Laura Allan - Wilfrid Laurier University - Waterloo

Professor: Laura Allan
Department: Business
College: Wilfrid Laurier University - Waterloo
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Disclaimer: I did get a 12 in the course so this isn't a 'I got a bad mark and coming back for revenge' This is the most disorganized course I have ever experienced. There was a constant change of expectations such as what is to be submitted, when, and rubrics. There was extremely poor communication about those changes. Avoid her at all costs.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Laura Allan did not adapt great to the online environment although she did try. Course was very rushed especially with new venture being condensed as well 'learning assessments' failing to test knowledge rather than testing how fast you can speed run questions. Although she was not great class was not hard and exam was very fair. Overall very ok.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Seriously, 3 weeks to mark a 20% final exam??? Wrote on April 17, still waiting for grade on May 5. Good thing she doesnt work in the real world. So much for the business schools reputation. Wish I had chosen somewhere else. Its PATHETIC.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Course depends on who you get as an IA. She was not helpful when there were issues with the IA.. Class average kept low on purpose. Avoid her if possible.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Try to pick the best group possible for New Venture, because Laura gave terrible and vague instructions as a way to keep the class averages not too high.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
BU 121 is a difficult course. I think a lot of people blame Laura just because they find the course hard. My biggest advice is to first really listen in lectures. Make good notes and copy down the examples/extra info she gives in class. Second, GO TO OFFICE HOURS! She's a completely different person at office hours. She's so nice and understanding.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Decent teacher but really doesn't care about her students. Never answers her emails (and I mean never) and when she does she is very rude in them. She will not sympathize with your concern or issue and doesn't offer very much leniency. In my opinion she would rather see her students do poorly then to do well. Just my opinion.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Also, Laura will pressure you into buying the textbook, I used the textbook once and gained nothing from it, completely useless.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Inaccessible takes at least 3 emails to get a response, terrible organizational skills, the course this year was horrendous with insane expectations. Not enough time to express learning during tests. New venture was a nightmare with crazy expectations every week. Grading criteria get changed the day before stuff is due. Not the right fit for course
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I know a lot of people have been complaining about Laura but overall, I think she was a fair prof. This course is meant to be hard so you do have to work for it (and it's always been that way). The amount of time to write tests was short but they were open book so if you knew your stuff you'd be fine. I didn't go to a single lecture and I did well.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Prof Allan was not a bad prof. While I do dislike many aspects of the transition of BU121 to an online environment, she was accommodating on many fronts including tests and the finals being open book. I think some are losing sight of the fact that this course is meant to weed people out, and that she had to maintain that rigor during covid.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Laura is not a bad prof. You can tell she cares, keep in mind she has basically been put in charge of a weeder class that is meant to be difficult. Workload is insane but it is very possible to do well.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • 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:
Great professor and super accommodating. At least 3 or 4 times she extended deadlines and she also made tests longer when students complained about timing. Laura is a great professor and anyone who complains 24/7 is just trying to push the blame of their poor marks onto her. Super helpful in office hours, people just don't go and complain instead.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
In lectures, Laura doesn't really teach you much. She doesn't care about the students, nor the thing she teaches. She spent a lot of time saying things that save her face and doesn't take responsibility (like post the final exam review guide four days before the exam). Just don't take her classes.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Content was engaging, TA's were very well organized, and fun bonus opportunities. However the prof itself was not my cup of tea. I understand you have to work for your grade, but she is so unorganized and is overall not that helpful in general--in my experience. I have never not liked a prof but professor allan made me turn to dislike BU121.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Laura Allan provided many opportunities for her students to succeed. She went as far as breaking the midterm into three un-proctored, open-book Learning Assessments, and has also just announced the final exam will now be un-proctored. Many of her students don't realize this is a hard course and it ALWAYS has been! You have to work for a good grade.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures were pretty engaging, open book LAs instead of midterms were a godsend. The class gives many opportunities to get good grades even with NV taking up 30%. Seeing a lot of people complain about "last-minute changes" and "unclear instructions". The last-minute changes are super minimal and instructions are clearly explained. Super fair class.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
If I could rate this course with a negative score I would. What a complete and utter waste of my time. Not only is the content being taught disorganized, but the instructions are also consistently unclear or changed last minute. There is no doing well in this course regardless of the effort or time you put into it. Worst course ever.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Disorganized. Uncaring. Unhelpful. No understanding of what students have been dealing with during covid. Time is ridiculously short for LAs. Would not recommend.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: BU121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
BU121 is the most poorly structured course of all time. I went from getting an 11.4 GPA last semester to barely passing. Ill never complain without reason or be disrespectful/rude, but I am not impressed by Professor Allans handling of the course. Incredibly vague instructions, unjustified mark deductions, and a joke of a time period for quizzes.
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