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    Jun 01, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    For the module that Professor Andrade taught, she exceeded my expectations in the manner that she taught. She was engaging and taught in a way such that students did not feel incompetent nor "not intelligent enough". The material was presented to students in an adult-appropriate manner. The exam was very fair which had a few application questions (about 10%) while the majority of the exam was pure content which was covered in lecture. The lectures corresponded very well with the textbook (diagrams, and extra insightful extra readings if you wanted to explore deeper into the topic) although I found that the textbook was not absolutely necessary to study for the exam. ​

    Course highlights:

    I loved the way the material was presented! Over three modules - not all taught my Professor Andrade - the course material was mostly reviewed from high school. Some of these topics included DNA replication, cellular respiration, the cell life cycle, embryonic development of humans, logistic models of populations and carrying capacity (k), the carbon cycle, diversity of animals: in sponges, Radiata, Platyhelminthes, and protostomes and the plant body. Although the material was a review, this course went into further depth of information on some topics and less in others. For example, the carbon cycle was discussed in high school but the levels and names of the processes were not looked into the amount of detail as this course did. Diversity of animals: the obvious differences were discussed in grade 12 yet in university, we looked into the anatomy, functions, environment and habits of these organisms.

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    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    It is crucial for you to stay on top of course material as it does pile up if you miss lecture (which I strongly don't recommend). Although, if you manage your time well catching up is not too much of a hassle and is very manageable. This applies to all classes as well. Review course material the day you learn it, it is easier to retain information and even though it can get boring you'll thank yourself when you're studying for your exams. I found that reviewing lecture notes an hour every day a few hours after class every week helped me retain information better and made studying for lab quizzes, the online assignments, and the exams so much easier since I wasn't cramming to the last minute to review. The laboratory component was also fair, I suggest attempting as much of the lab report as you can about a few days to a week in advance and then reviewing the pre-lab and it's associated material the night before lab day. The quizzes done in the lab are all based on the pre-lab material and bolded words. If there was any math involved it was very basic but don't forget to bring a calculator with you! Also, review the appendices and basic "anatomy of a microscope" and other basic tools you will be using during the lab as all of that is also fair game. I made the mistake of overlooking my appendices and it cost me a few marks during the quizzes.

    • Winter 2015
    • MaydianneAndrade
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