Biochemistry: Introduction to Structure, Enzymes, and Metabolism

James W Gober

Biochemistry: Introduction to Structure, Enzymes, and Metabolism

Chemistry and Biochemistry department

James W Gober

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Overall 3.9
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Easiness of class 2.6
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Workload 2.6
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Clarity of professor 3.2
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Helpfulness of professor 3.5
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again

Grades

Spring 2019
33.0%
27.5%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2013
34.4%
28.6%
22.9%
17.2%
11.5%
5.7%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted Sept. 26, 2018 Grade Received: A-

Professor James Gober is one of those professors who tries to hard too be funny (he's really not). His lectures are alright I guess.

Despite that, I HIGHLY recommend for everyone to take this class, especially over Tienson. I took this class my spring quarter, and my roommate took this Tienson's class while I was in Gober. The difference in the amount of work and content we need to know between the two is quite big. Tienson is much harder, due to the fact that there are weekly quizzes, worksheets that need to be completed to understand the material, and hard tests. Because of the extra material they need to learn and the weekly quizzes, students in Tienson tend to understand the material better, simply because they have to put more work into the class.

Gober's class is based on the following: 2 midterms, 1 final, and a 10 point extra credit, along with a 4 point extra credit question on the final. There are no weekly quizzes to keep you in "check." Most of the worksheets are busy work that don't need to be completed, espeically after the 2nd midterm (the first few worksheets should be completed tho). I swear, literally every single question on Gober's exams were drawn either from his old midterms (check out the bruin test bank), or pulled from his worksheets, with a question or 2 that Gober made up himself. Best part? For his review session, he will pull the midterm out in front of you, and read off the questions you need to know. As long as you frantically write everything down, look for the answers on chegg or course hero or the class worksheets, you're pretty much set. Going over his slides are also a must.

Between Tiensons and Gober: if you're taking a lot of classes this quarter and want the easier class go with Gober. If you want to work hard, be responsible for learning more content, and have a bit of a grade threshold (from the weekly quizzes), go with Tienson. I would recommend Gober, simply, because he is the easier professor.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Aug. 7, 2020
Grade Received: A

Take 153A with Gober!! His lectures were engaging and he made zoom lectures less painful. His exams are hard, mostly because the grading is super strict (need to have super specific wording) but he does go over the topic of each question before the exam.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted July 12, 2020
Grade Received: A-

If you are looking to scoot by without learning much this is the class for you. Gober definitely tried to make things manageable for his students during the pandemic, but I feel like towards the end of the class things got messy and our grades were basically decided by a single exam.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted July 2, 2020
Grade Received: A

Easy and straightforward exams. Goes over exactly what is going to be on exams the Friday before, and TAs hold very helpful review sessions beforehand. Heard he doesn't prepare you well for MCAT level material, but easy A.

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

save yourself the time and just take tienson. will not prepare you for the mcat at all. this class was just so disorganized and the tests were a mess.

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

Super chill guy, I loved taking this class with him. Normally I am not a big fan of biological science courses, but I found this class to be super engaging, even with the online lecture format. Gober lectures using slides, and writes down important notes on the slides. His lectures don't go super in depth, but they cover pretty much all the important points you need to know for his exams. I also found that reading the suggested textbook was pretty helpful when studying for exams.
Also another thing that makes this man the GOAT, he literally will tell you exactly what topics each question on the exam tests on the Friday before the exam. This means you get a question by question study guide for free on every exam. He also made the final no-harm in light of the events happening towards the end of the spring quarter. The exams themselves are pretty reasonable (he did make the final very hard because it was no-harm). They aren't hard conceptually, but the grading can be somewhat nitpicky. Make sure to include the key terms they want. If you don't include the specific key terms they're looking for in your answer, you'll get marked off even if you technically answered correctly and explained the topic.
Lastly, this class is super light on the workload. No homework, no quizzes. Just two midterms and a final. I found that just attending lectures and then studying before each test was sufficient to do well, so you don't really have to put much work into this class other than studying for the midterms and final.
Overall, I think Gober is the man to take 153A with. He makes the class about as easy as it gets.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 12, 2020
Grade Received: A

Very accomodating to students Spring 2020 with COVID etc. Very kind professor and teaches well.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2019 Submitted Sept. 2, 2019 Grade Received: A

Chem 153A with Gober was quite a ride. His lectures aren't the best - he prints out slides for students which is helpful, but he goes off on tangents and at times doesn't seem to make points clear. Sometimes students are left to figure out kind of what he meant or put his thoughts together. However, he somewhat makes up for that by being humorous and trying to engage the class in his various jokes.
The best part about his class though is that it's entirely based on just two midterms and the final (no homework or other graded assignments). A few days before each exam, Gober told us in detail what would be on the exam, so we could know what to study for. This was especially useful for the final, because by that point, there was so much material that it was really good to know what to focus on.
Be warned, the end of the course (approximately the last 1/3) is a lot more challenging and fast-paced than the beginning 2/3, but Gober makes it bearable by helping students focus on what they actually need for the exams.
Overall, Gober is not the best instructor - sometimes I had to look up concepts online to understand them - but his exams are pretty fair.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted Nov. 13, 2018 Grade Received: A

Biochem is overall a difficult class, but Gober made the class manageable as our grades were determined based on the midterm and final. He would always tell us what type of questions would be on the exams the Friday before our Monday exam, which made the class easier than with other professors. We also had an EC opportunity. Recommend this class with Gober rather than with other professors

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted Sept. 16, 2018 Grade Received: A-

The class is much easier than it is as taught by tienson - there's a lot less material to cover and overall the tests are a lot simpler. that being said, gober's teaching style is disorganized and there are times where he'll contradict himself. Given that there really aren't any other resources for the class other than Gober himself, if his teaching style does not work for you, this class will be unpleasant regardless of how you end up doing

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
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