David McFadyen - MacEwan University

Professor: David McFadyen
Department: Biology
College: MacEwan University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: GENE370
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr McFadyen is probably my favourite professor ever! He gives you all the things you need to succeed and will help you. He is very thorough. His class is fairly challenging but you have to make use of the materials he gives you and you will do great! Super rewarding class, and he is also really accommodating and understanding.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL207
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
DISCLAIMER: class taken during covid (fall 2020) David is a great guy, but I think this semester was a learning curve for him. I'm not sure what his tests were like outside of online delivery but this term they were significantly harder than any of the practice questions in lecture. A lot of students felt rushed during tests, so know your content
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: BIO207
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He marks very hard, I have talked to lots of people taking this class online and everybody agrees that they do not know what he expects because he will always find a way to dock you marks. Lectures are VERY monotone and the midterm is a combination of 4 units into 1 question. Would not recommend. The only thing good about this class is the lab.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: GENE370
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
David's tests are brutal and he is an extremely hard marker. Puts notes online but does an awful job at explaining. When you ask him for clarification, he basically reiterates what his lectures say... As a hybrid course, he also does not reply to emails in an efficient manner. Honestly wouldn't take another course with him in my undergrad career.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: BIO207
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is good at teaching the material but his exams are brutal. I put in hours of studying and i still did not end up with a good grade.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: GENE370
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
David is an awesome guy. Very smart and really tries hard to make sure everyone understands what's going on in the class. The class in general is pretty hard but the lecture is easier than the seminar. The seminar is very difficult and confusing. If you study hard and you did good in Bio 207 you will be fine.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: BIO207
  • 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:
Great prof gave clear notes and learning outcomes. Told you what you needed to know for exams and would always answer questions in class. Midterm was very fair and assignments were pretty easy. Would reccomend.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: GENE370
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Gene 370 is no doubt a tough class, however the way David presented the course did not help. He does not use a textbook, which because of the course material was bad since you are not easily able to find a second wording/resources to better understand the content. His test are difficult and require you to know his notes VERY well
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: GENE370
  • 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:
One of the best profs I've ever had. His notes and learning objectives are clear and really useful for tests. He doesn't use a textbook, he tests off of his learning objectives. Great class and great prof.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: BIO207
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
David is very good at explaining and giving examples in order for you to understand. however his midterm and the final were very tough! so if you do take it with him, you do have to put in lots of extra work! not an easy proff
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: BIO207
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Nice enough guy, but not very helpful when it comes to assignments. He won't give you many clear answers when you ask questions either. Midterm was kind of tricky but the final wasn't bad.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: BIO207
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
David teaches the material slowly so it is very easy to understand and he has practice questions at the end of the slides. His assignments and tests are tricky and he expects a lot out of his students.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: BIO207
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
David is a great lecturer. He goes slow and makes sure everyone understands. You don't even need the textbook! He gives practice questions at the end of his slides. However, his tests and assignments are hard. He really expects a lot out of his students.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: BIO207
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Really good prof. The material itself was a little difficult, but he explained everything very clearly and thoroughly. Went through the notes slowly which was nice. Midterm was tricky, but final was easy. Very helpful if you go to office hours. Would recommend
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: BIO207
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Davids a great guy, you can tell he truly care about your success in the class. he explains concepts in good detail. His tests were the usual, if you studied his notes presented in class properly , you will have no problem with achieving whatever mark you desire. Tough course but do able if you put in the work. Would take another course with him.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL207
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Excellent genetics prof, don't even need the textbook, his notes are good enough. Super helpful and friendly, midterm and final are straightforward, study the notes and really understand it. Also, he post practice questions at the end of the slides and textbook questions. 10 out of 10 would take again
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: BIO107
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of the best professors I've had! The notes he supplied were excellent and very comprehensive.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: GENE400
  • 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:
A really awesome prof. His lectures are completely comprehensive and you don't need the text book. Make sure to study really hard for tests because unless you know the material really well, you probably won't do very well. His tests are very fair. Is super approachable and helpful. Pray you get him for all eukaryotic genetic classes!
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: GENE370
  • 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 notes are so good that you dont really need the textbook but his exams are not easy and take alot of time to complete. His quizes in the seminar are also not easy but not super hard either. He is really approachable and super nice. one of the better profs!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: BIO207
  • 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:
He's absolutely awesome in Genetics! It's his specialty, and he teaches it very very well. His exams are very fair.
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