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[BC3043] Water, Sanitation and Health

December 25, 2012

Mailloux, Brian Silver_nugget
[BC3043] Water, Sanitation and Health

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I have no idea why this prof has a silver nugget. He clearly has some kind of social anxiety issues or organizational problems that make it really difficult for him to teach. As much as I want to sympathize with him, he simply can't finish his thoughts coherently, answer tough questions or challenges during the lectures, or respond in a timely manner to emails. When he gets nervous, he stammers or talks with his eyes closed and doesn't put words together in an understandable order. His Courseworks page is littered with unnecessary reading assignments and video links with little delineation between what is required and what isn't. He is always "around" for office hours, but says often that he won't be in his office but that you can always look around and find him.

The most frustrating part about Brian's communication problems is that the course material is not difficult. What is taught in this class could be taught in a week, and the final is 75% common sense. The first question on it this year asked what you should do if you arrive to a town to do a water sample, but the land owner is insistent upon having tea with you first. It felt like fifth grade.

If you're genuinely interested in health, do not take this class. If you already know basic information about clean water and its role in health, you will learn absolutely nothing.

The first semester is spent discussing different types of wells, and how to use formulas to measure how quickly water moves underground. The second part is spent on a presentation that you'll give about a bacteria or virus that is usually waterborne, and then you do a group presentation where you literally just summarize a community health report paper.

Workload:

One midterm, one final. Both are super-simple as long as you go to every class and glean the important material (usually ten minutes' worth) from the lecture. Two homework assignments worth 20% each. One easy paper.

November 07, 2011

Mailloux, Brian Silver_nugget
[BC3043] Water, Sanitation and Health

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I took Bryan's Water, Sanitation, and Health class last spring. I REALLY enjoyed it. He knows so much about the material and is extremely passionate about the subject. He is available to students and really wants to help you learn the material. I would highly recommend this class. We had a midterm, a couple of problem sets, a hands-on homework, final exam, individual presentation, and a group presentation. He doesn't grade harshly, and his exams were very fair and only covered what we talked about in class. No need to buy the books for this class as he will lecture you on everything you need to know.

Workload:

Midterm, Final, One group presentation, One individual presentation, a couple of problem sets, one hands on homework. Light reading, but you don't have to do much of it.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
ENSB / EESC ENSB EESC BC3043: Water, Sanitation, & Health Brian Mailloux 2011 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1