Ken Otter - University of Northern British Columbia

Professor: Ken Otter
Department: Biology
College: University of Northern British Columbia
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL308
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Ken is a really great prof. Super nice and cares lots about his work (specifically birds). You do have to study to succeed but the material is really interesting so it makes it fun. Tests and quizzes are reasonable.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL308
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great prof and super interesting course content. Lots of ID to study but would totally recommend this course. Ken is very willing to clarify things and answer questions if you ask.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: BIO101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Ken Otter is overall a good prof. I don't really have too many complaints about him. He isn't the best, but I wouldn't mind having him again. Take the time to learn the material and really understand it to do well in his class. His classes are pretty engaging and he is a funny guy. If you have questions, visit his office hours.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL103
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Ken is passionate about teaching biology, and in turn makes his students eager to learn. He is a friendly guy, and very approachable. The course requires a lot of textbook reading, and his exams are fairly tricky. Tips for future students: Start preparing early for his exams, as they require a lot of material to commit to memory.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He was super nice Slides so really matter 35% of my grade was based on Aplia Do it as a group and get it all ! 35% based on 2 midterms And the rest your final
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Ken did a good job of explaining the concepts in memorable/entertaining ways. He had fairly high expectations but was very reasonable. Definitely one of the better profs I've had so far
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
His course was well structured. His material is difficult but he is an excellent instructor that wants his students to do well. He is available to his students and gives good feedback. So despite the level of difficulty, his students succeed if they try. He is knowledgable within his field. I will always recommend this proff.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL100
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Was great and provided a laid back interesting learning environment that made it easy to learn and was willing to help you understand concepts in office hours. HE could have been a little more organized and was sometimes tough to understand in the way he explained concepts.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Ken Otter is pretty awesome! He presents material clearly and does not go too fast. It is important to study hard for his exams because he expects specific details on the long answer questions. He uses a lot of analogies and speaks the same way everyone else does; he does not use a bunch of technical terms. The final was reasonable.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Otter is great. I've always enjoyed biology but he convinced me to pursue it more just by his passion alone. Super helpful and friendly, not to mention insanely knowledgeable.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL308
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Amazing teacher. Went above and beyond what was expected. So much hands on experience in his class. He brought in a cougar to work on! He wrote his own book, published it, and is giving it to his students at the cost of printing! His lectures are clear and engaging. When I have questions he is able to answer them every time to my satisfaction.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Otter is a nice and humorous guy, but his lectures in this course were very boring and his speaking was usually very monotone and hard to follow. He was helpful outside of class if you meet with him. Easy marking on exams. Very knowledgable, just a dry course all around. Do some regular textbook studying and you'll be fine.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Says UM way too much. Very monotone and does not make lectures interesting at all. Hard to follow. Was kind of helpful when you asked for help.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: BIO101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Ken was a good teacher but the course material he teaches is hard, which is why he has a lower rating.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
His passion for the subject is evident. He's a really nice guy, and he simplifies concepts with really funny demonstrations. Some lectures are a little dry, and it takes some effort to stay focused. The exams are challenging but not impossible, and he provides tons of resources to help you succeed. Great prof overall!
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: BIO101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
People don't like him because he is a very hard marker but if you go through the material thoroughly you can do well. He is pretty helpful during office hours and tutorials. very willing to spend time with you.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Lectures were boring sometimes, and he was always rushed to get through material. No assignments, but the lab section was marked very hard. Exams were fair, but again were marked very hard.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: BIO101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Good lecturer, lots of examples. Helpful too, approachable even on the bus if you happen to catch him. Material is hard for Bio 101, but he breaks it up pretty well. Hard marker, won't accept BS, but does give some feedback on exams IF YOU ASK FOR IT. The feedback was invaluable.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: BIO101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dull, uninteresting manner of teaching. He certainly knows his stuff but has trouble presenting it so that the material is understandable. He is a super tough marker.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Good Prof, uses lots of examples to help you to understand the concepts though the course is a little overwhelming at times, so much to remember.
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