COURSE OBJECTIVES: In addition to the course objectives listed below by the APA (American Psychological Association), my main objective in teaching this course is to prepare students to score at least a 3 on the AP Exam offered by the College Board noon, Monday, May 5, 2014. As listed in the APA High School Program: Statement on the Curriculum for the High School Psychology Course, the course objectives are listed below. 1. Students should [read will for should] study the major core concepts and theories of psychology. They should be able to define key terms and to use these terms in their everyday vocabulary. Students should be able to compare and contrast major theories in psychology. It is impossible to cover all the material in class, therefore it is imperative that you keep up with your reading and assignments in order to be prepared for each test. 2. Students should learn the basic skills of psychological research. They should be able to devise simple research projects, interpret and generalize from results, and evaluate the general validity of research reports. 3. Students should be able to apply psychological concepts to their own lives. They should be able to recognize psychological principles when they are encountered in everyday situations. 4. Students should develop critical thinking skills. They should become aware of the danger of blindly accepting or rejecting any psychological theory without careful, objective evaluation. 5. Students should build their reading, writing, and discussion skills. 6. Students should learn about the ethical standards governing the work of psychologists. They should maintain high ethical standards and sensitivity in applying the principles of psychology to themselves, other peoples, and other organisms.
Your final grade will be calculated as follows:
Test points are given a weight of 4, quiz points are given a weight of 3, class is given a weight of 2 and homework is given a weight of 1. your grade is based on total number of points.
A = 90-100 B = 80-89 C = 70-79 D = 60-69 F = 59 or less