• Psychology Syllabus

    Psychology: An Introduction



    TEACHER: Coach C. Meeks III

    ROOM: 134

    CONFERENCE PERIOD: At My Discretion

    E-MAIL: cmeeks@madison-schools.com



    This course introduces students to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes of humans and other animals. Topics that may be explored include research methods, biological basis of behavior, psychological disorders and their treatment, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, memory, thinking, language, learning, intelligence, motivation, emotion, personality, human development and social psychology.



    First Semester

                Unit 1: The Science of Psychology

                Unit 2: Psychology and Behavior

                Unit 3: Sensation

                Unit 4: States of Consciousness

                Unit 5: Learning

                Unit 6: Memory

                Unit 7: Cognition and Language

                Unit 8: Intelligence

                Unit 9: Infancy and Childhood

                Unit 10: Adolescence and Adulthood

                Unit 11: Motivation and Emotion

                Unit 12: Personality


    **Course outline is subject to change at teacher discretion. Verbal announcements will be made in class regarding course outline changes.


    Required Materials

    Psychology Book, Binder, Notebook/paper ,Pen or pencil

    Assessment Rules

    ·         It is the responsibility of the student to see the teacher about missing work.

    ·         Cheating will not be tolerated and will receive a 0%.

    ·         Extra credit work will be given occasionally (I highly recommend doing it)

    ·         Students will be allowed 2 days per day of absence to make up missing work (homework, tests, quizzes, etc...)


    1.      Be READY.  When the bell rings, you should be in your seat and ready to work. This includes a good attitude!

    2.   Be RESPONSIBLE.  Bring all supplies everyday, do your homework on time, and always carry your load in group work.  Refusal to do work is absolutely unacceptable.

    3.      Be RESPECTFUL of all people, equipment, and furnishings in the room.  If a student damages any furnishing, decoration, etc. in the classroom or of a peer, the student will be responsible for replacing the item. Also, NEVER pack up before the bell rings. Wait for my permission.


    ** I strictly follow the school policy for referrals.  I count all tardies and take up all cell phones, iPods and any other electronic devices!!! I expect you, as a high school student, to follow all school and classroom rules.



    Students who disregard any of the expectations listed above should expect the following consequences:

                First Infraction: Verbal warning.

                Second Infraction: Student-teacher conference and parent contact.

                Third Infraction: Before or after-school detention and parent contact.

                Fourth Infraction: Administrative referral.

                Severe disruption: Immediate administrative action and parent contact.



    Grades will be determined as follows

    Test Grades/Major Grades = 60% of average (minimum of four per nine weeks)

                -Tests, individual or group projects/presentations, etc.

    Daily Grades = 30% of average (minimum of ten per nine weeks)

                -Quizzes, homework assignments*, class-time assignments, etc.

    Homework = 10% of average (minimum of four per nine weeks)


    Grading Scale

    90-100 = A

    80-89   = B

    70-79   = C

    65-69   = D

      0-64   = F



    Make-up work is the responsibility of the student.  It must be picked up the day the student returns to school.  The student will have the same amount of days he/she was absent to turn the work in.  If the student fails to do so, he/she will fall under the late work policy. Tests are announced at least one week in advance; therefore, if missed, tests will be made up the day the student returns.  Additionally, any work that was assigned or due prior to the absence will be due the day the student returns. Tests and quizzes will be made up before or after school by appointment with the teacher.



    If a student does not turn in his/her assignment on the due date, at the beginning of class, it will be counted late. This is the Social Studies Department honors course policy.


    Major Grades

    -          1 day late: 30 points deducted

    -          2 days late: Not accepted!


    Daily Grades

    -          1 day late: Not accepted!