Pretty easy, overall.
Best course I took all year, and my highest mark. Very memorization heavy but definitely interesting and worth taking! Covers lots of MCAT material and Dr. Mike Atkinson makes the information extremely interesting.
There are 17 Chapters to the course, as well as an Appendix with statistics (no sweat, 15 pages of reading that requires a bit of easy math such as addition). Four exams are based on; Chap 1-4 + Stats, Chap 5-8, Chap 9-13, Chap 13-17. You will learn about; personality, history, experiments, conditioning, stress, group thinking, the nervous system, the senses, child development, drugs and treatments, psychological disorders, and more!
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Advice for students:
LOTS of reading, but it is interesting. Readings 10-20 pages are recommended prior to each class. A chapter is 40-50 pages long and took me about 4-7 hours to read and take notes. You can choose to read a whole chapter all at once, or you can read prior to class - either way you NEED to read the textbook thoroughly and take good notes. The exams test 4 chapters (about 150-200 pages), and it takes time to both read the book and study however it is necessary as the exam is structured with 60 questions based on the text and 15 questions based on class notes which may contain information outside of the text. These 15 questions are EASY marks so do not slack on in-class notes (ex. know that blueberries reduce brain deterioration via antioxidants). My most important tip; READ THE WUCK NOTES. These notes are proof read by Dr. Mike and contain around 80-90% of the information covered in both the 4 chapters and class notes per test. These are meant to test your core knowledge, and any minor details you should be able to recall from your textbook notes. This course is definitely a doable 90%+ so do not slack off.