Physiology and Human Biology
Winter 2021 - Cooper is such a sweet man, like genuinely, but this class was hands down the worst class Iv'e taken in the 7 series. The material is technically straight forward, and I was prepared for the typical tricky 7 series questions, but Cooper did such a bad job of explaining important aspects on different homeostatic process, main ideas, and changes to processes. By the time we got to the midterm the questions were significantly harder than the concepts and clickers that were went over in class. Im all down for taking personal responsibility but Cooper did an awful job at preparing us for the exams
Summer 2020 - 7c isn't a difficult class in and of itself, but it shares the same bad reputation for unclear test questions that the entire 7 series is known for. I would say that 7c is the most unfair when it comes to test questions. I had a very easy time in 7a and 7b, and though I did end up with an A in this course, it was not without some anxiety. There were multiple unclear/unfair questions on both midterms that resulted in initial scores that were very low. My midterm scores ended up going up about 10% each after many students contacted the TAs and professor about bad questions. To her credit, Professor Das was very accomodating and removed most of the bad questions or allowed multiple answers. Compared to other professors my friends have had, I think that my experience with Dr. Das was actually pretty fortunate. The class is not that difficult if you do the Launchpad readings and make note of what is emphasized during the discussion sections. I found that discussions for this class were much more helpful than those for 7a and 7b, so take advantage of that. I also found it helpful to watch Armando Hasudungan's anatomy and physiology videos on youtube. I would recommend watching once before doing the readings and again to review for exams. My final piece of advice is to remain calm when taking this course and trust the professor. Even though many of us were stressed about our grades during the course, Dr. Das was fair about final grades and it seemed that many of us ended with A's.
Spring 2020 - If you're reading this far into the future, this information will probably/hopefully be applicable to you. For those of you that are taking LS7C in summer or fall 2020, good luck. Esdin was a wonderful professor. He always explained everything thoroughly, gave us time to think about questions, and never failed to answer any question during office hours. You've likely taken LS 7B so you know all about the Launchpad, participation, difficult exams, etc. As for the changes made during this quarter due to remote learning: Lectures: Unlike Khankan, Esdin decided to prerecord his lectures and post them on CCLE instead. This prevented us from asking questions during lecture, but this was fine because there was so much material to cover this quarter that all the questions probably would have slowed us down. On the other hand, Esdin still wanted to simulate an actual class environment so he would stop talking for a couple minutes during each clicker question. This was kind of awkward, but didn't bother any of us much, and I just fast-forwarded through the waiting time after I had worked out the answer. Participation/Clickers: Since we couldn't physically all be in the same class, we took a VERY short (like 2 questions) multiple choice quiz on CCLE after watching each lecture that day. The quizzes opened 50 minutes after lectures were posted and closed at 10:50 PM that day, so you had to watch lecture to answer the questions. I'm pretty sure it wasn't graded on correctness, but we were still given two attempts. Launchpad: Identical format to LS 7B. Points come from the small quizzes and PEQ. Just power through it, because each week is about a new body system and there's A LOT of information. You got this!! Discussion: Each discussion session was on Zoom, and we had online worksheets through Gradescope. We would split up into breakout rooms of 4-5 to work on the assignment. Some of the worksheets were super short, but sometimes they took the entire time to finish. It all depends on your TA and Zoom breakout room of course. CLC: Since everything was online, I took advantage of my time and went to a CLC session each week. This was particularly helpful for the midterm (and would've been for the final). We would just screen share and work on the worksheet shared to the group, and we worked in Zoom breakout rooms. Midterms/Final: The first midterm was a little challenging, because unlike LS 7A&B, we were introduced to free response questions on Gradescope. We were also given 50 minutes to do 6 FRQs which was not enough time. We had about 30 multiple choice questions on CCLE with 1 hour to do them. It was difficult to finish the free response, so we were given a full hour during the second midterm. If you studied everything from Launchpad, your notes, discussion worksheets, and CLC as much as you can, then you should be okay, just don't freak out if confusing questions arise. You should know by know that's just how the LS series rolls. Due to the protests and just the general chaos of the world, the final was an automatic 100% for everyone!! Thank goodness, because genome browser during the last three weeks of the quarter was stressful and I was burnt out by that point. ESDIN: As a lecturer, Esdin always took his time to explain everything, which was helpful of course. I ended up speeding the video up 1.5x just as a personal preference. I didn't go to Esdin's office hours often, but when I did I always learned something new and it was a pleasant vibe. Course topics/studying tips: There was so much information to cover that you have to read Launchpad thoroughly to fully grasp everything though. This isn't like LS 7A; you have to prepare for concepts. I took IB Bio HL 2 in high school and honestly the topics were VERY similar so I feel like that preparation helped me and encouraged me throughout the quarter. A full list of information we went over includes: cell communication, nervous system, endocrine system, motor/muscle systems, cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, excretory and digestive systems, immune system, and another three weeks of Genome Browser stuff. What I did to maintain my sanity each week, stop myself from drowning in stress, and just to organize information so I could remember everything was: doing the pre-class worksheets posted on CCLE each week, making flashcards of all the learning objectives with diagrams and detailed info, doing Launchpad early/basically as soon as it was posted so I had time to study and absorb information without rushing it the night before, taking thorough notes of definitions and new info and adding to them during lecture, and checking campuswire and groupme for updates and questions.
Summer 2021 - Run as far away from this professor as you can. Take it with Khankan/Esdin or something. There is such a gap between the difficulty of clicker questions/class material and the exam. There is absolutely nothing I get out of lecture, to be honest. He just reads from the slides. And clicker questions rarely get explained in depth. He just says “okay?” and moves on. Do not be fooled by the previous Bruinwalk reviews. I, as well as many others, were conned into taking this class with him during session A. And extra credit? Consider that gone. In previous quarters, a midterm wrapper quiz was given after each midterm to earn some extra points, as well as LA reviews and such. We had to CONVINCE this professor to do even the wrapper quizzes, probably because he saw how terrible everyone did on the exams and didn’t want to look bad. The wording of the midterms was so vague and broad, I found myself saying “fuck it” with half of the questions. Can’t wait to see how terrible the final is.
Fall 2020 - I love this woman. She is so amazing and gives really good lectures. For 7C she mainly lectures about gene editing for the last 2-3 weeks, so it is a bit different in class since CRISPR and gene editing are still really new fields compared to everything that Khankan would lecture about. As a person though she is so nice and just radiates queen energy. I would high recommend her.
Spring 2021 - This is more of a review for the class than Khankan, but this is one of the most poorly structured classes I've taken. LS 7B and A were annoying but doable, but the first two exams have been my worst two in my life. The resources (especially launchpad) really don't help and they are not very accommadating, hopefully it gets better when its back in person or they change the course structure
Summer 2021 - I worked hard to get the grade I earned in this class. As a psychology major, biology is not one of my strengths. Aly is an amazing teacher who is passionate about biology. He was always prepared for lectures and was clear in expectations. Don't mind the comment, "The worst professor I have had at UCLA by far. Does not teach and constantly puts down his students." In my opinion, Aly is an instructor who will push you to grow and engage with the material. It was a difficult summer class with an early start, so I imagine that person who complained was still in pajamas with their camera off.
Spring 2019 - Hung is such a sweet guy so I feel bad saying this, but there is a bit of difficulty created by his accent and I usually have no trouble understanding accents (I do have an auditory processing disorder but it's never been this hard for me before). That being said, he is so kind and willing to help and always enthusiastic. My only critique is that he got fairly behind in the material by the end and had to breeze through quite a bit on the last day. As a whole, I would still recommend taking him, especially if he teaches with Khankan again. I would DEFINITELY take him over Pires or Kane.