November 03, 2003

Balsam, Peter
[PSYC BC1105] Psychology of Learning (w/ or w/o lab)

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

I cant say I love it, I cant say I hate it. Sorry if that isnt helpful. Balsam...can be somewhat scary at times. He tends to patronize students who ask questions and has some crabby moods. Class has dull moments, but the text is horrendous, so comparatively speaking, he does an ok job. Im not a psych major, and I suppose there are easier classes within the department....but the real warning is the new lab instructor. Ill give her the benefit of the doubt, it is her first semester. But I gotta tell ya, she needs a hell of a lot of improvement. The labs arent uber-hard,although they expect three APA-style labs over the semester, which is ridiculous. Most psychologists dont even use it, and for me, who has zero interest in the field, finds it a little ridiculous to require of undergrads.

Workload:

class: two tests, non cum, and final. Lab: weekly partial reports of graphs and questions, 3 APA reports. Final project being one of them.