• Advanced Placement Psychology

    Course Syllabus

    Ms. Miah



    Course Description 
    This Advanced Placement Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals.  Students will be exposed to psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with the major sub-fields within psychology. Students will also learn about the methods psychologists use in their science and practice. The AP Psychology course is intended to provide the scope and level of academic accomplishment expected in a college introductory psychology course.  The course will also instill knowledge, skills, and attitudes to apply to the student’s own life.


    The AP Psychology Exam

    The AP Psychology Exam is 2 hours in length and includes both a 70-minute multiple-choice section and a 50-minute free-response section. The multiple-choice section accounts for 2/3 of the student’s AP Exam score, and the free-response section accounts for 1/3 of the student's score. The exam will be administered Tuesday, May 11th 2021, at 12:00 pm (noon). All students enrolled in the course are required to take the exam. Students who score a 3 or higher (on a 5-point scale) can earn college credit. 


    Course Objectives:

    • Students will study the major core concepts and theories of psychology.
    • Students will learn the basic skills of psychological research and learn to interpret, generalize, and evaluate the validity of research reports.
    • Students will apply psychological concepts to their own lives. 
    • Students will recognize psychological principles when they encounter them in everyday situations.
    • Students will develop critical thinking skills.  They will become aware of the danger of blindly accepting or rejecting any psychological theory without careful, objective evaluation.
    • Students will build their reading, writing, and discussion skills.
    • Students will prepare to do outstanding work on the AP Psychology Exam.



    Myers, David G. Myers’ Psychology for AP, 2nd Edition, New York, Worth, 2011. Textbooks will be assigned during the first week of class.


    Student Materials

    1. 2 inch 3-ring binder with inside pockets
    2. Subject divider per unit
    3. Loose leaf paper
    4. Highlighter
    5. Post-it notes
    6. #2 pencils
    7. Blue or black pens
    8. Headphones

    * Suggestion: Keep a pencil bag in binder with all materials

    * All materials must be brought to class EVERY day.


    Classroom Expectations

    • Arrive to class prepared with your binder to record notes, homework, writing utensil(s), and any other completed assignments.
    • Uniform:
      1. Pants/Dresses/Skirts: must be khaki colored. In addition, male and female students may choose to wear black dress slacks or black “khaki style” pants; female students can also wear black dress skirts or green plaid dress skirts.
      2. Tops: Solid dark green, gray or white collared shirts, collared blouses, turtlenecks.
      3. Outerwear: dark green, gray or white sweaters or sweatshirts may be worn over the collared shirts.
      4. *You will not be allowed in the classroom if you are not in your uniform. You may not put your uniform on once you are in the room, all dressing must be done prior to entering the classroom- NO EXCEPTIONS*

    Addition: An addition as to what is acceptable for students to wear are a Long Branch Public School District Affiliated non-collared shirt and/or sweatshirt and/or solid green, grey, white non-collared shirt or sweatshirt.

    • Punctuality- Be on time- Once the bell rings we will begin our Bell Work; this may consist of a review, an activity, or a quiz. Bell Work will be counted as a grade and may not be made up unless you have an excused absence. Make sure you are on time.

                1st Offense – Warning

                2nd Offense – Parent phone call home

                3rd Offense- Teacher detention

                4th Offense- Disciplinary Referral Submitted

    • Grading Policy: Approximately 70% of your grade will consist of Summative Assignments, 30% Formative Assignments.
    • Absences: more than five unexcused absences per marking period will result in an automatic failure.
      1. If you are absent you have until the following class to make up the missed work. You are responsible for getting any work/notes that you missed in class on completing the assignments.
      2. If you are absent, the day an assignment is due you are expected to turn in the assignment the following day (calendar day not ‘class day’).
      3. If you are absent, the day of a test, you will be expected to set up a date and time to make it up. All tests will be made up after school and should be made up within three days (not classes) of the missed exam. Failure to do so will result in a zero.
      4. Homework- homework will not be accepted late, unless otherwise noted. If you are absent, and the homework was assigned prior to your absence, the assignment should be turned in the following day (calendar day not ‘class day’) If the homework was assigned while you were absent, you have until the following class to complete the assignment. Homework should be completed upon your arrival to class. This does not mean you are finishing it when you arrive to class.  If you are seen finishing your homework in class, it will not be accepted!
      5. Late work- since this is an AP course, you are expected to perform at a college level. Therefore, late work will not be accepted in this course unless, noted otherwise.
    • No food is permitted in the classroom.
    • Cell phones/ electronic devices – these should not be visible during class time. If a project requires students to use the internet on their phones to research a topic, permission will be given to indicate that students should take their phones out. If you are seen on your cell phone/device during class, points will be deducted from your overall class participation grade. If you are caught on your phone more than once, a phone call home will be made and you will be written up.
    • Respect: We will be discussing controversial and delicate issues in class. We all need to be understanding and respectful to others' views, even if they are very different from our own.  The point is to think from a scientific and academic viewpoint.
      1. Respect yourself. Put the time and work into your schooling that you deserve. You'll never regret how hard you work. It shows your true character more than anything else you do in this class all year.
      2. Respect the space around you. I work very hard to maintain this classroom and the items/materials in it. Please do not disrespect me and my hard work by misusing or damaging items. Pick up after yourself and use materials sparingly on an as needed basis.
    • Presentable work - work must be presentable when turned in. Ripped papers and sloppy work will not be accepted. Take pride in your work and make sure you are submitting something that shows all the hard work you put into the assignment.
    • Canvas - All students MUST enroll (a class code will be given in class). All PowerPoints, study guides, activities, and directions will be posted there. In addition, announcements including due dates and changes in the schedule will be posted. It is your responsibility to check Canvas on a regular basis. I will not be constantly reminding you of upcoming due dates it is your responsibility to keep track.
    • Academic Integrity - any task assigned, whether it be homework or a major research paper, must be your original work. Outside sources must be cited, and copying from a classmate, the internet or any other source is not acceptable, and will result in an automatic zero on the assignment. Academic dishonesty will also be reported to your academy principal, parent and documented. It will not be tolerated. If you have any questions on what constitutes copying, please see me.
    • Student accountability- on an AP level we are expected to cover a series of topics which will appear on the AP Psychology Exam. In some cases, (pep rallies, snow days/unforeseen closures, field trips, etc.) students will be expected to continue on with the expect lesson and read and complete individual notes and assignments through Canvas.
    • Extra Help- If you are ever absent or simply need extra instruction please come to me for assistance. I am available after school from 2:00 pm-2:25 pm during SAP on selected days. If your grade average is below a 75, it is recommended that you attend SAP for additional help.


    Course-work Structure:

    1. Binder- organization of your materials for this class is crucial to your success on the AP Exam and later in college courses. Binders should be organized by unit. This will be a graded assignment in this class; they will be graded once per unit.  The grade is based on how organized it is and if all assignments inside are completed (determined by a stamp). See Binder Rubric in coming days and online for more detailed guidelines.
    2. Reading Guides- Learn to read adequately– reading is a CRITICAL component for your success in this course and on the AP exam.  I can’t stress enough how important it is for you to read. Don’t ignore pictures, diagrams, tables, and sidebars. At the beginning of each unit, you will receive a packet of reading guides along with notes and activities. These reading guides will act as an outline of the important information to help you effectively work through each unit. Reading Guides are due on the dates indicated on the course Calendar. You will earn a stamp if it is completed, how many stamps you have will determine your binder grade.
    3. Lecture/Video Notes- Every unit you will receive a packet of notes for the entire unit. Take complete notes, date them and keep them organized in your binder. Keep in mind that NOT all relevant, tested material will be covered in the reading guides. Often the “BIG” items will be covered in detail in notes.  Be aware that there will be items on your test that come from class and not reading, and vice versa. Notes for this class will be taken both in class or outside of class via video lecture on Edpuzzle. You will be given lecture note packets corresponding to video lecture, they are to be completed before the next day when we’ll do an activity in class.  When finished with the notes you will complete a form asking you to summarize the notes, as well as some possible quick quiz questions. Each completed set of notes will get a stamp, contributing to your binder grade for each unit. If the notes (or reading guides) are not thoroughly completed to satisfaction, it will not earn a stamp.  These pages should be FULL of your writing. The purpose of taking notes outside of class is so that we can use the information in class and you have all the opportunity to ask questions and clear up where you may be confused.  Your success in this class is entirely dependent on you.
    4. Topic Quizzes- at the end of each topic throughout each unit there will be short quizzes (approximately 5 to 10 multiple choice questions). Topic Quizzes will be on material from reading guides and notes/activities on that topic. This means you need to stay on top of reading guides and note-taking, studying each night.
    5. Vocabularyknowing the psychological terms and concepts is the most critical component for your success in this course and on the AP Exam! Vocabulary quizzes will be given throughout each unit. 
    6. Unit Tests- A test will be given at the end of each unit.  The format will be multiple-choice (MC) and free-response questions (FRQ), following the format for the AP Psychology Exam. As these unit tests will model the AP Exam, each portion will be timed as follows:  
      • 25 minutes for MC (approx.30-40 questions)
      • 20 minutes for FRQ (one multi-part question on the test given)
    7. Review for the National AP Psychology Exam- All course material will be completed at least two weeks prior to the national exam. The remaining time will be used as in-class review. During this time, you will take timed-practice tests and review topics covered throughout the year.

    Contacting Me


    • Please ask questions about content or assignments. I am here to help you and am willing if you just ask!
    • You are always welcome to view and discuss your grades with me, but please refrain from doing so at the beginning of class or during class


    • You are welcome and I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the course or your child’s progress in class. I can be reached via e-mail at jmiah@longbranch.k12.nj.us. I will always get back to you as soon as possible.