Dullest course going. Everything is basically intuitive if you have done other undergraduate psychology courses but they make you learn their arbitrary formulaic keys for defining research structures and review old psychology papers with obvious flaws and then mark you pedantically. The lecturer's slides all look the same and are just read out virtually verbatim with a few ill-prepared examples thrown in. Some of the content could inspire better critical thinking but it's delivered with the sort of enthusiasm and passion you copy out the dictionary in high-school detention; maybe the sort of analytical bore who will end up in research will enjoy this "logical" approach but for the rest of us? Painful. Oh yeah, and never did get my exam grade. Just never showed up on Blackboard and no email or explanation. The whole course grading disappeared the following semester (unlike EVERY other course). I'm just writing this whole disaster off. One of the two worst, laziest subjects in undergrad (looking at you PSYC2030).
Frankly, all the bad reviews for this course are disappointing and I feel a bit embarrassed for these people. If you're considering taking this course, just remember that there are whiners/slackers in every course.
3042 is an incredibly useful course that was engaging and should have been taught muuuch earlier. The principles you learn in this course can be used to evaluate any scientific study, be it in psychology or elsewhere.
Jenny is a great lecturer and has obviously put a lot of effort into structuring the course in a logical and accessible way. She's also very funny and sarcastic, which makes it more entertaining.
Especially useful for future PhD students but important for any psych student.
Worst psychology course I have ever taken - and don't believe that it will "set you up for honours". It is utterly irrelevant to anything! Horribly structured, horribly presented, dull lecturer, boring and confusing assignments, ridiculously hard exam. And I got a 7, so I'm not complaining because I didn't work hard enough, I'm complaining because 100% of it was pointless! If you have a choice, don't take this course!
This was the worst undergraduate course I have taken. The lecturer was dull, and frankly, a tad condescending towards students. The course content was relatively easy, but taught in a way which made it difficult to understand. The assignments were messed up. I have never failed ANYTHING in my life, yet somehow managed to fail the first assignment, purely because the requirements were not made clear. Upon putting a lot more effort into the second assignment, and visiting every tutor for the consultations, I found myself on a better mark (but still not excellent). Unless you are in PsycSci and actually have to do this course as a prerequisite, I would recommend avoiding like the plague! It may "set you up for Honours", but it could easily be the difference between getting the marks for Honours or not.
The course was horribly repetitive, with next to no content that hadn't been covered in previous years. The lecturer (Kimberly McFarlane) failed to make anything engaging, and as such many people fell asleep during lectures. The assignments were very poorly structured, with even the smartest of students struggling to comprehend what was being asked of them.
The tutes were marginally better, with the workbook helping students to understand what they were supposed to be learning. The tutors not being able to provide answers, however, meant that many of the classes resulted in discussion going around in circles without any resolution whatsoever.