December 15, 2010

Lindemann, Patricia
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

Prof. Lindenmann is goofy to the point that impedes her teaching. She often couldn't get through the slides because of her tangents (which some found entertaining, I found them to be like a comic on stage who isn't quite garnering any laughs - though he thinks he is).

It's an intro-psych class. The topics covered in class are intuitive, if you haven't learned them already. Kind of easy - more a fight against the curve. The topics covered in class got better throughout the semester - though as a friend put it - "You are more advanced then this. And didn't you already take Mind, Brain and Behavior?"

Workload:

(Readings from text. They take the multiple choice questions for a database from the textbook publisher.) Two midterms (multiple choice and short answer) and a final. Three two page response papers and 6 hours of experiment participation.

The three "papers" were dumb. Two are reading responses and the third an experiment evaluation. Each is supposed to apply concepts of the course to the topic at hand - in two pages. This means "depth but not breadth" - but not quite. I never quite understood how much they wanted in a two page double spaced response.
In the first paper I got more points off for covering too much information, than the content of my paper. The second I got 1 point out of ten for being a day late and another for some ridiculous reason. The experiment paper was annoying. Not in any way beneficial to the class.