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Writing and Research in the Disciplines - RSRCH&WRIT HUMAN

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Prof: David Newman / Winter 2023

May 21, 2024

Comments on the course

The course itself is not difficult, but you must have experience writing scientific papers, or knowing what they are like at least. I didn't have any concept of the papers, so that I didn't understand what I was studying until mid-semester, which made my early grades in this class a mess.

Course Content

In short, you will learn how to create a scientific essay. There are 4 major parts you need to do: annotated biography, research proposal(includes literature review), draft paper, and final paper. You will need to choose a topic about Creativity for your final paper at the beginning, and work on the things with another teammate.

Comments on the professor

David Newman is very professional and patient, sometimes he even brings legos for us to play around which is really interesting, but honestly he is not good at helping his students. He had all of his course content on Canvas, and he would teach it in class as well; but the thing was, this class was in the first semester of my first year, and I had no idea how to use Canvas at the time, and then he blamed me for it. What's more, he always ignores that he students in this class are mostly first year engineering/science students who have no experience or time for writing papers And his lectures can make people sleepy, Dr AMSR basically

Advice

The flow of this course may vary depending on the professor. For Dr Newman, there are only two most important things: 1. Watch his tutorial videos on Canvas (therefore I don't recommend to take this course on term 1 year 1) 2. Find a good teammate!!!!!!! My teammate at the time was the last one left and this guy was a nightmare and made the course 10 times more difficult for me! I don’t want to say too much, but there is one story I want to share: I finished writing the draft paper and final paper by myself, and then he actually deleted everything I wrote and replaced it with things written by ChatGPT!!!!!!!! Some other tips: Choose a very specific small topic; Do NOT use ChatGPT!

Delivery: In personGrade: B-Workload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
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2Bad Class
2Hard
1Very Boring
1Useless

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4Good Prof

Prof: Andrew Conolly / Winter 2022

Dec 10, 2022

Comments on the course

Pretty much a useless class. The only things you learn here are things that you would probably easily learn on your own as you make way through academia. The vast majority of things you are taught will probably not apply to your field.

Course Content

Content was boring. You learn quite a bot about climate change denialism but I doubt there are many people interested in that. You have to write a 2000 word essay on a topic you will likely not be interested in and have absolutely no background in.

Comments on the professor

The prof was good as a teacher, and gave helpful feedback, but he marks VERY harshly.

Advice

If you are taking this class just to get done with your Communications requirement, make sure you go for a section that has a topic you are interested in.

Delivery: OnlineGrade: Rather not sayWorkload: ModerateTextbook Use: No
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1Very Boring
1Useless

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1Awful Prof

Prof: Laila Ferreira / Fall 2022

Nov 23, 2022

Comments on the course

Extremely boring and not helpful at all. I am blanking out 70% of the time during class and half the class is always missing.

Course Content

Expect to learn nothing. Drop it while you still can unless you wanna question your whole life looking at these assignments.

Comments on the professor

All she does are looking down on you, faking that smile against students and making sure you suffer through out the course. She loves to give vague comments and heavy workload but can't even manage to return the work until the end of term to provide feedbacks. You will not understand any of these assignments and the purpose of them. Hi Laila, or "Dr. Laila" you prefered, if u see this comment, just quit. Go teach primary school or something. Stop ruining the next generation.

Advice

Make sure you do some research on your prof before selecting it. If you're in "Dr. Laila" class, drop it. Do not hesistate.

Delivery: In personGrade: Not sure yetWorkload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: No
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3OK Class
3Avg. Difficulty
3Kinda Interesting
4Useful

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3OK Prof

Prof: Andrew Conolly / Winter 2021

May 27, 2022

Comments on the course

Enjoyed the class and the topic, hated how it was graded. Standard writing course, with a focus on research writing. Useful for anyone interested in going into research or who expects to read research papers. I literally used my research proposal presentation template from this class for my own actual research proposal.

Comments on the professor

Andrew grades VERY harshly ;-;

Delivery: In personGrade: B+Workload: Moderate
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5Very Useful

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4Good Prof

Prof: Tara Lee / Winter 2022

May 18, 2022

Comments on the course

Really boring lectures, useful stuff though

Delivery: HybridGrade: B+Workload: HeavyTextbook Use: No
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2Bad Class
2Hard
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1Awful Prof

Prof: Andrew Conolly / Winter 2021

Jan 4, 2022

Comments on the course

Objectively, the class is not bad. It teaches you how to read, write, and analyze scientific articles, which you will find very useful later. However, personally, I found it extremely boring, the material poorly explained and no feedback at all. Also received "major issues on sentence-level writing". I have a Cambridge C2 certificate and a lifetime of English experience. Never even got an explanation for why I got such a bad grade. Also, the final, 2000-long paper assignment is simply ridiculous - close to 0 meaning, a task to write a meaningful essay on topic I have no interest, nor experience in, with a very short preparation time. Terrible class. Hope I won't fail the year because of it.

Course Content

Useful, but poorly explained.

Comments on the professor

Andrew Conolly lacks all the qualities of a good professor. He is shut, unreachable, and does not provide good feedback. I get that it is hard to manage a large university class, however, you must still make at least a little effort. I had middle school teachers than him. Dr. Conolly, if you're reading this - quit.

Advice

Be ready to write an actual paper. Get your "sentence-level writing" up to Dr. Conolly's level.

Delivery: OnlineGrade: Not sure yetWorkload: ModerateTextbook Use: No
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3OK Class
3Avg. Difficulty
2Boring
4Useful

Prof: Thomas Bittner / Fall 2020

May 15, 2021

Comments on the course

This class was interesting. Dr. Bittner is an intelligent and good instructor--and the material is reasonably interesting. It can be very difficult to be properly interested in reading studies, but this version of the course was much better than the one I initially took with Dr. Burgess. You need to do the readings for this class--can't be emphasized enough. Otherwise, most things are straightforward. Some conversations with classmates, assignments, some in-class quizzes. Decent iteration of the class, and a step up from the one I originally took.

Advice

Do all the readings, and learn the art of skimming. You can't read every article in its entirety in detail or you'll find you're sitting in front of your screen for an unholy amount of time. Try not to procrastinate your last paper as well. I did a little, but came out with a remarkably decent grade given my investment. Also *clarify* assignment requirements and quiz requirements in detail, long before they are due. Some of Dr. Bittner's guidance for the assignments and quizzes can be too nebulous, and specificity is required on some of the content.

Grade: B+Attendance: MandatoryTextbook Use: Yes
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1.7Bad Class
2Hard
2Boring
1Useless

Prof: Dylan Cree / Fall 2020

Dec 29, 2020

Comments on the course

Boring boring lectures, I literally zoned out for over 50% of it.

Advice

For exams make sure you study KEY TERMS in the glossary, and for writing well... I hope you had a good English 12 teacher :).

Grade: BAttendance: Non-MandatoryTextbook Use: Yes
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3OK Class
3Avg. Difficulty
2Boring
4Useful

Prof: Dennis Foung / Fall 2020

Dec 27, 2020

Comments on the course

As someone who hated English in high school, I found this much more enjoyable than I expected. Everything you do has a clear purpose with well defined expectations. The workload is very manageable as well. I found prof. Foung to be great and very compassionate (though a little hard to understand at times). I'd highly recommend him.

Advice

Be sure to choose a topic you find interesting.

Grade: A-Attendance: Non-MandatoryTextbook Use: No

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