June 04, 2008

Lindemann, Patricia
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

This was the most difficult class I've ever encountered, and my GPA took a major hit. The amount of reading, writing, assignments, and memorization borders on insane for an intro course. Furthermore, this course should never have been listed as an intro course. The class is disorganized, difficult to follow, and the text can often be confusing. Prof. Lindemann, however, is for the most part pleasant, although Lindemann did openly threaten to slap a girl in class if she turned in her paper while speaking. (The student arrived late, and had no idea that she was not allowed to turn in her paper). The TA's were mostly good, but sometimes cancelled office hours at the last minute, especially during finals. It is, however, understandable that they have their own work to attend to as well. The average grade on the three tests were considerably low, and the class is curved which really does not help. Supposedly, if you complete all the extra credit assignments, six out of nine, your grade will be boosted by a half (B- to B) if you are border line. This was not the case with me, or several others I spoke with. Thetests themselves are needlessly difficult. In short, they are not straight forward, which adds another level of complexity that we could all do without. The TA's, who grade the papers, do not seem to understand that for most people in this class, this is their first exposure to science. It's supposed to be an, now read slowly, INTRO course, but ended up being an intercourse because many of us got screwed.
Lastly, I spent more time on The Science of Psychology than on all my other classes combined, and still did poorly. Indeed, it effected my grades across the board, making this the worst semester of my Columbia career. Unless you are farmiliar with the countless amount of experiments, data, theorists, and neuro science, avoid this class at all costs.

Workload:

Heavy, Heavy, Heavy Three impossible exams, 6 extra credit assignments that were not applied as extra credit, three written papers that are subjectively graded, and seven experiment credits which are mandatory, and somewhat interesting. Very hard!