Primate Behavior Nonhuman to Human

Susan Perry

Primate Behavior Nonhuman to Human

Anthropology department

Susan Perry

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Ratings

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Overall 3.4
Good
Hard
Easiness of class 2.8
Easy
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Workload 3.0
Light
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 3.5
Clear
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Helpfulness of professor 3.7
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  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Is Podcasted
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Tough Tests
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials

Grades

Fall 2018
31.7%
26.4%
21.1%
15.8%
10.6%
5.3%
0.0%
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A
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B
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C
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D
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F

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

Fall 2016
31.0%
25.9%
20.7%
15.5%
10.3%
5.2%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2015
31.9%
26.6%
21.3%
16.0%
10.6%
5.3%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2014
22.8%
19.0%
15.2%
11.4%
7.6%
3.8%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2013
26.5%
22.1%
17.7%
13.3%
8.8%
4.4%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2012
31.9%
26.6%
21.2%
15.9%
10.6%
5.3%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2009
24.7%
20.6%
16.5%
12.4%
8.2%
4.1%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2006
28.9%
24.1%
19.2%
14.4%
9.6%
4.8%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

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Reviews

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

From the beginning, I loved Professor Perry. She was so kind and helpful during the remote instruction quarter and battled horrible internet connection and her limited technological knowledge to still provide us with the best class experience possible. Every week we would have a quiz and in the end, we were able to drop three of our lowest quiz scores which was more than generous. I do have to admit that the quizzes were a bit tricky and some of them asked about specific details so you do really have to know your stuff.
Other than that, she replies to student emails really quickly and really cares about students' mental health and learning as she provided us with alternatives if we were unable to purchase the course reader (which I do not recommend purchasing anyways because I did none of the readings and got an A) and even posted recipes and resources for students that need help cooking during the stay-at-home order. Definitely take this class if you love animals (monkeys in particular); not only will you learn about their lifestyle but also how their behavior is paralleled in humans and other species.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted July 7, 2020
Grade Received: C+

Took this class online Spring 2020. Professor Perry's lectures were clear and the class overall doesn't require too much of your time. I think the topics were very interesting. She is very responsive when it comes to replying back to emails. I don't regret taking this course. Her grading was based off only weekly quizzes, no final or midterms. She is very passionate about her work. I did end up with a 79.45% and emailed her and she wasn't willing to round me up to a B-

Reselling the course reader, email: 331499mg@gmail.com

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 10, 2020
Grade Received: B

It should be fair to consider that I took this class during the Spring 2020 Covid-19 outbreak. With that said take this review with partiality, because I was not able to receive a full intellectual experience in-person. I have read here in the reviews that she gave in-class short essay exams for the midterm and final. But for distant learning she gave us weekly quizzes. Each quiz consisted of 10 multiple choice questions each. I have to say these quizzes required you to know the weekly material in very fine detail. She also assigns weekly readings which comprise of her book and a course reader that includes several research articles. Her book cost $35 and the course reader cost $28. You’ll have to make a trip into Westwood to purchase the course reader because you can not purchase it online or on campus. I’m not sure if she used slides in class pre-Covid outbreak but for us she uploaded slides with audio commentary to further explain the material. I learned a lot about sexual selection, social intelligence, primate taxonomy, dominance and the evolution of intelligence. This class is not difficult, but it’s not an easy A. I probably spent more time studying for this class then my other two classes and I still got a B. I really enjoyed her class, she seems very approachable if you have questions, and she added all types of interesting optional assignments (how to write grant proposals, primate research opportunities, and tons of other interesting stuff if you want to further your academic career in research). I would definitely recommend this class if you’re interested in primate behavior.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 3, 2020
Grade Received: A

I took this class spring 2020, so I'm not sure how relevant the coursework we did will be to other quarters (unless you're taking the class also online). Our grade originally consisted of 9 quizzes (no midterm, no final) the lowest 2 of which you could drop. At the end of the quarter, Professor Perry changed this to be able to drop the lowest 3, due to the BLM protests. The class is curved, but only to help student grades (i.e. you will never receive a grade lower than the percentage that you earned). The quizzes were not difficult, as long as you did the readings, listened to lectures and took notes. Most of the lectures there were lecture notes provided, with most of the important information (you did need to add some details from the narrated powerpoints she provided). They were just ccle quizzes, 10 MC questions each week. The main reason I am writing this review, is that Professor Perry, out of all my professors this quarter, was the most accommodating given the transition to online classes, coronavirus, and now of course the BLM protests. You can tell she is very passionate about what she does, the subject is interesting enough, and she really cares about students mental health. She provided alternative sources for readings from the course reader so students didn't have to buy it, and the chapters from her book are also available online. Overall, Professor Perry is one of the nicest professors I have ever had at UCLA and I would honestly recommend taking the course just for this professor, she is so kind and teaches the material earnestly.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Oct. 15, 2019 Grade Received: B

I hated this class. Got an A on the midterm and then failed the final. It was so incredibly boring and unclear, tests were written badly, and the class was not what was in the description. She only talks about her own research, makes you buy books she has written, and has ridiculously specific test questions about what the name of the money is who did a specific action in the book. Don't take this class. She also plays really long videos in the dark, and i fell asleep in class for the first time ever.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2018 Submitted Jan. 6, 2019 Grade Received: B

This class is the first time I have ever fallen asleep in class. It is boring and seems easy, until it is inexplicably incredibly difficult-not because of content, but because of badly worded multiple choice questions. I got an A on the midterm and failed the final. She makes absolutely no sense in her test questions, and each question counts for 1% of your grade. Her slides are black and white with few pictures. She keeps the classroom pitch dark but doesn't allow laptops so you cant see your notes. This class is just basic evolution and then random details about any of the monkeys you talk about over the 10 weeks-and really random details at that. the grade is based solely on the midterm and final, which correspond in no tangible way to the lecture nor the readings. I did and understood all the readings for the final and still failed. I would not recommend this class to anyone.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Dec. 26, 2018 Grade Received: A

I liked this class, lots of review and repetition of similar material if you're an EEB major and have taken EEB100 or evolution/animal behavior related courses. Just more focus on monkeys. I found a lot of the material to be interesting, not too complicated, she makes the exams fair and the readings are probably important in doing well in the class. If you go to every lecture and are alert and take notes (I'd recommend printing the lectures out beforehand and adding notes on them in class) you should be more than fine. Her final exam was more difficult than the midterm for sure, but she bases the grades on a curve so the top 33% of the class gets an A, the following a B, and the lowest a C. Definitely a good course with a light workload and not too much stress involved.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Dec. 16, 2017 Grade Received: B

I enjoyed this class! took is as an elective as bio major and I must say there is a lot of overlap between 128P and EEB 100 which I really enjoyed since I was taking them at the same time! Her multiple choice questions are FAIR but some harder than others and you have to pay close attention to her slides as all the answers ARE there and there are NO surprises. She actually made me care about a subject I didn't care about before and made an effort to learn names of students which I liked! She has a very friendly and approachable nature and you can tell she knows her stuff and is definitely one of the most intelligent professors i've had at UCLA! Would recommend her class, favorite part was there was no discussion just lectures twice a week and the reading for the class (Manipulative Monkeys) was actually a VERY enjoyable read!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 13, 2016 Grade Received: A

Perry writes the textbook for the class, and has contributed valuable research in her field. She is very nice and helpful, but the lectures can a bit dull or monotone if you aren't engaging with the material. Exams were graded so that top 1/3 middle 1/3 and bottom 1/3 receive an A , B , and C respectively. Perry is obviously very smart and you do need to do the readings if you want to receive an A on the exam; however, her textbook is quite interesting so its not a tough read (i hate reading). Lastly, my TA was Kotrina, and she was very friendly, knowledgable, and helpful.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted Dec. 7, 2016 Grade Received: A-

BEWARE! Her tests are extremely difficult and she has to curve them a ridiculous amount. I got a D on the final and it was curved to an A. I'm happy to have gotten an A but the time I took studying for the final could have spent on another class more worthy of it. Additionally, I would have liked to know that I left the class having learned something. So ya, kind of easy... but awful teacher.

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Tags

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  • Needs Textbook
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Is Podcasted
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Tough Tests
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
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