November 11, 2010

Lindemann, Patricia
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

Professor Lindemann is certainly very energetic and hilarious. At times her funny anecdotes seem off topic or irrelevant but in general they are related to the course material. Her lectures are pretty good. They often incorporate super interesting video clips.
Unlike the person below me, I found the book for this class to be poorly written (and the chapters are long + take forever to read). The authors spend too much time trying to relate psychology to the real-world and not enough time actually explaining what the psychological terms are. They also clearly do not understand what a thesaurus is.
In general, I think Professor Lindemann is a good teacher. I took AP Psych prior to this class (and received a 5...not to brag but to give you the idea that I knew a lot of psychology before coming into this class) and I found that sometimes she confused me on things I already knew well. So in that regard, she doesn't explain everything super clearly. But, read the book and you should be good to go.
Iclickers are used in class and thus you can't miss more than 2 classes. OR you could just have your friend bring your Iclicker to class for you, and then you don't have to go.
But as mentioned below, tests are partly based on lecture discussion so its beneficial to go.
If you take this class, try to stay on top of the reading. SERIOUSLY. It is death if you don't. Reading 6 chapters the weekend before the test is nearly impossible.

Workload:

The workload is certainly manageable.
3 Tests that are half based on class lectures and half based on the readings
3 short papers (which are certainly manageable and not at ALL bad)
Extra Credit - if you complete 6 out of the 8 assignments, your grade is raised from a B+ to an A- or a B to a B+ (etc. etc.). A lot of them are actually just fun! :)