Professor Shona Ellis & Bill Milsom Reviews


Class Ratings

3OK Class
3Kinda Interesting
3Kinda Useful

Professor Rating

3OK Prof

Prof: Shona Ellis & Bill Milsom / Winter 2021

Jan 12, 2022

Comments on the course

The bulk of the work for this class consisted of teaching yourself most of the content through weekly textbook readings and quizzes (worth 15% in total). These can get draining if you're dealing with a dense topic or if you want to score a full mark on every quiz. Class time consisted of mini-lectures lasting about half an hour, then group assignments worth 10%. They can range from simple crosswords to essays.

Course Content

At the beginning of the term, the profs did a class-wide survey on what we would like to take away from their course, and they adjusted the curriculum accordingly. I found about 50% of the content either interesting or relevant to current events (e.g. climate change, COVID-19, diseases, biotechnology). However, the fast pace of the course and the dense readings make it hard to retain much of the content.

Comments on the professor

The profs were really understanding and kind, but they expect you to put a lot of time into the course.


No final, just a final project worth 30%. Plan ahead early because you have to come up with your own topic for the project, and it will be stressful trying to get a final project done while revising for finals.

Course: BIOL 111Delivery: In personGrade: C+Workload: HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
Project HeavyAssignment HeavyParticipation Heavy