Survived exam. What can I say? This reminded me a lot more of a school exam than something you would find at university. Maybe that's a biology thing, though. The questions themselves were okay, it wasn't overly complicated - but there are two things rather unfitting.
For one, the pictures. Surely, biology goes with knowing what a golgi looks like or an endoplasmatic reticulum. No big deal here, but those pictures were hard to work with. Not because it was hard to see what was on then - but much rather because he threw some random numbers onto that sheet of paper and you're like lol, whut, now what does that random number mean?
I actually had to ask him exactly that, because I just couldn't figure it out by myself. and apparently that wasn't the first time. But okay, that's something that can happen - I'm used to strange plots and the lot from physics already, because darkness knows, the best most physicists can do with a pencil is scribble down barely readable
variables and do that magic trick
Although at least, out professors know how to use MS Paint (and some rare cases even know what photoshop is)
But hey, he answered the question - so it wasn't more than a nuisance.
There was, however, one thing that actually pissed me off severely - the choice of subjects for this exam. I understand that some aspects of cytology are more important than others for the organisms themselves, but this choice of subjects I really thought was ridiculous.
About one fourth of this exam consisted of signaltransduction - which is important, no doubt. He went into detail there and I didn't think it that important. Of course, for the cell it's of high importance, no doubt, but for the cytology (light) course? Is it really that important to spend one fourth of an exam on this?
If there's enough space, surely, but other things he didn't even mention
. Proteinbiosynthesis? Maybe one or two minor questions about where it takes place and what compartiments are in charge.
RNA? One question about differences to DNA, one about mRNA/tRNA/rRNA.
Cytoskeleton? Only one (the microtubule), and only 2 questions.
Differences between procaryotes and eucaryotes? One question, multiple choice.
Nothing about how exactly proteins are synthesized. Nothing about protein-targeting. Nothing about the vacuole or lysosomes. Nothing about chromosomes. Nothing about DNA transcription or translation. Nothing about plastides. No photosynthesis, no respiration, no transcytosis.
Why ask so much about signaltransduction but nothing about these subjects?
I'm not angry because my grade will probably suffer because of that (hey, I tried), but about how this kind of questioning gives me less credit than I deserve and, even more importantly, that despite my interest in these subjects, this was basically a waste of valuable time for me. I remember all 20 aminoacids used for proteinsynthesis, I can count them down and tell you which are hydrophobic, hydrophile, sour or alkaline - what I don't remember is which are essential for the human, because with a sequence given, I usually need to determine what it could possibly be (like the transmembrane-domain of a protein), not which a human can only get through ingestion.
But I guess that's just my bad for trying to understand the principles instead of memorizing the presentations.
So yes, I'm disappointed - a different kind of disappointment than expected, though.