AP PSYCHOLOGY Ms. White Welcome to Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology! I am so pleased to be teaching this class and to have the opportunity to work with each one of you. AP Psychology is an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The AP curriculum is for the student who desires to experience and be challenged on a collegiate level. I hope that as a result of our study you will gain a better understanding of yourself and your relationships with others. Psychology is one of my favorite subjects, and I look forward to tackling it with you, and hopefully making it an interesting experience. Please, try your best, and ask for help from me if you need it. CLASS RULES Come to class on time and prepared every day. Complete assignments thoroughly, on time, and on your own. Participate. Treat others respectfully. COURSE OBJECTIVES Greater understanding and insight into human behavior and thought processes Ability to analyze behavior from multiple psychological approaches Understanding of the moral and ethical issues inherent in psychology Comprehensive knowledge base to utilize during the AP Psychology Exam CLASS MATERIALS Bring the following supplies to class with you every day: 3-ring notebook for course handouts Composition book (not spiral) for vocabulary Blue or black pen and a pencil Most days you can leave the text at home or in your locker -- I will let you know in advance when you need to bring it to class. *Psychology textbook: David Myers, Psychology, 8th Edition, Worth Publishers COURSE OUTLINE These are the major content areas covered by the AP Psychology Examination, as well as the approximate percentages of the multiple choice section that are devoted to each area. The class calendar details exactly when we will be covering each area. History & Approaches (2-4%) Learning (7-9%) Testing & Individual Differences (5-7%) Research Methods (6-8%) Cognition (8-10%) Abnormal Psychology (7-9%) Biological Bases of Behavior (8-10%) Motivation & Emotion (7-9%) Treatment of Psychological Disorders (5-7%) Sensation & Perception (7-9%) Developmental Psychology (7-9%) Social Psychology (7-9%) States of Consciousness (2-4%) Personality (6-8%) THE AP PSYCHOLOGY EXAM The AP Psychology exam includes a 70-minute multiple -choice section that accounts for two-thirds of the student's exam grade and a 50-minute free-response section, made up of two questions, which accounts for one-third of the student's exam grade. I encourage all students to take the AP Psychology Exam that will be administered May 6, 2013. GRADING POLICY I use the CMS grading scale to determine quarter grades, the midterm and the final exam: A = 93-100 C = 77-84 F = below 70 B = 85-92 D = 70-76 Every assignment will be categorized as a test, quiz or assignment. At the end of the grading period, your average in each category will be calculated and a final grade assigned based on the following weights: Tests = 70% Quizzes = 15% Assignments = 15% Your final grade for the course will be weighted the following way: 37.5% 1st semester 37.5% 2nd semester 25% Final Exam TYPES OF ASSIGNMENTS Unit Tests There will be a major test at the end of each of the 14 units. These tests will be cumulative in nature, meaning you will need to study material from earlier units as well as the current unit to succeed. These tests will model the AP test; you will complete 100 multiple choice questions in 70 minutes. Essay Workshops/Essays On some unit exams, you will be given an essay question that mirrors the style of the AP test. During the first semester, these essays will not be evaluated for a grade. Instead, we will evaluate essays together in class. After the first semester, your essays will be evaluated in the same fashion that AP test essays are graded. Unit Vocabulary At the end of each unit, there is a section titled: "Terms and Concepts to Remember." Each of these terms should be defined in a composition notebook. In addition, you must provide an example for each term. The best examples come from your everyday life, but you can use one from the textbook if you would like. This composition notebook should be used ONLY for your AP Psych vocabulary and definitions should be written (not typed). Vocabulary will be checked the day of each unit test. You should keep all of your vocabulary lists for the entire year. Homework Success in this course is dependent on your active reading of the text. Several note-taking models will be suggested in the first few weeks but you are free to use a note-taking system that works best for you. You will receive reading assignments well in advance of their due date. You are expected to be familiar with the reading prior to coming to class. A homework grade will be given most class days. You will be held accountable for your reading of the text either with a note check or a reading quiz. In addition, I will periodically assign case studies for you to read that describe an experiment that is relevant to the material we are covering. You will answer questions about these case studies. If you need more time to do an assignment, you may ask for an extension. These will be granted depending on your circumstances. However, you must always ask for an extension prior to the due date. Mini-Projects At times, I will assign small one-day projects that will allow you to show what you have learned in a more creative way than an objective multiple-choice test. These assignments will be evaluated based on the quality of your work. LATE WORK Late homework will not be accepted unless you have an excused absence. Mini-projects and vocabulary will be accepted after the due date but will be reduced by one letter grade for each school day (not class) the assignment is late. ABSENCES Class discussion, activities, and participation are a very important part of this class. I will do my best to provide appropriate make-up assignments for you when you are ill or have an excused absence due to other circumstances. However, several class experiences (movies, experiments, etc.) cannot be made up as homework and may require you to come during Knight Time or before or after school to make up missed material. TEST MAKEUP If you are absent the day of a test, you MUST contact me the day you return and you MUST make up the test within two school days. Students who miss tests may be given an alternative version of the exam. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result in a zero for the assignment, project, or test, as well as a referral to the administration. There may be times that you will work collaboratively, but unless the assignment explicitly states that you are to work together, then comparing or sharing work is considered cheating. Please see me if you are in doubt or have any questions or concerns about academic integrity. MY WEBSITE The calendar, daily agendas, and a plethora of resources to assist you in succeeding in this course are available at http://awhite.cmswiki.wikispaces.net. If you are absent from class, this is the first place you should go to find out what you missed. In most cases, notes and other helpful resources will be posted at least two days in advance of class. ************************************************************************* If you have any questions, concerns or problems, please do not hesitate to speak with me before or after class or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will also be available for tutoring Tuesdays from 2:30PM to 3:00PM and by appointment only on Thursdays.
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