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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
3.5
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.4
Clarity
3.5
Easiness
2.6
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46 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/18/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
COGS 107A Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: Not sure yet
"Respected by students" "Clear grading criteria" "Tests are tough"

This class is really cool. Dr. Pineda is a good educator and it's easy to see he cares about what he teachesresearches. The downside to this class, for this quarter at least, were the TAIA's. They have a lot of responsibility in this class, and their efforts were seriously lacking. Pineda is legit, but the TAIA thing needs more selectivity.

12/10/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
COGS 107A Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader" "Tests are tough" "Get ready to read"

(6) Quizzes are online just from book readings assigned. Harder than anything else. Questions are ridiculous. (2) Tests are only from lectures, they are hard but not as bad as quizzes. (1) Final. USE STUDY GUIDES PROVIDED. Meager SONA extra-credit. Don't take this class unless you need it. It is rather demoralizing.

12/07/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
COGS107A Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: Not sure yet
"Tests are tough"

Eh. Pineda's alright. The course itself is a LOT of material in a short amount of time so get ready to hit the ground running. I'd probably take someone else if the option was available. Quizzes are from the book, but the tests are from Pineda's slides.

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.

12/19/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
COGS107A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Reading from the textbook will benefit on quizzes. But exams primarily take from lectures and slides. He knows his stuff and welcomes questions from students. It's not an easy course though. I worked my butt off and only got a B :(. No extra credit so..try your best from the very beginning!

11/03/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
COGS107A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Pineda is a great professor! He knows his stuff and teaches it well. His lectures are all posted online ahead of time and he provides all sorts of practice exams and study guides. He really wants his students to know the material and do well in the class. The material itself is a lot to remember but pretty straight forward. TAKE HIM!!

05/19/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
COGS17 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I took the course for it's title: Neurobiology of Cognition. This class was semi-early, and I was always able to keep awake. Try to sit in the front, as he tends to write on the board with not so dark chalk. He uses podcast and always laughs. The T.A.s are very knowledgeable. I'm thinking about taking the 107 series. Know keywords for quizzes!

03/27/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
COGS17 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Pretty easy class, but the book was way to detailed for lower div cogsci. If you read through his lecture slides, you'll do fine on all the quizzes. Quizzes can be a little tricky (an biologically incorrect) but everything was graded generously. Good lecturer overall and he's pretty funny. I'd take him for the 107 series too.

02/16/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
COGS175 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

this class structure is the worst ive ever seen. he doesnt lecture. every day a group presents an article, for the entire class period. occasionally he asks them questions to make them feel stupid and incompetant, but other than that he does nothing all quarter. way too much work for an elective. incredibly interesting material, but not worth this.

01/17/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Cogs107A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's an amazing prof, but his exams are SO HARD. People who had past exams definitely had an advantage, which really sucked for the curve. Reading and lecture are both ESSENTIAL, otherwise you won't do well in this class. I studied A LOT, did all the reading, and only missed 2 lectures... and I still only got a B. :( LOVE the prof and class tho!

01/06/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
COGS107A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

If you plan to go to some lectures, not all, you're screwed, trust me. Also, the second midterm is infernal compared to the first.

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