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Always Do the Reading
This class was tough.
I wouldn't recommend it. Professor Holt is completely absent from the class, except when it comes to issuing grades. The majority of your grade is based on class discussions and labs. However, 25% of your grade is a result of a midterm and final - both of which you will get no guidance, study guides, direction - nothing. He tells you to buy a text book, read the entire thing, and know everything it says because everything in the textbook is fair game for the exams. (This is what he told me when I asked for some guidance). Furthermore, I got a 64% on the midterm exam, and he attached a congratulatory note to my grade saying I had received the highest score. Clearly something is wrong if the highest grade on a midterm is a D. However he didn't feel that way. Really, he doesn't do any teaching. He expects us to learn entirely from a textbook.
Most of the concepts covered were those that you learned in biology classes in high school. Some were explored a little more in depth. Covers cells, photosynthesis, biochemistry, mitosis/meiosis, etc.
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Advice for students:
If you want to do well on the exams, you HAVE to read the textbook - and take the practice quizzes. Some of the test questions were included in these quizzes. The labs and discussions are not difficult and can be great grade boosters. If you need to get in contact with him, do not use the Blackboard discussion board set up to do so. He will not respond promptly. You must email him if you want a response.