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    Apr 06, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would definitely recommend this course for students with an interest in Biology. Although this is a difficult class, you learn a lot from this course. I'm not talking about things like memorizing all the proteins and their signal pathways involved in the cell cycle, or the disruption of pathways involved in Glioblastoma. I'm talking about the ability to learn information. Once we leave high school and the early years of college, we won't have textbooks and reference books to teach us everything. We need to become adept at reading and understanding complicated research papers. This course requires that you often read research material for projects. Although you have to put a lot of effort in this course, and it technically requires background knowledge, I find this to be an introductory course, especially if you take it in high school. Not in the informational sense but in the sense that teaches you how to learn

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    Do you remember the cell cycle? Learning how a cell goes through prophase, metaphase, etc. One of the biggest things we did was memorizing the cell cycle. How can this be big? There are like 6 phases. Well, we went in depth learning about all the proteins involved and their signalling pathways that lead the cell through replication. Signalling pathways were also a new thing in this course. They are the path that proteins take in order to activate or deactivate certain proteins and allow a function to happen. On the note of proteins, we also learned in depth how DNA replicates, of course including the proteins involved.

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    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be willing to put in a good amount of effort for this course. Although from the description above it just sounds like a lot of memorization, there are also a lot of concepts involved. Make sure to understand the concepts as you work.

    • Fall 2014
    • Don Dosch
    • Background Knowledge Expected Requires Lots of Research Requires Presentations

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