Syllabus Honors Psychology, Fall 2017

Honors Psychology

Course Syllabus

Mrs. Douglas  211

Fall 2017

Contact: 919-242-3400   ex 2042

Email:      Planning: Period  1st: 8 to 9:15 am

Tutoring every day before school, after school with appointment

Welcome to Honors Psychology, Fall 2017! This is an elective class taught with high expectations for student participation, commitment, compliance, and behavior. We will be covering major areas relevant to modern psychology, similar to an introductory college level class. This class is NOT intended as a substitution for therapeutic, psychological, and/or medical help.

  • You will be assigned a copy of Holt Psychology Principles in Practice. This book is your responsibility and you will be expected to return it in good condition at the end of the semester.

  • Confidentiality is to be strictly adhered to in this class. What is said in this room is NOT to be repeated to others.

  • Cheating and/or plagiarism is never allowed.

  • Semester Project, worth 100 points,  will be completed by the 24th of May and will be shared with the class. See below for paper/project choices

Course Description:

Psychology is designed to engage students in the understanding, articulation, and dissemination of psychology as a science. Students are introduced to psychology with a focus on the scientific study of human development, learning, cognition, biology, society, and culture. The course emphasis the empirical examination of behavior and cognitive processes and offers perspectives that fosters students’ growth, development, and understanding of cultural diversity. Students of psychology acquire information from a variety of sources, use information as they make decisions and evaluations, solve problems, and relate psychology to their personal life.

Honors psychology covers the material in greater complexity, novelty, and pacing. Honors psychology is distinguished by a difference in the quality of the work expected, not merely an increase in quantity. The Honors student is expected to DO HIS/HER OWN WORK- YOU WILL SIGN A PLEDGE STATING THAT ALL WORK TURNED IN IS YOUR OWN, ESPECIALLY THE BOOK WORK. To do otherwise is to cheat, which is against class, school, and district policy.

Course Outline:


# of weeks:

Test day:

Chapters in book:

Psych. Std covered:


Crash Course Psychology video




1, 2, 15

12.R.1, Understanding Psychology

# 1,2,21



Chpt 3:  2/13

  4&5   2/22

3, 4, 5,

12.B.1, Biology and Behavior

# 18,19,20



Chpt 6:   3/1

  7&8:   3/9

6, 7, 8

12.L.C.1, Learning, Cognition





9, 14, 16

12.L.C.1, Personality, Social Psychology





13, 20, 21

12.S.1, Social Psychology






12.DE.1, Human Development





17, 18, 19

12.D.1, Human Dysfunction



All semester


See below for directions

Psychology topic of your choice


**This schedule is subject to change due to situations beyond the teacher's control.

**The student is responsible for reading the material and for asking the teacher questions should there be any confusion.**

Supplies needed:

  • Loose leaf paper, college ruled, in a 1 ½ in. (or larger) binder.

  • 7 tab dividers, one for each section listed above. You may want to divide even further by getting more tabs and dividing each section by the chapters

Class Rules:

  1. Respect your teacher and each other

  2. Raise your hand to speak

  3. Turn in ONLY your own work, unless working in groups.

  4. Stay on task the entire period

  5. Stay in your seat until the bell rings

  6. No phones, unless you have been told to use them, and NO TEXTING.

  • covered, or you can just use colored paper to separate the chapters.

Pens, blue or black and red, pencils- everyday!!!

7.   No food, drink, or gum.

8.   Class discussion is        CONFIDENTIAL!

9.   All other rules of CBA will be followed in this class, especially DRESS CODE

10.  Disagree with ideas- NOT PEOPLE!

Grade distribution as follows:


  • Tests            45%

  • Class/Homework    25%

  • Notebook Check    30%


  • Tests            40%

  • Class/homework    20%

  • Notebook check     25%

  • Semester Project     15%

School grading scale:

  • A= 90-100

  • B= 80-89

  • C= 70-79

  • D= 60-69

  • F = below 59

Final Average Computation:

1st 9 weeks average= 37.5%

2nd 9 weeks average= 37.5%

Final Exam= 25%


  1. When beginning a new chapter, you will:

      1. List the keys terms found on the second page of the chapter and define them in your notebook section for that chapter, using the Glossary in the back of the book, or Please remember that some words may have a non-psychology meaning that you DO NOT want to use.

      2. READ the whole chapter, even the special pages presented in grey. (all in information from each chapter will be on the test)

      3. It is your choice to do the three review questions at the end of each section as you read that chapter- if so, please continue on the same piece of paper.

      4. When you have finished reading the chapter, you are to complete on that paper the following sections: Writing a Summary through Thinking Critically. These are found on the left hand side of the last page of the chapter.

      5. In that section of the binder, you will also be responsible for recording any notes, handouts,  or information given during class instruction/discussion.

      6. After your notebook has been checked, due dates to be given, the chapter will be reviewed, and questions answered.

      7. You will complete a practice quiz for that chapter, which will include some test questions

      8. Then, you will begin the next chapter in the section, continuing as instructed above.

      9. ALL of this work, when completed, and the BOOK, will be your study guide for the 100 question tests at the end of each section. Tests for the 2 sections that have been split will also equal about 100 questions.

      10. If you wish to do some of your homework online and print it out, please use the following address- but be aware that the chapter READINGS are NOT online- only the homework and activities…

      11. I have noted, in the right hand column of the course outline above, the corresponding Crash Course Psychology videos that you may want to view. Of course, we will be watching and discussing these in class, but they are also a good review for the test. As the host speaks very quickly, I suggest that you click on the little ‘CC’ box near the right bottom to activate the Closed Captions, and stop to take notes as you watch

A notebook check will be done at the end of each chapter!

  1. There will be a unit test for each section, drawing from all the chapters covered in that section, as indicated on the chart above. There will be matching, fill in the blank, and multiple choice questions on the test. Each test is worth 100 points. * In the chpt 3 test you will be asked to identify the major sections/areas of the brain.

  2. You will be expected to complete all reading out of the classroom; during class time we will review what you have read by going over the answers you have written on paper to the Chapter review, the left hand page only. If you feel that you need more interaction with the material, I suggest that you complete each section review before doing the chapter review. These materials will be your study guides for each section test. I will also review areas more in depth that will be tested and are important for you to memorize.

  3. During class, we will also engage in a wide variety of experiments and activities geared to reviewing and expanding the information in each chapter.

  4. You WILL NOT be permitted to complete your homework during class instruction.

  5. I am available every day before school, and after school with an appointment, for further explanations or to answer any questions.

  6. On May 24th, we will begin individual presentations (Pl. see below), then review for the final.

  7. This class has a teacher made comprehensive final, which every student must take, regardless of attendance. The final study guide will be given out on 5/25/2017.

  8. Projects and Individual presentations: Each student will complete one of the following assignments due on 5/24/2017.  Late work will lose 5 pts per day.

    1. RESEARCH PAPER: Choose a current topic or area of interest to you and complete a 2-3 page research paper in the APA ( NOT MLA) style-with the goal of informing the class about something that we might not have covered, or by going more in depth into an area that interests you. Please use a minimum of 3 sources. The paper should consist of: a title page, a 150 to 250 word abstract (single spaced, centered), then an introduction, body, and conclusion, in-text citations, and a Works Cited page, using style. Check the on-line LiveBinder at : for all information and instructions. You can access this from my class homepage.

    2. Live Role play: Choose a major movement or Figure in Psychology and present the pertinent information to the class. You must have the script approved by me before Christmas break.

    3. 25 Terms: In an unusual and creative way- i.e. children's book, multimedia, storyboard,  etc… define and APPLY the 25+ terms that you think are most important to understanding Psychology.

    4. Other ideas may be acceptable, but must be approved before Spring  break.


Honor Code: Please read, sign, and return as a homework grade:

All students are expected to do their own work. Students are not to share answers with other students and students are not to turn in the work of others as their own. Students are not to cheat on any quiz or test, either by using another student’s work or by the use of paper, electronic, etc… ‘cheat sheets’. Students who are caught cheating on any assignment or test will receive a grade of zero for that assignment/test and parent contact will be made. In additional cases of cheating, students will be referred to the appropriate member of the school administration for disciplinary action. The Honors student is expected to DO HIS/HER OWN WORK- YOU WILL SIGN A PLEDGE STATING THAT ALL WORK TURNED IN IS YOUR OWN, ESPECIALLY THE BOOK WORK. To do otherwise is to cheat, which is against class, school, and district policy.

By signing below you indicate that you have read this syllabus and that you

understand the rules, honor code, and procedures for this class.

Print student name: __________________________  period: _______

Student Signature: ___________________________ Date: ________

Parent Signature: ____________________________ Date: ________