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AP Psych

10/07/03

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Grading


The grading system I will be using is based upon points earned. Each quiz, exam, lab, homework assignment, etc. will be worth some predetermines point value. For example: If at the end of the quarter the total possible points equals 1000 and you earned a total of 850 points, you will receive an 85 on your report card.
The formula being used is Points Earned / Total Points = Your Grade.

Yearly Breakdown

 

I.   History and Approaches

   1. Logic, Philosophy, and History of Science

   2. Approaches

         1. Biological

         2. Behavioral

         3. Cognitive

         4. Humanistic

         5. Psychodynamic

         6. Sociocultural

 

II.  Methods

   1. Experimental, Correlational, and Clinical Research

         1. Correlational (e.g. observational, survey, and clinical)

         2. Experimental

   2. Statistics

         1. Descriptive

         2. Inferential

   3. Ethics in Research

 

III.  Biological Bases of Behavior

   1. Physiological Techniques (e.g. imaging, surgical)

   2. Neuroanatomy

   3. Functional Organization of the Nervous System

   4. Neural Transmission

   5. Endocrine System

   6. Genetics

 

IV.  Sensation and Perception

   1. Thresholds

   2. Sensory Mechanisms

   3. Sensory Adaptation

   4. Attention

   5. Perceptual Processes

 

V.  States of Consciousness

   1. Sleep and Dreaming

   2. Hypnosis

   3. Psychoactive Drug Effects

 

VI.  Learning

   1. Biological Factors

   2. Classical Conditioning

   3. Operant Conditioning

   4. Social Learning

   5. Cognitive Processes in Learning

 

VII.  Cognition

   1. Memory

   2. Language

   3. Thinking

   4. Problem Solving and Creativity

 

VIII.  Motivation and Emotion

   1. Biological Bases

   2. Theories of Motivation

   3. Hunger, Thirst, Sex, and Pain

   4. Social Motives

   5. Theories of Emotion

   6. Stress

 

IX.  Developmental Psychology

   1. Life Span Approach

   2. Research Methods (e.g., longitudinal, cross-sectional)

   3. Heredity-Enviromental Issues

   4. Developmental Theories

   5. Dimensions of Development

         1. Physical

         2. Cognitive

         3. Social

         4. Moral

   6. Sex Roles, Sex Differences

 

X.  Personality

   1. Personality Theories and Approaches

   2. Nomothetic and Idiographic Research

   3. Assessment Techniques

   4. Self-concept, Self-esteem

   5. Growth and Adjustment

 

XI.  Testing and Individual Differences

   1. Standardization and Norms

   2. Reliability and Validity

   3. Types of Tests

   4. Ethics and Standards in Testing

   5. Intelligence

   6. Heredity/Environment and Intelligence

   7. Human Diversity

XII.  Abnormal Psychology

   1. Definitions of Abnormality

   2. Theories of Psychopathology

   3. Diagnosis of Psychopathology

   4. Anxiety Disorders

   5. Somatoform Disorders

   6. Mood Disorders

   7. Schizophrenic Disorders

   8. Organic Disorders

   9. Personality Disorders

  10. Dissociative Disorders

 

XIII.  Treatment of Psychological Disorders

   1. Treatment Approaches

         1. Insight Therapies: Psychodynamic/Phenomenological Approaches

         2. Behavioral Approaches

         3. Cognitive Approaches

         4. Biological Therapies

   2. Modes of Therapy (e.g., individual, group)

   3. Community and Preventive Approaches

 

XIV.  Social Psychology

   1. Group Dynamics

   2. Attribution Processes

   3. Interpersonal Perception

   4. Conformity, Compliance, Obedience

   5. Attitudes and Attitude Change

   6. Organizational Behavior

   7. Aggression/Antisocial Behavior

 

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