Funny thing that this course was rated as one of the top 10 worst courses in UQ. I can disagree on that, since Dr Gilda became the course coordinator and the course learning changed.
If you took biology in highschool this will be an auto 7 for you, the quizzes are an effective way of making sure you understand all the topics from 1-17 and then you will take the field trip which will cover chapter 18. That will leave chapter 19-24 to be studied before the final. printing the lectures will make it easier instead of taking heaps of notes and getting the risk of missing some stuff. Past exams wont help much, as the format changed on 2018-19, and became a mix of multiple choice and short answer, thus made this course much simpler and easier.
The field trip to the xxxx factory is a must, get to try some drinks for "better understanding of the beer fermenting process". Overall it was a good course and you get what you study for, most questions will come straight from the lecture contents and the tutorial revision questions
Semester 1 - 2017
No textbook avaiable, print your own slides
Easily the worst course I have ever, and probably will take.
The lectures were basically an hour long (and two hours on friday if you decided to go) powerpoint presentation - read monotone straight off the laptop word for word.
There was little to no blackboard assistance, often posting important information days before it was needed.
The practicals dragged on for 3 hours and were conducted by tutors who were as unenthusiastic as the guest lecturers.
Course coordinator often complained about students not attending lectures and how we would fail if we didn't attend (can you really blame us?).
On top of all this, we were expected to memorise content covered over ~1000 powerpoint slides with no indication of what the final exam was actually on.
Don't waste your time, this course is a joke and could definitely be improved.
Semester 1 - 2017
Chemical and Environmental Engineering
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 1 - 2016
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 1 - 2015
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 1 - 2015
Chemical and Environmental Engineering