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Total Points: 669 Points + 4 Points Extra Credit for doing the course evals
Launchpad Readings: 45 Points
Launchpad Pre-Class Quizzes: 45 Points
Launchpad Practice Exam Questions: 45 Points(You can miss up to 5 points and still get a 45/45)
Clicker Question Participation: 60 Points
Discussion Assignments: 64 points
Midterm 1: 90 Points
Midterm 2: 120 Points
Final: 200 Points
Professor Aly is a great lecturer, the Launchpad is really dense and it's easy to get lost in all the terminology. The entire 7 series is "flipped" so you are always doing the reading before the lecture, and the lecture just covers the material that you should have read on Launchpad. The class's participation is measured by clicker questions (you don't need to get them right and you need to answer ~75% of them to get points for the lecture). He often put us into breakout rooms when there were questions that he believed would be best answered through a discussion, and I thought it was a nice way to bring some of the students together. He also leads the LA Problem Solving Sessions, so even if you don't have him as a professor, you might see him there.
He has a very caring personality, and he always asked us how we were doing and what our weekend plans were to take our minds off of the stress we had from the class. He held the LA sessions 4 times a week, and he had office hours twice a week. I would say as a tip to go to as many office hours as you can (about 30 came to the first one, and around week 6 there were only 7 people), especially since he is a great guy if you want to get to know him.
I had Sean Campeau as a TA, and he was good at explaining topics that were often unclear. He was good at solving disputes over concepts such as "should the stop codon be counted as a part of the open reading frame," and told us everything we needed to know for the exams. Discussions were mostly held in breakout rooms, where we would reconvene to the main room to share answers.
The midterms were pretty tough, and you really had to make sure you understand the concepts from Launchpad. I would suggest studying the clicker questions and the practice exam questions to practice for the midterm. We were allowed to check what we got wrong on the first midterm, but not on the second midterm and final.
This was my first class at UCLA, and I took AP Bio the year before that, so the class was a bit easier for me to grasp the new concepts. The workload was a bit tough (it took about 8 hours per week, where one part was due Monday and the last part was due Wednesday), along with studying previous content as a review. I would definitely take this class again with Professor Aly, and you should take this class if the opportunity should arise.
Professor Mulji is probably the best Professor I've had since I've been admitted to UCLA. He is simply AMAZING and I don't think I'll ever get over my love for LS7A because of him. He made me love Biology, which in high school I only thought was 'alright.' He is super clear on lectures, and he can gauge the environment of the room extremely well. When we were unclear on a concept, he would slow down the entire lecture and ensure we understood before moving on. CQ were soooo helpful as almost all of them reflected the midterm. If you have the chance to take this class, TAKE IT!! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!
IF YOU EVER HAVE THE CHANCE, JUST TAKE HIS CLASS. He's a really good professor that actually care about the students learning. I took this class over the summer so it might different from the normal pacing/workload, but it was definitely worth it. The LS7 series has a pretty standardized curriculum, but how well the professor explains the material in the lecture definitely makes or break the class. Especially taking this online, Mulji was very accommodating due to the circumstances and definitely offered a lot of office hours and resources students could use to ask him questions. He posts all the lectures (with the slides) and the in-class "clicker questions" on ccle which is definitely helpful for review on tests. I will say the tests can be a bit tough if you don't understand the material conceptually, but the class is definitely worth it. I would definitely take another LS class with him again if I have the chance.
If you have the option to take this class with Mulji, DO IT! He is overall an amazing professor and gives you plenty of resources to be successful in his class. The workload is kinda a lot (especially with the 6 week summer classes), but it is definitely helpful in the class. His lectures and all the work ties directly into the exams as well (which I really appreciated), and you are allotted plenty of time to carefully take the exam. I would definitely take this class again!
World best professor. I took AP bio in high school and frankly the class was mostly a review. The class moved really quickly and the professor did an amazing job of keeping class engaging and fun despite being online. It felt like Aly really put in the work before class to make sure lectures were polished and clicker questions were well written. It was an amazing class (especially for being online).
Aly is a super nice professor and pretty good at explaining topics. He teaches uses the flipped classroom model which means that we were first introduced to new topics during homework time on launchpad. Launchpad is expensive but necessary for the LS series. I personally found the launchpad textbook helpful for basic background notes and then the content covered in lecture helpful for studying.
Clicker questions, practice launchpad questions, discussion worksheets, and problem solving worksheets are the most helpful for studying since the tests are application of material and not based on memorization. Homework load (launchpad) felt like a lot to me, but since I took it during the summer we had a lot more happening per week.
An important note for grading is that launchpad material (homework and practice questions) makes up around half of the points (it's not a weighted average system) so just getting launchpad done will help keep your grade from tanking if you don't do perfectly on the tests. I got B+ on the first midterm and the final but still ended with an A in the class.
Professor Aly was so helpful all the time! I was so worried about taking summer classes as it was my first intro to UCLA classes. He is so helpful and explains concepts in a way that is super easy to digest. If you took AP Biology in high school, the content is a lot of review. I think I would have performed better had I not taken it during the summer. There is a lot of reading for 6 weeks, but I still found it manageable and was not cooped up at home all day doing homework or reading. Make sure to ask if you need help. The entire learning team for the class is amazing and kind!
This was my first class at UCLA, and having Aly as my instructor was great! He is an amazing professor, and he really cares about ensuring that his students understand the material. All of his lectures are super interactive and engaging (even through zoom)!
The LS7A tests are quite difficult to make sense of at times, but Aly provides students with numerous resources that help develop a better understanding of the topics (office hours, weekly problem solving sessions, campuswire, clicker questions, exam viewings). The class requires a lot of self studying, but Aly is super easy to approach and speak with if questions do arise.
Overall, this class is a good introduction to what the Life Science classes entail, and it helps develop effective study skills for future science courses. I'm super happy to have gotten the opportunity to take this class with Aly, and I hope to have him as a professor again!
Even though I got a B for this class Aly is an exceptional professor and truly cares about whether or not his students are actually learning anything. Even during the COVID pandemic, he is extremely interactive and engaged with the students. He posts all his in-class "clicker questions" on his site as well as the in-class lecture slides. His office hours were flexible, to an extent, and even though the LaunchPad txtbook is a bit high you can keep it for the courses that follow so overall you save money with the one time purchase.
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