Peter Hurd - University of Alberta

Professor: Peter Hurd
Department: Psychology
College: University of Alberta
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCO104
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: No
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Loved his class, he always made it fun and interesting. you could either show up to the live lectures or wait to do it on your own time which was nice, but led to bad study habits on my end. the tests were all really unusual, as many students rarely got over 70%, but in those situations, he changed it to a bell curve. U don't need the textbook btw
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Hurd is a good guy in general, he's really nice and he's funny but he's not the best prof, specifically for online learning. You basically just read the textbook and watch 2 hours of lecture videos a week. He also didn't really give out reviews for exams so you never really knew what to expect on them. A good guy but not the greatest prof.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH104
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
So basically hes a mess and super disorganized. Honestly youll just have to read the whole textbook to learn anything. If you want good notes and lectures he is NOT your guy. If you want to be able to skip class and just read the textbook on your own youll be fine.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC104
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Awful prof, rambles on during lectures, takes forever to get to the point, clearly only cares about his research, made no effort to provide students with useful resources to prepare for the test, it was essentially "memorize the entire textbook." Seems like a very lovely and funny person, just not a good prof.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCO372
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Weekly lectures were posted where he would ramble about topics and make no sense. Weekly assignments where you answer a question about a concept. Some of them were easy, some made no sense. No rubrics either so the TA marked inconsistently. There was really no point in watching many of his lecture videos unless it pertained to an assignment.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC104
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Took professor Hurd's intro to psych course online. He provided no course outcomes or any info about what the class covers or what is important. His lecture videos are boring and hard to follow. Weekly synchronous meetings are basically a waste of time. Most of the learning is done through long textbook readings.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Do not take this guy's class if it's online. He has no idea how to run technology and that forces him to spend three hours on one chapter for lecture videos. Plus you have to read a 40-page chapter from the textbook per week. His tests are ridiculous and he does not prepare you for what will be on them.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH104
  • Grade Received: INC
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Took his online class and has soooo many videos to watch and the longest textbook to read. The class averages for the exams were very very low and is a very draining class, not a GPA booster. Im first year sciences and this class stresses me out more than anything else. Marked on 2 midterms and a final, 30% each, seems like a really nice guy though
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCO104
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He is not good with technology, and his lectures can drag. He is a sweet guy though, and makes it clear what is expected of you.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCO372
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
The curve in this class was wild. He claims to write "difficult content" on purpose but the only reasons the exams were hard was due to the confusing way he worded questions and lots of incorrect grammar. Overall I learned nothing but a good grade is not hard to achieve if you read the textbook. No need to go to class.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCO372
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of the few classes I feel like I didn't learn anything. iClicker Qs, 6 in-class assign., 2 midterms, and final. Pete goes off on tangents and it is extremely difficult to follow his lectures. eClass notes don't match up with his lecture notes. The textbook terribly organized as well. Can receive a good grade if you make sure to study hard
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCO104
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The lectures did not cover everything you need to know for the tests. I would recommend spending a lot of time studying the textbook and doing the online practice questions. The MC tests are very straightforward, there's just a large volume of info. Its worth coming to class though. He hints at what will be tested and is an engaging speaker.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Its obvious that hes passionate about psychology and seems like a good person. However, his lectures were almost impossible to follow, with tons of personal anecdotes and jumping back and forth between topics. If you read the textbook cover to cover youll honestly do fine in the course, but dont expect to learn much in the lectures.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCO104
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures were hilarious w. interesting stories & experiences. Sure, you have to read the custom 400 pg text. Tests are from (now type written!) lecture and text-- mostly text. 2 MC midterms (non cumul.) 50 ques. and the final is a cumul. MC exam. 10% of grade from research partic. You will enjoy lecture -- he is animated and excited about his work.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: PYSCH104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Hurd's lectures feel like he is just rambling on. I would try to listen closely and follow along but would quite often getting lost in what he was saying and miss things that were already said. He is funny at times. He only posts an outline of notes and uses them as the slides. Doesn't give a lot of material. Just read and study the textbook.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH372
  • 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:
Pete was an awesome professor! however his slides were SO CONFUSING and extremely ILLEGIBLE, and exams were HARD! I received a B+ or higher in ALL of the pre-reqs to this class and had to drop it.... not good.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: PYSCO372
  • 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:
Very enthusiastic however his slides were handwritten and were incredibly hard to read. Illegible writing on slides leads to a lot of frustration when studying. Most of study time was taken trying to decipher his handwriting.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCO104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Pete was hilarious, until it came to the tests. Then he was pretty mean. They were RIDICULOUSLY HARD!!! And only half of the test material was covered in class.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCHB1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This Prof is awesome! He adds many humorous stories to his lectures that keep you listening and laughing. As long as you study you will do well in his class he doesn't add any tricks to his test. I loved him.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great prof. Very helpful one on one and also responds to your questions over the email regularly. Tests are hard however but if you read your textbook and look over his notes you should be fine
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