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AS.020.316 Cell Biology Lab
Overall Rating: 3.02
Based on 6 reviews
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Professor: Robert Horner
Semester: Fall 2017
Difficulty: 4/5
Grade: A
Workload: 10 Hours/Week
September 1, 2018
Quizzes were highly unfair and tested on very specific topics in the beginning of the semester. Eventually got fairer and tested on big-picture, actually important topics.
Professor: Robert Horner
Semester: Spring 2016

Johns Hopkins University
June 1, 2016
Most students found the course content to be extremely interesting. The majority of the students commented that the labs were the worst part of this course. Many students found the labs to be poorly written, and that the workload was too heavy. Suggestions for improvement included a more interactive lab period and a more balanced grading system. Prospective students should know that this course requires a good deal of self-study, and that they will need to allocate time to prepare for exams.
Professor: Robert Horner
Semester: Spring 2015

Johns Hopkins University
June 1, 2015
The best aspects of the course included the opportunity to reinforce concepts learned in class through hands?on lab experiments, and the developed familiarity with lab equipment. Students reported that the labs were an appropriate length of time, and that the experiments were enjoyable. However, many students agreed that there was too much down time during lab sessions. Many students found the grading scale to be unfair, and claimed that feedback on lab reports was slow and insubstantial. This course could be improved by incorporating more modern cell biology research into the labs. Prospective students should know this class is best taken in conjunction with the cell biology lecture.
Professor: Robert Horner
Semester: Spring 2014

Johns Hopkins University
June 1, 2014
Hands-on experimentation, learning real world lab techniques, and making connections to the material presented in lecture were the highlights of this course. The grading system lacked clarity and the lab time was often spent waiting around, which many students thought were the worst aspects of the course. More engaging and better organized labs, an updated grading scale, and less emphasis on the practical would improve this course. Prospective students should know that the class requires a great deal of study time, and you should have a background in cell biology or biochemistry.
Professor: Robert Horner
Semester: Spring 2013

Johns Hopkins University
June 1, 2013
The best aspects of this course were labs that aligned well with the content being taught in class, the thorough directions provided for each experiment, and the self-explanatory lab manuals. Students also appreciated the relevant hands-on experience and learning how to use a microscope. Some students felt that having their grade rely so heavily on the practical was unfair and that it created a competitive environment in the laboratory. Suggestions for improvement included lessening the weight of the final grade percentage on the practical and restructuring the course so that grades are not primarily reliant upon student performance. Prospective students should be prepared to study, devote a good deal of time to the lab, and predominantly focus on his/her performance on the practical.
Professor: Robert Horner
Semester: Spring 2012

Johns Hopkins University
June 1, 2012
The best aspects of this course included the correlation with the lab course and the lecture course for cell biology. Also, this course was a very good hands-on learning experience with interesting experiments and material. Students felt that the teaching assistants were helpful and qualified. Students felt that the quizzes did not allow them to apply what they had learned, and found them far too difficult. Students felt that the lab was repetitive and did not always use time efficiently. Course improvements suggested included a better grading system that allowed for a larger distribution rather than the majority of each student�s grade being determined by the final lab practical; and allowing work to be completed during waiting periods in experiments. Future students should be aware that students� grades are largely based upon the final lab practical. Also, they are encouraged to take it at the same time as the cell biology lecture course, as the courses correlate well.