Originally Posted by Sohaibb
I am going into my first year of life sciences at Mcmaster this september. I am wondering if anyone took Kines 1Y03 and/or 1YY3? There are no reviews posted on it so I was hoping someone could tell me how they liked it? Also, 1YY3 would be one of my choices as an elective if I took it first year. Most people say go with an easy elective, but I find that I do well in what I enjoy. So could anyone give me some thoughts on these two courses?
Hey Sohaib, I just finished my first year and I did take both these courses as it was a requirement for Medical Radiation Sciences.
I personally enjoyed both these courses because it was pretty interesting. We went through most of the human body systems, in detail kind of, but we didn't really go through every single detail in the textbook. The professor(s) would only cover what they think we should know, but that was still a huge amount of material.
Although a lot was covered and a lot of 'memorization' was required, we had weekly quizzes on Fridays that tested us on everything that was covered during the 2 lectures that week. So it wasn't cumulative. It helped me keep up with all the material -- good for the final exam!
Then there's biweekly labs. When you don't have a lab, you'll have your tutorial. Attendance is not mandatory for the tutorials, but it is for the labs. Before each lab, you'll have to complete a Lab Quiz that prepares you for it and that'll be graded. You receive the Lab Quiz mark ONLY if you show up to your lab! The labs were pretty interesting and no lab reports have to be done! Just show up to get your 'lab' (QUIZ!) mark! =) There's cadavers you can observe, dissections, real human specimens, etc. It was the MOST interesting part of both these courses!
The exam, unlike many other courses, is worth a total of 60%, yes, even with all those weekly quizzes and lab quizzes! But it wasn't bad because like anything else, if you find it interesting, you enjoy it and you put in the effort then you'll do perfectly fine.
Oh yeah, and if you do happen to take these two courses and you've got Dr. Parise as your prof, you'll looove it! He's an awesome prof =)
Hope this helps!