Introduction to Statistical Methods for Life and Health Sciences
A few days ago, I was in a horrific car crash. At some point, the paramedics told me that my heart stopped beating, and I was considered medically dead for 2 minutes. At some point in my period of unconsciousness, however, something incredible happened. After being in a state of utter and complete blackness for what seemed like an eternity, I suddenly woke up in a bright field with a long staircase in front of me. I walked up the staircase, feeling a pleasant warmth from the radiating sun surround me as I did so. Eventually, I reached giant golden gates at the top of the staircase. That's when the memory of the car crash hit me like a ton of bricks, and I suddenly realized that I had died and I was now at the gates of heaven. However, I wasn't frightened. There was something calming about this place. After waiting a few minutes, I saw a figure slowly walking towards me and the gates. He eventually reached the gates, and without even touching them, he summoned them to open. Something deep inside told me that this figure opening the doors and about to confront me was God. When the gates opened, he stepped forth, and that's when I saw his face. Standing in front of me, in all his godly grandiosity, was Akram Almohalwas. I was frozen with awe. He handed me a chi square table, and told me that the meaning of life can be determined alone from taking his Stats 13 class. At this moment I was certain: Almohalwas himself was God. I reached to touch his beautiful face, but that's when I woke up in the hospital. I will never forget this experience, and my life will never be the same afterwards.
Spring 2018 - This is a review for LS40, the new LS stats class. I would recommend taking it with Guillaume! Obviously you are learning stats, so it is nothing that complex. But rather than learning how to do actual math, you learn about different types of graphs, different types of tests to run, etc. and what occasions to use each. The exams are more like asking, "What type of graph is suitable for this data? What does this distribution say about the data? What type of test should be performed on something with 2 independent variables?" etc. and very little actual calculations . Like the LS30 series, you have to learn how to code, but I found it a lot more easy and fun in this class. Guillaume made the homework fun, by doing things like having you perform statistics to solve a murder mystery. And if you are having trouble you can always go to one of the TA's office hours to make sure you get full credit. Both the midterm and the final exam were open note, he let us print as much notes as we wanted. Hilariously, he had a crossword puzzle on the midterm, and a word search on the final. I would say the class is completely doable and possible to get an A, don't slack off too much since it's stats, but make sure to understand the different types of graphs, tests, etc. Btw, he is a pretty good looking man with a French accent for all the girls/guys out there into that ;)
Summer 2021 - Professor Chen was super clear and helpful the entire 5 weeks of this class. You're definitely missing out if you don't take this class with him! He's pretty funny, very engaging during lecture, and incredibly passionate when it comes to teaching stats. Quizzes and the final were definitely fair and were often slightly more difficult than the homework problems assigned (when it came to conceptual questions which came up pretty often). Professor Chen also gives out solutions to most of the homework problems assigned which is great since some of them can be very tricky. My TA for the labs walked us through the coding in discussion which also eased our workload by quite a bit. Overall, this class was pretty chill and if you have the chance, definitely take other classes with Professor Chen!
Dinov, Dinov... what to say, what to say... As a professor, I HAVE to say that he's pretty ineffective. The information that comes out of his mouth simply can't be retained in my brain. I rarely went to class (9 AM's don't sit well with me) because after the first week, I realized what a waste of time it would be. Don't get me wrong, the guy's really nice. He seems really approachable. Not sure what he's like in office hours, but he seems nice. He is really caring about his students and about the level of understanding they extract from the class, but his lectures themselves are quite dull. The TAs usually end up being the people that teach you most of the time, so going to discussions is crucial if you want an A. If you can, take James Molyneux as your TA - he's a lovely, red-bearded man who'll make your life in this class a bit easier. Dinov's midterms were EASY. You can get away with studying only a day ahead of the class. They were really fair. The only complaint is that we had to type up all the labs and homework assignments up, which could get tedious and dull. But they weren't hard, so once again, piece of cake. Overall, this class is an easy A. The homework was worth 30%, a huge chunk, so make sure to do well on those. Labs were worth 15%, but they were also easy, depending on your TA. There was a final research paper too, but it's nothing to worry about. The rest of the class is made up of the two midterms. TAKE DINOV AND GET THAT A!
Fall 2020 - I loved taking Stats 13 with Professor Gould! There's some busy work with this class (weekly homework assignments and coding labs), but it's fairly straightforward and relatively easy for a five unit class. He posts videos going over all of the textbook concepts before lecture so the structure of the class is really helpful for learning the material (especially for slow readers like me who usually don't use textbooks). Because of the way Gould teaches this class, you end up feeling extremely prepared by the time exams come around! If I didn't already have my heart set on medicine, I would totally love to major in Statistics because this class was just so interesting to me. 10/10 would recommend!