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Professor Du was such a sweetheart. She explained the concepts really well. Lectures and labs were recorded. It was only weekly quizzes (with unlimited attempts), 6 assignments using Jamovi, and a final group project. All of it was pretty easy since we could collaborate on assignments (without just flat-out giving away the answers of course).
Professor Han Du was an amazing lecturer. I wish all professors were like her, she was the sweetest person ever. Super understanding! She has three different grading methods and she chooses the one that works out the best for you. Her midterm is exactly like the quizzes and homework. She is very transparent when you ask her questions because she truly wants everyone to achieve an A in the class. You also get a cheat sheet that is front and back, so you definitely get that extra help!
You honestly don't have much work other than the quizzes and homework that she gives you around a week to complete. You can retake the quizzes as many times as you want to get the best grade! As for the homework, you only get one try. The homework is usually short and simple anyways. You learn how to do the homework by going to the lab sections. As for participation, in the beginning of the quarter, we used polleverywhere to track participation. However, so many people were absent from lecture that she made participation trackable via IP address on CCLE. It was answering a question of whether or not we were present. Pretty simple and it made it more fair to people who actually went to class.
Grading based on:
For both exams, you can use a double-sided 8.5" x 11" cheat sheet.
Exams are based off of lecture notes/slides and quizzes.
The textbook readings aren't necessary . To be honest, I felt that the lectures were a lot simpler and easier to understand than the (free online pdf) textbook.
Most importantly, I highly remind you to not forget to put down definitions and example interpretations of things like standard error (you will better understand what I mean by "interpretations" when you see the slides/take the class) on your cheat sheet. There was a good number of questions with answer choices based on interpretations on the exams. Also, the "benchmarks" (mentioned during class/seen on the slides). Disclaimer: though, of course, I am not saying you should only put those.
The exams, themselves, are nothing to really stress over, so don't worry about them too much. :)
Also, review sessions are held. The review session with the TAs consists of mainly a jeopardy game, while the professor's review session is a Q&A format. The jeopardy powerpoint with the questions and answers are uploaded to CCLE after the review session, so you do not really miss out by not going. I recommend looking over it when you have the time. What the professor's review session is good for is if you still have any questions you want answered before the exam or if you want something to be clarified.
3) Homework (about 6) - consists of mainly multiple choice questions and a few short-answer questions; you will be using jamovi to do HW.
4) Quizzes (one for each topic I think) - unlimited number of attempts until deadline; highest grade recorded
5) Participation - Polleverywhere and CCLE questions (for CCLE, you just put whether you were in class or not).
Bonus things to note:
Lecture slides for each topic is uploaded to CCLE. Personally, I liked how they were simple and organized. Plus, she even added pictures of cute animals on the slides lol
Lectures are Bruincasted. Lab sections are audio recorded. :D
Lab sections lasted for only 30 minutes, and was where the students learned how to use the (free) jamovi software. It is simpler and easier to use than you think. Also, on the exams, she gives you the descriptives/outputs, so you will not have to use the software directly during the exams.
Right after the lab section, with the remaining discussion section time left, an optional R coding session was taught by the TAs. However, I do not know if will be like this in following quarters, too.
Most importantly, there are 3 different weighting methods, and your grade is based off of the method most favorable to you! How much of a percentage something (ex. quizzes or midterm) makes up your grade depends on whether: (1) You do better on final than midterm (2) You do better on midterm than final (3) You do not do well on either midterm or final
Overall, the professor really tries her best to help the students get good grades, and is funny and nice.
Good luck! :D
For those with no previous stats background like me, there's no need to worry since the course content was relatively simple to grasp and understand! Professor Du is very sweet and wants to ensure that everyone feels comfortable with the material/gets a good grade, and she honestly has to be one of the best professors I've had at UCLA. The weekly online quizzes weren't bad since they were able to be retaken as many times as possible, and the homework was also fairly easy and was based on the jamovi program we learned to use in the lab sections. The midterm and final are both multiple choice exams and are heavily based on the quizzes/homework assignments, so they're very useful resources to study. You're also allowed to use a cheat sheet for both exams, the front and back side! I didn't really mind the in-class participation via polleverywhere and later on CCLE (people were missing lecture). I would recommend going to office hours and clearing up any confusion as soon as possible, the TAs were very helpful and kind. Overall, I did way better in this class than I initially expected and I would highly recommend Professor Du, she's amazing!
She has three grading scales and chooses the highest grade from any of them as your final grade; does not do +/- so 90 and above is an A. Also, she drops your lowest grade from either your quizzes (online, unlimited attempts) or homework which both are relatively easy. There is one midterm and one final, the best way to study is by reviewing the homework. Regarding attendance, she did become strict after the midterm but she will give you one excused absence.
My only issue with this class was the clarity of the powerpoints because conceptually they were hard to follow without going back and forth between slides while others felt repetitive. Going to her office hours or the TA's helped with this.
Overall the professor tries to be helpful. She gives unlimited attempts for the homework and you get cheat sheets for the exams. But, she is crazy about participation. At first she was only using an application called poll everywhere that you could do from outside of the lecture. After week 7 she went insane and said that she would track our IP addresses to see if we were in class AND that she would keep track of what was open on our tabs during lectures (she specifically no online shopping). Also the lab sections are boring.
Loved the class, great slides, resources, and accessibility from this professor. Can get kind of boring but thats stats for you. I can get some people are pissed cuz maybe she could've scheduled around better and cut a few boring lectures but theres really not that much to stats. Quizzes are great practice to see what shes looking for in terms of material comprehension, overall very straightforward in what we need to know. Some people were butthurt about how she doesn't answer questions well in class or shes hard to understand, but shes very responsive to concerns and very inviting at her office hours. For the lab section, jamovi is really just google sheets I wouldn't worry about it at all.