James Gober

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CHEM 153A
Biochemistry: Introduction to Structure, Enzymes, and Metabolism Full Profile > 3.6 Overall 1.4 Easiness 1.4 Workload 3.4 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness
He said that he hasn't taught 153A in 15 years @[email protected] 1) He is a quite a humorous guy, he makes jokes all the time...he explains thing quite clearly (the... (Sept. 26, 2012)
CHEM 153A
Biochemistry: Introduction to Structure, Enzymes, and Metabolism See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.4 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.4

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He said that he hasn't taught 153A in 15 years @[email protected]

1)
He is a quite a humorous guy, he makes jokes all the time...he explains thing quite clearly (the class is quite straightforward anyway, everything's self-explanatory)

2)
Midterm 1: not terribly hard but that's because the material at the beginning was easy....

My grade: 51/50 (w/ extra credit)
Avg: 36/50

Midterm 2:Harder than first one, one of the questions was not discussed in class and I've no idea why the F did he include that, I got 0 point (like many others)

My grade: 38/50
Avg: 31/50

Final: This gotta be the hardest, not only it covers RIDICULOUS amount of material, there were almost all conceptual problems (memorizing the pathways, structures and mechanism was a pain in the ass), you really need a rather deep understanding of the material in order to do them....but doable

And the good thing is that he told us what each question was about the day before final, it made life so much easier :)

Grade: no idea

Final Grade: A+

Conclusion: although rote memorization may not guarantee a good grade, you should take your time to memorize the pathway for glycolysis and TCA cycle well before the final, one day will NOT suffice (unless you have photographic memory -_-)

(Sept. 26, 2012)
CHEM 153C
Biochemistry: Biosynthetic and Energy Metabolism and Its Regulation Full Profile > 3.3 Overall 1.2 Easiness 1.9 Workload 4.1 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness
Professors Gober and Koehler co-taught this class. I would not be afraid. Materials None. Grading Scheme Midterm 1 100 points Midterm 2 100 poi... (Spring Quarter 2017)
CHEM 153C
Biochemistry: Biosynthetic and Energy Metabolism and Its Regulation See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 1.2 Workload 1.9 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 3.6

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Professors Gober and Koehler co-taught this class. I would not be afraid.

Materials
None.

Grading Scheme
Midterm 1 100 points
Midterm 2 100 points
Final 200 points
They never talked about how grades would be assigned, but I assumed they were curved upward a little. I got 60s on the midterms and ended with a B-.

Personality
Professor Gober was hilarious. I enjoyed him more than Koehler because he was more organized and his lectures were more interesting and relevant. He somehow made photosynthesis and respiration fascinating. I went to his office hours a couple of times and he seemed eager to answer questions.

Lecture
Everything that we needed to know was covered in lecture. They were audiocasted. However, I recommend going to them because he would often mention, "You don't need to know this." Save yourself unnecessary studying. Aside from that, his lectures were great, and I learned a lot. If not for those, I would not have been able to stand 153C.

Exams
He wrote half of the second midterm and final, and they were easy in retrospect. I did poorly because of poor study habits. He gave out one past midterm beforehand, the structure of which he mimicked. I recommend studying all the notes while keeping the question format in mind. I regret not checking the test bank for his past exams. There is a lot of information to take in. In general, he will mention in class things like "This might be on the midterm." I would take him seriously, because they did. He went over each question on the final on the last day of class, which helped tremendously. Also, do not trust the TAs. They said that malic enzyme would not be on the midterm and it was. RIP to those of us in office hours that day.

Extra Credit
On the first day of class, he and Professor Koehler administered a pre-test where attempting it gave us extra credit. We had to watch a seminar and write a one-pager about it. I do not know how much this affected our grades.

Do I need to remember 153A for this?
Not really. It might help, since you go straight into glycoysis and gluconeogenesis, but it is not hard to catch up.

Overall
I enjoyed the class. My grade was the result of poor studying. If you do not like Koehler, that is understandable, but I would still wait it out for Gober.

(Spring Quarter 2017)
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CHEM 153CH
Biochemistry: Biosynthetic and Energy Metabolism and Its Regulation Full Profile > 3.5 Overall 1.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 3.7 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness
Prof. Gober is an awesome professor. Even though there is a lot to memorize in 153C, he breaks down the material into concepts that tie together everyth... (Dec. 8, 2008)
CHEM 153CH
Biochemistry: Biosynthetic and Energy Metabolism and Its Regulation See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.5 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.7

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Prof. Gober is an awesome professor. Even though there is a lot to memorize in 153C, he breaks down the material into concepts that tie together everything, so it's not just memorizing how to get from substrate A to product Z. Also, he's really funny and an extremely clear lecturer. Definitely take 153C with him if you get the chance!

(Dec. 8, 2008)
CHEM 153L
Biochemical Methods I Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
CHEM 153L
Biochemical Methods I See Full Profile

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CHEM 194
Research Group Seminars: Chemistry and Biochemistry Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
CHEM 194
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CHEM 256F
Seminar: Research in Biochemistry -- Current Topics in Prokaryotic Development Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
CHEM 256F
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CHEM 375
Teaching Appentice Practicum Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
CHEM 375
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