May 12, 2002

Terrace, Herbert
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

Not quite as bad as everyone says. Professor Terrace is indeed a boring lecturer, but his lectures are fairly easy to follow and often informative if you can get past his deadpan monotone delivery. The worst part about this course is easily the textbook, which, as stated before, is written by Terrace himself. Like the lectures the book is a pretty boring read, though quite informative. The annoying part about it is its incompleteness — no glossary or highlighting of key terms, frequent grammatical and editorial errors, missing (but important) diagrams all over the place, sometimes missing sections of text. And it costs almost $50. Piece of advice: get a good TA. The discussion sections were probably the saving grace of this course.

Workload:

Three shorter, equally weighted tests, which is nice, but they're rather difficult. Discussion sections have weekly quizzes, but these are pretty easy and can be retaken if failed or missed.