Professor Benjamin Bolker/jonathon Stone Reviews
Sep 2, 2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No words at all for this course. Awful. Test questions were very stupid and the exam was even worse.
Don't take it.
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.
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.
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.