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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Overall 4.6
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Easiness of class 3.2
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Workload 3.2
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Clarity of professor 4.6
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Helpfulness of professor 4.7
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Tags

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

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
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%
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 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%
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 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: Spring 2016 Submitted Aug. 12, 2017 Grade Received: A

I took LS15 in Spring 2016 so this is a pretty late review and I do not remember the exact details of the class's structure. However, I do remember really enjoying the class, and I thought it was valuable because it is biology tailored for psychology majors, which means that while it is not as tough as the other LS classes, it still forces you as a psychology student to treat your discipline as a science. I think that ^ is Phelan's underlying message - he wants you to approach science critically and skeptically, and understand that fields like psychology that sometimes involve questionable conclusions does actually have a scientific basis if you approach it as such.

The class itself is pretty straightforward. If you do all the work and try hard you will definitely get an A! The workload at times can be a little too much (if you are intent on doing ALL the readings), but it's definitely not too bad.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted July 5, 2017 Grade Received: A-

Best Professor I've had thus far!! Wish I could take another class with Professor Phelan! Very engaging lectures!! Selling What Is Life for $35!! Email me at [email protected]

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted June 24, 2017 Grade Received: A

I loved this class! However, I was stressed out about it a lot because I needed to get a good grade in it to raise my psych GPA. As a result I tried super hard on the quizzes, did all the readings, etc. but it earned me an A so I think that it was worth it!
As for the class, he does lectures with slides. He podcasts the lectures so you can watch them online but I found I learned more if I went to class. The content is super applicable to your own life and I found it really interesting-especially the nutrition segment I still use a lot today lol.
Discussion is mandatory-I'm pretty sure they grade on participation/attendance (seemed to be 3 points per discussion). There are also 12 point quizzes in each discussion-they'll drop your lowest one for the final grade. You have to do a debate during one of the discussions with a partner which isn't too hard but make sure you try on it.
The exams are pretty hard but he offers a review session before make sure you go!!! He usually gives about 20 questions for the midterm and about 40 for the final that if you study, you should be good for. However, I found that the final contained more than those 40 questions so for the final I would recommend reviewing everything as well as the questions. For the midterm I only reviewed the questions and I was fine.
This is an awesome class and you should take it! You'll learn a lot for sure and Phelan is really cool and a great lecturer. He makes science really interesting and relatable!

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted June 24, 2017 Grade Received: A

This class was by far one of my favorite classes that I took my freshman year. First of all, Phelan is the man. Seriously, he is one of the coolest professors at UCLA and one of the most impressive. I felt BAD missing lecture simply because I felt like I was letting Phelan down. He writes the text book that is required for the class and also requires you to buy Mean Genes (another book he wrote) but you do not need Mean Genes to get an A. Discussion is extremely important. Go to every one. You have a "quiz" every week but the quiz is really just one question off of the weekly problem set you pick up in lecture. So, you have the "quiz" questions ahead of time every time. Memorize the answers in the most basic sense the night before your discussion and you're solid. I ended with an A in the class even with being out of school for 2 and a half weeks of being sick. Go to the midterm review and final review and write down his questions because if you can outline each question he gives you from the reviews you will get an A. This class is extremely relevant and gave me a new outlook on science. HIGHLY recommend.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted April 11, 2017 Grade Received: P

Selling Mean Genes PDF and the Quizzes for $5 each. Text 925-639-3327 for more info.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted April 7, 2017 Grade Received: N/A

Selling What Is Life? A Guide To Biology, with Physiology, 3rd edition & Mean Genes for $45. Also selling a pretty great in-depth midterm and final study guide. Text me at (323) 318-0921.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted April 6, 2017 Grade Received: A+

Selling What is Life textbook (3rd edition & with physiology) for $30!!! Text me if interested (562)682-0293

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted April 3, 2017 Grade Received: B+

His class is a class where you learn a lot of different things ranging from reciprocal altruism to how caffeine affects the chemicals in your brain to the scientific method. His quizzes are easily doable, his tests are not -- STUDY. Also, do not make the mistake I made on the midterm -- do NOT write on the back (it will not be graded, cost me an A). Last but not least, go to class...some of the material he talks about in class that is not in the textbooks is in his exams.

I am selling the What is Life w Physiology 3rd ed Loose Leaf, midterm and review session notes, class notes and problem sets/handouts for $55. Email me at [email protected]

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted April 2, 2017 Grade Received: B

Took this class my first quarter at UCLA and it was my favorite class. The content is super interesting. Phelan is great, he actually made the lectures enjoyable. My TA was a tough grader but I ended up with a B. Just go to all the lectures, read, and you should be fine!
Selling my mean genes book, email me if interested! [email protected]

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted March 31, 2017 Grade Received: N/A

This class is honestly the most amazing class you will take as an elective or a pre-req. He is so insightful and really cares about his class. There are problem sets every week that he uses as easy points on a quiz for you to help boost your grade. There is one midterm and one final and basically, even though this class is great and interesting, still take the midterms and final seriously, there is a lot of material. If you're looking to BUY THE TEXTBOOKS, I am selling What is Life and Mean Genes . 818-370-2470. Text me!

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Tags

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