Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

Daniel Nasrallah

Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

Chemistry and Biochemistry department

Daniel Nasrallah

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Overall 4.2
Good
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Easiness of class 3.3
Easy
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Workload 2.8
Light
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 4.3
Clear
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Helpfulness of professor 4.5
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Has Group Projects
  • Participation Matters
  • Is Podcasted

Grades

Winter 2021
56.3%
46.9%
37.5%
28.1%
18.8%
9.4%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2020
34.1%
28.5%
22.8%
17.1%
11.4%
5.7%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
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D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Spring 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 21, 2021
Grade Received: A+

I wish I took this class in person- I feel like I learned a lot and I love the structure of this class. Lab reports/prelabs every week and then just a final at the end as well as a group presentation. Overall not too much work and I could take it with like 3 other stem classes no problem. NMR definitely got annoying at sometimes but is definitely a useful skill if you're staying in chemistry. Also I think the grading scheme was adjusted so I think 93 is an A now and with tons of extra credit I do not think it's anything to worry about too much. Form a study group and I think you'll be fine. Would take again!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Jan. 3, 2021
Grade Received: A+

This class wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. At first I was very nervous about it because the cut off for an A was 95% and the TA's would really nitpick at your labs. I got points taken off for super minor things and they're looking for specific key words so if you don't have it then that's points off. I had Laura as my TA she was great overall I felt like she was pretty real with us and she would listen to our complaints or suggestions that we had throughout the quarter and would try to talk to the professor for us.

Professor Nasrallah was also very generous with extra credit points which made the 95% cut off not that bad. The lectures were based on slides and then you'd have pre-labs, post-labs, and alternative analysis due almost every week. It got better in the second half of the quarter since we got to the two week labs so it slowed down the pace which I really needed. TopSpin is a pain, it's a program to read and analyze the NMRs. Good luck with that.

The labs themselves are scheduled for 4 hours but you only need to attend 2 hours of it. The first 30 min is just the students there so you can discuss any questions you might have with each other, then the next hour is for the TA to go over the material for the lab, and the next 30 min is for the students to go over anything they have questions on with each other. There are lecture quizzes which weren't bad, they're just there to make sure you watch and understand the lecture. There is also a group presentation and we got randomly assigned.

The only thing that I really didn't like was the lack of communication. We found out really late about the format of the final exam and it was proctored on Zoom and we only got 2 hours. So that really stressed me out, but thankfully, the final was not like the previous chem 30BL finals. We had those for practice and they were hard but the one that Professor Nasrallah gave us was one that he wrote himself. Some of the questions were styled similarly to the old exams but I thought it was a reasonable exam and I felt like it was very catered to what he taught us, there were no surprises and very straightforward. I started reviewing a week before and got a pretty good grade. We also only had 2 hours but I finished the exam in an hour and spent the rest of the time reviewing my answers.

This class wasn't bad especially during covid and I was just taking this class as a requirement. But I probably wouldn't take this during covid/online if your future involves this material because I definitely would not be able to do these labs in real life. Otherwise, Professor Nasrallah really wants his students to learn and get excited about the material. He also tries really hard to engage students as well. I think this was his first time teaching so he's open to feedback and trying to improve. Overall, I would really recommend him! One of the best chem professors I've had.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 17, 2021
Grade Received: A

Dr. Nasrallah is an amazing professor and thorough at explaining mechanisms and chemistry! He is also very chill and kind- he plays student suggested music before lecture starts and sprinkles extra credit here and there for everyone whether it be through an ez TA appreciation comment, suggestions, or the designing a zoom background contest. It was not mandatory to attend all lectures but extra credit was awarded if we attended 4+ lectures after the mandatory first 2 weeks. The exam was more or less clear and straight forward, labs were a little challenging because of the software required but just watch the video tutorial! It was helpful and informative. Overall this class was moderate in busy work but not insane. The material was helpful and informative! :)

Quarter Taken: Winter 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted March 25, 2021
Grade Received: A

Even though the lab was online, I feel like I learned a lot about organic chemistry and its applications in the real world. Dr. Nasrallah was always very clear and open to questions. He wanted us to succeed in the course and in life. Great professor and a well-structured course!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 23, 2020
Grade Received: A-

So this class was fine but the grading for the labs was strict. Even though I averaged poorly on my lab work I was still able to get an A- in the class. I think Professor Nasrallah is very nice and caring and he definitely tries hard to be a fun professor. I would say the only thing that annoyed me was that they did not announce the final exam format/information until Week 9 and they did not give us feedback on the group presentation. The final was probably the most stressful part of this class as it was pretty long and covered a lot of content but you'll be fine if you go over the lectures. Labs were heavy but once you get to the 2-week labs they slow down and lighten up the load. Overall decent class.

DO NOT take Ana as your TA. I was really disappointed with her as a teaching assistant and her overall attitude. She would ignore questions that she couldn't answer and always seemed super bored or not 100% present. The questions she did answer were vague and either didn't answer the question or led us down a completely different path. She would also mark off points for not submitting the grade scope assignment 100% up to her standards (ie. I would match the question to the NMR data page rather than # question or vise versa and get like 2 points off) 0/10 TA.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Has Group Projects
  • Participation Matters
  • Is Podcasted
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