Simon Board
Department of Economics
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4.5
Overall Rating
Based on 6 User s
Easiness 3.3 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.3 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.3 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.5 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
  • Has Group Projects
  • Tolerates Tardiness

GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS

47.5%
39.6%
31.7%
23.8%
15.8%
7.9%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
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C+
C
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D
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F

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

28.7%
23.9%
19.1%
14.3%
9.6%
4.8%
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.

38.3%
31.9%
25.5%
19.1%
12.8%
6.4%
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.

25.9%
21.6%
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.

33.8%
28.2%
22.5%
16.9%
11.3%
5.6%
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.

25.0%
20.8%
16.7%
12.5%
8.3%
4.2%
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.

23.7%
19.8%
15.8%
11.9%
7.9%
4.0%
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.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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June 22, 2020

This was hands-down the best Econ class I've ever taken at UCLA. The topics were interesting and actually related to the real world. There's some mathy stuff, but you don't have to do any real math, just understand the concepts. Professor Board and my TA (Jingyi Huang) were very good instructors as well. This is not an easy class, however. The workload was pretty substantial, as we had a Harvard Business School case to read and answer questions on every week (30% of your grade). There's also a written report (30%) you do on a tech company of your choosing, and a presentation (10%) to consultants due week 10. All of the above is done in a group, so make sure you pick a good one. The remaining 30% of your grade is the final exam, which is pretty similar to the weekly case write-ups. Definitely take this class if you're interested in technology, strategy, pursuing management consulting, or just like Econ professors with cool British accents.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
July 21, 2019

It's an ok class. Easy A as long as you do the work. I've been to only two of the classes and I found what he talks about in class is pretty much useless for exam. You get to bring 10 pages of cheat sheet so it's quite unlikely that you miss the questions that actually ask about class material. Other than that, his exam is just common sense and your own analysis. His class doesn't really help for me. I skipped all the lectures after the two classes I've been to and did great anyways. You just need to make sure to go to the lab and check your attendance every time because the TA can miss your answers and not record your participation.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: B+
May 9, 2017

Honestly one of the best professors to take for a 106 class. It is not difficult if you aren't shy. The workload and weekly group assignments can feel like a lot, but it becomes simple over time. If you want the A, you will have to really study up on his slides, but you can print out sheets of paper for the final. Overall, great class.

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: A-
April 2, 2017

Board was passionate about what he taught and really tried to engage students in discussion. There were almost-weekly assignments that you worked on in groups. Every group also had to present in sections twice in the entire quarter. Every Friday there was a guest speaker to talk about a case which we worked on that week. It's a really applicable class that studies Internet/tech businesses and the foundational concepts like network effect, scalability, competitive advantage, etc. The final exam was a written one that had us read a case and answer questions. We basically had to write essays in an economics exam! Not my cup of tea because there're a million ways you can "solve" a case when the grading is subjective, and there isn't a straightforward list of things you have to know.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
June 22, 2020

This was hands-down the best Econ class I've ever taken at UCLA. The topics were interesting and actually related to the real world. There's some mathy stuff, but you don't have to do any real math, just understand the concepts. Professor Board and my TA (Jingyi Huang) were very good instructors as well. This is not an easy class, however. The workload was pretty substantial, as we had a Harvard Business School case to read and answer questions on every week (30% of your grade). There's also a written report (30%) you do on a tech company of your choosing, and a presentation (10%) to consultants due week 10. All of the above is done in a group, so make sure you pick a good one. The remaining 30% of your grade is the final exam, which is pretty similar to the weekly case write-ups. Definitely take this class if you're interested in technology, strategy, pursuing management consulting, or just like Econ professors with cool British accents.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
July 21, 2019

It's an ok class. Easy A as long as you do the work. I've been to only two of the classes and I found what he talks about in class is pretty much useless for exam. You get to bring 10 pages of cheat sheet so it's quite unlikely that you miss the questions that actually ask about class material. Other than that, his exam is just common sense and your own analysis. His class doesn't really help for me. I skipped all the lectures after the two classes I've been to and did great anyways. You just need to make sure to go to the lab and check your attendance every time because the TA can miss your answers and not record your participation.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: B+
May 9, 2017

Honestly one of the best professors to take for a 106 class. It is not difficult if you aren't shy. The workload and weekly group assignments can feel like a lot, but it becomes simple over time. If you want the A, you will have to really study up on his slides, but you can print out sheets of paper for the final. Overall, great class.

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: A-
April 2, 2017

Board was passionate about what he taught and really tried to engage students in discussion. There were almost-weekly assignments that you worked on in groups. Every group also had to present in sections twice in the entire quarter. Every Friday there was a guest speaker to talk about a case which we worked on that week. It's a really applicable class that studies Internet/tech businesses and the foundational concepts like network effect, scalability, competitive advantage, etc. The final exam was a written one that had us read a case and answer questions. We basically had to write essays in an economics exam! Not my cup of tea because there're a million ways you can "solve" a case when the grading is subjective, and there isn't a straightforward list of things you have to know.

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4.5
Overall Rating
Based on 6 Users
Easiness 3.3 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.3 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.3 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.5 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
    (5)
  • Engaging Lectures
    (4)
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
    (4)
  • Often Funny
    (5)
  • Participation Matters
    (5)
  • Would Take Again
    (5)
  • Has Group Projects
    (5)
  • Tolerates Tardiness
    (2)
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