Preparation for Introductory Biology: DNA to Organisms

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Preparation for Introductory Biology: DNA to Organisms

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Through this class you should be able to explain basic concepts in cellular and molecular biology using correct terminology, as well as develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can be applied to all of your studies of biology.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 6 months ago
I expected to learn basic biological concepts. These were taught very well. What I did not expect was to put through an amazing, challenging and tremendously exciting learning curve, reading and deciphering scientific papers and being forced to critically examine the concepts and processes by which Nobel Prize winners made their discoveries. Another reviewer has expressed annoyance at the course not being basic. In fact we were given the choice of two tracks - a basic and a scholar's track. I'm sure I recall that the course particulars stated clearly that it would not be an easy course/ EDEX Biology 700X is a different kettle of fish altogether (wonderful kettle!) and comparisons between the two courses need to take into account their aims and objectives. I frankly would have found 700X much harder going without Prep for Intro Biology. In my first year at university, I have not only managed to keep up with fellow students who ar... I expected to learn basic biological concepts. These were taught very well. What I did not expect was to put through an amazing, challenging and tremendously exciting learning curve, reading and deciphering scientific papers and being forced to critically examine the concepts and processes by which Nobel Prize winners made their discoveries. Another reviewer has expressed annoyance at the course not being basic. In fact we were given the choice of two tracks - a basic and a scholar's track. I'm sure I recall that the course particulars stated clearly that it would not be an easy course/ EDEX Biology 700X is a different kettle of fish altogether (wonderful kettle!) and comparisons between the two courses need to take into account their aims and objectives. I frankly would have found 700X much harder going without Prep for Intro Biology. In my first year at university, I have not only managed to keep up with fellow students who are coming fresh from high school biology and chemistry studies, but I have also managed good grades. I attribute a great deal of this to the marvelous preparation Adrienne and Dianne gave me in their course.
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5 years, 3 months ago
This course is just great. It would be perfect if it last a bit longer. I enjoyed every single lecture and assignment. The only problem was too much time were to be spent on peer grading.
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5 years, 4 months ago
I'm 50 years old and I last formally studied biology in the 1980s. I was taking some other biology MOOCs and felt unsure of some of the concepts, so I thought this course would help me. I found it useful in that regard. They did an especially good job on the cell. This was more of a "here are the facts" course than a course where the instructor tries to get students excited about the subject. I was a little frustrated with some of the peer-assessed writing assignments. In some cases, the questions were worded in a general way, but the sample answers expected certain specific information. So sometimes an answer was wrong simply because the student didn't read the instructor's mind. This problem improved somewhat in the later assignments. I thought the module on the parts of the cell was especially good. I liked the challenge of reading real scientific papers and answering questions about them.
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5 years, 6 months ago
I have always wanted to improve my understanding of biology. Having an A-level (which is a UK higher education qualification) in chemistry and a degree in physics, I thought that this course would be an ideal first step. However, I found that it rushed through concepts far too quickly to cement any solid understanding and the lecturer just bombarded you with new terms with little or no explanation. It reminded me a lot of those professors at university who just threw buckets of facts at you, expecting them to stick. The lecturer explains at the beginning of the course that it has been designed to get students who will be attending UC Irvine up to speed before starting their lectures. As such, perhaps it would be better hosted on the UC Irvine website rather than promoted as a MOOC. At the very least it needs to be made clear that this is not an entry level course. UPDATE (4th Oct 2013) If anyone is interested in a really good biology... I have always wanted to improve my understanding of biology. Having an A-level (which is a UK higher education qualification) in chemistry and a degree in physics, I thought that this course would be an ideal first step. However, I found that it rushed through concepts far too quickly to cement any solid understanding and the lecturer just bombarded you with new terms with little or no explanation. It reminded me a lot of those professors at university who just threw buckets of facts at you, expecting them to stick. The lecturer explains at the beginning of the course that it has been designed to get students who will be attending UC Irvine up to speed before starting their lectures. As such, perhaps it would be better hosted on the UC Irvine website rather than promoted as a MOOC. At the very least it needs to be made clear that this is not an entry level course. UPDATE (4th Oct 2013) If anyone is interested in a really good biology course for beginners then I highly recommend the following: https://www.edx.org/course/mit/7-00x/introduction- biology-secret-life/1014 It's everything that this course isn't.
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