CHEM 156

Physical Biochemistry

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James Bowie Full Profile > 3.6 Overall 2.2 Easiness 2.0 Workload 3.4 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness
TOOK CHEM C163/263. I took this course with Dr. Bowie spring 2016 and it was the first time it was being offered. Honestly, I had no idea what I woul... (Spring Quarter 2016)
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TOOK CHEM C163/263.

I took this course with Dr. Bowie spring 2016 and it was the first time it was being offered. Honestly, I had no idea what I would be getting myself into as Dr. Bowie's reviews on bruinwalk were quite mixed to say the least. And boy, I was extremely grateful I took the chance of taking this course.

I am currently at the end of the course and this particular course had 3 midterms and no final as there were only a handful of people in the course, but I am sure this course will blow up because of how enjoyable and relevant it is to the emerging topics of biochemistry (mostly membrane proteins and structural biology).

Dr. Bowie is quite good at the way he presents the topics in this course. Not sure what the reviews are talking about but perhaps he is great at teaching the topics he is a leading researcher in! We learned mostly through scientific papers and there was no textbooks required. The most impressive thing was that Dr. Bowie knew nearly every single researcher who's paper we talked about in class. He presented it concisely and although told us to read it, aided our way through the papers as they can be difficult to read sometimes. The midterms, were quite straightforward if you read the papers and pay attention, and also open paper and open note which certainly helps as you can highlight topics! Dr. Bowie was also very funny merely because he was the most honest professor I have had at UCLA. Who knew honesty could be so funny?

I am sure this course will become very very popular soon and I am glad it will and am proud I took it when it was small and offered first! I hope to delve into the topic I learned in this course in graduate school even though I was not involved at all in this research before hand.

If you are on the fence, or can take it. I would absolutely recommend taking a course with Dr. Bowie, ESPECIALLY if it is C163 as this course was very very fun and intersesting!

Thanks Dr. Bowie.

Spring Quarter 2016
Sriram Kosuri Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Christopher Lee Full Profile > 2.2 Overall 1.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 2.2 Clarity 2.2 Helpfulness
Dr. Lee is what I call the typical UCLA professor. By "typical" I mean, brilliant man, horrible teacher. Let me explain... He makes a reader for che... (April 3, 2002)
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Dr. Lee is what I call the typical UCLA professor. By "typical" I mean, brilliant man, horrible teacher. Let me explain...

He makes a reader for chem 156 and the reader contained over 250 pages of hand-written notes. You might think that not having to take much notes in class is a good thing...WRONG! There was way too much information and not enough explanation. I'm not sure even Dr. Lee realizes how much information he overloaded on us. For each of the midterms we had to memorize 80 pages of notes...that's like buying those 3 subject UCLA notebooks and using all three sections for one class. During lecture he basically goes over what's in the reader and glances over difficult topics while wasting time on simple concepts. His attempts at creating models to explain what's going on ends up being more confusing than the concept itself. Each lecture we go over anywhere from 8 to 10 pages of his hand-written notes. And if we fall behind (i.e. go over 5 pages instead of the 10 pages he had numbered off), he'll rush the next lecture and cover 15 pages. He is very much into derivations and mathematical equations and will dance around complex formulas which ends up confusing the heck out of everyone. Worse yet, no note cards for equations for any of the exams. I'm not sure how many of you like taking physics without being given any equations, because, like physics, this class was all about equations and problem solving. Homework was assigned every week, but the homework was so poorly coordinated that we would do the homework before the material was lectured on, or the homework was due on the day it was lectured on.

Most people I've talked to agree that chem 110A was a killer class, but chem 156 was supposed to be okay. WRONG again. Chem 156 w/ Lee was twice as difficult as 110A.

If you can wait, take chem 156 with someone else. If you can't, then my advice to you is: rely heavily on the T.A. and study like crazy.

p.s. What do looks have to do with anything when rating a professor??? (refer to comments posted on 4/22 and 4/9)

April 3, 2002
Margot Quinlan Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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M Quinlan Full Profile > 5.0 Overall 4.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness
I really liked Professor Quinlan! She is very concerned about student learning and she is very straightforward. She is also super approachable and takes... (Spring Quarter 2016)
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I really liked Professor Quinlan! She is very concerned about student learning and she is very straightforward. She is also super approachable and takes steps to make sure students are given what they need to succeed. For example, she asks you to put your questions on CCLE forums for the other students to see. But she also allows you to email her your questions and she will post them anonymously if you are self-conscious about your question.
She gives you a template for her lectures before lecture. She writes on them during lecture and then uploads those notes after class. I personally prefer this to podcasting, because she writes down all the important things in the notes. She also pauses to write things down so you aren't scribbling your notes during lecture.
The tests are extremely fair; our class averages were pretty high for the midterms. You also get a cheat sheet.
My only complaint about this class is that the tablet she uses doesn't work too well for handwriting notes. They can get illegible at times, but you can just ask her for clarification,
Quinlan is a great professor and I wish she taught more courses because I would definitely take them with her.

Spring Quarter 2016
Verne Schumaker Full Profile > 3.0 Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.7 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness
The professor is not as bad as everyone thinks. He's really nice, cares about his students...but his lectures are kinda boring. The exams were based m... (Feb. 6, 2004)
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The professor is not as bad as everyone thinks. He's really nice, cares about his students...but his lectures are kinda boring. The exams were based mostly on concepts and the averages were around the 60s. I would recommend this professor becuase it's not that diffiult to get a good grade in his course.

Feb. 6, 2004
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Todd Yeates Full Profile > 4.4 Overall 1.6 Easiness 1.6 Workload 3.6 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness
Fair exams, students feel welcome in seeking help from him. Down to earth and easy to communicate with. Would take more classes with him if I could. (June 12, 2002)
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Fair exams, students feel welcome in seeking help from him. Down to earth and easy to communicate with. Would take more classes with him if I could.

June 12, 2002
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