Friday, April 22, 2011

To my students

My students are in the middle of making decision on what they want to study for their bachelor degree. Although I cant prove mathematically, but I strongly believe most of them are deciding based on post graduation career prospective. Other than that, some decisions may be made under heavy influence of parents' expectation.

I feel sorry for those kids, who somewhat feel the burden of being future graduand. Whatever their decision will be, there are two things I hope they wont forget; first, be happy and second, be a good person who benefits others.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Field Trip

Yes, I'll be out of office again next week from 11-13 April. This time I am going east. The last time I went there when I was 7, to Tawau. I vividly remember the commentator's voice for Barcelona 1992, Olympic Games while waited for flight to Tawau.

I wonder whether I can handle 34 hormonal 18 years olds for 3 days and 2 nights? For now, let's rest in the comfort of a cliche; hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

4th Practical

Done with 4th practical for this semester. The students were investigating inheritance of blood groups. 60% of the class have O blood, and they compared the data obtained in the experiment with Malaysian data.

In discussion I focused more on population genetics rather than inheritance of co-dominant alleles, since I think they have already learned and understand about the latter.

I think by this time the students know how to write their discussion, just they need more practice to 'bridge' the result obtained in class with the theory and making comparison with other data. They pretty much understand how to make conclusion. I also include err... may be pseudo experimental design, just want to give a little exposure on how scientific experiment is done. A little touch of statistics, and I encourage them to think how to modify the method if necessary.