• Advanced Placement Psychology


    Instructor: Mr. Kevin Throckmorton

    Office Hours: A Day- 10:56-12:25, B Day- 2:36-4:03, Monday through Friday.

    Contact Information: kevin.throckmorton@lcps.org          571-434-4400


    Course Overview:

    AP Psychology is a course developed for students to study the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings. They will examine the areas of the brain and look at the effects of brain trauma. Students will have the opportunity to look at various human studies, some very controversial, to better understand the human condition. At the end of the year students will be able to look at their mindset, scientifically, and understand the psychology behind decisions they have made in their life.


    Main Text:

    Myers, David G. (2018). Psychology for the AP Course 3rd ed. New York: BFW/Worth Publishers.


    *Note: As theories and new ideas enter the discipline, primary sources and journals are often utilized so students have the most recent information possible.



    At the end of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Utilize psychological theories and techniques and apply them to their lives.
    2. Understand research methods and the limitations provided by ethical behavior within the field of Psychology.
    3. Correlate theoretical approaches and be able to diagnose psychological issues and provide an explanation of why these issues occur.
    4. Identify parts of the brain and be able to explain their function on the human body.
    5. Gain an understanding of the human body, and how behavior, perception, and sensation develop over time.
    6. Utilize this knowledge to its fullest extent to succeed on the AP Psychology Exam in May.


    Evaluation System:

    Each nine weeks

    Tests/Projects/Papers: 70%

    Classwork: 20%

    Participation: 10%


    Grading Scale:

    A+ 98-100       B+ 87-89         C+ 77-79         D+ 67-69         F  59-below

    A   93-97         B   83-86         C   73-76         D   63-66

    • 90-92 B-  80-82         C-  70-72         D-  60-62        




    AP Psychology Exam

    This exam will be held on May 12th, 2020 at 12:00 PM. It is recommended that students arrive early.


    The format of the exam is as follows:

    1) Multiple-Choice Questions- 66.7% (100 questions to complete in 1 hour and 10 minutes)

    2) Free Response Questions- 33.3% (2 questions in 50 minutes): Question 1 will incorporate concept application and question 2 will be on research design.


    Research Paper:


    There will be two research papers, one per semester. Students will be required to choose from a list of topics, and utilize APA guidelines when formatting and writing this paper.


    All major writing assignments, including the research paper will be turned in using www.turnitin.com. If there are questions or concerns about this please contact Mr. Throckmorton. Plagiarism is NOT tolerated in this course. Please see the school integrity policy for more information.


    Absence Policy and Late Work:

    All make-up work will be posted on google classroom. Students have an equal amount of days absent to make up the assignment before it is counted late. Making up tests, papers, and projects must be arranged with the teacher.


    Late work (not because of absences) will be accepted with a 10% deduction for every day that it is not submitted.



    “The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.” –Justice Wendell Holmes


    1. Be respectful towards others.
    2. Always come to class prepared and on time. Class begins when you walk in the door.
    3. Raise your hand to speak.
    4. Please leave cell phones off and out of sight.
    5. Always strive for success.


    Materials for Class:

    School Issued Laptop (Chromebook)

    Composition or Spiral Notebook (To be kept in class)


    Pens and Pencils


    Notice to Students: This syllabus may be amended at any time as needed by the teacher. Pacing guides can also be amended to align with student needs.