Grade Reconsideration for BIOL 310

Iga Kazmierczak
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For those that agree with the following email, and believe that our grades are not reflective of the knowledge we have gathered and the effort we put into this class.


Good Afternoon,

I am emailing as a student in the BIOL 310: Genetics course taught by Dr. Merk and Dr. Prosser. I truly enjoy this class and I loved studying for this class and learning everything that was taught. I am a full-time student and a full-time worker. Our office is open 7 days a week, and I work all of those days. Due to this, I was unable to attend any of the TA sessions that were offered for extra credit, which was the only possibility of getting any points added to our grades. However, this would still not have been enough as my classmates have pointed out. The topic was fascinating and the lectures were taught very well and I have learned a lot. Unfortunately, the tests were not reflective of the material covered or even mentioned, in lecture. Every time before one of our exams I would study for a good week and a half, not even sleeping to try and prepare for the exam. However, each exam stumped me because I felt like a lot of material was not reflective of the lectures. I do understand that this course was the first one ever taught by Dr. Prosser, and Dr. Merk, and as such the course exceeded expectations and I truly enjoyed the class. However, because of the way that the tests were written, and since they were never tested on previous students, the class average has never been a 70 or higher. There are so many people at risk of failing this class, and I truly believe there should be some curve applied. I appreciate you reading this, and taking it into consideration.


  • Rebecca Mata
    Dec 12, 2017
    Dec 12, 2017
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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Dec 09, 2017
    Dec 09, 2017
    There wasn't enough time to adequately answer all of the questions on the very last exam we took. I also believe that this isn't a matter of "give me an A in this class" it's a matter of the amount of work put forward into this class, isn't well reflected in the grades due to a severe lack in the amount of time given to complete assignments such as group work and exams. It us also. It fair that some TAs would grade assignments much more harshly, and other would simply give students A's on the assignment from another group. Overall, the layout and structure of the class needs to be reevaluated.
  • Nikki Futrell
    Dec 09, 2017
    Dec 09, 2017
    I really enjoyed the class. I have learned a lot. I spent many hours studying, going to SI, and to drop in tutoring. My exam scores do not reflex this because of the way many of the questions were worded. Also, the test covered too much information then what could be reasonably be done within a 50 min time frame. The free response took more time then need to figure out what was being asked. I am hoping that you will give this consideration. Thanks, Nikki
  • Jim Peterson
    Dec 08, 2017
    Dec 08, 2017
    This clas was incredibly difficult for even the brightest students. In no way shape or form would any student have the knowledge or resources to percorm competetively under the instruction of both professors.
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