BIOLOGY 1M03

Biodiversity, Evolution and Humanity

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Sep 2, 2021

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The worst course I’ve taken at Mac. It was my lowest grade in the semester. The material is dry and the lectures were filled with the prof just talking and talking with very few points on the slides. The test questions ended up having very little to do with what was taught in lecture. The material taught was also very confusing and along with the lectures, there was a written page with extra information the professor skipped. The PBL project wasn’t too bad and quite straightforward. Tutorial assignments were also ok. Tests and exam were a nightmare as the questions made no sense to what was “taught” in lecture.

Comments on the professor

Prof Bolker clearly didn’t care for his first years. It was pretty obvious that he put minimal effort into his lectures. Prof stone’s lectures were ok.

Advice

DO NOT take this course if you don’t have to. Many many level 2, 3 and 4 courses don’t require BIO 1M03 as a prerequisite.

Grade: BWorkload: ModerateTextbook Use: Optional
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2Bad Class
2Hard
2Boring
1Useless

Aug 30, 2021

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Pretty dry content and often copied straight from the textbook. Then the exam questions were about the most obscure examples that were only mentioned once. Probably the most skipped lecture of first year.

Comments on the professor

Dushoff can be very entertaining at times and made the content bearable; Kolasa made some very funny jokes that offered moments of entertainment but the way he lectures puts you to sleep.

Advice

Don't take it as an elective.

Grade: AWorkload: HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
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3OK Class
1Very Hard
4Interesting
2Barely Useful

Aug 27, 2021

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Fun, hard

Grade: B+Workload: HeavyTextbook Use: Optional
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1Very Boring
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Prof: Ben Evans/james Quinn / Winter 2019

Aug 26, 2021

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Avoid if you can unless you are actually interested in evolution. Make sure to get the textbooks and do the required readings with these profs. Tutorials were pretty easy tho

Grade: BWorkload: HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
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Aug 26, 2021

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Very boring content, difficult tests. No redeeming qualities to the course at all, terrible course

Comments on the professor

Dushoff's tests were brutal, Kajiura's were okay. Although you needed to attend Kajiura's lectures, whereas you could get by on Dushoff's tests with just the posted lecture notes

Advice

Avoid this course if possible. It is *not* required for Honours Life Sci

Grade: A-
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3OK Class
2Hard
3Kinda Interesting
3Kinda Useful

Aug 25, 2021

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This course gets a lot of unnecessary hate but for the most part it’s decent. Some people can find the content very boring which will lead to a bad experience. Some of the test questions can be dumb, but overall they were decent and they gave us an alternative grading scheme after we asked.

Grade: AWorkload: ModerateTextbook Use: Yes
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2Bad Class
2Hard
2Boring
2Barely Useful

Aug 25, 2021

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The final exam dropped my mark from A- to B-. Many questions on the final exam were very confusing, to the point where it seems like the profs purposefully made it that way.

Advice

Even if you think you're a little interested in learning about human evolution, do not take this course as an elective. Just go watch some videos on YouTube.

Grade: B-Workload: HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
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1Awful Class
1Very Hard
1Very Boring
1Useless

Aug 25, 2021

Comments on the course

No words at all for this course. Awful. Test questions were very stupid and the exam was even worse.

Comments on the professor

Boring. Unorganized.

Advice

Don't take it.

Grade: Rather not sayWorkload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
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3OK Class
3Avg. Difficulty
3Kinda Interesting
2Barely Useful

Prof: Ben Evans/james Quinn / Winter 2020

Aug 25, 2021

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Tests for this class were weird. The multiple-choice on both Evan's test and the final exam (which was mostly written by Quinn, as we had no second midterm due school being moved online in the middle of the semester due to the pandemic) sometimes tested highly specific details.

Comments on the professor

Really enjoyed Evan's section of the course, he was a great lecturer and explained all the concepts quite well. Quinn, on the other hard, was super dry and not a very engaging lecturer.

Advice

You need the textbook (and this is the only bio course where I've found this is true). Some of Quinn's questions on the final exam were lifted straight from the textbook and had not once been covered in lecture.

Grade: ATextbook Use: Yes
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1Awful Class
1Very Hard
1Very Boring
1Useless

Aug 25, 2021

Comments on the course

**** this course bruh So dry and boring, and they make it so **** hard for no reason. Bio department in general sucks at Mac but this is the bottom of the barrel. I did good in the course and still have nightmares about it

Comments on the professor

I really liked Dushoff, a lot of people may not though. While his tests were hard (lots of application based questions), I thought he was a good teacher, he was funny, and explained concepts well. Did not like Kajiura though, her lectures were a drag and it was harder to learn. Her test questions were easier though

Grade: A
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2Bad Class
2Hard
3Kinda Interesting
2Barely Useful

Aug 25, 2021

Comments on the course

Let's be honest, Biology 1M03's gonna get a lot of bad reviews this year because people are mad. I'm gonna try and be unbiased. The course was not very well structured for online. A lot of assessments/tests were confusing and felt unfair. Some questions were utterly ridiculous if I recall correctly. I didn't particularly enjoy the content, but it was tolerable. If you're a bio fanatic you might find it more interesting than I did. I don't see myself using much of its content in my program choice, though.

Comments on the professor

Dr. Stone taught the first half on human evolution. I think he had some of the weird (kinda unfair) test questions. Basically read off of the slide, which is basically what's in the textbook. Dr. Bolker taught the second half on ecology. Slides were more like notes to highlight the things he said and he definitely went on tangents (which usually covered course content anyways, so take notes). In some ways his test questions were harder because it seemed like more than one right answer. Even though I didn't like the course or the structure, these profs are clearly pretty passionate about biology, even if they didn't enjoy teaching, and I think that's pretty cool.

Advice

I found this course to be one of the harder ones to do well in. There's a lot to know and memorize and test questions can start to seem like they have more than one right answer. I don't know what method to tell others to use when studying, but find something that really helps you learn and memorize the content so you feel more confident in your answers.

Grade: AWorkload: 10hrs/weekTextbook Use: Yes
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1Awful Class
1Very Hard
1Very Boring
1Useless

Prof: Benjamin Bolker / Fall 2020

Aug 24, 2021

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the most boring course ever. test questions make no sense. only 11 i got in first year, rest were 12s (not trying to brag but i’m trying to describe its difficulty).

Grade: AWorkload: 8hrs/weekTextbook Use: Yes

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