5 evaluations Recognizes Student Difficulties: 2.80 Presents Material Clearly: 1.80
I have mixed feelings about this class. Dr. Hackman is a very sweet and accommodating professor. Moreover, she consistently ends class early! However, this class is DRY and it’s very apparent that she is a new teacher—she simply reads off the lecture slides. Not to mention you must show up to class fill in the half-blank lecture slides and complete the in class assignments. In this class, your grade is made up of: a midterm & final exam (50%), a group debate project (30%), and small written assignments & online quizzes (20%). The small written assignments and the debate are very doable and not time consuming. The exams are multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions. The multiple choice questions can be found on quizlet and the short answer/essay questions come directly from lecture notes. Dr. Hackman grades very leniently on the exams, debate and assignments! TIPS FOR GETTING A GOOD GRADE: do NOT buy the book—you don’t need it at all, use quizlet to study for the quizzes, midterm, and final, allow yourself at least 2-3+ days to study for the exams, study all of your notes NOT just what's on the study guide, and finally, email Dr. Hackman if you have any questions and concerns-- she is very accommodating!
The previous rating is 100% accurate. Hackman is very sweet and smart, and she managed to not show any bias in a class based on such a controversial topic (drugs). All of the questions/answers to her quizzes, midterm, & final are all on various quizlet accounts, so the book is highly unnecessary (never opened mine). She provided a study guide for the midterm and none of the material from the study guide was on the midterm... the study guide for the final accurately portrayed the material covered on the final though. The class itself was very boring even though it covered a lot of interesting material--it has potential to be a great class, but I feel like I didn't learn much. She rarely updated her polylearn, but she is a new teacher and is still learning
This was by far the most stressful class I have ever taken.... which is a joke. Books are not necessary what so ever. Her lecture slides pull straight from the book and pretty much state everything you need to know. She spends the whole class reading directly from the slides, having you fill in a few missing blanks, then fills the rest of the 2 hour time period with an in-class activity. The activities are incredibly redundant, with most being a waste of time, but the points add up quick and they end up being a decent chunk of your grade. Speaking of chunk of your grade, let me mention the group project. THIS PROJECT WAS RIDICULOUS. She assigned groups and topics during the first week then pretty much sets you loose to figure out the rest on your own. The groups are assigned, and if you get unlucky like I did, you get a group that doesn't do anything until the hours before the projects due... The project is worth the biggest chunk of your grade and you're pretty much screwed if you don't do well. The whole first half of the class was pretty irrelevant to the project (covered all the different health promotion theories, which was used in the project but wasn't the bulk), she didn't finish teaching the material that we needed to know for the project until 3 days before the project was due... WTF. She offered little to no assistance and was rude and condescending when providing feedback. I could go on and on about how HORRIBLE she made this project, but I'll save the time and say that in the end (probably due to her time crunch grading it before finals) my group received B's and B+'s and we were missing a couple of the required sections. As for the tests, they are mainly free response/essay format with some multiple choice. The midterm was based solely off of all the various Health Promotion Theories (don't be fooled, there's a lot)... a lot of people did really well while others did really bad. I did fine and I probably put a nights worth of studying in... aka not much, I basically just knew the basics and used common sense for the rest. Her grader miss graded my test by over a full letter grade and when I approached her with the errors that I found (comparing it directly word for word with the slides) she was incredibly rude and short and pretty much unwilling to change my grade despite me being polite and apologizing for looking so closely. Eventually she did, but after changing it a full letter grade she wouldn't let me look over the test anymore and had me leave her office hours.... The final was lengthy. People finished anywhere from 1.5-3 hours in. Ours was both multiple choice and free response with the written portion basically tying al the material together and having you do a mini version of the major class project.
Dr. Hackman is a kind, unbiased and accommodating professor. However, she is still a new professor and her lecturing style is quite dry and predictable. At times, Dr. Hackman simply reads off of her the power point slides. On the bright side, she often lets class out early (lectures are only 2x a week for 1hr and 20 minutes) and there isn't a class project. In contrast to prior quarters, this class is now a lab class. Instead of a class project, there is a weekly lab write-up due. In this class, your grade is made up of a midterm exam (15%), a final exam (30%), quizzes/small assignments (20%), and weekly lab write-ups (35%). The exams are multiple choice and application/free response questions. The exam material comes directly from the lecture material (she posts the power point slides on polylearn). The midterm is very straightforward (15 multiple choice questions and 3 short free response questions). I allotted ~3 days to study for the midterm and got an A on it. In contrast, the final is much harder. In addition to multiple choice, she gives you a large case study with quite a few analysis questions to complete. The exam is very lengthy and the questions are open ended/broad. I ended up getting a B on the final. The quizzes and small assignments, are all very simple and come from lecture material. The weekly labs are manageable (even if you get assigned unmotivated lab partners like I did). The labs are not difficult and they help reinforce lecture material. Each lab write-up takes anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 hours to complete. My lab group got an A or A- on all of the lab write-ups. Overall, I ended up with an A- in this class! I think this class got substantially easier/less stressful than previous quarters. TIPS FOR GETTING A GOOD GRADE: use the Power Point slides as your main study tool for the exams, do NOT waste your money on the textbooks (they are not necessary), allot at least 3-4 days to study for the midterm and final, attend the last day of lecture (there is a helpful review game/assignment), and ask a lot of questions in lab to ensure that your work is satisfactory.