Genetics

Hung Ding Pham

Genetics

Life Sciences department

Hung Ding Pham

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Overall 4.6
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Easiness of class 3.4
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Workload 2.9
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Clarity of professor 3.4
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Helpfulness of professor 4.0
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Participation Matters
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Is Podcasted

Grades

Spring 2019
28.1%
23.4%
18.7%
14.0%
9.4%
4.7%
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A
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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%
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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: 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 2020 Submitted April 20, 2020 Grade Received: A

You won't learn much in lecture, mostly just do the clickers. But the exams are basically a repeat of the old ones and you just have to put in the work to master all types of questions. Go to office hours and work with classmates and you'll get an A

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted April 2, 2020 Grade Received: A

Professor Pham was awesome. He teaches a flipped classroom so you will be watching videos at home and then coming into class to solve problems with clickers. He's also very accommodating and understanding to students who have outside issues (i.e. family death/illness). Go to his office hours, he is super helpful and will try to help you where he can. He posts a TON of past exams for you to practice with and some of those problems are either similar or exactly the problem that will be on the exam. There was 2 midterms and 1 final (although the final was optional for students because of the the coronavirus and campus closure). I still have most of the course material if anyone needs help! avichaidit@ucla.edu

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 25, 2020 Grade Received: A+

I'm so glad I took this class with Pham. I definitely felt like I learned a lot about genetics. A lot of the material builds off of the LS7 series and expands on topics that are learned there. There's not a lot of memorization, it's mainly problem solving and as long as you understand how to approach each of the problems (by doing all the practice midterms and finals that Pham posts on CCLE) you're set! And there's a bunch of extra credit as well.
Pham is so nice and such a great professor, but lectures are not too engaging. It's mostly just clicker questions. I mostly learn from doing problems in discussion and watching the online lectures that he posts. Overall, this is a good class. I would recommend it.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted July 22, 2019 Grade Received: A+

I dropped this class Fall 2018 because I bombed the first midterm. So I was determined to retake the course, learn from my mistakes, and do well. What I did differently: never looked at the textbook, went to every lecture for participation, printed at least 6 old exams to practice from. I really put in more time and effort into studying the old exams and past problems which is what I think really helped my performance. I printed out enough exams that go back 3 years, per Dr. Pham's advice, and started them as soon as possible, typically after discussion so we knew how to start the problems. I had Leanne as my TA, who is phenomenal and I think the best TA for this class. She has really easy techniques that make solving problems easier to memorize and easy to understand. I also went to the professor's OH often to reinforce all the problems and get help on any other problems. I think these strategies are truly what got me an A+ in the course, which is very doable because I was taking 11 other units and worked part-time. My scores-- M1: 93.5/100, M2: 100/100, Final: 200/200, Online Quiz: 30/30, Clicker: 30/30, Discussion: 50/50. He did not curve because the class did well on each exam. Just put in the time to do those exams, and your midterms will be very similar if not exactly the same.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted July 3, 2019 Grade Received: A

I have the old quizzes for sale cheap, email jeremypeter33@gmail.com. These are not found on quizlet

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 26, 2019 Grade Received: A+

Honestly, I didn't really find lecture to be incredibly helpful for learning the material. The course material wasn't incredibly dense and was very manageable; there's no textbook just online lecture videos. One thing to note is that this course is a flipped classroom, so lectures mainly cover clicker questions (similar to other LS 7 series courses, but with videos instead of Launchpad).

There are years' worth of old tests and quizzes available for students to study, and the exams we received were very similar to these past tests. As such, I found that simply studying the past exams' questions and learning how to answer these problems was the most efficient way to study for this class. Honestly, I crammed a day or two before exams and did pretty well using this method.

I highly recommend this course as an UD elective!

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  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Participation Matters
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Is Podcasted
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