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19.3/100

Learning Materials ( 6.7 )
Learning Activities ( 13.7 )
Blackboard Management ( 5.7 )
Course Content ( 18 )
Course Structure ( 3.7 )
Contact Availability ( 22.3 )
Course Difficulty ( 65 )

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Anonymous
   
CHEE1001 – Principles of Biological Engineering 23.9

The course was quite badly organised and badly taught. The lectures are often 50+ slides in an hour session and all the exam content has to be pulled from about 10-20 slides total. The non-exam assessment is relatively easy to get marks, labs consist of mostly drawings, while library assignment is fairly easy. The course barely changes from year to year, mid sem exam, lab submission and library assignments were copied from the year before.

The main struggle with the course is a complete lack of resources. Lectures are presented appallingly, way too much content for a lecture, much of it irrelevant. Powerpoint font changes mid sentence, pictures in front of text and wordart everywhere. Final exam revision only really can consist of reading lecture slides as there is no practice questions at all and no solutions to past final exams. Makes for hard studying.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2016

Your program/major

chemical engineering

Is lecture attendance necessary?

no

Is the textbook necessary?

no

Positives
  • XXXX brewery tour with tasting
  • easy pass, hard to do well
Negatives
  • terribly presented
  • way too much content
Posted on November 5, 2016 8:06 pm
Anonymous
   
CHEE1001 – Principles of Biological Engineering 17.1

Not a hard course, as almost all the content can be found on a few dozen slides scattered throughout the masses of bad word art, garish colours and what appear to be attempts at humour. For the first half of the course, lectures either have twice as many sides as possible to go through in an hour, or no content at all, with no intermediate. In the second half, as mentioned in the previous review, the best lecture is one by a guest lecturer, with the remainder a mess of overlapping, low quality clip art, ridiculous font changes in the middle of words, bright colours and an insanely low information density. Lab practicals are tedious and very difficult to take seriously, being very poorly organised, never getting finished on time, the tutors rushing through the (wrong) answers in the last 5 minutes, and the entire lab having to wait to view specimens at a pair of, or even single microscope, one at a time.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2015

Your program/major

Chemical Engineering

Is lecture attendance necessary?

No

Is the textbook necessary?

No

Positives
  • XXXX Brewery
  • Reasonabley Easy
Negatives
  • Lecurers do not understand lecturing
  • Pracs are a joke
  • Rest of course is a joke
Posted on June 20, 2016 11:56 pm
Anonymous
   
CHEE1001 – Principles of Biological Engineering 16.9

In many courses there are always a few things that are wrong. In this course there are a few things that are right. From the very first lecture, where you get grilled on why you're doing this course (if it weren't compulsory I'd rather sit on a collapsed sun) and why you should buy the book the lecturer's written (again would rather sit on a collapsed sun than purchase it). You'd think the course diverges from this and becomes informative and content laden but you couldn't be more wrong...

The course follows a brownian motion model in terms of content delivery. Random, peripheral and almost utterly unfathomable. You get taught things in lecture 3 that are for reasons unknown 'continued' in lecture 7. Lectures, 4,5 and 6 obviously too, entirely unrelated to each other or any preceding or subsequent lectures.

You'd think then that hey at least the practical component could be interesting and provide some intellectually stimulating exercise to your otherwise entirely unused brain. But again, you get hopelessly let down. The pracs are dry, laborious and excessively overcrowded. You occasionally stare at a microscope at specks of purple bacteria and attempt to make pitiful sketches in your prac book for which you get 7.5%. Twice. In these sessions, the tutors whole heartedly try and help you but unfortunately their understanding of the content isn't the best and they give you the wrong information for which they then mark you down.

At this point, as you reach the midsemester exam, you're not at the level that makes you want to sit on a collapsed sun as you think hey it surely can't get worse?

It does. Big time. The second half of the course is an assault to your visual senses. You get bombarded with horrifically put together sides that have more word art and powerpoint picture effects in it than a 2007 5th grade presentation you put together for your science class. Still, ignoring the formatting debacle there should at least be content on it that helps you gain an understanding about assessable but again you'd be very wrong. There is instead slide after slide of frequently misspelled and poorly written 'content' that leads to no learning. In fact one could argue it takes away from any learning that you're doing in any other course.

It's so bad that the best lecture slides from the 34 lectures that they had in this course were from a lecture not run by any of the 2 slated lecturers but instead from a guest lecturer who came in and told us how to make beer. Top lad he was.

In the midst of this all, there is a library assignment that you do. Calling it an assignment would be a farce. It's a lot more like reading the criteria sheet and rewording it with fancy biological words and putting some sick double spaced formatting that makes it look like something taken straight out of middle school. Where it rightfully belongs.

However, amidst the chaos there is hope. There is sanity. You get taken on an a field trip to the XXXX brewery in the city where you get served copious amounts of alcohol which gives you momentary relief from the madness unfolding around you in this course.

At the end of the day the course is not hard. The content (when properly extracted from the trash that is provided) is not hard. None of the assignments are hard. The final exam is largely not hard. However, every minute of your life whilst doing this course you will keep asking yourself, why am I not sitting on a collapsed sun?

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2015

Your program/major

Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Is lecture attendance necessary?

Definitely not.

Is the textbook necessary?

*Read Review*

Positives
  • XXXX Brewery
  • Assessment items largely easy to score.
  • Makes you consider what life would be like on a collapsed sun.
Negatives
  • Lecturers don't know how to deliver content or operate bb.
  • Most of the content is peripheral and dry.
  • Makes you consider what life would be like on a collapsed sun.
Posted on June 16, 2016 10:19 pm

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