Lifesci 2L03: Living Systems Laboratory

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Rating: 4 out of 5.
Dr. Ana Tomljenovic-Berube (Winter 2021)

There were weekly assignments/lab reports to write, which requires planning and working ahead to do well in. Virtual labs and tutorials were held (2x a week), which were helpful to complete the reports. The online textbook/manual was extremely helpful and well organized. Everything that you need to know to do well on the assignments were outlined on there. Professors were also responsive to questions online.

Textbook: Required

Methods of Evaluation: Assignments, Lab Reports, Projects

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Heavy course load, lots of assignments and a few tests, but they’re pretty easy. No exam, so that’s good. It’s pretty new, so it’s fairly disorganized though and that’s very frustrating. Easy to 12 though.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Dr.Tomljenovic-Berube (Fall, 2022)

This course was lots of fun, since it is a lab course you spend most of your time in the lab gaining super useful lab skills. There are individual lab assignments and group projects which can be a bit tedious, but it is easy to do well as long as you put in the effort. The PressBook is the “textbook” for this class which I recommend familiarizing with early in the course as your lab test is essentially knowing everything from this. 

Textbook: Required, It was helpful

Methods of Evaluation: Tests, Assignments, Lab Reports, Group Projects

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Dr. Tomljenovic-Berube and Devon Jones/Ryan Belowitz (Fall, 2022)

Pretty interesting course overall, 2L03 taught skills that will be required in lab work going forward, ie. using ImageJ, creating multi-panel figures, navigating BLAST, etc. I enjoyed the recorded lectures, they were never too long or convoluted. The labs were fun, but I got the sense that we weren’t doing anything in-depth – this makes sense, 2L03 is only an introductory lab course and it’s setting itself up for LIFESCI 3L03. Regardless, the actual procedures were very manageable. There are many moving parts to this course, so make sure you are staying on top of the work. You can do great on the assignments if you begin early, don’t leave it until the last minute (so communicate your expectations clearly with your group mates for your oral presentation and GLAs). The rubric will tell you exactly what you need to write. Once everyone completes their part early, the process becomes pretty enjoyable. The lab test wasn’t as difficult as it was made out to be; follow what Dr. TB tells you to focus on and make sure you understand everything before you memorize it in preparation. Pretty much everything done in lab and Pressbook is testable except for Science Communication, so begin studying early! It’s a lot of work but it’s interesting content.

Textbook: Required, it was helpful

Methods of Evaluation: Assignments, Lab Reports, Group Projects, Lab Test

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