5 evaluations Recognizes Student Difficulties: 2.60 Presents Material Clearly: 2.40
FSN 121 has always been known to be hard to get an A in. They recently switched the teacher to this guy, and he made it very easy to get an A in the class. Was he good at teaching? Not really. He kind of just rambles on and on at 7 in the morning. There is a lot of material in this class.. it is overwhelming because the tests are very specific. At the beginning of the quarter you get assigned readings which are SUPER long and SUPER dry. I stopped reading after the second week and found that I never really needed to know the material for any of the assessments. The class is composed of attendance, (if you go to lecture you get 10 points, for a total of 190 points), lab attendance (10 for each lab, total 90 points), online quizzes (70 points), 2 easy projects (80 points), a midterm (100 points) and a final (200 points). Go to every lecture and lab!! ten points a piece is worth it! This quarter he made the quizzes online, and even gave 2 attempts. The midterm was very specific, and required a lot of memorization. Everyone was freaking out about the final too because its cumulative and again a lot of info. The night before the final he sent us an email saying we could uses our notes (and our laptop with our notes), and the textbook. Would have definitely failed the final without it. He is usually a nice guy and you can tell he didn't want us to stress over this class too much. He made it as easy as possible this quarter, but i heard he changes things around each quarter.
Although this professor is generally a pretty nice guy, he has a real temper. He's a different person in lab, and comes across as an arrogant chef. Several times he yelled louder than I could possibly describe at either one student, or a small group of students. It was intimidating, and extremely demeaning. The lab is fun but sometimes disorganized, and he gets mad if your group screws up or doesn't know everything he knows about cooking. He does fun chocolate, cheese, cake tastings and really wants us to enjoy the lab. It just would have been better if the students weren't so afraid of the fact that he could lose his temper at any moment.
I would recommend this professor, i hated the class just because the material was so boring, but with a heavy load of classes, Amin made the course a breath of fresh air.
This class is extremely boring first of all. Dr. Amin makes immature jokes that are both annoying and unnessary. He decided to treat this class like a junior high class and gave us ten pop quizzes throughout the quarter like we were a class of 12 year olds. We had not 1, not 2, but 3 midterms that were basically back to back and also a waste of time. He acts like he knows everything about cooking but he clearly just has a huge ego. The class isn't terrible but it is extremely boring, long, and hard to sit through. Oh yeah and Dr. Amin stop being such a god damn baby about your foot. You are fine. No one is pitying you when you decide that your foot hurts bad enough (when nothin even happened to you) that you devise to break out your old crutches and ask for attention. Grow up you are like 50.
Honestly, Dr. Amin really is not that bad. If you pay attention in lecture or at least go over power points with an open mind the class is easy to handle and he doesn't ask a lot. Some people think his ego is large and his jokes aren't funny but it is called DRY humor for a reason people. Learn sarcastic jokes. And for goodness sakes, the man has developed countless amazing foods (such as the Hummus and Chocolate Ganache from Trader Joe's) so yes, I say he is allowed to think highly of himself. While he may not have all the answers in the world, as no professor does, he certainly knows a lot about food. Sure, his lectures aren't the most interesting and sometimes I, as a nutrition major, wonder why in the world I should know that a 13 week old chicken is called a "Broiler/Fryer", it is a class that will answer a lot of your questions like, "why are carrots so orange?" or "why do proteins denature?" For you FSN majors out there, you have to take the class anyway, so just keep an open mind and have fun! For those wondering if this should be your elective, ask yourself if you enjoy learning fun facts about food and if you like making/eating food. Yes, you get to make and eat food in lab. Good food. So don't listen to the negative things people have to say about this class, trust me, you will be just fine.
Dr. Amin brings lots of culinary and professional experience which helps enhance his lectures. There is a lot of material to cover, so there is a lot of information to know for each of the midterms. The readings are long, and there are maybe only 2 out of the 100 questions on the midterm from the book, so I did not find it worth it to read the book. Most of the information on the exams comes from lecture material. The exams are not difficult if you take the time to memorize the items he wants you to know from the study guide. Labs are fun, and you get to make a variety of dishes. If you come to class, go to lab, and go over the lecture notes in detail, you will do well in this class.
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