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Very difficult subject, as there is a lot of content. Best advice I can give is to regularly revise all of the metabolism content. Draw out flowcharts, go through your notes regularly. Do not procrastinate with this subject at all. I got through this unit with the assistance of study groups with my peers. Do not take on this subject if you are also going to be doing something like neurophysiology or some other really content-heavy subject at the same time. This subject has to take up a huge amount of your time in order for the content to be retained. It is chemistry taught like a biology subject. Which means a lot of memorising lots of examples, relationships and pathways within the context of chemistry, explained by chemistry. Past papers for exams are great. Do them. The exam questions are always very similar to the ones from previous years. Good luck.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

Content is very interesting and useful for other science units, but Shoba has no clue how to teach it effectively. The tutors are not clear about requirements; I didn't even know there were pre and post prac quizzes until week 3. Oops. Most of the tutors (besides Iniga - she's awesome!) aren't confident teaching either, I had to correct my tutor multiple times... Don't expect to ace this one, the finals are impossible and there's just too much content for a single unit. If you can learn independently you'll be okay. Would definitely recommend AK Lectures on youtube, and some good ol' Khan Academy to get through the metabolism stuff. Seriously, only take this unit if you HAVE to!

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

Content was pretty interesting, content heavy when going through the different cycles in the body (around week 6-7). Lectures were okay, quizzes made it more bearable. Practicals were enjoyable and easy to do well in, and tutorials were really beneficial. Multiple choice for mid sem and final usually come from previous exams so it is easy to study for. Final exam weighing is 60%, so its important to know everything, especially the cycles!!

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

I liked this unit and I liked Shoba (unpopular opinion). I ended with a high mark, but invested a lot of time in memorising the different pathways. The tutors are useless and the 2-hr tutorial I was in went for 30 minutes with no help. I think if you need to take this unit it is possible to do well.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

Average subject, I'd probably say avoid it if it's not a core subject for your degree. Make friends with your tutor (ask them to mark your work), do the practice questions (REALLY important for this subject) and past papers and keep up-to-date. I'd also recommend making complex metabolism diagrams (linking Glucose Metabolism, CAC etc.) early on to assist memorising pathways, intermediates and where each different cycle "fits in" to each other. Don't be too concerned with the complexity of practical worksheets -- practicals in this subject can throw you off, exam content can pretty much be mastered from lectures alone.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017
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