At a glance
- Workload: Light
- Teaching Style: Interactive (kind of)
- Interest in students: High
- Relevance to outside world: Low
Overall Professor Rating: 2.5
Overall Course Rating: 2
Marketing 551 is a hard class for the SCU program. Many have described it as an undergraduate-level course and I would agree, even as someone without any background in the marketing side of things. So it’s not easy to review a course that is so basic in the concepts it covers. In addition, the other professors that teach 551, during the year, have less than stellar reviews.
This is the latest of my reviews on the professors I’ve had while an MBA student at Santa Clara University‘s Leavey School of Business. There are lots of sites out there that provide feedback and rates – ratemyprofessor is the most notable. The SantaClaraMBA Yahoo group also has a big database of comments and lots of additional information in its message archive. That database can be a bit hard to wade through, and the comments are short and often just link to other threads, which are themselves pretty short and superficial. Only here can I write as much as I want 🙂
I review professors from a variety of perspectives. First, I explain the context(s) under which I took the class. Time of year, time of day, etc. Then I talk about the quality of the class and the professor, and finally about the professor as a person. After all, we are trying to learn about our interactions with people, so knowing that side of a teacher is critical, too. So these would be interactions outside the classroom, etc. I also just write whatever it is that I think is relevant or will be helpful to others. That is my overall goal.
This is the first review I’ve done of a course I’ve just completed. So at least its fresh :-).
I took 551 this summer 2008, Tuesday and Thursday, from 5:30-7:30. It was the first of two classes on those evenings – 4 straight hours of class. And it was also the first class after a day at work. Summer classes are always hard to take, and hard to review, I think. The classes are longer, with a break, and some faculty modify their course material for the short, 7 week term, others don’t. But that’s when I took the course, so that’s that.
Them’s the facts. Now read on for the review.