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BIOL 1090 - Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology F,W (3-0) [0.50]

This course will foster an understanding of key concepts in molecular and cell biology and genetics including evolution, relationship between structure and function, energy and regulation, interrelatedness of life, and the nature of science. By relating these concepts to their daily lives, through analysis of problems and tutorial discussions, students will develop an understanding of five central themes: 1) all living things share common properties, 2) the cell is the fundamental functional unit of life, 3) managing energy is central to success, 4) genes are the fundamental information unit of life, and 5) heredity. Students lacking Grade 12 or 4U Biology should consult with their program counsellor prior to taking BIOL*1090 in first semester.


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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : April 5, 2012

Is the textbook recommended by the student? Yes
Did the student enjoy the professor? Yes

Professor : Coppilino/bendall

Comment :
first half with Coppilino was great. 100% based on slide. Definitely need to textbook of the 2nd half
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : March 9, 2012

Is the textbook recommended by the student? Yes
Did the student enjoy the professor? Yes

Professor : Prof. Bendall and Prof. Coppollino

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This course is fascinating, and very well structured. The first half of the course is spent on organelles, focussing on their structure and function within the cell. The second half is all about genetics. In seminar, the knowledge learned in class is applied to learn about real-life scientific innovations and problems. The professors have a great deal of enthusiasm and teach the course at a level appropriate for introductory biology.
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Posted By : Alicia
Posted On : March 2, 2012

Is the textbook recommended by the student? No
Did the student enjoy the professor? No

Professor : Coppolino & Bendall

Comment :
I took this course the second time it was offered. I got a 78 and I am still upset about it because it is very easy to get a mid 80. The first half was taught by Coppolino. All you really learn about is cell organelles. On the midterm, you just write down the information that he already put on his slides. It is NOT a difficult course, people just didn't study properly. You don't have to actually use your head to do well on it. You don't have to read the textbook if you understand everything in coppolino's notes. Bendall on the other hand was one o the worst profs I have ever had. He speaks in monotone and his exam wasn't "hard" it was challenging, but he did not properly prepare us for it in class. If you are going to give a challenging exam, you should at least know how to teach first. The second half introduces genetics problem solving (which you do more of in MBG 2040). The paper was simple. 75% of the marks for it was based on formatting. The tutorials were pointless, but gave you an easy 4% of your mark, and the iDP is stupid, but I managed to do very well in it. (Don't know if they still make students do idp's).
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : January 26, 2012

Is the textbook recommended by the student? No
Did the student enjoy the professor? Yes

Professor : Coppolino

Comment :
I though this course was really interesting. It's also pretty easy. There's only a few assignments and you don't have to put that much work into them. The midterm and final were pretty much the kind where you just spit back the information you learned in class.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : November 3, 2011

Is the textbook recommended by the student? No
Did the student enjoy the professor? No

Professor : Not specified

Comment :
This course is very challenging but you learn a lot from it. I did very well on the essay. The midterm is very challenging and the final is even more challenging. Both professors are great! Don't take this course if you think you are going to study a couple of days in advance. It covers A LOT of material. I can't stress that enough!
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : April 27, 2011

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somewhat interesting, mostly review. even though the midterm is a little tricky there's 25% worth of free marks in the tutorials, paper and idp so it's still very easy to do well.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : April 3, 2011

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Material for this course is all lecture based even though the profs do assign readings. Study incrementally, and not the night before. The paper must be completed in order to pass the course, so don't blow it off.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : March 18, 2011

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Midterm was very difficult, average was 61%. Seminars are very dry however you get marks for attending. Lectures are interesting and profs notes are very helpful. Material can be difficult to absorb, especially a couple days before a midterm.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : January 13, 2011

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This course is somewhat boring but straightforward. It skims over much of cell bio and covers basically what you learn in grade 12 bio. The course is generally fairly easy with not too much extra work. You don't need to do the readings at all for the first half of the course and they will just confuse you but try to do the practice problems for the genetics component because they'll help you on the final.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : November 30, -0001

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This course is really interesting, I learned a lot but the midterm is very challenging. Despite how much you study it will be challenging, there is just too much knowledge that they test you on. I would start preparing for the midterm on day 1 of the course. Dr. Copollino is awesome, so is Dr. Bendal but Bendall speaks to you like a 5 year old child. The final for this class is one that you will never forget :D
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