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Dr. Buccarelli is a nice guy and a great lecturer. The class was Tuesday/Thursday; on Tuesdays we typically had a quiz and then lecture and on Thursdays we all brought in articles concerning that week's topic and shared them in lecture. Discussion was more involved than a typical EEB class - there was a group project which was quite extensive and long, but the groups were about 6 people so the work each individual had to do wasn't too bad. Tests were fair. I would recommend this class with Dr. Buccarelli!
Bucciarelli is a great EEB professor. He has engaging lectures and good sense of humor.
The structure of the class was 2 lectures and 1 discussion per week. Although there were 2 lectures per week, one day would be lecture from the prof and the other lecture for that week was actually a discussion format. During the discussion format, everyone bought in articles related to current topic and people would share their articles with the class to discuss. Prof does amazing great facilitating this. This may not spike your interest but some of the articles were very interesting. Also, this was an easy way to get participation points.
During lectures, there are weekly quizzes to make sure you did the reading beforehand.
Discussion material is not related to the lectures at all. Your discussion grade depends on a group project you are assigned. The group project was to conduct a field study in the botanical gardens. The whole purpose is for you to gain an understanding of how ecology is studied in real life. Not a difficult project overall.
Tests were very fair. One midterm and one final (noncumulative).
Tip for class: Stay on top of the reading, textbook and articles assigned. Study for the quizzes. Take good notes on textbook and lecture slides.
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