Spring 2020 - Best coding/MATLAB professor EVER, along with Max Mansolf. Susy (pronouns they/them, please get it right) is extremely caring, truly cares about whether students learn rather than a huge grade stiggler. Spring quarter 2020 was rough times because of the pandemic, but Susy emailed the entire class a couple times to emphasize that they are here to help, that if you have any questions please do ask them, that they hope every one is taking care of themselves. I asked them questions, and they answer nicely and clearly (even though the answers are thru email, you can tell the warm nice tone from them). They also gave out 2 extra credit opportunities, very easy and kind of fun. Very clear lectures, as you can follow along on a MATLAB script they provide, and each point follows by example when needed. The homework was pretty easy, as long as you watch the lectures along with the lecture MATLAB scripts, you're good. They really care about whether you learn and if your wellbeing is ... well, mental health, and if you actually understand the material comes especially first during this pandemic, and Susy emphasizes that. ALSO, to ensure quality lecture recordings with no background noise and disturbances, Suzy frikin flipped their sleep schedule- I believe they recorded their lectures at night/past midnight, and they sleep during the day- SUper dedicated and just want you to succeed!! I'm not sure what's up with the Psych 85 ratings, but for MATLAB, Susy is the one to go! Belive me. I'm horrible at coding, but this class was enjoyable for me. Oh and, Susy sometimes throws their humor into lectures, it's like nerdy cute humor. Grade % breakdown: 50% homework (5 of them, 10% each) - easy to get full score as long as you follow the lecture scripts. If anything isn't clear, just email them 50% Final project - this final project is basically you have to code a psychological experiment, combining pretty much everything you learned from the class. And again, if you've been paying attention along the quarter, follow the scripts, and you will be fine. Doesn't have to be super complicated or anything, as long as it's logical and makes sense. Overall, easy A, would take again, Susy is great.
Spring 2020 - The whole class was asynchronous and she didn't even have office hours so she just posted lectures and required us to do the textbook readings. The lectures were long and full because she was nocturnal and filmed everything at night, so she was always whispering. I ended up dropping the class during week 10 because I knew I was failing it. The midterm was incredibly hard and the grading on the video presentations was harsh, so I didn't stand a chance. I dropped the class.
Fall 2020 - [for fall 2020 the pscyh 188b topic was fundamentals of user experience research] Great class and I hope they make this a permanent offering. Content is great and lectures were well organized for most of the quarter. The first half of content from the textbook is well organized and presented. The prof fell off the radar around week 4-6 and the final was very specific to lecture material, lots of memorization. The first few lectures without the textbook were really detailed and specific, kinda like they didn't know how to explain and break it down better. That was definitely the worst time in the class but afterwards I think they became a lot more receptive with the material. They gave extensions for the project and lectures were shorter which helped a lot. I think it's a solid class to take if you're interested in UX but it'll definitely take a lot of effort at some points.