Genetics

Hung Ding Pham

Genetics

Life Sciences department

Hung Ding Pham

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Overall 4.8
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Easiness of class 3.5
Easy
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Workload 3.2
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Clarity of professor 3.9
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Helpfulness of professor 4.4
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Is Podcasted
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser

Grades

Winter 2020
46.4%
38.7%
31.0%
23.2%
15.5%
7.7%
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.

Summer 2019
35.6%
29.6%
23.7%
17.8%
11.9%
5.9%
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
28.1%
23.4%
18.7%
14.0%
9.4%
4.7%
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.

Fall 2019
38.3%
31.9%
25.5%
19.1%
12.8%
6.4%
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.

Fall 2018
25.5%
21.3%
17.0%
12.8%
8.5%
4.3%
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: Winter 2020 Submitted March 30, 2020 Grade Received: A+

Dr Pham is an angel given to us by UCLA. Never have I ever had a professor who cared about students this much as well as ensured that each lecture is very engaging and fun for the students.
You can tell that he is very passionate about teaching and always wants to make sure that the students' mental health and circumstances are considered during grading and tests. The tests are not that difficult and the content is not that heavy. However, you still need to do the past papers and understand the material well in order to do well in the tests.
There is no reason for anybody to not get an A in this class as long as you put in the effort and attention to the class. He is beyond fair in grading and is very understanding if you have any personal issues which may impede your ability to take the test.
100% would reccomend taking him for LS107. If I had a choice, I would take him for any other class he teaches as well.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 24, 2020
Grade Received: A-

This was a great class that I really enjoyed. It was challenging at times and pushed me and kept me on my toes. The class had 2 midterms and a final, along with pre-class quizzes and weekly quizzes as well. The first midterm was incredibly easy, but the second one was definitely harder and a lot of students ran out of time/scored significantly lower than the first. At times, it felt like the material was rushed but I can definitely understand why Dr. Pham wanted to get all of the material to us so we'd be prepared for the final. I loved how he required attendance by having iClicker Reef points, but also recorded the lecture so we can go back and re-do/review the clicker questions in our own time when we were studying for the exams. Like most LS classes, this was also a flipped classroom where most of the pre-class videos introduce/teach you what will be in class and we mainly do clicker questions in class. The questions for the pre-class quizzes are pretty easy and you can have multiple attempts at each question, but each wrong attempt for that question costs you 1/3 of the points. The weekly quizzes only allow 1 attempt and are just once a week, mostly during Friday and due at the end of the weekend.

Midterms are open for the entire day, but you only have a 2 hour window and the clock starts once you open the exam on CCLE. So get comfy and block out 2 hours at the best time that works for you to take it. The final is structured the same time window, but you're allowed 3 hours instead of 2. The TA videos are awesome for reviewing for the exams as well.

Dr. Pham is an incredibly passionate professor who really cares about his students and made this a great learning experience despite the external events going on. Definitely take this course with him! :)

The final was really fair

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 21, 2020
Grade Received: A

The class was overall solid, and Pham is a really cool guy. The tests had really high averages (like 80-90 I think) and extra credit on top of that. Flipped format, but mandatory clickers during lecture, mandatory discussion, and 2 weekly quizzes. I'd definitely recommend it, the concepts were intimidating but very well explained.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 24, 2019 Grade Received: A

One of the best classes I have taken at UCLA. I had taken genetics in AP biology in high school, and in LS 7B, failed to really grasp the concept, and hated everything about genetics. I told myself that I would avoid LS 107 at all costs.
My friend convinced me to join the class a week after it had started, and I was really hesitant to. But I need to graduate on time, and this course would help me do that. Hands down, this is one the best courses I have taken at UCLA. I came to UNDERSTAND genetics and love the concept. Pham is really hard to understand because of his accent, but is an incredibly helpful professor. He helped me catch up on the quizzes and material for the first week that I missed, and helped me change my discussion twice. The class is curved, because on a straight scale, I should have received an A-, but ended up with an A. There are 2 weekly quizzes on CCLE based on the video lectures, but they are relatively easy and count for a small portion of your grade. I had one of the best TA's ever (Lee) and learned more so from her than the professor himself. The 2 midterms were relatively easy and fair. Pham literally gives you all the LS 107 past midterms up to the year 2009. He changes numbers on questions, and has the same sort of questions for the midterms. The final was a bit harder, even though he posted some finals from previous years. If you are the type of person that learns from doing problems and past answers, then this is a class for you. Glad I took this class, learned way more than I expected, and my attitude toward the subject has changed. For those looking for a science upper division class, look no further.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted March 30, 2021
Grade Received: A

This class was one of the easiest classes I took at UCLA! The exams in this class are doable, and professor Pham gives lots of extra credit opportunities which is very helpful. The lectures were some times confusing, but as long as you go to the discussions, and understand how to do the problems you can easily get A.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted March 30, 2021
Grade Received: A

We stan Dr. Pham, the sweetest professor I've ever had! Extremely accommodating exam windows (open 36 hours), ample practice materials (he uploaded exams from every quarter/year as old as 2004 when this course was still LS4! although you'd be better off practicing from later exams after 2016 bc the material and exam format aligns better) and SO MUCH extra credit PER exam (yes, not just once, but per exam!!)!

class is taught like the typical flipped classroom in the LS7 series where you watch pre-lecture videos and do reef clickers during lecture time (graded on participation, not accuracy). even if you hated 7B (like I did lol), give genetics another chance because the material here is a lot more straightforward and Pham does a wonderful job of explaining the material. he always reminds us that we're all here to learn and help each other, and always takes his time to go through each concept thoroughly to ensure no one is left behind :") no one ever tells u "no question is a dumb question" once u get to higher education but Dr. Pham always says that and it's really reassuring even if it's a simple gesture haha

courseload felt pretty light imo: we had pre-lecture videos per week along with a pre-lecture quiz (~13 total because he added more so that we can drop more scores, ended up only counting your 7 highest scores, weekly quizzes (9 total, 2 lowest dropped), weekly discussion worksheets (no submission necessary, just attend discussion for participation credit), two midterms and a final.

MT1 avg ~91% (gave us 5 pts extra credit opportunity though post-exam quiz), MT2 avg ~81% (initially 6 pts ec quiz, but then created an additional 5pt ec quiz just bc we asked for more during lecture) and final (idk the avg but 10 pts ec quiz). MT1 and 2 was 40 questions in 2 hours, and the final was 50 questions in 3 hours. I felt pressed for time during MT2 but generally the material was easy to understand as long as you put in the effort to do the weekly discussion worksheets and practice exams (practice exams were especially handy for the final, so make sure you take advantage of the plethora of old exams he releases and study ahead of time)!

if I could take this course again, I would, simply just to have Dr. Pham as a professor again. he's really nice, you won't regret taking the class with him! :D

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted March 6, 2021
Grade Received: A-

This is a great and interesting class! Although the tests and weekly quizzes can be a bit challenging, Prof. Pham gives a ton of resources. There are many practice exams from past years for the midterms and final. Worksheets from weekly discussions as well as clickers pretty much give you exact models for exam questions. This class does require quite a bit of studying, but if you put in the effort it's easy to succeed.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Feb. 23, 2021
Grade Received: A

I had an awesome study group that helped a lot in this class. Pham gives tons of old exams that are super similar to the actual exam so it’s easy to study. He knows the material very well and is a very nice and awesome person. His lectures are engaging and even inspiring at times. 2 weekly quizzes that aren’t too hard and then 3 tests throughout the quarter.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Jan. 4, 2021
Grade Received: A

Dr. Pham was an amazing professor! I am a transfer student and I took this class during my first quarter at UCLA and if it weren't for his class I would have been so overwhelmed. I was taking two other difficult upper division courses, but Dr. Pham made it very easy to study his material by providing weekly worksheets and having a hybrid classroom. Attendance is mandatory, but you want to attend because he is very kind, funny, and his lectures go over practice problems in depth.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 25, 2020
Grade Received: A

Engaging and great professor. It's a flipped classroom format. You didn't have to read out of the book, you only had to watch prelecture videos but this was during Covid so that may change. You had to take prelecture quizzes based on correctness but he would drop some of them. For lecture, he would explain concepts and go over clicker questions which I found very helpful. Clicker questions were based on participation. Going to discussion was worth points but this was also based on participation. Weekly quizzes based on correction but he dropped some of them. 2 midterms and a final. First one was way easier. Second one was a little bit more difficult but the average was still a B. The final was worth two midterms. He also offered extra credit which can push you from an A- to an A. Best advice I can give for the tests is to double check the question and make sure you're solving for the right thing. Overall, a great professor who truly cares about the success of his students.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Is Podcasted
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
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