December 20, 2010

Olsen, Paul
Dinosaurs and the History of Life

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Do not believe the reviews below!! This class seems fascinating at first. The first few weeks deal with the history of geology, evolution, and the early Earth. Then, you get to the actual talk about dinosaurs. There are so many names that you could not even hope to spell in your wildest dreams. After about a week, you give up trying to take notes. You basically sit there listening to him speak in what seems like a foreign language and watch video clips from various TV programs about dinosaurs.

Writing the term paper is actually quite interesting, because you're actually forced to confront a topic and research it.

There are no meaningful evaluations of your understanding of the material until the final. Therefore, you basically end up cramming an immense amount of useless information in preparation for the final (which, undoubtedly, you will summarily forget upon leaving the exam).

Workload:

One term paper (you hand in a rough draft first that doesn't count)
One homework
Final (beware)
NOTHING ELSE