Psychology (1st Semester 2020)


“We know what we are, but not what we might be.” –
Ophelia, in Shakespeare’s Hamlet

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” William James

Most of society’s challenging problems—including crime, poverty, prejudice, violence, and environmental sustainability— are related to human attitudes, values, and behavior. Psychology informs our understanding of these problems and their solutions. Defined as the scientific study of the mind and behavior, Cadets in this course will gain an understanding of the complexities and diversity of human thought and behavior – skills that can be applied to their own lives, and those around them.

The Course is broken up into 5 Units, or “domains” –
Unit 1 – Scientific Inquiry
Unit 2 – Biology in Psychology
Unit 3 – Development and Learning
Unit 4 – Personality and Motivation
Unit 5 – Abnormal Psychology

Disclosure and Course Calendar (with Assignments, Due Dates, and Notes) Below:

A few key reminders:

  • The Link for “live stream” is
  • A recording for the beginning of each class (TO INCLUDE THE JOURNAL QUESTION) will be posted.
    That recording WILL include entire lectures, activities, or projects, but NOT quizzes, tests, etc.
  • While lectures will be recorded and streamed, the PPT and PDF versions of each PPT is also available on the schedule.
  • Direct any questions to CPT Curtis at

Psychology A4 – A Day Schedule – Fall 2020

Monday, Aug 24 – Classroom Orientation / Disclosure (DUE Aug 31)

Wednesday, Aug 26Day 1 – What is Psychology

Friday, Aug 28 – (NO VIDEO because Cadets were in other classrooms) Classroom Observations / Cadet Behavior

Monday, Aug 31Day 2 – Methods and Problems in Experimentation

Wednesday, Sep 2QUIZ – S.I. and Methods of Experimentation

Labor Day Sep 7

Wednesday, Sep 9Day 3 – Tools of Experimentation

Friday, Sep 11 – Special 9/11 Lesson / Sept 11 Article and Alien Story

Monday, Sep 14Variables Handout (DUE Sep 21)

Wednesday, Sep 16Day 4 – Interpreting Results

Monday, Sep 21Study Guide – S.I. and Psychology (DUE Sep 28)

Wednesday, Sep 23Jeopardy / Prep for Test

Monday, Sep 28TEST – S.I. and Psychology / Extra Credit Article

Wednesday, Sep 30Day 1 – Biology and Neurons

Friday, Oct 2Brain Games / Optical Illusion Hallucination Video

Monday, Oct 5Day 2 – Hormones

Wednesday, Oct 7Quiz – Neurons and Hormones

Monday, Oct 12Day 3 – The Brain

Wednesday, Oct 14Study Guide – Biological Psychology (DUE Oct 21)

Fall Break Oct 15-16

Monday, Oct 19 – Jeopardy / Prep for Test

Wednesday, Oct 21TEST – Biological Psychology / Extra Credit – Split Brain

End Term 1 (20 days)


Monday, Oct 26Day 1 – Conditioning and Learning

Wednesday, Oct 28QUIZ – L & C / Teaching Handout for Online

Friday, Oct 30The Psychology of Fear

Monday, Nov 2Day 2 – Methods of Learning

Wednesday, Nov 4Teaching Handout (DUE Nov 13)

Monday, Nov 9Teaching Project Schedule / Grading Criteria / Solo Project

Wednesday, Nov 11 –  Teaching Schedule / Grading Criteria / Solo Project

Friday, Nov 13 –  Teaching Project Schedule / Grading Criteria / Solo Project

Monday, Nov 16Day 1 – Personality

Wednesday, Nov 18Personality Tests (DUE Nov 30) / Extra Credit Prsnlty


Monday, Nov 30Day 2 – Motivation

Wednesday, Dec 2Quiz – Personality and Motivation

Friday, Dec 4Day 3 – Defense Mechanisms

Monday, Dec 7Study Guide – Personality and Motivation (DUE Dec 14)

Wednesday, Dec 9 – Jeopardy / Test Prep

Monday, Dec 14TEST- Personality and Motivation

Wednesday, Dec 16Final Project Work / Handout / Possible Topics

Friday, Dec 18Final Project Work / Topics and Schedule Fall 2020


Monday, Jan 4Final Project Presentations / Topics and Schedule Fall 2020

Wednesday, Jan 6Final Project Presentations / Topics and Schedule Fall 2020

Monday, Jan 11Final Project Presentations / Topics and Schedule Fall 2020

Wednesday, Jan 13 – Ten Rules for Life (Final Lesson)

End Term 2 / Semester 1 (22 days)

Direct any questions to CPT Curtis at