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Took this class in Winter of 2023. There isn't a grade breakdown in the syllabus, which was confusing for me, but basically, the grade is split into 3 units. The first unit was the MRI unit/paper, the second was a dementia unit/question-based short answer paper, and the third was a neuroanatomy unit and quiz (which ended up being our final).
For the first two units, you get several "drafts" that you submit for 4 points (out of the 100 for the entire unit). These were graded harshly but offered a lot of feedback and as long as you revised them, you could get full points on the final paper (which was worth 88 and 92 points/100 for units 1 and 2 respectively) pretty easily in my opinion. The TAs were very helpful - they're the ones grading a majority of the papers. Dr. Grisham was also readily available to answer questions - his answers are sometimes confusing but still definitely helped.
The neuroanatomy unit was really interesting. You get to dissect lamb brains, and we had several human brains as well. The slides were a bit confusing, but the TAs did a great job with the final review. Dr. Grisham also loves to talk about brains, so he'll also be really enthusiastic if you ask him any questions. The final was 50 Q short answer (it was not easy). However, I did find the questions fair, and as long as you pay attention in class/slides it was manageable. Office hours during finals week also helped A LOT.
The labs are recorded but quality-wise, not super great. I would recommend going to class AND paying attention. Overall, not the easiest class in the world but still very rewarding and would recommend it.
This review is for 116B, Grisham's experimental class with fewer people and 10x the chaos. Please heed this warning: do not take this class if you cannot take it pass/no pass. I'm a hard worker but this class was insanity. Little organization, less clarity. You have to write a full research paper that's due on Monday of Week 3. The neuroanatomy quizzes are atrocious, the papers are barely better. Grading is often arbitrary. Take the regular 116, with the other professors if at all possible. I took this as a last resort because I had a bad pass time and I had to graduate. If you take 116B, good luck.
Dr. Grisham is one of the most caring and tenderhearted professors I have ever met. People are often quick to judge and find that the material is too difficult or that he doesn't leave enough instruction for assignments. However, I discovered that he is accommodating and that the teaching staff genuinely cares for the students and their wellbeing. I love the wet lab, and although the course material can be complex, Dr.Grisham does his best to make it fun and engaging. I highly recommend getting to know him!
Took this over C session and it was much smoother than I had thought. Overall, I would recommend this class to anyone needing to take it/ doesnt want to take 116A. I would always rewatch the lectures and take notes (on every single thing he said) on them and study that for my quizzes. Very knowledgeable professor and thoroughly explains things. This class by nature is not meant to be easy, so if you study you should be fine. Also, he gives plenty of extra credit which helps out A LOT.
The class seemed very unorganized, there were some issues with deadlines on the syllabus vs on CCLE, which can get very frustrating if you are trying to plan your study time/week. The workload in this class was extremely heavy, so if you are taking other upper divs, don't take this class. We had assignments due every single week, on top of that there were quizzes and complete research papers due. With each research paper, we had to read many other research papers to write our own. The grading was very opinionated, meaning that I could easily differentiate, which part was graded by which TA. One of the TAs was a hard grader, which makes me feel like he was not going off the rubric and was rather being petty. The experimental parts of the class were pretty fun and engaging after the directions have been cleared up. Overall, I am glad I passed this class and that it is over. If you have another alternative, I would recommend taking another class.