Douglas Brown - University of Waterloo

Professor: Douglas Brown
Department: Psychology
College: University of Waterloo
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH238
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Brown was a decent prof, but his lectures are super boring so be prepared for that. There was a final group paper where you get randomly assigned to a group of 5 or 6, lots of easy participation marks, and super easy tests if you study. Tests are MC and based on both lectures and textbook material. Pretty boring course but an Easy A!
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH238
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He is such a cutie! makes the best midterms I know, really teaches well and knows his material.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH238
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Doug is so boring he makes you want to scratch your eyeballs out. At least you get work for other classes done during his lectures. I suggest getting a Netflix account before you come to class... Easy A if you study
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH238
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
LOVED DOUG. Hilarious and his explanation of concepts were so amazing. He made a rather boring subject so interesting. His midterms were so easy - studies from lecture heavy & text content is probably a bit less than 1/3. You can do well on the group project if you just answer the questions he asks - easy A. 5% bonus credits are awesome too.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH238
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
The lectures were kind of boring, midterms were easy if you studies. The group project was marked really hard. He does give 5% bonus for this course so it isn't too difficult to get a good grade.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH238
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Material is really dry and coupled with a rather monotone prof doesn't make that any better. Tests are all MC and pretty easy. Just read the textbook cause 60% of questions are from there. There's a group project but you don't get any feedback on it so it feels pretty pointless.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH338
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
You will get good grade if you study. Most multiple choice questions are directly from the textbook, but you will need to be in class to get his short answer questions (which are worth 30 marks). He also gives bonus credit for participating in studies, writing journal review, and filling out group surveys.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH338
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
3 tests (MC+Short answer) and a group report (6 pages). If you took Psych 253 (Social Psych) you have an advantage, lots of similar contentstudies. Pray that you don't get stuck with lazy group members for team assignment. Lectures help to understand the studies in the slides, but you definitely need to know the textbook material really well.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH338
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He expects you to study the whole book and memorize it. His questions are all application and it's like he makes them to trick you. He is useless when it comes to asking for help and acts like you are only attending one class which is his. If you have to take this class, i recommend KNOWING the chapters in depth. His lectures are pointless.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH338
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Nice guy! Funny and down to earth.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH338
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
his lectures consist of case studies and research examples, which i found it enlightening but that's it. if you want A, cram the textbook in your head. his tests are written as if he jigsaw-puzzled questions submitted by the TAs. he throws a bone to ppl who pays in the lecture by shoving 4 to 5 lectured-based questions on the tests
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH338
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
nice guy, really boring, not interesting at all, not difficult, not hard to achieve an A, as long as you read the text book and remember it, down to earth but not exactly helpful
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH338
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I am pretty forgiving in my expectations of profs. I do not expect much out of a 300 p. class. In saying that I strongly suggest not taking this course. The material is "common sense" ex employees who are punctual prove to be good employees. Case studies are high school textbook ques; Pointless and time consuming. 3 test class avgs were in low 70s
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH338
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The course content was ok, but he presented it in a pretty boring way. Does not really seem to care about his students much.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH338
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He isn't very interested in students, but he is passable as a lecturer and teacher. He mines the textbook for tiny details, which is to your detriment on the multiple-choice tests, but the questions are at least written in a clear style. The case studies are long and annoying, and he did not provide any bonus opportunities like other psych courses.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH338
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Not a good lecturer, and it seems like he knows it. Shows lots of videos that don't really relate to class content so that he won't have to lecture. Gives simplistic explanations with few workplace examples, which is unfortunate in an Organizational Behavior class. Gives off an attitude that he doesn't care about teaching the course.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC00
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great prof, funny guy, sarcastic, interesting in general.... I don't see why people think he's boring... try to go talk to him after class, he's super nice! I think he challenges his students... but his exams could be a bit more fair perhaps...
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH338
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Boring, and kind of a jerk. Repeats himself a lot, supposedly for clarity but it made me want to slam my forehead on the desk repeatedly. Assigned a 10-15 page term paper (worth 25% of final mark) with practically no topic guidelines, and a one-letter-grade-per-day late penalty. Absolutely refuses to post his powerpoint lecture slides online. ARGH!
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH338
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
LAZY!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH338
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The problem with Brown's lectures is that they consist of examples of studies that don't PROVE anything conclusive! Brown always mentions correlational relationships, but doesn't know the cause of anything. It's frustrating to hear about unfair interviewing practices and not know how to FIX anything. It makes the course quite frustrating!
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