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My personal overall take on this paper: it was definitely a much more interesting and enjoyable paper compared to BIOSCI 106. While there is very much still a large rote-learning component involved, you will learn more of the how and why biochemistry can affect an organism at both the molecular and organism level.
Tips on how to do well: I found drawing out the lecture material onto large pieces of paper as summary diagrams, flow charts and mind maps etc. very useful for digesting the material and making it a bit easier on the eyes as well as helping to break down what initially appeared to be confusing information. Group studying is also recommended providing you don’t get distracted as it is easy to wrongly convince yourself that you know the content when in actual fact you have completely misunderstood it. Doing past papers is highly recommended as questions are often repeated from year to year.
The most challenging lab in 2014 was the third lab with Assoc. Prof Kerry Loomes. Although this supposedly should be changed in 2015 be warned that it tripped up a lot of students (i.e. almost everyone) because most were unable to properly perform their experiments and therefore could not interpret their results. You are strongly advised to read the laboratory manual closely before attending the lab in order to get a good understanding of how things will go which will increase the chances of you and your partner obtaining “reasonable” data. Apart from lab 3 every other lab was quite straightfoward and if you’ve done BIOSCI 201 the semester before this should be nothing out of the ordinary.
This first module was delivered by Associate Professor Shaun Lott in 2015. Although he was a very entertaining lecturer, the topic itself was unfortunately not so exciting (Assoc. Prof Shaun himself apologised during the first lecture for this!) The following topics were covered in 7 lectures:
Proteases and Human Diseases
Taught by Associate Professor Nigel Birch in 2015, the topic of Alzheimer’s was very interesting however overall, most people found that it was not taught very well. Over 7 lectures, the following topics were covered:
In 2015, Associate Professor Kerry Loomes taught this module. This section is taught very similarly to his section in BIOSCI106 (minus the videos of him driving about Auckland city pretending to be a glucose molecule). The following topics were covered within 7 lectures:
This module was delivered by Dr Mia Jullig and, for the majority of students, the bane of their BIOSCI203 existence. It was a relatively new topic (taught in 2013 but not in 2014) so there was not much to go off in terms of previous papers. The following topics were taught over 7 lectures:
This set of lectures was given by Associate Professor David Christie in 2015. Not the most exhilarating of topics but overall, the concepts are understandable enough. The following topics were taught over 7 lectures:
Taught by Associate Professor Debbie Hay in 2015, this module was very similar to the one she taught in BIOSCI106. She prefers to draw diagrams on the document camera (bring different coloured pens to lectures) and explains everything in very clear detail. The following topics were covered over 6 lectures: