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Statistics of Biological Systems

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Alan Garfinkel Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Morgan Tingley See Full Profile

Overall 4.9 Easiness 4.2 Workload 3.5 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.9

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Highly recommend taking Tingley because he made it really easy to pass the class and give his students a high chance to get an A . He's a really sweet guy and easy to approach if you ever have any questions. (Break down of the grade is at the bottom)

Tingley is an amazing professor and did extremely well transitioning to remote teaching. He cares a lot about his student and makes it his goal to make sure his students are able to succeed. His lectures were clear but pretty boring. I did fine without truly paying attention in lecture, however, I think it's key to understand the homeworks and labs for exams. In section, you'll spend the entire time working on the lab that will help you with the homeworks (not entirely but at least for the basic concepts and some code). Lab attendance is NOT mandatory, but I would suggest going to them because that's where I learned all of the material needed to pass the exams. Most of the time, I relied on office hours and the groupme to figure out the coding portions of the homework. This is the most time consuming part of this class, but they are totally doable. You really don't need to have any background in python or cocalc (although it helps) to finish the coding homeworks. His exams were mostly conceptual where you just need to have a decent understanding of the material rather than coding and you don't need to memorize any formulas.

Break down of the grade:
Prelab Quiz: 9 X 5 = 45 points (graded on completion)
Weekly Homework: 9 X 40 = 360 points (lowest is dropped but still scaled out of 360 points)
Bi-Weekly Knowledge Checks: 5 X 9 = 45 points (graded on completion and encourages you to work with a partner)
Midterm: 1 X 200 = 200 points
Final: 1 X 350 = 350 points

Extra Credit (Up to 30 pts):
Practice Exam Submission: 2 X 10 = 20 points
Course Evaluation (Week 9 – 10): 1 X 10 = 10 points
Total: 1000 points

Spring Quarter 2020
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Sharmila Venugopal See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 3.8 Workload 3.7 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 4.7

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I think that Dr. Venugopal has a kind soul and truly cares for her students, but sometimes I did get a little lost by her lectures. I think this may have to do with the fact that it is a new course and they are still figuring out how to teach it, but I think the material here could be quite useful. Don't be scared by the thought of coding, because even though it is challenging, it is rewarding when you figure something out. I would say that if you want to be challenged, take this class.

Spring Quarter 2020
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