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BIOL10009 COMPREHENSIVE H1 (95) NOTES

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Reviews

While this subject wasn't the best-run in the world, don't get disheartened by all the negative reviews! The overall experience was unfortunately affected by being online, and the practicals felt super long due to being over zoom. However, I had a mostly pleasant experience in this subject. I've always loved biology and if you have a genuine interest in the subject, I don't think you'll struggle too much with this subject. The lecture content was interesting and was a good mix of simple and challenging, and you could tell most of the lecturers really cared about their stuff. A lot of the content overlapped with VCE Biology so it's not all entirely new. The group project was a little tough to get through as we did not have any control over who we were grouped with, however I cannot see any other way of going about it in an online environment, so I can't hold that against the teaching team. Many people I spoke to found the exam challenging and the time constraints unfair - however, if you really know your stuff, then it was definitely possible to do well in the exam. The exam was broken up into two sections - the first part was fully multiple choice, and to be honest it was very simple, I finished with a solid 20 minutes to go, and the exam was only an hour and fifteen minutes. The second part was short answer, and it was a lot trickier - I managed to finish it and look over it briefly just in the nick of time. The exam was quite application based so to do well in this subject, you need to know how the science can be applied to real-life situations and experiments. Getting a H1 in this subject isn't "easy" at all, but definitely not impossible if you put the work in! I found this subject heaps better than BIOL10011 and was happy with the mark I received.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2021

ruined my love for biology

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2021

Yeah...this subject sucks, but unfortunately every biology based major needs this as a pre-req. The content is disorganised and topics may be taught weeks apart about the same idea, which is quite sad as it is more difficult to make the connections between key points. A lot of lecturers simply won't explain things properly, so you will have to look things up yourself to understand properly (particularly the multicellularity lectures, CAM/C4 lecture, and about the human body since it's so complicated). Don't bother with the readings unless you really don't get the content. The thing I loathed the most about this subject was the assessments. The pracs sometimes helped understand the lecture content better, but the end of prac quizzes were ridiculous. Most of the time at least one of the questions asked would NOT be covered in the prac! (what's the point then?). This was extremely frustrating. Same with the progress tests. What is the point of an assessment which does not in any way gauge the understanding and learning of a student? Even more frustratingly, the questions and answers will NOT be released, so you won't know what the question you got wrong was. The results are not released for weeks which is irritating because it's literally a multiple-choice quiz!!! The group project was okay, it's easy to do well in with a bit of effort. I thought the exams were very fair. The first is MCQ and easy, the second is Short Answer and much harder (time will run out!), a lot of application in the 2nd but I personally enjoyed it as it was a healthy level of challenge and is assessing your true understanding. Overall, if you like Biology, this subject won't be too much of a drag, but prepare robustly for the pracs and progress tests! With good effort throughout the sem, you should be able to get an H1, even though some of the assessments are not that well designed.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2021

Please don't be discouraged by the overwhelmingly negative comments you see here! There is a fair bit of bias at play (people who had negative experiences are more likely to post on here and rant). I can assure you that as long as you put in the work, this subject isn't too bad, and you can certainly succeed (H1, 91 for me this semester). Bad points (I agree with most people on here in terms of the shortcomings of this subject) - overwhelming amount of content + easy to fall behind due to there being 3 lectures a week (but expected of a foundation science subject) - pracs and workshops are 3 hours each and can be tiring + difficult to complete - little precedent so only 1 sample exam to do - exam short answer section was very difficult and hard to complete in the time given (application questions were very difficult) Good points - contrary to what some people have said, I found the practical quizzes to be quite fair as long as you prepare for them beforehand (make sure to take note of or screenshot what the tutor emphasizes during the practical because they're most likely to be quizzed) -- considering this is 25% of your grade you can get close to 100 if you're diligent - some lectures were interesting + the subject coordinators were very active on campuswire if you have any questions - practical and workshop tutors were very nice - group project is easy to succeed in if you get a good group Tips to succeed - prepare for pracs by reading through all of the notes and pay attention to what the tutor emphasizes - before the exam, by sure to revise all prac and workshop material because this content was tested more than you might think - readings aren't assessed, so only do them if you feel really confused about the material (Life: the science of biology 12th edition was a very good resource for me) - make sure you understand the big picture concepts -- the exam seemed to test a lot on how things were interconnected and how systems of the body / other organisms interact with one another more than anything Considering this is a mandatory subject for a lot of bioscience majors, it was not TOO bad, and I think it will improve over the years as the staff seem to be very open to student feedback :) Don't be too scared by these reviews -- you can succeed if you are diligent and keep up with the lectures/revision.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2021

This subject is VERY VERY poorly formatted to the way I dreaded watching lectures and participating in practicals. I love biology and I still do now but this subject was just horrendous. Firstly, the lectures were very poorly structured. As one of the previous reviews said, the lecturers change almost every 1 or 2 weeks, so it makes it VERY HARD for students to always get used to new teaching techniques. Also, the content of the lectures lack structure and flow - you could be learning about plants in week 6 and then suddenly be learning about plants AGAIN in week 11 (note that we were learning about the body's immune system this time). So there is absolutely no smooth flow to it and I understand why students are so frustrated with this subject. Don't get me wrong but I really respect all the lecturers in the subject. All of them have good educational qualities but some of their teaching skills are very questionable. Only a handful of lecturers actually presented the info in the lectures properly, but the majority of them lacked flow and the info was all over the place. Also, the practicals did not help in this situation at all. During the first week, it was still okay because everyone was excited to make friends and participated. But the problem was that the breakout rooms CHANGE EVERY PRACTICAL. So it made it really hard for students to make genuine friends (especially when it is online) because we are always meeting a new group of people. I did not enjoy the prac at all and towards mid-semester almost all the breakout rooms I was put into was silent and many students did not turn on their mic to participate at all. I understand why this is so because the way the prac was handled was so draining for everyone because of the awkwardness. The prac content was not helpful at all and I'm not sure if I actually learnt something from there. On the other hand, the workshops were good. The workshops were the only sessions I enjoy going to and actually LEARNT SOMETHING. My workshop lecturer was very good in making sure every student understood the questions and he was very engaged in answering student questions. It was really only the workshop that saved this subject in my opinion. In conclusion, I am in no place in deciding whether anyone should take this subject. This is purely my opinion. Seeing as to how many bad reviews this subject has gotten, it's as if the subject is telling us to just 'deal with it' because this subject is a prerequisite to any first-year student who wants to pursue anything bio or science-related in their third-year major. This is just a forewarning to any future students who are looking into studying this subject and to just show what can they expect, so you must be mentally prepared. However, I have only taken this subject ONLINE so the physical experience may be very different and could be better. All in all, this subject was horrible online.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2021

The short answer exam was really difficult for the amount of time given to complete it. The multiple-choice was however much easier. The lecture content was taught fine. Some of the lectures got boring and stale. The practicals were the most difficult aspect of the subject. I found it very difficult to answer some of the questions in the practicals and the notes were difficult to understand without explanation. It was difficult to relate some of the taught content to the practicals. Somehow managed to get a 70, even though I struggled a lot with the short answer exam (was certain I failed).

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2020

Before I begin, I apologise for the poor formatting, it's really hard to hold my frustration in from this subject. I am also writing this to inform you of my personal experience with this subject which in no way reflects everyone's subject (but I think most people would agree with this) Every post here so far has pretty much summed up the subject. Poorly coordinated, lack of communication, confusing teaching, unfair assessments and WAY TOO MANY LECTURERS (like seriously, a new one every two weeks is a bit much). To go into detail, this subject was taught entirely through 'Canvas' where each module contained lectures for that week. The lectures were thrown onto a page without any formatting. The pracs threw a bunch of videos onto the page, without any sound, no formatting, random questions splotted everywhere unrelated to the material. Assessments were weighted extremely heavily where they were unfair - as in, prac tests unrelated to the prac, topic tests unrelated to the lectures. Be warned, if you look for feedback on these tests, you're not going to get any because all you'll see is either your score OR if you're lucky, only the correct answers (not the wrong ones). Communication was appalling as they didn't really provide any information of upcoming tasks/tests or provide any guidance on questions sent through email. Although I respect every lecturer and coordinator for this subject, the way they handled online teaching could not have been done any worse. Look, I think this subject may have been a little better if it wasn't onli- uhh, actually, probably not. I fail to see how this subject could be sooooo bad given all the good feedback from the bio department over the years. I would avoid this subject at all costs but I guess you're at uni so do what you like. I also would like to mention, level 2 and level 3 subjects are MUCH better than this. So I guess if you really need to do this subject, it WILL get better. tl;dr Poorly coordinated subject, unfair assessments, confusing lectures. A subject to avoid at uni unless you absolutely need it for your major.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2020

As a few other people have said, I also loved biology in high school, for some background, I got 44 raw in VCE biology, which made me consider majoring in biology at university. However, I have completely lost confidence in biology after doing this subject. The final exam had content that I had never even heard of. The lack of a straightforward structure in semester 1 made it extremely unclear on what was being assessed and what was not. A couple of the lecturers were horrible, they made the originally interesting content boring and unbearable. I managed to complete all the quizzes in time, but they were honestly strange and some of the multiple-choice questions were worth 2 marks, which does not make sense at all, this lowered my grade for the quizzes massively. I honestly completely regret taking this subject, I have decided to major in other areas, and not have to deal with the biology department of the university anymore. What a horrible experience.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2020

I liked biology in high school but not so much after this subject. The lectures were mostly unclear about what content would be assessed, especially for the genetics module where we were told to focus on concepts, but the exam contained really specific material. The practical videos and questions barely had anything to do with the multiple choice assessments we got for them, so doing multiple choice was nowhere near reflective of what I learnt. The subject had easy content, but was hard to navigate and know what needed to be learnt due to constantly changing assessments. Quizzes were easy to miss and there was not much flexibility in completing missed tests. Doing a group research project online was horrible as no one in my group would actually respond. The one part I liked was the multicellularity and anatomy section, but even then, with reproductive anatomy we were given a long talk about inclusivity etc. when I just wanted to get to how the human body works. Overall not a great subject. I've seen the great reviews for biol10004/5 and I wonder- how did the uni get first year Biology so wrong??

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2020

Lecture content - some lecturers were SO UNCLEAR as to what their point was and were basically incapable of explaining concepts but would go on a tangent talking about research projects. majority of bio students are just learning it themselves hoping its right. Communication - bio team just take materials down without telling students, and they lock things randomly, make it hard to find content, and even change deadlines out of the blue. And its very hard to keep track of whats being added or changed and hard to navigate things in the subject. So many students missed deadlines bc of this, and they frankly do not care and will say its your fault. Im talking about pracs and preprac quizzes. If pracs are for us to apply knowledge and gain understanding, why are prepracs unlimited time and post pracs timed and just nothing makes sense? And, if you miss a deadline, you cant even make up for it, and there's really no good reason to why not? AND there is no feedback given for why you get questions wrong/right in quizzes, which give questions that dont seem at all related to the prac, which definitely aids our learning. Exam - they were trying to test a very broad amount of lecture content in WAY too little time, and structure of questions was unclear. There was so little practice exams provided - 2, and were not at all reflective of the actual experience in the exam. In general, horrible subject experience for a first year, and its even worse that this subject is a prereq.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2020