Zamir Punja - Simon Fraser University

Professor: Zamir Punja
Department: Science
College: Simon Fraser University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: BSCI101
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Prof. Punja is one of the best profs I have had so far. His exams are all based on what he teaches. The lectures are all easy to understand and require no book reading. I would definitely take his class again!!
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: BISC101
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
best prof, every on exam is in lecture, explains concepts very well and also very entertaining
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: BISC101
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Amazing prof and person, very funny and keeps lectures very engaging. Best biology prof I've ever had, made me more interested in biology, especially plants. Only thing is his first midterm was wayyyy too long, couldn't finish it. However, the material on the midterms are exactly like his lecture slides and instructor questions. Love him
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: BISC101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Punja is a great prof. The notes are easy to understand along with his explanations and he makes the lecture videos very enjoyable as he cracks some jokes here and there. If you ever have the chance, take bisc 101 with him!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: BIOLO101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
What an amazing prof! His lectures are engaging and his exams are straight forward. His slides contain a lot of photos so be sure to attend lecture and write detailed notes when you need it. Other than that, I really am enjoying having him as my Bio prof! I hope Im able to take another class with him in the future.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: BI101
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
during covid, professor Punja couldn't have done it better. he made lectures enjoyable and it was easy to learn. very content heavy but he gives a lot of hints for his exams and takes feedback and changes his formatting accordingly. He was very kind and understanding of our circumstances and it was evident that he cared for us and loves his job!
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: BISC430
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Punja was by far one of my favourite biology professors at SFU. He is kind and cares about the success of his students. His notes are old fashion but clear and his exams are extremely fair. I was very nervous as it was my first 400 level course but it ended up being one of my favourite courses because of Zamirs teaching ability! (:
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: BISC430
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Punja is one of the best BISC profs at SFU. Clear lectures, clear format of the class and just such a knowledgeable guy. Extremely approachable, welcomes questions, and explains everything very clearly. He still writes his notes on the overhead and doesn't post them so class attendance is absolutely mandatory.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: BISC101
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Zamir was a good prof. He writes notes on two ancient overhead projectors, and then the tests are based exactly off of those notes. Just memorize the notes and you will do well. He's a pretty funny guy, and tries hard to keep lectures engaging.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: BISC101
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
You probably have to go to classes since he writes his notes and doesn't post them online. He is really funny and his tests are fair. He lets you know what to expect on them and writes figures from the text for you to look at. The notes are brief sometimes, so you should get info from online or the textbook to complete the notes & to do better!
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: BISC101
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
You can't miss Dr. Punja's class because it is too much fun! He is a really funny prof and exams are fair as long as you memorize the notes! He writes his notes so you can't miss lecture either since he doesn't post them. That however makes you catch up more easily because he writes as he talks. He even did a rap for us on the last day! Love him!!
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: BISC326
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Make sure you attend his lectures because his powerpoints aren't detailed so it's good to be in class to take detailed notes. The fungus material is not difficult, and you get graded by a paper, lab exam, and final exam. The final exam is very fair and he may even give you the format if you ask nicely. All in all, definitely worth taking again.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: BISC326
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Good prof. Lectures are informative and tests are fair. Lots of writing.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: BISC101
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Excellent prof that knows how to maintain lecture interest. You must attend lectures to get the notes you need to study for exams. I did not like how this class had three separate instructors though. It's a terrible approach and completely threw me off. Labs had zero guidance/instruction, although that has very little to do with Dr. Punja.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: BISC101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Punja is a likeable, funny guy. However, he seems to have a very narrow understanding of the material. I felt like he had just read the relevant chapters of the textbook and summarized the material instead of actually drawing on his own knowledge. He also makes a lot of errors in lecture. His exams are fairly easy and the questions predictable.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: BISC101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He's enthusiastic and friendly but he gets kind of lost when I ask him specific questions beyond the lecture. His notes are ALMOST all you need to study. I found them to be too brief at times but his notes alone should get you at least a B+. Test is just pure memory work . Textbook is only used for lab worksheet or as reference pictures. no scaling
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: BISC101
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He was my prof when I was a first year student at SFU and he's one of those profs that you tend to remember long after you've finished the course! Totally knew how to handle 1st years, made the concepts interesting, and always went above and beyond to give the class a fun time! Exams are SO FAIR!! As long as you read the textbook you're good to go!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: BIO101
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Absolutely amazing prof. Very clear in his notes and manages to make it entertaining as well. His poems aren't too bad either
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: BISC101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
By far the best prof I've ever had! The course isn't particularly easy, but Punja definitely makes lectures fun! He writes all his notes down, so make sure you attend all the lectures! The text book is helpful to have!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: 101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Punja is one of the best profs I've had at SFU. His lectures are very clear and engaging, his exams are straight from his lecture notes. DO NOT MEMORIZE TEXTBOOK ONLY HIS NOTES WORD FOR WORD. If you do that then you will get good mark. Would definetly take a class again if he was teaching it, recommend 100%.
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