Module taken in Sem 2 AY2011/12
Lecturer(/s): Dr John Elliot
What is it about?: The development of an individual in the various domains such as emotions, moral reasoning, cognition, etc, from infant to adolescence.
How’s the workload?: One mid term essay, one ‘mid term’ MCQ test (was in week 13), one essay finals (two sections, 6 choose 3 short answer and 3 choose 1 essay)
One 2 hour lecture weekly, one 2 hour tutorial fortnightly.
Textbook is a typical Psych textbook, 40-60 pages a chapter a week. Some weeks 2 chapters.
How difficult is it?: Do you like memorizing things? If you do this is the module for you! Enjoy memorizing everything in the textbook as well as everything he says during lectures as well as everything in the tutorial.
Miscellaneous Tips: Lectures are important – he tests things that he talks about during lectures and his lectures cover his areas of focus, which he is likely to test in the finals. (you probably still have to know everything for the MCQ though) This made spotting rather easy – all his past year questions are available (just look for the distinctive style of 6C3, 3C1 format) and he doesn’t really repeat questions, so based on what he covers in lectures as well as what’s been asked in the previous year (s), you can spot some topics that will be tested.
Tutorials are not worth any CA, but some things that you discuss during class is important. Just have a clear idea of how to argue for/against the prominent issues and be aware of the various points/studies that you can use.
He does test details, such as age of learning how to walk and whatever crap, in the MCQ, so… happy memorizing. Do also know the studies that he cites in his lectures, he tested quite a few questions on those too (not in textbook).
To sum up, memorize the textbook and his lectures, and when you revise for finals use his ‘focus points’ based on what he touches on in lectures to think more deeply about those topics so you can write stuff in the essay.
Should you take it?: It’s a compulsory mod, so Psych majors don’t really have a choice. John Elliot is like a super old fellow who has been around for ages, so if you’re looking for a knowledgeable old man, he is the one. If you’re looking for an entertaining lecturer… look elsewhere.
Predicted grade: B
Actual grade: B-
-_- Suck ittttt devt psych. Guess my finals pulled me down. Really expected a B and in the case of a miracle, a B+, but I was left with a sour B-. All these intensive memory modules are pulling down my grades! (Biological Psychology was another one, and I got B- too)
Retrieved from Alan’s blog