Professor

Nathanael Prunet

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Easiness N/A / 5
Clarity N/A / 5
Workload N/A / 5
Helpfulness N/A / 5
Easiness 2.4 / 5
Clarity 1.6 / 5
Workload 2.6 / 5
Helpfulness 1.8 / 5
Most Helpful Review
Winter 2022 - Coming into this class, it seemed quite interesting and fun, however, after the 10 weeks spent on the material, I did not learn anything at all and had more of a headache than any other class I've taken so far. Let me get started: The professor is quite unclear about his expectations and his exams don't really reflect what is taught during class. Some questions were memorization-based, and others practically covered topics/concepts that were never taught at all. It seems like his grading rubrics are quite unclear according to the TA, and that sometimes the things he expects the students to get are not reflective of what is actually taught. On top of this, he doesn't even respond to emails most of the time and is VERY unclear about most things (doesn't follow the syllabus at all). In terms of the lectures, his accent makes it quite difficult to understand things but most importantly what he 'teaches' is just him reading off his slides and going on these tangents that are completely unrelated to microscopy. The content itself is very dry and disorganized to the point that there is no structure to it. Nonetheless, with that said, he doesn't seem to know too much about microscopy (don't get me wrong, he is quite knowledgeable) and likes to tell people to refer to other sources at times; it seems like he just started learning about microscopy not too long ago, so whether he is fit to teach some concepts/techniques is questionable. TLDR: Overall, if you would like to learn more about different microscopic techniques, I honestly learned more from MCDB 165a (core class), than this class. It is unnecessarily stressful, ambiguous, and a huge pain in the butt even compared to other harder classes. The fact that he is unresponsive to emails, and always relies on other people/is not clear about what his expectations are makes it even harder to succeed in the class; most labs were graded after the final was taken and we were not even given a rubric for the exams. Not only this but the fact that he is quite unaccommodating to the class (the average was quite low, which can reflect on his teaching) and doesn't give people reasonable chances to improve on their scores makes it even worse. Just don't take this class and save yourself a hassle.
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Easiness 2.0 / 5
Clarity 3.0 / 5
Workload 3.0 / 5
Helpfulness 2.0 / 5
Most Helpful Review
Winter 2019 - The topic of this seminar was Plant Development, so if you don't enjoy studying plants, I would really not recommend it. The class consisted of giving a solo 1 hour presentation on a paper you were assigned. Especially without having taken plant development before (I've only taken plant physiology), this class was not very fair. It was difficult to understand majority of the scientific papers without having to google everything, and googling can only get you so far. I thought it was unfair how we were expected to understand papers and then have participation be included in such a huge portion of our grade. I don't understand how anyone would be able to ask/answer questions and discuss without having a strong understanding in any of the topics. In short: plant development shouldn't even be a topic in the MCDB seminars unless MCDB C141 is a prerequisite. The whole quarter, we weren't updated on our grades as far as what we received on our presentation or pre-presentation outline that we turned in. We received no grades for any of our assignments so you can only imagine how annoying that was, even as the class concluded. On top of that, there was no clear grading criteria such as a rubric for any of the assignments we were given, including the 1 hour presentation which was like 50% of our grade. Overall, I would not recommend this class at all. I would recommend other topics in the seminars because plant development was not very interesting, especially since much of our course backgrounds aren't in plants.
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