
the list, you may be recognized as “Student of the Semester” for your particular class period.
Units of Study:
Introduction to Psychology
The Biological Level of Analysis
The Cognitive Level of Analysis
The Internal Assessment: A Simple Experimental Study
The Sociocultural Level of Analysis
The Abnormal Psychology Option
Additional Option area: Developmental, Health, Human Relationships, Sport
Through the study of the three levels of analysis, the internal assessment and the abnormal psychology
option, the IB psychology course aims to:
Encourage the systematic and critical study of human experience and behavior
Identify, to analyze critically and to evaluate theories, concepts of the three levels of analysis in psychology
Collect, describe and analyze data used in psychological research, to test hypotheses, and to interpret complex
Promote the appreciation of the way in which psychology is relevant to both to your culture and the culture of
Develop an awareness that human attitudes and beliefs are widely diverse and that the study of psychology
requires an appreciation of such diversity
Enable you to recognize that the content and methodologies of psychology are contestable and that their study
requires the toleration of uncertainty.
Develop an awareness of how psychological research can be applied for the benefit of human beings
Ensure that ethical practices are upheld in psychological inquiry
Develop an understanding of the biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behavior
Develop an understanding of alternative explanations of behavior.
Understand and use diverse methods of psychological inquiry.
General learning outcomes for each of the levels of analysis:
• Outline principles that define the three level of analysis in Psychology (Biological, Cognitive, Sociocultural)
• Explain how principles that define the three levels of analysis may be demonstrated in research (that is, theories and/or
• Discuss how and why particular research methods are used at the three levels of analysis.
• Discuss ethical considerations related to research studies at the three levels of analysis.
Having followed the psychology course students will be expected to demonstrate the following assessment
1. Knowledge and comprehension of specified content
Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of:
key terms and concepts in psychology
psychological research methods
a range of appropriately identified psychological theories and research studies
the biological, cognitive and sociocultural levels of analysis
2. Application and analysis
Demonstrate an ability to use examples of psychological research and psychological concepts to
formulate an argument in response to a specific question
3. Synthesis and evaluation
Evaluate psychological theories and empirical studies
Discuss how biological, cognitive and sociocultural levels of analysis can be used to explain behavior
Evaluate research methods used to investigate behavior
4. Selection and use of skills appropriate to psychology
Demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge and skills required for experimental design, data
collection and presentation, data analysis and interpretation
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