Course Map for

Psychology 1

Updated on Thursday, March 2004



Core Standard

Learning Activities


1st Semester



2nd Semester 



Introduction to Class Protocol, School Policy and Open Disclosure Statement



Body Language

Gender Differences 

Science of Psychology Chpt.1




Class Discussion on Gender Roles
Reading- Chapter. 1 in Text
Listening - In Class Discussion

Standard I

Interpretive- Compare, Contrast and Analyze Differences Between the Sexes
Standard IV

Standard VII


Speaking (Defending an opinion)
Analysis of Physiological and Psychological Differences 

Observation of pictures to illustrate the point of how we perceive the world around us.

Standard II

Interpretive, evaluation of our 5 senses and which is the more valuable and why.

Casual Reading Skills, Further discussion on Extra Sensory Perception

Body Language Assignment, Observe Peers Body Language in Class during the day.
Book Assignment
Three Quizzes per chapter. Quizzes are 5 questions each. worth 2 points each (10 pt. quiz)
Videos on Gender Differences , Receive points for watching the video
M.C. Test Chapter 1
Characteristics Evaluation on Androgyny

Receive points for notes taken on the chapter.






1st Semester










2nd Semester







Chapter 3
Sensation and Perception

Chapter  4

States of Consciousness





Standard III


Analysis: Look up the definition in the dictionary.
Interpretive: Select 10 emotions and identify when you felt then.

Interpretive: Theories of Dream Analysis of Dreams

Class Discussion the current drug culture.
Compare and Contrast past and present drug concepts.

 Speaking (Defending an opinion)


 Listening skills- example and stories that correlate with the subject matter. 
 Causal Reasoning, Interpretation

Speaking (Defending an opinion)

M.C. Test on Chapter. 3 

Learn the parts of the brain and its functions through use of a map.
 Three quizzes on selected readings from the chapter. 

 Video on brain functions.
Three Quizzes on chapter 3
5 question each, 10 pt. each.

 Activities related to ESP, will receive 10 points for the activity. 


20 point outside assignment on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs   
  Watch video of Ecstasy and Raves and receive points for observation of the video.

Notes on drug issues that pertain to Utah.

M.C. tests on the chapter, quizzes on selected parts of the chapter.

Must present a 5 minute presentation on a specific drug and provide a visual aide.  






1st Semester



2nd Semester










 Chapter  5 Learning 

 Motivation and Emotion
Chapter 9  


Listening skills- example and stories that correlate with the subject matter. 
 Causal Reasoning, Interpretation

Listening - absurd association and cognitive maps.
Observe eating disorder presentation.
Interpretive, Listening Skills: Examples of eating disorder stories.
Analyze self. Group Discussion about adolescent problems. 
 Interpretive- Group Work, Emotional Charades
Observation - They are observing their peers to see if they can identify specific emotions.
Reading the chapter.
Listening to each others interpretation of the emotions.
Emotion definitions.

 Speaking (Defending an opinion)

Discussion pts.
 Test on chapter. 5 100pts.

Memorize a list of over 52 objects. 25pts.

M.C. Test on Chapter 9 100pts.
Three quizzes per chapter worth 10 points each.
Video on What Makes Teens Tick. Discussion after.
Video on Eating Disorders.
Receive points for additional eating disorder information.

 Extra Credit points for the team who wins emotional charades

   20 points given for completion of the emotions definitions.  



End of 1st Semester


December  and














End of 2nd Semester 

May  and











Chapter 11 Personality






Chapter. 13 Psychological Disorders




Reading, Analysis, Interpretive skills- when doing the personality tests.




Introduce 6 categories of Mental Disorders 

Listening and Interpretive skills used in guest speakers from Valley Mental Health.
Writing, reading, interpretive, analysis.

Speaking, casual reading.
Observation skills of famous people who have suffered with mental illness.  Show a variety of artwork illustrating their mental illness.
Discussion about the DSM-IV 
Analysis of how all mental disorders are categorized.

Discussion of specific personality disorders. 
Casual reasoning.  

Personality Tests are given and points received for doing them.

Notes on additional information pertaining to personality.

 Fill in the blank test on Erik Erickson's stages of development.

Individual assignment on listing personality traits learned from peers and parents or guardians.

M.C. Test chapter 11 100pts.

Quiz on 6 categories of mental disorders.
 Notes on additional information from the 6 categories of mental disorders.
Research Paper on a specific disorder, 2 pages, double spaced, 12 pt.  font, 2 sources.
Extra credit for presenting their research paper.

Points received for completing personal inventories.

Points for memorizing 20 phobias.

Video on mental disorders.

Video on personality disorders.
 M.C. Test on chapter 13 100pts.