Reviews for J Norman HansenAverage Rating:
Grade Expected: A
December 18, 2007, 9:46 am
|Its true that he didn't really use the book and when i did try to find material he lectured on in the book Hansen goes in much greater depth. This class really requires you to pay attention and think critically about concepts. He writes very few things on the board so you have to write down everything he says. His handwriting is terrible so you always have to raise your hand and ask "what does that say?" |
When he said he would give at least the top 15% A's it was shocking and turned this class into a competition. Towards the end of the class the highest grade 90.5 was a and the multiple choice final was pretty hard with an average of 56%.
On the plus side he always hosts two review sessions and post review questions for the exam. The review questions are very hard but they get you in the right frame of mind for the exams. In review questions he answers the questions. The best quality about hansen is when he is answering the most complex question he explains all the background information before he attacks the meat of the question so he fully answers the question. Then other times he overkills the answer by going on and on.
His exams are essay format and you barely will have enough time to complete it. His exams are like the review questions but sometimes a question appears out of nowhere. My hand was hurting for writing so much.
Grade Expected: B
October 21, 2007, 11:48 am
|Truly a horrific class. Buying the book is a total waste of money except maybe for the page with the amino acid structures. He lectures endlessly about 4 or 5 terms and everything related to those terms. The exam focuses on those terms but attempts to make connections between things that may actually have no real connection. One redeeming thing though: once you understand how to answer his exam questions, you're golden for every single exam. The trick to the class is just learning how to think the way he does (or as he says it, the way a biochemist thinks). For the most part, he is monotone and boring, but he does some entertaining things once in a while. His final exam is multiple choice and rather impossible.|