Diana Rigeur

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Easiness 3.5/ 5
Clarity 4.2/ 5
Workload 3.5/ 5
Helpfulness 5.0/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Spring 2020 - Overview: This class was a deep dive into research methods. It's great if you're interested or curious about getting into research. However, the content can be a bit overwhelming if you've never taken biology and/or learned about topics such as genetics. The content will vary since the instructor will bring in different researchers to talk every quarter, but generally speaking a knowledge in basic genetics will help. Content from LS 7A will help too, since there is some overlap. Prof Ira Clark also went over the Biomed Research minor on week 6. Structure: The instructor will bring in a researcher to talk about their research, and the instructor will break it down over the next 5 weeks (during which you'll hand in some reports). On week 6, the cycle starts anew and another researcher will come in (but this time it'll be easier since you will have gone through a lot of overlapping research techniques and terminology from the first researcher). For each researcher, there will be an initial report (50 pts), a problem set (100 pts), and a final report (100pts). Participation counts (10 pts per week), totaling 600 pts. There wasn't any extra credit but Prof Rigueur is very light on grading. She's more interested in you working through what you've learned rather than getting everything right. The instructor: Prof Rigueur is a very enthusiastic lecturer. She was flexible with students during the pandemic, and light on grading. Lectures were recorded and posted on CCLE. She encouraged discussions through the forum and made a point in thoroughly answering every student's questions (there were many). Grading took some time, though (partly because of some technical error on Turnitin). Overall, I recommend this class if you're interested in research.
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