AP Psychology

AP Psychology Syllabus

Contact Information:

Email: johnsonca@mpsd.k12.wi.us, johnsonca@manitowocpublicschools.org

Website: http://lincoln.manitowocpublicschools.org/departments/ss/casey_johnson

Phone: 920-683-4861 *6264

Course Purpose:

The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and

scientific study of the 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.

(College Board, 2013)

Course Description:

Advanced Placement Psychology is designed as a rigorous curriculum that provides an

overview of current psychological theory and practice. Students will explore the

systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of humans and

other animals. Students will be exposed to the principles, concepts and phenomena

associated with major subfields within psychology, including biological bases of

behavior, cognitive and emotional processes, and diagnosis and treatment of

psychological disorders. In accordance with the driving principles of current

psychological practice, this course will emphasize scientific method and procedure,

ethical standards in research, and critical thinking skills. Student academic

performance is expected to meet or exceed the challenging requirements of an

introductory-level college survey course. Student work will be required outside of class

time. The course provides the opportunity for students to receive college credit by

taking the A.P. Psychology Exam. Students are strongly encouraged to register for the

A.P. Exam in the spring. Fees for the A.P. exam are to be paid by the student.

Exam: Monday, May 4th.


Course text:  Myers, David G. (2007). Psychology 8th Edition. New York, NY: Worth Publishers.

There’s An App For That!

There are many smart phone apps that you can use to help with the AP Psychology course. Below are just a few that I have previewed. Some are free and some are paid. These are not mandatory. They are a suggestion. You can pick and choose what works for you.

3D Brain

Study Sets - Psychology

Study Sets – Psychology (Lite)

AP Psychology Prep College Psychology     Personality Tests

Psychology Terminology Psychology Terms Dictionary     APA Monitor on Psychology  Psychology SpotlightAP Psychology 5 Steps to a 5     AP Psychology

AP Psychology Exam PrepAP Psychology Study GuideText Book Psychology 101

Psych TermAPA Concise Dictionary of Psychology  

There are also many valuable college level Psychology courses available and FREE on iTunes U. They are typically podcasts that will allow you to hear lectures that are similar to AP Lectures. This will prove useful as review for the AP Exam if podcasts are your thing!

Test Preparation Resources:

Fenton, N. (2012). AP Psychology All Access. Piscataway, NJ: Research and Education Association, Inc.

Hakala, C. (2012). Kaplan AP Psychology. New York, NY: Kaplan, Inc

Krieger, L. (2011). AP Psychology Crash Course. Piscataway, NJ: Research and Education, Inc.

Maitland, L. L. (2013). 5 Steps to a 5: AP Psychology 2014-2015. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill

Companies, Inc.

McEntarffer, R., and Weseley, A. J. (2012). Barron's AP Psychology (5th ed.). Hauppauge, NY:

Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

Williams, L. (2011). 5 Steps to a 5: 500 Psychology Questions to Know by Test Day. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Materials needed:

Binder or folder with rings


Notecards (can be cut in half)

Writing Utensils


Grades will be as follows

100-90% A

80-89%  B

65-79%  C

65%-lower F

This mimics the grading on the AP test. Grades from the following areas

NotecardsReview Tests

NotesResearch Studies

Reading QuizesAssignments


Late Work:

All Assignments must be turned in. The expectation is that everyone will complete all assignments and turn them in on time. A due date is not a suggestion, it is a requirement. “Excuses” will not be accepted.

Make-up Exams following an Excused Absence:

Each student will have a reasonable number of school days to complete a exam missed due to an excused absence. In this classroom, a reasonable number of school days is no more than three. After the 3 day grace period, the respective exam grade will be zero.

If you are absent the day prior to an exam or assignment due, you are NOT excused. You will

have advance notice of quizzes and exams; therefore, you will not be at a disadvantage

following a one-day absence. Assignments due on the day you are absent will be due immediately upon your return to school. In cases of legitimate emergency, the classroom teacher reserves the right to wave all late penalties. Communicate