AP Psychology Semester – 1

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AP Psychology Semester – 1

AP Psychology is a college level course providing students an overview of the development of human behaviors and thoughts. Along with preparation for the AP Psychology exam, the goals of this course are to immerse students in modern psychological investigation techniques, to accentuate the ethics and morality of human and animal research, and to emphasize scientific critical thinking skills in application to the social sciences. Psychology is a diverse social and biological science with multiple perspectives and interpretations.

In this semester, you will learn the basics of psychology, descriptive research methods, experimental hazards, neuroscience, sensation and perception, developmental psychology, learning to discover how humans learn how to act, think, and feel.




Required Materials:

You will need the following items to complete this course:

  • Textbook (e-text): Psychology AP™ Edition (with My Psych Lab) Ciccarelli and White, 4th Edition (Pearson)
  • An e-text code is required to access the textbook and any of the supplementary materials on the e-text website. Contact your instructor for your e-text code.
  • System and Browser Recommendations
  • Adobe Shockwave Player 11.0 or higher
  • Current minimum Flash Player required by your school.
  • Disk space on your computer as well as external device to back up your files (flash drive, external hard drive, CD–Rom, etc.)
  • Printer


Segment I:

 Module 00: Course Introduction and Overview

  • Welcome
  • Objectives
  • Course Navigation
  • Pace
  • Note-Taking Skills
  • AP Central
  • Assessments
  • Discussion-Based Assessments and Rubrics
  • Reflection and Quiz

Module 01: Psychology Basics

  • Welcome to Module 1: Introduction to Psychology!
  • Experiment
  • FRQ Practice
  • Psych Journal
  • Psychology Defined: What is Psych?
  • Psych History and Modern: Then and Now
  • Descriptive Methods: How to Describe
  • Correlations: Finding Relationships
  • Experiments: Do I Need a Microscope
  • Experimental Hazards: The Road Bumps in Psychological Experiments
  • Ethics: Can I Do This?
  • Module 1 Exam

Module 02: Neuroscience

  • Welcome to Module 2: Neuroscience
  • Experiment
  • FRQ Practice
  • Psych Journal
  • The Neuron: The Building Blocks
  • The Neurotransmitter and Psychoactive Drugs: The Instant Messenger of the Brain
  • The Nervous System: The Body’s “CPU”
  • Studying the Brain: A Glimpse into the Unknown
  • The Lower and Hindbrain: Where it all Begins
  • The Cerebral Cortex: Livin’ Life in the Gray Matter
  • The Endocrine System: A Chemical Storm/Discussion-Based Assessment
  • Module 2 Exam

Module 03: Sensation and Perception

  • Welcome to Module 3: Sensation and Perception
  • Experiment
  • FRQ Practice
  • Psych Journal
  • Sensation: Do You Feel It?
  • Vision and Hearing
  • Other Senses: I Got A Feeling!
  • Perception: Do You See What I See?
  • Consciousness and Sleep
  • Sleep Disorders and Dreams
  • Psychoactive Drugs: Taking a Virtual Trip
  • Module 3 Exam

Module 04: Developmental Psycology

  • Welcome to Module 4: Developmental Psychology
  • Experiment
  • FRQ Practice
  • Psych Journal
  • Human Development and Prenatal/Discussion-Based Assessment
  • Infancy and Childhood – Cognition
  • Infancy and Childhood – Social
  • Sex and Gender
  • Adolescence
  • Adulthood
  • Module 4 Exam

Module 05: Learning

  • Welcome to Module 5: Learning
  • Experiment
  • FRQ Practice
  • Psych Journal
  • Learning: How do I know what I know?
  • Classical Conditioning: Where did Pavlov get his bell?
  • Operant Conditioning: The Mystery of the Skinner Box
  • Schedules of Reinforcement: Training Pavlov’s Dog
  • Cognitive Learning: Training the Mind
  • Observational Learning: Bandura’s Bobo Doll/Discussion-Based Assessment
  • Segment 1 Exam


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