AP Psychology Curriculum & Syllabus

  • AP Psychology

    Southern Lehigh High School

    Mr. Cooper

    E-mail address:  cooperm@slsd.org

    Phone Number:  610-282-1421 Ext. 7190

    Room 190


    Course Syllabus

    Course Purpose:

    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 lean about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.


    Course Materials:


    1.  Textbook: AP Psychology 8th Edition, Worth Publishers New York, NY by David G. Myers with accompanying instructor’s resources.


    Chapter Outline:

                Chapter 1            Thinking Critically with Psychology

                Chapter 2            Neuroscience and Behavior           

                Chapter 3            Nature, Nurture, and Human Diversity

                Chapter 4            Developing Through the Life Span

                Chapter 5            Sensation

                Chapter 6            Perception

                Chapter 7             States of Consciousness

                Chapter 8            Learning

                Chapter 9             Memory           

                Chapter 10             Thinking and Language

                Chapter 11            Intelligence

                Chapter 12            Motivation and Work

                Chapter 13            Emotion

                Chapter 14            Stress and Health

                Chapter 15            Personality

                Chapter 16            Psychological Disorders

                Chapter 17            Therapy

                Chapter 18            Social Psychology


    Course Expectations:

      • You will be given a list of terms to identify for each chapter.  These identifications will be collected and graded as homework for every chapter we cover.
      • You should have a notebook and a 3 ring binder for notes and handouts.  These should be brought to class everyday.
      • You are expected to take notes on class discussion and material presented in class.
      • Students are ultimately responsible for their own learning and are expected to read assignments on time and come to class prepared to take part in discussions.
      • You will be expected to contribute to class discussions and will be given a grade for class participation.
      • All assignments should be done independently unless otherwise directed.  The sharing of work will not be tolerated unless otherwise directed.
      • There is a strong writing component on the AP Exam that requires frequent exercise and rehearsal that demonstrates analysis and application of scientific concepts.  You will be expected to learn how to write effective analytical and document-based essays. 



    Course Grading:

      • You will be graded on a total point system, which will consist of scores from tests, essays, quizzes, homework, alternative assessments, and class participation.
      • Tests will closely resemble the AP exam.  These tests will include multiple-choice questions and/or an essay in either free response or document-based format.
      • Late work will not be accepted except in circumstances approved by Mr. Cooper.
      • It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements to make up exams or other work missed.  All make up tests must be made up before or after school.  The more class time you miss, the harder it will be for you to succeed.

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