BL A347 General Physiology Laboratory, Prof. Stark
Fall, 2004 Assessment., November 18, 2004
Note, the form the students were handed is in plain type. Responses and
comments added for analysis and interpretation are in italics.
What is assessment? There has been and there is still considerable debate.
"Student outcomes assessment" was an expression implying that
whether students learned the material or attained the objectives was determined.
In the Biology Department, in December 2002, "course assessment"
was instituted, and faculty were directed to report how the information
collected would be used to change or improve the course. This Fall (2004),
the new A & S Dean, J. Michael Sproule, endorsed and further refined
this latter model by suggesting that the only information that should be
collected would be targeted to determining course changes. This questionaire
is definitely not a teacher evaluation (you will get that later).
Here are the stated objectives of the course:
Students completing this laboratory will have their learning experience
for General physiology lecture (BL A346, the pre- or co-requisite) supplemented
and reinforced. Students will cooperate in small groups to gain experience
in computer-based interactive physiology programs and problems involving
inquiry-based learning. They will acquire and analyse data on cellular,
neuromuscular, cardiac, respiratory and excretory systems. Skills such as
calculations with spread sheets will be emphasized.
"The course fulfilled these objectives."
1. strongly agree 6 2. agree 11 3. disagree 0 4. strongly
If not, why not?
The course fulfilled all these objectives very well.
I ask you to rate the value of the following activities in the context of
Sensory systems lab (new Fall, 2004, eye dissection, olfaction, taste, vision
1. High 8 2. Medium 8 3. Low 0
loved the dissection - very informative
very good lab that gave me experience with eye structure and function. It
gave me insight into the various sensory systems
interesting tests, fun but still informational
I did not gain as much knowledge because we did not spend as much time on
the dissection complemented the vision tests b/c you could see the physical
components and how manifested
The eye dissection could have been a separate lab with more time devoted
to learning the structures and their functions
I like the more hands-on labs
Eye dissection was cool, everything else was just so-so
Dissecting offered a hands-on experience into the learning of how sensory
Seemed a little out of place considering the level of difficulty of the
Was a great lab learned a lot of new material
sometimes it seems we were wasting time just to take up the time the lab
was scheduled for
Mouse endocrine control of glucose (new Fall, 2004)
1. High 16 2. Medium 3. Low 1
Probably the best lab in terms of learning skills and applicable lab
I liked working w/ animals
This was my favorite lab
Probably the best lab we've had so far
I really enjoyed this lab. Its hands-on approach was very effective
Using live animals was a first time experience, and it was fun
I liked this exercise; very hands-on
Best lab of the semester
I was not sure how you wanted us to interpret the data. Maybe in future
labs specify exactly what graphs, information and data should be emphasized
Excellent lab, expand the conceptual knowledge of what diabetes does and
the treatment. Allowed a hands on understanding in the treatment with Insulin
and Glucagon, a subject well known to me due to my experience with a diabetic
It bit me!, well not too hard - I thought it was a very good opportunity
to simulate real research
I learned a lot about glucose levels in the blood
I didn't completely get how the antagonistic effects of insulin & glucagon
went together before
This lab was great because it showed the integration of internal control.
The mouse model system was a great way to determine insulin and glucagon
1st animal experiment I've ever done - awesome experiment - learned more
and understood more with this experiment because of hands-on
Would you like to have other animal labs added?
Six students simply replied "yes"
possibly animals with the muscle lab
Yes, but try not to kill too many animals.
Yes, anything that applies medicinal treatment knowledge while advancing
physiologyinformation is useful.I view hands on as the easiest way to learn
If time permitted, I would like to have a lab studying digestion in animals
No. Makes me feel bad for them. I really didn't like snipping off their
Yes. I think that it provides practical experience to students taking this
lab. They will most likely have to work with animals in a real laboratory
Optics lab (Drosophila, optic set-ups, microscopy, ophthalmoscope, etc.)
(New Spring, 2004, but inadvertently omitted from the Spring, 2004 assessment)
1. High 3 2. Medium 11 3. Low 3
this lab was ok
wasn't as interesting as the other labs
Bug eyes don't interest me
The flies tended to do the opposite of what was expected. The lab also provided
some insight into your own visual ability
I'm not too sure how well the flies cooperated
This lab served to dissect the basis for visual function. It was a great
lab, but it should be placed closer to the sensory lab.
The microscope set up provided the best examples
Last semester, students largely approved of the following: (Electrophysiology
demonstration, Muscle Lab, Cardio lab, Diving lab, Respiration lab, and
Urinanalysis lab) and so they were retained and enhanced this semester.
"This selection of labs provides a foundation relevant to physiology
and to the objectives of this course."
1. strongly agree 9 2. agree 7 3. disagree 1
4. strongly disagree
If not, why not?
The only critique I have is the strong emphasis on out-of-date equipment.
Although these parts were interesting, they were not very applicable to
students' future involvement in physiology
would possibly add more dissections for hands-on
Last semester, students largely approved of the Interactive Physiology Disk
Study and Worksheets. Last year's were retained and three more were added.
"In the context of meeting the objectives, the interactive physiolgy
exercises were useful, and the number of interactive physiology exercises
1. strongly agree 6 2. agree 8 3. disagree 1
4. strongly disagree 2
If not, why not?
But should be given the choice of completing them on our own time.
This is home work. To drive or travel to a lab class and spend the time
doing home work was a waste of time.I would rather spend time in lab doing
work I can only do in lab. I can (and did) go through the CD at home.
It's okay, the work sheets seem like busy work
I feel that the disca are ineffective. They target minutae, as opposed to
what I find more important - the concepts. One or two discs would be OK,
but to have reliance on them is counter-effective in my opinion.
It was the only thing saving my grade
Worksheets were too long, though.
well, it was a good review of the material but really a lot of busy work
For last semester, considerable information was gathered about how students
were evaluated. The only consistent complaint centered on quizzes. This
semester, there is one less quiz and the lowest quiz score is dropped. Also,
more interactive physiology worksheets contribute to the grade. Everything
else is about the same. "Overall, in the context of meeting the learning
objectives, the grading was acceptable."
1. strongly agree 6 2. agree 7 3. disagree 4
4. strongly disagree
If not, why not?
lab reports are more useful. This is practical use for future lab work.
I agree, I'm not a fan of the quizzes
The grading was very fair
I didn't find the quizzes too dificult. The worksheets are basically easy
points - not requiring much thought.
There was no explanation of what was wanted for each section of the lab
reports then points were taken off for things that students didn't know
should be in the sections
I'm not sure what the final will entail and how it would change my grade.
Also, general, but not specific grade was known
Some of the quiz questions were a little out of left field
We were quizzed on things that were never talked about or read about in
class or on Stark's website
Gives us more of a chance to understand material better w/ the worksheets
About how many hours per week do you spend on studying for and doing home
work for this class?
I did not type out all of the precise statements here, but rather determined
the average number to be 2.5.
This question was included because of departmentsl discussions Fall 2004
suggesting that a lab course should only be 2 credits if it meets about
6 hours. That logic does not take into account time spent outside of scheduled
What would you like to say to the administration about the equipment available
for this course?
Get up-to-date equipment. The old equipment is interesting but bears
little application for future work.
quit saving it from the trash
Need newer equipment nothing from the trash
Very old - Please update since lots of people want to take this class
As previously mentioned, much of the equipment is out-of-date. Some, however,
including the chart program on the Mac was very interesting and applicable
they could use some newer equipment
It's old, outdated, and found in the trash
Most of it, while old, served its purpose. However, I'm sure that some new
equipment would have some different abilities
It would be nice to have some equipment that was new instead of salvaged
It seems as if all the equipment is Dr. Stark's (or from a friend) and not
from the university.
They could provide some more, maybe newer equipment
We need more and/or better stuff. "I got this out of dumpster"
was a common phrase
We ned modern (?)
Come on! We have to get stuff out of the trash in order to have classes
but we can always afford statues and flowers. Piorities!I felt that the
equipment was good. I realize that there is a budget, so I was pleased with
what we had.
Please update some of it -> the admin. should give more money for Physiology
What changes would you propose for next year?
a definite syllabus @ the beginning of the semester
more hands on with the animals working more with animals
Fewer ADAM Disks
explain the lab reports more
None, overall it went well
not much. The number of quizzes and worksheets were both good. Overall a
good lab experience
More help with the computer programs would help
The lab reports need a little more structure and guidelines. Also, maybe
show students what a good lab report looks like. I think changing to half
lab reports was useful and made the students more interested in researching
Another animal lab, and lab report since these aid in the learning process
I think this lab is fine way it is
Make the quizzes more relevant to the information that we need to know.
Too much of them were about things we hadn't learned yet or about which
buttons to press and knobs to turn on machines we hadn't used yet
I would keep all of the labs. They were very useful. I would just shuffle
the arrangement of the labs. For example, put the renal close to the sensory
Overall conclusions in terms of the next semester's course.
1. Work toward adding another animal lab - number one priority.
2. Continue, as I have done several times and as Prof Bode did when he was
in charge, to lobby for new purchases.
3. Otherwise, keep the course as is in large part.
4. If, and only if, more teaching assistance is provided, increase lab
reports and data work-ups, and have expectations more clearly stated.
5. In order to make expectations on quizzes clearer, include orientation
(lectures) ahead of time and revise and improve the web information for
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