Life in Universe

Mark R Morris

Life in Universe

Astronomy department

Mark R Morris

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Easiness of class 3.8
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Workload 3.5
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Clarity of professor 3.9
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Helpfulness of professor 4.1
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  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Is Podcasted
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
  • Issues PTEs

Textbooks

Mastering Astronomy with Pearson eText -- Standalone Access Card -- for Life in the Universe (4th Edition)
Jeffrey O Bennett, Seth Shostak
ISBN: 9780134081823
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Grades

Spring 2017
22.4%
18.7%
15.0%
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3.7%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2016
19.8%
16.5%
13.2%
9.9%
6.6%
3.3%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2009
25.8%
21.5%
17.2%
12.9%
8.6%
4.3%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted July 10, 2018 Grade Received: A-

Mark Morris is a really nice guy and good lecturer. His slides are actually pretty funny and he talks about interesting stuff if you pay attention. Most people don't go to lecture because he podcasts it. In terms of a GE, this class is a little harder than others but it's worth it for what you learn (cool topic, fun class). You don't do much math or really even astronomy (compared to what other professors of this class do) so don't worry about that. Morris talks a lot about evolution and the biology of other planets. Do the homework, do the study guides for the tests, and take notes in class and you should be fine. Going to discussion section isn't really worth it, unless you have a question or want to pick up your graded homework.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted May 15, 2018 Grade Received: A

As someone who was very interested in learning about this topic, this class was quite fun. Morris can definitely be a dry-ish lecturer, but the material is interesting enough to keep things going. The homeworks and readings were interesting to work through and definitely light and fair, but beware as the TA I had graded homework quite harshly. He was overall a decent and fair professor, with a doable midterm and final that he provides detailed study guides for. Definitely take this class if you were ever interested in astronomy or space exploration.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted July 3, 2017 Grade Received: B+

This class isnt as easy as its made out to be, but its still pretty easy. The homework is graded really hard so you have to do a good job, but some of it is completely unrelated to the textbook and you have to do some research on your own. He's a pretty boring lecturer (I went to 4 lectures the whole quarter after falling asleep in the first two) but just listened to the lecture podcasts leading up to finals week and took some notes on those. Some of the ones late in the quarter you can skip since a lot of the end of the course is theoretical and doesnt show up on the tests, which are still pretty easy if you put in a bit of studying. In terms of science GEs, this is a good one.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 27, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

This class is not that easy, I mean the contents, because it's a interdisciplinary subject. But the exams are heavily based on the study questions that Prof. Morris gives beforehand. Personally, I went to every lecture and take notes of what professor said NOT THE CONTENTS OF THE SLIDES. Take the homework seriously because it takes a while for you to figure out the answers+it counts 30% of the grade. Overall, an A is not unattainable unless you don't pay too much effort in it.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 23, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

*note - this is the same professor mark morris from the physics department*

I took Astro 5 with Professor Morris. Don't be fooled by these somewhat low ratings on Bruinwalk. While his lectures are extremely dry, a lot of his homework questions and midterm questions come from his lectures. Literally, if you take a laptop to class and type up everything he says, you'll get all the information you need for the class - I didn't do that for the first 5 or 6 weeks of class, and missed a lot of material. If you don't like science at all, well, tough luck for you. He's really responsive to emails and will do his best to explain questions over email. His office hours are generally quiet, but if you show up, he's willing to answer any question to talk to. He's far better to talk to in person than he is a lecturer. His midterm is worth a good chunk of the grade, so take it seriously. I underestimated the amount of material covered in this class, did poorly on the midterm, did excellent on the final, but still ended up with a B+. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed the class and would recommend it to anyone with the vaguest interest in possibilities of life in space. I learned a lot of material I've always been wondering about since I was a child.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Nov. 21, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

i heard this class was a piece of cake, but it definitely was not the case for me. i averaged A/B in weekly hwks worth 30% of the grade .. but got a 58 on the midterm. this is an "athlete class", but the athletes sometimes are really obnoxious so its difficult to pay attention in class, and the professor has no authority and doesn't tell them to shut up. it's like he's just reciting information without even realizing that he's supposed to be teaching it to the students. the textbook is unnecessarily long and boring to read too.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Is Podcasted
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
  • Issues PTEs

Textbooks

Mastering Astronomy with Pearson eText -- Standalone Access Card -- for Life in the Universe (4th Edition)
Jeffrey O Bennett, Seth Shostak
ISBN: 9780134081823
View on Amazon
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