AP Psychology

Mrs. Donovan-Demeo


St. Francis Prep


Purpose:  The purpose of this AP Psychology class is to prepare students to take the AP Psychology Exam on May 12th 2019 in the afternoon and to pass the exam with a qualifying score for college credit.  It is REQUIRED that you sit for the AP exam.


AP Psychology Course:

A.P. Psychology is a one-year introductory course, designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a college level Psychology course, and to prepare students for the A.P. Psychology exam.   This course is designed to allow students to experience an in-depth exploration of human thought processes and behavior through various psychological perspectives, including the psychoanalytic, biological, cognitive, behavioral, sociocultural, and humanistic schools of thought.  Key terms, concepts, leaders, and principles of psychology are introduced, as well as contradicting viewpoints as to how these basic factors can be interpreted.   Topics such as history of the study, research methods, behavior, psychobiology, consciousness, sensation, perception, emotion, learning, memory, language, personality, psychological disorders, and psychological treatments are studied through lecture, discussion, research, observation, case studies, books, movies, introspection, journal-writing, a variety of student assessments, and an A.P. text.  Students enrolled in this course must commit to engaging in a strong amount of coursework and homework, including reading, outlining, research, discussion, essay writing, as well as various assessments.   


AP Course Outline:  There are fourteen units of study related to AP Psychology that will be covered this school year.  The units of study are:


1) Approaches and History    

2) Methods of Research

3) Biological Basis of Behavior           

4) Sensation and Perception

5) States of Consciousness     

6) Learning

7) Memory

8) Intelligence

9) Motivation and Emotion

10) Personality

11) Developmental Psychology

12) Abnormal Psychology

13) Treatment of Psychological Disorders

14) Social Psychology



AP Test Format: In brief, the AP Psychology Exam consists of two separate, timed sections.  

  • Section I:         The first section contains 100 multiple-choice questions, and students are given 70 minutes to complete this section.  The questions increase in difficulty as students progress from question #1 to question #100.  This section accounts for 2/3 of the student’s overall score.  
  • Section II:        The second section of the exam contains two free-response questions.  Students have 50 minutes to complete this section of the exam.  The questions both weighted equally and students must answer both.  This section accounts for 1/3 of the student’s overall score.
  • Scoring:            When successfully obtaining a score of  3, students are designated as “qualified”, a score of  4, “well qualified”, and  5, “extremely well qualified”.  Colleges are responsible for setting their own policies regarding how much credit, if any, they grant for AP grades.  This course is generally accepted as a 3-credit introductory psychology course.  Students should contact their university to determine what score is needed for course credits.  


MaterialsStudents will be using the iPad in accordance with school policies regarding the device.  In addition to our classroom textbook, notes, assignments, etc., students may wish to purchase additional Psychology reference guides, exam reviews, or other materials for their own personal use. 



Course Grading:   The breakdown is as follows:

  • Test and Quizzes: 55% - After each unit, students will be given a test similar to the style of the AP exam itself.  Our first few essays will be graded on a workshop basis as a quiz grade, and then move to a fully graded essay around the 2nd quarter we are together.
  • Projects: 20% - There are 1-2 major projects required for this course.  Students will be given the option to work together on some, but not all, and it is never required that students work with a partner.  These projects are designed to put students in charge of the learning.   The teacher will be available to facilitate, but not lead the assignments.  These will mostly be done in class.
  • Class Participation: 15% - Students are expected to come to class well versed in the material assigned and be participants in the learning process.  For some, this will mean being vocal in class discussions; for others, participation will take the shape of sharing material discovered or taking the lead in a project.   As I come to know you, I will better understand what it means for you to be “engaged” in this class.  Regardless, everyone is expected to be on time, involved, polite, and keep the bathroom trips to a minimum.  Basically, be a good person who is deserving of their classmates and my respect, and the same will be reciprocated.  If any of these are violated, there will be academic as well as behavioral consequences.
  • Homework: 10% - Come next fall, you will quickly learn that few professors require written compulsory homework for social science classes.   Trust me, professors still expect you to do the work – they just don’t necessarily give you a grade for it.  Reading quizzes will be given unannounced in line with a schedule posted on the school website.  If you choose, there is also an optional homework assignment for each chapter to be handed in typed on by 9 PM the day before each examination.  This work will NOT be accepted late.

Absences do not excuse classwork, assignments or exams. In case of absence, it is your responsibility to make up all classwork/exams/quizzes and submit all assignments that are due in the appropriate timeframe discussed by the teacher. Until assignments/exams are completed, a zero will be placed into PowerSchool. There are no exceptions.


Cheating/Plagiarism:   Under no circumstances will cheating or plagiarism be accepted in this class.  Students are expected to sign up for for their homework and other assignments, and must use an email which they have access to on a regular basis.  Without a confirmation email from stating that the assignment has been successfully submitted, no consideration will be given to technical errors.  Note: do yourself a favor; don’t wait until the last possible moment to hand things in.  Computer errors happen, but let us try to avoid the issue if conceivable.

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Communication is critical, both inside and outside of the classroom.  Students who wish to meet with me outside of class are encouraged to schedule an appointment through email or at the end of class.  Parents are encouraged to attend parent teacher night to discuss any questions or concerns, or just to put a name to a face. If need be, parents may schedule an appointment at another time.  Students and parents may reach out to contact me via e-mail at [email protected].   This email gets checked regularly during the school day, but NOT at night or on the weekend, so please plan accordingly.  In addition, parents may contact me via phone at 718-423-8810 ext. 236, but please keep in mind this is a communal voicemail for the social studies department.

I am looking forward to an interesting, productive, and enlightening year with all of you.




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