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Mr. Corr's Introductory Psychology Page

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    Introductory Psychology                                                                     

    Peter Corr

    Syllabus w/ Overview of topics and Objectives 2014-2015

    Course Description-This course considers the nature of psychology, methodology, genetics, theories, theories of personality, learning and thinking, emotions and motives, conflicts and adjustments, and social behavior. All students must complete 20 hours of community service by a date selected by the instructor.

    Course Objectives-  

                To think like a psychologist.

                Students will study the fundamental concepts, theories and figures of psychology.

                Students will learn the basic skills of psychological research, devising projects, interpreting, analyzing and generalizing results, as well as evaluating the validity of research.

                Students will apply psychological principles to their own lives and be able to examine their decisions and relationships in a reflective and sensitive (perhaps even objective) manner.


    Course Goal- 

                Using Psychology as a lens, Students will work towards gaining a better understanding of all human behaviors.


    Overview of topics- Full Year course overview- this is a list in approximate order of the topics we will be covering this year. The time we spend on each topic varies in accordance with the depth and breadth of the topic as well as general interest from the class.

                    I. Introduction, History of Psychology and Schools of Psychological Thought

                (including research methods and Statistics)                                                               Chap 1 & 2

                II. Memory Primer                                                                                                   Chap 10 (half)

                III. Biological Basis of Behavior                                                                                 Chap 6

                IV. Sensation / Perception &States of Consciousness                                                   Chap 7 & 8

                V. Learning                                                                                                              Chap 9

                VI. Developmental Psychology                                                                                   Chap 3, 4, & 5

                VII. Personality Theories                                                                                           Chap 14

                VIII. Memory & Cognition                                                                                          Chap 10

                IX. Thinking and Language                                                                                        Chap 11

                X. Intelligence, Testing and Individual Differences                                                       Chap 13

                XI. Motivation and Emotion                                                                                       Chap 12 & 15

                XII. Social Psychology                                                                                               Unit 7

                XIII. Abnormal Psychology                                                                                        Chap 16

                XIV. Treatment of Psychological Disorders / Therapy                                                   Chap 17

                XV. Stress                                                                                                                Chap 15


    Resources & Supplemental Material-

    Text Book- Understanding Psychology –Kasschau Glencoe McGraw-Hill Replacement Cost $80

    Various articles, primarily from New York Times, Scientific American &  Psychology Today Magazine, combined with “Understanding Psychology” Supplemental material, Scientific American, Newspaper articles, as well as other sources.

                    Media- Discovering Psychology Video Series by Philip Zimbardo, Brain Series by Nova, Frontline Videos, Candid Camera, Touching the Void, Various clips from other sources.


    It is expected that students will come to class prepared each day


    Assessment & Grading Policy;


    Tests (or test weighted projects) Usually scheduled twice to three times per quarter. Most tests consist of three             sections, Multiple choice, Vocab / definitions and Essay questions.

    Quizzes (or quiz weighted assignments) Usually one or every other week. You will almost always have 3 to 5 quizzes or quiz weighted assignments per quarter.

    Rubrics & Exemplars; In nearly all cases, including classwork & homework, grade assessment procedures and/or rubrics are built into the assignment sheets or given separately. Examples and Models are available and often will be used when describing all larger assignments. (test and quiz weighted) If you need more access to these models email me or make arrangements to see me outside of class. (see; How to get help, below)


    Quarterly Grading Scale;


              Tests,  (includes chapter or unit tests as well as large projects) ….35%

              Quizzes, (includes end of week and smaller project grades)      .... 35%

              Classwork  / Homework assignments                                         .....20%

              Class participation (attendance, discussion, notebooks.. etc…) …. 10% 


    How to get help-


                If you are having difficulty with any work in class or with any policies or anything else in this class, please make arrangements with me so that we may discuss your concerns.  I am available via email before school almost any day and after school by appointment.


    Self Monitoring- How to check on your academic standing.


                Grades are tabulated each week and academic standing, (scores, grades, missing assignments etc.) are available via email current to the last meeting of a class on the prior week each Monday. The best way to keep track of this is to simply send me an email anytime between Friday afternoon and Monday morning and I will get back to you with your current standing usually by the end of the day Monday.


    Late Policy, Attendance, Academic Responsibility, Detention, Preparation Etc.. :

    See Student Handbook & Class rules sheet for expectations and requirements.