There's nothing worse than a professor that's just as bored of a terrible course as his students are. Methods is already a dreary class that requires memorization of survey types, variable classifications, standard deviation calculation, etc., and Professor Iorga doesn't make it more stimulating at all. Possibly the most annoying part of the course is constantly being asked questions with obvious answers, or when he states something and basically just asks that the class re-state it out loud. This definitely shouldn't be a 4-point course. A good-intentioned guy, Iorga simply shouldn't be a professor in this area. Go to class, take notes and you'll get an A.
I agree with the previous reviews: Serban is nice, boring and an easy grader. If, however, you actually want to learn some statistics stay far away from this class. I learned more in my highschool AP class. Seriously, we covered maybe three chapters of the text book and none of it except finding the mean and mode is relevant to real-world stat use for sociology. Don't take this class if you plan on doing a thesis or any type of sociology where you would want to apply statistics. I was really disappointed.
Although Iorga may be dull in class and the material he is covering is boring, he is truly a great professor one on one. He is willing to grant extensions, and explain things one on one to students. Let's face it, statistics aren't meant to be fun. Bearing that in mind, Iorga does the best he can. Specifically for this course, it is a MUST to attend lectures (those who didn't come to lecture and read the book instead often did poorly on exams). Bottom line: if you go to lecture and study for at most an hour before the exams, it is an easy A.
This class was not horrible, though it was painfully boring at times. For a few sessions at the beginning of the course, we reviewed mean, median and mode. Basically a return to third grade math. The class gets a bit, but not much, more complicated than this. The key to doing well in this class is attending. Prof. Iorga gets upset that people don't come and it really is difficult to learn the material from the book. Also, he will be more willing to help you out and grade a bit easier if he knows who you are. If you are not a sociology major, this is a great class to take for a science requirement.
As a requirement for Sociology majors, this class is pretty painless because Serban is a nice guy who wants everyone to do well. His approach reflects the idea that everyone in the class is math-challenged, which results in a course with really clear objectives. He explains everything at length and with utmost clarity and maintains patience with students who are trying to make the material more difficult than it really is. He seemed frustrated at times only because attendance waned; you should go as often as you can because there are some things he teaches that are not adequately addressed in the book. I couldn't really say what Soc majors are supposed to take away from this class in terms of later application to Sociology but it's a very good way to acquaint oneself with simple statistical concepts. Serban makes the best of one of the more boring requirements for the major.
All statistics and no methods, this class was the reason I dropped my sociology concentration--it cemented my distaste for the discipline's often reductionist oversimplification. But if you're dead set on soc, then you're stuck taking this silly little class, and Serban's a good guy to take it with. He explains concepts VERY clearly, and since the course covers relatively little material, you're sure to know your stuff well by semester's end. Great for math-phobes. He's also a nice guy with a good sense of humor. I think it's impossible to like this class--the material is as dull as it gets--but if you have to take it, take it with Serban.