Life: Concepts and Issues

Life Sciences department

Jay Phelan

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Life: Concepts and Issues

Life Sciences department

Jay Phelan

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Ratings

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Overall 4.6
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Easiness of class 3.2
Easy
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Workload 3.2
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Clarity of professor 4.6
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Helpfulness of professor 4.6
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Participation Matters
  • Has Group Projects

Grades

Winter 2016
26.4%
22.0%
17.6%
13.2%
8.8%
4.4%
0.0%
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A
A-
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B
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F

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

Spring 2016
27.1%
22.6%
18.1%
13.5%
9.0%
4.5%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2015
26.7%
22.2%
17.8%
13.3%
8.9%
4.4%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Winter 2015
27.8%
23.2%
18.5%
13.9%
9.3%
4.6%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Spring 2015
27.6%
23.0%
18.4%
13.8%
9.2%
4.6%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2014
26.1%
21.7%
17.4%
13.0%
8.7%
4.3%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Winter 2014
26.7%
22.2%
17.8%
13.3%
8.9%
4.4%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Spring 2014
26.5%
22.1%
17.7%
13.3%
8.8%
4.4%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2013
25.7%
21.5%
17.2%
12.9%
8.6%
4.3%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Winter 2013
26.7%
22.3%
17.8%
13.4%
8.9%
4.5%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Spring 2013
22.8%
19.0%
15.2%
11.4%
7.6%
3.8%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2012
29.4%
24.5%
19.6%
14.7%
9.8%
4.9%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2009
31.9%
26.6%
21.2%
15.9%
10.6%
5.3%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2006
33.7%
28.0%
22.4%
16.8%
11.2%
5.6%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted Feb. 23, 2017 Grade Received: A

This might be the best class I have ever taken. The content is extremely interesting and Phelan is phenomenal. As long as you go to class and pay attention, it really is not a difficult class.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Feb. 14, 2017 Grade Received: B+

I honestly probably owe this man a fruit basket. I got to his 8am final at around 9:40am, and I was scared I wouldn't be allowed to finish. He just laughed and said, "Have a nice sleep? Sorry, I should not be laughing. You were probably terrified. You can finish in your test in my office; I would hate for this to affect your grade at all." He then proceeded to tell me that he was afraid he would sleep through the test too and that his son made a funny joke the day before. His lectures are fun to listen to and give you fun facts to spit out in random conversation. He loves teaching, and genuinely cares about his students. I cannot recommend this class enough. (Sidenote: don't buy the textbook.)

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Jan. 11, 2017 Grade Received: B

Phelan is the absolute best. I've never been great at science and I didn't take AP Bio so I was nervous going into it, but he was so funny and gave such great lectures and made everything very clear. I actually learned a lot and I feel like I am more open to learning more about science. His tests are trickier than I thought they would be, but the review sessions are extremely helpful. I thought the midterm was going to be easy (like the weekly 1 question quizzes) so I kind of blew off studying which killed my dreams of an A, but I highly recommend taking this class. He makes science so applicable and interesting! If you need the What is Life textbook email me! @[email protected]

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted Jan. 9, 2017 Grade Received: B+

Professor Phelan is so amazing. Apart from being hilarious and super interesting, he is very helpful when coming to the tests. I would highly recommend this class. Selling Mean Genes with previously used weekly quizzes. Email me at [email protected]

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Jan. 6, 2017 Grade Received: A+

Jay Phelan is a great professor!
I am Selling What is Life? 3rd Edition (pdf) for $15. Text me at 323-593-2232 if you are interested.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Jan. 5, 2017 Grade Received: A

BEST PROFESSOR AND BEST CLASS POSSIBLE. Changed my whole outlook on science and the world around me. I had never done any science classes in high school and was really dreading the GE requirements. LIFE SAVER

You need the main text book What is Life + the online disc is really helpful as he posts similar questions as those in the final on there. You dont really need the mean genes as I got an A not having touched it once. I have the paper back version of the text book, the Online portal access, and summaries of every single chapter necessary till the final that im willing to give away. I bought them for 140$ and spent hours on the summaries and can tell you I skipped half the classes but still got an A. If youre interested im giving them all away for 95$ just contact me on:
[email protected]

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Jan. 3, 2017 Grade Received: A

Selling what is life PDF book $15 and mean genes book for $10. Email: [email protected]

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 30, 2016 Grade Received: A

I absolutely loved this class and professor. Phelan was incredibly engaging and you can tell he was passionate about teaching the students. He made sure to lecture in ways that would stick with the students. The material itself also was incredibly interesting, and that is coming from someone who is NOT a fan of science/math things. It has a lot to do with using biology and science as a way explain why humans are the way we are and why we do the things we do. I found it so interesting! It was definitely my favorite class and I actually really looked forward to lectures.
The class itself consists of a weekly optional assignment of usually about 8 questions, but it's best to complete the assignment because one of the eight questions would be on the weekly quiz in discussion.
Discussion was unnecessarily long but still enjoyable. You are required to participate in one formal debate during the course of the quarter in front of your discussion with a partner, which seems really scary but really was not. I had Chris as my TA and he made it very unintimidating. It does not require an extensive amount of preparation and as long as you are confident and cohesive you'll get a good grade.
The midterm /final wasn't an easy A, but it is definitely possible and even likely if you just put a little bit of effort. He hosts a review session in which he gives you around 23 questions that if you know the answer to, you're guaranteed an A. Low and behold, I studied all of those questions and received an A on both. I suggest studying as soon as those review questions are given, and going to the test bank for the midterm.
I also recommend going to Phelan's office hours at least once, because he genuinely wants to get to know his students and he will answer pretty much any course-material questions that you have (though he's more reluctant if it's questions from the final/midterm review). However, I didn't continuously return because sometimes he spends so long talking to one person that you're sitting there awkwardly (it's in a group) while you wait.
Overall, I highly recommend this class and think Phelan was an absolutely amazing professor.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 20, 2016 Grade Received: B

I thought I did better and was expecting a higher curve so I ended up with a B, but I don't really give a shit because Phelan is the man. The midterm and final are pretty tough because there is a ton of material, but he makes it all really interesting. Best professor and class I've taken at UCLA, hands down.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 16, 2016 Grade Received: A

Phelan is absolutely amazing. He is the most engaging, entertaining professor, always incorporating his life stories into every lecture in a meaningful and relevant way. I loved going to lecture, and sometimes didn't even want it to end, which can't be said for most classes. You will learn very applicable and memorable lessons in this class. It is easy, but not an easy A. There is very little work and generally easy concepts but the exams are hard. There are quizzes in each discussion but he gives you the questions beforehand so they are not hard. There is one midterm and one final which require quite a bit of studying and are not easy, but he gives a pretty large curve. Not too much reading, and it is interesting. Take this class!!!

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Participation Matters
  • Has Group Projects
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