Psychology Course Syllabus

Course Description

This course will be a survey course of the modern discipline of psychology. Students will have an opportunity to learn about major theorist in the discipline and understand their concepts involving mental disorders, mental health, societal norms, and clinical definitions. Students will also learn some of the skills associated with conducting psychological testing and methodologies necessary for providing validity and reliability.

Grade Components              Percentage               Including:                                         


Assignments                           25%                             Class Work and Homework

Projects                                   25%                             Variety of Group & Individual

Quizzes/ Tests                         35%                             Weekly, Unit, Midterm

Final                                        15%                             Final Exam

 Make-Up / Late Work Policy

It is the student’s responsibility to seek out the teacher to acquire all missed preparation opportunities, regardless of the reason for the absence. Late work will be deducted up to 50%.

Attendance Policy

Punctuality and attendance are not only expected, but they are necessary for success in this class. Punctuality and attendance are both important elements that contribute to a student’s academic success and are expectations that will be demanded throughout a student’s life. After a third tardy, students will receive detention and parents will be notified. While students may make-up assignments, the knowledge and understanding gained from the participation during group work, discussions, lectures, and demonstrations cannot be replicated. Excessive absences are a significant factor for underachieving and failing students.

Basic Student Expectations

–       We are Respectful                               –   We are Responsible

–       We are Safe


Course Expectations

–       Come to class with the proper materials (text book, paper, pen/pencil).

–       Be on time and attend regularly. Class starts when the bell rings, at which time the student’s should be seated and prepared for class.

–       Complete your work on time and to the best of your ability.

–       Food and drink are not allowed in the classroom. Water is acceptable if it is in a container with a secure lid and does not become a distraction.

–       Students are expected to stay on task and attentive until the period is over and class has been dismissed.

–       Cell phones are not allowed during class.

 Course Outline

  • Approaches to Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods
  • Infancy and Childhood
  • Adolescents
  • Altered states of Conscience
  • Sensational and Perception
  • Memory and Thought
  • Thinking and Language
  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Psychological Testing
  • Theories of Personality
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Individual Interaction
  • Group Interaction
  • Attitudes and Social Influences

If at any point you are having difficulty, do not wait! Come and seek help right away so that we can work together to improve! It is your responsibility to advocate for yourself and to maintain an awareness of your own progress.