Principles of Neurobiology

Paul H. Olague

Principles of Neurobiology

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology department

Paul H. Olague

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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 22, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Course: LS3

I was really looking forward to LS3, and was extremely disappointed with Professor O'lague. His class/tests are not hard; however, I do not feel like I was prepared well for future MCDB classes, and, quite frankly, felt I was cheated out of a good course. A few notes:

PROS:
- Tests are fair, and usually based on study questions (and answers) that have been provided.
- Professor O’lague is approachable-- not intimidating.

CONS:
- Slides are not well explained, and he usually only gives a "take home message" that is not very helpful. He also often says "I'm not going to go into this because you can read it in the book."
- Tends to mumble at the end of his sentences, making it difficult to understand him.
- In office hours, often answered questions with "well, you don't need to know that."
- Our hour and fifteen minute long class never lasted more than an hour, and too often ended in 30-40 minutes so that we could "go out and study in the sun and not have to listen to boring lectures." Personally, I felt this was not only a rip off for students-- (classes at UCLA are expensive, and I expect to get what I pay for. A few classes ending early is no big deal, but I feel I missed out on too many hours of instruction)-- but also insulting to assume that we would rather be outside than listen to "boring lectures."

If you are looking for a professor who makes LS3 interesting and prepares you well for future classes/admissions exams, I would not recommend O'Lague. If you are looking for a relatively easy LS class, he may be your guy.

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