Illimar Altosaar - University of Ottawa

Professor: Illimar Altosaar
Department: Science
College: University of Ottawa
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: BCH4172
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Saying this a class about Biotechnology is probably about as accurate as calling Illimar a professor. But if you want to get drunk at a microbrewery, learn some Estonian, or have a grown man shout at you about how chalkboards are a thing of the past, this is the class for you.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: BCH4172
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This class is nothing like the description which is unfortunate since it sounded so interesting. Instead, students are put into groups and have to come up with an invention and patent it. We have to pay for the patent even though it won't get examined. The students patents are ranked and 100% of your grade is assigned based on the class rankings.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: BH4172
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
First of all, if you want to know what you're being graded, you're out of luck! His lectures are painful to listen to, he goes off on useless tangents and when it came to relevant material, he would say: "You guys have known since September you have to write a patent, you can learn that yourself". The prof and class is just uncomfortable overall.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: BCH4172
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Loved this course! Unlike any other undergrad science course I have taken, because it fosters innovative thinking. It seems the course structure and organization have changed a lot from previous years. Prof calls out students and asks questions, but it probably helped keep all of us on our toes during the online lectures/presentations.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: BCH4172
  • 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:
Avoid this prof and class if you can! The course is nothing like the description. It's a patenting course where you have to develop and patent an invention in groups. The prof wastes class time rambling and doesn't teach at all. The whole grade is based on the patent application which we get little to no guidance on from the prof. Horrible class!
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: BCH4172
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
The course is terribly organized, there is essentially no syllabus and he wastes 3 hours of your time talking about anything and everything. Do not take this elective unless you have to. The course description is nothing like the actual course. You have to invent an idea and draft a patent, which is not what the course is supposed to be.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: BCH4172
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This class is completely different from anything I've ever taken before and it's awesome because of that. However, Prof. Altosaar has a huge ego (his own words), is very disorganized, and likes to create uncomfortable situations with his students.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: BCH4172
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's my honours Prof! great guy! Trying to do some really cool things just needs to practice his method of dilevery.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: BCH4172
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Illimar rocks!
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: BCH4172
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Interesting class. Good idea to take if interested in research or corporate work.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: BPSSEMINAR
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Excellent prof! One of the best. Willing to go that extra mile for his students, and giving us lots of individual attention. A little off the walls, but only because he's passionate about his work! Definitely keeps you interested.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: BPSSEMINAR
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Awesome, this guy is off the chains!!! Every Friday morning is a gongshow!!! Very interesting, very all over the place. Don't know whats going on half the time, but he makes me laugh and keeps me interested!!!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ZDF111
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
the best
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: BIO4008
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of the best profs i ever had -- VERY challenging, but brilliant.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: SEMINAR
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I love him. Most interesting man I've met.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: SEMINAR
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
umm most conceited, condescending prof ever.. worries too much about vocabulary over delivery
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: BPS4000
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
absolutely amazing prof for the 4th year BPS genomics seminar!!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: URS
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
this guy makes more sense in a fairy tale than a science lab...
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: URS
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Spoiled my love of science
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: URS
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
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