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[PSYC W3435] Neurobiology of Reproductive Behavior

July 31, 2015

Champagne, Frances Silver_nugget
[PSYC W3435] Neurobiology of Reproductive Behavior

Professor Champagne is terrific. She's extremely knowledgeable and keeps up with current research on every subject we cover, which makes for some interesting revelations. Always open to questions and does a great job of presenting some of the uncertainties and nuances that go into neuro research.

Obviously you're going to have some less-than-interesting presentations from your classmates, but it's a seminar, so what can you expect?

Workload:

2 presentations, a short answer midterm, and a final 8-10 pg research paper on the topic of your choice

May 12, 2011

Champagne, Frances Silver_nugget
[PSYC W3435] Neurobiology of Reproductive Behavior

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I think Professor Champagne paid attention to the last couple of course evaluations she received because this class had a nice balance between her mini-lectures and student-led presentations on pertinent research papers. Overall the class was excellent and Professor Champagne was knowledgeable and kept things interesting. A background in Biology is nice to enrich the readings, but not at all required. In my opinion, the biggest downside was that 50% of the final grade was based on class participation which led to a lot of painfully forced comments and questions. Also, don't even buy the textbook - the midterm was 100% based on in-class material and you aren't tested on any material after the midterm.

Workload:

20% midterm, 30% Final 10-page paper (review of 6 articles), 50% participation (present two research papers + attendance/discussion). Lots of A's

April 20, 2009

Champagne, Frances Silver_nugget
[PSYC W3435] Neurobiology of Reproductive Behavior

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I love Prof Champagne but her seminars are pretty awful. I am genuinely interested in the material, too, and really wish it was more fun to go to class because it is hard to make sexual behavior boring...but she does. Some of this is due to the seminar system in psych where students have to do presentations...but most of the students she accepts to the seminar have no ability to do a presentation so sitting through 2 hours of this a week made me want to just take a nap. When she finally says a word or two it is much more enjoyable, but most of the time Prof Champagne just laughs to herself as her students say stupid crap and she twiddles her thumbs until she is done with her two hours of teaching. Take her lecture because she can't get control of a seminar class.

Workload:

2-3 presentations, 10 page paper. Reading. Not hard work-wise but CLASS SUCKED. And the whole point of a seminar is to enjoy class. you shouldn't like reading the textbook more than sitting through a discussion...but i did.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC W3435: Neurobiology of Reprod Behavior Akshat Vyas 2012 Spring T / 10:10-12:00 PM 1
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC W3435: Neurobiology of Reprod Behavior Frances Champagne 2011 Spring W / 10:10-12:00 PM 1
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC W3435: Neurobiology of Reprod Behavior Frances Champagne 2009 Fall R / 10:10-12:00 PM 1
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC W3435: Neurobiology of Reprod Behavior Frances Champagne 2009 Spring W / 10:10-12:00 PM 1
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC W3435: Neurobiology of Reprod Behavior Frances Champagne 2007 Spring M / 10:10-12:00 PM 1