COMM 188A

Variable Topics in Mass Communication

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Nushin Arbabzadah Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Travis Dixon See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.7

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Overall decent professor. The tests were fairly challenging and you really had to study for them to be successful.

March 19, 2013
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Abigail Goldman See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.4 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 4.6

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Abbe Goldman is straight up the best professor I've ever had at UCLA and that I think I will have in the future. Her teaching style is really amazing because she pushes you to think in new and different ways. On numerous occasions I've found myself wishing we had more class time to continue discussing cases.

This class definitely isn't going to ruin your life in terms of workload, you just have to post responses to the forum twice a week, and on time. Participation also definitely matters for the class, but you only receive credit for contributing something new and thought-provoking in class discussions, which can at times be pretty challenging. If you don't already know, the class is not comprised of lectures, but rather a dialogue between opposing sides of a debate--like a socratic seminar. That being said, you definitely do have to go to class. The exams make you think but are fair, as every class is in a way a preparation for the midterm and final.

Anyways, I am so grateful for being able to take this class with Abbe, and I could not recommend it enough. I will definitely be taking the writing class that Abbe teaches, if I can.

Spring Quarter 2016
Jim Jusko See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.6 Workload 4.8 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 5.0

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Great professor, obviously passionate about reality TV and has a very impressive resume. Often brings guest speakers that are awesome and connected in the entertainment industry.

Participation is 10%, and this just means attendance. He randomly takes attendance during the quarter so be at every class. Can't make it? Email him. Midterm and Final make up the rest of the grade, both of which are papers.

For the midterm, I recommend making a reality TV show versus going off of one that already exists. This is prolly confusing right now, but trust me, grading is much less harsh. I did one that already exists and got a B.

Highly recommend. Learned tons and met lots of people.

Fall Quarter 2018
Jim Newton Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Trina Wright-Dixon See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.9 Workload 2.9 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 3.3

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** Comm 188A : Org. Training & Development **

Why this is one of the best classes ever:

If you are interested in consulting or any business, this is one of the most useful classes you could possibly take. The material you develop in this class can be used as a portfolio piece and is also a great resume builder. To explain to a potential employer that you have developed something that earns consultants $5k-$10k is pretty impressive.

This class will push you to be more creative and actually put that fancy UCLA education to good use. If you're like me and love projects, then this is the class for you. That being said, this class is not for the students who just want to memorize concepts and don't like applied work.

Now, warnings of this class:

- IT IS EXPENSIVE
- IT IS A LOT OF WORK
- THERE IS A GROUP PROJECT

PLEASE do not take this class if you don't understand those things in the beginning. Professor Wright-Dixon will make those things abundantly clear for the first few weeks, but for some reason, there's always a few students who ignore her.

What the class is:

In this class, you will work in your group to develop
1. A Needs Assessment (Ours was 30 Pages)
2. A Training Manual (Ours was 179 Pages, Includes NA & PG)
3. A Participants Guide (Ours was 40 Pages)
4. A Presentation with Promo Pieces

There is one midterm exam in the class and consists of multiple choice, matching, T/F, and short answer.

Why is it expensive?
- PRINTING
- Promotional Pieces
- The Presentation
- Custom Binder
The best thing to do: buy as much as you can early on so you don't spend hundreds of dollars in shipping.

Why is the group project an issue?
Let's be real, there's always at least one group member who slacks off and let's the rest of the team carry their weight. If you're that person, don't take this class.
Pro: She does team evaluations where you anonymously give your team members a grade.

Why is the work an issue?
There is more work in this class than there are in your other comm classes, but I promise, IT IS NOT BUSY WORK. If you want to use your brain and develop something awesome, then great, take this class.

Side note: my teammate was taking a total of 18 units, a research assistant, and still spent hours formatting and writing content and we had an awesome manual, NA, and PG. It's manageable, I promise.

I should probably say something about Professor-Wright Dixon. So, she is my favorite professor, hands down. She spent so many hours outside of class working with my team and was always available for questions and to provide suggestions. Take her.

March 21, 2014
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