Biomedical Ethics

Tiffany Cvrkel

Biomedical Ethics

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology department

Tiffany Cvrkel

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Overall 4.5
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Easiness of class 2.5
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Workload 3.1
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Clarity of professor 4.4
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Helpfulness of professor 4.3
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Tags

  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
  • Tolerates Tardiness

Grades

Spring 2017
29.7%
24.8%
19.8%
14.9%
9.9%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2017
30.3%
25.3%
20.2%
15.2%
10.1%
5.1%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2017
36.8%
30.7%
24.6%
18.4%
12.3%
6.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2016
52.3%
43.6%
34.9%
26.2%
17.4%
8.7%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2016
39.8%
33.2%
26.5%
19.9%
13.3%
6.6%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2016
25.2%
21.0%
16.8%
12.6%
8.4%
4.2%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2015
31.3%
26.0%
20.8%
15.6%
10.4%
5.2%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2015
40.7%
33.9%
27.1%
20.3%
13.6%
6.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2015
34.4%
28.7%
23.0%
17.2%
11.5%
5.7%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
30.5%
25.4%
20.3%
15.2%
10.2%
5.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2014
38.5%
32.1%
25.6%
19.2%
12.8%
6.4%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2014
40.5%
33.8%
27.0%
20.3%
13.5%
6.8%
0.0%
A+
A
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B
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F

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

Winter 2014
40.7%
33.9%
27.1%
20.3%
13.6%
6.8%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
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B
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F

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

Fall 2014
39.4%
32.8%
26.2%
19.7%
13.1%
6.6%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2013
33.3%
27.8%
22.2%
16.7%
11.1%
5.6%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2013
23.8%
19.8%
15.8%
11.9%
7.9%
4.0%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2013
21.0%
17.5%
14.0%
10.5%
7.0%
3.5%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2013
32.2%
26.9%
21.5%
16.1%
10.7%
5.4%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
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B
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Winter 2018 Submitted June 1, 2019 Grade Received: A-

Super sick class - Cvrkel is amazing and very passionate about her work. Her lectures are crazy engaging. It is difficult, but if you pay attention in class and work on argumentation, you'll be fine!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Sept. 16, 2018 Grade Received: A

This class is a very good introduction to philosophy and ethics for a science student. Dr. Cverkel is very engaging and able to get points across in ways that make sense and teach students how to think about issues such as these. She doesn't preach - nothing is right or wrong. Everything she discusses is factually provable or disprovable - she teaches systems of ethics rather than declaring specific acts good or bad.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted July 2, 2018 Grade Received: B

Cvrkel was a very... VERY... interesting professor

I didn't think this class would be a philosophical class and, well, I didn't know much about philosophy to begin with. However, Cvrkel made this class pretty cool. The lectures were engaging and cool, but it was so difficult to keep up because she talks sooooo fast and moves on soooo fast. I typed all my notes and struggled, and I feel bad for those who were writing them. Attendance was mandatory, which was a good thing because she doesn't upload notes or anything like that and everything she goes through in lecture is very important for the midterm and final.

There was also weekly quizzes during discussion but those were pretty easy.They're based on whatever she went through in lecture and whatever was on the readings. The TA's are chill af and help you out, and Cvrkel uses the same TA's so they know their shit.

Here's my advice for the midterm and final: READ THE RUBRIC. A lot of people from my class didn't do so well on the midterm, mostly because were weren't detailed enough and no one actually read the rubric lol. I got a low C on the midterm, but the TA's help you out on what you'd need to improve on and I ended up getting an A on the final, which btw is similarly laid out like the midterm: 3 essay questions.

There's also a term paper: 5-7 pages and is based on a moral issue based on your life. Be careful, because you can't make that shit up. They also require a 1 paged paper topic proposal halfway through the course so they can see and approve your paper topic.

Overall, pretty cool and interesting class. Cvrkel is definitely someone I'd take again.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2018 Submitted April 16, 2018 Grade Received: A

Best class I have ever taken at UCLA.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2018 Submitted April 9, 2018 Grade Received: A-

I HAVE PRINT OUTS OF MOST OF THE READINGS..contact me to receive them for free- mochu579@gmail.com

Dr.Cvrkel is wonderful and her lectures are fantastic.
The content itself, as well as what is expected for exams/paper, can be pretty difficult to understand. However, if you do not take advantage of the multitude of office hours with the TAs you would be doing yourself a disservice. The TAs and Sophie, the undergraduate assistant(?), were super helpful and if I had not gone to office hours I would have been so lost.
You should also make sure to practice argumentation from the beginning as this becomes key for the exams and your paper.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2018 Submitted March 31, 2018 Grade Received: B

Don't be fooled by the name. This is actually a PHILOSOPHY class. Professor Cvrkel introduces theories like culture relativism, utilitarianism, Kant theories etc. She would later apply these theories to some medical cases. The grade is not curved. You need to get 280+/300 to get an A, which is pretty hard. TAs are very helpful. There's one midterm and one final, each has 3 essay questions. The final paper topic is kinda tricky. She asked us to write about the biggest moral conflict in our lives. Overall, it's a good class and will give you a lot of new perspectives. But I don't think I would take this class again.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted June 13, 2017 Grade Received: A-

The material is definitely interesting; the class covers topics in ethics such as Kantian ethics, Utilitarianism, and relevant issues in Bioethics such as Abortion, Animal Testing, and Medical Paternalism. Dr. C is a talented lecturer, and I have to admit she is very funny and knows her ethics. Overall, I've taken away something valuable from this class: confidence and knowledge of ethics and how to apply it in real life situations.

However, fair warnings to those planning on taking this class:

1. You have to score at least a 93.5 for an A, that is in my opinion, a unnecessarily high cutoff point
2. The essay assignment is difficult. I get the feeling that the TAs are told to intentionally withhold assistance to let you struggle through it yourself. As a result, I assumed the essay would primarily be graded on effort. This is not the case, the TAs will mark you down for an argument they disagree with yet at the same time will not help you with building up your arguments in Office Hours nor via email. I understand the large number of students in the class making individual assistance difficult, but in that case I do not feel the level of help given was sufficient for the rigor in grading.
3. The professor has a clear philosophy of "no memorization, DO ethics yourself", yet the way exams are graded is very "memorize the course material, regurgitate what you've learned". This leads to an inconsistency between how the material is taught and how you are expected to apply it. For example, I suspect TAs are told not to explicitly give answers to concepts taught in class, the reason being (I suspect) this robs students of the opportunity to come up with their own answers. First, if a student comes up with an incorrect answer this obviously will hurt them on exams. Secondly, in many other classes solutions are given for problem sets/questions, this does not mean the student does not learn how to solve these problems themselves. Conversely, an example can often prove helpful and guide students' independent learning.
4. The professor is fairly assertive and will not hesitate to shoot you down during group Office Hours and toward the end of the quarter I felt like the TAs didn't really know the course material as well as even some students.

But overall, the class teaches valuable skills and I don't regret taking it. It does have these problems though, so be warned.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted June 11, 2017 Grade Received: B+

Easily the best class at UCLA taught by the most wonderful professor. Dr. Cvrkel is smart, funny, and gives the most engaging lectures. I wish I could take this class again and I really hope everyone takes this class, too!!

Grading is 5% attendance to lectures, but you'll never want to skip a lecture because they're amazing and crucial to understanding the concepts
10% quizzes, based off of the weekly readings but they're very simple
15% midterm I, 20% midterm II, 20% essay, written about your own moral question and 30% final exam.Tests consist of writing arguments/objections about philosopher's beliefs, abortion, animal testing, and the role of ethics in science.

This is a somewhat challenging class but so rewarding!! Dr. Cvrkel and her TAs are amazing and so helpful. There's several office hours per week and a Facebook group where they'll answer any additional questions.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted June 11, 2017 Grade Received: N/A

This class is amazing. Dr. Cvrkel is extremely engaging and the material is super interesting. But this class is not easy. There are 2 midterms, a paper, and a final and the material is not something you can passively study, you need to understand what you are doing and after a bit of study, it can feel draining. This class was definitely my most challenging course, but I am so glad I took it. Dr. Cvrkel is awesome and hilarious. I felt like I truly learned a valuable skill and while it was a lot of effort, it was worth it and I'm glad I pushed through.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Feb. 21, 2017 Grade Received: A

Best class I have ever taken. Absolutely changes your life. You must take it.

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Tags

  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
  • Tolerates Tardiness
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