COMM 150

Methodologies in Communication Research

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Richard Groper See Full Profile

Overall 1.5 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 1.5 Helpfulness 1.8

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While everyone else is mostly interested in discussing Groper's monotone voice or boring lectures, I would simply like to add that he is the most unorganized, unqualified and ignorant professor I have ever had. Taking his class was an insult to my intelligence, and his condescending attitude is absolutely unnecessary. If you are looking at this to decide whether or not to take his class, don't. Not even if it fits your schedule perfectly. It will ruin your entire quarter.

March 7, 2002
Martie Haselton See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 1.2 Workload 1.6 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.4

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Research methods is certainly not the most exciting class you can take, but it's mandatory, at least for comm majors. If you have to take it, I would recommend taking it with Professor Haselton. The reading material is dry, but she did her best to provide examples and analogies to help you learn. She shared her research on relationships and applied them to the course. Evolutionary psychology is an interesting field of study, and Haselton introduces some ideas in her methods class. Besides the studies on relationships, the class discussions were best.

Haselton's TA, Elizabeth, is amazing! She was always willing to help you with your research proposal paper, which is a good assignment btw, and has a million ideas to give you if you can't come up with your own. Back to Haselton though, she is extremely organized, though I don't remember the last time a professor used overheads. They are helpful because she posts them online afterwards. She lectures well and clearly, but it almost seems like she's too nice. It shouldn't take a class as long as it did to settle down. Haselton should be more assertive in that regards. And the tests. I personally thought the questions, multiple choice and short answer/essay, were completely fair. Nothing was a surprise or worded funny, but straightforward.

About the class, it was somewhat strange because there were so few guys, but I suppose that is the comm student body. Also, as others have noted, Haselton is probably one of the best looking professors on campus. Man, she never had a bad hair day...ever.

April 16, 2003
Pamela Hobbs See Full Profile

Overall 4.1 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 3.7

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The first time I sat in Professor Hobb's Lecture, I though that I was going to dread going to her classes. Her lectures seemed really boring at first but after awhile I began to really enjoy her classes, and now I think she is a awsome instructor. She has a great sense of humor and she makes the class interesting by making crazy comments about the course material. She also makes to material easy to understand and easy to remember, she goes over the material over and over again until it's just stuck in your head. The first half of the class is spent reviewing, and the second half of the class is spent going through the new cases. She tells you what you need to know in the cases, and all you have to do is highlight it in your book. Professor Hobbs ins't a difficult teacher at all, but the course itself can be a little tough because it involves a lot of analysis. But if you're thinking about going to law school, you should definitly take this class. Also, Professor Hobbs is really approachable outside of class and really cares about her students. When you talk to her outside of class she does not act like she's higher than you because she has a J.D. and a Ph.D, she treats you like you're on the same level as her. Take her class, you won't regret it.

Feb. 6, 2007
Georgia Kernell See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 4.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 2.5

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This class is practically useless. Honestly, all this course does is reiterate Stats 10, so I don't understand why that class is a prerequisite to this one. Personally, I have taken 2 stats classes prior to this one and thank god I did because this professor is not a good communicator. She is extremely reliant on her slides (once when the projector didn't work she kept having to refer to computer as if she didn't know her own curriculum) and also makes concepts much more complicated than need be. Often I would sit in class and think of different ways I would teach the class one of our concepts. When Professor Lamberson was a substitute lecterer, his classes were so concise and straightforward the convoluted teaching style of Kernell really became apparent. Kernell also caters to the lowest common denominator -- she takes so many questions in class that really should be directed towards office hours if people still don't get a concept. She also assumes everyone in the class is super slow and reiterates very very basic concepts/definitions way too many times. The expression beating a dead horse definitely comes to mind when thinking about her teaching style. This is even represented in the homeworks Kernell creates where she would make us calculate the standard deviation of a data set that is over 100 observations -- this is a skill I didn't even have to do by hand in AP Stats and most likely would never do by hand outside of this class. Also I never felt particularly comfortable asking for help outside of class. I once asked her a question after class because I didn't understand a homework problem and she was kind of condescending that I couldn't get the answer right away and put me on blast for having to say I don't know. I will say though that Kernell does create fair exams and (on average, excluding monotonous questions) the homeworks do help prepare you for the exams.

Winter Quarter 2019
Timothy Ketelaar See Full Profile

Overall 2.4 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.6 Clarity 1.6 Helpfulness 1.4

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This class wasn't as bad as everyone says. Sure, I think it's stupid that the tests are so easy that the averages on the curves are ridiculous high but the class is really straight forward and not complicated. You realy don't have to read the book - he basically only tests you on material he went over in lecture (which he posts online). He made the material easy to understand - I recommend him.

June 5, 2002
Peter Lamberson See Full Profile

Overall 2.3 Easiness 1.9 Workload 2.4 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness 2.6

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Idk how he got such a good review. He's condescending, not helpful, constantly cancels office hours and isn't very clear on what he wants. Honestly, just don't.

Winter Quarter 2017
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Steven Peterson See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.3 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness 3.2

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Professor Peterson is one of the worst professors in the Comm department at UCLA. Let me make this clear - I am not saying this out of bitterness. His class is not that difficult and I received an A. However, the topic is the most useless in all of Comm (he basically just makes you memorize a list of intricate terms) and goes on tangents the whole class that are not even remotely related to what he tests on. If you try and seek help from him, he is a huge asshole - arrogant and condescending. I wonder if he knows how truly useless the material he is teaching is, or if he has somehow convinced himself that it is useful or interesting.

The problem is that he is almost untouchable, since his wife is Pia Svenson, the head of the Comm department. You will really gain nothing from this class except an extra 2 hour nap twice a week during class, and stress trying to teach yourself all the material before exams. Avoid if you can.

Fall Quarter 2018
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