LIFESCI 7C

Physiology and Human Biology

Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, 75 minutes. Enforced requisite: course 7B. Organization of cells into tissues and organs and principles of physiology of organ systems. Introduction to human genetics and genomics. Letter grading.

Units: 5.0
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Overall Rating 3.0
Easiness 4.0/ 5
Clarity 3.0/ 5
Workload 3.0/ 5
Helpfulness 4.0/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Summer 2020 - 7c isn't a difficult class in and of itself, but it shares the same bad reputation for unclear test questions that the entire 7 series is known for. I would say that 7c is the most unfair when it comes to test questions. I had a very easy time in 7a and 7b, and though I did end up with an A in this course, it was not without some anxiety. There were multiple unclear/unfair questions on both midterms that resulted in initial scores that were very low. My midterm scores ended up going up about 10% each after many students contacted the TAs and professor about bad questions. To her credit, Professor Das was very accomodating and removed most of the bad questions or allowed multiple answers. Compared to other professors my friends have had, I think that my experience with Dr. Das was actually pretty fortunate. The class is not that difficult if you do the Launchpad readings and make note of what is emphasized during the discussion sections. I found that discussions for this class were much more helpful than those for 7a and 7b, so take advantage of that. I also found it helpful to watch Armando Hasudungan's anatomy and physiology videos on youtube. I would recommend watching once before doing the readings and again to review for exams. My final piece of advice is to remain calm when taking this course and trust the professor. Even though many of us were stressed about our grades during the course, Dr. Das was fair about final grades and it seemed that many of us ended with A's.
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Overall Rating 4.1
Easiness 2.9/ 5
Clarity 4.3/ 5
Workload 3.0/ 5
Helpfulness 4.3/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Spring 2020 - If you're reading this far into the future, this information will probably/hopefully be applicable to you. For those of you that are taking LS7C in summer or fall 2020, good luck. Esdin was a wonderful professor. He always explained everything thoroughly, gave us time to think about questions, and never failed to answer any question during office hours. You've likely taken LS 7B so you know all about the Launchpad, participation, difficult exams, etc. As for the changes made during this quarter due to remote learning: Lectures: Unlike Khankan, Esdin decided to prerecord his lectures and post them on CCLE instead. This prevented us from asking questions during lecture, but this was fine because there was so much material to cover this quarter that all the questions probably would have slowed us down. On the other hand, Esdin still wanted to simulate an actual class environment so he would stop talking for a couple minutes during each clicker question. This was kind of awkward, but didn't bother any of us much, and I just fast-forwarded through the waiting time after I had worked out the answer. Participation/Clickers: Since we couldn't physically all be in the same class, we took a VERY short (like 2 questions) multiple choice quiz on CCLE after watching each lecture that day. The quizzes opened 50 minutes after lectures were posted and closed at 10:50 PM that day, so you had to watch lecture to answer the questions. I'm pretty sure it wasn't graded on correctness, but we were still given two attempts. Launchpad: Identical format to LS 7B. Points come from the small quizzes and PEQ. Just power through it, because each week is about a new body system and there's A LOT of information. You got this!! Discussion: Each discussion session was on Zoom, and we had online worksheets through Gradescope. We would split up into breakout rooms of 4-5 to work on the assignment. Some of the worksheets were super short, but sometimes they took the entire time to finish. It all depends on your TA and Zoom breakout room of course. CLC: Since everything was online, I took advantage of my time and went to a CLC session each week. This was particularly helpful for the midterm (and would've been for the final). We would just screen share and work on the worksheet shared to the group, and we worked in Zoom breakout rooms. Midterms/Final: The first midterm was a little challenging, because unlike LS 7A&B, we were introduced to free response questions on Gradescope. We were also given 50 minutes to do 6 FRQs which was not enough time. We had about 30 multiple choice questions on CCLE with 1 hour to do them. It was difficult to finish the free response, so we were given a full hour during the second midterm. If you studied everything from Launchpad, your notes, discussion worksheets, and CLC as much as you can, then you should be okay, just don't freak out if confusing questions arise. You should know by know that's just how the LS series rolls. Due to the protests and just the general chaos of the world, the final was an automatic 100% for everyone!! Thank goodness, because genome browser during the last three weeks of the quarter was stressful and I was burnt out by that point. ESDIN: As a lecturer, Esdin always took his time to explain everything, which was helpful of course. I ended up speeding the video up 1.5x just as a personal preference. I didn't go to Esdin's office hours often, but when I did I always learned something new and it was a pleasant vibe. Course topics/studying tips: There was so much information to cover that you have to read Launchpad thoroughly to fully grasp everything though. This isn't like LS 7A; you have to prepare for concepts. I took IB Bio HL 2 in high school and honestly the topics were VERY similar so I feel like that preparation helped me and encouraged me throughout the quarter. A full list of information we went over includes: cell communication, nervous system, endocrine system, motor/muscle systems, cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, excretory and digestive systems, immune system, and another three weeks of Genome Browser stuff. What I did to maintain my sanity each week, stop myself from drowning in stress, and just to organize information so I could remember everything was: doing the pre-class worksheets posted on CCLE each week, making flashcards of all the learning objectives with diagrams and detailed info, doing Launchpad early/basically as soon as it was posted so I had time to study and absorb information without rushing it the night before, taking thorough notes of definitions and new info and adding to them during lecture, and checking campuswire and groupme for updates and questions.
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