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Marguerite Brickman
Professor (2000 – 2015)
Georgia (UGA)
Biology
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3.3650***
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Rated by 263 students
2.96
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across 1 classes
Fall 2015 Schedule
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BIOL 1103
BIOL 1103L
BIOL 8010
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4****
BIOL 1103 - Basic Concepts in Biology
Not a bad class. The only thing i didn't like about it is the pre-class assessments. Also you get to choose a group to be in at the beginning of the semester and you take group tests with that group. This is good and all if you have smarter people th...
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Pros: Tests aren't too unbearable.
Fun lectures.
Podcasts of lectures.
Lot's of opportunity for extra credit.
Cons: Pointless homework assignments with one attempt that she doesn't know how to fix.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on 4/8/11
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1*
BIOL 1103 - Basic Concepts in Biology
This was an awful class. I NEVER paid attention in class. NOT ONCE. Her classes are long and boring with powerpoints on the most useless information ever. Her tests included about... 25% of material covered in class.

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Pros: Easy..sorta. Otherwise, none.
Cons: Brickman is an idiot. Her class is terrible and ineffective. I felt like I was in the second grade. I hated every second of it because her material was absolutely, stupidly simple, but she made it so difficult with extra crap (homework, activities, BS) that had to be turned in. She also has a clicker percentage as like 10% of the grade. Except her lectures are so terrible and useless, so it's the biggest waste of life ever. Her other class (same level--1103) had a completely different curriculum that involved group tests? We had group projects. Fail.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on 6/23/11
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
1*
Pros: Easy..sorta. Otherwise, none.
Cons: Brickman is an idiot. Her class is terrible and ineffective. I felt like I was in the second grade. I hated every second of it because her material was absolutely, stupidly simple, but she made it so difficult with extra crap (homework, activities, BS) that had to be turned in. She also has a clicker percentage as like 10% of the grade. Except her lectures are so terrible and useless, so it's the biggest waste of life ever. Her other class (same level--1103) had a completely different curriculum that involved group tests? We had group projects. Fail.
This was an awful class. I NEVER paid attention in class. NOT ONCE. Her classes are long and boring with powerpoints on the most useless information ever. Her tests included about... 25% of material covered in class.



If you are so unfortunate to have her: just do the online assignments, and make sure you look up all the answers and sort of read why they are right, and you'll be completely fine. In fact, don't even worry about knowing what you're answering. Just get most-ish right to get the points. Seriously. Every test asked if flour was a carb. And if a website selling a product was a reliable source (I'm really not kidding--every one). If you can put peanut butter on your toes, you can pass all the tests with A's. If you don't have toes, you can still pass. Just watch out for all the extra, awful assignments that come with the class. But don't fret too much. Most people fail all the tests (how? They must not even have peanut butter), don't come to get attendance, don't do the assignments, and still get B's because at the end she curves the final grade so even manatees (who don't have toes or peanut butter) can pass.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on June 23, 2011
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
2**
While the Biology I took was meant for non-Bio majors, she Brickman took the course very seriously. She included case studies to try and make the topics more relevant for everyone, but by doing so only made it harder. Many test questions were directly from her lectures which were sometimes difficult to follow because of her need to rush through everything in order to get it all in. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND HER, unless you're a Biology major, this class is unnecessary. I currently have an A in the class, so this isn't someone writing a response in spite, I am being as truthful as I can be.
Professor rated by: International Affairs Student on November 2, 2009
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
1*
Pros: Dr. Brickman likes what she does, but that's about it.
Cons: The tests do not follow lecture material, the book, or practice assessments. Questions are random, and guessing seems to occur more than knowing. She assigns senseless busy work to have an abundance of grades, but she never grades things on time, and you rarely know how you're progressing in the class. Also, most of the class is through ELC, so if ELC breaks, you're screwed. She is almost always unavailable for help; she never answered my e-mails, and she even told our class NOT to e-mail her two weeks before the final. When I went to talk to her in person, she cut me off and shut the door in my face. She is disorganized, and her class is almost impossible to succeed in. Due dates on the syllabus didn't match due dates on ELC, and point distribution didn't add up correctly, either. She puts on a nice facade in class, but she is rude and does not LISTEN when she is contacted directly. She is literally the worst teacher I have ever had. If you enjoy stress, confusion, uncertainty, and headaches, take this class.
WORST class at UGA
Professor rated by: Sociology Student on May 2, 2012
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
4****
Pros: Tests aren't too unbearable.

Fun lectures.

Podcasts of lectures.

Lot's of opportunity for extra credit.
Cons: Pointless homework assignments with one attempt that she doesn't know how to fix.

Not a bad class. The only thing i didn't like about it is the pre-class assessments. Also you get to choose a group to be in at the beginning of the semester and you take group tests with that group. This is good and all if you have smarter people than you in the group but in my case I am the smartest and I had no one to rely on to know the answers that I was unsure of. Basically, choose your group wisely.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on April 8, 2011
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
1*
Pros: Lots of group work, curves grades
Cons: disorganized, inconsistant, vague, wordy
This class was the worst that I have taken at Georgia. The overall structure of the class was very disorganized and included huge amounts of "fluff" assignments to fill in points. The ELC page was extremely disorganized, and many of the due dates for assignments were mismatched. Brickman's powerpoints were disorganized and out of chronological order, making them extremely difficult to understand. Overall, I just memorized a few things to pass by with a B in the class, but attendence was EXTREMELY painful. I would look forward to going to get a root canal more than going to this class. You just have to tolerate Brickman's absurd disorganization and arbitrary assignments to get by. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS CLASS.
Professor rated by: Journalism Student on May 14, 2012
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
2**
Pros: She tries to be upbeat and interested in what she teaches.
Cons: She is so scattered brained and her lectures are not the easiest things in the world to follow. Plus instead of doing clickers, we do these sheets you have to hand in every class period of questions you answer during lecture. Instead of being helpful like she means them to be, they end up being a hassle and really useless.
Brickman doesn't seem like a college professor. She tries to narrow her teaching down to powerpoints that don't really explain everything and she isn't a very good teacher in general. I found the modules that you have to do particularly annoying and inconvenient. I would rather have just had a professor that lectured and gave out tests instead of all the busy work that Brickman gave.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on April 16, 2012
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
1*
Pros: She's a nice lady, but other than that NONE.
Cons: This class is the worst class I've ever been in in my entire life. Her tests are ridiculously hard and she is a horrible teacher. I could guess on the tests and get a better grade than if I actually tried. She's a nice person, but it doesn't really help. I would avoid this class at all costs if you have to take BIOL 1103, it is not worth the frustration. Going to class would be pointless if she didn't do attendance sheets.
Do not take this class. It is extremely horrible and frustrating especially for non-science majors. She makes it too difficult and confusing, so I would definitely recommend to avoid taking her!
Professor rated by: African Studies Student on April 4, 2012
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
4****
Pros: -Group projects and group tests help boost grade

-Easy to do well on all homework and projects

-Free online textbook and clicker used
Cons: -Group work in class helps grade, but seems tedious

-Power points are confusing

-Tests are worded weirdly
I never made above an 80 on the individual tests, but made 90s on all the group tests. She's very nice and approachable, but her lectures are confusing -- not sure what you're supposed to take away from them/how to apply the information for tests. Make sure you get a good group, and you'll do okay. Extra credit opportunities are given. Expect a B/B+
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on May 1, 2014
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
2**
Pros: Group tests, nice
Cons: Horrible class structure, group work, random test questions, don't use the book, have to find answers on internet
I wouldn't recommend Brickman to ANYONE. The structure of her class is poorly thought out. She's nice and she knows what she's talking about but, the problem is she sees these large concept maps in her head and doesn't know how to convey the map through her teaching. A lot of the material has to be found outside of class. The book is darn near useless. Lots of group work, but if you don't know your group very well it can lead to some awkward situations.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on November 14, 2011
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
5*****
Pros: Very fair teacher

Awards a lot of extra credit

Will explain anything you are confused about

Knows what she is talking about and how to teach
Cons: Her teaching powerpoints can be very wordy at times because they are stories that she is using as opposed to just teaching the lesson.

Assessments are very difficult.
Brickman is a great teacher. The tests are sometimes difficult, but they can be extremely easy if you study. Her assessments are much harder than her tests are. She is an extremely fair grader; especially with all of the chances of extra credit she gives.
Professor rated by: Computer Systems Engineering Student on April 8, 2011
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
2**
Pros: You work in groups which makes the work load on the projects easier. Could be a con depending on how you like to work.
Cons: She says that if you know the power points and do the assessments, youll do well on the test. Not true. The tests dont cover the same information or its really modified.
This class was suppossed to be easy in comparison to other bio classes, but even when I studied I felt I couldn't succeed because the tests covered different or much harder material. Tests questions were often tricky.
Professor rated by: Undeclared Student on November 18, 2011
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
1*
Pros: Sometimes kind of interesting...if you like biology.
Cons: She tries to change this course from just by the book biology to "applied biology"... WHICH IS NOT WHAT THE COURSE SHOULD BE. The tests are hit or miss. Book is basically useless. She's irritating and finishes every single sentence with a high pitched voice like she's asking a question. EVERY ONE. I would NOT RECOMMEND HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Professor rated by: Biology Student on April 4, 2012
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
3***
Pros: Really nice person, seems to know the material well.
Cons: Horrible at teaching, treats the class as if it were for 20 students, when it is a lecture class of 300.
She treats the class as if it is a small breakout class, when it is actually a lecture hall. She is really nice and knows the material, but is not very good at breaking it down.
Professor rated by: Advertising and Public Relations Student on February 7, 2012
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
2**
very confusing progression of slides/lessons, doesn't really seem like she understands the material very well or at least how to convey/explain it, group setting for the class is very strange, tests are manageable albeit strange to study for, attendance is taken in a class of ~300
Professor rated by: Management Student on April 19, 2012
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
1*
Cons: the tests are too confusing considering that it does not go along with the notes or book at all. I felt like I had a better chance at guessing then actually studying. Therefore, going to class seemed pointless but she does require an attendance sheet every class.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on April 2, 2012
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
2**
Pros: WAS an easy class
Cons: Barely teaches

Class MUCH harder than when I took it

Hard tests
When I took her, she was very easy. Now, my girlfriend has her and literally everyone hates her. She doesn't teach well. Her tests are hard. Definitely DO NOT take.
Professor rated by: Business Student on April 4, 2012
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
1*
Pros: Nothing
Cons: Group tests

Paper clickers

TA
Brickman teaches the class, but her TA grades everything and of course, TAs will proctor tests. She always has one TA in particular in charge for the tests though, and that TA is of no help whatsoever. Every test we had had a mistake on it, and it's up to the student to dispute that mistake. It's way too much trouble. Group tests are ridiculous because if you don't agree with your group, too bad. Group projects are not useful or informative whatsoever. And the tests aren't hard, but you can understand the concept and not do well on the test because the questions are either way too specific, or way too broad. My science major friends would look at the tests and practice tests and get frustrated. I hated this class. She's so hard to pay attention to because class is so disorganized. She does try to get the class to participate, but with such a big class, it's way too hard. I would not recommend this class to anyone.
Professor rated by: Spanish Student on May 13, 2012
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
1*
Pros: She is really passionate about what she teaches and tries to relate it to everyday life. The tests aren't weighted as heavily as they are in other classes.
Cons: Class is pointless...you only have to go so you turn in your "sheet" for the day to get attendance points. She babbles on all class about nothing that will be on the test. The tests are worded so ambiguously that you have absolutely no idea what she is asking. Ultimately everyone scores really poorly on the tests, but you can take the final to replace the lowest test score.
Overall, do not take her. She is an awful teacher. Reading the chapters five times did not even help me do well on the tests. This is a Biology for "non science majors" and she doesn't make it that way. She teaches the lecture class in a way you would a small class which doesn't work at all. Everyone in the class seemed to always be confused and irritated with her. Do NOT take her.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on May 10, 2012
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
4****
Pros: Drop test, group work bumps your grade, extra credit practice tests, free textbook
Cons: If you get a bad group you're screwed, lots of hw
This class wasn't that hard. I put in fairly minimal effort (did practice tests/questions before each test, went to most classes and mostly paid attention, did work on time) and got an A. You can get straight B's on tests and still get an A because group/individual assignments help so much, but they're also kind of obnoxious to keep up with. Brickman is nice but she's one of three professors that take turns teaching throughout the semester which is a little annoying but not bad. If you need a life science credit, this is a good class to take. I will say that a lot of people really hate this class and let that reflect in their ratings, but most of that is just complaints from people who got a bad grade and are now mad about it.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on December 15, 2015
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BIOL 1103
Basic Concepts in Biology
5*****
Pros: Excellent teacher that provides many connections between the reak world and what we are learning; cares about students and grades; group tests; short tests
Cons: Difficult exam questions; Lecture doesn't always coincide with exam; attendence clicker questions
Ms. Brickman is the best teacher I've had at UGA so far. She really cares about her students and their grades and makes an effort to demonstrate why what we are learning in biology is important in the reak world. She is big on drawing connections to real-life experiences. The exams are short (15 questions) which can be helpful or hurtful. The group test portion is helpful to the overall exam grades. The clicker questions can be annoying but they are only for participation, not accuracy. Overall, I highly recommend Brickman for this course.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on September 13, 2011
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