John McDonald - University of Delaware

Professor: John McDonald
Department: Biology
College: University of Delaware
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: BISC495
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
McDonald is the best professor I've had so far in college. His lectures are interesting and funny. Only real grades are the mid-term, final, large 12pg paper and small 8pg paper. His exams are tricky and he grades more on concepts rather than facts. Study the examples he uses in class and try to see how you could recreate those experiments.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: BISC495
  • 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:
major grades are the midterm, final, a 12 page paper and an 8 page paper. Papers are not fun to write but he gives you ample time to complete them, and grades fairly. Pay attention in lectures because there is no way to access the material outside of class (no udcapture,textbook, or posted powerpoints). he's hilarious and lectures are interesting
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: BISC643
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. McDonald is passionate about what he's teaching, and I got the impression that he loves teaching his students and preparing them for what actually "doing Biology" is going to look like. However, this class should not be taken lightly. The final is 45% of your grade and can legitimately wreck all the progress you've made throughout the semester.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: BISC495
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Probably wont get an A but he's a great lecturer and interesting person
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: BISC643
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This class should honestly be taken before any other biology classes because it provides useful information that helps you understand biology. Also no math in a statistics class!
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: BISC643
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Good professor who takes his time to make sure students understand the material. You can also tell that he genuinely wants people to do well. Class's were fun while also very informative. Would definitely take again.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: BISC495
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. McDonald gives you everything you need to do well. He will meet you halfway. Put the work in and youll be fine. Be prepared to get called on though. Very scary in the beginning of the semester, but youll get used to it. Dont be embarrassed if you dont know the answer, he will guide you to the right answer or just skip to the next person
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: BISC643
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
An amazing teacher, material taught is immediately useable in your field
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: BISC495
  • 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:
He's a cool dude. He calls on everyone around the room during class, so you have to pay attention. The papers you have to write are really long and brutal but the exams are straightforward and he gives partial credit for everything. Go to class, read the assigned papers, you'll do fine.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: BISC643
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
McDonald does an amazing job teaching this class. Despite it technically being a statistics class, you do absolutely no math in it. He explains how and when to use statistical tests, which is extremely useful especially if you're in research. He's also a super engaging lecturer. No CC or slides, he writes on a chalkboard, so show up !
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: BISC643
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. McDonald is probably the best teacher I've had at UD. His teaching style makes it necessary to always be paying attention which helps you learn the material very well The exam material is not hard but you need to make sure you know everything really well or you will struggle. He somehow made a Bio-stat class enjoyable and fun.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: BIOSTAT667
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Awesome
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: BISC643
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Seriously one of the best teachers I've had so far. Keeps everyone engaged in the class by calling random people to answer questions. Only 3 exams.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: BISC413
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
McDonald's lab is probably one of the better classes I've taken here. You learn a lot of technical procedures (get ready to do 5 hours of gel electro. every week) but it is useful and you get enough time and leeway to do everything required. McDonald is also a notoriously easy grader and just a really nice guy. PS. don't take if you hate bugs!
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: BISC413
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. McDonald is a great and funny professor. You will not regret taking your required investigative lab with him. A 5 hour lecture one day a week seems like a lot, but this way you do most of your work (and even outside work) during class time. He puts in a lot of effort to help you and the class is EXTREMELY easygoing just like him.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: BISC643
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. McDonald is a great professor; he keeps students engaged by randomly calling on them during lecture (it's not as bad as it seems) and presents the materials in an easy and understanding way. He wants everyone to pass the class. Although, test grades are very important; the final is worth 45% of your grade but attend class and study, you should.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: BISC643
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. McDonald boils down complex stats to simpler terms. He is very good at explaining statistical tests and their usage in familiar and easy-to-follow language. You will also get some lessons on ethics and conducting research right way. Sometimes time seems to go by really slow during lectures.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: BISC643
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Fantastic lecturer! A crucial course if you have any intention of conducting your own research and Dr. McDonald makes the material easy to understand and adds humor into the mix to keep the class engaged.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: BISC643
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He teaches in Avery unique way, make sure to be attentive. Classes are fun and entertaining rather than being boring and dull lectures. Easy course. Very conceptual, no memorization. Useful.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: BISC643
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Attendance isn't mandatory, he grades the homework for completeness, he gives credit on exams as long as you put an answer, no extra credit given unless you are borderline with your grade, for example, A/B
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