Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Laboratory I

Dante Simonetti

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Laboratory I

Chemical Engineering department

Dante Simonetti

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Ratings

Bad
Overall 4.0
Good
Hard
Easiness of class 2.0
Easy
Heavy
Workload 2.0
Light
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 5.0
Clear
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 5.0
Helpful
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Participation Matters
  • Has Group Projects

Grades

Spring 2020
66.7%
55.6%
44.4%
33.3%
22.2%
11.1%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Spring 2019
70.8%
59.0%
47.2%
35.4%
23.6%
11.8%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Jan. 5, 2021
Grade Received: A

This is a time-consuming class. It was taught by Simonetti and Sam (Srivastava), but is clearly led by Simonetti. He's a tough grader! Very detail-oriented and will literally "grill" students on past material they should know. But in all honesty, you can tell he's a practiced, experienced engineer who is pushing you to really try.
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Organization-wise, for COVID, there are 4 labs where you will be provided with data excel sheets from the TA. You will also be provided with a word-document having you roleplay some scenario that involves the data ("you are an engineer hired to perform an analysis of a distillation column..."). I believe the difficulty of the course stems from its open-endedness. You have the lab manual from previous years, the word doc, and an excel sheet. With those three files, you are to generate a very professional, specific, focused, high-quality report to the best of your ability. Overall, it's a lot like the last ChemE lab, but with more focus on report quality. I honestly felt like the workload is way more, however, since we have way more time to work (there's rarely lectures and lab is not really mandatory...) but I still felt MORE stressed for this class--this might likely be due to the material, which is very 101C and 103 oriented, both of which I'm fairly shaky in.
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I ultimately have little complaints with the class. Our group absolutely could have done better with report-writing and time management, and I did feel heavily stressed as the report deadline approached (nothing beats a cold beer after 5pm on those Friday deadlines). Still, we did well enough each time! The class is stress-heavy and workload-heavy, but if you stick it through, you'll find your grade is just fine. This is coming from what I believe was an average group. My biggest piece of advice is to have your graded reports open as you construct your later reports--make sure you don't make any mistake you've made before.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Participation Matters
  • Has Group Projects
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