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Pretty hard class. Gotta have a lot of background knowledge regarding genomics and computers. Take this class if you don't care about your GPA.
If you do not have a good computer background, you will be at a disadvantage when taking this class. It's not impossible, but just keep in mind that even though like 30% got an A, the class size is only 25 people and those people are pretty good with computers. Overall I really enjoyed this class. The material was interesting and the professor was awesome. I was not a fan of the presentations. A bit too much work to get ready. For me at least.
Easy lab requirement
55% Final paper
45% 3 presentations
This is a computer-based lab that focuses on gene annotation. The first two weeks of lab is basically all you need to understand what to do in the class. There are 3 5-minute individual presentations. He asks questions during the presentations but they're not hardcore or mean questions like other professors ask. So as long as you have an idea of what you put on your PPT slides, you're good.
Very chill professor. Goes over all the algorithms behind the programs and software you're using during lecture but he doesn't test you on them. Since this is basically a project-based course, as long as you finish your project then you don't need to go to the lab at all. The lab is 3 hours a day, two days a week. I felt this time was more allocated for asking the TA questions. So you can drop by and ask a couple questions and then not come back the entire week.
Overall, very doable lab and a very smart professor. Annotation may be confusing at first but, like the professor said, once you complete your first gene, you pretty much know how to do the rest of the genes. I highly recommend taking this over MCDB 104AL. Even a doctor at the Ronald Reagan Hospital took MCDB 104AL and told me to avoid at all costs.
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