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Professor Seibt was an awesome professor. For my first quarter at UCLA, the class was a total breeze and her humor added to the overall lighthearted atmosphere of the class. There was a total of three assignments, all of which were writing-based (not too complicated and graded easily) that we worked on in assigned groups. Other than that, points came from the midterm, final, and participation (clicker questions asked throughout every lecture; not graded on accuracy - only a measure of attendance). I found a majority of the material to be pretty straight forward and definitely manageable for a north campus major taking it as a physical science GE! 10/10 would recommend.
Great teacher! She was very funny and the class is not too hard itself. You definitely need to keep up with the lectures and her slide shows to truly retain the information, but other than that- you can definitely perform well with a little bit of effort. Overall, great teacher and definitely cares about her students!
This class seemed like an easy GE. I was extremely mistaken. Granted, I am not a science person, but I found this class extremely difficult. The midterm was pretty easy, but the final was insane. The weekly homework assignments also take forever and are largely irrelevant to the class. Professor Seibt is nice, but sometimes she goes off on tangents and can be unclear. Also, if you don't already own a clicker, just know that you have to buy one for this class because I was personally very annoyed about dropping $40 on a fancy remote.
I really, really liked this class. It opened my eyes a lot to environmental issues and I now feel knowledgeable enough to engage in actual conversations about climate change. It's also really easy, just 4 simple group assignments (and 4 lab assignments if you do the lab; I didn't do the lab but the lab assignments are as simple as the group assignments) that don't take that long. However I think I did so well mainly because of the PLF sessions. If you are eligible for AAP , DEFINITELY enroll in a plf for this class. All of the concepts are relatively simple to understand, and the midterm and final are both multiple choice. The only issue is her wording in the questions and answer choices. Also, iclicker 2 questions mean you have to come to class. Her slides are pretty informative though and she posts them online.
This course helps you to reorganize your thoughts & recognition of Climate changes and environmental issues right around ourselves. You indeed need time to understand the class materials after class and search for related readings (since no textbooks are required-just recommended only) not just for finishing the group assignments to get a good grade.
Extra credits may be given through submitting "good-style" problems you make out.
AO SCI 1 is an extremely interesting class. Hell, if Ulli Seibt managed to make the class somewhat engaging then I think that means the content of this course is good. However, this class is extremely poorly structured and I would not recommend taking it with Ulli Seibt. For starters, she is extremely disorganized and has changed the syllabus multiple times throughout the quarter. Moreover, her lectures and slide deck are inaccurate to the content of the exam, and I now understand why there are so little people taking this class this quarter. The only positive thing I could say about this professor is that she gives extra credit for iClickers, other than that I would say to take AOS1, so long as it is not with Ulli Seibt.
While the course material is very interesting, Seibt's lectures are not that interesting, because she isn't very engaging with her slides. I liked her assignments and her projects, and thought I learned a lot from those. She offers clicker points for extra credit (~5%). Her exams are all free response, and timing is never an issue on them. I believe she is a fair grader. I would take this class again because of a personal interest in climate change, but she is a bland lecturer -- I think the class has so much potential, but maybe take it with a more interesting instructor.
If you need to take a lab solely to knock out that GE requirement, then I HIGHLY recommend this lab for you. It has a super light workload and is ridiculously easy. It's only one unit, but has no lecture/midterm/final. Only a few online assignments that allow you to work with a partner, further lessening your workload. You simply do some online research for these assignments.
Firstly, I want to state that I liked the material. I took her course A&OSci 1 and it exposed me to things I didn't know before.
Secondly, I liked that she is friendly during office hours and that she wants her students to learn the concepts.
Overall one of the best courses I have had because it was enjoyable and because Professor Seibt taught it.