Biology

Pauline Y. Ladiges, Barbara K. Evans, Robert Saint, Bruce Knox

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Biology

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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

Just why. This course gave me anxiety and as a result im on medication. Especially genetics. They try to make everything extra complicated. Dont do this subject if not necessary. Please just dont do this subject. My first year experience was ruined not because of COVID and not because of other subjects but this subject. Please please I beg people. I warned you. Bio Machinery lecturers are much more nice and easy to follow. Thank god. btw Ollie I feel like you could teach this subject much better than all the lecturers.

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