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AP Psychology Course Syllabus
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Niswonger Online & AP Access for ALL Course Syllabus

AP Psychology

Course Description

In this course, students will explore the ideas, theories, and methods of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. You’ll examine the concepts of psychology through reading and discussion and you’ll analyze data from psychological research studies. Students will gain the skills to connect psychological concepts and theories to real-life scenarios, understand and interpret data, and analyze research studies in psychology. For more information about this course, please visit the College Board AP Psychology website.

Course Content Disclaimer

In this course, students may be required to read text or view materials that they may consider offensive. The ideas expressed in any given text do not necessarily reflect the views of the instructor, or Niswonger Foundation. Course content is selected for historical and/or cultural relevance, or as an example of practice, style and/or technique. Discussion based on selected materials may raise topics that some consider controversial or offensive. These exchanges, within the context of relevant course material, are a necessary part of the intellectual inquiry appropriate at the university level. The student’s continued enrollment in this course is considered an acknowledgement of this issue and indicates a commitment to engaging the course material and class discussion.


If you have course related questions such as questions about due dates, assignment directions, lesson material, etc. please contact your instructor immediately via Canvas message (if courses have started) or via direct email (if courses have not started). Your instructor's email and name can be found after logging in by clicking on Course Information or can be found on the homepage of your course after classes begin.

*After courses begin, all communications between instructor and student should happen from Canvas Messaging.

If you need technical assistance at any time during the course or to report a problem with your account please visit to submit a trouble ticket or contact:

Mr. Chris Dotson

Technology Support Lead, Niswonger Online & APAA

You can also visit this page for answers to frequently asked questions: 

For other concerns that have not been addressed by your teacher or by our Technology Support Team contact:

Dr. Gina Pavlovich                                                             Mrs. Samatha DeBord

Director AP Access for ALL & Niswonger Online              Assistant Director, AP Access for ALL                     

 **NOTE that ONLY your school Counselor or local Administrator can request a course change or drop. No one within the APAA program can approve this.**

Course Outline

This course has a total of 130 assignments that students are required to complete. Any assignments not completed by the course checkpoints or final course due date will become a 0%.

Modules in the Course:



        Academic Integrity

        Canvas Introduction

        College Board Account Creation


        Mastering the FRQ

Module 1: Scientific Foundations of Psychology

Module 2: Biological Bases of Psychology

Module 3: Sensation and Perception

Module 4: Cognitive Psychology

Module 5: Learning

Module 6: Developmental Psychology

Module 7: Motivation, Emotion, and Personality

Module 8: Clinical Psychology

Module 9: Social Psychology

Grading Policy

All assignments will be worth 100 points. However, assignments are weighted differently. Our weighted categories are as follows:

Grading breakdown:

A: 90-100                B: 80-89        C: 70-79        D: 60-69        F: 0-59

AP Access for ALL Late Work Policy

At Niswonger Online and the AP Access for ALL program, we understand the importance of meeting deadlines and developing strong time management skills. To maintain consistency and encourage timely submissions, we have established a firm late work policy. Please click below to review this policy:

Be sure to pay close attention to deadlines—late work will only be accepted with a compelling reason and instructor approval.  If you know of a reason that you cannot meet a deadline, please let your teacher know as soon as possible.  For example, if you will be on a trip and may not have internet access the teacher needs to know before the due date – NOT after the due date.  It is your responsibility to let him/her know ahead of time.  


Viewing Grades and Feedback in Canvas

Points you receive for graded activities will be posted to your Canvas Grade Book. Click on the Grades link on the left navigation to view your grades and feedback.

Your teacher will update the online grades each time a due date has passed. Check back for updated grades and feedback 3-4 days after submission.

It is also important to read or view all feedback given by your teacher. This is how a student will grow within the course. Feedback can be viewed from your Canvas gradebook by clicking on the small icon- out from your numerical grade.


Course Policies

Commit to Integrity

As a student in this course, you are expected to maintain high degrees of professionalism and integrity.

Cheating is “the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work through the use of any dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent means.”

Plagiarism is “the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.”

Niswonger Online Plagiarism Policy      

All students will be asked to read the Niswonger Online plagiarism policy and complete an assignment to show understanding BEFORE any work in the course can be accessed or completed. The plagiarism policy and corresponding assignment is linked in the second module, labeled Academic Integrity, within each course. Go to APAA Plagiarism and Academic Integrity Policy to view the plagiarism policy without logging into the course.

Build Rapport

If you find that you have any trouble keeping up with assignments or other aspects of the course, make sure you let your teacher know as early as possible. As you will find, building rapport and effective relationships are key to becoming an effective professional. Make sure that you are proactive in informing your teacher when difficulties arise during the semester so that we can help you find a solution.

Submitting Assignments

All assignments for this course will be submitted electronically through Canvas unless otherwise instructed. If you have any trouble submitting your assignment in Canvas you should contact your teacher or the Niswonger Online Technology team immediately.

Course Enrollment and Drops

Students can only be enrolled in a Niswonger Online course by their home high school’s counselor, AP Liaison, or administrator.

Course drops can only be approved by school personnel (counselor, AP Liaison, or administrator). Online teachers, the APAA director, or APAA Assistant Director cannot approve any course changes. Each school has its own policy on when a student may drop their online course. Please see your school counselor or administrator if you have any questions about this.