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-15 pts for High Order Bloom Q&A ; (W1 - W3, 5pts each. Make up a question and answer it based on Bloom's taxonomy)
-100 pts Exam 1 & 100 pts Exam 2 ; (Done over Gradescope during class time, mix of short answers and multiple choice, open-note)
-115 points for a case study disease project ; (Done throughout qtr. Make up a case study based on a disease that you get to pick)
The class ended up being 100% online (Dr. Ali Pour was gracious enough to keep it that way because a lot of people weren't comfortable with in-person classes yet, which was nice). The lectures were recorded and attendance was not mandatory for both lecture and discussion.
Dr. Ali Pour was pretty nice throughout the quarter. As mentioned above, she kept the class online even after it was okay to return to in-person classes because we collectively asked for it. The TA, Duane, was also nice. But that was the only things I liked about this class.
GRADING: The grading scale kinda sucks. If you're not a good test taker or you just have a bad day, you'll be punished for it. It's hard to come back if you do bad especially since there was only 1 extra credit opportunity at the end of the quarter (that was only worth 2 points lol). The TA can be nitpicky with grading too so you might get a couple points off for some things.
EXAMS: The amount of time given for the exams was definitely not enough. They expect you to be able to answer the SAQs in a few sentences despite wording the question in a way that would require you to explain more. This eats up a lot of time (we were given ~1 1/2 hrs for 15 q's with subsections; originally it was only going to be 1hr 15min), especially because most of the questions were SAQs. I couldn't answer anything thoroughly and lost a lot of points. This wasn't a massive issue in Exam 1 but in Exam 2, she decided to put MORE SAQs... It was so dumb. Since the exams make up ~60% of your grade, if you fuck up on one of them, it's hard to get an A unless you do exceptionally well on the other one.
Also, she says that she would ONLY test you on lecture content and that the textbook readings were "optional". This is extremely misleading. You need to read it and study it. It helps a lot.
CASE STUDY PROJECT: You're grouped into 4's based on your Meyer-Brigg's results. The project is quarter-long but doesn't really take that much time to do thankfully. It consists of a report, a presentation, and a group eval. The requirements for this was pretty annoying though. They asked for a 3-pages maximum report with points deducted for every half-page over, despite requiring us to include SO much information and be "creative" with it. If you don't have all the parts in the report, you'll get docked. If you include everything but go over, you'll get docked. I don't understand how they expect a quality report with tight constraints but whatever. This does depend on the disease you pick though. As for the presentation, it's a 10min max presentation with another 10min for questions for each group. Be warned that the TA will ask you a couple questions (sometimes kind of bizarre and out-of-scope) so you'll have to know your disease pretty well.
LECTURES: In her lectures, she has a list of learning objectives for every week. Know that she expects you to know all of them but she will NOT cover a quarter of them in her lectures. This is more evidence that you need to do the textbook readings to get some of the missing ones even though she, again, says it's "optional." I guess a "good student" would read them anyways but who has time for that? I certainly didn't and had so much other shit to do. Why would I waste time doing an "optional" reading?
DISCUSSION: Discussion was not helpful because the TA only went over random case studies. A lot of people thought it was pretty useless. Was it interesting? Maybe, but I didn't bother wasting time going to section, especially since it wasn't mandatory.
Overall, this class was wack as hell and I hated it. This quarter was a whole ass clown fiesta in general and this class didn't help.
This class was kind of a yikes in the moment, but okay in hindsight. I heard from previous students that there was a ton of busy work to do for this class, and was expecting it to be like the LS7 series, so I was a bit more prepared for the workload. There's usually pre-class reading and quiz, along with a post-class quiz, and a group project to be working on throughout the quarter. The readings can be long and boring, and often not very helpful for details you need on the written exams. I know this because I answered each topic section question of the textbook before exams to study, and it didn't help much. I've heard from other students that the lectures helped more than the textbook to study for the exam.
Let's talk exams. There are 2 midterms and 1 final exam, all written short answers, and make up like 50% of your grade. You're given a pretty small time slot to answer all questions to the best of your abilities, of which around half of the class complained directly to the professor about. THERE IS NOT ENOUGH TIME TO ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS WELL. We told the professor this several times, even eating up time through our lecture to tell her, and she still didn't budge on giving us more time for the midterm exams (despite giving us a poll that made it seem like she would). Most of us really just wanted an extra 10 minutes to answer around 23 questions in the given 75 minutes (so a total of 85 minutes), and she was unwilling to compromise. I did okay on exams (averaged B's on all exams), but KNOW I would've done better with those extra 10 minutes. Also, she spent a lot of lecture trying to justify her decision to not increase the time limit, even claiming that since we're nursing students, we should "be held at a higher standard." She literally gave us the "do better LUL" and didn't change a thing.
The one redeeming quality of this class: the extra credit. My GPA was saved from all the extra credit opportunities in this class and literally bumped my B to an A. What a godsend.
Overall: okay class, just pay attention in class to actually answer the clicker questions right and hopefully do better on your exams.
This class involved a lot of busy work. There are so many assignments due every week, that didn't really seem to help my learning, and lots of group work that was kind of annoying to deal with as well. The content of the class was very interesting, and her tests were not incredibly difficult as long as you paid attention in class and studied. She never deviated too much from what she taught to what she test, which was nice.