Winter 2017 - The grade breakdown for my quarter was as follows: 10 percent: Participation (attend 8/10 discussion sections) 20 percent: Essays (9 total with 2 dropped) 20 percent: Quizzes (10 total with 2 dropped, but 3 got dropped because I think a bunch of people complained about the way quizzes were scored) 20 percent: Final Paper 30 percent: Final Exam (50 questions and 5 extra credit questions) The final exam was really easy (a lot easier than the quizzes), and only covered application of general concepts, definitions, etc. The final paper involved comparing your native language and a second language you had exposure to, and the rubric for it is pretty straight forward (but not sure if the grading will accurately follow it since haven't received the rubric yet), The quizzes and essays are what most people had problems with from what I can see from other reviews. The quizzes are mostly questions pulled from the online recorded lectures, but some involve application of concepts, and the scoring was a bit odd for them (ex. selecting 3 answers, but getting 1 wrong resulted in you only getting 1/3 credit for the question). Acing the quizzes is doable if you watch the lectures and have a TA that is willing to help during discussion. As for essays, it is largely dependent on what TA you get. In my case, my TA was not that harsh on grading and was overall pretty helpful. As for workload, I personally did not read the vast majority of the textbook, but watched most of the lectures and read the course reader alongside it. I think that reading the course reader should be sufficient for most people when studying for the final, but the lectures (2 hours per week) are helpful for the quizzes and essays.