Astrobiology

Jean-Luc Margot

Astrobiology

Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences department

Jean-Luc Margot

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Overall 4.3
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Easiness of class 3.8
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Workload 3.9
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Clarity of professor 4.2
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Helpfulness of professor 4.2
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Tags

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

Grades

Fall 2018
20.3%
17.0%
13.6%
10.2%
6.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2017
21.1%
17.6%
14.1%
10.5%
7.0%
3.5%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2016
31.4%
26.2%
20.9%
15.7%
10.5%
5.2%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
24.4%
20.3%
16.2%
12.2%
8.1%
4.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
21.8%
18.2%
14.5%
10.9%
7.3%
3.6%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2013
24.6%
20.5%
16.4%
12.3%
8.2%
4.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2012
27.0%
22.5%
18.0%
13.5%
9.0%
4.5%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2009
21.5%
17.9%
14.3%
10.8%
7.2%
3.6%
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: Fall 2018 Submitted March 1, 2019 Grade Received: P

It was co-taught with Prof. Treude. This was my hardest science GE. The class requires you to have a solid foundation in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and bio, none of which I had. I would go to class and leave more confused than before, to the point where I ended up changing my grading basis. It seemed easier for others, but the lectures went by too fast and required lots of outside work to keep up, unless you're a bit of a space nerd. Extra credit is offered, but it isn't much.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Feb. 26, 2019 Grade Received: A+

Loved Jean-Luc. Funny, quirky guy. Lectures are quite boring at times, but not nearly as bad as the Treude lectures in my opinion. Short weekly assignments that I finished usually in 30 minutes or less. Midterm and final were multiple choice, not too difficult if you review posted slides beforehand. Offers a small amount of extra credit for visiting certain locations around LA and writing a brief reflection. Take this if you want an easy GE and you don’t mind sitting through boring lectures.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Dec. 31, 2018 Grade Received: A+

The easiest classes I've ever taken. Tests are really easy (1 hr for both midterm and final, MC-style, non-cumulative), but make sure you know everything from the slides (especially the tiny details in graphs/pictures of the slides etc) cause this is a pretty memorization intensive class. Homework is worth like 40% of your grade so don't slack off, they're really easy and basically recap what was covered. You don't need to go to lectures honestly, as your TA will recap everything during discussion sesh. Extra credit is not that useful (like maximum 1% boost, don't sweat about it)

TL;DR: You'll do extra well if you're passionate about the material, which is super cool, but you'll do just as fine (easy A) if you're not. Overall it's a really fun class.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Dec. 26, 2018 Grade Received: A

I was dreading my last science GE, and I'm definitely glad I chose EPS SCI 3. It's an interesting enough class, I guess. Not really. It was interesting when we learned about the planets and that stuff, but we also had to learn about biology, which is something I wasn't so interested in. The class doesn't go super in depth, but I'm an econ major, so any biology is something I don't really like.

I didn't buy or really need the textbook, but apparently it's very light reading and can be purchased at a fair price.

I did like how there wasn't much work involved, as there are just really simple homework I did during discussions, one midterm, and one final. All the exams are multiple choice. Nothing was incredibly hard. Definitely easy to get a B in, maybe a liiiiittle bit harder to get an A.

There was still that question of the bridge being knocked down on the final!! I read it, and I was like "Wow Bruinwalk doesn't lie." WIND. Wind is the answer! Contrary to the previous review, I did see the relevancy. I don't know if that reviewer went to class, but we did watch a video during lecture where the wind was shaking the bridge, and it crumbled because of the resonance. Something like that.

There's also extra credit, which hardly really helps, but is still a good excuse to go out and do some educational things! I went to the Griffith Observatory, which was a fun, especially if you drag along a buddy. You just need to take a couple of timestamped pictures and write a paragraph or so.

I'm sure it's one of the easier science GEs, but not really exciting.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Dec. 7, 2018 Grade Received: A

If you're a south campus major that just needs to take a life science GE then this class is comically easy. I didn't go to a single lecture other than the very first one, and all the slides are posted online. We did have weekly homeworks that we had to turn in during discussion, but they're ridiculously easy if you know a marginal amount of math and science (plus all the answers are always easily found in the lecture slides). Not only is this class stupid simple, but the material is actually cool as hell.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Nov. 16, 2018 Grade Received: A

Margot is a friendly French man and his lectures are simple and straightforward, though at times monotonous. The tests were based on the lectures and the slides, so studying for them was not complicated. He requires a small textbook that isn't expensive, but I didn't read it once because it covered a lot of the same things that were covered in lecture. The material itself was interesting and covered a wide range of topics.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Dec. 24, 2017 Grade Received: A

One of the easiest GEs I've taken at UCLA. Class consists of a midterm, weekly homeworks due in discussion, and a final. Midterm and final were same number of questions and same duration - only about an hour and 15 minutes. Homeworks only take about 30 minutes to complete. Points are also awarded for attending discussion. I didn't have to go to a single lecture after midterm as the slides are posted online, but going to lecture definitely helps clarify some concepts and there are some pointers and facts that appear on the tests but aren't in the slides. Barely any math, and the material is quite interesting - mostly just facts. Final was slightly tricky, but NOT CUMULATIVE. If you do the bare minimum - homework, attend lectures, and just read through the slides, you could still get away with a pretty good grade.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Dec. 21, 2017 Grade Received: A-

Class was easy up until the final. Many of the questions in the final weren't relevant to the coursework whatsoever. There was a question that asked how the a bridge was knocked down, and the answer was wind... wind. like are you kidding me? We learn about tides, gravitational forces, extremophiles and he asks me a question about how a bridge was destroyed, and the answer somehow was wind when we never covered wind in the lecture slides. If you are going to ask random questions might as well ask when Napoleon invaded the Russian empire, at least that's relevant to the world.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Dec. 20, 2017 Grade Received: B+

This class is super easy until the final. The midterm, homework, and extra credit were very straightforward, and then the final was very confusing and didn't have much relevant content on it. The final was pretty hard so I was thinking that the class would be curved, but it wasn't (probably unlike other quarters). I had an A until the very last day of class and ended up with a B+ because of the final, so you have to make sure you know everything. The class is pretty fair other than that, and even though jean-luc and tina aren't always the most engaging, that doesn't matter because you don't need to go to class to do well (slides are posted). They require a "textbook" for the class, kind of like a small book, but you don't have to read that either because the tests/homework don't have any questions about the book. tldr; the class is pretty easy but be weary of getting screwed by the final.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Dec. 9, 2017 Grade Received: A

One of the easiest GEs I've taken at UCLA. Can get slightly difficult in the middle of the class when you start doing a lot of biology and chemistry, but no prior knowledge of it is necessary. JLM & Prof. Treude do a great job of explaining a lot of the difficult concepts in this class. They are both extremely easygoing and the tests are incredibly easy. Extra credit is offered as well.

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Tags

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