Archaeology: Introduction

Stephen B Acabado

Archaeology: Introduction

Anthropology department

Stephen B Acabado

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Overall 3.6
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Easiness of class 2.8
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Workload 2.2
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Clarity of professor 2.8
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Helpfulness of professor 3.5
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
  • Needs Textbook
  • Gives Extra Credit

Grades

Spring 2017
37.9%
31.6%
25.3%
19.0%
12.6%
6.3%
0.0%
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A
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D
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F

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

Fall 2015
26.8%
22.3%
17.8%
13.4%
8.9%
4.5%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
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D+
D
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F

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

Fall 2014
32.7%
27.3%
21.8%
16.4%
10.9%
5.5%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Jan. 8, 2018 Grade Received: A

Although this class was a relatively easy A, I kind of dreaded going to lectures and discussion sections. Professor Acabado takes attendance using an app called TopHat, which you have to pay for, and he also uses the app to display his lecture slides. The app crashed often, which was annoying and affected checking in for attendance sometimes.
There are weekly quizzes on CCLE, but they are all take-home and online so it should be a guaranteed 100% on each. There are three labs done in discussion, and they are also very easy A's. The midterm and final were very similar to the study guides that Acabado gave out for each of them.
As a lecturer, he tends to be *very* boring, and I'd find myself zoning out often. Honestly, lecture isn't too important other than checking in for attendance.
This was an easy GE class for me, but it was just kind of a hassle because I had to try really hard to be somewhat interested in the lecture material.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted June 22, 2017 Grade Received: A+

This class was a relatively easy GE. Weekly online quizzes are very simple, since they are not timed, and each one can be attempted twice (the first attempt will tell you what the correct answers are). Discussions are mandatory graded on participation and completed lab worksheets-- we worked in groups and the worksheets were generally graded very leniently.
The midterm and final were very fair-- Prof Acabado uploads a study guide for each , and pulls directly from the study guide questions for the actual midterm and final. Both exams also include one or two short essay questions, which can be easily answered if you attend lecture, or do the readings. I would recommend filling out the study guide with another person in the class, or going to Prof Acabado's office hours (some of the quizlet answers are incorrect).
There was also a 4-6 page paper due between the midterm and the final (around week 9 for us). The five prompts were uploaded very early on in the quarter, from which you would choose one. The prompts had very clear topics/questions/instructions, as long as all the requirements were met, you got a decent score. I'd recommend showing the TA a rough draft during office hours.
All in all, the class was very straightforward and manageable, even if you aren't interested in archaeology/anthropology.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted Feb. 15, 2016 Grade Received: A+

This class includes:
Weekly discussion section 20%
Paper 1 10%
Moodle Quizzes 5%
Mid-term 25%
Paper 2 15%
Final 25%

I got an A+ in the class. Make sure to go to discussion and talk; you'll get major points and it's an easy 20% of your entire grade. The papers were pretty easy, just semi-eloquently answer the questions provided with correct grammar. The midterm and final were cake if you completed the study guides and memorized them. A majority of the multiple choice come from the moodle quizzes, so make sure to do the quizzes. The quizzes were easy too because (1) you could redo the quiz up to 3 times and only the highest grade would count and (2) after the first try, the answers are provided, so you're basically guaranteed 100% if you try. The work does add up, but it's definitely doable. I took 2 other classes and worked over 20 hours a week.
Acabado's lectures are dry and unnecessary, but I went to every lecture anyway, so it may have impacted how well I did. He posts up all the slides, but isn't a good lecturer because he's unorganized and rushes through the topics.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted Jan. 27, 2016 Grade Received: A+

If you are looking for an easy GE to fulfill your Foundations of Society and Culture category, look no further. Professor Acabado is a prompt and kind teacher who is very interested in archaeology, particularly passionate about his own research. Even though his powerpoint lectures could be boring, he posted everything on ccle for students to refer to. You don't really have to do the readings from the textbooks, unless your TA is strict about what topics to cover in his/her discussion. I mainly used the textbook a few days before the midterm and final. The easiest part about the class was that Professor Acabado gave study guides for the midterm and final which essentially told exactly what was on the tests. There were no surprises whatsoever. The final was also non-cumulative (an added plus). He even gave extra credit questions on the final which were quite frankly unnecessary since the class was already so easy. The class had two essays which were both manageable and on relatively interesting topics. Overall would highly recommend this class to anyone.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Jan. 4, 2016 Grade Received: N/A

Anthropology 8 is really a typical ge course.
Pros: u don't have to even look at the textbook. u don't have to go to class. u can even cheat if u dare. Exams will be easy if you prepare using the study guide. Taking notes may be useful, but quite irrelevant most of times. Papers take some time, but overall it's easy to get an A.

Cons: this is boring for people who only want to take a GE. He talks a lot about Philippines and few care to learn. Sometimes he himself is not concerned.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
  • Needs Textbook
  • Gives Extra Credit
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