EPS SCI 3

Astrobiology

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Jean-Luc Margot See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 3.8 Workload 3.9 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.2

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Class was easy up until the final. Many of the questions in the final weren't relevant to the coursework whatsoever. There was a question that asked how the a bridge was knocked down, and the answer was wind... wind. like are you kidding me? We learn about tides, gravitational forces, extremophiles and he asks me a question about how a bridge was destroyed, and the answer somehow was wind when we never covered wind in the lecture slides. If you are going to ask random questions might as well ask when Napoleon invaded the Russian empire, at least that's relevant to the world.

Fall Quarter 2017
Kevin McKeegan See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.4 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.4

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GE Cluster 70A
Professor McKeegan cares deeply about his students and their learning. He taught GE Cluster 70 very well for several non-science majors. He makes the concepts really clear and organizes his lectures well. He uses great demonstrations to teach and tries to make the course very interesting. He was very helpful during review session also. I highly recommend that you take a course from him.

Dec. 17, 2012
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Bruce Runnegar See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.2 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 2.2

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Runnegar co-taught this class with Professor Margot, and I always dreaded Runnegar and looked forward to Margot. Since the two taught in the same class, it's easy to compare and say that Margot was much better. Runnegar's lecture slides were all photos and diagrams, but no words or explanations, so you couldn't miss any of what he was saying because you had to write it all down. Also, his midterm was much harder I thought because the questions were all which of the following is NOT true, which I personally can't stand. All of this is simply in comparison to Margot, who put everything on the lecture slides and had easier tests. If you have the choice between the two for a GE or something, take Margot.

Dec. 17, 2009
Tina Treude See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 3.5 Workload 4.2 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.5

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This review is for EPS SCI 15 (INTRO TO OCEANOGRAPHY) since she is not listed with this class in bruinwalk.
Honestly, EPS SCI 15 is a seriously insanely complex class, with it being an intro class. The mid-term wasn't hard, but the requirements that go around this class make your grade primarily focusing on the lab itself... which is ridiculous if you already did your lab requirement. I don't think the lab portion should be required if you already did it! My lab requirement class made it a separate listing... Anyways. I think the concept of weekly lab tests is absurd and over the top. Also, what's the point of the lab assignments if they don't even count for our grade? My TA was extremely nice and patient but sometimes what she made is do during lab wasn't as easy as it was to do on the quiz. Although Treude does allow 10% extra credit, it isn't enough for what she makes you go through with this glass being a GE. This class is only an easy A/B if you have it as a pass/ no pass. Also, the lectures are ridiculously boring and her voice can get very soft and makes it hard to hear at times. The slides also have so much info and most of the time it's pointless writing what she has on the slides because she posts the slides on CCLE, which makes it more convenient to focus more on what she says that isn't on the slides (which is rarely... since she generally reads only what's on the slide). I can't wait for this class to be over... Way too much stress for a class that grad schools won't even care about if you're a non-stem major... and even then, I have some stem friends in this class who hate it. Also, that lab final... Treude needs to find a way to make this class a learning experience and not a stress experience. This class does have the potential to be fun, but the stress brought through the lab makes this class a hell.
Oh UCLA... how I hate your science reqs as someone who is a humanities major...

Winter Quarter 2019
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