Steven M. Peterson
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  • Uses Slides
  • Tough Tests

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: I
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May 31, 2020

The entire comm department at UCLA is terrible. I regret getting my degree in Comm Studies, and this class contributes heavily to my regret. Do not take this class with Peterson.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
Dec. 5, 2018

Professor Peterson is one of the worst professors in the Comm department at UCLA. Let me make this clear - I am not saying this out of bitterness. His class is not that difficult and I received an A. However, the topic is the most useless in all of Comm (he basically just makes you memorize a list of intricate terms) and goes on tangents the whole class that are not even remotely related to what he tests on. If you try and seek help from him, he is a huge asshole - arrogant and condescending. I wonder if he knows how truly useless the material he is teaching is, or if he has somehow convinced himself that it is useful or interesting.

The problem is that he is almost untouchable, since his wife is Pia Svenson, the head of the Comm department. You will really gain nothing from this class except an extra 2 hour nap twice a week during class, and stress trying to teach yourself all the material before exams. Avoid if you can.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
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March 14, 2022

Steven Peterson is condescending and boring. His lectures are dry, repetitive, meandering, and ill-prepared. His readings are unhelpful, irrelevant, and outdated (one recommended researching topics on microfiche). Also, all course content was hosted on a totally separate website that you couldn’t access from MyUCLA which is just annoying. Do your best to take this class with anyone else, but if it’s your last quarter and you still need Com150 to graduate, just buckle down. One good thing is that both exams are totally multiple choice. There is a group research project that is worth a big chunk of your grade, so choose your group wisely. This was such a painful class.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
Jan. 29, 2020

This was one of the harder classes in the COMM major, but honestly it's not that bad, if you pay attention and stay on top of things it's mostly just boring. Based on the reviews of other professors who teach 150, and having taken Peterson myself, I think Peterson is the best professor you could take it with and I highly suggest trying to take it with him if you can. Exams are multiple choice, you don't actually have to do any math/stats or honestly even remember stats (you just need to know how you would apply the statistical concepts into research) and Peterson is genuinely passionate about research.

Make sure you always have paper on you because he'll ask you to write down a few sentences about something related to class to discuss/turn in for your participation grade, and a lot of people usually just forgot and did it right before class. Midterm was way easier than the final (once you get to the material for the final, the stuff from the midterm seems so basic), so make sure to study hard for that. Pay attention to the examples he goes into in class because he will ask questions about those examples (not a lot, but those are easy points you don't want to lose because he doesn't try to trick you on exam questions).

As far as the readings go, I really recommend doing them. You could probably get a B if you don't do the readings, but I don't know that you could realistically get an A without them. The textbook is actually a psych research book, and you can usually skim through a lot of it because some pages went into extensive psych examples that you don't need to know. My suggestion is to get the bolded definitions from the book (except for the few psych terms that are bolded) and read the information around the terms because it usually explains and goes into detail about what those concepts mean (he'll go over the terms in class and on the slides, but I usually understood it better from the book than from the slides). I stopped doing the online readings after a while and it didn't hurt me too much, there were maybe 1 or 2 questions that I remember on the midterm coming from them.

The one thing that I think makes this class hard is the group project. First assignment is the intro section of a research paper, second assignment is methods, final project is to put those first two assignments together, revise/improve them and finish the last three sections of the paper. Topic can basically be whatever you want, just has to apply to communications. Choose your group carefully! If you can, take this class with people you know/can work with. I ended up doing having to do most of the project by myself at the end and it sucked so much, you do not want that!

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June 26, 2014

painful...just painful

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Dec. 24, 2013

Oh Peterson. I'm sure by now you've heard his reputation. And it's all true.

This class is bad enough on it's own, but Peterson makes it even more torturous. This class isn't that HARD, but I found it almost impossible to go to lecture. There simply is no value in attending, because you won't learn anything.

He spends so much time reading fake emails from past students saying "this is the best class I ever took!" and saying how much we will learn at the end of this, that he doesn't actually teach. He doesn't believe in structure or organization, so he just spends his time going off on tangents and talking about current events.

My TA Alif was awesome and super helpful. The research project isn't that difficult if you put in the full effort. You can pass the tests by reading the book and memorizing all those little research terms. I got a B and never went to class or paid attention if I did go. He does give little participation points for going to lecture, but I got a 8/10 and missed a ton of assignments so no biggie.

Pick a good group for your project. Go to section. Take thorough notes through the book. And study any key terms on Peterson's power points and you will be fine.

I got a B in the class.

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April 3, 2013

The class in its entirety is quite sad. taking it was a sad experience, peterson knows it's a sad excuse for a class.

when you begin any class with a defeatist attitude and openly acknowledge to your own students how much the class sucks, you can only hope for so much to improve as the class progresses.

he's kind, professional, and smart. there's no doubt about that. but the class structure is ALL wrong. we focus on a class project for way too much of the time to actually understand what goes into creating the paper. allow me to clarify.

instead of teaching the material and then assigning us the assignment, the assignment is divided and assigned piecemeal throughout the quarter. it's slow, ineffective, and ultimately confusing come midterm time when students don't know what to expect. not only did we spend so much class time talking about the paper, we spent little to no time discussing readings.

would you rather learn what you need to know and then be assigned a paper or be told how to do it while youre told to do it little by little so you can't get a whole picture of your final project.

it's a shit show.

his examples are actually quite relevant, but they're presented in such a spread out and disoriented fashion that it's no wonder half of his reviews say he just rambles on in class.

i wouldn't take him if i were you. not worth the trouble on any level.

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Dec. 10, 2011

Augh. Ridiculous professor.

Exams can be tricky. I have regretfully taken 3 courses with him (one of them being Comm 150).

It's always the same structure: 1 midterm, 1 final. 1 group project. A couple of small minor assignments shoved in between those 3 main aspects.

I always tell myself that it will get better... It will.

It never does.

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Aug. 30, 2011

There is just no way around it, CS 150 is required for CS majors. Get it out of the way asap, don't push it to your last quarter during your senior year, you won't enjoy the spring. Peterson is indeed vague, and his lectures do not relate to the exams or group project. Choosing the right people for the group project is essential. I got stuck with two sorority sisters, who were total slackers, and the whole experience was frustrating. You really have to rely on his TA (Joyce in this case) to get relevant information. Peterson is likable and laid back, but he is in his own little bubble at times. The text book he uses clarifies a lot as well.

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Aug. 29, 2011

to all CS majors; try to get this dreadful class out of the way asap, because it sucks. Especially the group project killed my grade. Peterson is a very sympathetic guy, but he rants on about unrelated stuff, while leaving you utterly confused. You have to rely on the TA for everything. Good luck

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: I
May 31, 2020

The entire comm department at UCLA is terrible. I regret getting my degree in Comm Studies, and this class contributes heavily to my regret. Do not take this class with Peterson.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
Dec. 5, 2018

Professor Peterson is one of the worst professors in the Comm department at UCLA. Let me make this clear - I am not saying this out of bitterness. His class is not that difficult and I received an A. However, the topic is the most useless in all of Comm (he basically just makes you memorize a list of intricate terms) and goes on tangents the whole class that are not even remotely related to what he tests on. If you try and seek help from him, he is a huge asshole - arrogant and condescending. I wonder if he knows how truly useless the material he is teaching is, or if he has somehow convinced himself that it is useful or interesting.

The problem is that he is almost untouchable, since his wife is Pia Svenson, the head of the Comm department. You will really gain nothing from this class except an extra 2 hour nap twice a week during class, and stress trying to teach yourself all the material before exams. Avoid if you can.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
March 14, 2022

Steven Peterson is condescending and boring. His lectures are dry, repetitive, meandering, and ill-prepared. His readings are unhelpful, irrelevant, and outdated (one recommended researching topics on microfiche). Also, all course content was hosted on a totally separate website that you couldn’t access from MyUCLA which is just annoying. Do your best to take this class with anyone else, but if it’s your last quarter and you still need Com150 to graduate, just buckle down. One good thing is that both exams are totally multiple choice. There is a group research project that is worth a big chunk of your grade, so choose your group wisely. This was such a painful class.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
Jan. 29, 2020

This was one of the harder classes in the COMM major, but honestly it's not that bad, if you pay attention and stay on top of things it's mostly just boring. Based on the reviews of other professors who teach 150, and having taken Peterson myself, I think Peterson is the best professor you could take it with and I highly suggest trying to take it with him if you can. Exams are multiple choice, you don't actually have to do any math/stats or honestly even remember stats (you just need to know how you would apply the statistical concepts into research) and Peterson is genuinely passionate about research.

Make sure you always have paper on you because he'll ask you to write down a few sentences about something related to class to discuss/turn in for your participation grade, and a lot of people usually just forgot and did it right before class. Midterm was way easier than the final (once you get to the material for the final, the stuff from the midterm seems so basic), so make sure to study hard for that. Pay attention to the examples he goes into in class because he will ask questions about those examples (not a lot, but those are easy points you don't want to lose because he doesn't try to trick you on exam questions).

As far as the readings go, I really recommend doing them. You could probably get a B if you don't do the readings, but I don't know that you could realistically get an A without them. The textbook is actually a psych research book, and you can usually skim through a lot of it because some pages went into extensive psych examples that you don't need to know. My suggestion is to get the bolded definitions from the book (except for the few psych terms that are bolded) and read the information around the terms because it usually explains and goes into detail about what those concepts mean (he'll go over the terms in class and on the slides, but I usually understood it better from the book than from the slides). I stopped doing the online readings after a while and it didn't hurt me too much, there were maybe 1 or 2 questions that I remember on the midterm coming from them.

The one thing that I think makes this class hard is the group project. First assignment is the intro section of a research paper, second assignment is methods, final project is to put those first two assignments together, revise/improve them and finish the last three sections of the paper. Topic can basically be whatever you want, just has to apply to communications. Choose your group carefully! If you can, take this class with people you know/can work with. I ended up doing having to do most of the project by myself at the end and it sucked so much, you do not want that!

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June 26, 2014

painful...just painful

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Dec. 24, 2013

Oh Peterson. I'm sure by now you've heard his reputation. And it's all true.

This class is bad enough on it's own, but Peterson makes it even more torturous. This class isn't that HARD, but I found it almost impossible to go to lecture. There simply is no value in attending, because you won't learn anything.

He spends so much time reading fake emails from past students saying "this is the best class I ever took!" and saying how much we will learn at the end of this, that he doesn't actually teach. He doesn't believe in structure or organization, so he just spends his time going off on tangents and talking about current events.

My TA Alif was awesome and super helpful. The research project isn't that difficult if you put in the full effort. You can pass the tests by reading the book and memorizing all those little research terms. I got a B and never went to class or paid attention if I did go. He does give little participation points for going to lecture, but I got a 8/10 and missed a ton of assignments so no biggie.

Pick a good group for your project. Go to section. Take thorough notes through the book. And study any key terms on Peterson's power points and you will be fine.

I got a B in the class.

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April 3, 2013

The class in its entirety is quite sad. taking it was a sad experience, peterson knows it's a sad excuse for a class.

when you begin any class with a defeatist attitude and openly acknowledge to your own students how much the class sucks, you can only hope for so much to improve as the class progresses.

he's kind, professional, and smart. there's no doubt about that. but the class structure is ALL wrong. we focus on a class project for way too much of the time to actually understand what goes into creating the paper. allow me to clarify.

instead of teaching the material and then assigning us the assignment, the assignment is divided and assigned piecemeal throughout the quarter. it's slow, ineffective, and ultimately confusing come midterm time when students don't know what to expect. not only did we spend so much class time talking about the paper, we spent little to no time discussing readings.

would you rather learn what you need to know and then be assigned a paper or be told how to do it while youre told to do it little by little so you can't get a whole picture of your final project.

it's a shit show.

his examples are actually quite relevant, but they're presented in such a spread out and disoriented fashion that it's no wonder half of his reviews say he just rambles on in class.

i wouldn't take him if i were you. not worth the trouble on any level.

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Dec. 10, 2011

Augh. Ridiculous professor.

Exams can be tricky. I have regretfully taken 3 courses with him (one of them being Comm 150).

It's always the same structure: 1 midterm, 1 final. 1 group project. A couple of small minor assignments shoved in between those 3 main aspects.

I always tell myself that it will get better... It will.

It never does.

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Quarter: N/A
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Aug. 30, 2011

There is just no way around it, CS 150 is required for CS majors. Get it out of the way asap, don't push it to your last quarter during your senior year, you won't enjoy the spring. Peterson is indeed vague, and his lectures do not relate to the exams or group project. Choosing the right people for the group project is essential. I got stuck with two sorority sisters, who were total slackers, and the whole experience was frustrating. You really have to rely on his TA (Joyce in this case) to get relevant information. Peterson is likable and laid back, but he is in his own little bubble at times. The text book he uses clarifies a lot as well.

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Aug. 29, 2011

to all CS majors; try to get this dreadful class out of the way asap, because it sucks. Especially the group project killed my grade. Peterson is a very sympathetic guy, but he rants on about unrelated stuff, while leaving you utterly confused. You have to rely on the TA for everything. Good luck

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2.8
Overall Rating
Based on 17 Users
Easiness 2.4 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 2.6 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.4 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.0 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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