AP Psychology Course Syllabus, Roosevelt Senior High School

Purpose of the AP Psychology Course:

"The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of 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." (Taken from the AP Guide.)


Text: "Exploring Psychology 8th Edition in Modules by David Myers

Roger Hock's "Forty Studies that Changed Psychology: Explorations into the History of Psychological Research" sixth edition


The student text with be supplemented with classroom copies of other Introductory Psychology textbooks. Such as Kalat, Weiten, Lahey and Plotnik. We will also use articles from such publications as "The New York Times", Time, Newsweek, Scientific American The Brain and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. We will also read relevant articles from Keith E. Stanovich’s “How to Think Straight About Psychology”.



AP Content Area One: History & Approaches

Aug. 27th –Sept. 6th: Myers Module #1

Essential Questions:

What is Psychology?

What are the origins of Psychology?

What are the contemporary perspectives of psychology?

Activities include, but are not limited to Chapter 1 guided reading and "Know your Psychologist” worksheet

Unit 1 Test Friday September 7th, 2018






AP Content Two: Research Methods

Essential Questions:

What are the basic concepts of research?

What are descriptive studies and formal experiments?

What are the Ethical principles of research?

Sept. 10th -Sept. 21st: Myers Module 2

Unit 2 Test Friday September 22nd, 2018


AP Content Three: Biological Bases of Behavior

Essential Questions:

How do biological processes relate to behavior?

How does the nervous system & brain structures relate to behavior?

How does the endocrine system and hormones relate to behavior?

What are the genetic influences on behavior?

Activities include creating model brains and neurons, guided reading work sheet.

Sept. 24th - Oct. 4th: Myers Modules 3 & 4

Unit 3 Test Friday October 5th, 2018


AP Content Area Four A: Sensation and Perceptions Part 1

Essential Questions:     

How do the senses receive and translate signals to brain for processing?

How do sensations and perceptions differ?

How does the brain process sensory signals?

Oct. 10th - Oct. 29th: Myers Module 14 & 15

Unit 4A Test Tuesday October 30th or Wednesday October 31st, 2018


AP Content Area Four B: Sensation and Perceptions Part 2

Essential Questions:

How do the senses receive and translate signals to brain for processing?

How do sensations and perceptions differ?

How does the brain process sensory signals?

Nov. 5th-Nov. 15th: Myers Module 16

Unit 4B Test Friday November 16th, 2018








AP Content Area Five: States of Consciousness

Essential Questions:

What is consciousness?

What is the sleep cycle, and what are its stages?

How and why we alter consciousness?

What are dreams?

Nov. 19th - Nov. 29th: Myers Modules 5, 6, & 7

Unit 5 Test Friday November 30th, 2018




AP Content Area Six: Learning

Essential Question:

What is learning?

Define classical & operant conditioning.

Dec. 3rd -Dec 13th: Myers Modules 17, 18, & 19

Unit 6 Test Friday December 14th, 2018



AP Content Area Seven A: Cognition Part 1

Essential Questions:

What are the stages of memory?

Why does forgetting occur?

What is the biological basis of memory?

Dec. 17th- Jan 10th:  Myers Modules 20 & 21

Unit 7A Test Friday January 11th, 2019


AP Content Area Seven B: Cognition Part 2

Essential Questions:

What are the basic units of thinking?

How to problem solve.

What is language?

What is intelligence?

Activities may include looking at sample intelligence test to search for biases

Jan 14th - Jan. 18th: Myers Modules 22, 23 & 24

Unit 7B Test Tuesday January 22nd or Wednesday January 23rd, 2019





AP Content Area Eight: Motivation and Emotions

Essential Questions:

What are primary motives?

What are psychological motives?

What are emotions?

Activity/Research Paper: Students will watch and analyze the film Miracle. We will analyze Coach Brooks’ “style”. Would what worked in 1980 work today?

Jan 28th -Feb 7th: Myers Modules 25, 26, 27 & 28

Unit 8 Test Friday February 8th, 2019


AP Content Area Nine: Developmental Psychology

Essential Questions:

How do people grow and develop physically, intellectually, socially, and morally throughout the lifespan?

How do people grow and develop personality throughout the lifespan?

Feb. 11th – Feb. 21st: Myers Modules 10-13

Unit 9 Test Friday February 22nd, 2019


AP Content Area Ten: Personality

Essential Questions:

How do psychologists define and study personality?

What advantages and disadvantages exist for each theory's description of personality?

How do psychologists measure and interpret personality?

Feb.25th – Mar 7th: Myers Modules 30 & 31

Unit 10 Test Friday March 8th, 2019



AP Content Area Eleven: Abnormal Psychology

Essential Questions

What is abnormal behavior?

What are the classifications of abnormal behavior?

 Mar. 11th – Mar. 26th: Myers Modules 29, 32, 33 & 34

Unit Test 11 Wednesday March 27th or Thursday March 28th 2019







AP Content Area Twelve: Treatment of Disorders

Essential Questions

What is psychotherapy, how differ types are there?

What are the ethical standards for therapy?

What are medical therapies and how do differ from psychotherapy?

Apr. 8th –Apr. 18th Myers Modules 35 & 36

Unit Test Friday April 19th, 2019



AP Content Area Thirteen: Social Psychology

Essential Questions:

How do people explain how others behave?

How are effected by groups?

What determines interpersonal attraction?

Apr. 22nd – May 2nd: Myers Modules 37, 38 & 39

Unit Test Friday May 3rd, 2019


Review Week for AP Exam

During this time we will review for the AP Exam.

During this time we will review our text along with a variety other introductory psychology textbooks, we also learn how to write “Reader” friendly free response questions.

We take the AP Exam; date to be determined


Post Test Area: I-O Psychology:

We will use the Benjamin Lahey text, Psychology: An Introduction, Chapter 17 “Psychology Applied to Business and Other Professions”.

Contrary to popular belief you are not done after AP testing we will do one more complete with a unit exam in June. Do not let a poor performance on this unit ruin a semester of good works.

Students who will be returning for the second Psych year 2. We will begin the Internal Assessment for then IB. We will pick studies that we wish to replicate and then create an abstract and data collect plan which will be implemented in the Fall of 2019.







Office Hours: Mr. Dymoke will not be available for afterschool office hours in the spring. I coach track at an off campus location. Students who need to meet with me need to make a morning appointment. I am in the building most mornings between 7:15 and 8:00 and will be happy to meet with you at that time.


Recommended Supplies:

A three-ring binder for guided reading work sheets and returned tests etc. To be used for test review in the spring.

Paper/ notebook for lecture notes.

A set of 3 x 5 index cards to create AP psychology vocab flash cards to use for review purposes.