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    May 27, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    As a Psychology major, this class is a requirement. I found the title and general idea of it daunting before my entrance into it, intimidated by how technical it sounded. To my surprise, my near-decision that I would hate the class was proven entirely wrong. Though the class itself is a requirement, which professor a student takes it from is more in their control, and I would recommend, more than anything, to sign up for the one taught by Professor McKenna. The anxiety which came with the complexity of some material was eased constantly by her approachable, kind and helpful nature. I have no regrets taking the class as taught by her.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight of this course was enjoying it far more than I thought I would, and finding it far more helpful than I believed possible. The course is designed to introduce Psychology majors to the various methods of collecting research, ranging from between-subjects experiments to interviews to various forms of statistical analysis. While I initially believed - in a very naive over-confidence - that General Psych had provided me with enough background to understand the various forms of data collection, this course multiplied that knowledge infinitely. Using real life, applicable examples of each form of research, performing our own research collection and beginning to use SPSS for data analysis were just some of the ways the course better prepared me for my major - and career - in the field of Psychology.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Exams are fair and reading from the text book is a smart move. Paying attention in class to examples provided by the professor is also essential to understanding material because examples make the material applicable. Asking for help from the professor when writing lab reports will not negatively impact your grade but, rather, do the complete opposite; ask for assistance when things become unclear, particularly if you have Professor McKenna, who is extremely approachable and helpful. Understand that data collection and analysis can be challenging and don't make the mistake of thinking you're stupid for not understanding something that seems easy. Psychology is scientific and detailed and can be difficult to comprehend for that reason. Work with the material over and over and things will make sense to you.

    • Fall 2015
    • McKenna
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Final Paper
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    May 23, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    It could be tedious and boring, but the information is helpful to understand for your future senior thesis. The lab is not anything exceedingly difficult, although using SPSS is hard to get the hang of.

    Course highlights:

    You learn the ins and outs of the SPSS program, as well as all of the different methods of research. The book is very helpful and easy to follow. Understanding the different options guides you through the pros and cons of each method of research.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the book and take notes. Study from the questions in the book and you'll be fine.

    • Spring 2016
    • Rickenbach
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Group Projects

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