September 09, 2003

Graham, Norma
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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Prof Graham is a very nice lady who makes a point to get to know the students--not easy in a large lecture course. The lectures are interesting and well presented. As this is a broad intro course, don't expect a lot of detail or depth in the lecture (although there is more of this in the text), but it's a very good review of the major topics. She has a bit of a cognitive bent to the course (focuses on the brain more than on social aspects of psychology--if you're thinking about majoring in neuroscience and behavior, she's a good prof to take W1001 with. Maybe the wrong course if you're looking to find out how your mom messed up your life). The textbook is great--you end up reading most of it, but it's all interesting and well written. If you keep up with the reading, it shouldn't be a problem and you'll learn a lot. She gives little quizzes that she uses for attendance at the beginning of class-they don't count for anything, but they give you an idea of the type of info she'll ask about on the exam.

Workload:

2 exams, mostly multiple-choice, 2 papers due the class after the exams (long, but not difficult--most of the info is in the text). A "required" experimental requirement (being a research subject in a few psych expts--easy). A fair amount of reading. Definitely possible to get an A.