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BIOLOGY 1A03

Cellular and Molecular Biology

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5Amazing Class
4Easy
5Very Interesting
5Very Useful

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4Good Prof

Feb 18, 2024

Comments on the course

Overall i absolutely loved this class. The content and the labs were very interesting and fun to learn about especially since the labs had a personal component to them. Da Silva was by far the best and i thought her test questions were generally straight forward and were pretty similar to module/lecture content. Kajiura on the other hand not as enjoyable and her style of teaching was slightly different. Her test questions however (still sorta fair) but not as fair and straightforward as da Silva. Kajiura often gave open ended questions even though she only wanted one specific answer… overall though great class and my ta was also amazing!

Course Content

Super interesting imo especially if you prefer more molec bio and human bio instead of like plant bio and evolution (which is bio 1m03 content). Very fun and useful however sometimes would be heavy since there was lors of processes. LOVED the applied lectures though. They did a great way at implementing real life examples based on the weekly content (da Silva s applied lectures were way better imo)

Advice

Make sure you dont just memorize and actually understand the processes and the content or else it will be more difficult

Delivery: HybridGrade: A+Workload: ModerateTextbook Use: No
Exam HeavyQuiz Heavy
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4Good Class
3Avg. Difficulty
5Very Interesting
5Very Useful

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4Good Prof

Prof: Rosa Da Silva / Lovaye Kajiura / Winter 2022

Aug 4, 2023

Comments on the course

tests are very fair as long as you do a bunch off of studocu, just memorize the scripts and notes from the applied slides and you will be good. and study with others

Course Content

microbiology, biochemistry

Delivery: In personGrade: AWorkload: HeavyTextbook Use: No
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Class Ratings

3OK Class
2Hard
2Boring
3Kinda Useful

Professor Rating

3OK Prof

Prof: Rosa Da Silva / Lovaye Kajiura / Winter 2023

Jul 28, 2023

Comments on the course

I really didn't like this course. It builds off grade 12 biology, and I am not a big fan of cell/mol biology, so I found the course extremely hard.

Course Content

It is very content-heavy. There is so much to memorize. There are two modules to watch every week, which can be difficult to get through if you are not interested in the content. And three tests, which I found to be fair and you can score well if you memorize everything down to a T.

Comments on the professor

The profs were good, and the course coordinator, Dr. Rehal, was very accommodating. I didn't attend the lectures or watch the recordings for the review lectures, so I can't really comment.

Advice

I really thought molecular and cell biology, but this course changed that. How you find the two first-year bio courses depends a lot on your interests.

Delivery: In personGrade: A-Workload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: No
Assignment HeavyExam Heavy
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Class Ratings

4Good Class
3Avg. Difficulty
4Interesting
4Useful

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4Good Prof

Prof: Rosa Da Silva / Lovaye Kajiura / Winter 2023

May 20, 2023

Comments on the course

This course was pretty similar to grade 12 cell bio, and so if you did well in that you've got a decent advantage here. Although not super difficult, I found this course to be a lot of work. There's 2 weekly "pre-lecture" modules you need to watch (about an hour total) and take notes on. Plus taking notes on the two weekly lectures. Plus bi-weekly labs, lab quizzes, and post-lab assignments. There's 3 midterms, no final exam but a final report. Definitely time-consuming but if you put in the work it's not difficult to succeed.

Comments on the professor

Both profs were good lecturers, and there was plenty of practice tests to prepare you for the midterms.

Delivery: In personGrade: AWorkload: HeavyTextbook Use: No
Quiz Heavy
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Class Ratings

4Good Class
2Hard
4Interesting
5Very Useful

Prof: Rosa Da Silva / Winter 2021

Sep 2, 2021

Comments on the course

Great course that doesn’t require prior information on cell biology. The prof and TAs really tried to explain the concepts and made the content and labs easier. The pre lab quizzes were straightforward but could be tough some times. The labs were time consuming but not too hard thanks to the TA. The lab reports were straightforward and not too difficult and the TAs really helped with any questions. The formal lab report is a little harder to get marks in but it’s just an accumulation of the lab reports don’t throughout the semester. There are 3 tests throughout the semester which can be tough.

Comments on the professor

Prof was great and explain concepts very well and tried to make the slides engaging.

Advice

Definitely take this course if you plan on doing any cell biology course in the future such as BIO 2B03 as it opens up the options for many courses especially if you’re in life science.

Suggest a professor

Dr da Silva

Grade: AWorkload: HeavyTextbook Use: No
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Class Ratings

5Amazing Class
3Avg. Difficulty
4Interesting
5Very Useful

Prof: Rosa Da Silva / Fall 2019

Aug 25, 2021

Comments on the course

Modules were a bit annoying, but the applied lectures were always interesting and the test were very fair.

Comments on the professor

Dr. da Silva is very engaging and gives very interesting lectures and seems to genuinely care for her students.

Grade: A+Textbook Use: No
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Class Ratings

4Good Class
4Easy
4Interesting
4Useful

Prof: Rosa Da Silva / Fall 2018

Aug 24, 2021

Comments on the course

Modules can get annoying but tests are very fair

Grade: A+
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Class Ratings

4Good Class
2Hard
5Very Interesting
5Very Useful

Prof: Rosa Da Silva / Winter 2021

Aug 24, 2021

Comments on the course

Very hard workload but content is interesting.

Grade: A+Workload: 12hrs/weekTextbook Use: Optional

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