William McNally - Wilfrid Laurier University - Waterloo

Professor: William McNally
Department: Business
College: Wilfrid Laurier University - Waterloo
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: BU383
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Perhaps he should consider teaching a course in Polital Science. He spent more time talking about politics than he did finance. The textbook that he wrote and requires you to buy is objectively the worst textbook in existence. Some chapters were decent, others were nonsensical. Course difficulty is a 3, but since you need to teach yourself, 5.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: BU283
  • 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:
All class this guy talks about stuff that is irrelevant to the course, and then when there's like 10 minutes left, he goes like "where did all the time go? ok do it by yourself at home". Your job is literally to teach this mandatory course which is key to upper year courses. You say BU283 is the best course; probably true if you dont teach it.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: BU283
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Rudest professor I have ever had. Offensively mean when you try to communicate for assistance. Refuses to help in a meaningful/positive way. Has a stupid grading scheme that can curve you down if you are below the average.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: BU283
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
McNally's book CFO is the one he prescribes for BU283. His book is great explaining some chapters but are plain bad in explaining others. As someone genuinely interested in finance, I don't think anyone could read chapter 18 (options and futures) and genuinely be interested in it because its explained poorly. You're better off using KhanAcademy.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: BU283
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Where do I even start? He is just not it. It is obvious he cares about finance and is a smart guy, he just chooses to go into topics and express opinions that are irrelevant to the class that have made myself and others uncomfortable. His jokes and humor I don't vibe with either and I found him very rude to communicate with.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: BU283
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Not a good prof. He simply does not teach, which last I checked was part of his job description as a professor. I wish he cared enough to ensure students understand the content, but he doesn't. This also explains why a good chunk of the class failed the midterm.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: BU283
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Unhelpful if you ask for homework help, he refuses to assist. Although he is a very intelligent man, he spends lectures preaching politics rather than teaching. He is the only professor I've ever had who you can count on for unsolicited political views class after class. Stay at home and teach yourself.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: BU283
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Is one of the worst professors I've ever met and very irresponsible!! you cannot know what you are wrong with a pop quiz, so what is the meaning of the quiz?
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: BU283
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
McNally spends your class time talking about his political opinions and not teaching finance.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: BU283
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
great prof, as long as you're not lazy and go through the chapters before class you will do well.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: BU283
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Loved his class. He is a prof that cares about the subject and tries his best to make class engaging. He does a flipped class room so learn the content ahead of time and you'll do practice problems in class which helps prepare for exam. He has a differnet opinion on political issues but that doesn't make him a bad or hateful guy.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: BU283
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Prof McNally should really focus on making his classes more engaging & useful for exams - the flip classroom does not work for many students & his lectures are often laced with unecessary content
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: BU283
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Always making jokes that are irrelevant to the course material, which is kind of annoying. Giving opinions about current news in an inappropriate way without fully considering student's feeling.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: BU283
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Worst prof ever. Doesn't care for students and lectures are useless. Taught myself everything - Course was not supposed to be that hard. Made me hate finance!
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: BU283
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The flip classroom structure that McNally created is absolutely the worst - nobody goes to class because NOTHING is taught in class. He does not seem to care whatsoever about teaching students and being helpful. Word of advice for Laurier - scrap the flip classroom .... it doesnt work.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: BU283
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Hilarious guy. People who hate on this class dont put in the effort to understand the material. The content is easy and his textbook makes learning the content enjoyable. You get to use Excel which makes the problems much easier. The only downside is that his flipped classroom style is not liked by most, but that depends on your learning style.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: BU283
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Although I did well in his class, his teaching style was extremely ineffective. His textbook is full of errors and he puts in minimal prep into his lectures (ex. he spent 10 minutes pulling up an example instead of having it ready). He is negligent about student questions and hates on WLU frequently.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: BU283
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Amazing prof. Very funny and knowledgeable. Although people who are more HR and marketing focus may not like him and be offended by his comments, they are funny and usually truly. Very fair midterm easy to do well.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: BU283
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Doesn't actually teach anything. He expects you to learn everything from the textbook and only goes over examples in class without actually explaining them. Also doesn't have a great attitude towards student questions.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: BU283
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Not a fan of his flipped classroom style, tends to go off on tangents unrelated to the subject. Not that helpful either.
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