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William Said
Professor (2010 – 2014)
Georgia (UGA)
Cellular Biology
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4.2750****
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Rated by 120 students
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Fall 2015 Schedule
No classes for this semester.
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CBIO 2200
CBIO 2200L
CBIO 2210
CBIO 2210L
CBIO 3000
CBIO 4730
CBIO 6730

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5*****
CBIO 2200 - Anatomy and Physiology I
Pros: He is such a great professor. Really knows his information. Wants to help you.
Cons: There are 5+ tests that are all cumulative. This will hopefully help for the final but during the semester it is a TON of studying.
Professor rated by: Kinesiology Student on 12/7/10
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3***
CBIO 2200 - Anatomy and Physiology I
Dr. Said is a great teacher. Although some may complain, the frequent tests force you to keep up with the material as opposed to cramming more material into less frequent tests.
Pros: Dr. Said is very passionate about the class and genuinely wants his students to do we and understand the material. He presents many opportunities to ask questions and review material in class.
Cons: Frequent tests and amount of material makes the class difficult. This class requires constant attention every week.
Professor rated by: Foods and Nutrition Student on 4/4/11
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CBIO 2200
Anatomy and Physiology I
3***
Pros: Dr. Said is very passionate about the class and genuinely wants his students to do we and understand the material. He presents many opportunities to ask questions and review material in class.
Cons: Frequent tests and amount of material makes the class difficult. This class requires constant attention every week.
Dr. Said is a great teacher. Although some may complain, the frequent tests force you to keep up with the material as opposed to cramming more material into less frequent tests.
Professor rated by: Foods and Nutrition Student on April 4, 2011
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CBIO 2200
Anatomy and Physiology I
5*****
Pros: He is such a great professor. Really knows his information. Wants to help you.
Cons: There are 5+ tests that are all cumulative. This will hopefully help for the final but during the semester it is a TON of studying.
Professor rated by: Kinesiology Student on December 7, 2010
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CBIO 2200
Anatomy and Physiology I
4****
Pros: No Textbook
Cons: Mandatory Attendance
Ok, let us be honest here, you are all big boys and girls now who are expected to go to class and learn. UGA is known for being a party school, but surely your 1800+ SAT or 26+ ACT shows that the majority of you reading this are capable of putting down the alcohol long enough to get decent grades. Said takes attendance via clickers, though the grades you get here are really just for him to know you are there in the long run. I am in medical school now and this class helped me form a firm foundation in the basics of human anatomy. If you think Said is hard, DO NOT EVEN PLAN ON ATTENDING MEDICAL SCHOOL. Personally, I liked how he taught the class. It takes maybe two days to get used to his accent, and then as long as you review his notes heavily from class you will make an A. Oh, and the lab is not bad at all either but there is a quiz weekly. Study the night before and you will be fine. Also, when you get to the cadavers for the musculoskeletal system, don't be afraid to touch the bodies and really dive in and learn what the muscles are all about. If you are afraid of seeing the cadaver or touching it, DO NOT GO TO MEDICAL SCHOOL. YOU WILL COMPLETELY DISSECT A BODY ON YOUR OWN IN THE FIRST SEMESTER! Hope this has been helpful to those of you who work hard and a deterrent for those that have alcoholism on the brain.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on October 20, 2012
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CBIO 2210
Anatomy and Physiology II
5*****
Pros: Best professor for Anatomy by far! He knows how to teach such detailed and difficult material and breaks it down so that you do not get overwhelmed. Test are only on the notes he writes down in class. Write down everything he talks about and writes on the overhead. I only used the book to explain things I didn't quite get



I made A's on all the tests. If you know your notes well, you will do the same. They are mostly discussion tests and some fill in the blank so be able to explain it to someone.
Cons: His grading is kind of subjective. He gave me an 80 on the first exam...this didn't sound right so I went and looked at my exam. Come to find out, I actually made a 98 but he made 18 points worth of mistakes on grading!!! Literally read the first sentence and went to the next question. Moral of the story: If you think you deserve a better grade, go talk to him!! He is so cool about it and will help you get the max amount of points you deserve. Also, be concise with your answers or he will get bored grading and give you a random grade



The tests build on each other so learn it the first time. On the 4th test, I had stuff on my exam that was from the first few weeks of class.
Funny guy! Cracks jokes in class all the time. Class isn't mandatory but make sure you get all the notes from somebody
Professor rated by: Health Promotion and Behavior Student on September 8, 2011
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CBIO 2200
Anatomy and Physiology I
4****
Pros: Really knows his stuff and wants you to understand.
Cons: Takes awhile to grade.
Dr. Said is new to UGA and you can tell. He is a great teacher and I actually liked the fact that the tests were cumulative because it made studying for the final really easy. His grading and testing style were consistent with the first semester but he decided to change up the way he did things for CBIO 2210. However, I personally think this is just because he was trying to make the class the best for his students. I will say trial and error may not be the best policy, but people should cut him some slack. His questions can be ambiguous so memorize exactly (and everything) he writes for each subject he covers. Tests are all essay or explaining and/or with sketches. I thought he was a great teacher even though people say he is disorganized, I think he is just getting into the swing of things and will improve with his organization.
Professor rated by: Health Promotion and Behavior Student on May 19, 2011
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CBIO 2210
Anatomy and Physiology II
5*****
Pros: Favorite teacher I have had in college. If you are a visual learner he loves to sketch things and that has helped me remember everything so much better. He is very good at getting the information to link together and the cumulative tests make the final a breeze.
Cons: Have to attend every lecture or you miss a lot of information. Have to be dedicated to studying and reviewing your notes all the time.
Professor rated by: Student on April 13, 2011
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CBIO 2200
Anatomy and Physiology I
5*****
Pros: Dr. Said is my favorite professor ever. I've had him for two courses, and I love the way he teaches. You basically write your own textbook by taking notes and going to class. He will never ask you anything he didn't cover in class, and there is little extraneous information. You don't have to flip through a textbook and wonder what he'll focus on. If he talks about it in class, write it down, study it, and it'll be on the test.
Cons: Missing a day of class can really hurt your notes. He gives a ton of info EVERY class, and if you miss a class and don't get the notes, you will miss some questions on the test. You REALLY have to study a TON, but the material is interesting and you really learn it.
STUDY. Take detailed notes on everything he says and writes, and then go home and write them again and again and again until you can write them from memory, and you'll ace all the tests. Don't just study and think that because you could recognize something or fill in a blank, that you're okay on the test. Be able to pull it all out of your brain. Like preparing for essay-writing, only in anatomy.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on August 13, 2012
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CBIO 2210
Anatomy and Physiology II
5*****
Pros: Gives very detailed notes in class

No Powerpoints! Which is great because he is actually teaching and not reading from slides

If you are a visual learner then you will do great
Cons: Lots of studying
Dr. Said is one of my favorite teachers at UGA! I learned so much in his class and he actually taught. Apparently that is rare for any science class at UGA. There were no powerpoints, which was amazing. If I have to sit through one more class where the teacher reads verbatim from the slides I may go crazy. You will learn a lot and you definitely need to go to class. Don't buy the book.
Professor rated by: Foods and Nutrition Student on September 8, 2011
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CBIO 2210
Anatomy and Physiology II
4****
Pros: really knows his material

everything is cumulative which makes you review and actually remember the material
Cons: very disorganized

notes are all over the place
Professor rated by: Biology Student on January 31, 2012
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CBIO 2200
Anatomy and Physiology I
5*****
Pros: Dr. Said is very knowledgeable and helpful. He gives you pretty much all the information you need to know for the test. He also reviews previous material a lot during lecture and before a test. The study guides he posts on elc are pretty acurate and helpful for studying. He is very nice and willing to help if you ask a question in class, after class, or during his office hours.
Cons: Has an accent and sometimes pronounces things oddly, but he is not at all unintelligible (it also helps that he writes out everything he says). Lecture is a must because all of his notes are hand-written by him in class (there are no powerpoint slides posted on elc).
While the tests are all cumulative, I think that this is actually pretty helpful...especially in preparation for the final. This was an excellent class, and Dr. Said is a wonderful teacher. I feel like I actually learned the material in this class instead of just memorizing a whole bunch of stuff. He really stressed that actually learning and understanding the material was important, and I appreciated that. Take his class if you can!
Professor rated by: Communication Sciences and Disorders Student on December 1, 2011
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CBIO 2200
Anatomy and Physiology I
5*****
Pros: Favorite Professor so far at UGA. Very passionate about the material and probably the smartest person I will ever know. Very sweet and willing to go over your exams with you during office hours. Also always opens class with time for questions, where he will answer anything you want.
Cons: If you don't study, you won't learn the material and therefore will never survive the exams. They are very comprehensive and cumulative, so you need to constantly be reviewing the material. He also has a bit of an accent, but you adjust pretty easily. Notes are not posted and he hand writes them on a projector. And don't ever have your phone out, he will notice and call you out.
Hardest class I've had so far, but also the most interesting and most rewarding in my opinion. If you are interested in the material, he helps you learn it and you will feel very happy in the end. Being interested in the subject also helps motivate you to study.
Professor rated by: Health Promotion and Behavior Student on November 12, 2014
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CBIO 2200
Anatomy and Physiology I
5*****
Pros: - Cumulative exams

- Excellent teacher who gives great notes

- Book not necessary

- He's funny. Sometimes when he isn't even trying to be

Cons: - Cumulative tests

- Tests can be subjective

- Attendance is must if you want to do well
My favorite professor at UGA thus far. He cares a lot about his students and wants to make sure everyone learns and understands. If you keep up with the material in class and take good notes, there's no way you won't get an A or atleast a B.



I would sometimes get frustrated with his free response questions because I'm not a mind reader. He expected us to mention "key things" in our answers that we sometimes didn't realize was even important to the question. So that required a lot of mental regurgitation of anything and everything I could think of while taking the test.



Other than that, great guy, really nice during office hours, and you actually learn a lot!
Professor rated by: Biology Student on June 8, 2012
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CBIO 2210
Anatomy and Physiology II
5*****
Pros: He is really caring and is willing to help you and explain information to you during office hours. He is always open for questions during class and does not mind explaining something a million times. Uses ELC as a grade for students to post lecture recaps and notes for students who missed class and for students to ask questions.
Cons: Doesn't post slides online. Free hands his notes. Doesn't use the book.
The class may seem a little hard at first, but he only gives quizzes over the information given in notes. The book is not needed. All quizzes are cumulative, and final is cumulative.
Professor rated by: Health Promotion and Behavior Student on August 8, 2013
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CBIO 2210
Anatomy and Physiology II
4****
Pros: -Knows what he is talking about

-Wants you to visually understand the concepts

-Loves answering students questions
Cons: -Tests (quizzes) are hard unless you study

-No multiple choice tests

-No powerpoints, all hand written notes

-Tests are cumulative but you know everything by the time of the final
Great professor overall. If you are a visual learner you will definitely love taking his class. Even though the tests are tough and all cumulative, by the time of the final you will really understand the concepts and know all the material and it will make studying for the final easier.
Professor rated by: Health Promotion and Behavior Student on April 18, 2013
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CBIO 2200
Anatomy and Physiology I
5*****
Pros: Hes really funny, nice, and smart. His class isnt hard if you keep up and study. Loved both 2200 and 2210 with Said.
Cons: You HAVE to go to every class and take exact notes. Its a lot of time to memorize everything.
Overall he is a GREAT anatomy teacher and I would 100% suggest taking his classes. You have to keep up with all the notes from class. All tests are cumulative which seems hard but its great because you remember everything for the final and everything keeps building as you go. Love Said!! Take his class for sure!
Professor rated by: Student on July 13, 2012
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CBIO 2200
Anatomy and Physiology I
5*****
Pros: Knows a lot about the subject and how to teach. He goes into detail for every section.
Cons: Tests are stressful and cumulative. He sometimes doesn't quite answers students' questions thoroughly and is very strict about class rules (no laptop, silent all phones). Does not use powerpoint which can be challenging for visual learners.
Great class!! But it might be extremely hard if you don't think it's interesting
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on October 6, 2011
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CBIO 2210
Anatomy and Physiology II
3***
Pros: knows his stuff!!! if you don't have a background in science/biology/physiology, this class can be a nightmare. he only tests based on class notes not textbook!
Cons: no drop test

each test is cumulative

had 5 tests plus a final

isn't the most friendly at first but is more than willing to help (office hours and after class)-- truly cares about students success.

lots of material
Professor rated by: Undeclared Student on December 29, 2013
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CBIO 2210
Anatomy and Physiology II
2**
Pros: Knows the material.
Cons: Not organized.

Never gets anything done on time.
Professor rated by: Chemistry Student on May 9, 2011
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CBIO 2210
Anatomy and Physiology II
2**
Pros: Supposedly a well recognized professor and students who took classes with him years ago say he is good.



Despite handwriting his notes, most are well written and very readable.



Tests are based entirely off of notes.



No homework or annoying take home assignments like other science classes have.
Cons: Hard to understand at times.



Tests are difficult and cumulative, grading is subjective so don't try to put long answers on the test.



Not too friendly with the use of technology (no laptops of cellphones), you must hand write your notes.



Will often confront students in class for even slight offenses such as being a few minutes late to class.
I was in the class back in 2014, managed to get out with a decent grade, and am now in med school. The material itself wasn't what bothered me, what bothered me is how the professor conducted himself. One class period I remember a student who came in a few minutes late, he stopped the lecture to confront the student in front of the whole class. I noticed other issues such as this the whole time, would often tell students to shut up or just cut them off when they were trying to finish asking their question.



My advice to all students taking the class would be to pay attention the whole class so you can take good notes, arrive a few minutes early, grow a thick skin, and do your best to give him the impression that you care about the class. Not the nicest professor to be around and will confront you in front of the whole class if he feels that you are not being attentive.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on June 24, 2016
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CBIO 2210
Anatomy and Physiology II
4****
Pros: Easy A if you're good at memorizing.
Cons: Notes are all over the place. Cumulative exams.
Said's teaching style is pretty simple. No powerpoints, no boring lecture, just a piece of paper and pen where he scribbles the day's topic. You miss a day, I hope you have a friend or can copy someone's notes because they aren't posted, and there's a 99% chance that what he wrote that day, even a miniscule sentence, will be on a future exam. Something you'll learn quickly if you take his class is that his notes are all over the place. He can sometimes get carried away and breach a topic prematurely. So he may be going over the heart, mention something related to the kidneys, and the next thing you know you're drawing a nephron. While not a huge annoyance, it can be odd when you're studying to see a misplaced structure in the chronology of your notes. To do well, all you have to do is memorize the notes word-for-word and all of the sketches. If you can manage this, an A is no problem.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on December 8, 2014
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