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BIOL 2107K PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I

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    OOMMEN, KOHLHORST, brewer, BarbaraR.Baumstark, CasonyaM.Johnson, MalcolmZellars, RobertA.Maxwell, HongmeiZhang, jiang, artinian, Nina Moshefi, Jonathan Sylvester
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    Aug 02, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend taking this course with another professor. Although Dr. Zhang has very concise powerpoints, she does have a tendency to be unorganized and jumps from one slide to another during class making it confusing and hard to keep up. In addition, the main way to make an A in her course is by doing the learning curve questions on launchpad. Most of her test questions come from there. So, reading the textbook will only be as helpful to you as anything else but mainly the learning curve will boost your grade.

    Course highlights:

    I definitely learned the most about DNA replication and cell biology. I took away quite a bit from this class and that was because it was crucial to read the book or powerpoints before every class so we knew what was coming and so we could answer the iClicker questions to earn participation points. Knowing that we had to earn a part of our grade everyday enforced the material in us and caused us to understand the material well.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Print out the powerpoints before each class and take notes on those. After class read the textbook as it explains the material a bit more thoroughly and in this way you will always be prepared for the iClicker questions. She does give quite a bit of extra credit points so try to participate in as many extra credit points as you can.

    • Spring 2017
    • HongmeiZhang
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    Jun 25, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course was phenomenal in that it really helped me to apply biological principles to practical situations. Professor Sylvester was excellent and super clear. He did an amazing job in illustrating the material and making it easy to understand. Now, the only thing is that the course is very high pace, but if you're willing to put in the necessary work, you will succeed.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights were definitely the Clicker Questions and the Learning Curve Assignments. The Clicker Questions were basically in-class quizzes that tested your understanding of the material you learned prior to that lecture. The Learning Curve Assignments were homework assignments outside of class that you would take after reading the associated chapter. They were designed to test your knowledge of the chapter content. These assignments helped me to succeed on the exams and develop better study habits.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    The number one piece of advice I can give students considering taking this course is to get a head start on the content - as the professor releases some of the lectures before the first class - as well as never get behind in the content. While preparing early for the class is awesome and extremely helpful, getting behind in the readings and lectures will definitely be detrimental to your chance of succeeding in the class.

    • Summer 2016
    • Jonathan Sylvester
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    May 04, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    She is excellent at listening to her students when they ask for her assistance.

    Course highlights:

    I learned about the principle biological pathways, speciation, genetics, phenotyping, DNA translation and transcription, evolution, and many more subjects.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    You should definitely read the book before entering lecture. This will help in refreshing your memory. Also, you should do as many practice problems as possible because her questions can be vague.

    • Spring 2017
    • Nina Moshefi
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts

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