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    May 20, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Aside from being a requirement for all Biology (and related) majors, this course is a great training program for insightful thinking necessary for scientists, and Dr. Lanman is working to provide an effective transition from BIOL 12100 to the upper-level courses, such as BIOL 23100.

    Course highlights:

    There are several highlight areas, including a review of Chemistry, diffusion and osmosis, plants, animal development, vision, the respiratory system, and the cardiovascular system. There will be both general responses and detailed pathways discussed in this course.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    BIOL 13100 is not an easy course, so if this course is a requirement for you, give enough time for it. Also, since the course contents are highly challenging, attendance is almost a must for this course.

    • Spring 2016
    • Jason Lanman
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Meetings Outside of Class Great Discussions
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    May 19, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    At Purdue University, BIOL 13100 is notorious for being a class that students have to trudge through and students are advised to "wait it out" by their advisers. Though the professor is a decent person who does not purposely make the class intolerable, the lack of communication between the professor (who designs the exams) and his teaching assistants (who grade the exams) is the source of most of the students' frustration. This and the professor's poor lecturing skills could be resolved if action were to be taken, but unfortunately no resolution has been attempted.

    Course highlights:

    This course was unique among my college courses in that its exams were group exams; teams of four would work together to answer ten somewhat vague multiple choice questions and a couple short answer questions that usually required memorization of some chart or graph previously mentioned in lecture. That experience was actually able to give me some experience in leadership since someone had to divide up the studying among the four members and make the decision on what the groups final answer would be. I learned more life skills than biology material, but so long as I learned something that was the important thing. I learned that choosing good group members is crucial to success and that oftentimes you have to step up if you want a job done right because no one else will.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Find a good study group immediately. My semester was the first semester that the professor implemented group exams, but it's likely that he will continue the system in the following semesters. Either way, understanding materials from previous exams is crucial to doing well on future exams, so try and find someone who has already taken the course and see if you can use their past exams to study off of. Don't forget about online homework since the professor nor the teaching assistants remind you of its existence and it is due weekly. Watch the recorded lectures the professor posts online because even though they are difficult to process in class, going over them at your own pace is beneficial towards earning a good grade in the class.

    • Spring 2016
    • Jason Lanman
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Group Projects

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