Cognitive Psychology

Courtney Clark

Cognitive Psychology

Psychology department

Courtney Clark

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Overall 4.5
Good
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Easiness of class 3.9
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Workload 3.8
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Clarity of professor 4.7
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Helpfulness of professor 4.7
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Useful Textbooks

Grades

Spring 2020
57.2%
47.7%
38.1%
28.6%
19.1%
9.5%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2019
33.8%
28.1%
22.5%
16.9%
11.3%
5.6%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted March 30, 2020 Grade Received: A

//Professor//
-Professor Clarke is kind and very helpful if you approach her with any questions, both during office hours and after class. I never hesitated to ask her any questions at the time.

//Grading//
5% Clicker participation: so attendance is mandatory but questions are graded on completion and not on correctness.
10% Weekly assignments: There are 6-8 assignments (it varies) and you can opt not to do 1 of them. Each assignment is about 1 page and asks questions on the lecture or a supplemental research paper. They are generally pretty easy and if you've listened to the lectures/read the research paper you should be able to get full credit.
10% Discussion section activities: These were done in small groups during discussion section (so discussion section is mandatory) and were very easy. Essentially, the worksheet would require you to come up with an alteration of a study mentioned in previous lecture(s) and plot the hypothetical results. Several potential answers were given at the end of discussion and grading of the worksheets were based on effort and not correctness (after all, there were infinite correct answers).
15% Paper: A five page paper where compare a news article and the corresponding research paper on which the article was written and explain its relevance to the class and provide suggestions for a hypothetical follow-up study. This paper is decently challenging as it can be difficult to come up with a hypothetical follow-up study but if you run your idea by your TAs a few days before the assignment, you will be fine! Writing the rest of the paper is fairly easy.
25% Midterm exam and 35% Cumulative final exam: The exams were generally fair and focused on the main topics of the course. The exams were mostly multiple choice but there was a brief free response section (which was roughly 15-20% of the exam's value). To be honest, the TAs graded the free response questions fairly generously, so as long as you have a grasp of general ideas, you probably are fine. Free responses are graded blind to reduce bias.

//Material//
- I really hate cognitive psychology; I find it dull, boring, and completely uninteresting; but everyone will have different perspectives on the material. Despite this hatred, I still did well so if you're in the same boat, don't fret.
- Class is BruinCasted.
- The professor posts slides but they're generally very bare-bones so you have to take notes while listening.

//Overall// Kind/helpful professor and fair exams make-up for the short-fall of boring content. The "extra" components of the course like the discussion sections, paper, etc., while annoying and tedious, create a decent cushion for exam grades.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Jan. 8, 2020 Grade Received: A+

Overall, this course is pretty chill. You would be hard-pressed to get anything less than an A- unless you aren't a good test-taker. The exams are pretty straightforward, no trick questions, so as long as you actually study, you should be fine.

There are weekly responses assigned on Tuesday and due Friday morning, which are pretty quick and easy to do -- usually it's either answering some study guide questions based on lecture content or reading a research paper and summarizing/reflecting on it. You can miss one weekly response assignment without penalty (might wanna save it for the end of the quarter when you're feeling lazy and/or burnt out from all your other classes and responsibilities :P)

There are sometimes clicker questions during lecture, but as long as you answer half of the questions posed in lecture, then you will get full clicker credit. The type of clicker you get doesn't matter.

Showing up to section and completing the worksheet is enough to get full participation points. Around midterm week and finals week you will spend the section coming up with review questions that are posted on Piazza. Sometimes really good questions students make up end up on the exam, so this is a good study tool to utilize besides the textbook and your notes.

The paper you have to write towards the end of the class isn't too bad, but don't leave everything to the last minute because it can get overwhelming.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Jan. 1, 2020 Grade Received: N/A

Great class

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 29, 2020
Grade Received: A+

This class was very much the same thing as Psych 10 (also took with Clark). Lectures were all very clear, and most of the information was presented in Psych 10. There were weekly mini-labs and one paged assignments, but they were all very much busy work and probably graded on a completion basis. The paper was a 1200 word essay that was basically a research proposal (think 100B but graded a lot easier and simplified a LOT). Also might have been graded on completion.

Our midterm was open book/note (30 MC Q's and 3 short answers), but you could not return to former questions. This made timing difficult, but overall, the questions were super easy and the average was high. Professor Clark is very receptive to feedback and responsive to student questions on Piazza. This class was not really educational to be honest, but it was easy.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 17, 2020
Grade Received: A+

Dr. Clark is really nice, and I loved her class. Because of COVID and online teaching, she was really flexible with the class - lectures were posted on CCLE and you could do them for participation credit (some really easy multiple choice to just see if you watched the video) any time within a week of her posting it. She made the midterm and final open note. The final was made optional and no-harm (your higher grade from midterm/final is used and weighted to what they would have been together) in light of the protests and everything going on in finals.

You have some mini-lab stuff to do for discussion, but we only met as a discussion like 3 times, and if you couldn't come due to time zone or something, you could complete the activities on your own, it was pretty flexible.

She was really nice and answered people's questions on Piazza a lot and was helpful in office hours. Overall, would highly recommend taking this with Dr. Clark. It wasn't a very stressful class, which was good because there was so much else going on.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 17, 2020
Grade Received: A

Dr. Clark is an extremely nice Professor! She is really caring and great at teaching. I thought that she did a great job at transitioning the course to online. The concepts are really interesting and she does a great job at teaching them. I really enjoyed the Minilabs as well, where we got to basically develop simple experimental outlines during Discussion Sections. It was really helpful!

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted March 3, 2020 Grade Received: A

I’m selling my notes for $20. 949-610-3544.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 13, 2019 Grade Received: NR

This class wasn't my absolute favorite but also not the worse. Professor Clark is sweet, funny, and explains things well.

More about the class:

-Lectures are Bruincast
-Discussion section attendance is mandatory - there are weekly assignments there
-Participation matters, you'll need an iclicker
-Exams are multiple-choice/short answer
-The final is CUMULATIVE so tons of material - do not cram for it
-The exams are not that easy, so look at the slides, listen to lectures, and review a lot (know the concepts inside out)
-There are weekly writing assignments (around 1 page each)
-There is a midterm, cumulative final exam, and final paper (5 pages, not super easy)

I'm just being transparent because there were no reviews about this class with Clark.
It is interesting, lectures are engaging but in all honesty, be prepared to put the work in. Do the extra credit, attend class, attend section, get full credit on the weekly assignments (they're not too bad)... everything you can to get points so that you have some wiggle room for the exams and paper.

Good luck!

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Useful Textbooks
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