MCD BIO 138

Developmental Biology

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Volker Hartenstein See Full Profile

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Selling Principles of Development Wolpert 6 edition pdf for $30. Text (925) 338-9643

Spring Quarter 2020
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David Lee See Full Profile

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MCDB 138 W14

***DOES NOT GRADE ON A CURVE***

Professor Lee shows a lot of enthusiasm for the subject and has a lot of knowledge as well. She goes over a lot of classic/old school experiments in the course and at some point midway through the course the experiments get pretty repetitive (read: EXTREMELY repetitive).

Exams are all free response questions. Most are "design an experiment" and only a couple are straight up recall. My advice is to study HOW to set up experiments for different concepts more so than studying the details of the concepts. I think people understood this since the average for the first exam was 77% and the average for the second exam was 91%. There is no curve for this class (or any of her classes apparently). With that being said, there are a lot of extra credit points given during the exams. A lot of extra credit.

Overall, great professor. I absolutely bombed the first exam and averaged 95% on the next two exams. After the first exam, I basically decided to focus on experiments of each concept rather than the concept itself. Do this for all three exams and you will be fine.

March 28, 2015
Shuo Lin See Full Profile

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He's alright, typical memorization so you know the routine. use bruindemand.org for the journals as a excellent review before the quizzes.

Nov. 10, 2012
Lawrence Lyons See Full Profile

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A lot of memorization for this class. Got B in the end. Make sure you study a bit everyday, because it's impossible to memorize all of this a few days before the final, especially if you have other science classes. recommend bruindemand.org for reading the scientific paper since they normally a lot of time to read. very approachable in office hours, but it's not ncessary, again spend time everyday memorizing, memorizing and memorizing. DON'T CRAM!!! and you will be ok.

June 19, 2012
Larry Lyons Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Karen Lyons See Full Profile

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I loved having Dr. Lyons for this class. It is a difficult class, and you can't get behind because a lot of the material builds on itself. However, Dr. Lyons couldn't be more clear as a lecturer. I recommend taking notes on almost everything she says because she adds details to the experiments from the slides and will explain concepts in ways that could make it easier to understand.

She really is one of the best professors I've had at UCLA and very clearly cares about her students. If you stay on top of the lectures and really know the experiments and how they contributed our scientific understanding of development, you'll do well.

Going to office hours is a huge help and Dr. Lyons and the TA's are very approachable and happy to answer any questions.

Fall Quarter 2019
Amy McWhorter See Full Profile

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Be prepared to memorize ALOT! If you have taken 153A , then you'll know what I'm talking about. The materials and concepts are not very difficult to understand but still this memorization makes it hard. The papers that we had to read weekly also is tough. When I had her, I was able to take the quizes with the papers in front of me, but it was still hard. I submitted a lot of my journals to bruindemand.org for summaries because they take so much time to read on your own, and youre tested more on lecture than scientific papers. Again, make time to memorize and you will come out alright.

June 12, 2012
Diana Rigeur See Full Profile

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Diana Rigueur

My standard of comparison is the 4 upperdiv classes I have taken prior to this class. Rigueur is setting you up for failure. Her lectures do not have the clarity and specificity that she expects from students in her exams. Everything from her policies to how she explain content is ambiguous. Her exams are a test of your ability to read her mind not the content. Her quizzes are ripe with errors that make it difficult to understand but she won’t take any accountability for it. She is terrible about responding to emails, she’d take anywhere from 2-14 days to reply. She seems so nice and friendly but what she says hardly if ever lines up with what she does and how her policies affect her students. She never stuck to the timeline of exams and grading she promised in lecture. She’d say the quiz would be open on Tuesday but it would actually not open till Friday. She’d say midterm grades would be available Tuesday the week after the exam but it would actually be Thursday of the next week or even the week after. She said only paper 5,6 would be on the final but we were tested on 1,4,5,6. She’s so paranoid about her answers being leaked and compromising future exams that she’d much rather compromise our quality of education in the present. She doesn’t provide answer keys to her exams and she cuts points off on short answer responses seemingly arbitrarily. There is no way to understand what exactly she is looking for. If you ask to discuss your midterm privately just so you can get the correct answers, she basically threatens you by pointing out places where she should’ve cut more points but doesn’t explain why. And when you actually get an answer about what she was looking for you’d fail to see the connection to the question and how you could reasonably infer that. It also really felt like there’s a lot of information she doesn’t share with the entire class, aka you are greatly disadvantaged if you cannot attend her office hours.
I managed to get an A because I relied more heavily on the textbook but you would really fare better with any other professor.

Fall Quarter 2020
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