IBDP – PSYCHOLOGY NOTES

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) is a rigorous assessmentprogramme for students aged 16-19. This course is well respected by universitiesworldwide and provides high quality education to students. It encourages students to becurious, knowledgeable, open minded, empathetic while inculcating values andattitudes in them.

IBDP offers over 30 courses from six subject groups, from each of these subject groups;students have a choice to pick subjects that interest them.Generally, three subjects are taken at the Higher Level (HL) and others are taken at theStandard Level( SL). HL subjects are studied in greater depth than SL subjects.In addition, three core elements, the extended essay, theory of knowledge and Creativity, Activity, Service are compulsory are central to the programme’s philosophy.The core of IBDP Psychology introduces three different approaches to understandingbehaviour: biological, cognitive and sociocultural approaches.

Psychology curriculum overview:     

Syllabus ComponentTeaching Hours( SL)Teaching Hours( HL)
Core
-Biological approach to
understanding behavior
-Cognitive approach to
understanding behavior
-Sociocultural Approach to
understanding behavior
-Approaches to
understanding behaviour
90120
2060
Options
-Abnormal Psychology
-Developmental Psychology
-Health Psychology
-Psychology of Human
Relationships
2040
Internal Assessment
Experimental Study
2020
Total Teaching Hours150240

Model of Assessment:
By the end of the Psychology course HL/SL, the students will be expected to have:
1. Knowledge and comprehension of key terms, concepts, psychological theories,
approaches etc.
2. Application and analysis of theories and research studies
3. Evaluation of psychological theories and research in applied psychology
4. Appropriate use of skills in Psychology

Assessment Summary:

Assessment
Type
Assessment
Format
No. of
hours(SL)
No. of
hours(HL)
Final Grade
weightage
in SL(%)
Final Grade
weightage
in HL(%)
External357580
Paper 1Three short
answer
questions(core).
One essay from
the various
approaches.
For HLadditional essay
topic
225040
Paper 2One question
from three
choices on two
options (SL)
Two questionsone each from
three choices
on two options
122520
Paper 3Three short
answer
questions on
approaches to
research
120
Internal20202520

In Psychology, the interaction of these approaches form the basis of a holistic and    integralapproah  to  understanding   mentalprocesses and   behaviour  as a  dynamic   andcomplex   phenomenon,   it  enables students to understand the diversities andcommonalities between the  behaviour of   others and their own.The interaction  of the approaches focuses on areas of applied psychology,   abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology and psychology    ofrelationships.

Psychologists employ various research methods, both quantitative and qualitative totest their observations and hypothesis. IBDP Psychology encourages understanding ofthe various approaches and their importance on evidence, design, implementation, andanalysis. The aims of Psychology include developing an understanding of biological, cognitive andsocio cultural factors affecting mental process and behavior and applying them to areamof study, understanding the various methods of inquiry, understanding the importance of ethical practice in psychological research and ensure they are upheld. It also aims to develop awareness around how psychological research can be applied to address real world problems and promote positive change. The Psychology course (both HL and SL) aim to foster curiosity, creativity and love for the subject

 

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