IB Psychology 36 Week Lesson Plan/Course guide 

Teacher:                                         Clark Walker 7215

 Year:                                              2008/2009 

Course #                                          2107800P

 

SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS:

SS.A.1.4.1,  SS.A.1.4.2,  SS.A.1.4.3,  SS.A.1.4.4, SS.A.2.4.3,   SS.A.2.4.8,  SS.B.1.4.1,

SS.B.2.4.4,  SS.A.1.1.1, SS.B.1.4.5

  Overview: 

The IB course is taught as a 36 week course that meets every other day (similar to a college course) the curriculum is driven by course requirements that come from the IB organization.  Simply stated students much be competent in 4 areas called Perspectives. 3 of the Perspectives are required by the IB organization.  The are:  Biological, Learning and Cognitive.  The Instructor/students can choose one other Perspective from a list of optional areas, they are:  Cultural, Dysfunctional, Comparative, Health, Psychodynamic, Social and Lifespan.  Additionally, students are required to study research methods and complete one simple experiment with a  written evaluation of the experiment (Internal assessment).  At the end of the course students sit for and IB exam.  (Format outlined later).  The IB exams are essay questions therefore critical thinking and the ability to synthesize content information into an essay response is critical.

 

During the first 18 Weeks we will cover two perspectives, The Biological Perspective and the Cognitive Perspective and begin addressing Research Methods.  During the second 18 weeks we will cover the Learning Perspective, Dysfunction Behavior and Complete our Internal Assessment (Replication of an experiment).

 

Text Book:  Psychology, Themes and Variations, sixth edition, Wayne Weiten, Thompson/Wadsworth.   

  Psychology Overview and The Biological Perspective 

Objective:

 

  1. Students should be able to describe and evaluate the four content topics as they relate to the biological perspective
  2. They will describe and evaluate theories and empirical studies within this perspective.
  3. Explain, where appropriate, how cultural, ethical gender and methodological considerations affect the interpretation of behavior from a biological perspective
  4. Be able to compare theories, empirical studies and the four topics of this perspective with those from other perspectives.
  5. Identify and explain the strengths and limitations of biological explanations of behavior.
  6. Explain the extent to which free will and determinism are integral to this perspective.
  7. Explain and evaluate claims that correlates exist between physiological and psychological behavior.
  8. Discuss controversies surrounding a reductionism approach, as adopted by many biological psychologists.

 Beginning of Biological Perspective Week One  Intro to Psy  History

 Text book:  Pages 2-18

Ø      How Psychology Developed, a new science is born:

Ø      We will look and the various schools of thought.  Structuralism Vs. Functionalism, Watson, Freud, Skinner, The  Humanist Revolt, Behaviorism, Freud and the Neo-Freudians.

Ø       Numerous readings from Psychology today, and Scientific America.

Ø      Beginning the process of learning how to write in the IB format.

 Week Two  Intro to Psy

Text book:  Pages 18-35

Ø      Psychology Today:  Research Areas and Specialties

Ø      Developing Study habits and reading skills/strategies  for Psychology

Ø      Critical thinking skills

 Week Three  Brain

Textbook Pages 75-90

Ø      Communication in the Nervous system

Ø      Organization of the nervous system

Ø      Looking inside the brain:  Research Methods

 Week Four  Brain

Textbook:  Pages 91-114

Ø      The Brain and Behavior

Ø      Right Brain/Left Brain

Ø      The endocrine system

Ø      Heredity and Behavior

Ø      Evolutionary bases of behavior 

 

Week Five   Sensation and Perception

Textbook:  pages 124-165

Ø      Psychophysics

Ø      Our sense of sight:  The visual system

Ø      Hearing

Ø      Chemical Senses

Ø      Touch

Ø      Other Senses

  

Week Six  Variations in Consciousness

Textbook:  Pages 178-191

Ø      The Nature of Consciousness

Ø      Biological rhythms and sleep

Ø      The sleep and waking cycle

 Week Seven  Variations in Consciousness

Textbook:  192-209

Ø      The world of dreams

Ø      Hypnosis

Ø      Meditation

Ø      Altering Consciousness with drugs

 Week Eight  Human Development

Textbook:  Pages 426-466

Ø      Prenatal Development

Ø      Childhood

Ø      Adolescence

Ø      Adulthood

 

Week Nine  Recap/testing

Ø      The week will be spent reviewing the material covered.

Ø      Tests in the IB format will be given.

Ø      Students will grade IB formatted test.

 Conclusion of the Biological Perspective Second Nine week period begins Beginning of Cognitive Perspective Objectives

  1. Students will describe and evaluate the four content topics as they relate to the cognitive perspective
  2. Describe and evaluate theories and empirical studies within this perspective
  3. Explain, where appropriate, how cultural, ethical gender and methodological considerations affect the interpretation of behavior from a cognitive perspective
  4. Be able to compare theories, empirical studies and the four topics of this perspective with those from other perspectives.
  5. Identify and explain the strengths and limitations of cognitive explanations of behavior.
  6. Explain the extent to which free will and determinism are integral to this perspective.
  7. Assess the extent to which concepts and models of information processing have helped in the understanding of the cognitive processes.
  8. Assess claims that some research within this perspective lacks ecological validity, and be able to consider alternative research methods.

 Week One Human Memory

Text book:  262-285

Ø      Getting information into memory

Ø      Maintaining Information in the memory

Ø      Getting Information our of  memory

Ø      When memory lapses

 Week Two  Human Memory

Text book: 287-300

Ø      The Physiology of Memory

Ø      Multiple Memory Systems

Ø      Improving everyday memory

Ø      Understanding the fallibility of eyewitness accounts

  Week Three  Language and Thought

Textbook  304-337

Ø      Turning thoughts into words

Ø      Problem solving

Ø      Decision Making

Ø      Shaping thought with language

 

Week Four  Motivation and Emotion

Textbook:  382-402

Ø      Theories and Concepts

Ø      The motivation of Hunger and eating

Ø      Sexual Motivation and behavior

Ø      In search of belongingness

 Week Five   Motivation and Emotion

Textbook 403-422

Ø      In search of Excellence

Ø      Elements of Emotional experience

Ø      Theories of Emotion

Ø      Happiness

Ø      Making sense out of controversy

 Week Six  Personality

Textbook:  478-489

Ø      Nature of Personality

Ø      Psychodynamic Perspectives

 Week Seven  Personality

Textbook:490-499

Ø      Behavioral Perspectives

Ø      Humanistic Perspectives

 Week Eight  Personality

Textbook:  500-518

Ø      Biological Perspectives

Ø      Empirical approaches to personality

Ø      Culture and personality

Ø      Understanding Personality assessment

  Week Nine  Recap/testing

Ø      Review of all Material

Ø      IB formatted testing

Ø      Student Evaluation

Ø      Preparation for Internal Assessment

Third nine week period begins Beginning of Learning Perspective Objectives

  1. Students will describe and evaluate the four content topics as they relate to the cognitive perspective
  2. Describe and evaluate theories and empirical studies within this perspective
  3. Explain, where appropriate, how cultural, ethical gender and methodological considerations affect the interpretation of behavior from a cognitive perspective
  4. Be able to compare theories, empirical studies and the four topics of this perspective with those from other perspectives.
  5. Identify and explain the strengths and limitations of cognitive explanations of behavior.
  6. Explain the extent to which free will and determinism are integral to this perspective.
  7. Assess the extent to which learning can be explained by alternatives to traditional behaviorist approaches.
  8. Assess the extent to which cognitive, biological and environmental factors contribute to explanations of behavior within the learning perspective.

 Week One  Learning

Text book:  220-242

Ø      Classical Conditioning

Ø      Operant Conditioning

   Week Two 

Text book: 243-258

Ø      The study of conditioning

Ø      Observational Learning

Ø      Self control through behavior modification

Ø      Pavlov and Persuasion

  Week Three Intelligence and Psychological testing

 Textbook  342-376

Ø      Psychological testing

Ø      Intelligence testing

Ø      Extremes of Intelligence

Ø      Heredity and environment as determinants

Ø      New directions in testing

  Week Four   Stress, Coping and Health

Textbook 522-558

Ø      Stress

Ø      Types

Ø      Responding to stress

Ø      Effects

Ø      Health-Impairing behavior

Ø      Reaction to illness

 Week Five   Social Behavior

Textbook 648-662

Ø      Forming impressions of others

Ø      Explaining behavior

Ø      Liking and loving

Ø      Attitudes

 

Week Six  Social Behavior

Textbook:  663-687

Ø      Making social judgments

Ø      Conformity

Ø      Yielding to others

Ø      Behavior in Groups

Ø      Who can you trust

 Week Seven  Research Methods

Textbook:37-69, Appendix B

Ø      Scientific approach

Ø      Looking for causes

Ø      Statistics and research

Ø      Evaluating research

Ø      Do the ends justify the means

Ø      Ethics

 Week Eight  Research Methods 

Ø      Internal Assessment preparation

Ø      Variability

Ø      Correlation

Ø      Hypothesis testing

Ø      Statistical significance

Ø      Statistics and Empiricism

 Week Nine  Recap/testing

Ø      Review of all Material

Ø      IB formatted testing

Ø      Student Evaluation

Ø      Writing  Internal Assessment Reports

 Fourth nine weeks begins Beginning of Dysfunctional Behavior perspective Objectives 

  1. Describe and evaluate relevant theories and empirical studies related to dysfunctional behavior
  2. Explain how cultural, ethical, gender and methodological considerations affect the interpretation of dysfunctional behavior
  3. Describe and evaluate approaches to treatments and therapies of dysfunctional behavior
  4. discuss the diagnosis and classification of dysfunctional behavior
  5. analyze the etiology and treatment of dysfunctional behavior
  6. describe and evaluate alternative concepts and models of dysfunctional behavior

 Week One  Psychological Disorders

Text book:  561-602  Reading from other books

Ø      Abnormal Psychology: Past and Present

Ø      Models of Abnormality

Ø      Anxiety disorders

 Week Two  Psychological Disorders

Text book: 561-602  Reading from other books

Ø      Somatoform and Dissociative disorders

Ø      Mind and body

    Week Three Psychological Disorders

 Textbook  561-602  Reading from other books

 

Ø      Sexual disorders

Ø      Substance related disorders

Ø      Eating disorders

 

Week Four   Psychological Disorders

Textbook 561-602  Reading from other books

 

Ø      Schizophrenia

Ø      Treatments for Schizophrenia

Ø      Personality Disorders

 Week Five   Psychological Disorders

Textbook 561-602  Reading from other books

Ø      Disorders of Childhood

Ø      Disorders of Aging and Cognition

 

Week Six  Treatment of Psychological Disorders

Textbook:  604-644, Reading from other books

Ø      Treatment of mood disorders

Ø      Insight Therapies

Ø      Behavior Therapies

Week Seven  Treatment of Psychological Disorders

Textbook: 604-644, Reading from other books

Ø      Biomedical Therapies

Ø      Trends in treatment

Ø      Institutional treatment

Ø      Law, society and the Mental Heath Process

 Week Eight  Research Methods 

Ø      Internal Assessment Completion

Ø      Begin review process for IB testing

 Week Nine  Recap/testing

IB Testing

 

ESE STUDENT MODIFICATIONS/GOAL/OBJECTIVES:

 

Overall goals and objectives for ESE students are the Following:

 

  1. All students should achieve academic success
  2. All student should follow the guidelines regarding behavior in school
  3. Attend school on a regular basis
  4. Arrive to class on time
  5. Follow the dress code
  6. Be prepared
  7. Develop adequate organizational skill to follow through with their work
    1. Study for test
    2. Maintain a notebook

 

     I will provide this modification when necessary to assist ESE students

 

  1. Access to the learning lab for extra time to complete tests.
  2. Teacher consultation as requested by student or deemed necessary by teacher.
  3. Proximity seating if requested or determined necessary by teacher.
  4. Tape recorder if requested or determined necessary by teacher.
  5. Help taking notes, with a partner or teacher notes.
  6. After school tutoring.