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Overall, I didn't think this class was as effective as it could have been. While having no discussion sections seems like a good idea, it would of really helped out with the midterm and the final. Also, I dislike that the professor did not have regular office hours, and was only available by appointment. Sometimes I would want to go ask something, but since I had not emailed ahead of time, I could not. Overall it discouraged me from going to office hours.
The good point was that the lectures were fairly easy to follow and the tests were mostly from there. However, when asked a question, the professor seemed to never have an answer. Also he is very rigid about his lecture notes. If the quiz has fill in the blanks, and you put in a synonym of the word he used in his lecture power-point, and not the EXACT word, there is a high possibility that he will not give you the points. My advice, memorize the lecture notes as completely as possible. Furthermore, sometimes his quiz questions are confusing, and it's hard to really tell what he is asking. Since they are only about 5 questions each, screwing up one question you did not understand affects the grade a lot.
In the end I felt the class was rigid and that the professor relied too much on his power-points and too little on his actual knowledge of the subject. It made the class fairly boring.
It is also fairly annoying that you never get to see your quizzes or tests, and you don't know what you got wrong for the most part.
Also he says there is a curve, but don't rely on it. I has A- (about 92.8%) just from raw score, and my final grade after the curve was still A-.
If given the choice again, I probably would not take the class.
1) 8 Quizzes (1 dropped)
2) 1 Midterm
3) 1 Final.
Each category is 70 points. Quizzes are 10 points each, so the total added with the lowest score dropped will be out of 70.
The class is not easy, but it's definitely not hard. Since it's psychobio, it obviously requires a ton of memorization. He goes over extremely basic fundamentals though, so there aren't too many details you have to burden yourself with. Lectures basically just run through the text book. If you attend them, you will easily ace quizzes and develop a solid grasp of what you need to know for the midterm/final. Reading over the actual textbook also helps anchor it in your mind.
You'll also learn this in class: DON'T READ EVERYTHING LAST MINUTE. Your brain requires time and sleeeeppp to consolidate information. For those who believe that memorizing information for the first time right before exams would help the information stay "fresh" in the mind, you won't leave the class smiling. If anything, just read over notes once per day, it helped me more than I can imagine.
One negative is that he weights every category the same. Your final is not worth any more than your midterm, or your added up quizzes. So if you bomb one, making up for it with the other two may be a little harder. My midterm costed me my grade.
In positive light, however, if you do well on quizzes and midterms, your final is basically the SAME THING as your midterm (if not, easier). People easily completed the final exam within the first 40 minutes to the hour of our 3 hour assigned final time.
Quizzes are the easiest, then final, then midterm.
Raw grade: A-. Official Grade: A-.
So, don't depend on the curve.
This is definitely NOT an easy GE. If you are highly interested in Psychobiology, then you might still want to take this course. However, don't take this class if you're simply looking for an easy GE to take because the class average is B- despite the minimal workload.
Although the material is pretty interesting and there isn't a heavy workload, the professor is unsure of himself and speeds through the lectures. I spent more time scrambling to write what was on the slides (which for some reason he doesn't post online) than actually listening to what he said. He was also unable to answer questions that were asked of him in lecture, his usual response being "well that's an interesting question". The midterm was incredibly hard, although thankfully the final was quite easy, and the readings are long but sometimes helpful. Hopefully after this quarter he will be better aware of how to teach the class and will offer discussion sections, which probably would have been very helpful. This wasn't the worst class in the world, but you can find something better.
The class' workload is virtually non-existent. Some light studying for weekly quizzes and midterm will earn you an A or a B. The lectures tend to drag, especially if you're not particularly interested in biology. Not the most thrilling GE; but if you need a class that makes very few demands, I definitely recommend it. Professor Poulos' lectures are generally well assembled and organized, however, he can fall flat when asked questions.
if you are looking for an easy ge DO NOT, i repeat I DO NOT take this class. i am sure this professor is a nice guy, but the class is horrible. there are weekly fill in the blank quizzes and midterm and a final. his lectures move fast, and they are boring. if you ask him questions he doesn't necessarily ever answer them. everyone i know in this class hates it. the concepts are interesting but for a GE i would not recommend it