January 24, 2004

Terrace, Herbert
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

I saw all the horrible reviews and I thought "I'll give this professor a shot." I regretted that almost immediately. I agreee with all of what others have said about this class. It's not really that hard, in fact I managed a B without really reading the textbook or coming to the last month of class (that's how little the materials helped me). But easy doesn't mean bearable.

The first major problem is that he wrote the textbook...but never finished it. As a result there are constant references to chapters, graphs, and pictures that don't exist. Even my TA said that it was one of the worst introductory psychology books he's ever seen. To top it off his power point lectures either serve to repeat the book verbatim or directly contradict it. Often in discussion sessions our TA would end up having to reteach certain parts of the lecture because what was said simply didn't make sense to anyone.
All in all, it's not a really tough class but it is incredibly frustrating and, I found, skippable...

Workload:

3 tests all count the same, not cummalitive, multiple choice and graph. no papers but weekly quizes in discussion sessions