Grade: 12Psychology, Advanced Placement is a course that provides students with the content established by the College Board. Topics include: (1) history and approaches, (2) research methods, (3) biological bases of behavior, (4) sensation and perception, (5) states of consciousness, (6) learning, (7) cognition, (8) motivation and emotion, (9) developmental psychology, (10) personality, (11) testing and individual differences, (12) abnormal psychology, (13) treatment of psychological disorders, and (14) social psychology.
The purpose of the AP course in Psychology is to introduce the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Included is a consideration the psychological facts, principles and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology and the methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Students will be asked to apply current concepts and theories to different psychological disorders, analyze research data, and interpret information gained from outside reading sources. Students will also learn to take notes from sources such as class lectures, discussions, and outside reading sources. Students will be expected to participate in experiments and conduct studies concerning psychology and interpret those results and explain to the class the significance of those results.
The course relies heavily on reading, writing, and discussion. A variety of reading sources and writing assignments will be used. The course level is collegiate and transferable college credit can be earned by taking the Advanced Placement exam. Students entering this course are expected to take the exam in May.
The State of Indiana requires students to sit for AP exams in order to qualify for the Academic Honors Diplomas as well as the new Graduation Pathway requirements. Therefore, any student at Noblesville High School enrolled in a College Board Advanced Placement course will be required to sit for the corresponding exam. Cumulative grade point averages will be re-calculated retroactively without the grade weight for students who do not take the exam. The cost of AP assessments are decided by the College Board and are currently $98 with a $7 administration fee at Noblesville High School.
- A Core 40 and AHD course
- A one year course (2 credits earned)