General Psychology Laboratory

Sean P McAuliffe

General Psychology Laboratory

Psychology department

Sean P McAuliffe

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Overall 3.2
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Easiness of class 3.0
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Workload 3.1
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Clarity of professor 3.0
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Helpfulness of professor 3.1
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit

Grades

Spring 2020
35.6%
29.6%
23.7%
17.8%
11.9%
5.9%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2020
27.5%
22.9%
18.3%
13.7%
9.2%
4.6%
0.0%
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A
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B
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2020
36.4%
30.3%
24.2%
18.2%
12.1%
6.1%
0.0%
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A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2019
33.3%
27.8%
22.2%
16.7%
11.1%
5.6%
0.0%
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2019
20.9%
17.4%
14.0%
10.5%
7.0%
3.5%
0.0%
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A
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B
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2019
20.9%
17.4%
14.0%
10.5%
7.0%
3.5%
0.0%
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A
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B
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2018
18.2%
15.2%
12.1%
9.1%
6.1%
3.0%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2017
22.9%
19.1%
15.3%
11.5%
7.6%
3.8%
0.0%
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A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2017
29.4%
24.5%
19.6%
14.7%
9.8%
4.9%
0.0%
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A
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B
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2017
26.7%
22.2%
17.8%
13.3%
8.9%
4.4%
0.0%
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A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2016
24.0%
20.0%
16.0%
12.0%
8.0%
4.0%
0.0%
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A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2016
25.4%
21.2%
16.9%
12.7%
8.5%
4.2%
0.0%
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A
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B
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2016
22.8%
19.0%
15.2%
11.4%
7.6%
3.8%
0.0%
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A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2015
31.4%
26.1%
20.9%
15.7%
10.5%
5.2%
0.0%
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2015
19.3%
16.1%
12.9%
9.6%
6.4%
3.2%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
21.7%
18.1%
14.4%
10.8%
7.2%
3.6%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2014
21.2%
17.6%
14.1%
10.6%
7.1%
3.5%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2014
21.3%
17.8%
14.2%
10.7%
7.1%
3.6%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
19.6%
16.4%
13.1%
9.8%
6.5%
3.3%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2013
21.7%
18.1%
14.5%
10.9%
7.2%
3.6%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2013
26.3%
21.9%
17.5%
13.2%
8.8%
4.4%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2013
21.8%
18.2%
14.5%
10.9%
7.3%
3.6%
0.0%
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A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2013
17.4%
14.5%
11.6%
8.7%
5.8%
2.9%
0.0%
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A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2012
22.6%
18.9%
15.1%
11.3%
7.5%
3.8%
0.0%
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2010
20.0%
16.7%
13.3%
10.0%
6.7%
3.3%
0.0%
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A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2010
20.8%
17.4%
13.9%
10.4%
6.9%
3.5%
0.0%
A+
A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2009
20.9%
17.4%
14.0%
10.5%
7.0%
3.5%
0.0%
A+
A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2006
20.9%
17.4%
14.0%
10.5%
7.0%
3.5%
0.0%
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A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2006
24.3%
20.2%
16.2%
12.1%
8.1%
4.0%
0.0%
A+
A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Winter 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted March 10, 2021
Grade Received: A

Professor McAuliffe is super funny and engaging during his lectures. I felt that I learned something valuable and enjoyed the content we covered. I also appreciated the life stories and advice he sprinkled into his lectures. I highly recommend!!!

The class consisted of 2 take-home, non-cumulative, open-note exams and one final presentation where we presented a research study of our choice. Attendance in lectures and labs was not mandatory other than for the final presentation—everything was recorded and posted. The take home exams weren't hard—the answers are all in his lectures/labs.

*Note that I took this class during COVID-19, so my experience is only representative of the online class format. I think the class would have required a lot more time and effort if it were in person.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted July 16, 2017 Grade Received: U

Tests are stupid, I guess he really worked hard to tricks you in some questions, and he makes terrible jokes. FYI, he makes loud noises to scare the shit out of you, don't take if you have heart conditions. And if you are here because this class does not require a paper, think twice, everything comes with a price. The funniest thing he will teach you if you are in the class is that bruinwalk reviews are biased samples from haters and lovers. Well, I guess he has more haters than lovers.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted March 7, 2021
Grade Received: A

I've never written a review before in my almost 4 years here at UCLA but I definitely knew I wanted to write one for Professor McAuliffe. This professor is super engaging, has great examples, and teaches you so much about life. I recommend taking psych 101 with him 100%

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 16, 2020
Grade Received: A

Take this class while it is online! I took this class in the Fall this year for my lab credit and it was honestly such a small workload, especially compared most of the other lab options. This class might normally be difficult, but taking it online was super chill. The midterm and the final were both somewhat difficult, but you have 24 hours to complete each one, and you can go back and watch lectures and just write what he says as each answer to the question for most questions. There is also a presentation at the end, which is what gives you the lab credit, but he graded these quite nicely. There are no assignments other than the two exams and the presentation, all of which it is totally possible to ace with the online format.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 15, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

McAuliffe is absolutely awful. His tests are dumb -- he literally copies questions off his study guide, and the rest of the questions are on obscure details that have no relevance to the overall meaning of the topic. When he's not trying to be funny, his lectures are so boring. I'm so interested in psychology, but I was always so bored during his lectures. His grading criteria is ridiculous! Try not to take general psych lab if you don't have to!! For your own sake, really!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 2, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

worst professor i have ever had at ucla. without a book assigned to the class, it meant i HAD to attend his lectures. normally, i'm all for classes without expensive books and normally i love to attend lectures and learn, but seriously mcauliffe's condescending attitude and overall lack of self-control makes it unbearable. if you can avoid him as a professor, please do. also, if you do end up taking him, make note of the fact that he's a self-declared non-researcher (and proud of it), yet when it comes to test time, you better remember the study he had participated in, because, well.. he's just that narcissistic. you will also be in for numerous anecdotes about his life that just waste a ton of time and have little to do with anything we should be talking about. with all of that said, he did give us candy and sang us a song right before we filled out our teacher evaluations.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted March 30, 2021
Grade Received: A+

McAuliffe is the funniest teacher I’ve ever had the pleasure of taking a class with. I took his class while everything was online for Rona and it was a highlight of my week. He truly loves what he talks about. He goes on tangents sometimes, but I was fine with it because they were always informative or entertaining. There were two tests, each were open for 24 hours and you could find all of the answers in the lecture recordings. The class did EXTREMELY well this quarter. Most of us got A’s. There is also a presentation where you talk about ANY psychology study of your choice. It’s an easy project.
Overall, this class is entertaining and easy. If you’re a laid back person you’ll like McAuliffe. I can see someone who is very serious finding him too casual, but that wasn’t the case for me.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted March 16, 2021
Grade Received: N/A

10/10 would recommend! TAKE THIS LAB YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.

Like other classmates had mentioned, professor McAuliffe teaches materials that are beyond psychology (very well integrated with psychology too). He values critical thinking and scientific literacy. He is also very helpful and friendly.

The majority of your grades will come from the two take-home exams. They were very straight forward (not tricky at all). And the final presentation was easily manageable considering they were assigned to us mid-quarter, so we had weeks to work on the presentation since there were no other projects/homework. The labs were long but he kept them really interesting and engaging. Lastly, attendance is not required. However, catching up on the recordings on the day of the exam is NOT recommended as they are lengthy.

Overall, this class's online format has helped me a lot during COVID-19. This is also one of the few classes I genuinely enjoyed at UCLA.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted July 2, 2020
Grade Received: A

I took prof Mcauliffe during the pandemic where class was online, so our class' experience might not be indicative of most classes .

But for what it's worth, I thought prof Mcauliffe was a good professor w/ clear expectations, and you were capable of getting a good grade in the class if you put in the work. Your grade was broken down by- 78% exams (one midterm and final), 2% participation (free points for showing up to just ONE day of class, the day you presented) and 20% on a presentation.

lecture were all online, and attendance was optional (again, except for the one day where you presented). Prof. Mcauliffe kept things pretty interesting during lecture and he's definitely the king of dad jokes.
The material is pretty simple/straightforward; in fact, if you're a 4th year at least 1/2 of the stuff is straight up review. For me personally, I took this during my last quarter here to fulfill the lab requirement, and I'd say about 75% of the concepts were already things I learned about in detail in previous psych upper divs. You basically just learn a broad overview of various fields in psychology. There is no textbook, all you need are the lecture slides he uploads and the video lectures.
I thought the exams were straightforward as well. It was completely open note, and as long as you took good notes and rewatched lectures, you could get a pretty good grade on the exams. Questions essentially required us to transcribe what he said during the lectures. There was a drawing section that required you to apply some information tho. The only thing was, for the first exam, each question was worth quite a bit of points, some questions were worth as much 3-4% points of your overall grade (for one question) so you really had to make sure you answered every question sufficiently. We had 24 hours to complete it, so that gave you ample time to rewatch lectures if needed. He even gave us extra time for the final (If i remember correctly he gave us about 4 days) due to certain societal events that happened around finals week this year. He also put more questions on the final, so each question was not weighed as much as on the mt, and they were generally simpler.
The presentation was straightforward as well, you just pick any psychological research study and present it to the class. He seemed to be pretty lenient w/ the grading for this, and even let some students go well over the time limit.

All in all, I'd easily recommend this class (based on my experience) to fulfill your lab requirement. A lot of the concepts are review, there is no paper you have to write (unlike most of the other labs), and the exams + project were very straightforward. Again, one caveat is that I took this during remote learning so the class was structured very differently than usual.

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 is good if you're doing it online. I don't know about in class but I will say that I wouldn't have done as well as I did if it was in person. The tests are detail-oriented and short answers. There were answers I wrote word for word from his lectures and still missed points. For this course, it was only 2 midterms and a 6-minute presentation on any article you like (he gives a prompt of what he expects in it). This was perfect for me because I didn't want to work in a group or write a paper like every other lab class. He gave 24 hours for the tests so really its a good deal. The lectures are recorded too and in-class optional. He jokes a lot but you can count on the fact that all the answers to the test questions were mentioned during lecture. Plus he lets you watch the lecture vids while taking the tests. Win, win! The material really is interesting.

Go ahead and take this class online if you can and have a relaxed lab. Any way else? Well, the previous comments can tell you.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit
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