AP Psychology

Mr. Fulkerson
Follow @FulkAPpsych
Room 902

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AP Psychology

This AP® Psychology course has been modeled after the Course Description provided by the College Board and is equivalent to a full-year introductory college course in Psychology.

The 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 are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology.  They also learn about the methods psychologists use in their science and practice.  

This course requires a high degree of motivation, a willingness to participate, and critical thinking.  It is essential for students to keep up with the readings.  We will be involved in discussions that require some prior knowledge.  Students should also anticipate writing assignments, group projects, and oral presentations.   This course will stretch you intellectually and require you to take ownership of your education.   

The following are major topics that will be covered in the course:

  • History & Approaches
  • Research Methods
  • Biological Basis of Behavior
  • Sensation & Perception
  • States of Consciousness
  • Learning
  • Cognition
  • Motivation & Emotion
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality
  • Testing & Individual Differences
  • Abnormal Behavior
  • Treatment of Abnormal Behavior
  • Social Psychology


Myers, David G. (2007). Psychology (8th edition).  New York: Worth Publishers.

Replacement Cost: $106

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Advanced Placement Credit

Advanced Placement (AP) credit is available for this class.  The test will be administered on May 5 and the cost is $89.  Further information on registration will be provided by the instructor.  

Although not required, it is highly recommended that students register for the AP exam.  Review and preparation for the test will be provided throughout the school year with more intensive preparation occurring during the weeks immediately preceding the exam.

Classroom Expectations

  • Follow my instructions.
  • Be ready to participate in a way that is positive & constructive.
  • Respect the opinions of others.  You are welcome to disagree with each other; but, you will do it in a respectful manner.
  • No food or drink in the classroom unless otherwise instructed.  We have students with life-threatening food allergies.  Water bottles are permissible.
  • Bring your laptop daily and use appropriately.  No cell phones, iPods, or other electronic devices allowed without permission.

Missing / Late Work

Homework or in-class work will be accepted for 60% of its original value starting after the work has been collected in class until the day of the exam or assessment for that unit. After the test or assessment has been given, no work from that unit will be accepted for credit.

Arrange for assignments ahead of time for preplanned absences and college visits. Parents may contact their student’s guidance counselor to collect homework for missed days. Students are responsible for keeping up with assignments, which will be posted on Blackboard. In true emergent situations, it is important for the student to contact me about potential accommodations.

OSS: All students receiving OSS are expected to communicate with teachers, use blackboard and keep up with the learning in class. Students must turn in all assignments the day they return to school from OSS or it will be considered late. Students will have 3 days upon their return to make up any missed tests. A 1% deduction in final semester grade will be assessed for each day of OSS incurred during the semester.

Plagiarism & Cheating

Do not do it.  In cases of plagiarism or cheating, the student will receive zero credit for the assignment.


To encourage effective note-taking and provide motivation for keeping up with the significant amounts of reading, students may be quizzed over the reading assignments.  Students will be able to utilize their notes on quizzes.


Unit examinations will evaluate mastery of the material presented in assigned readings, in-class discussions, lectures, videos, and group activities.  Each examination may consist of a mixture of multiple choice and free-response questions.  Typically less than 10% of the examination

Grade Profile

Grading is a total summation of points for the semester.
  • A  100 - 90%
  • B    89 - 80%
  • C    79 - 70%
  • D    69 - 60%
  • F    59% and below


I maintain a web presence on BlackBoard where students will have access to CollegeBoard expectations for units of study, due dates, assignments, quizzes, videos, study links, electronic textbook, & more.  Students are expected to check this site often.

I also have a Twitter account: @FulkAPpsych where I will sometimes send out reminders and links to psychological articles.

Syllabus Confirmation

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