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For the first half of this course, the professor lectures. For the second half, you work on labs on your own (i.e. so technically, you don't actually have to be in class for the later weeks). I usually get away with not attending lecture for most of my classes, but for this class, I highly recommend attending all of the lectures and taking notes, as the slides are vary vague (rarely any text, mostly pictures) and the things he says are directly related to the quizzes and assignments. There are no exams nor extra credit. Overall, I learned a lot in this course and Professor Monti is an engaging and enthusiastic professor who loves brains and MRI technology.
Psych 120 was one of the harder psych classes that I've taken and it was made even harder by the fact that Monti discovered a cheating scheme during one of the midterms. From then on, he's been very vindictive in the way he interacted with the class and the way he wrote the exams. Only some people decided to take a shortcut, but he definitely put the blame on all of us even though he made a point that he would not.
Real Course: Psychology 120
In simple words, TAKE THIS PROFESSOR! He is funny, passionate about what he teaches and very welcoming to his student's questions or concerns. As a psych major, I worried about taking classes in Column A. However, if you are need to take this class, then take it with Professor Monti. He had students laughing at 8:00am and offered his lectures podcasted for non-early birds.
His tests were fair, but definitely prepare for them. After speaking with the TA's, they openly admitted to intentionally trying to make the tests difficult (the average being C+). Both the midterm and final are multiple choice questions with a heavy emphasis on lecture material and some on the book. There are also two papers (1 page length) due. Overall, it was a great experience and would definitely recommend it!
Real Course: Psychology 120A
This is not an easy class at all. I really think that Monti made the material more difficult than it needed to be. Which defeats the purpose of having a professor, it shouldn't be easier to read the textbook than following someone's lecture in my opinion. Also I think the tests had real a**hole curve balls. The amount of time I spent studying for this class it is not normal that I should have to be totally guessing for at least 15 questions on the exams. This was the case as the way the questions were formulated were completely out of left field. No similar example in the book or lecture so I and many of my classmates had no idea what the prof or TA's were referring to. It was also mindbogglingly frustrating that many topics emphasized in lecture and were most of the time was spent on were not even asked about. Instead minor details that no one paid attention to were asked. Unless you are good at mindreading and don't mind spending 20 hours + studying for this class and barely getting an A. I suggest you take this with Castel or Rissman instead. Or just consider taking 115 instead of cog psych which is and incredibly fluffy subject.
Psych 120 A
I would not recommend taking this class for your column A. Tests are very tricky, and quiz questions as well. It seems as if some of the TA's/prof's mission were to test us on minute details often barely mentioned. Monti made the material more confusing. I really wish i took this class with a different prof. And even though lectures are podcasted you have to go to them now due to the wonderful idea of iclickers.....! This class made me really upset as i studied so much and felt i really knew the material, but as previously mentioned i agree that the many test questions were completely unfair.
I actually really liked Dr. Monti! I wasn't expecting to enjoy an 8am lecture, but he did a really good job of lecturing. Occasionally the slides were unclear upon review, but lectures are podcasted so it was easy to go back and listen to him again.
Grades were made up of 2 non-cumulative midterms, i>clicker and discussion section participation, a short paper, and a cumulative final. The only tricky part of this class was the test questions are ALL true/false. I was hesitant for the first exam, but my grades didn't suffer so it works as a format. Discussion sections are easy, you just have to sign in and listen to the TA give a summary of what we talked about in class.
Overall, I would take more classes with Dr. Monti. He seemed like he genuinely enjoyed the subject and his lectures were very enthusiastic!
It's a very difficult course since the exams are true/false questions. If you don't know the material well, you won't perform well. However, Professor Monti is extremely knowledgable in the subject and it's obvious he wants his students to succeed. If you pay attention in class and relisten to his lectures through bruincast, you'll be in good shape as long as you understand the concepts. Go to class since his bruincasts are only audio and he references slides during his lecture as well which are important.