January 19, 2010

Lindemann, Patricia
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

Definitely my least favorite class ever. Although Lindemann is a lovely person, she simply recites a power point lecture, which does not engage the class. However, it is the exams which need to be examined. Like a previous commentator wrote, they are complex and difficult. Most of the class did not even complete the first test, and the average grade was a 70. The text book is very dense, and often confusing, and the supplemental self test book is an absolute waste of time and money.

Although the material is potentially interesting and of value, the course is put together so poorly, and is so illogical that many students dropped out and failed. If you are taking this class as a core requirement, this is not the class for you unless you have prior experience.

Specifically, one needs to know the entire text, but entire chapters were completely omitted from the tests. Hours upon hours were wasted in memorizing everything from how the ear works, to specific facts about biological reproduction, yet they were nowhere to be found on an exam. However, Lindemann insisted that a close reading of everything was required, and ALL was fair game. This was nothing but a lie.

In addition, it was likewise promised that if all of the assignments were completed, border line grades would be boosted. Again, nothing but a lie. The only redemption were the written assignments graded by the TA's, but they were subjective based on who was doing the grading.

In short, because of the science of psychology and prof. Lindemann, I no longer have any desire to be a psychology major. It completely ruined my experience here.

Workload:

Incredibly intense, difficult, and only for people with previous science background. Text book is terrible.