Walter Metzner
Department of Physiological Science
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2.6
Overall Rating
Based on 14 Users
Easiness 1.2 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 2.6 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 1.6 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 2.6 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS

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21.9%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

22.3%
18.6%
14.9%
11.2%
7.4%
3.7%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

20.0%
16.7%
13.3%
10.0%
6.7%
3.3%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

28.2%
23.5%
18.8%
14.1%
9.4%
4.7%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

24.3%
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16.2%
12.2%
8.1%
4.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

17.8%
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5.9%
3.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

24.6%
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8.2%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

20.1%
16.8%
13.4%
10.1%
6.7%
3.4%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

23.7%
19.7%
15.8%
11.8%
7.9%
3.9%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A-
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June 16, 2021

I do not think this class was well organized. This professor made this class hell and being that he had two modules he threw the momentum off. Everyone who is a PHYSCI major has to take this class so I pray in the future they have better professors because the content is very interesting. They never told us what the scaling for the class was but it is a straight scale so do not be deceived as they said it would be a sliding scale but ended up using a 93% for a solid A. If he still teaches modules 3A and B when you take it good luck because you will need it.

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
June 16, 2021

Metzner is the WORST professor at UCLA and I am in shock that he is still teaching. So basically, Metzner is the 3rd professor in this class and teaches the Kidney and Respiratory system aka the largest module of the class (9 lectures). Well, at least he was supposed to. The two previous professors (Correa and Quijada, bless y'all) gave us weekly quizzes on lecture content to avoid a large midterm and show us exam format and also provided us with exam style questions during Zoom hour as they prerecorded their lectures. Metzner, however, decided he would lecture live via Zoom. He did not turn on the camera a single time and none of the students know what he looks like. Furthermore, he frequently stumbled over his words, read things off the slides incorrectly, and texted/answered calls over lecture. We basically didn't learn. Given the horrendous lectures, none of us understood the class content and the TAs noticed this during discussion. The TA's went out of their way to reteach and record their OWN lectures and sent them to us to use as a tool to study for the midterm for his module which was set to be 180 points (out of 540 in the class); this was the LARGEST midterm we would have as all the other professors used quizzes to offset the weight on the midterm (Module 1 MT: 60, Module 2: 40; Module 4: 60, but was supposed to be 40, I'll get into that).

Metzner tells us he's going to send practice problems and doesn't, and ends up sending them the Saturday before our Tuesday night midterm. We're all stressed at this point, upset that we can't understand his lectures, and trying to get a good grade all at the same time. Now what happened next, was a miracle and a curse. The TAs sent out an email Sunday night at 7:30 PM letting us know that we would NOT be having a midterm due to COVID (ie the professor sucks) and they would give us more details later.

The TAs let us know not to worry about the assignment and that it would be easy and fair. They sent us a take-home assignment worth 100 points and decided to give us 60 free points (ie missing 20 points which were added to module 4's midterm). They gave us a 5 line/7 bullet point limit per question. The assignment wasn't difficult, but was graded harshly given that we had a limit in lines. I'm still so grateful for what the TA's did for us in this module/the course of 107,111A, and 111B. They really had to do the professor's job and made the assignment themselves.

All in all, Metzner was the worst 3 weeks I ever had at UCLA and I don't know how this man is still employed.

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A-
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June 20, 2021

Dr. Metzner's kidney/respiratory module was by far the longest and most grueling few weeks of the 111 series. I completely stopped watching his lectures after attending his first live session, and found it more useful to just skim the slides and resort to Youtube videos to learn the concepts. I'm also sure that the TAs have chronic back pain from carrying the weight of this module for 3 weeks. Hopefully it's better when classes are in person again.

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A
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June 26, 2021

DON'T TAKE THIS PROF if you can avoid it. He was one of the worst professors I’ve ever had. His lectures were near impossible to follow, he was totally technologically inept, he never answered questions, and he seemed to hate teaching. In the other class I had with him (PhySci 173), even the TA admitted that she couldn’t follow what he was talking about in lecture. Almost nobody came to his lectures because they were so unhelpful.

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June 18, 2014

Cardiovasc (watson)
Watson isnt on bruinwalk so I decided to write it here

Exam format:
All encompassing exam. mult choice mult answers, short ans, t/f (i think? I forgot), and fill in the blank.

just know everything. he also looks for key words.

lecture wise he talks pretty fast and it was his first time teaching. He covers pretty cool material but he covers a lot.

Kidney:
Exam format:
-mult choice (one answer)
-match the description (mult ans)
-T/F
-short answer
-circle the correct ans

Exam: Tricky. Watch out for little things. He will mix up words and see if you can catch them. This exam was not like the other exams. It is not a brain vomit exam. You have to study high yield material. He doesnt give a shit about little details. You have to know how to apply the material.

focus more on the kidney and the drugs. If you're an expert then go to the epithelial shit. If not study more.

high average: 82%

Lungs:
This was a little different than the kidney.
-mult choice with mult answers and you better get all of them
-t/F
-circle the right answer.

Focus on applying the physiology. It is kind of like math. practice different scenarios and how different variables will change. know the keyterms for various states. know how the curve shifts etc. This exam requires you to know minor facts as well. Definitely harder than the kidney. average: we dont know yet.

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March 22, 2013

He's very nice and straight-forward. The final was extremely hard; our class had a 40% average. But, as always the class is curved so you just need to do better than others!

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A-
June 16, 2021

I do not think this class was well organized. This professor made this class hell and being that he had two modules he threw the momentum off. Everyone who is a PHYSCI major has to take this class so I pray in the future they have better professors because the content is very interesting. They never told us what the scaling for the class was but it is a straight scale so do not be deceived as they said it would be a sliding scale but ended up using a 93% for a solid A. If he still teaches modules 3A and B when you take it good luck because you will need it.

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A
June 16, 2021

Metzner is the WORST professor at UCLA and I am in shock that he is still teaching. So basically, Metzner is the 3rd professor in this class and teaches the Kidney and Respiratory system aka the largest module of the class (9 lectures). Well, at least he was supposed to. The two previous professors (Correa and Quijada, bless y'all) gave us weekly quizzes on lecture content to avoid a large midterm and show us exam format and also provided us with exam style questions during Zoom hour as they prerecorded their lectures. Metzner, however, decided he would lecture live via Zoom. He did not turn on the camera a single time and none of the students know what he looks like. Furthermore, he frequently stumbled over his words, read things off the slides incorrectly, and texted/answered calls over lecture. We basically didn't learn. Given the horrendous lectures, none of us understood the class content and the TAs noticed this during discussion. The TA's went out of their way to reteach and record their OWN lectures and sent them to us to use as a tool to study for the midterm for his module which was set to be 180 points (out of 540 in the class); this was the LARGEST midterm we would have as all the other professors used quizzes to offset the weight on the midterm (Module 1 MT: 60, Module 2: 40; Module 4: 60, but was supposed to be 40, I'll get into that).

Metzner tells us he's going to send practice problems and doesn't, and ends up sending them the Saturday before our Tuesday night midterm. We're all stressed at this point, upset that we can't understand his lectures, and trying to get a good grade all at the same time. Now what happened next, was a miracle and a curse. The TAs sent out an email Sunday night at 7:30 PM letting us know that we would NOT be having a midterm due to COVID (ie the professor sucks) and they would give us more details later.

The TAs let us know not to worry about the assignment and that it would be easy and fair. They sent us a take-home assignment worth 100 points and decided to give us 60 free points (ie missing 20 points which were added to module 4's midterm). They gave us a 5 line/7 bullet point limit per question. The assignment wasn't difficult, but was graded harshly given that we had a limit in lines. I'm still so grateful for what the TA's did for us in this module/the course of 107,111A, and 111B. They really had to do the professor's job and made the assignment themselves.

All in all, Metzner was the worst 3 weeks I ever had at UCLA and I don't know how this man is still employed.

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A-
June 20, 2021

Dr. Metzner's kidney/respiratory module was by far the longest and most grueling few weeks of the 111 series. I completely stopped watching his lectures after attending his first live session, and found it more useful to just skim the slides and resort to Youtube videos to learn the concepts. I'm also sure that the TAs have chronic back pain from carrying the weight of this module for 3 weeks. Hopefully it's better when classes are in person again.

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A
June 26, 2021

DON'T TAKE THIS PROF if you can avoid it. He was one of the worst professors I’ve ever had. His lectures were near impossible to follow, he was totally technologically inept, he never answered questions, and he seemed to hate teaching. In the other class I had with him (PhySci 173), even the TA admitted that she couldn’t follow what he was talking about in lecture. Almost nobody came to his lectures because they were so unhelpful.

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June 18, 2014

Cardiovasc (watson)
Watson isnt on bruinwalk so I decided to write it here

Exam format:
All encompassing exam. mult choice mult answers, short ans, t/f (i think? I forgot), and fill in the blank.

just know everything. he also looks for key words.

lecture wise he talks pretty fast and it was his first time teaching. He covers pretty cool material but he covers a lot.

Kidney:
Exam format:
-mult choice (one answer)
-match the description (mult ans)
-T/F
-short answer
-circle the correct ans

Exam: Tricky. Watch out for little things. He will mix up words and see if you can catch them. This exam was not like the other exams. It is not a brain vomit exam. You have to study high yield material. He doesnt give a shit about little details. You have to know how to apply the material.

focus more on the kidney and the drugs. If you're an expert then go to the epithelial shit. If not study more.

high average: 82%

Lungs:
This was a little different than the kidney.
-mult choice with mult answers and you better get all of them
-t/F
-circle the right answer.

Focus on applying the physiology. It is kind of like math. practice different scenarios and how different variables will change. know the keyterms for various states. know how the curve shifts etc. This exam requires you to know minor facts as well. Definitely harder than the kidney. average: we dont know yet.

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March 22, 2013

He's very nice and straight-forward. The final was extremely hard; our class had a 40% average. But, as always the class is curved so you just need to do better than others!

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Overall Rating
Based on 14 Users
Easiness 1.2 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 2.6 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 1.6 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 2.6 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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