Advanced Placement Psychology To prepare for the required Advanced Placement Psychology Exam in May, this course will cover 17 Units of Study covered over the course of 58 Modules. Each module will be completed in two weeks or so. Sometimes it will seem, just like in college that homework assignments aren’t given on a daily basis. But the understanding is that the student should stay ahead by reading the Module that is being studied. On the day the exam is scheduled, students will hand in homework and take the examination. I expect students to study throughout the time period and not simply cram the night before. As practice for college, students must learn to organize and budget their own time. I understand this is not college and that this course is in preparation for the student’s future. Thus, I allow students to invest EXTRA EFFORT for extra credit. Below you will find a copy of the assignments you will need to complete for the summer assignment. Assignments due on the first day of class. In order to complete Assignments #1, 2 & 3, you will need a copy of Module 1 – History and Scope of Psychology. You can pick up these materials in Room A102 before the end of the school year. In addition to your summer assignments, I have attached a course description, course outline and classroom procedure information sheet. Be sure to read these documents very carefully; if you are still willing to accept the challenges that accompany the rigors of an AP Psychology curriculum – continue reading!!! 2012-13 AP Psychology Summer Assignments Assignment #1: Read Module 1 – The History & Scope of Psychology (pick up in Room A102 or Guidance Office) Complete an outline of the Module Assignment #2: Answer the Module 1 Review Questions. Assignment #3: Complete the Multiple Choice Test for Module 1. You must pick up test before you leave for the summer (Room A102) or pick up a copy in the Guidance Office over the summer. Assignment # 4: Part 1: Identify the research focus for each of the psychologists from the attached list of psychologists. Part 2: Describe any 10 (of your choice) of the psychologists and their research If you need to contact me over the summer; use one of the e-mails listed below. These assignments will give us a good start to the course in September. If you have any questions about these assignments, you may e-mail me over the summer at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (those are 2 zeroes!) Good luck to all…and have a great summer! Sincerely, Mr. Bruno AP Psychology Teacher Assignment #2: Type the answers to the Module 1 Study Guide Questions. If you do not have a copy of the module, one can be obtained in the Guidance Office. Answers should be in complete sentences. 1. Trace the views of pre-scientific thinkers regarding the origins of knowledge and how the mind and body relate. (hint: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Darwin) 2. Discuss early psychologists’ efforts to understand the structure and function of the mind. (hint: Wundt, Titchener, James) 3. Describe the course of events that describes the evolution of psychology from its earliest days through today. 4. Name and briefly describe the 7 perspectives in psychology as stated in Module 1. 5. Identify some of the basic and applied research subfields of psychology. Briefly describe the role of each in the area of psychology. 6. Explain the difference between clinical psychology and psychiatry. Assignment #3: Complete the Multiple Choice Test using Module 1 – History & Scope of Psychology If you do not have a copy, one can be obtained in the Guidance Office (with a scantron!) Assignment #4: (Part 1): Identify a key focus of research for each of the psychologists listed below. Merely write a key word or phrase next to the name describing any focus of the psychologist’s research. Google can be your friend…I have completed a few for you!!! comp ALL of the psychologists on this list. Type this list!! PART 1 Adler, Alfred – inferiority complex Spearman, Charles Ainsworth, Mary Sternberg, Robert Allport, Gordon Terman, Lewis Asch, Solomon TThurstone, L.L. Binet, Alfred Tolman, E.C. Cattell, Raymond Vygotsky, Lev Chomsky, Noam Watson, John & Baby Albert Ebbinghaus, Hermann Wechsler, David Ekman, Paul Wertheimer, Max- founder of Gestalt psychology Ellis, Albert Whorf, Benjamin Erikson, Erik Yerkes & Dodson Eysenck, Hans Zimbardo, Philip Festinger, Leon Freud, Sigmund Gardner, Howard Garcia, John – taste aversion in rats Genovese, Kitty Gibson & Walk Gilligan, Carol Harlow, Harry Hawthorne Effect Heider, Fritz Hilgard, Ernest – “hidden observer” in hypnosis Horney, Karen Huebel & Weisel Hull, Clark Izard, Carroll Jung, Carl Kohlberg, Lawrence Kohler, Wolfgang Kubler-Ross, Elizabeth Loftus, Elizabeth Lorenz, Konrad Marcia, John – identity achievement Maslow, Abraham McClelland, David Milgram, Stanley Pavlov, Ivan Piaget, Jean Ramachandran, Vilayunar Rogers, Carl Rorschach, Hermann Rosenhan, David Rotter, Julian Schachter, Stanley Seligman, Martin - positive psychology/learned helplessness Sherif, Muzafer Skinner, B.F. Assignment #4: (Part 2) Select ANY 10 of the psychologists from this list and describe the name of the study/experiment, purpose and set up and briefly discuss the results of the experiment. One has been done for you below!: Example: Psychologist: Albert Bandura Name of Study: The Bobo Doll Experiment Purpose: The Social Learning Theory Set Up: Children observed adult behavior in a room through a window. Adults were shown hitting a “Bobo” doll when frustrated. Results/conclusion: Children imitated aggressive behavior when frustrated after watching adults hit a a “Bobo” doll. AP Psychology - Course Outline Unit % of questions on AP test Textbook Modules Introduction to Psychology (6 – 8 %) A. History and Scope of Psychology 1 B. Thinking Critically w/Psychological Science 2 C. Research Strategies: How Psychologists Ask & Answer Ques. 3 Neuroscience and Behavior (8 – 10%) A. Neural and Hormonal Systems 4 B. The Brain 5 The Nature and Nurture of Behavior (2 – 4%) A. Genetic Influences on Behavior 6 B. Environmental Influences on Behavior 7 The Developing Person (7 – 9%) A. Prenatal Development and the Newborn 8 B. Infancy and Childhood 9 C. Adolescence 10 D. Adulthood 11 Sensation and Perception (7 – 9 %) A. Introduction to Sensation & Perception 12 B. Vision 13 C. Hearing 14 D. The Other Senses 15 E. Perceptual Organization & Interpretation 16 – 17 States of Consciousness (2 – 4%) A. Waking and Sleeping Rhythms 18 B. Hypnosis 19 C. Drugs and Consciousness 20 Learning (7 – 9%) A. Classical Conditioning 21 B. Operant Conditioning 22 C. Learning by Observation 23 Memory (8 – 10%) A. Introduction to Memory 24 B. Encoding: Getting Info In 25 C. Storage: Retaining Info 26 D. Retrieval: Getting Info Out 27 E. Forgetting and Memory Construction 28 Thinking, Language & Intelligence (8 – 10%) A. Thinking 29 B. Language and Thought 30 C. Introduction to Intelligence 31 D. Assessing Intelligence 32 AP Psychology - Course Outline (cont.) Unit % of questions on AP test Textbook Modules Motivation and Emotion (7 – 9%) A. Introduction to Motivation 34 B. Hunger 35 C. Sexual Motivation 36 D. Motivation at Work 37 Emotion A. Theories of Emotion 38 B. Experienced and Expressed Emotion 39 – 40 Stress and Health (2 – 4%) A. Stress and Illness 41 B. Coping With Stress 42 C. Modifying Illness-Related Behaviors 43 Personality (6 – 8%) A. Psychoanalytic Perspectives 44 B. The Humanistic Perspective 45 C. Trait & Social-Cognitive Perspective 46 Psychological Disorders (7 – 9%) A. Introduction to Psychological Disorders 47 B. Anxiety Disorders 48 C. Dissociative and Personality Disorders 49 D. Mood Disorders 50 E. Schizophrenia 51 Therapies (5 – 7%) A. The Psychological Therapies 52 B. Evaluating Psychotherapies 53 C. The Biomedical Therapies 54 Social Psychology (7 – 9%) A. Social Thinking 55 B. Social Influence 56 C. Antisocial Relations 57 D. Prosocial Relations 58 Advanced Placement Psychology Course and Classroom Procedures 2012 – 13 Teacher: Mr. John Bruno E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Credentials: B.A., Psychology, Albright College, 1979 New Jersey Standard Certificates: Secondary Social Studies Psychology Elementary Education Personal Information: 1982 – 1988 7th Grade Social Studies Jordan Road School, Somers Point 1988 – present Social Studies Teacher, Ocean City High School 1989 – present Head Boys Basketball Coach, OCHS/Head Softball Coach Welcome to AP Psychology! The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. The AP Program From its’ inception 20 years ago, the AP Program has broadened to include more schools, students and examinations than ever before. Each May, the AP Examinations are administered at OCHS and at other participating schools around the country. The Examination will be a maximum of 2 hours long. The examination is a blend of multiple-choice questions and a free-response essay section specifically designed to measure the full range and depth of the student’s knowledge. It is expected the students taking an Advanced Placement course, take the exam. Course Description AP Psychology is a college level course designed to introduce students to the systematic scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Students will be exposed to within each of the major fields or perspectives in psychology. In addition, students will learn about, practice, and evaluate research methods used by psychologists. The development of critical thinking skills, written and oral expression, and preparation for the AP Examination in Psychology will be emphasized. National Standards The National Standards for the Teaching of High School Psychology were adopted by the American Psychological Association, August 1999. Access at: http://www.apa.org/ed/hscontents.html Advanced Placement Psychology Course Objectives: 1. Students will learn the history, concepts, methodology, and vocabulary of contemporary psychology. 2. Students will develop advanced critical thinking skills. 3. Students will prepare for success on the AP Psychology exam. Textbook Myers, David G. Psychology, 8th Edition New York: Worth Publishers, 2004. It is very helpful to stay ahead in your reading of the modules. Additional textbook materials can be found online: www.worthpublishers.com/myers (must sign up!) Classroom Expectations: Students will arrive on time and leave all mental and physical distractions outside the classroom. The classroom atmosphere will be one of mutual respect where we actively listen to each other and speak one at a time. This course will involve mature, college level discussions in which students feel comfortable sharing their ideas and opinions as well as commenting on the opinions of others in a thoughtful and respectful way. Cell phones, ipods and other electronic devices should be turned off and put away before you enter the classroom. There will be a form signed concerning cell phone use at the beginning of the school year Students are expected to take notes during presentations or completed on their own using the modules in the text. Homework Expectations: Students are expected to read each module in Myers well as several articles per unit. This comes to 25 – 40 pages per week of mandatory reading with accompanying notes. These notes must be kept in a spiral notebook dedicated specifically to the course. Notebooks will be checked periodically for completion. Students are also required to build a set of flashcards with important vocabulary and psychological terms. Students will use these notebooks and flashcards to study for the AP exam as well as class tests and quizzes. Students who are absent are responsible to get all assignments and class notes from another student in the class or from me during office hours. Students with excused absences may turn in work the day they return. No late homework will be accepted! AP Exam: The standard fee is $87.00. This course is designed to help you pass the AP exam. Students who score 4 or 5 on the AP exam’s five point scale can earn college credit for the course at most colleges and universities. If you do all the assigned work diligently, and you study hard all year, you will be well prepared to pass the AP exam. AP Study Books I have found two that I like and recommend highly that you buy one and use it. The ones I recommend are Laura Maitland’s 5 Steps to a Five on the AP Psychology Examination (McGraw Hill $15.95) and Rob McEntauffer’s Barron’s Guide to the AP Psychology Exam (Barron’s $15.95). These are both available at any Borders Book Store. Which one do I prefer? It depends on your type of personality. Look at all of them before you buy. You may also choose one of your own! College Board Website Has the AP Psychology Course Book online at http://apcentral.collegeboard.com You need to register for this; you can access the psychology site once you do. It also saves me having to copy a 41 page guide for you. Grading Grading will be based upon the following: Tests (60%); Free Responses (20%); Quizzes (10%); Homework/Assignments (10%) Tests Upon completion of a module(s), an exam will be given consisting of multiple choice questions. There will be a mid-term examination. Students who DO NOT take the AP Examination will be required to take a final examination. Free Response Questions Free responses will be given periodically to measure the level of progress. In addition, students will review their work in order to prepare for the Free Response portion of the AP Exam. Quizzes Quizzes may be given periodically covering reading material or vocabulary. Quizzes will usually be given at the beginning of the class. Homework/Assignments Students will be expected to complete all homework assignments promptly. The will include review questions for the modules as well as activity sheets to review in class. Cheating/Plagiarism Cheating during a test will result in a zero for that test/assignment with no make-up privileges. Your warning has been given. Avoid any indicators that may arouse the suspicion of cheating. All students and parents must submit a signed plagiarism contract regarding school assignments. Teacher Contact Information Good communication is an essential part of learning! I am available to help you before and after school. You will be able to find me in room A102. I will typically at school by 6:45 am and will remain in the building until at least 3:00 pm. Tips for Students 1. Learn to read more effectively; don’t just look at the words 2. Do not ignore pictures, diagrams, tables and sidebars in your textbook 3. Take notes as you read; it is much easier to review a few pages of good notes rather than re-read the entire 30 pages! 4. Half the battle is vocabulary. Do Term Book early in the reading. As you complete the Term Book, you will begin to learn the vocabulary.
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