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BruinWalk hasn't added Professor Lannan under Chem 14C yet, so I'll write this review here instead.
Here is the grading distribution for the class this quarter:
15% Problem Sets
(2.5% EC for attending 8/10 discussion sections)
(2.5% EC for optional video project)
(0.25% mid-quarter TA feedback)
Unfortunately, lecture was the weakest part of the course. Professor Lannan’s slides were almost a direct copy from Pham’s old slides and, as a result, he often got confused while lecturing. Sometimes he would pause and stare at the slides trying to figure out a concept for minutes on end while trying to understand the slide. Many of my friends ended up not going to lecture frequently and taught the majority of the course to themselves (and ended up understanding the material way better than me). In addition, we ended up skipping over entire concepts like CNMR and peptide bonds/amino acids. Instead of buying and using iClicker, Prof. Lannan hoped for us to use a free software called Mentimeter for participation. By the second lecture this plan had fallen apart and the original participation points were now a group extra credit video project that we had to complete outside of class. This video project could be about pretty much anything covered in the class but was pretty much busy work. In addition, there was a campuswire for the class for people to ask questions on and he often held office hours late at night and uploaded lecture recordings which I appreciate.
Discussion was not mandatory but we had the chance to get 2.5% extra credit for attending 8/10 of the classes. I really enjoyed my discussion section with my TA, Thomas. I’m sure many students can agree that Thomas was a great TA to have and honestly saved the class for me. Since it wasn’t required, we could do pretty much anything we felt necessary during discussion. Sometimes Thomas would lecture on topics from class or we would work on that week’s problem set. Thomas’ explanations were always super helpful and his flexibility was much appreciated. Also, the problems that he created for the problem sets were genuinely really thoughtful and helped us to understand the material at a deeper level.
There was around one problem set due each week during the quarter. It was graded on completeness except for one question the was graded on correctness. These problem sets were generally helpful, not too time consuming, and had questions very similar to ones on the exam.
Overall, the exams were definitley not as challenging as other 14C ones that I have seen. BUT WITH THAT BEING SAID, the vast majority of the class are second-years that, up until now, had not taken any in-person college exams up until this quarter. We also had not covered the same material as the other 14C exams. Having to re-adjust to the pressures of an in-person test is difficult regardless of the material ESPECIALLY when exams are worth 85% of your grade. Lannan’s tests tended to be extremely unforgiving as well. By the final, he had shifted away from reasoning/explanation questions to “circle the x that” questions with no partial credit. There were 3 dedicated in-person review sessions before each exam. The ones for the midterm were run by the TAs while the one for the final was run by Professor Lannan himself. Also, Professor Lannan did end up curving the tests by around 3-6% each time and accepted regrades, which I appreciated. The class itself is graded on a standard scale. Note that the other section with Ow had their tests completely online.
At the time of enrollment, Pham was the listed professor for both sections. Around a week before the quarter started, Pham was switched to a different class and Lannan became our prof. Professor Lannan seems to really care about teaching and chemistry, but the sudden change of classes made him unprepared for the quarter.
Like the previous reviewer, I also took Chem14C with Lannan in fall quarter. Since it was his very first time teaching, Lannan was understandably not the best lecturer. He sometimes second-guessed himself, which in turn confused all of us. Fortunately, he tried his best to hold as many office hours and exam review sessions as he could, which helped me personally.
As far as exams go, my experience was definitely a rollercoaster. First midterm was fair (not too easy not too difficult) and mostly straightforward concepts. Even though I thought I had done well, I got a B due to small errors that add up. But things got worse on the second midterm, which I got a low C on. For most people, 50 minutes was NOT enough time, considering the sheer number of tricky problem-solving based questions on that test. Luckily, Lannan curved everyone up by 6% because he felt bad about the time crunch (he even admitted that he would've given us more time, except there was another class after us that needed the lecture hall). I think Lannan took our experiences from the midterm to give us a reasonable final; I had ample time to finish, which in turn reflected in my grade (100%). Of course, I had to be extremely comprehensive in my studying and brush up on all concepts to get a full score, but there was little pressure.
Ultimately, the extra credit was my saving grace. Lannan added 2.5% to our grade if we attended 5/10 (correction to the 8/10 the previous reviewer stated) of the discussion sections, which I think is very generous. He added another 2.5% if we did a group video project or an individual writeup. If he hadn't offered the EC, I wouldn't have gotten an A.