Research Methods in Psychology

Elizabeth L Bjork

Research Methods in Psychology

Psychology department

Elizabeth L Bjork

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Easiness of class 1.4
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Winter 2015
17.5%
14.6%
11.6%
8.7%
5.8%
2.9%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2014
21.9%
18.3%
14.6%
11.0%
7.3%
3.7%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2013
17.2%
14.4%
11.5%
8.6%
5.7%
2.9%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2009
17.0%
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11.3%
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Spring 2006
17.9%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 10, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Tests: 1 midterm, 1 final, 5 quizzes in lab (not pop)
Papers: 1 final research paper, but multiple parts turned in the weeks before such as proposal, materials section, rough draft, final draft, etc.

I thought she was an adorable and nice professor. She wasn't intimidating and she taught the material clearly. Lectures sucked because they were 2 hours but she gave us a break, and it was only once a week, so suck it up!
The only hard part about bjork was her tests. They were multiple choice and they were the kind were answers were "a and b only" "b and c only" "a and b only" "none of the above" "all" etc... so they were so much more difficult than regular multiple choice questions. definitely take good notes in lecture and read the textbook! it helped a lot.

bjork was only the lecturer for 100B, and her part of the class wasnt that bad... its the lab/discussion that will kill you. you need a good TA (they grade your papers and stuff)! lab was SOOO much work. papers and worksheets were due every week, and the final project was a lot of work. you don't get to choose your group members, so it sucks if you get stuck with people who won't do as good a job as you. Quizzes in lab about lecture material were relatively easy, just basic questions from the recent lecture.

you don't realize lab is that bad until the last 3 weeks of school when you see how the schedule is. You have to turn in the rough draft of your paper 9th or 10th week, then you have the multiple choice test on lecture material during 10th week. you also have the oral report of your final project during 10th week lab (so you havent even finished ur data collection, paper, etc when you have to present ur findings) and then you have to turn in your final paper monday of finals week. Thats when you realize why everyone says 100B sucks ass. However, I got an A and I didn't think it was that bad. Just stay focused 8th-10th week and dont slack on getting ur paper done. GOod luck!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Nov. 24, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

bjork is an ok professor. you will understand the material primarily because it is easy. She can turn what only needs to be a 15 minute lecture into 2 hours. because of that its EXTREMELY hard to stay focused. for someone who does research is desired difficulty in teaching-she has missed the mark by miles. a lot of the lectures are redundant and spent watching her draw graphs and painfully elaborate on experiments to demonstrate what is really a very simple concept. while it is a waste of time, its an easy enough lecture that you might as well go to for the quizzes in section.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 30, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

Dr Bjork is a good professor. The Psych100B lectures are pretty dry but she tries to make it interesting. She is very caring, I really liked her as a professor.
The tests are very difficult because you keep second guessing yourself and even if you study really hard, you still can't be sure beause most answers are very similar. Study the notes and the bolded terms from the text book and that's all you can do! But at least it's the same for all of the students and they curve the tests so that's nice, but if you have over 90% you are guranteed some kind of A in the lecture part, which is 60% of the class. Also, there were opportunities to earn 2 extra credit points which helped a lot of students.

The lab is what is really time consuming in this class, but I actually liked the labs a lot, it was much more interesting than the lectures and I had the best TA in the world: Bridget, but I think this was her last time teaching 100B.

Seeing that it is 6 units, the workload is what could be expected and it was not at all as bad as I thought it would be and I also thought it was fun to conduct our own experiment and write about it. And I got an A without dying out of stress so it's definately doable! ;)

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 26, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

This class was boring. Bjork is a nice lady, but a bad teacher. Lecture topics overlap, so she covers the same topics over and over and over. The stuff you learn in lecture would comfortably fit on six pages (front only). By the first exam, you'll realize, yes, there were only 3 lectures. You might then take a look at your notes and wonder why this class is 6 units. Better yet, why is this class not just a pamphlet distributed to all psych students. Oh well.

Lab(lets not kid ourselves, its discussion) was actually pretty fun, but I'll attribute that to Caitlin as a TA and everybody else being cool in section. In truth, there is very little work that is required of you in class. The bulk of the time spent comes from checking to make sure your paper formatting matches the formatting they want you to use.

Just show up, because its required in lab, and because you'll be quizzed on lecture. Don't miss easy points in lab. Over-study for the midterm/final, even though theres not much material, just do everything you can. Know all definitions from the book and do your best to keep organized notes from lecture. Practice the exercises from your workbook as well. Do that for the tests and you'll be fine.

Its not a hard class, just take your time on the tests, they are tricky.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 26, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

Better than average professor. During lecture, she tends to dwell on simple concepts or examples, then rush over the complicated stuff and refer you to the textbook. 60% of your grade is the midterm and final, which are multiple choice and fairly tricky.

Your discussion section and final project are worth the other 40% of your grade, but inevitably you will spend more time on this than studying. A good TA is really important. If you have a bad one, get notes and directions from someone in another group. The project isn't hard to do or understand, but if you have a bad TA you cant help but do poorly.

This class is an easy B but a difficult A.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 25, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Bjork is great! The material is kind of dry, but she gives good examples in class that help you remember it. The exams are fair. Study your lecture notes the most, but don't ignore the reading - there are a few questions directly from the book. But if you have minimal time to study, definitely focus on what she says in leccture. She gives you a break in between the 2 hours which helps break up the lecture, which can seem long at times. Definitely go to all lectures because that's what you'll be tested on in the weekly quizzes and the midterm and final.

Your TA is just kind of your pick of the draw, but it's supposed to be standardized/curved at the end of class so it shouldn't matter if it's an easy or hard grader. The class is a LOT of work, but it's 6 units so that's to be expected. However, I wouldn't say it's difficult. Put in the time for the paper, quizzes, and exams, and you'll be fine. (Well, obviously the paper depends on how good of a writer you are...nothing Dr. Bjork can help you with. Definitely see your TA to see what he/she wants in the paper because they're the ones grading it!) As for the paper, set aside a lot of time to do your 1st submission. Nobody warned me that this is the bulk of the paper so now I'm warning you - Intro and Method are huge and they're part of the first submission.

For my section, my TA randomly picked our groups. Again, luck of the draw. But worst case scenario, you do all the work and get the A. Not to worry.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 3, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

Call me crazy...but I loved this class! It is a lot of work, but doable. If you pick a research topic that interests you, and you convey that interest to the TA as much as possible (both through participation, out-of-class meetings, and your papers), you'll do fine in the lab.

As far as lecture goes, just write down what she says, get main points from the book, and most importantly, go over the LAB QUIZZES and PRACTICE EXAMS over and over again. They will get you into her mode of thinking, and you'll be better prepared for the multiple choice tests.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 29, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

I think it's very hard to get an unbiased opinion of this class because of the way it's graded. It's also tough because apparently a lot of students who take it are transfer students and this is one of their first few classes at a high caliber institution like UCLA. Regardless, this class IS meant to be somewhat of a weeder class. The lecture portion for Winter quarter 2006 was not too conducive to learning all the material because there were so many inservice days. This meant that coursework was faster than usual. Also, the book can be somewhat dry and the terminology can be different from what the teacher says and what the book calls it. The tests are designed to be tricky, but they're definitely doable if you really understand the material and understand how to test take. Here's just a hint of what it was like for my quarter: Exam mean was 30/40 and the Standard Deviation was about 4 for both exams. However, the grades are finally based on a normal curve, which generally hurts people. This means that half of each section MUST receive a letter grade of C+ or lower REGARDLESS of their actual raw score. This is a scary prospect, but it just shows that you do have to put effort into this class. There is quite a bit of reading to do, quite a lot of work to do for lab, and it does make your quarter a little gloomier. Lab is the meat of the class, even though it has less weight for the final grade. This is where you really apply research methods and learn to write your own research paper. Many people like this portion more, however, the grading seems scary because not including one specific word can cost you some points. Professor Bjork can be a bit dry (but this subject can be dry!) and she can seem kind of ditzy ("I think it's called this..."), but she is not a bad professor at all. The main reason why people complain about her is that they feel they were not sufficiently prepared for their less than perfect exam scores. However, multiple choice exams seem to be the downfall of many students and the trick is to just study smart. Even though this class can be a letdown for your GPA, it really does give you an idea of how research is conducted and if Psychology is appropriate for you to pursue for Graduate work at a research-based institution like UCLA.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 23, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

Ok, here's the deal. Her lectures are unorganized and she talks faster than you can write. She doesn't explain concepts clearly and her tests are confusing as hell. The worst thing about the class is the MASTER TA. This guy thinks he is god, he doesn't answer ANY of your questions, doesn't want to help you at all, and makes the class 35 times less enjoyable. You decide....

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 14, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

I am very surprised by many of the reviews. I was unnecessarily terrified of 100B coming in (mostly due to a lot of these reviews). The tests ARE fair. I really don't see what the big deal is. I got A's on both midterms and I am by no means a statistics genius. Do the reading, attend lecture, study before the tests... you'll do fine. The exams cover course material, no curveballs. Lecture definitely wasn't as boring as everyone says- and even if you think it is, it's only 2 hours a week. The material is not difficult and she explains it well. 100A is by far the worse of the two.

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