Bruce Runnegar

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Astrobiology See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.2 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 2.2

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Runnegar co-taught this class with Professor Margot, and I always dreaded Runnegar and looked forward to Margot. Since the two taught in the same class, it's easy to compare and say that Margot was much better. Runnegar's lecture slides were all photos and diagrams, but no words or explanations, so you couldn't miss any of what he was saying because you had to write it all down. Also, his midterm was much harder I thought because the questions were all which of the following is NOT true, which I personally can't stand. All of this is simply in comparison to Margot, who put everything on the lecture slides and had easier tests. If you have the choice between the two for a GE or something, take Margot.

(Dec. 17, 2009)
Paleontology See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.6 Clarity 2.9 Helpfulness 2.6

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He is very knowledgeable. However, this isnt an easy class that everyone says it is. His lecture notes consist a bajillion pictures that don't tell you anything. You will have to go to lecture and stay awake to take down nearly everything he says regarding each slide. It doesnt help that he has a soporific voice. The midterm/final is brute memorization of lecture the knitty gritty details that you would think is not important.

I recommend that you do well in your labs. Depending on which TA you have, labs can be super easy or really subjective and hard. The labs will maintain your grades if you dont do well on the tests. This includes the lab final. Do well on it. You will need it.

All in all, the class has a very generous curve. I got a 75% on the midterm, ~90% on the labs, ~95% on the lab final, and a 60% on the final. I managed to get an A. Basically if you have an average of about 80%, you get an A, but its NOT easy getting to that 80%..I studied my butt off for the lab final and thats what maintained my grade..because obviously I failed the midterm and final.

Unless you have photographic memory, its not an easy A. Good luck.

(April 15, 2014)
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