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BIOSCI 202 was held four times a week at 8am smack bang in the middle of the winter season, however, thankfully all lectures were video-recorded and uploaded onto CECIL.
The great news about BIOSCI 202 is that like your other stage 1 BIOSCI papers, the content you are taught in the first two blocks during the first half of the semester are not re-examined during the end of semester examination meaning you will have a 37.5% Incourse Test and a 37.5% Exam. This paper does have quite a reputation as being one of the harder, if not the hardest stage II BIOSCI paper and in my personal opinion it is mainly because this is probably the first BIOSCI paper you encounter where pure rote memorisation of content will no longer guarantee you good marks even if you can reproduce the lecture slide notes perfectly. The lecturers WILL emphasise in their lectures that they will examine you on particular genetics problems and you MUST practice these to become confident in the test and exam. For those who are good with mathematical problems, the problems sections should come easier to you, but I will emphasise this again: simply rote learning the slides will do you no good if you do not understand the underlying genetic concept behind it.
Also, it helps to think critically about what you are being taught - it can be very easy to fool yourself into thinking that you understand a concept(s) after watching the lecture recordings when in fact you actually do not and this is what can catch you out during the exam.
Practicing past exam questions and those given to you in the prescribed textbook which is available at Short Loan will serve you immensely well towards getting that much coveted A+.
Fortunately or unfortunately, there are no after-lab assessments for BIOSCI 202 so everything, including your experiments and hand-in sheets must be completed within the laboratory session.
In 2014, the first two labs were taken by Dr. Craig Millar, where you will do a microscopy analysis of chromosomes. In the second lab you will do a tetrad analysis of meiotic chromosomes. These experiments are not difficult to do, and please do ask for help when you need it - he and the demonstrators are very friendly people - but do move at a steady pace as you don't want to find yourself running out of time at the end!
In Dr. Gavin Lear's labs you will perform a one-step growth experiment and then carry out a deletion mapping analysis at the end of the second lab. He will spend some of his lecture time going over the lab content so please do revise them before going in to your lab. Time management is vital as there are a lot to do during these two labs!! Thankfully the first lab is only necessary for performing the experiments to generate the data you need for analysis, so do take advantage during this lab in between waiting times to ask lots of questions!!
Professor Russell Snell led the two remaining labs. Like Dr. Lear's labs they consisted of performing experiments first to generate the data followed by an analysis - personally I ran out of time to complete the worksheet properly so please please please ensure you know what you are doing in your experiments and exactly what the questions are asking you to do - you do not have the luxury of asking your friends and taking a week to complete the hand-in worksheet!!
Evolution, ancient DNA & conservation genetics
Dr. Craig Millar, who is a top bloke and also your course co-ordinator kicked off BIOSCI 202 with a 12 lecture + tutorial block which included content on:
Dr. Gavin Lear took over from Dr. Millar with his block of ten lectures + tutorial, covering the following content:
Dr. Millar and Dr. Lear even held a tutorial during the end of the midsemester break where they answered sent-in questions and re-covered their more difficult content taught so contact your class rep if you believe that may be of help. You guys are in for a real treat!
Plant and Yeast Molecular Genetics
Professor Russell Snell taught this section for the first time in 2015, however, the content (10 lectures + tutorial) taught have not changed much since the last lecturer, Professor Richard Gardner. They are:
Genetic Basis and Evolution of Quantitative traits; genome imprinting
Like Dr. Lear, 2014 was the first year that Dr. Anna Santure taught this final block of lectures for BIOSCI 202. Fear not, however, - she is an extremely friendly, approachable and passionate lecturer and like all the other lecturers in this course has extremely well-detailed lecture slides and she will often post additional slides with her answers to student questions she received via email so do check frequently on CECIL for those. Her content (9 lectures + tutorial) covered the following: