Freshman Seminar

  • AP Psychology

    Room 30

    Periods 3 and 9

    AP® Psychology


    Course Length: Full Year

    Credits: 5

    Instructor: Mrs. Rachel Gottfried


    About Advanced Placement Courses: The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Through more than 30 courses, each culminating in a rigorous exam, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both. Taking AP courses also demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought out the most rigorous course work available to them.


    Course Description: 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.


    Course Text: Myers Psychology for the AP Course 3rd Ed.

    Supplemental Materials: Numerous supplemental materials will be provided during the course.  It is your responsibility to keep track of each material in an organized fashion.  Materials handed out may be used several times throughout the course.


    Grading Policy: 

    Chapter Outlines and Homework 10%

    Terms, Definitions and Key Figures 20%

    Tests 25% 

    Projects 25%

    Quizzes and classwork 20%


    Unit Elements:

    It is vital that you keep up with all assigned work within each unit or module.  Much of the the work is to be completed at home. The course moves quickly so it is your responsibility not to fall behind.  Unit work includes:

    Key Terms/ Definitions and Key Figures due as assigned (per unit or module)

    Unit Tests

    Unit/ Module outlines

    Periodic Quizzes

    Exam Date: Thursday, May 12, 2019 12 pm 

    If you take the AP exam, you will not be required to take a separate course Final Exam at the end of the school year.  However, if you do not take the AP Exam, you will be required to take a course Final Exam.

    *Please note that the course does continue following the AP exam and all work assigned after that date counts toward your grade in the course.


    Absentee/ Tardy Policy: Absentee/Tardy Policy


    Extra Credit Policy: As per Board Policy, “Non- active students will not be offered opportunities for extra credit to improve their grades; extra credit options will be only available to students who complete their work on a timely basis."


    Acceptable Use Policy/Cell Phone Use Policy

      • Acceptable Use Policy:  Please refer to Board Policy 2363: Pupil use of Privately- Owned Technology.
        • Privately owned technology such as cell phones, tablets and laptops may only be used as part of the lesson plan with administrator or teacher approval.


    Course Breakdown- Overview of Topics to be Covered (percentage of topic to appear on exam):


    History and Approaches (2–4%)

    Research Methods (8–10%)

    Social Psychology (8–10%)

    Neuroscience and Biological Bases of Behavior (8–10%)

    Sensation and Perception (6–8%)

    States of Consciousness (2–4%)

    Developmental Psychology (7–9%)

    Personality (5–7%)

    Learning (7–9%) and Cognition (8–10%)

    Motivation and Emotion (6–8%)

    Testing and Individual Differences (5–7%)

    Abnormal Behavior (7–9%)

    Treatment of Abnormal Behavior (5–7%)

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