Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I would recommend this class to anyone who is considering going into a neuroscience major in the college of liberal arts, or those who want to have a general understanding of the workings of the brain. Professor James is very knowledgeable of the workings of the brain. He offers plenty of opportunities for both inside and out of class extra credit, and is very dedicated to ensuring that the students understand the general workings of the brain. If one cares enough to pay attention in lectures and make an effort to understand the concepts, then the class is very well worth the time.
Through this course I have gained a basic understanding of the gross structure of the brain and how it functions. We are currently learning about the functions of the senses, such as: Auditory, Olfactory (smell) and the sensitivity of touch. To me this class was very interesting as I learned the functions of neurons in the brain, and the development of our nervous systems throughout the various stages of our lives. A highlight of this course for me is the recitation sessions that are held every week to ensure that each student has the opportunity to ask questions that they may have about information that was presented during the lectures. Professor James also does the same thing for before test study sessions. He will set up one or two study sessions before each exam to ensure that the students who are serious about learning the topics have every opportunity to score a passing grade on the exams. With the complexity of the subject matter, I am very appreciative of this approach.
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Advice for students:
Utilize office hours. Too many times students shy away from approaching a professor one-on-one in an office session, but this is one of the greatest tools that are given to us as students. Also, take studying seriously. the content on the tests are very name specific. since the tests are multiple choice many times you will have to know the definition of the choices and be able to apply them in scenarios so be prepared for this. Lastly, utilize the extra credit opportunities and the out of class study sessions. I have found them to be very helpful and worth while in the rewards that they provide, because in honesty no one wants to fail a test or feel unprepared.