Module taken in Sem 2 AY2011/12
Social-Cognitive Perspectives of Emotion
Lecturer(/s): Dr Eddie Tong
What is it about?: Many factors/issues related to Emotions, with regards to the social-cognitive component. E.g. The role of appraisals in emotions, emotional expression, emotion and cognition, etc.
How’s the workload?: One class presentation (2-3 man group), class participation, one mid term exam (1 essay qn), one finals (mcq + short answer).
Textbook is quite useless, talks about many things that seem totally irrelevant. Study his lecture notes well, and use the textbook as a supplement.
One 2 hr lecture every week, one 1 hour tutorial every week.
How difficult is it?: Content is relatively easy to understand, the class presentation/project may require some creativity (you’re supposed to come up with a novel research question/hypothesis).
Finals were relatively easy MCQs, with some application kind open ended questions. The MCQs dont require much memorizing of stuff, just good understanding of concepts
Miscellaneous Tips: Go for lectures – they are probably the crux of this module. I didn’t find the textbook very useful (if even at all) for the finals, he tested almost exclusively from his notes.
One thing to note about the finals is that it’s very application-based : You need to have a good understanding of all the concepts he covers in lectures and be able to recognize and apply the various concepts in different scenarios. Thus, study his lecture notes + any required journal article readings, those may be helpful. Read the textbook sparingly, if you have the time, but for things not covered in his lecture notes and is in the textbook, you probably don’t have to touch.
Should you take it?: Eddie Tong is a very nice professor and is humorous as well. His lectures should be quite enjoyable, though he does make frequent pronunciation errors which may make grammar nazis cringe.
I like his style as he doesn’t emphasize rote learning but encourages us to understand the material instead of memorizing it – for example he cites many studies to show certain points in his lectures but his description of the study is always very brief and succinct – he doesn’t require you to remember the name of scientists, exact methods, etc, but just the variables and the results and what it shows – the gist of it.
One of the more enjoyable Psych modules out there, don’t miss out on it 🙂
Predicted grade: B+
Actual grade: B+
Whew. Wasn’t sure where I stood for this really, didn’t do exceptionally well or badly for anything, kinda hovering in midair kinda thing. So this grade was expected.
Retrieved from Alan’s blog