Ratings for Johnson, T D
Based on 138 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: The instructor is very enthusiastic and eager to help students, and lectures are pretty clear. You can get a high score in homework if you understand the lecture slides and notes, which are not hard. The final project is some work, but it is helpful for the future bioengineers.
Submitted Dec. 30th, 2015
Comment: Terry is a great, very approachable, and dedicated teacher. Unfortunately, I'm not convinced that the material I learned was practical, mathematically grounded or correct. Exams are very hit or miss - you either follow the mathematical steps with precision, or lose points for taking an alternate route to the answer.
Submitted May 22nd, 2015
Comment: One of the best professors I have ever had! So much fun to go to class! In learning about diffusion, convection, and reaction, I was able to learn how to better use integration and differential equations, including hard concepts like separation of variables! Homeworks and exams really help you learn! I highly recommend the course to everyone, even those that are not BioE majors!
Submitted Jan. 25th, 2014
Comment: Homework was hard. Good thing we always had 2 weeks to do it. No quizzes or exams. Make sure you pick a good group because your grade depends heavily on group work. His lectures are amazing!
Submitted Jan. 19th, 2014
Comment: I thought I liked BioE but this class totally changed my mind. Well, Terry is a great lecturer. I mean, he's funny and very well organized, BUT the thing is, this is only an intro class and the knowledge is kind of scattered to me. Though he made it really interesting, some are still hard to grasp. The homework is the pain in the ass. They are very calculation based and also, uh, reading and writing based, which is really beyond my imagination. Also, my classes have time conflict with the office hour and they mostly just discuss the answers during the office hour. The grading was ridiculous as well. I made some typo on the homework and I explained to my GSI several times but she just ignored me "POLITELY". I got 3-4 points off just because of that. Overall, this is supposed to be an easy class and I got the worst grade I've ever had. Nevertheless, Terry is a great lecturer.
Submitted Jan. 9th, 2014
Comment: Easy seminar. No assignments or exams- just needed to fill out a survey on bspace every week saying that you went to lecture. The lectures were mostly professors or professionals who spoke about what they did and this was usually really boring. Many tried to explain all the science behind their research which was not really easy to follow. This made it harder for me to use the class to narrow down what concentration I want to do.
Submitted Dec. 24th, 2013
Comment: I thought BioE 10 was going to be my most interesting class but it was the exact opposite. The material you cover is all either practical, common sense stuff or it is extremely in-depth science that is way beyond the level most people are at as freshmen. Terry is extremely enthusiastic about the class and very animated in lecture, which makes it a little more bearable, but I mostly found him cheesy. It always seemed like he had recited his lectures beforehand because he had everything perfectly timed and memorized- seemed like he was just trying too hard. There was homework due every other week which made it really easy to procrastinate, especially because you felt like you weren't learning anything. If you're taking this class DON'T leave the homework to the last minute!!! It is usually really long and includes ridiculous math or science problems and research (reading a 20+ page scientific paper and writing a short answer to one question on it). However, if you start the homework early you can easily get a good grade because the GSI's and Terry are really helpful during office hours and will often just explain the answers. One drawback for me was that office hours were limited and I had class during all of them- but if you have friends that can go you can find help easily. Do everything you can to get a good grade on homeworks because they are worth 50% of your grade and they are graded harshly. I had a point taken off because I printed in red ink instead of black. Very nit-picky. There were no exams- just a bunch of group projects and a final paper.
Submitted Dec. 24th, 2013
Comment: Terry only gave about three lectures in the course of the seminar; the others were professors conducting research in the various BioE concentrations (though one day Berkeley's IGEM team came in to speak, which was pretty cool...they presented much better than most of the professors.) The guest lecturers' material was fairly abstruse at times and didn't really help me decide on a concentration, though they did help eliminate a couple of choices for me. The seminar was good overall; the 50% rating on helpfulness arises from the fact that no help was really required for the class, which is P/NP graded on attendance.
Submitted Dec. 23rd, 2013