Chemical Engineering Laboratory I

James E Drake

Chemical Engineering Laboratory I

Chemical Engineering department

James E Drake

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Easiness of class 1.0
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Spring 2006
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20.8%
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4.2%
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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 28, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Likes to pretend he is very strict and is teaching us something about reality that no other class in the country can offer. Always talks about how engineers should be super attentive to detail, and then sends an email full of grammatical errors and confusion. Always talks about how engineers should be able to follow strict formatting guidelines, but is never clear on what those guidelines are. He promises to email certain things to help us on lab reports and/or projects, but rarely follows through. He misplaces things that you hand to him, which is probably why you will receive a grade for an assignment, but never get it back. He asked half the groups to resend him project proposals because he lost them.

He talks about past examples of how students improved from 37% on a lab report to high 80's, but then cuts down the total number of lab reports to 3 in the entire quarter because he can't seem to find time to correct them all. So you basically have 2 chances to learn exactly how a perfect lab report should be before your final report is due. Even the grading scheme is arbitrary, about 50% of the points on a given report are given or taken away without telling you why.

Out of all the assignments of this class, I saw my scores of one homework, one oral presentation, and one lab report, and he didn't even bother to post the rest onto myUCLA. and bam, 2 days before the next quarter begins, a letter grade is posted out of no where, a B. Not that I'm complaining about the B, but he gives no justification for the grade and could be giving out grades completely at random for all I know. I can say with confidence that I did not learn anything from this course. Maybe you need to kiss up to him to get an A, that way when hes randomly distributing letters to your gradebook, there is a higher probabilty of getting an A cuz he knows who you are. You have to keep pestering him to really know what he wants, and he'll keep telling you 'you know everything, you just dont know it yet' or '42'.

Unless hes become a slacker cuz hes near retirement...in which case I would probably do the same in his position. its all good.

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