July 05, 2009

Lindemann, Patricia
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

Although the material is fascinating, and the instructor is very nice, this class for many students is truly a disaster. Basically, you have to memorize Peter Gray's book "Psychology," which is dense, and poorly written for non-science people. The material is presented so fast, that unless you have some sort of background, it is impossible to keep up. A "workbook" is also sold in conjunction with the text, but it is completely useless. I threw it out after the first test (of which there are three), and did considerably better on the other two. The three papers that are required are graded subjectively by the TA's, who depending on your grader, can be understanding to those who have never been exposed to NeuroScience to down right hostile. Of course, Lindemann supports the TA's 100%, and basically tells you that everything will be all right, which is pretty much just to shut you up and pass you along.

Lindemann promised our section that if we completed all of the assignments, and turned them in on time, our grade would be boosted a bit if we were border line. I did this task, along with several other students, and did not find this to be the case. I'm not sure why such a claim was made, but it proved to be false.

The three tests were for the most part numbing. The questions were twisted and designed to trick, rather than simply be straight forward. In short, the tests were not designed to test one's knowledge of the material. In fact, the first exam was so complicated and poorly designed, that most of the class failed to complete it.
Of course, no adjustment was made for this error on behalf the instructor and T.A's..

When paying over $3,000 a course, I expect to be treated fairly and in a straightforward fashion. Moreover, I expect that an intro course truly is an intro course, of which The Science of Psychology is not. Accordingly, I would not recommend this class or instructor as a means to fulfill the science requirement, especially when there are far superior intro courses out there. In short, don't take this class.

Workload:

Ridiculously Heavy. You can study all you want, but it really wont help. NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN INTRO COURSE!!!!!!!