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    2nd Year BSc Subject Recommendations

    Hi all, I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Science (Life and Environmental Sciences) and was wondering if there were any recommendations for easy/WAM boosters 2nd year subjects since my GPA is quite low due to carer responsibilities. I've enrolled in Physiological Systems, Epidemiology and Public Health Microbiology, Immunology 1 and Medical Devices and Diagnostics but not entirely sure of what else to choose from here http://handbook.uts.edu.au/directory/cbk90598.html. Any advice is welcome!! Thank you!

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    Re: 2nd Year BSc Subject Recommendations

    Career management for scientists (you should definitely do this as it's really easy), Animal behaviour and physiology, Foundation of maths (if you done 2U maths in high school and went well for that then this subject should be easy as well)

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    Re: 2nd Year BSc Subject Recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueGas View Post
    Career management for scientists (you should definitely do this as it's really easy), Animal behaviour and physiology, Foundation of maths (if you done 2U maths in high school and went well for that then this subject should be easy as well)
    Thanks BlueGas, I've heard from previous 2nd years that animal behaviour and physiology was quite difficult since the introduction of trimesters? I was wondering whether you had any advice on this subject as well as the ones I've enrolled in. Thank you for all your help!

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    Re: 2nd Year BSc Subject Recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by borlorbao View Post
    Thanks BlueGas, I've heard from previous 2nd years that animal behaviour and physiology was quite difficult since the introduction of trimesters? I was wondering whether you had any advice on this subject as well as the ones I've enrolled in. Thank you for all your help!
    I haven't personally done the subject, I just heard that it wasn't considered difficult.

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    Re: 2nd Year BSc Subject Recommendations

    I didn't do Phys Systems or Diagnostics (I'm going to be doing that this year), but I can give you some advice for Epi and Immuno.

    For Epi, don't worry about not going lectures as most of them are common sense, however make sure that you understand what causes some of the infectious diseases and the pathogenesis covered. For pracs, also don't worry if you don't understand what's going or you sometimes "feel behind". The only thing you need to know at the end of the day is what agars grow what and their appearance as this is what the prac exam will assess you on. Make sure you pay attention during outbreak 1 of your pracs as you will have to write a report about that. Every prac after that you can just chill. For the final exam, rote learn all the diseases, causes, pathogenesis, treatment, etc. as there's always questions about that. There is more advice I can give if you specifically ask me what you need help with but this is generally what you need to know.

    For Immuno, you will find it hard to correlate what you learn in pracs and what you learn in lectures. Just make sure that you fill everything out in your prac manual as you will be assessed on the correctness of your manual. I didn't go to lectures as well for this subject because I dozed off in the first half an hour of the first lecture and decided not to go to lectures anymore. You will have an open book flow cytometry test which is really easy if you take notes during the lecture about that topic. There will also be an open prac exam which you should take notes from your previous pracs and write as much as you can in your manual. For the final exam, know the specific receptors on cell and they should pretty much be free marks once you see them. Again, if you come across any other thing you need help with, just ask.
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