January 14, 2008

Lindemann, Patricia
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

I'm an English major and I took this class to fulfill the science requirement but I also figured it'd be a pretty easy A. It isn't-- whereas it isn't that difficult to get an A, you really do have to do all of the work. It's also good to know that she curves the class so that 35% get A's. The other reviewers pretty much covered what Lindemann herself is like (goofy, decent lecturer, copies slides right out of the textbook), but she lets her TA's do all of her grading.
Some of them are extremely harsh with the reading analyses (which are a PAIN!) for no apparent reason (one of her TA's told me she just doesn't like to give grades higher than 8/10). The exams cover a ton of info in the textbook so definitely keep up with the reading because there is a ridiculous amount. Overall, I'd probably say that if you have a heavy courseload this semester, skip this class because you're going to want to dedicate a lot of time to the readings to be able to do well. Although she does give extra credit, which is nice.

Workload:

6 subject participation credits, 3 two-page reading analyses, 3 non-cumulative exams (the final is just another 90 minute exam, which is nice), a ton of reading (the entire Gray's textbook. seriously.)