Psychology Syllabus  
Psychology: Principles in Practice
Instructor: Mr. DuBose  -
Room Number : 210 -
Grade Offered: 11, 12  -
Length of Course: Semester  -
Credit: 0.5 -
Prerequisite: N/A  -
Text: Psychology: Principles in Practice  -
Supplies: Paper ,Pen/Pencil, Notebook (Notebook will also be utilized as obervation journal which will be collected and graded).
Course Description: This course, open to grades 11-12, is a study of human behavior in a group context. The focus will be on American and European culture, with the aim of giving the student a better understanding of the forces that have shaped us and continue to affect us. The student will examine why he/she can expect certain problems at certain stages of life and possible solutions to those problems. The relative merits of cooperation and competition will be examined.
Course Goals & Objectives:
1.       To examine the field of psychology in terms of history, key perspectives and issues, current trends, scientific and research methods.
2.       To become familiar with the research methodology commonly used by psychologists. To become familiar with the scientific method, and examine the benefits and limitations of this method of inquiry as it relates to developmental psychology.
3.       To become familiar with the biological bases of behavior.
4.       To develop an understanding of processes involved in learning and cognition.
5.       To develop an understanding of the various types of development that an individual experiences across the life-course.
6.       To examine psychoanalytic approaches and humanistic theories to explain behaviors, and traits in personalities.
7.       To analyze psychotherapy, the different methods and their effectiveness.
8.       To become familiar with the theories concerning psychological health and disorders.
9.       To investigate the different mental disorders as related to psychology.
10.    To become familiar with the theories concerning human behavior in a social context.
11.    To further develop writing skills in conjunction with the use of APA format.  
Course Outline:  

1.                What is Psychology
2.                Psychological Methods
3.                Biology & Behavior
4.                Sensation & Perception
5.                Consciousness
6.                Learning
7.                Memory
8.                Thinking & Language
9.                Intelligence
10.             Infancy & Childhood
11.             Adolescence
12.             Adulthood
13.             Motivation & Emotion
14.             Theories of Personality
15.             Psychological Tests
16.             Gender Roles
17.             Stress & Health
18.             Psychological Disorders
19.             Methods of Therapy
20.             Social Cognition
21.             Social Interaction

Course Activities: Student will be participating in class lecture, independent and cooperative grouping, and group projects.

Homework: Assignments, quizzes, and projects will be given to assess students’ individual understanding of topics.

Grading Policy: Your grade will be based on the amount of points you have earned divided by the total amount of points available in the class.

Daily Homework, Test, and Projects   

My Expectations:1.            You will arrive before the bell rings, sit down, take out any materials you need, and prepare for class.  Class starts on time and ends on time.  If you are late or need to get organized, don’t make a production out of it.  Be quiet and respectful.   If you are lost, because you were late, wait until I am done speaking and introducing the ideas for the day’s class, THEN ask your questions.  Don’t ask the person next to you or behind you.  Be patient, you will get a chance to catch up.  This kind of behavior is COMMON COURTESY.  I expect that you will listen to me, take notes, and not bother people trying to do their job—even if they are your friends.  I will note that you were late and deduct points on your grade accordingly.  If you have a pass, give it to me AFTER the introduction and explanations are made.  That is when I note the tardy students anyway.  All “housekeeping” matters can be handled after the introduction to the day’s lesson and before the group activity—yes, even if it is ten minutes before the end of class.  NOTHING is more important than learning in my class, which includes a pass from your last teacher with an excuse of why you were ten minutes late.  Repetitive tardy students lose ten points from his or her grade, unless there is a signed pass from their parent or previous period’s teacher.  I am not interested in an explanation, you either have a pass or you don’t.  Period.

2.            You will do all of the assignments and turn them in on time.  I don’t want to hear about Calculus or English homework.  You either have your assignment or you don’t.  I don’t want to discuss it.  Get a calendar set up an appointment with me and we work to manage your time.  Come see me if you are a wanton procrastinator, and I will map out a plan for you to GET MY ASSIGNMENTS IN ON TIME.  “On time” means any time before 5 p.m. on the day the assignment is due.  If you have an excused absence on the day something is due, you must turn it in on the DAY YOU RETURN TO SCHOOL.  If I am absent the day something is due, put it in the “in” box that corresponds with your period; it will not get lost or stolen.  I accept emailed assignments, in fact I adore them, BUT if you type in the incorrect email address, that is not my problem.  Please put the title of the assignment in the subject line.  If you do not do put the title in the subject line, it might get erased or blocked by my spam blocker, and I will not let you resend it.  Please write your first and last name in the body of the email.  Tell me what period you are in, and please write a professional email.  Abbreviations and characters are not appropriate in an email to your teacher.

Bad Example of an Email to Mr. DuBose: hi, heres my assignment. J 

Good Example of an Email to Mr. DuBose: Dear Mr. DuBose, Attached please find my reading notes for the week of September 10th.   Have a good weekend, Joe SmithThird Period

If you do not know how to attach a document in email, please learn. It is the twenty-first century; learn to attach a document. 

1.            You will attempt/complete every assignment.  I know I sort of said this already, but many students fail, because they fail to turn in all the assignments.  Time and math are on your side.  You can still get a good grade without getting and ‘A’ on every assignment.  If you get a 100% on 50% of the assignments, you will get an ‘F’.  That’s just math.  I am a slave to my math.  If you have a 89%, you get a B+, period.  Don’t shoot yourself in the foot, and do everything.

2.            Come see me if you are having problems. I am on your side.  I want to help you.  If you don’t know what to do, you need an explanation, you need help getting organized, come see me BEFORE it is too late.  You know when you are not doing as well as you like to.  That moment is the moment you should schedule an appointment.

3.            You must follow all school and class rules.  Disruptive behavior (talking, singing, sleeping, and anything other than what I have asked you to do) will result in a warning then a detention if it continues.  Any behavior that violates school rules or the Military/ DoDEA education code (verbal assault, sexual harassment, physical violence, preventing other students from learning, etcetera) will result in a referral to the Assistant Principal’s Office.  

Communication Policy:PLEASE email me homework or requests for help with your full name and period in the subject line.PLEASE include your name in any text messages you send me; I do not memorize the phone numbers of my students.PLEASE use correct spelling and punctuation in your emails and texts; I am old and do not understand all the abbreviations used in emails and texts yet.  

Grading Policies: (Each SemesterRubric will be given for all assignments  In short, you have to do it all and do it well to pass.

Contracts:Contracts are written to ensure that if a student falls below passing at any time the teacher and student have worked out a plan and a process by which the student can utilize to raise their grade. Contracts are not a negative. They are insurance for the students that the teacher is working with them for their success.  Contracts will be given if a student reaches 60%; if a student doesn’t achieve 60% (66% -69%), then contracts are at the teacher’s discretion.  Under ALL circumstances, a student must request the contract themselves.  They will not be given unless a student asks for one.  Contracts must be completed one week before grades are due to give me time to grade them. 

My Grading Scale:

Semester Exam – At the end of the semester a comprehensive exam worth 20% will be given. This exam will be used in conjunction with the two-quarter grades to determine the semester grade. Semester Grade:
1st /3rd Quarter 40%
2nd /4thQuarter 40%
Final Exam 20%

My Grading Policy: 

1.            Only exceptional work gets an ‘A’, read those rubrics that are given to you carefully!

2.            If you have a B+, that’s what you have.  Don’t ask me about extra credit.  I give opportunities for extra credit through out the grading period.  If you don’t take them, don’t ask me to create special assignments just for you later.  In all cases, extra credit counts only if you have turned in all of the regular assignments

3.            I make mistakes, if there is a mistake on your paper, or you disagree with a grade, come see me at  lunch, right after school, or a prearranged time.  I honestly can’t deal with it while I am trying to teach class.  I want to give you a fair hearing, not thirty seconds while I am distracted with other things.

Other Items: 

1.            Read assignments and rubrics carefully, I spend a lot of time writing assignments, so I can avoid spending too much class time going over them.  If you have questions, by all means, ask!

2.            I assign a lot of reading and writing in this class, if you are struggling with the reading and/or writing, talk to me the first week of class, so I can give you some tips to stay afloat.

3.            It will be a good idea for you to have access to a computer at home for this class.   If you do not have access to a computer, come see me so we can strategize about you can use the school’s resources.

4.            I know you have jobs, and practice, and sweethearts, but I fully expect that you will devote at least 3-5 hours a week for my class.  Some weeks will be harder than others

5.            Some work can be “made up” and some cannot.  All class work can be made up.  Homework, essays, presentations, and projects cannot be made up, unless there is a medical excuse.  If you know you are going to be absent on the day something is due, you must arrange for an extension at least 48 hours ahead of time. (Example: Your favorite great aunt has died and the funeral is on the day of your presentation, you will know ahead of time that you will be absent, so arrange an extension!)  Occasionally, there are exceptions: hospitalizations, alien abductions, etc. Those cases will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

6.            At the beginning of each chapter there is an essential question that must be answered in paragraph form with at least 2 quotes from the chapter and turned in on quiz day.

7.            We will begin each chapter by going over a PowerPoint chapter revies. You are required to use these to answer the questions to the guided reading reviews. We will then break up into groups and collaborate on any notes taken as a way of building collaborative working groups. You are not allowed to stay in the same group throughout the course. You must work with others in the class. I will be observing.   Communication Policy:   

Tardies:                   The school policy is that students are given detention if they are late 3 times. No exceptions.   
Requirements: You must have a DoDDSnet account for this class.      You must have flash drive for this class.  PLEASE put your name on it.

Rules of the (Pond) class:

1. You give respect. You get respect. You are in high school and are soon will be responsible for your action. Begin this journey in this class

2. No gum chewing, no headphone dangling. You are in this class to learn about Psychology, what rules your mind. Start by following the rules of the school

Technology: In this class you will need access to the Internet regularly.  You will be researching, and collaborating--all online.  If you lose your technology privileges at home or at school, it will make it difficult for you to do your homework, so please bring  a note or have your parents send an email that lets me know if you will not have access to the Internet for more than a week, so I can assist you.  I will not accept any excuses that have to do with--"I sent it---didn't you get it?" or "My email does not work; the server was down."  If you send an important email, you should check if it bounces or not.  The bounce notice usually comes within 15 seconds.  Furthermore, when email servers go down, it is usually just for a matter of minutes, occasionally hours.  So you should resend it.  If you have a outside account (google, hotmail etc.), which you should, you can go to anyplace with the Internet and send me an email--the library or the Bay Street Café Argentina or wherever.  If you are faced with an unanticipated problem--solve it!  That's what I have to do!  Excuses are not the same thing as accomplishments.

DoDEA/DoDDS Psychology Standards