Minutes – February 8, 2013
Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology Student Association
Friday, February 8, 2013
The meeting of the BPKSA was called to order at 1:30pm on Friday, February 8, 2013 in the BPK Seminar Room by Steven.
- Steven, Glen, Shaila, Kirstin, Loryn, Brent, Megan, Debbie, Sam, Jake, Leandra, Joyce, Dora, Matt, Megan, Alex, Jason, Jordan
- Glen Tibbit’s Visit
- Upon reviewing the course surveys each semester there seems to be a correlation between course difficulty and prof likeability, any comments?
- courses we find interesting, we find easier so we rank the prof higher
- for example: Kin 205 has 3 profs, certain prof’s lectures were better and those were the lectures we tended to pay better attention to so we learned more in them
- How could Kin 205 be improved?
- More communication between profs
- lecture slides with mainly figures from the textbook doesn’t help us to distinguish what’s important and what’s not from the chapters
- having specific goals laid out for each lecture would be helpful
- the delivery of lecture can be improved
- it seems that the profs have used feedback from past semesters as there are more practice assignments now
- Do you like using iClickers?
- we like the use of them periodically in lecture
- how effectively they are used seems to be instructor-dependent
- try to create questions with clear answers as ambiguities lead to confusion
- a great way for profs to see how well concepts are being understood by the class as a whole instead of just asking one student
- I’ve heard that there aren’t enough “interesting” 4th year courses
- looking at the course lists we feel that there are lots of good ones to take
- the complaint may not necessarily be about the number of courses but the availability of them
- How do you feel about getting exposure to research faculty?
- it isn’t discussed much in lecture during the first few year
- profs could quickly discuss their research interests on the first day of classes
- if profs need research subjects for their lab they could ask their classes (this could be turned into something similar to Psych’s Research Participation system used in first year courses)
- Research Day is showcasing more undergrad research
- Developing a BPK Orientation (with lab tours and profs promoting their labs) would help bring the new BPK students closer together and closer to the faculty
- co-horts were great for introducing us to different parts of the BPK faculty; these are hard to organize but even having a BPK Orientation would bring students together who would very likely have classes together
- What are the big problems with your major
- we touch on anatomy in first year, skip over it in second and then return to it in third
- 241 is helpful but not a required course for all majors
- 201 expects us to return to the knowledge learned in 142 without being gone over in detail again in lecture
- Lab Time
- BP majors need more lab time as there seems to be a discrepancy in the workforce that BP and Kin grads have similar degrees
- the faculty is currently trying to develop an introductory lab course where you will learn all the basics a BP major would need to know
- General Science Courses in the First Few Years
- some people don’t feel that they are a part of the BPK faculty yet as they take so many science courses besides Kin ones those first couple years
- there is talk of amalgamating all the Kin, MBB and Bisc student’s first year
- Kin 241 Should Be Mandatory for all BPK Majors
- it is such a practical course
- you not only learn how to diagnose and treat injuries but also how to think critically which is important for anything you go on to do
- MBB 201
- it needs to be offered more than one semester a year
- the course is in the process of changing
Meeting was adjourned at 2:30pm by Steven. The next meeting will be Friday, February 22, 2013 in the BPK Seminar Room at 1:30pm.