Final Project Assignment



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AP Psychology 2010 - 2011

Final Project Assignment

In place of a final written exam, you may choose to complete one of the following projects instead. The final due date for the project is May 13th (no extensions, no lateness, no excuses).


For all projects – although entertainment is appreciated, all presentations must be focused on intellectual, course content

For all projects – although entertainment is appreciated, all presentations must be PG rated and in good taste


Individual Projects

Film Analysis (Psychological Disorders)

In this assignment, you write a four-page research paper.

View a film from the list below that depicts a major psychological disorder. In a two-page, typed paper analysis, include the following information:

  • an overview of the film, describing the main characters and defining the disorder depicted

  • an explanation of the symptoms of the disorder, and specific examples from the film of those symptoms

  • an explanation of the therapies and treatments for the disorder, and specific examples from the film of those therapies and treatments

      • One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

      • A Beautiful Mind

      • Awakenings

      • Rain Man

      • The Aviator

      • Memento
      • Regarding Henry


      • Sybil

      • Girl Interrupted

      • Nell

      • Benny and Joon

THEN, view a film of your choice that depicts a major psychological disorder. In another two-page, typed paper analysis, include the following information:



  • an overview of the film, describing the main characters and defining the disorder depicted

  • an explanation of the symptoms of the disorder, and specific examples from the film of those symptoms

  • an explanation of the therapies and treatments for the disorder, and specific examples from the film of those therapies and treatments

Your conclusion should explain why you chose these two videos and what connection they have with one another.


Video Biographies (Introduction to Psychology)


In a video segment lasting 5-10 minutes, present the life of one of the following people. While presenting 15 facts, and using 4 props, you may do an interview with this person, re-enact parts of their lives, speak as the person themselves, or think of any other way that you can present the life of the person. Only focus on their significance to psychology, not their whole life.
Wilhelm Wundt Edward Titchener William James Sigmund Freud

John Watson BF Skinner Ivan Pavlov Mary Ainsworth

Albert Bandura Stanley Milgram Jean Piaget Abraham Maslow

Research Assignments (Research Techniques)

You may choose to complete one of the following written assignments for your final as well. Each assignment must be typed, grammatically and punctually correct, and no more than 3 pages in length. A cover sheet (not one of the pages) must include your title, your name and class period, and the date handed in.

Complete a naturalistic observation of any subject (unknowingly of course) for at least 1-2 hours in length. Make a list of 15-20 observations of behavior. Choose 10 of the behaviors observed and hypothesize why you think those behaviors occurred (use terminology and topics that we learned in class this year. I want to see guesses based on motivation, IQ, biological causes, and/or genetic causes, at least).

Profiling a Serial Killer!

To complete this project you will need to access information that will be up loaded to the teacher website. To begin you must read the Forensic Science Packet on profiling a serial killer. After reading the packet you are to choose 3 case studies from the 9 provided to profile. Each case should follow the guidelines spelled out in the file entitled: Profiling Rubric. The profiles must be typed and each case study profile should be on its own separate sheet of paper. You are to then profile the Zodiac Killer on your own. Read the police report and case file and using the Zodiac Killer Answer Sheet fill out a profile for what you think the police should be looking for.
When completed you will turn in all your profiles with a cover sheet that includes your name and the case studies you chose to profile.

GroupProjects

Group Video Projects (All Units)


You may choose to work with a group of fellow students (3-6) to create a television show-based video production, think the Dr. Phil Show. Each member of the group will present a 2-minute news “skit” based upon any topic that we have covered this year. In your 2-minute presentation, you will need to present 15 facts using 3 props. No cue cards. Use music and/or other items to enhance your performance. You can present you topic however you choose. You may do a special report, an interview, a live-on-location report, a fact-based lecture, etc.

Fractured Fairytale

Group project – no more than 4 people per group! Beware of social loafers!



  1. Select a familiar story (different story for each group)
  2. Retell the story in some fashion (video, act it out, puppet show, etc – be creative) within the following guidelines


    1. At least 3 characters with psychological disorders or chronic problems

    2. At least one character who is a mental health professional working from a specific perspective

    3. At least 12 psychological terms or concepts used (cleverly)

  3. Present your version of your story to the class (10 – 12 minutes per group)

  4. you may use props or media – be creative as you like

  5. All members must be obvious participants – again beware of social loafers that pull YOUR grade down (you all get the same grade!)

  6. Presentation must be accompanied by a handout (for me) that includes:

    1. Story synopsis

    2. For each disorder, a synopsis of symptoms and appropriate therapeutic methods of treatment

    3. For the mental health professional, a description of his/her method

    4. List of psychological terms, concepts to be included


It’s Game Time

Students must create a psychology themed board game. The game must be educational in some way, not just use of psychological references. For example, a bingo game that uses a question and answer type format.

REQUIREMENTS:


  • Students must create a game board if required (not just on a piece of paper)

  • Students must create all the playing pieces necessary

  • Typed instructions must be professional (like you would find in any other store-bought game.)

  • 2 page explanation of reasoning, psychological relevance and value of the game.
  • Give a demonstration of the game to the class.


  • Mr. Thomas and Mr. Baker retain the game you crate for future classroom use



Get me Outta’ Here!

You are to create an itinerary for the best Psychology Class Trip ever! The itinerary should cover at least 9 cities and 3 countries. The destinations must be relevant and you must explain the benefit for psychology students of visiting these places. Your document should convince a committee that your choices are the best because they would allow students to see historical sites and/or experience an important part of psychological research. Your itinerary should be realistic. It should progress in a logical fashion. (don’t jump from Stanford to Russia to Yale) Your report may be on paper, power point or Windows Movie Maker (or approved alternative format). If you do power point (or movie maker with no vocals) you must write a written script with the paragraphs on them. You must also include a map of the route you are suggesting.



REQUIREMENTS:

  • If written, must include a cover page

  • Must include an illustration of each of the 9 locations.

  • Must include a brief history of the location, an explanation of why the location is worthy of a visit and its psychological reference.

  • Must include a map of the travel route

  • Must include image citations and written source references (APA Format)





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