May 10, 2010

Lindemann, Patricia
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

I could not disagree more with the post below, which harshly critiqued the course. I truly enjoyed this course and thought the professor was absolutely fantastic.
From day one, Lindemann was cheerful, energetic, and approachable. She has a very friendly and down-to-earth approach to teaching, which suits an introductory course like this one perfectly. When she teaches, you can tell that she actually enjoys her job and wants to be in the classroom. This sort of attitude is usually pretty infectious! Basically, she is simply an incredibly likable person, not to mention a very knowledgeable professor.
I'd like to take some time to acknowledge the comment below that said that this course was poorly organized. Again, I could not disagree more. I thought that the class structure worked very well for the sort of class it was - an introductory course with over 100 students. Each class, Lindemann would lecture us based off a powerpoint slide. However, she did not solely read off the slides; she would always elaborate more than the slides or insert a silly joke every now and then. This works really well because if you missed a class, it really wasn't a big deal because you could collect the info from the slides, but going to class was far from a painful experience. In fact, I often found myself very entertained in class, especially since almost every lecture contained one or more rather interesting videos (not to mention, towards the latter part of the semester we watched a lot of videos featuring cute babies and monkeys). To sum up, the class was structured to be very relaxed yet engaging.
I highly, highly recommend this class! The vast majority of the lectures/subject material is really interesting and easy to understand (intro psych is for the most part very intuitive). Also, for those of you out there who just want to get out of a science requirement, this course is not very science-heavy except for the one neuroscience unit. Plus, the teacher is great!

Workload:

Light compared to other lectures! No weekly homework sets or anything. You just are supposed to read the textbook before class, but if you don't it's not the end of the world. You will have to read it eventually, though. Good news is that the textbook is pretty interesting, although very long. You have to write a total of 3 short reading analyses, and there are 3 exams, including the final which is NOT cumulative.