Ratings for Molecular and Cell Biology 61

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77

Based on 91 ratings for the instructor(s) that have taught this course.

Assignments
81
Exams
66
Helpfulness
68
Enthusiasm
82

Instructor Ratings

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Presti, D E (MCB 61, Spring 2013)
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50
Exams
50
Helpfulness
50
Enthusiasm
50

Comment: I took this class before taking other neuroscience classes, and this class was the reason why i decided mCb neuro. Great interesting material. ALthough he can be dry at lecturing, the material is amazing and thought provoking.

Submitted Jan. 8th, 2016

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Presti, D E (MCB 61, Spring 2013)
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100
Exams
88
Helpfulness
70
Enthusiasm
92

Comment: Presti makes the materials very interesting, and his enthusiasm for the material is unbeatable. His exams ARE difficult to a certain degree, but if you study you and follow along the lectures, discussions, homework, and readings (basically be a good student), you should do just fine.

Submitted Feb. 3rd, 2015

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Caporale, N (MCB 61, Spring 2014)
Assignments
85
Exams
50
Helpfulness
88
Enthusiasm
99

Submitted Dec. 1st, 2014

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Caporale, N (MCB 61, Spring 2014)
Assignments
100
Exams
68
Helpfulness
66
Enthusiasm
82

Comment: The lectures were all over the place and it was at times difficult to follow. She does not spend enough time on some slides but gets the general information out. The exams were not terribly difficult but I felt that some material that was given to us on the exams were not covered in lectures; this was especially important because it is a mostly lecture based class. The GSI's didn't really reflect what was covered on the actual exam. However, she is an interesting professor and was straightforward with most assignments. They were simple and reflected was covered in lecture.

Submitted July 22nd, 2014

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Caporale, N (MCB 61, Spring 2014)
Assignments
100
Exams
74
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: The course includes: 1. Weekly journaling activities that are checked for completion, not graded. 2. Three reading assignments with a short essay response, graded generously. 3. Two midterms and a final. 4. A few surveys on surveymonkey, checked for completion. Note 1: Professor Caporale does not believe in grading on a curve. However, 87% or higher in the class (which represents about a third of the class) was considered some form of an A. Majority of students received some form of B. Note 2: Show up to class and take notes. Exams ask questions regarding additional information given in lecture that is not included on lecture slides. Note 3: She assigns a lot of material to read but does not ask any test questions that pertain to the reading only. You will only be tested on what is covered in class.

Submitted May 29th, 2014

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Caporale, N (MCB 61, Spring 2014)
Assignments
100
Exams
58
Helpfulness
28
Enthusiasm
63

Comment: She doesn't follow the syllabus that well because she never finishes her lecture slides in one lecture. This gets really frustrating towards the end of the semester. Additionally, her lecture slides only contain a small fraction of the information she expects you to know. Normally, I think this is fair but Caporale talks so fast and jumps around so much that it is hard to keep up when you're taking notes. Also, she seems to go on these tangents in class. I thought these tangents were just interesting things she wanted to share since there was no mention of them on the slides, but she does bring up these tangents on the exams so pay attention to them. The multiple choice on the exam is fair. If you know the material, you'll be okay but if you don't its very hard to make educated guesses. MCQ makes a small fraction of the exam. The rest is diagrams, fill in the blank, and short answer questions. I think these tend to be unfair. I don't think they award enough partial credit for these. They don't test how well you've understood general idea, but rather how well you remember some obscure details. There is some credit for clicker questions and some credit for assignments. It is very easy to get full points in both categories. The final was very challenging since a large number of points came from short answer questions that were really specific. She did not tell us to focus on any of this so I didn't this was really fair to test. Also, attendance to section is required but the material in section is only vaguely related to the material in lecture so it's kind of a waste. Finally, the textbook for this class is very thorough. Professor Caporale assigns a chapter to each lecture and the expectation is that you have read this before lecture, but she only covers a fraction of the material from that chapter. This means you waste a lot of time reading stuff that won't be examinable. Instead, she should just assign the sections that she will be going over in lecture. Overall, I thought this class had very interesting material but the class was poorly organized and coordinated. It seems like something that would be very valuable to take P/NP

Submitted May 25th, 2014

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Caporale, N (MCB 61, Spring 2014)
Assignments
93
Exams
50
Helpfulness
71
Enthusiasm
84

Comment: She was okay...assignments were pretty easy, and the material was relatively straightforward. Only criticism really was that her lectures were a bit all over the place, but the class was a lot less rigorous than what I expected in a science class!

Submitted May 18th, 2014

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Presti, D E (MCB 61, Spring 2013)
Assignments
68
Exams
22
Helpfulness
64
Enthusiasm
75

Comment: im not a native speaker and in this class, you are expected to know the details he says instead of what is in the reader and on the power point. hard for me to take notes and stuff. exams are not tricky and are so deep and require thinking a lot. i missed couple lectures but i did study the whole reader, every single page. i got a C-.

Submitted Sept. 3rd, 2013

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Presti, D E (MCB 61, Spring 2013)
Assignments
74
Exams
76
Helpfulness
71
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: Professor Presti is so far my favorite professor at Berkeley. Although the materials are mainly about science, he did introduce some humanity aspects into the subject. Tests are fair. Just need to memorize lots of details from the reader. Overall, definitely recommend this class!

Submitted Aug. 18th, 2013

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Presti, D E (MCB 61, Spring 2013)
Assignments
85
Exams
80
Helpfulness
5
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: Solid class. Was what I expected I guess. Just keep up with lectures and you're fine. I took it online so there was essentially no help from teachers, even if you emailed them - they are really hard to reach if you don't just go in and see them. Tests were fair enough.

Submitted Aug. 14th, 2013