Professor William Valley Reviews
Prof: William Valley / Winter 2019
Dec 26, 2020
Boring, left-wing/socialism-oriented course. If you don't agree with their opinions, most TA's won't give you a good grade (even if you are diplomatic & respectful. I found a lot of the TA's to be emotionally driven in their opinions... although they try to call them "facts"). The dairy and ubc farm tour was fun! Be prepared for group projects, weekly quizzes, and papers. It's an annoying course required for most degrees offered through LFS, so just bite the bullet.
You can't really study for this course. Just show up to the lectures & tutorials and regurgitate whatever socialist agenda they lecture at you.
Prof: William Valley / Year 2021
Feb 8, 2022
I hate this course so much. It is the most pointless, boring and useless class I have ever attended. Not sure if it was like this for everyone, but my TA marked everything so unreasonably. Even when I put hours of effort into assignments, I always got slightly above average - always around 75 ish. Especially relevant during the reflective essays. They took marks off because apparently I did not get the right message of the unit? It was a reflective essay about what I felt not what you thought you taught me.
The course really emphasizes group work and ends up giving you a group mark as a whole, not acknowledging your individual work. I think this is unfair as most of the times my group members did not put in as much work as others. They also have very specific expectations for assignments but super vague rubric guidelines. Then they take marks off for not including things that were not mentioned in the assignment details. The content itself was super disengaging and the only time I was interested was when we covered animal welfare. But that was only one week of this year long course. It is also ridiculous how this is a required course in LFS since it is only really applicable to the major FNH, so most of us will end up coming out with nothing useful in the future. Unless you count those awkw...read more
Will Valley had a lot to say about nothing. He talked for a long time about the same easy to understand concept which made lectures really hard to listen to. I don't have anything against him personally but I know he made this course which warrants the fact that I do not like him. Matt Mitchell was chill, nothing else to really say about him.
The required readings are basically only there to refer to when you do your reflective essays. But be careful since you might not have taken away the right meaning behind the words! Or whatever that means. Count yourself lucky if your TA is a fair marker since most are not from what I have heard. Unless you are a philosophy or English major, you will have a hard time understanding what they want from you and end up sounding too scientific. (I actually got docked marks since I used too many big words???). My advice: Pray that this course will not be mandatory anymore.
Prof: William Valley / Fall 2022
Jan 11, 2023
This class sucked, lots of time-waster activities and material that isn't really relevant to my degree at all (despite it being a mandatory course). The worst thing for me was it made course scheduling an absolute nightmare, it is only offered at one time, lasts the entire year and the lab + tutorial + lecture are all back to back which gives you a five hour immovable block for the entirety of the year.
Put time into checking out your TA beforehand because your performance in this class is going to be almost entirely determined by them, I got extremely lucky and had a very fair TA that I loved so I did pretty well! Beyond that, pray you get a good group otherwise you had better be prepared to carry big time if you wanna do alright.
Prof: William Valley / Fall 2020
Jan 1, 2021
*Remote Learning due to COVID* Mandatory course for LFS students spans over two terms. Despite the heavy workload, sad to say that I haven't learned anything at all from the course. The class is exhausting - the lecture, tutorial, and lab portion are on the same day and take up 5 hours. I would do CHEM233 10x times rather than this class. Let that sink in. Extremely dissatisfied with the supply and management unit. A Sauder guest lecturer forces his political opinions as facts. My favorite units would be the BC Dairy Farm Virtual Tour and Nutrition/Food Science. Before the lecture: 2-3 readings per week: at least 8 pages of fluff before the assigned reading makes a (barely understandable) point. Lectures: Asynchronous lectures for 30-60mins, followed by a synchronous lecture for 3...read more