Advanced Placement (AP)Download PDF Psychology

Credit Hours: 0.5

Course Length: 1 Semester

Course Description

This course is a survey of psychology that introduces students to the major topics of the field, the terminology and methodology of psychology, and the historical and current understanding of human behavior and thought-processes. Students learn to analyze human experiences like psychologists do and to apply what they have learned to the world around them. The focus of the course is to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Psychology course administered by the College Board in the spring of each year.

Course Prerequisites

Psychology, General Biology Suggested.

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials


Course Outline

  • Unit I: Introduction to Psychology

    • History of Psychology
    • Thinking Like a Psychologist
    • Research Strategies in Psychology
  • Unit II: The Biological Basis of Behavior

    • The Nervous and Hormonal Systems
    • Nature, Nurture, and Human Diversity
  • Unit III: Human Development and Awareness

    • Life Span Development
    • Sensation and Perception
    • States of Consciousness
  • Unit IV: Human Cognition

    • Learning
    • Memory
    • Thinking, Language
    • Intelligence
  • Unit V: Human Motivation and Emotion

    • Motivation
    • Emotion
    • Stress and Health
  • Unit VI: Human Interaction

    • Personality
    • Psychological Disorders
    • Therapy
    • Social Psychology
  • Unit VII: Course Review

    • Preparing for the Exam
    • Final Exam