Statistics of Biological Systems

Morgan Tingley

Statistics of Biological Systems

Life Sciences department

Morgan Tingley

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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Is Podcasted
  • Often Funny
  • Has Group Projects

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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+

Highly recommend taking Tingley because he made it really easy to pass the class and give his students a high chance to get an A . He's a really sweet guy and easy to approach if you ever have any questions. (Break down of the grade is at the bottom)

Tingley is an amazing professor and did extremely well transitioning to remote teaching. He cares a lot about his student and makes it his goal to make sure his students are able to succeed. His lectures were clear but pretty boring. I did fine without truly paying attention in lecture, however, I think it's key to understand the homeworks and labs for exams. In section, you'll spend the entire time working on the lab that will help you with the homeworks (not entirely but at least for the basic concepts and some code). Lab attendance is NOT mandatory, but I would suggest going to them because that's where I learned all of the material needed to pass the exams. Most of the time, I relied on office hours and the groupme to figure out the coding portions of the homework. This is the most time consuming part of this class, but they are totally doable. You really don't need to have any background in python or cocalc (although it helps) to finish the coding homeworks. His exams were mostly conceptual where you just need to have a decent understanding of the material rather than coding and you don't need to memorize any formulas.

Break down of the grade:
Prelab Quiz: 9 X 5 = 45 points (graded on completion)
Weekly Homework: 9 X 40 = 360 points (lowest is dropped but still scaled out of 360 points)
Bi-Weekly Knowledge Checks: 5 X 9 = 45 points (graded on completion and encourages you to work with a partner)
Midterm: 1 X 200 = 200 points
Final: 1 X 350 = 350 points

Extra Credit (Up to 30 pts):
Practice Exam Submission: 2 X 10 = 20 points
Course Evaluation (Week 9 – 10): 1 X 10 = 10 points
Total: 1000 points

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 22, 2020
Grade Received: A

Dr. Tingley is the best! Spring 2020 was his first time teaching LS40 and you would have thought he has been teaching this course for years. He made the class environment comfortable and enjoyable. I would recommend this course over Stats 13, as we learn skills that are more applicable and valuable for the future. Dr. Tingley did a great job teaching difficult concepts and made doing well in the class highly achievable. There is coding involved, but as long as you took LS30A-B and felt decently comfortable in your coding skills, you will do great.

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-

There are some fundamental concepts that are difficult to grasp which (in my opinion) is what makes this class hard. Prof Tingley is very patient when it comes to making sure this is clear. I wasn't doing well in the class because of this as well as the change to online formatting as well as the social climate in our nation during this time. Prof. Tingley was very understanding and was making accommodations even before the LS Core came out with guidelines for how to handle finals during this time. I think that was an important show of character and something huge to take into consideration when choosing a professor, and Tingley passes the test with flying colors.

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+

Dr. Tingley is a great professor. He dealt well with the transition to online learning and regularly expressed his concern for the wellbeing and learning of the students throughout the quarter. He showed us specific ways the thinking and skills we learn in the course can be applied to real issues we are currently experiencing in the world. He is funny, engaging, and loves to talk about birds.

This course is much more useful than anything you would learn in a classic statistics course (i.e. Stats 13 or 10) and I have already been applying the skills I have learned in the course to my research. The homework can be difficult, but it is graded fairly and is reasonable to do if you complete the associated lab and check out the lab solutions.

All in all, I highly recommend LS 40, especially if you can take it with Tingley.

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+

Dr. Tingley is a great professor. This was his first quarter teaching at UCLA, and he approached the transition to online learning with ease. He cares about his students and will do the most to make sure that his students are able to succeed. His lectures can be repetitive, but he includes great examples that really help to understand the concepts he teaches. The homework can be lengthy, but it covers all of the concepts taught in lecture and prepares you well for the tests. If you go to labs and use the TA's as a resource in lab, then the coding will be no problem on the homework or exams. You do not need to have taken the LS 30 series to do well in this class as long as you go to lab and learn how to do the coding . His exams are a little difficult because he asks you to explain concepts and show an understanding of statistics as opposed to memorizing and applying formulas. But, if you pay attention in lecture he will explain everything you need to know. He also offers plenty of extra credit (up to 3%) because he wants you to do well in this class. Dr. Tingley is a great professor, and I would recommend this class to anyone who needs to take statistics.

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

I would highly recommend taking LS 40 with Prof Tingley!! He is super organized and clear, and always connects class concepts to real world examples. I looked forward to going to class, which is saying something for someone who normally doesn't love Math.

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+

Prof Tingley was an awesome professor; super great lecturer and teacher in general. He’s very kind and concerned with student learning. He offers extra credit and allows homework and other classwork to be fairly weighted so that grades are not just based on tests. The tests were challenging but also engaging. I really enjoyed the coding component of the class because after taking LS30A & B it was not too hard and very helpful for learning concepts. Definitely recommend.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 22, 2020
Grade Received: A

This class was absolutely amazing. Professor Tingley actually cares about his students which is so rare in an online environment. He makes his material accessible and his examples really help clarify things. Ask a ton of questions because he's really good about making sure students understand everything.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 22, 2020
Grade Received: A

Such a great professor! Homework can be tough, but it really gives you a deeper understanding of the concepts and allows you to apply your knowledge from class and lab. Highly recommend this class if you just finished the LS30 series.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 22, 2020
Grade Received: A

Dr. Tingley is an incredible professor. I can not say enough good things about him. He is kind, engaging, and so intelligent. He truly cares about his students and deeply wants everyone to learn and be more informed in our future endeavors. I am so grateful that I took this course with him, he made the transition to online learning so much easier and truly respected the difficulties of this time. I highly recommend this class and this professor! We love you Dr. Tingley!!

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Is Podcasted
  • Often Funny
  • Has Group Projects
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