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BIOL 2420 Microbiology

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    Turner, Hshe, Hall, CarolCrowder, Steve Anaya, Denise Duram, anya, Makukutu, alan collins, Troy Giambernardi, phillip swartz, Tiffany Martin
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    Jan 18, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would definitely recommend Dr. Swartz. I took him for AP2 and this teacher teaches exceptionally well and helps students understand the concept in simplest terms. Everyone knows if you don't know medical terminology then most of the time it will be hard to understand science courses. He is a helping hand and he knows his material.

    Course highlights:

    I learn a lot from Dr.Swartz, especially when he talked about the different blood types and how to determine which blood type were you, which was very interesting to learn.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Go to class, read over all handouts, and take time out to study and become aware of the material given.

    • Spring 2017
    • phillip swartz
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Jan 13, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course to anyone who intends to study any of the biology branches. This class teaches fundamental concepts and techniques that will be essential to most Biologists.

    Course highlights:

    Even though everything I had the opportunity to learn was really interesting and useful, some subjects and techniques will be more practical than others in the future, based on my specific academic aims (Marine Biology). We learned in high detail cellular processes such as Cellular Respiration, Cell Division, Metabolism, Bacterial Pathogenicity, Virus Replication, etc. These concepts are of very relevant and common use in the biological sciences. Also, we acquired essential skills like Aseptic Technique, different types of Inoculations, sterilization, etc. Along with basic laboratory tasks to keep all the equipment and working area clean and functional.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    In this class you need to follow certain instructions to be successful. First of all going over lecture content before and after the class is a very useful tool. It will allow you to have previous understanding of the topic to then be clarified by your instructor. Also, make sure you understand every step of biological processes, break them down into smaller portions so that you understand each of their functions and why the occur in that order. Take good notes. By this I mean that you need to identify what are the key components of each topic. When you have to learn several categories or types of [let's say] bacteria or viruses, make sure to highlight what makes them so unique and different from each other; factors like size, related illnesses, environment and nutrition are also very important to know. Organizing study groups to go over material and help each other understand certain concepts. Teach and quiz each other. Create or investigate hypothetical cases about diseases and try to explain why it happens, how can it be prevented or treated. Always let your professor know if you have any doubts so that he can go over it again and make sure you understand the concepts well.

    • Fall 2016
    • Troy Giambernardi
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Jan 09, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This class was fun, and informative! The professor really helps the students understand this material. There is power point for the notes and study guides to help you prepare for the exam.

    Course highlights:

    My highlight of the course was doing the bacteria lab project. I learned how to perform multiple lab techniques to determine which organism I had. I learned how to prevent the spread of contaminants and disease which is useful and imperative in the medical field.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    You need to make time to study for this course, it is not easy. If you take the time to study your notes and lab manuals, you should be fine. Print out the study guides, read the chapters, and make flashcards!

    • Winter 2016
    • alan collins
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Group Projects Requires Lots of Research

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