May 08, 2007

McCaskill, E'mett Silver_nugget
Neurodevelopmental Processes

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

First off, I love McCaskill. This is the second class I've taken with her, and I think she is a truly wonderful woman. She loves what she does and is very knowledgeable, but sometimes (and I felt this way about Drug Use and Abuse, too) she does NOT emphasize enough the information that she actually wants us to know. We'll spend class after class discussing the ethics of this treatment, or that drug, or the stigma surrounding kids with HIV or epilepsy, but when it comes down to what she actually wants us to KNOW for the final, she often expects us to know more neuropharm. than we ever discussed in class.

She does give us all of this information (usually at the end of the semester and in review sessions), but I always feel a bit cheated in this respect. Otherwise, her classes are great. Even though you may feel unprepared for a midterm/final, you should have no problem pulling off a good grade.
Despite her misgivings, she's a really wonderful teacher - a true breath of fresh air.

Workload:

A midterm, 10-page paper (really easy, just write about a neurodevelopmental disorder), a final (which took about an hour), and LOTS of reading. I didn't end up doing a lot of it (which was fine), but it's interesting and while it may be a heavy reading, she only ever wants us to read "at the level of class discussion." Not too bad. Easy to meet with and very understanding.