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Professor Johnson is one of the best Psychology professors! I really enjoyed the class (even though I may have fallen asleep several times, but I do this in EVERY class unfortunately...) if you are interested in developmental psychology, this is the best class to take as it gives you an introduction to it and is not overwhelming. It was a fairly easy class, just make sure you pay attention to lectures as most of the exam questions are from here. There are several odd-ball questions from the reading book, and honestly, I did not read but skimmed it and still managed to get an A-. This may be because he does drop your lowest score if I remember correctly, and there is a generous curve. My FAVORITE PART OF CLASS was when he showed us video clips of the experiments he was talking about. He also likes to show graphs. If you are a visual person, this class is great since he incorporates visuals. Great class! I would definitely recommend. He is also a very funny and SARCASTIC guy. His jokes are funny and he is even great if you have him for his honors discussion for this class. Unfortunately, I had to drop it, but my friend said he shared a lot about his personal life and it was just fun to listen to it and get to know the professor outside of lecture.
Winter Quarter 2010
Professor Johnson is a very nice professor and this class is interesting. His lecture power points are organized and he also posts up podcasts of his lectures. This class is not hard. I got an A. For his midterms, I studied his lecture notes and skimmed the chapters in the book. It's important to take good notes and remember the main points of all the slides in his lectures. If you miss something, check the podcast. I enjoyed this class very much and learned a great deal about developmental psychology. I highly recommend this professor for this class =).
This professor is sarcastic, with is a positive quality of his. His exams are not difficult, however you do need to study. The lab for this class is the most difficult part I believe. However, as far as the professor goes he is great and enjoys teaching. He is a professor that is concerned about his/her students and even has an Honors Seminar for those of you that need honors credit. The honors section is not difficult at all. You need to write a 3 page paper that is general on an article and do a 15 minute presentation on that same article. You get to choose the article you want to present in. It has to be something in developmental psychology. As for the actual class, all you need to worry about is studying for the exams, which is easy multiple choice questions. I would say 8 our of 10 in difficulty level.
I liked Professor Johnson a lot. He's funny, entertaining, and loves to integrate his own experience with his kids into the learning. The text wasn't emphasized as much as lecture so I suggest GO TO LECTURE, but you don't necessarily have to read the book (it helps though). His lectures were interesting because he would focus on a concept and teach the relevant experiments that went along with it and what they found etc. This is what I view psychology as. I recommend taking his class I got an A, with two of my tests 32/33 and one 33/33, super easy.
I had psych 130 in fall 2008, I took the course as an elective course. it is not that hard. he gives 3 point extra credit that will help your grade so much. but the course was not well prepared. he is funny and kind man and he does his best to make his lecture not boring.
read the lecture notes and the book and you should be fine in his class.
recommended as an elective course
I'm probably going to get a lot of "this comment was NOT helpful" but the truth be told, Prof. Johnson's not that great of a professor. Don't get me wrong, he's a great guy and tries to help those that need his help but his incompetence really shows. You would usually get a lot of "I don't know" or "that's a really good question, but..." from him when you ask him something related to his lectures. He also promised people that as long as you've read the reading, you should do well on the tests. That's not usually the case. At least not for the majority of the class. Even though I got an A, I still stand by what I've written.
Please don't let my comments discourage you from taking him because he truly is a great person and I even feel guilty writing this evaluation. But don't be surprised if what I wrote was displayed in real life when you take his class. The good thing is, out of the 4 tests you take (how many classes do you have that has 3 midterms and 1 final?!), he'll drop your lowest score. There's a paper and a presentation about your paper. Those are not terribly hard. 93% is an A, and 90% is an A-. 3 extra *percentage* points are added to your final grade in the end if you do 3 hours worth of experiments.
Johnson is the man! He goes through these teaching zones where his face starts to get really serious, he starts walking around a little bit making these hand gestures as he talks, and everything just sounds so crystal-clear and unambiguous. Love that he brings his own kids into the teachings, a little bit of personal embellishment never hurts. Funny, genuine, and effective, he's one of the best professors here, and my strongest recommendation for the 130 class.