Ahern, James  

Agribusiness

1.28/4.00

36 evaluations


AG 124


Junior
C
General Ed
Feb 2002
I did not actually have this professor for anything. I am testing the website

AGB 213


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Nov 1999
Ahern is a decent teacher. On occation his lectures are hard to follow and sometimes he doesn't seem to understand what students are asking. For the most part he presents the material in a clear manner and is easy to understand. Ahern goes through the information at a slow pace so it is easy to keep up. He usually only tests on things he talked about in class which is nice (there are no midterms, only biweekly "mini exams"), there is about 1 homework assignment a week, and he offers a lot of extra credit. Take Ahern for AGB 213!!


Junior
N/A
Required (Support)
Nov 2002
Ahern is one of the worst teachers I've ever had. He was very unclear in his lectures and failed to notice or help when students were struggling with the course material.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jul 2003
Dr. Ahern is a pretty layed back guy who has a personality and jokes around with the class. However he is a horrible lecturer who is all over the place. The class only has a midterm and a final that were impossibly hard but he gives homework to help your grade. Luckily he curves so everyone in the class ends up with a decent grade. However at no time in his incoherant lectures did he get his point across and I didn't learn anything.


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Sep 2004
Again...Ahern please do the students a favor and retire!

AGB 303


Senior
N/A
Required (Support)
Mar 2006
lecture is sooooooooooooooooooooo boring but you have to go because sometimes he gives out assignments. there is a call fieldtrip though


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2008
I can't provide my grade because I'm taking the final this week. To say this man is a teacher is a misnomer. I don't believe this man has even the slightest idea what teaching is. Just because you're too old to be in an industry any more doesn't mean you're fit to teach. He frequently deviates from the topics at hand(most of the time its a struggle to even figure out what you're supposed to be learning) during his lectures and seldom makes notes on the board to help you follow his skewed logic. Unless you are born and raised in the horse industry or are an equine major don't even consider this class. His tests are completely biased to people already familiar with the topic as evidenced by their questions regarding in depths analysis of topics he mentioned briefly(if at all) in class. This can further be seen by the fact that the equine majors of our class all scored 90's while us normal folk struggled to beat a 50. Overall, this class is the biggest regret I have at Cal Poly. I probably could have just saved my time and money and slammed my head against a wall several times and accomplished as much as I did while taking this class. Everyone else is saying he should retire, but I think he should be fired plain and simple. I would have said the same regardless of my poor grade, this class is an utter waste of time.

AGB 313


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
May 2011
I took this class right after taking MATH221 and AGB212 because they are the prereqs for AGB313, and I didn't struggle with either of those courses. But Ahern has NO structure to his lectures at all. I always had a hard time seeing what direction we were going in with the class. This made it really difficult figuring out what to study, or what the tests would be like. I do not recommend him, and I would avoid taking his class if possible. With that being said, I will admit that he is very nice as a person, but I just can't handle his way of teaching.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2011
When I saw the polyratings for this professor I thought he can't be that bad. I was wrong. Ahern is a nice guy from what I can tell, but his teaching is awful. He cannot clearly explain anything and always talks as if you should already know the subject matter. The only reason I actually learned something was because of a few study sessions that a graduate student put on for our class. The material wasn't that hard once the grad student explained it. Don't take it with Ahern, he is an incredibly awful teacher that needs to retire or get fired once his tenure is over whatever is first.


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Dec 2013
Ahern was, unbiasedly, one of the worst teachers I have ever had at Cal Poly. He does not explain the material well at all. Most of the time in class I had no idea what I was even learning because he does not describe what he is teaching he just starts writing on the board. He also spends a lot of the first half of the quarter going over current events which are irrelevant to the class. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.


Senior
D
Required (Major)
Mar 2014
This guy needs to apologize to everyone for which he has stolen time. The class was a waste of time and he just stressed everyone out by giving irrelevant information. The TA's do the teaching for him since they can sift through the bs that flies from Ahern's mouth. A punch to the face hurts less then the agony he puts you through. Trying to get an A in this class is like trying to make a mermaid do the splits. You can learn more about economic analysis from Google than Ahern..... In 10 minutes or less. He may motivate me to find every way possible to take tenure away from superfluous teachers. His office hours are provided for him to deflect every question you TRY to ask.......... Trying to get an A in this class is like trying to make a mermaid do the splits! Amen!... p.s. I hope he reads this and quits..


Senior
C
Required (Major)
Nov 2014
Oh Ahern....Ahern is phasing out as he is getting ready for retirement. He is one of those professors that just lectures the entire time and then hands you a quiz/ test at the end of the week. he's changed the structure since i took it last year as far as when he tests, when i took it last year it was 4 questions every 2 weeks and no midterms just a final. He is nice man and willing to help you in office hours, but the best thing to do in his class is go to the student led study session by his TA. He goes by the numbers and curves at the end. Boring class but if you show up and take the tests you will pass.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2014
At the beginning of the quarter, I thought I was in for 11 weeks of hell with Aherns class, simply because I read his previous evaluations on here. I was pleasantly surprised to realize over the course of the quarter that a lot of the people on here are simply the ones that never showed up to class or didn't pay attention. Yes, Ahern tends to ramble off topic and he'll put random charts up and never really clearly explain what it is. He could also help his students out by actually breaking each chapter up into sections with clearly labeled names to make studying easier. However, I think he's a much easier teacher than Hurley. For one, his final is only 2 hours long, instead of 6, because he knows its ridiculous to have a six hour final. His midterms are difficult to study for because the questions are usually conceptual and don't involve a lot of math, which is strange in an Econ class. If you had Jenkins for Business Calc and passed this class will be a breeze. If you had some random professor that didn't actually teach derivatives, good luck with the material.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Major)
Nov 2015
I love Ahern as a person so it pains me to write this. Ahern is the absolute worst teacher I have ever had and I wouldn't want my worst enemy to have to be in his class. He couldn;t present information in a worse way and he is so out of date with everything. He is smart but doesn't know how to teach. Awful, couldn't emphasize more, avoid at all costs.

AGB 315


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2002
This professor was probably one of the worst professors I've ever had. He does not lecture on material that is relevant to the course, and he draws confusing irrelevant graphs for everything that he talks about. He seems to favor the students he's had in class before. I would avoid taking this professor at all costs.

AGB 405


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Mar 2004
It is Professors (which he shouldn't be one) like Ahern that make you feel like you are wasting your money here at Cal Poly. By far the worst teacher ever. I agree 100% with all the comments written bellow. Someone should inform him of this website maybe he doesn't realize what a horrible teacher he is and how terrible he makes it for his students.

ZOO 418


Sophomore
C
Elective
Nov 2016
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ZOO 420


5th Year Senior
Credit
Required (Major)
Oct 2006
This teacher is siq.

AGB 433


Senior
Credit
Required (Major)
May 2002
this guy is kind of a jerk. If you ask him a question in class, he sometimes rips on you. Don't take him for agb433. He starts the class off in the begining of the year with a stats test. this questions on this test make no sence, and just about everyone fails it. He also assumes everyone knows minitab, but in my stats class, i didn't do anything with this program.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Aug 2002
I think that I speak for everyone that took AGB 433 last spring when i say that no one had a clue as to what was going on. his lectures were scattered and his tests were really hard. pretty much everyone did poorly, but he does curve A LOT which helpled out my grade.


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Jan 2004
Someone needs to work on their people skills and gain some insight on the "educating" that should be taking place here. It seems as if Dr. Ahern is so incredibly smart that most of the time he speaks, it sounds as is it were in a foreign language. Not very approachable or helpful.


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Jul 2004
He is an AWESOME instructor who is a little older but he loves his students and wants them to do well.


Senior
D
Required (Major)
Dec 2004
Professor Ahern although a nice guy, does not know how to teach. Again he needs to RETIRE. He starts off with a stats quiz that everyone fails and through the course no one has any idea what they are doing. When it comes to labs rowland a former student helps you, not Ahern. Ahern has no idea how to teach minitab which is used in labs for class he just knows how to lecture to death. He also says that the book is not needed but later takes midterm questions from it. The material is dull and outdated and know one wants to learn something they can't understand. Watch out for his trick questions and ridiculous pop quizes and going to his office hours just makes matters worse as he rips into you or makes you feel small. Over all don't take agb 433 unless you want to bust your ass on something thats confusing you the whole time just to get a horrible grade in the end.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2005
Ahern rocks the house. All you guys are mean! I had Ahern for both AGB 460 (I got an A) and 433 (B+). If you complete every assignment, and go to office hours when your lost, you will end up with a good grade. He offers tons of extra credit, and he remembers faces. His grad student Roland does most of the grading and is extreemly helpful at explaining things. Ahern may be dry and sarcastic, but he teaches you to be resourceful. Part of Cal Poly is "learn by doing". Ahern pushes it to the edge by challanging you to figure it out for yourself. He simply doesn't baby you along. I love his humor!


Senior
A
Required (Major)
May 2006
For those of you who ACTUALLY want to learn something in this thing called COLLEGE I would greatly encourage you to take Ahern. If you are a whiny student who thinks they're still in highschool and wants nothing but to joke around with professor, make them hold your hand, and waste your parents hard earned money then look somewhere else. I've had Ahern for AGB 303, 433, 460, 461, and he's my student advisor. He has a great sense of humor and an extremely rigid teaching style. He knows what he's talking about and if you don't understand then you probably shouldn't have passed the prerequisite courses for his classes. I encourage you to go to his office hours and ask him questions in class as he can explain things well if you pull your heads out of your asses and listen. I was terrified of taking 433 because the last statistics class I had taken was 2 1/2 years prior, but he really makes you understand/remember things. His statistics quiz is online and he gives you three weeks to do it and three chances on top of that, piece of cake and if you failed it then you're a moron. Midterms are difficult, but he gives study guides and review sessions, so if you study you'll be fine. If you all want to grow up and become a real college student someday who'll be successful in the real world then challenge yourself people!

AGB 460


5th Year Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Feb 2004
Dear Dr. Ahern: You should try getting off your ass long enough to pull your head out of it. Your system for getting students ready for senior projects is broken, but you're too lazy to fix it. I'm sitting here trying to work on my final paper, but all the research I've done all quarter is worthless because you were so rigid with the weekly assignments that I couldn't do anything useful. Why don't you and McCorkle get jobs watching paint dry, and quit being a burden on society.


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2004
Dear Professor Ahern: Will you please do the students within the college of agriculture a huge favor and RETIRE, it is your time to go!!!! WARNING: Avoid this teacher at ALL costs. WORST teacher I have had at Cal Poly in four years.


5th Year Senior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2006
Ahern is not bad at all. Although he isn't the best at explaining things, that's what his office hours are for. Besides, having senior project at 8am, you might want to blame your hungoverness for possibly not comprehending his explanations of weekly assignments. The guys is also understanding if you leave out stuff from assignments and will let you add to your papers before turning them in. Peer edits are a huge part of the class so take em seriously. Overall, get to know the guy and you can probably get at least a B in the class. I did and was either shitfaced or hung over as hell every class. Kind of a hard grader, but do what you can and you'll be alright


5th Year Senior
B
Required (Major)
Sep 2007
Ahern is pretty crazy, he often goes off on random tandems and you can very easly get lost is his class. It was about the third week of senior project before I figured out what he was trying to say and what we were trying to do. He does have softer side and will help you if you make an effort.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2008
Overall he is MUCH better than MacDushebag!!! Enough said. Easy class, but you have to stay up to date. Most of his lectures are pointless because he talks about material that is irrelevant and not helpful to your project. You DO NOT need a project going in, so relax. He tries to stress it the first few weeks, but make sure you get one fast. The final paper is graded very hard so make sure you have a decent grade going in!!


5th Year Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Dec 2008
First off, as stated repeatedly below, AVOID THIS GUY AT ALL COSTS. Ahern can be compared to an unassuming food you ate. The food first appeared alright, but in the course of eating it you experienced severe gastrointestinal distress. You then vow to never eat that food again and deter anyone else from it. To put it bluntly, Ahern is the most arrogant, sorry excuse for an educator, I have ever come across in my lifetime. How he is still teaching at Cal Poly is beyond fathomable. Donít bother asking for any help, he gets off on belittling students, and provides you with no help whatsoever. I once walked into his office to ask for clarification on a paper and he completely blew me off! To say he is a biased grader is an understatement; other students in the class share this same fact based opinion. If he does not like the topic of your senior project he will display it in words (in front of the class I might add), and on the scores you get on assignments. I changed my topic a few weeks into the quarter and my scores immediately plummeted (my quality of work did not change). Some say to take Ahern for AGB 460 because MacDougall is so horrible (I didnít have a choice). After taking the class with Ahern I cannot comprehend how MacDougall can possibly be any worse! Bottom line, Ahern teaching AGB 460 provides an unwarranted slap in the face to hardworking seniors.


5th Year Senior
B
Required (Major)
Jul 2010
Moderated Comment
I took Ahern for both my 460 class, and 433 in the same quarter. This absolutely ruined my life. Lets start with 433... this was the first class that I ever actually just completely gave up on. I tried to understand the shit he was talking about, but just couldn\'t. The problem is he is a smart guy, but thinks that he is way smarter than he is. To make himself feel way smarter he really likes to publicly prove that he is smarter than his students. Be prepared for this sort of behavior instead of him actually ever teaching you anything. 460 was much the same, only the content of the class was less foreign. His grading is extremely biased based on the person, and I was not his favorite. The most constructive notes he ever wrote on any of my papers concerned formatting. Other than these it was all shit, including him accusing me of being purposefully vague, throwing in random statistics symbols that I have no idea how they relate to what i was talking about, and telling me that I\'m wasting paper by printing out the stuff he told me to include! The only good thing I can say about this teacher is that I don\'t think he failed anyone, just gave out a shit ton of D\'s. That was the constructive part, now for a rant... ...


Graduate Student
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2012
All I can say is get on his good side. His lecture style is sporadic at best but he gives a lot of constructive information on the papers he returns to you... Make the corrections on future assignments and the grades will improve. It doesn't hurt if you make an effort to get to know him and say hi in the halls; he will remember you and that can help as grading in this class is very subjective.


Senior
C
Required (Major)
Mar 2013
Can someone please explain to me how Ahern is still a professor? I had no idea what to do with my topic for senior project and he was absolutely no help. All he talks about is regression lines and go off on tangents on random stories. We ha class 8AM on Fridays which I thought was bad enough but having no help on a class that's supposed to help you graduate makes it impossible to do well. I still have no idea what to do on my project for next quarter...which explains why this course is being dropped. Such a pointless class/waste of my college time and money. Thank god it is the last class I will have with googly eye.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Jul 2013
Worst teacher I have ever experienced. He had no idea how to help the students and no idea how to explain anything about the class, which is what made 461 so difficult for me. I was so lost. DO NOT TAKE HIM IF YOU CAN. If you can't, I'm sorry for you.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Jul 2013
AWFUL. Has no idea what he is talking about and is stuck in the 70s thinking about horses.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Jul 2013
RETIRE ALREADY. GO PLAY WITH YOUR HORSES AND LEAVE THE YOUTH ALONE. He has no idea what he is talking about. I wish I could say I learned something in this class or even had help figuring out my senior project, but I was COMPLETELY on my own. Going to his office hours might help, if you can understand what he is talking about (usually regression lines, which most of the time makes zero sense). Save yourself and get another teacher.