PSYCH 127A

Abnormal Psychology

Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: course 10. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 127B or 127C. Study of psychological disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, schizophrenia) across lifespan, including role of biological, behavioral, social, cognitive, and cultural factors, diagnosis and treatment approaches. Discussion of Stigma and practices that support inclusiveness. P/NP or letter grading.

Units: 4.0
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Overall Rating 4.0
Easiness 3.4 / 5
Clarity 4.2 / 5
Workload 3.7 / 5
Helpfulness 4.1 / 5
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Spring 2020 - I had wonderful experience with Professor Ng and she was one of the compassionate, understanding, and reasonable professor who made accommodation and incorporated class feedback to course and tests. There are a lot of materials to cover in class and as you study many different psychological disorder, symptoms, causes, and treatments it might confuse you if you don't have solid understanding. However, I personally found tests to be pretty straight forward and you will get what you studied for. The exam was made open note for this quarter and tests are curved (tests are graded out of 72 from 75 questions). She also drops lowest test score which means you can opt to skip the final if you did well on the first two exams. Other grading criteria included completing online poll within 24hours of lecture time, discussion section, and case conceptualization paper. Basically as long as you participate in class well, participation and discussion grades are freebie. I was worried about case conceptualization as I identify myself as horrible writer, but I had gotten 20/20 by carefully answering all parts of the prompt so I don't think it is that difficult. It could be that Dr. Ng or TAs might had been more lenient on grading case conceptualization due to protest, but I don't think it should be too challenging. She gave extra credit for giving mid-quarter feedback and completing course evaluation as well. I found this extremely helpful as some professor does not offer extra credit or you will have to participate in research or write up abstract (which requires more effort and difficult during this time!) She took the class feedback and extended time for making up missed discussion section, allowed us to go back to previous questions, broke lectures into smaller videos to reduce connectivity issue with CCLE, and so on. She also gave constant announcement during lectures and openly communicated with students which I found it extremely helpful even though lectures were pre-recorded. It also appeared that she actively communicate with TAs so TAs were up to date with materials and were helpful unlike other classes where where TA will be unable to provide answers. She also took class participation to cover material that students found more interesting for the last week of instruction instead of teaching materials that many students might find it boring. Additionally, she shows a lot of videos of person suffering from disorder which can paints the picture as well that helped me with understanding and learning certain disorders. I highly recommend taking her and I would love to take another course with her in the future!
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