Introduction to Design and Analysis of Experiment

Akram M Almohalwas

Introduction to Design and Analysis of Experiment

Statistics department

Akram M Almohalwas

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Easiness of class 3.0
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Clarity of professor 2.2
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Helpfulness of professor 3.2
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  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Is Podcasted
  • Tough Tests
  • Has Group Projects

Grades

Spring 2020
26.9%
22.4%
17.9%
13.4%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2019
22.5%
18.7%
15.0%
11.2%
7.5%
3.7%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 11, 2020
Grade Received: A-

Almohalwas is disorganized and does not explain concepts clearly at all. He clearly cares about his students A LOT but is an ineffective lecturer. Each slide show presentation he uses during class is at least 80 slides long and are a complete mess. Reviewing them is often of no use due to their sheer length and lack of information (it’s actually amazing that he is able to make a slideshow presentation this long that is void of any informative content). During class, he brushes over information, doesn’t explain concepts at all and most of the time, people are sitting there lost, wondering “WTF is this guy talking about?” I have never once left and if his lectures and been able to tell you what he was taking about, never mind actually understanding what he was talking about. He NEEDS to begin structuring his thoughts and learn to maintain a clear train of thought for the sake of his students.
Homework assignments all require the use of R and aren’t too bad, they can just be long. The only work that requires calculations to be carried out by hand are the midterm and final, which means you don’t get any formal practice carrying out equations by hand before the midterm and final, which is frustrating. The layout of the midterm and final is also messy with screenshots taken from R which can hinder your performance in the exam. The calculations required if you during the midterm are LONG and tedious. Completing an ANOVA table takes a lot of time and drawing factor diagrams for a repeated measures experiment is an art in itself. These tests are not easy to complete in the allotted time.
Note: I completed this course during the coronavirus pandemic and the George Floyd riots so the final was able to be completed over 3 days so I’m not sure if it is representative of what his normal exams are like. The midterm was completed over an hour and 20 minutes as normal and it was hard to finish in time.
There is a group project which I actually enjoyed a lot. I had a great group which was very motivating and we really worked well together. I feel sorry for those who weren’t so lucky in this regard.
Quizzes contain content from lower division STAT courses so they’re OK if you still remember the content from those classes.
I found the way to succeed in this course is to expect that you’re not going to get much out of the actual lectures. For me, the best method was to read the relevant textbook chapters, take note of the equations (eg all the sum of squares formulae etc) and complete as many practice questions as you can possibly do.
Receiving a reply to an email you sent to Almohalwas is a game of luck. You might receive a reply almost immediately or you might not receive one at all! Im I’ve received a reply to 2 out of the approx. 10 emails I’ve sent him during the duration of his class. I think someone should start a betting ring about his emails.
He will release quizzes and homework's on CCLE without sending out emails so you best be on your toes!
All in all, taking a class with Almohalwas is an experience. He is a really nice guy but a really bad professor. He cares deeply about his students learning but doesn’t know how to teach. Structure snd organization are simply not words in his vocabulary

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 8, 2020
Grade Received: N/A

Literally the most useless professor I've ever had. Never again. He didn't tell us what the final would be like until after the P/NP deadline. Told us the format of the final 2 days before the day of the final. On top of that, doesn't reply to emails even though we're doing the entire quarter ONLINE. Unacceptable. Don't take this class with him if you can help it.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 20, 2020
Grade Received: A

*online version*
Almohalwas is hard to follow at times, and moving online didn't help. While it's clear that he puts a lot of effort into his slides (once pulling an all nighter to make it look nicer), it lacks clear examples and the main substance of the chapter, and he often goes over the slides too quickly (as there are 100+ slides for each 1.25 hrs class). Tests are always fair though, as long as you take decent notes during class and understand formulas of the slides. Grades are broken down by homework, 3 pretty simple quizzes, midterm, final, and the island project.
As for the *dreaded* island project, there wasn't much guidance nor expectations given on how to tackle it, and because he didn't release information on any of the prior steps to the project itself, you only get to hear feedback on your experiment's topic AFTER the presentation is given, which by this is too late to make the significant changes that he expects. I highly recommend doing something wacky (EX how petting an alligator changes one's test scores or something) instead of something that's applicable (EX how music affects focus or mood or grades), and especially avoid alcohol or drug consumption experiments, as they aren't "unique."
Contrary to what I've written above, however, Professor Almohalwas is a great professor to talk to and get to know, and he does genuinely care about his students. He's extremely friendly and great to talk to. Students tend to dislike his classes for the sole reason that it's hard to know what to expect from his tests and homework, as they aren't always clear, but if you've taken his classes before, you should know how he tests.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted March 14, 2020 Grade Received: A

Best professor ever! Take him!

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Is Podcasted
  • Tough Tests
  • Has Group Projects
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