Queen's University Biology

Departmental Student Council

Third Year

FALL

Review:

"This course was interesting and you get to spend a weekend at QUBS. Dr. Bonier was great as well. The way the course was formatted made it not about memorization or knowing the facts but about understanding the big pictures, which I liked."

Review:
"Animal Behaviour (BIOL 321) is hands-down my favourite Biology course at Queen's thus far. The course looks at several aspects of behaviour, from foraging habits to mating rituals, migration patterns to gene flow. The content covered is both interesting and applicable; you are easily able to connect what you learned in class to outside in nature. The course structure keeps you on top of the material without being overwhelming, and the final independent research paper gives you the opportunity to design, perform, and analyze your very own study! I would rate this class 10/10! "
Review:
"Dr. Regan is a great professor and is eager to help and make sure that you understand the material. This course is not about memorization but about understanding what is actually happening. Dr. Regan tries to scare you off the start but if you go to lectures and focus on what she tells you, it’s a good course. The open book midterm and final do not mean that you don’t need to study or go to lecture. In fact, your notes often do not help you a lot."

"I quite enjoyed this course. I found it extremley interesting and quite applicable to other courses that I was taking at the time. It can be difficult at times, and difficult to follow if you didn't understand the previous lectures' content, but if you are diligent and keep on top of your work this class is very enjoyable! The TAs are amazing and are very helpful with any questions I had or any content that I needed clarification on."
Review:

"Definitely one of the most interesting core biology courses! For people who aren't necessarily big fans of plants, this course focusing entirely on animals is an awesome alternative. The exams were extremely fair, and there were definitely no surprises. Even though there are three profs, their expectations are consistent and reasonable. If you have taken any human physiology courses, many of the concepts covered are review.  The final exam is a combination of multiple choice, true-false and an essay that gives a chance to demonstrate everything that you've learned. "

NOTE: Offered both in class (Fall) and online (Winter).

Review:

"This course provides an overview of the evolutionary roots of modern human society, with main topics including social/cultural evolution and human nature. This includes questions like ‘Where are we’, ‘How did we get here’, ‘What are we’, and ‘Where are we heading’. Respectively, this explores our current state of civilization (is it failing/thriving), our evolutionary history that makes us who we are today, an exploration of human behaviours and cultural norms, and finally theories about how we will continue as a species. Course breakdown is 10% online discussion (post one question to the forum and respond to three), 10% iClicker, 15% bi-weekly online quizzes, 15% poster assignment on a relevant topic, and a 50% final exam with questions drawn from a bank given in pieces throughout the course. The material is generally interesting, Dr. Aarssen is an enthusiastic lecturer for this course, and is fairly marked – would definitely recommend!"


"Super interesting material and low course work through out the year. The final is great because because Dr. Aarsen gives you 60 questions, 24 of which will show up on exam. As a result people often get high 90s on final and A+ in course!"

Review:
"This course is a lot of fun and very interesting. Professor Chippindale is a great lecturer and a lot of fun to listen to. Participation in the tutorials is very important to your grade, but its not very hard to get full marks there. There are a lot of readings throughout the course in the form of scientific papers but its definitely manageable. The group projects are fun and very doable. There is no exam, but word to the wise: pay attention to every word Dr. Chippindale says - even his stories could be bonus marks on the three midterms."
 

WINTER

Review:
"This course dives into all aspects of the Fisheries industry from Biology, management, and economics. Bruce is very passionate with this subject and he really shows it by engaging everyone in the course. There is a midtern, final, essay draft, and final essay. The work is very fair and does not require a lot of time as long as you don't leave everything to the last minute. Excellent course!"

Review:

"In this course, you will learn about the genome structure and current functional genomics methods used for the analysis of novel gene functions. Workload of this course is manageable; assignments are assigned biweekly with a midterm and a final. A large part of the course also focuses on using genome browser and other online databases to understand how gene structure relates to its function, which I found very practical."

Review:
"This course was fairly easy in the way it was laid out. A course reader was provided to you and that had everything that you needed to know in it. The midterm, moodle quiz, and final exam questions were all based directly from that course reader. A fair amount of information was provided, but not very difficult (in my opinion), especially with a biology and chemistry background."
Review:

"I took Biology 341 in my second year, and found it to be extremely interesting and useful. The course was divided into two halves, the first taught by Dr. Ko and the second by Dr. Snedden. The first portion focussed on specific physiological processes such as phloem movement, nitrogen fixation and photosynthesis, and for me proved to be the most interesting half of the course. I found that it was very useful to make flow charts and watch Khan Academy type videos to learn this material. I also enjoyed the more broad application half that was the second half of the course. The course had iClicker component, a Poster Project and a Midterm with Final Exam - the grade distribution was fair and the Poster Project was a great opportunity to practice making a poster before fourth year. "


"This is a pretty good course, fairly easy to do well in as long as you go to class and pay attention. A little dry at times but the profs do try to make it a little interesting. The course is split into two halves. Dr. Ko teaches the first part about photosynthesis, water transportation, metabolism while Dr. Snedden teaches the second part regarding plant hormones and plant development. The marks are broken down into iClicker (5%), 4 quizzes (20%), 1 research project (10%), 1 midterm (20%), and 1 exam (45%)."


"A very interesting course, although at times note taking can be a bit difficult. Dr. Ko tends to get caught up in tangents and it can be a little difficult to keep up with the pace he goes. The final exam is based almost solely off the case study questions presented throughout the term and if you study those, it's not hard to do well. The group projects throughout the year, however, can sometimes be difficult to keep up with the many due dates for various aspects of different projects."

Review:

"This course covers topics such as data management, data visualization and statistical analysis using the linear model in R. Lectures also covered statistical literacy using examples from research literature. Workload of this course is very manageable and I found the prof (Dr. Montgomerie) and TA very approachable and helpful."

ONLINE:

Review:
"(For the online version) Despite the fact that the online tutorials tended to occur at very inconvenient times - especially considering that they were mandatory for your grade - the course was really great. We got to participate in fun projects that allowed us to think creatively and apply knowledge we learned about the past, present, and the possible futures of humanity."