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Let me just preface my comment by saying that I agree with all the negative reviews, but only to an extent. I strongly believe that you will get out of it what you put in, and unfortunately that means you can't merely just rely on contact hours. You need to be doing a lot of your own independent study too (Khan Academy, Amoeba Sisters, Wikipedia, etc...) and consolidating your knowledge in seminars is absolutely crucial to getting an H1 in this subject. I know so many people who complain about assessments covering content in the workshops and seminars, which I think is actually reasonable since the online videos are basically just a starting point, and they mentioned time and time again that every single contact hour can be assessed. The online videos are actually also kind of nice for me as I hate sitting through hours of lectures without any clear direction of where the lecturer is heading, whereas all the headings and captions on each 5-10 minute video make it easier to digest. However, I understand that this doesnt suit everyone. As someone with high H1 average, my advice is to basically just watch the online videos on 2x speed and develop a shallow understanding but then make sure you show up to seminars and workshops and write down EVERYTHING! I've found that they were the best ways of not only more deeply understanding the content but also applying it to questions. Also, don't waste your time passively reading out your notes, and instead create a Word doc or flashcards or Kahoots or Blookets or whatever you'd like to go through your own practice questions. Always ask why something happens, and do independent research until you're satisfied with your comprehension. Don't rote memorise anything except different classifications or numbers or other fine details like that. Wish they had more practice exams instead of just handing us the summer term exam, but they also give us 2 hours of practice questions every week in the seminar plus the 1 hour weekly tutorial, so I don't think that's a huge deal either. Also wish they released the modules a week earlier so we had more time to watch the videos, but that's a relatively small issue. Bio10008 isn't an easy H1 by any means and I don't think it's as well run as Chem 1, however I don't think it's as bad as all the reviews make it seem. There's not a lot of people showing up to the seminars and workshops, meanwhile the students who do show up don't actively participate nor write down the questions and answers, which obviously makes revising those practice exam questions before assessments harder. Don't be afraid to take it if you're set on BioSciences, but beware that you'll have to put in more effort to show up to contact hours than other first year subjects, and because they're not recorded, it's very difficult to catch up if you fall behind.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2024

Bad bad bad. So much online content covered, in minimal detail, making study seem useless. Online content is difficult to follow, and the mix of JovE videos is just lazy. Tutorials/workshop are waste of time. "Tutorials" are 100-200 people, defeating the purpose of a tutorial, which is usually 20-30 people. Seminars are again, a waste of time. They are neither prerecorded, and do not provide the slides. They sent an email saying that we also cannot be taking photos of the seminar content. The seminars are 2hrs of Kahoots, and the application of content is just not relevant or useful. Pracs are okay, but frequent changing of the lead advisor is distracting. For those considering this as breadth, DON'T. But for many, it is a necessary prerequisite and to you guys, I wish you nothing but love and luck <3

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2024

This is a review for the new (2024 version) of this subject: So much content! Hard! Seminars (you don't have lectures you have these instead) are difficult and not recorded! Slides also are not posted! So if you get confused or can't keep up during the seminar you cannot go back and look at the slides. Do NOT do this subject unless you need it as a prereq! Ruined my love for biology first year chem and psych are run so much better do them instead. I cannot believe a uni that claims to be the 'best in the state' would allow a subject to be this badly run. You do not get practice tests or exams. Most of the limited practice questions do not have answers. They admitted they marked one of the multiple choice in our first quiz wrong and its been weeks and they still have not updated the marks.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2024

There is a LOT of content covered in not much time. It's confusing and not very well set out. There are not really any exam questions provided or any options for applying the information we are meant to be learning. Basically just a shite ton of memorisation. I found that as soon as I finished one weeks worth of pre-recorded lectures videos, the next weeks lot was out so basically no time to actually sit down and learn the material. My advice would be just to try and pass. At the end of the day this is just a pre-req for your future subjects.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2024

I went into this subject thinking this would be a simple subject for people who had no background in biology but needed it as a prereq, and i was so wrong. There is soooooo much content covered in so little time. And tutorials were literally an hour a week, we barely even finished all the planned activities in time. Workshops weren’t that useful, and you don’t miss much if you don’t go. Labs are sooo long but fine if you have good lab partners. The tutors were all helpful though, but its really tough to keep up with all the lectures especially if its your first semester at uni. The exam was pretty tough and I think you have to revise a lottttt if you want a good mark.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2023

A warning to all who choose this subject - the workload and sheer amount of lecture content means that a H1 in this subject will need considerably more effort than H1s in other subjects. Lecturers and tutors were good, but this fails to make up for the sheer amount of content. Khan Academy is super helpful for a lot of topics and so would suggest using it if aiming for H1. The final exam I believe is usually scaled up if taking the introductory version of this subject; however do not get complacent / rely on scaling as you do need a good understanding of all topics covered. Use the textbook too for the diagrams and explanations; do not bother about doing the entirety of prescribed readings as this is a waste of time, as it often talks about concepts not in lectures. Annoyingly a lot of the content in lectures is actually not examined - this is probably because the exam is 2hrs and it isn’t possible to examine everything in that time. Nonetheless certain exam questions were in depth, e.g. diagrams of male reproductive system, so you do need to know the content well. In summary, lecturers and tutors are good and helpful, attend your tutorials, use khan academy, use diagrams and certain explanations in textbooks and you should be fine

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Anonymous, Semester 1, 2023

Worst subject i've done and will ever do

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2022

Absolutely terrible subject. I’ve never met more useless subject coordinators. Only do this subject as a prerequisite!

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2022