Perry Biddiscombe - University of Victoria

Professor: Perry Biddiscombe
Department: History
College: University of Victoria
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: HSTR112
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Biddiscombe is one of my favourite history teachers in the department. I learned a lot about history from him and he lectures in a way that makes information easy to understand. However, he does lecture really quickly and sometimes it's easy to get lost or miss key points.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: HSTR112A
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Perry is very passionate about history! His lectures are very fast paced and he does not use slides so it easier if you use a laptop. you are only marked on a few things so make sure you keep up.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: HSTR112B
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Perry is very inspirational and truly has a passion for history. The lectures can get boring but it is a good part of the day to go to his class and just listen. He tells the historic events like a story which is satisfying. The only complaint I have is the course lay out the exam plus the term paper is worth around %80 and he gives the marks late
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: HIST112B
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Lots of notes with no slides so it's hard to keep up sometimes but he knows a lot about history and seems passionate so it's easy to pay attention.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: HSTR112
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Biddiscombe is the best prof I've had so far. His lectures are engaging, detailed, and passionate (yes, and fast). Assignments are interesting and of a reasonable level of difficulty. He provides a list of terms and an outline of what to review for exams, which are fair but certainly require extensive knowledge of the course material.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: HSTR112
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Great guy, fun to listen to. Hard to take notes because his lectures tend to jump around as he gets more excited about the topic. Gives out lists of terms for every lecture. He also gave us a list of 200 key terms the last week of class to study for the final with, which was amazingly helpful.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: HIST105
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great professor! He's interesting to listen to but talks SUPER fast. The only way you can take notes in his class is on the computer.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: HSTR112
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Be prepared to write a lot! I suggest having a laptop, Biddiscombe lectures without slides but it's not too hard to follow. Didn't open the textbook once; he tests on his lectures. easy exam. tricky assignments... start early and you'll do fine! good prof :)
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: HSTR112
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I would not hesitate taking another course with this highly intelligent, interesting and genuinely kind prof. Each of his fast-paced and passionate lectures make me excited to be majoring in history. He gave out 2 assignments, and it's best to work on them right away because they're HARD. I didn't use the textbook; Perry covered it in lectures. :)
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: HISTORY 112
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Very enthusiastic prof, makes lectures interesting while remaining organized. Very few but heavily weighted assignments but if not impossibly hard
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: HSTR112
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Biddiscombe lectures A LOT. It is suggested that one takes notes on a computer (edit them after) in order to get down as much information as possible. The first month is boring background information to the 20th century but it picks up after that. Make use of his review sessions before the exam and do assignments early!
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: HSTR112
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Probably one of my favorite profs at UVic. Incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about the subject, and gives very engaging and energetic lectures. Another thing I really liked was how he creative the assignments he came up with were (I.e maps, film studies, historical archives) His History 112 is an absolute must for any first year students.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: HSTR112
  • 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:
Easily the best lecturer I have every had. He Doesn't use slides, but this doesn't impede my attention or interest. Also very helpful.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: HIST105
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Biddiscombe, overall, is a fairly good instructor. As mentioned in most of the other ratings, he talks extremely fast, and makes multiple points (in a "list" form), which can get quite confusing, especially without a laptop or tablet. However, he is extremely knowledgeable, and you learn a lot of history in 105, from all over the world.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: HIST105
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Favourite prof at UVIC! Super smart has almost everything from the 20th century memorized! Lectures all class and speaks fast so its best to use a computer for notes. His lectures are really interesting and he explains things well. Can tell he is passionate about what he teaches. Tests can seem hard but if you study enough they are fair!
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: HIST105
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Biddiscombe is one of the best profs I've had at Uvic, he is clearly very passionate about teaching and he seemed to have endless knowledge about each topic we covered. His lecture style is pretty rough for first years: no powerpoint and talking at a very brisk pace. However, I cannot recommend him highly enough! TAKE HIS CLASS!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: HIST105
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Perry Biddiscombe is a fantastic prof! He makes history extremely interesting, engaging and knowledgable. His lectures are extremely fast paced and his tests are rather tough. Reading the textbook often compliments his lectures and helps to clear up confusion. Overall, it's definitely worth taking a class with him! Amazing prof!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: HIST367
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Biddiscombe is honestly the best prof I have had in all my years at UVic. His lectures make it seem like you haven't already learned about the subject 10 times already - they are fascinating! Show up and take decent enough notes and you'll be set. He also gives so much really helpful feedback on papers. Go pick his brain during office hours!
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: HIST367
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Definitely recommend taking his class. He's very enthusiastic about his subject and has a great lecture style. His tests aren't as terrible as some say, you just need to know what he's lectured on.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: HIST367
  • 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:
Biddiscombe is a very engaging prof for an 8:30 class. His lectures are incredibly enthusiastic, and he'll smack the table emphatically a few times a class. There are a LOT of terms to study from, and a lot of material in general, which is slightly intimidating. But it doesn't take away from the fact that he's a great prof!
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