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Jaime Pineda
Professor in the Cognitive Science department
at University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
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Overall Quality
3.4
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.4
Clarity
3.5
Easiness
2.7
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03/27/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
COGS 174 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A

Interesting class about the history, culture, and neuroscience of drugs. Reading is required for weekly quizzes but not for exams. Exams stick to lecture slides but can get pretty specific, not just concept based. Pineda is a nice guy & his lecture style is just fine. If you are interested in the topic, you will do fine, if not, you may struggle.

12/08/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
COGS 107a Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The quizzes are tough at times taken online but it has a time limit, the exams are even harder, really pay attention to the slides from lecture for the exams. No extra credit is offered. He is a good teacher and very intelligent, it's not always necessary to attend class but better if you do. Book offers a little assistance on subjects.

11/16/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
107a Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He goes through some of the hardest stuff (which most neuroscience students are still foreign to, like neuronal electrical circuits) very rapidly, and expects you to figure out a lot of stuff own your own. Neuron labs are usually a big mess, since no ones sure what they are doing. He skips a lot of material on lectures, but still tests you on them

12/27/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
COGS107A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Some lectures were interesting and some were boring. Definitely a lot of material to learn. Online quizzes were pretty difficult. Labs were confusing and mostly had nothing to do with the subject learned in class. Tests require a lot of studying.

04/01/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
COGS174 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Fairly interesting material covered, but lectures tended to get repetitive. Pineda is very open about his experiences, which is cool. He's not great at answering questions, often gives open-ended answers or skims over question if it's not entirely relevant to the material. Lots of quizzes that were harder than expected! Keep up with readings.

12/08/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
COGS107A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Quizzes are tested from the book. Midterms/final are all from the lecture (the book won't help much there). Make book outlines to study for the quizzes. Listen to the podcast and use the study guide to study for the exams. There's a lot of memorization involved and he really tests on if you know the material, so try to really understand everything.

06/08/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
COGS174 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

its the drugs class. that just screams great class. Pineda is great, extremely laid back and very approachable. Tests are pretty detailed and it was a tad hard without a background in bio. not easy professor but definitely one of the best

12/18/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Cogs107A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Lectures were interesting. Tests were not that hard, just put in study time. Pay attention to the study guide. That's your best friend. Know it back and forth because that's basically all the questions he'll ask on midterms + final. Quizzes were the hardest though. The class avg for quizzes were low. Overall, good prof, good class. Take!

03/29/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
COGS174 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Podcasts and posts lectures online. Skips a lot of the more technical material from his own notes. He gives you a good idea of what to expect for each quiz/test beforehand.

12/25/2008
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
COGS17 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

His lectures are very boring. The quizzes are straight from discussion, so pay attention carefully during discussion. His exams are easy; just pure memorization, no concept needed. His explanations are very unclear, but you have to bare with it since exams are based on lectures. About 1% curve for A and 3% for C. Overall, avoid.

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