All Ratings and Reviews for Robert Boyd
I took him for Anthro 7...nothing special...
The book for this course is his own, so the lectures are pretty much just the main points from each chapter. Consequently, you really only have to go to lecture or read the book so long as you really do one of them. Missing lectures in the beginning is no big deal, but in the second half of the course it can get you behind. The second half is all about the human lineage and recognizing fossils and such, so it gets a little boring, but it's also a lot more memorization then the first part.
Overall, this class is cake as long as you read the book and/or go to lecture. Discussions were useless, but were required as 10% of your grade. Final's half, midterm's the rest. Both tests are all short answer questions, nothing really surprising. Overall a very fair professor and very easy class. Great GE. Take Anthro 7 with Boyd if you can.
His lectures were a bit boring, but I thought all-in-all it was decent class. The material was covered well, and the tests were fair.
I was totally shocked to see how low Prof. Boyd's ratings were. I had him for Anthro 7 and I thought he was a fabulous instructor. His lectures are extremely organized, explanatory, and linked to the required reading. I thought he clarified things a lot and made them more interesting to boot. I would definitely recommend him to others.
I learned a lot from the class. I think my appreciation for the subject was more due to the TA than the professor, though. The tests are essay questions, abou a good paragraph or two. He explains the subject clearly.
I notice a lot of people don't go to lecture or find it hard to pay attention. That just means they have to read the book more carefully on their own. I paid attention to almost every single lecture and read the parts of the text that were pertinent to lecture. I just followed the slides and used the book to accompany me. The tests were pretty easy if you studied for them. He posts the lecture in advance so as long you do readings and review the slides before, go to lecture and pay attention, then review it all again before midterms, it's a guaranteed A. I got an A without any preparation before lectures, and reviewing lecture slides and reading pertinent parts of the text right before the midterm and the final. But I took good notes in almost every lecture. I definitely recommend him.
Professor Boyd is really concerned about student learning and always makes sure the class is following him during lectures. He is very welcoming and helpful during office hours too. However, undergrads beware...the class I took with him has A LOT of advanced math involved (the entire class is math problems!) and it is over 3/4 grad students. Just go to office hours and put in the effort and you should be fine, Prof. Boyd is a really fair grader in the end. Overall, I would definintely recommend taking this professor, very knowledgeable and a genuinely nice guy.
Boyd is GREAT! He's an excellent prof and he really thoroughly understands what he's talking about. I took this course in Winter 06 and decided to write about it now because I happened to see that his class was offered again this Winter07. I went the 1st day of class, and did not show up until the day of the Midterm. Got a C+. I started showing up for class more often because I became really interested in the material through his lecture notes. He's a great prof! I can't stress this enough. Started doing some of the readings, and it wasn't so bad. He gives a review sheet for the mid and the final, which includes 10 questions that he might ask, and from there he chooses 2. I got an A on the Final and walked out with a B+ in the class. All that for missing the first half of the quarter and half-assing it the 2nd half. Attend lecture, and you'll learn great things!!
Professor Boyd is one of the most amazing professor that I have ever had. He is incredibly intelligent and brilliant in the cultural evolution subject. This course urges you to see culture as a selection like natural and sexual selection. He argues cultural selection plays a huge role in human evolution and he pushes you to think beyond the basic understanding about mankind's evolution. Don't be fooled though, he still knows the current gossip on celebrities.
As for his classes, there were 1 midterm and 1 final with a mixture of M/C questions and short answers. He changed it up a bit from last time he taught 186P. His tests are rigorous but he gives a very generous curve (final avg is A-/B+).
Sadly, he is leaving UCLA to lead a newly formed department at ASU. I really wish he would teach one more undergraduate course before I graduate in Spring.
Professor Boyd is awesome. He makes you think! The class is really fair, and his book is awesome, it's not hard to read at all and all the information you need is in it. He posts his lectures online so you can just follow along in class. His lecture gets confusing but if you do the reading you'll have no trouble. Awesome class, if you get a chance make sure to take him
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