Brain Made Simple: Neuroscience for the 21st Century

Michael S Levine

Brain Made Simple: Neuroscience for the 21st Century

Neuroscience department

Michael S Levine

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Ratings

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Overall 3.7
Good
Hard
Easiness of class 2.1
Easy
Heavy
Workload 2.2
Light
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 4.1
Clear
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 3.6
Helpful
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Gives Extra Credit

Grades

Fall 2015
21.6%
18.0%
14.4%
10.8%
7.2%
3.6%
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A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
18.5%
15.4%
12.3%
9.3%
6.2%
3.1%
0.0%
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A
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B
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C
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D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2013
18.7%
15.6%
12.5%
9.3%
6.2%
3.1%
0.0%
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A
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B
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C
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D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2012
23.3%
19.4%
15.5%
11.7%
7.8%
3.9%
0.0%
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A
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B
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C
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D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2009
20.9%
17.4%
13.9%
10.4%
7.0%
3.5%
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.

Fall 2006
26.5%
22.1%
17.7%
13.3%
8.8%
4.4%
0.0%
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A
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B+
B
B-
C+
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D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2013 Submitted April 2, 2017 Grade Received: A

Not an easy GE class but the two instructors taught well enough to sustain people's attention, even during the dull parts of the lecture. The class is entirely about memorization and involves almost no physics, chemistry or math (for better or worse). If you'd taken AP Bio then you should aim for at least A minus. When I took it a few years back, they also invited students to visit a neuroscience lab, which was a great experience for me.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted March 23, 2016 Grade Received: C+

The class is only offered in the fall so take it then or not at all. Your grade is based on just 3 tests so I'd suggest study a lot for those tests (I didn't do well because of this). Levine teaches with prof Watson and I find Levine faaaaar more interesting in terms of lecturing because he is more charismatic. So, study, read the text book, and pay attention in lecture

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Jan. 6, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

This was my favorite class during my freshman fall quarter! Levine and Watson bring in a really cool surprise on the first day of class and good speakers a few times throughout the quarter. The class requires a lot of memorization and all of the notes are posted on ccle.
For reference: I put in an average amount of work in the class and got a B+, and I'm a life science major. My business/econ friend took the class with me and said that a lot of it is review from AP Bio.
Overall I thought the course was very interesting and I think Levine's and Watson's teaching methods were very effective (they even give you candy for answering questions correctly).

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 18, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

I took this professor with Levine and Watson and I really enjoyed it. Levine is a really engaging and knowledgeable professor with a sense of humor. He also goes beyond just teaching the material and exposes you to different professions within the neuroscience field. For example he brought in both a neurosurgeon and neurologist throughout the quarter. The course is based on 3 tests each worth 33% of your grade. They're pretty easy as long as you do the readings and review his powerpoint lectures. Nothing too out of the blue. But as it is a life science class, there is a lot of memorizing involved.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Sept. 27, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Love this man, love this class, and I wish I could take it again. I took NS 10 my first quarter at UCLA and he was so helpful! TAKE THE CLASS!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Sept. 24, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Selling "Brain, Mind, and Behavior" (edition 3) for $30! CD included.
Used for Neuroscience 10 class.
Book is in good condition w/little highlighting!

Please email s029871@gmail.com if interested!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 24, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Selling "Brain, Mind, and Behavior" (edition 3) for $30!
Used for Neuroscience 10 class.
Book is overall in good condition!

Please email bru1n126@gmail.com if interested!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 23, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Took the class as a GE. The lectures are kinda boring, it's usually slides from powerpoints that he puts up online, and the occasional video. Hard not to fall asleep as the lights are usually dimmed. He does try to keep the students engaged in the lecture by having them participate in demonstrations and such, not to mention he gives you candy anytime someone answers a question. I never went to office hours, so I can't comment on the availability or concern of him, yet overall, he was a decent professor, and the course was pretty decent as well.

The class is composed of 3 tests, each worth the same amount, so about 33% each. This could be good or bad depending on what you think. The good thing is that your grade doesn't basically depend on a 40-60% final, yet the bad thing is that you can't just skive off on a test and hope to get a decent grade in the class. The tests are fairly easy, mostly composed of multiple choice, some true/false, and maybe a couple fill-in-the-blank. As long as you take good notes in the class, or at least do the readings, then you'll be fine. I went to the lectures consistently in the beginning, but after the second test, around after Thanksgiving, I just stopped going completely. I did the readings assigned and went over the powerpoints online, and managed to scrape a B in the class. Overall, an easy class, as long as you put the effort into it. If I remember correctly, the average for the first test was about a 77%, and got lower each test. The average for the last exam was about a 72%

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 31, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Levine and Professor Watson are both really knowledgeable and it's an amazing experience having them teach a lower div class. Neuro 10 is pretty interesting (learning about schizophrenia, OCD, and other stuff) and there's a lot of easy concepts on the test (definition of genotype and phenotype, middle school stuff).

There are 3 tests, 33% each, mostly multiple choice so it's very doable. The practice exams are always harder than the real ones. Just studying the night before, you can pull an A or a B easily. Overall it was an interesting, fun, easy/doable GE and the professors are really cool too.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Oct. 4, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Took Neuroscience 10 F09, my first quarter at UCLA. I personally loved Levine and Watson (the other NS10 professor) and the class itself. The information was interesting, though relatively difficult to memorize with all the different functions of minute parts of the brain. The class is based on 3 tests, each worth 33% of the grade, and aren't cumulative. Grades are curved a little bit, usually with 80+/100 being an A. Putting in the time to read the textbook a little bit and memorizing everything before the test should get you through just fine.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Gives Extra Credit
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