Bio Geeks and Psycho Freaks
Summit Academy High School
Psychology Syllabus 2012-2013
Psychology is the study of the mind. This means that we will study the actual brain, but also its functions. This includes emotions, learning, the senses, mental disorders, personality testing and other interesting topics. The class is very discussion oriented and most of your grade will be based on projects, papers and some tests.
Daily: School planner, a 3-ring binder or folder, pen or pencil, loose leaf paper
For specific lessons: Large poster boards (about 5 per year), colored pencils, markers, calculators, construction paper.
Much of the assessment for this class is based on group projects and in-class activities. This makes attendance crucial to your success in this class. Numerous absences may make it difficult to pass the class.Grading
Your grade in the class is determined by the points you accumulate from your tests, quizzes, bellwork, homework, papers, projects, and other in-class activities. Each quarter grade is calculated by forming a percent from all of these assessments. Your semester grade is calculated by combining each of your quarter grades and your final exam grade. Each of the quarter grades count for 40% of your semester grade. The final exam counts for 20% of the semester grade.Classwork (including notebooks)
There will be daily assignments including bellwork, notes, class discussions, and other activities. The bellwork question is located on the small left, side board. You will need to copy the question and answer it in a paragraph in no less than four sentences. You will receive a sheet to perform your bellwork on the first day of each week and it will be due on the last day of class each week. You will need to keep your notes, handouts, and assignments in a three ring binder folder.Tests, Papers and Projects
Each chapter or section will have a major assessment. This can be a test, paper, or project. Each major chapter assessment will be worth at least 100 points. Papers and projects will have a rubric that includes due dates, check points, and grading. The tests are District assessments that will count for 50 percent of the overall grade.
Final exams are given at the end of each semester. They will combine the things that you have learned all semester. It may be a project or paper instead of a test. If you do not turn in the project or paper, or you have an unexcused absence on the day of the exam you will receive a zero.Movies
I will show a number of short educational clips to help illustrate certain concepts. I also show a few mainstream, popular movies to illustrate how important psychology is in the world today. Many of the movies also show the moral dilemmas involved in some psychological research. I believe it is important for students to form their own opinions about the ethical issues related to psychological research today. Some of the movies include: Regarding Henry PG-13, A Beautiful Mind PG-13, As Good as it Gets PG-13, Sybil NR, and Shrek PG. We may also watch episodes from Dawson’s Creek during the unit on adolescent psychology. Please let me know if you do not wish your student to view any of these movies.
Topic 1: The History of Psychology and Psychological Research Methods
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