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Craig Manning

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Winter 2019 - Selling Hamblin, Exercises in Physical Geology Lab Textbook. Text me @ ********** if interested. By far the worst class that I have taken at UCLA. I am a fourth-year CS major and decided to do EPS SCI for my sci-tech elective. I was hoping to take three easy courses (and by easy, I mean easy relative to the intense workload of CS courses or other demanding STEM course). However, EPS SCI 1 requires a ridiculous amount of work (more so than any other class that I have taken). This is supposed to be an intro course, but the class covers nearly 500 pages of the textbook and annoying labs every week where TAs take off points for no reason. The class itself should be easy as it is just memorizing; however, the format of the class makes it difficult to get a good grade in the class without going to every lecture; religiously reading the textbook; and kissing up to the TA to get him/her to give you answers to lab questions and not take off ticky-tacky points. The lamest part is that the professor gives two in-lecture quizzes that are each worth a ridiculous 2.5% of the total grade each (so 5% in total). The professor understands that he gives incredibly dry lectures and uses these quizzes as leverage so that students have to keep coming to lecture. Once the two quizzes were given, less than half the class showed up to lecture for the remainder of the quarter (however, quiz 2 was given monday of week 9, so that only constitutes 5 lectures). Furthermore, the lectures are podcasted, but this is entirely useless as you are basically required to go to lecture anyway due to the quizzes. Grade Scheme: 5% quizzes, 25% labs, 10% lab final, 25% midterm, 35% final TL;DR Do not take this class unless it is for your major. Coming from a CS major with a 3.5+ GPA, this class is by no means an easy class and requires a ridiculous amount of work if you are hoping to get a good grade in the class. Very dry material and lame professor and the class has two finals (lab final and regular final). I regret choosing it as my sci-tech elective as I have to take two more EPS SCI classes. There are many other GEs or sci-tech electives that are significantly easier and require minimal work, and this is not one of them.
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