19 June 2019
1. The first thing that surprised me the most was the fact that the course is very laboratory and research oriented. We have plenty of lab sessions where we learn various techniques and procedures that are essential for our future careers. The students become experienced in handling glassware and other lab equipment and in using the Microsoft Excel to assess data.
2. The second thing that really surprised me was the availability of the lecturers to help. They are always willing to help and answer questions on their free time. I find that this really helps students studying for tests and exams and gaining interest in the modules.
3. Another thing that surprised me was how straightforward the subjects of the modules are. They are very well presented and explained in the PowerPoints provided by the lecturers making it easier to study and understand. There’s almost no need to buy all of the textbooks.
4. I was also surprised by the fact that most of the summative assessments are related to how experiments and findings are presented in the science world. We are asked to make scientific posters for presentation and lab reports of our lab experiments. This way the students are used to this environment and ready for their future in science.
5. Last but not least, I was really surprised at how much this course is related to medicine. Most of the lectures mention subjects that are also medicine related and that’s of great value for the students that may attempt to transfer to medicine. We even got to pay a visit to the anatomy lab of the school of medicine which was really amazing.