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BIOLOGY 142 Anatomy and Physiology

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    Oct 19, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Mr. Mellas is an exceptional Professor. He provides podcasts of his lectures on his site for studying to review lectures. His lab demonstrations, including the dissection of preserved animals and humans, were impressive. The real life dissections truly helped bring understanding to the text book references. The tests were fair and a second chance is given on some tests which is great considering we all have one bad day a semester.

    Course highlights:

    Memorization is nothing without understanding. However, I learned a lot about how to memorize hundreds of body parts in eleven different systems of the body. For example, when studying for a test do not look at what you are attempting to remember. Cover the answer and try to pull the answer from memory in your brain or your brain will not be trained to do so during testing time. At testing time there will not be a bright flash card next to you with the answer on it. How you study is how you will test.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Say no to your friends unless you are going to the tutoring center. Get up out of the group and move if they are not being productive. Be your own leader. Truly learn it for yourself. In the end you are responsible for the knowledge you attain and nobody is going to push you or give you advice unless you seek it out. Don't wait for anybody to look out for you. You look out for you. Tutoring centers are the best resource. Tutor with visiting teachers on the subject that teach the same courses at a different time to get another perspective on learning the subject.

    • Fall 2010
    • Mr. Mellas
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Group Projects
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    Aug 13, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I felt Professor Voelkl provided pertinent information however he was a tad unorganized which affected communication. Very smart and was able to translate the boring "sciency" into everyday situations. Make sure you follow your syllabus and do not rely on him to tell when there's tests!

    Course highlights:

    Good stories! I learned information that I could relate to things I have seen or heard in my personal life or at work.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Study!! find a study buddy, and khan academy on youtube was really helpful

    • Fall 2015
    • Dr. Voelkl
    • Yes
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    Jul 14, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would absolutely recommend BIO 142 Anatomy and Physiology. For many students in a health career path, it is required, and it is an intense enough course that it isn't a great fit for an elective. The class moves very quickly through material, and while a lot is learned in class, you really need to do a lot of work outside of class in order to learn the material and know it well. The information also builds as the semester goes on, making it more difficult to "catch up" after a rough start.

    Course highlights:

    Learning about the human body was absolutely fascinating. The course started with more basic material about the human body, such as cell biology and tissue types, and built on this information with different systems. A weekly 3-hour lab component allowed for hands on learning, which was very helpful. We were lucky that our instructor was a physician, so had experiences from medical school to draw on during lecture.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    If you are taking this course, plan to do all assigned reading, homework, and other material. While the lectures in class will give you a good foundation of the material, you will need to work outside of class--a lot!--to truly learn it for yourself. Skipping an assignment or class will affect your learning in a negative way. My class met for 6 hours each week, and I spent about 12-18 hours each week outside of that studying. I found an online program that allowed me to make flash cards for different units and test myself very easily--it was extremely helpful in learning and reviewing the material.

    • Spring 2016
    • Dr. Rocco
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Competitive Classmates


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