• Course Syllabus

    Title of Course - AP Psychology

    Teacher Name - Mr. Dupuis (Dew-pwee)

    Course Information - One Full Year/One Full Credit in Social Studies. Students who pass the AP Exam with a 4 or 5 will receive college credit as well.

    Teacher Information - Room 124, 2nd Hour Planning, Phone 810-591-5428, email pdupuis@carmanainsworth.org

    Prerequisite(s) - Student must be of junior or senior standing.

    Course Description and Overview of Content

    AP Psychology is an entry-level college psychology course. It will serve two practical foci. It is academic in orientation culminating with an AP exam in mid May. It is also functional in orientation allowing students opportunity to give personal application to the content of the course. Through the development of critical thinking, and upon the completion of the course, students will be able to:

    1. define and explain the history and  approaches to psychology
    2. perform scientific research and apply the scientific method to that research
    3. define and explain the biological basis of behavior
    4. explain the relationship between sensation and perception and the processes within each relationship
    5. define and explain the various states of consciousness
    6. define and explain the learning theories
    7. explain cognition and how memory, language, and thinking are related
    8. explain cognition and how memory, language, and thinking are related
    9. define and explain the theories of motivation and emotion
    10. explain the developmental process from birth through death
    11. define personality and discuss its various theories and assessment techniques
    12. identify common disorders and possible causes and treatments
    13. identify common disorders and possible causes and treatments
    14. define social psychology and group dynamics 


    Course Assignments

    The following assignments constitute the majority of the AP Psychology course. It is your responsibility to continually track these assignments and submit them via SafeAssign on the class Blackboard account. Failing to do so will have a negative impact on your grade. All writing assignments will follow APA format. Please see instructions on my web page.

    1. There will be Six major assignments for this course.
    2. First Semester –  research paper on the major contributors to psychology, a three dimensional cross-section of the human brain, and an Annotated Bibliography.
    3. Second Semester –  a review of relevant literature paper with presentation,  an old fashion book review, and an analysis of a social psychology movie.
    4. There are Rubrics to help you maximize your points.
    5. All assignments, sans the brain project, will be typed in Word 2003 (or at least saved as a Word 2003 or a PDF file) and submitted through Blackboard.
    6. AP Psychology Binder (A.K.A., Information Archival System) - this is a collection of handouts, notes, quizzes, papers, and reflections. The three ring binder will be graded each marking period for 100 points each time.
    7. Tests - one test per chapter. Each test will reflect the style of the AP Exam and will be timed. It will consist of 25 multiple-choice questions and 1 essay. All tests are valued at 30 points each.
    8. This class is highly interactive. There will be various written assignments and in-class activities. Come prepared to discuss and interact with classmates on the topic at hand. Points will be deducted for lack of response or engagement in the activity. Please come prepared to challenge your own thinking and self-discovery. A portion of your grade depends on your class participation and citizenship.

    Required Text and Material

    • Student textbook: Psychology for AP by David G. Myers
    • Student workbook:  Barron's AP Psychology by Allyson Weseley and Robert McEntarffer
    • Three Ring Binder
    • Pens and Pencils
    • Highlighters
    • Colored Pencils


    Format and Activities

    We will use a variety of methods to analyze the subject matter. This will included, but is not limited to, lecture, cooperative peer teaching groups, nonlinguistic representations, lab activities and annotating the workbook as well as other documents.


    Grading Practices and Procedures

    Students will be graded by the following breakdown:

           50% Formal Assessments          5% Positive In-class Participation/In-class Assignments

           20% Interactive Binder/Workbook         25% Topic Based Papers/Projects


    The Final Exam is worth 20% of your over all grade!


    All assignments will be typed in Word and submitted through Blackboard. 

    The Topic Based Assignments will be marked down 50% if it is not turned in on or before the due date and time. You will have three (3) weeks to do the project, so if you are going to be absent (excused or unexcused, it does not matter) on the due date turn it in early, e-mail it, FedEx it, send it with a friend, relative, or stranger. Get it here on time.  

    Make up test will be given by appointment after school with in one (1) week of the test.  Test not made up with in the week will receive a zero.



    Absences:  You are expected to be in class every day. In the event of an absence you will have 24 hours to excuse the unexcused absence. To excuse an absence your parent or legal guardian must contact me or the attendance office by phone w/in 24 hours of the absence. When an absence is excused, it is the student’s responsibility to get their missed work. The student will have one day plus one to make up the work, as per the student handbook. Late work may be handed in for half credit. Missed work during an unexcused absence can not be made up.

    Tardies:  You must be in your assigned seat when the bell begins to ring. Every tardy after three equals a referral to the office. 


    Classroom Rules and Procedures

    As well as the guidelines in the Student Handbook, I expect that we follow these simple rules:

    1. Be Focused!  (stay on task... work, don’t talk)
    2. Be Ready!  (in your seat, pencil sharp, materials ready)
    3. Be Respectful!  (to the classroom... No Gum, No Food, No Candy, No Drinks... the people, and their opinions)   
    4. Let the teacher teach from bell to bell!

     These simple rules will be enforced and added to if necessary!


    Academic Integrity

    Plagiarism, copying, cheating or being an accessory to plagiarism, copying, or cheating will NOT be tolerated and a Zero will be given to all parties with no chance of make up.


    Technology Usage

    All students must have a signed “Acceptable Use Practices” (AUP) on file in the media center.


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