Psychology, v1


1 Carnegie Unit

Instructor Information:


Instructor Name: Ellen Douglas

Instructor Information:

Welcome! My name is Ellen Douglas. I've been teaching World and U.S. History here in Oxford for 12 years. In my free time I like to travel, read, cook and make things for my family (I'm particularly good at things that I can crochet or knit :))

I'm looking forward to working with you. Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the email link on the lessons page and in the "Communications & Tools" tab. NOTE: Replies to your emails will go to your email account, so be sure to check it frequently.

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the HS department:

The University of Mississippi High School
P. O. Box 7959
University, MS 38677-0729

Phone: 662-915-1296
Fax: (662) 915-5138

Course Description

Psychology focuses on the history, advances in technology, and both internal and external influences that affect human mental development. The course is presented in thematic units using various learning experiences. Skill development will include, but is not limited to, the interpretation and application of maps, graphs, charts, political cartoons, primary documents, and other social studies tools.

Textbook Information:

Psychology: A Discovery Experience, 1st Edition

Stephen L. Franzoi, Ph.D.
ISBN-10: 0538447060, ISBN-13: 9780538447065 © 2011

It is your responsibility as a student to order your textbook. Online textbook retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

You must make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. Understand the impact of people, places, and events on the development of the study of psychology.
    • Identify major contributors to the study of psychology.
    • Describe the development of psychological study from one of theory to that of science.
    • Analyze the relationship of psychology to other sciences (e.g., sociology, biology, etc.).
  2. Understand the impact of science and technology on the study of psychology.
    • Analyze the methods of measuring the development of the human mind.
    • Define and describe psychological disorders and identify scientific and medical advances that have helped to treat them.
  3. Understand the impact of various environmental factors on the development of the human mind.
    • Analyze the internal influences on human development (e.g., heredity, etc.).
    • Identify the impact of external influences on human development (e.g., media, school, family, economic situations, etc.).
  4. Understand the factors that help develop one’s attitude toward citizenship responsibility.
    • Describe the effects of personality traits as well as personality and psychological disorders which impact proper citizenship.
    • Analyze the role of psychologists and other psychology related careers in our society.
  5. Understand the key elements of psychological study and personality development.
    • Analyze the behavioral stages of socialization and maturation.
    • Identify the various methods of learning (e.g., cognitive, psychomotor, etc.).
    • Describe the methods of measuring knowledge (e.g., IQ, etc.).
    • Explain the economic and emotional ―costs associated with various disorders (e.g., compulsion, obsession, etc.).
    • Describe the influences of various drugs on the mind and body.
    • Compare the relationships of various emotions to their resolutions.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 20 instructional modules (or lessons). NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

LESSON Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Start Here Syllabus
Syllabus and Orientation Quiz

Introduction to Psychology

Chapter 1
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test

Scientific Methods in Psychology

Chapter 2
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Unit 1 Exam Chapters 1 through 2
Proctored test
Neurological and Genetic Bases of Behavior Chapter 3
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Sensation Chapter 4
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Perception Chapter 5
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Motivation and Emotion Chapter 6
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Stress, Coping, and Health Chapter 7
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Unit 2 Exam Chapters 3 through 7
Proctored test
Infancy and Childhood Chapter 8
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Adolescence Chapter 9
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Adulthood and Aging Chapter 10
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Personality Chapter 11
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Unit 3 Exam Chapters 8 through 11
Proctored test
Learning Chapter 12
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Memory Chapter 13
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Language and Thinking Chapter 14
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
States of Consciousness Chapter 15
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Intelligence Chapter 16
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Unit 4 Exam Chapters 12 through 16
Proctored test
Psychological Disorders Chapter 17
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Therapy for Psychological Disorders Chapter 18
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Interpersonal Interaction Chapter 19
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test
Group Interaction Chapter 20
Quiz, Journal, Project, Chapter test

Unit 5 Final Exam

NOTE: Be sure to complete ALL unfinished assignments before you take this test! Any assignments not completed before the last exam is taken will receive a grade of zero.

Chapters 17 through 20
Proctored test



93 - 100% = A
85 - 92% = B
75 - 84% = C
70 - 74% = D
Below 69% = F


The grading format is as follows:

  • Quizzes - 10%
  • Chapter Assignments - 20%
  • Journal Prompts - 20%
  • Chapter Tests - 20%
  • Unit Exams - 30%


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