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PHYL2002: Comprehensive Semester Notes

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PHYL2002 - Semester Notes

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I found this unit stressful. The unit coordinator took weeks to reply (if he replied at all) and lectures were often also uploaded late. I found the marking for the lab reports to be very vague and your marks really depended on the tutor you had. The pre-lab quizzes, whilst only worth 1% each, were quite stressful as the questions were very subjective!! The content was not as interesting as PHYL2001 but still relatively easy to get your head around. I found the exam to be very fair! Overall, I agree with other reviewers that whilst the organization of the unit was terrible it is still doable!

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2020

PHYL2001 was a fun unit but this unit, on the other hand, was quite stressful. Lectures weren't always uploaded on time, and when it was uploaded we would be a week behind which caused issues in the tutorial classes so those classes weren't as useful. The lab report marks at the start appeared to depend on which tutor you got, but the variation from tutor to tutor appeared to improve as the semester progressed. Compared to 2001, they are harsher with marking, but they provided good feedback to help improve and it isn't impossible to achieve 80%+ in them. The labs themselves were interesting and enjoyable. Chris, one of the tutors/demonstrators, made the unit far more enjoyable for me. The lab books themselves are worth 5% and it quite easy to get full marks on that. Pre labs are quite straightforward and easy to get 80%+ on. Otherwise, the exam was tough, but it draws on questions from previous exams and covers the unit content well, so a good mark is quite achievable as long as you study it frequently. Random info for anyone interested: 2 one-hour-long lectures/week; 1 lab every fortnight (lasts up to 3 hours); 1 tutorial alternates with the labs (1 week lab, 1 week tutorial) and lasts 1.5 hours. Total of 5 labs (4 are marked, 5th was optional if you want to improve lab 1 mark). Each worth 10%. There are 5 marked pre labs - 1% each. The exam is 50% of total mark. I believe this unit was tarnished by its execution, but it has been a tough unit for everyone including the lecturers, unit-coordinators and tutors/demonstrators, so there is a good chance it will be better next year.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2020

Content was interesting, final exam was well-correlated to the unit content and similar to practice exams. Lecturers assumed a lot of knowledge but were still enjoyable to listen to.Lab reports were marked a lot more harshly than 2001, but overall a good unit.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2019

The unit content is really good. The course is well structured. The assessments are absolute garbage. Lab reports where you lose marks for dumb sh*t make up a large proportion of your mark. They don't test physiology, just your ability to use Excel/make diagrams on a computer. When you get your lab report marks back you will know how stupid the marking system is. The final exam was good if you learnt the content well and regularly. Cramming this unit is a challenge.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2018

This unit isn't as interesting as PHYL2001, and requires lab reports after each lab. The exam was relatively easy!

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015

Horrific organisation i dont know what Peter was thinking and the cherry on the cake was Patuzzi ran in like a nest of hornets was chasing him with 10 minutes left of the lecture he grabbed someones pencil asked for a sheet of paper turned on a 300yr old projector and improved cell membrane transport mechanisms. Srsly for neuro and phyl students toughen up you have to take it everyone else steer clear.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2014