The first half of this course is the real tricky part. The course is split into 3 modules per exam; 3 modules for the midsemester and 3 for the final exam. If you can make it passed the midsemester exam it is easy sailing from there with the final three modules being relatively straight forward if you have some basic knowledge of statistics and biology. There is also a number of easy ways in which marks can be accumulated. 5% per in-prac quiz (totally up to 20% of the final mark) is the easiest 20% of course marks I have ever got. The question bank of 50 questions is released the week before; just learn those and you should get full marks as 5 of the questions from the question bank are randomly chosen for the quiz. The best 2/4 essays also count for a total of 20% of the final mark. I would recommend doing the first 2 as they are by far the easiest as the essays seemed to get progressively harder. Once you are happy with the marks for two of the essays you can sit back and relax as you don't even need to attempt the others. All of the lecturers are also very likable and helpful with James Fraser running the course in the best manner I have come across in any of my courses.
I really loved this course. All of the lecture were fantastic - enthusiastic, dedicated lecturers and fascinating content. There's a lot of content, but it's very stimulating and enjoyable to learn. Overall, you get a very good grounding in genetics (I can attest to this as I've done a research project in a genetics lab since). Feedback was prompt for assessment pieces, and (from memory) we always received marks before the next similar assessment piece was due. Assessment is very transparent. For example, all of the previous exam questions are available (organised by module), and MCQs are chosen from a bank of 50 that are made available a while in advance. Help sessions are also organised for each module before exams. Pracs were fun too, replicating experiments that were discussed in lectures. Highly recommended.
This is a challenging course for second year. There is a lot to learn, and the assessment isn't easy. However, the course content, lectures and learning material are easily accessible, and comprehensive enough that you shouldn't get lost if you're trying. The course coordinator and the staff are also willing to give up their time to give you extra help you if you ask. This is a very well designed and run course.