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AS.020.135 Phage Hunting
Overall Rating: 4.88
Based on 7 reviews
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Professors: Emily Fisher, Melissa Mefford
Semester: Spring 2016


Johns Hopkins University
4.70
June 1, 2016
Most students found this class to be compelling and interesting, and appreciated that they were able to discover their own phage. Some students felt that the course lacked organization. Suggestions for improvement included more classroom structure and incorporating more lessons that teach more of the science behind the topic. Prospective students should be interested in molecular and cellular biology.
Professor: Emily Fisher
Semester: Fall 2014


Johns Hopkins University
4.95
December 31, 2014
Students praised this course for being a semester-long research project that gave students’ hands-on experience working mostly independently in a lab. Students reported few issues with the course, although some students found that completing assignments could lead to long stretches in the lab. Suggestions for improvement varied, although multiple students wanted more directions on how to write a research paper. Prospective students should know that students found the course had a moderate workload and was recommended to any student regardless of whether or not they had a science/laboratory background.
Professor: Joel Schildbach
Semester: Fall 2014


Johns Hopkins University
4.83
December 31, 2014
Students praised this course for being a semester-long research project that gave students’ hands-on experience working mostly independently in a lab. Students reported few issues with the course, although some students found that completing assignments could lead to long stretches in the lab.
Professor: Emily Fisher
Semester: Fall 2013


Johns Hopkins University
4.88
December 31, 2013
Students praised this course for allowing students an independent and hands-on experience in a lab setting with approachable instructors who could assist students. However, some students disliked how they could be forced to redo parts of an experiment if things didn’t go as planned. Students also found the course ate up a fair amount of their time when working on lab work. Suggestions for improvement included a desire for greater clarity on procedures when performing experiments in the lab. Prospective students should know that students found the course interesting with a manageable workload. Students also found that the course was approachable for non-science majors.
Professor: Joel Schildbach
Semester: Fall 2013


Johns Hopkins University
4.92
December 31, 2013
Students liked the hands-on experience in a lab, and appreciated how the instructors assisted them as needed. However, students disliked needing to start over if an experiment failed, and found that lab work took up a lot of their time. Suggestions for improvement included giving better and more detailed instructions for the lab procedures. Prospective students should know that the workload is about average, and that students found the materials interesting. Students did not need to be science majors to appreciate and understand the materials.
Professors: Emily Fisher, Joel Schildbach
Semester: Fall 2012


Johns Hopkins University
4.95
December 31, 2012
The best aspect of this course was the incredible hands-on experience students got to have in microbiology. Students were given the freedom to do independent research by two very approachable professors. While most students loved the course, they found the labs frustrating because they were often thrown into the experiments with little instruction and a short time constraint. The class could be improved if more teaching assistants were available because the large class size made it hard for everyone to understand the instructions. The class could also be improved if there was some kind of pre-lab lecture that helped streamline the experiments before they had to be performed. Prospective students should know that this is a great course which offers hands-on microbiology experience and requires no prior experience.
Professors: Joel Schildbach, Emily Fisher
Semester: Fall 2011


Johns Hopkins University
4.92
December 31, 2011
Students highly recommended this course. The best aspect was that this course offered hands on research experience for freshman, especially to learn lab techniques. Students also felt that the lab was a relaxed environment and were able to work at their own pace. Prospective students should know that, although the workload is not very difficult, it is very labor intensive and they must be able to put the time in. Students wished the lab meetings were split up and didn't last so long on Friday afternoons. The worst aspect of this course was that the procedural explanations were not thorough enough.