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AS.020.104 Freshman Seminar: From Genes to DNA and Back
Overall Rating: 4.21
Based on 7 reviews
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Professor: E. Moudrianakis
Semester: Fall 2014


Johns Hopkins University
4.70
December 31, 2014
Students praised this course for having both a knowledgeable instructor and engaging seminar-style lectures that led to stimulating conversations among students. Perceived issues with the course varied; some students found the in-class discussions to be boring, particularly when some students hadn’t done the reading. Other students found in-class discussions could often wander off topic into philosophical areas. Suggestions for improvement centered around a desire for the course to have more focused readings that focus on biological rather than philosophical concepts. Prospective students should know that reading the material prior to attending class is essential to ensuring that group discussions are productive.
Professor: E Moudrianakis
Semester: Spring 2014


Johns Hopkins University
4.14
June 1, 2014
The best aspect of this course was the thought-provoking discussions. Many students liked the way the professor led discussions because it made them think about biology in a different way. Students also said that the readings for this course were dense and class period heavily relied on participation. In addition, a great amount of the course material was abstract and difficult to understand. Suggestions for improvement include: interactive presentations, a variety of readings, and a smaller class size. Prospective students should know that the course readings are long and class time is discussion based.
Professor: E. Moudrianakis
Semester: Fall 2013


Johns Hopkins University
4.13
December 31, 2013
Students praised this course for having an interesting subject matter that spurred “engaging peer discussion.” Issues with the course were few, although some students complained that the experience could be dragged down when some students didn’t do the reading. Suggestions for improvement included adding more varied topics for class discussion. Other students wanted the instructor to have a firmer role in the course either by giving more traditional lectures or guiding the class discussions. Prospective students should know that the class is virtually all discussion based and requires students to be actively engage. Students who didn’t do the reading or weren’t engaged were easy to spot.
Professor: E Moudrianakis
Semester: Spring 2013


Johns Hopkins University
4.00
June 1, 2013
The best aspects of the course included the class discussions and the interactive atmosphere. The worst aspects of the course included the student-led discussions as not everyone always participated in them. The readings were very lengthy and the class sessions became repetitive and dull for many of the students. The course would improve if there were better guided discussions so that everyone could participate and be excited about participating. Prospective students should expect a generalized bio course with lots of in-class discussions and presentations.
Professor: E Moudrianakis
Semester: Fall 2012


Johns Hopkins University
4.30
December 31, 2012
The best aspect of the course was its open forum style. Students were allowed to take control of the class by initiating and leading the discussions. The worst aspects of the course included the often repetitive information and un-engaging conversations students were permitted to initiate themselves. Many students felt like the course could have been improved if the professor offered students a variety of materials to help them learn the subject as opposed to just having student presentations. Future students should be aware that this class is mostly based on class discussions and presentations. They should endeavor to always be present in class and do the readings as the professor is able to tell who has come to class prepared and who has not.
Professor: E Moudrianakis
Semester: Spring 2012


Johns Hopkins University
4.18
June 1, 2012
The best aspect of the course was the class discussions. Students felt that the course topics could be tedious, and that grading was unclear. Suggested course improvements included shortening the class length and giving occasional updates on class performance. Future students should be aware that the course is discussion-based and that grading is based on participation in discussion. Students should also talk to the professor prior to enrollment to understand the course outline.
Professor: E. Moudrianakis
Semester: Fall 2011


Johns Hopkins University
4.04
December 31, 2011
The best aspect of this course is that it is a small class with engaging discussions. The professor was enthusiastic and encouraged his students to participate in class discussions and think outside of the box. Most students found the class very interesting and stimulating, but some felt that the discussion topics were too repetitive each week. Students wished the professor would lead the class more or bring in outside speakers. There is a constant work load and often the class ran late. Prospective students should know that their grade is based on class participation and leading a class discussion and there are no grades given until the end of the semester.