GEOG 105


Description: Lecture, three hours. Requisites: course 104, Statistics 12. Role of water in geographic systems: hydrologic phenomena in relation to climate, landforms, soils, vegetation, and cultural processes and impacts on landscape. Field projects required. P/NP or letter grading.

Units: 4.0
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Overall Rating 1.0
Easiness 1.5/ 5
Clarity 1.0/ 5
Workload 2.0/ 5
Helpfulness 1.0/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Winter 2019 - As a Geography/Environmental Studies Transfer Student, I was excited to see the Hydrology Course on the catalog even before I was accepted to UCLA. When I saw it was being offered, I found out that Lettenmaier was in the Academy of Sciences and was one of the leaders in the field of Hydrology, and became even more excited. I looked at "reviews" of Lettenmaier and this class online, but pushed them aside. I'm an A student. I love a good challenge if the knowledge I learn is exciting. When I read negative "reviews" about a professor online I usually take it as the student didn't try hard enough, or was looking for an easy class and didn't like doing the work. But then I went to class.... Here are just some of the grievances I have with Lettenmaier and his class: 1) He clearly hasn't even LOOKED at his slides OR homework assignments since he last taught this class in 2015. He would say things like "I don't know why this slide is here," or "This variable probably means this but I'm not sure." When attending office hours for clarification on a homework assignment, he said to me "I haven't looked at it yet, so I don't know." He then proceeds to review the material on the homework in class after it was due. 2) He is an extremely poor lecturer. He reads off the slides, tending to speed through important ones, and his explanations are very difficult to comprehend. There is very little background given to WHY we're learning what we're learning, how it can be applied, when we would use these equations/methods, etc. He teaches this class like he expects us all to be graduate engineering students or already have a background in hydrology. I don't think his teaching style reflects an introduction to Hydrology whatsoever 3) He's very unhelpful when it comes to clarification. Asking questions often seemed futile, as his responses were again very difficult to understand. He often tended to look at us like we should already know that. 4) He didn't teach us the material needed for the assignments or exams. If he did, it was not explained well, and we had to figure out ourselves how to apply what he showed us to the problems. 5) Tests were extremely difficult, and he was a very tough grader. One small error was anywhere from -5% to -15%. The proof is in the pudding: I've never seen a drop rate as fast or as heavy as in this class. The first day there were probably 30 students, by the end there were 11 total, only about 7 of which actually came to lecture. EVEN THEN, WITH THE SMALLEST CLASS I HAVE EVER TAKEN, THIS WAS THE MOST IMPERSONAL CLASS I HAVE EVER TAKEN. He was NOT there when we needed help, when he absolutely could have been. It was such a disappointment. With 7 active students, Lettenmaier could have taught us some really awesome, complex things, changed our whole perspective or interest in water and hydrology, but instead let this class become the most disappointing in my time at UCLA. I suggest you don't take this class. Buy the book (Hendrick's Intro to Hydrology) and learn from it yourself. That's basically what we had to do anyway.
Overall Rating 3.3
Easiness 1.7/ 5
Clarity 3.7/ 5
Workload 1.6/ 5
Helpfulness 4.6/ 5
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