Anderson, Bing  

Business

2.40/4.00

52 evaluations


BUS 301


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2017
Bing Anderson. If you want to learn the principles of finance, do not take this professor. Yes, it is a joke class and you can sit on your electronic devices the entire time, and do absolutely fine. However, you go to Cal Poly to get a higher education. He teaches you things that I could teach my eighth grade sister in an evening. If you are truly fascinated by finance, and want to learn the ins and outs of this concentration, avoid Bing Anderson at all costs. Otherwise, if you're looking for a high school level class, this is the one for you! I took him for Global Financial Institutions and Markets. We never once referenced the books. Midterm (only one) and final compose 2/3 of your grade. EACH QUESTION IS ~1% OF YOUR GRADE. ITS ABSURD. Proceed with caution. -graduating senior

BUS 342


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2013
If you dont get an A you should be ashamed of yourself


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2013
For 342, Intro to Finance, he actually gets that it's an INTRO course. If you aren't great at math, its perfect because he goes over the equation, then does an example in class. He goes super slow so its easy to stay up on what he's saying. To all the people that say it's hard to pay attention, I think he's hilarious, in like a 'tiny asian man chugging cough syrup all the time' kind of way. He uses a speaker to talk to "not hurt his voice." Also, he gives 15% for participation, which is showing up to class and raising your hand sometimes and you get credit even if you get it wrong. He told us that usually almost everyone gets a 100% on participation. FOR 342 THIS IS THE EASIEST TEACHER BY FAR. I'm going into the final with 100% on two midterms.


Junior
A
Elective
Jul 2013
I thought this class was awful. This guy will present ideas at a snail's pace and there is little chance you learn anything significant - I am studying for a finance exam right now and while many of the same concepts are on his syllabus, he won't get to the last two weeks' topics. What he did 'cover' was very surface level, and I felt like I was in high school again. The feelinf was probably aided by other students not respecting his orders to quiet down for a good five minutes each class. DON'T waste your tuition by taking this guy. Unless you're here for A's and not for learning. In that case, this is your guy.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2014
Well I followed what I saw here on Polyratings and it isn't true. I went in thinking I could literally not do shit all quarter and expected an A. I'm a slacker so this process fit right in with what I would have done anyway, but to the many overachievers here at Cal Poly I would suggest putting a little effort in. I was still able to walk out with B's with about 30-45 min of studying for each midterm but each one gets progressively harder and the final requires knowledge of random concepts that you have to dig somewhat deep for in the chapters. I feel bad for Bing in a way, but hes also kind of frustrating because he just sits there and goes over some extremely boring material. I avoided this 342 class for 2 and a half years because it doesnt look like there are any appealing teachers unless this is your concentration, but if you are looking for a class with basically no workload and to get 342 out of the way this is your class.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2014
This is the easiest class you will ever take. I went into the final without missing a single question on the two midterms. There is no homework, and basically you need to understand a few concepts and how to work a BA-II Calculator. Bing is a nice guy and seems very smart. I think this class is a little beneath his level of expertise, as he seems just as bored with the material as anyone else. If you plan on picking finance as your concentration, than it is probably best to avoid this class. If you are just looking to get this class out of the way and take an easy 3 units, this your class.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2014
Wouldn't say this is the easiest class ever. But it's not too hard to get an A as long as you put in the effort. Overall I enjoyed his class.


Senior
B
Required (Support)
May 2014
Learned a lot more than I did the first time I took Finance. Bing taught to all levels of understanding.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2014
This class is pretty much a joke. All the work is easy but he takes a ton of time to explain it. I literally learned the entire quarter three days before the final. If you plan on concentrating in finance, don't take this class, because it's a waste of your time and it'll only hurt you in the end. If you're not and just want an easy class to pass your 342 requirement, take this.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2015
Sweet guy who means well. Wants his students to succeed in his class but doesn't do much to help. His lectures are scary boring BUT you can learn useful material in his class. If you want to concentrate in finance however, I recommend you challenge yourself a little more...


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2016
This is an rediculously easy class. If you want to learn finance and take more advanced classes within finance later on, don't take Bings class... Compared to the other professors that teach BUS342, Bing only chooses to teach the most basic material and provides the absolute minimum knowledge for the students. You will learn a lot more if you take for example Brian Ayash. If you are not into finance and just want a really EASY class to learn the basics of corporate finance, this is the class for you! This was the easiest class ever (I promise). I got a (minimum effort) A on all elements in this class. If you really know and understand all the homework assignments, the exams will be a piece of cake. No surprises. Bing is a very nice guy and really wants his students to succeed. His lectures are dry but the is good at presenting the material and makes sure everyone is on board.

BUS 349


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jul 2012
This class was so incredibly boring. It's so hard to pay attention because of the extremely slow pace that he teaches at. The material was pretty easy like I said it was just very hard to pay attention in class so sometimes I'd find myself a little lost. If you are used to Gorman's style of teaching/philosophies then Bing will just seem like a joke. The concepts Bing teaches only scratch the surface and he never explains why you are using a formula so your understand of the concepts is zero to none. The first midterm was pretty easy but the final is a lot harder. They're both multiple choice tests (which I think is the completely wrong way to test finance material) and there are two group projects that are easy. I would try to avoid taking him if possible just because I really don't feel like I learned anything at all.

BUS 433


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2004
Bing is tight. Your grade is based on a midterm, a final, a group paper and participation, all of which are fairly easy. He also uses a microphone in class which is pretty cool.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2004
Han is a great guy but his teaching style is difficult to follow for finance. His lecture is all powerpoint and finance is not a powerpoint kind of class. I was dissapointed in that I did not learn as much about International Finance as I wanted to, mainly because of the style of learning. He has one midterm, a project and a final. The tests were all off of the powerpoints - the project was the only real learning tool in the class but it was still not enough. If you are looking for an overview of International, you will get it with Han, but if you really want to understand it and know the material, consider finding out more first...


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2005
Bing is a nice guy who really wants to help students. This is a really complex subject matter and you really got to put some time in to understand what's going on. He assigns a case, homework, has a midterm (ALL off power point notes) and a crazy-hard final (like essays and derive a formula we use... so hard). He's helpful in office hours and I know for a fact he curved the class, but how much I don't know. I don't know who else is a great instrucotr for 433 but Bing is pretty cool and if you care about learning the material and are willing to do a bit of outside work it's not a big deal to take him.


Senior
A
Required (Support)
Aug 2005
433 is a tough class which covers a LOT of material in a short period of time. Han is very attentive to the students' needs and is always willing to help answer questions during and after class hours. If you are looking for another class that will help you bullshit and schmooze your way through college..take someone else. Like most things in life--you get back from this class what you put in, i.e. not studying = not a good grade. I am no genius, but I did get an a with a fair amount of effort. Do the reading BEFORE the class meeting to get the most out of the discussions that take place in class, this way the material will be more familiar and you can actually participate in the discussion (learn by doing, etc.). If this is done, a mere 3-4 hours reviewing the slides before the midterm will be enough. If you don't keep up on the reading, however, be prepared for a stressful finals week because nearly ALL material covered during the quarter will be on the final. He has a charming personality and he's really funny! He is a fair professor...chances are you will get the grade you deserve.


5th Year Senior
A
Required (Support)
Aug 2005
I received an A in this class--but I definately worked for it. Han is obviously intelligent and very well educated professor. His midterms and projects tie very well into what we are learning in class. Expectations are clear and grading is very fair. He has a fat curve at the end (doesn't factor in the genius who aces the test, etc.). This guy is super funny and cheerful; always willing to help at random times, like at 1am the night before our crazy project was due. My best advice: DO the project for yourself, even if someone in your group does all the work for it. If you understand the concepts in the project, you will get a good grade on the final. Keep up on the reading and review the slides before class...it makes a HUGE difference. TAKE BING!


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2015
The material and tests were straight forward. Although he writes you can e-mail for additional office hours - he has snapped at students who requested it. If you show up to his office hour WITH 5 - 10 minutes left (even if that is all the time you need), he has yelled at students. He has been both a nice professor and short tempered. I don't think yelling for this kind of issue is acceptable with college level students. Other than that the class and material was fine.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2015
I took this class because it sounded interesting and multiple people had told me understanding international finance would be a good skill to have in the future. I also heard Bing was a pretty easy class. The first midterm came pretty late in the quarter and the average was a C-/D+ which made everyone panic. The highest grade was a 90% (only 1 A total). Most people were at a C-F. We then had a case study that everyone got an A on and then the final rolled around and if you went to his office hours he really helped. All the stuff on the exams came from his slides, but it was tough to understand his slides because he would write stuff everywhere. A lot of people came into this class thinking it would be easy because it was Bing, but he were surely mistaken which reflects the midterm grades. If you prepare better for the first midterm it isn't that bad of a class and I confidently know the basics of international finance pretty well.

BUS 439


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2007
Two midterms 15% and 25%, and a final 35%. Participation 10%. Homework 10%. Reading Research Papers 5%. I have not taken a class this horrible in all my time at Poly. Bing is an intelligent guy, but I don't think he was made for teaching. Just take a look at the grade breakup. The first Midterm is on the second day of class and is worth 15% of your grade. I still don't understand why we were tested before we ever learned anything in class. I know it was based on things that we are already supposed to know, but its just awful that its done considering that he is the only person teaching it the entire year. What is a student supposed to do if he screws up on it? Retake all his prereqs? What is even worse is that we spent the first half of the quarter going over present value and the valuation of bonds. Why test us on the second day of class, then spend half the quarter teaching something that you already tested us on? It was a setup for failure for many people. The lectures are dry, but that isn't the problem. The problem is that he has trouble communicating the concepts of what we're learning. He pretty much reads off his power point slides. I realized half way that things were much clearer when I spent time reading the book. His lectures just killed my interest. The book is very good but is very dense with information once you get a few chapters into it. If you don't understand the first read through, don't give up. Just keep going over it again and again. I didn't get some things until the third try. There are only about five practice problems per chapter, not much for a "learn by doing" kind of school. The participation points is a waste of time because people rarely knew the answers, and the worst part is that he rewards mediocrity. Its OK to give points when people are wrong when they made an effort, but people were seriously making sh*t up. If you want participation points, just blurt out a number and your sure to rack up the points regardless of how off you are.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2007
Anderson is a good lecturer and explains the problems and student's questions well, but I personally REALLY didn't like his grading system and tests. One MAJOR PROBLEM I had with this class is that he DOES NOT allow an equation sheet of any kind so you basically have to memorizes a billion equations for the tests instead of spending that time to learn the material and theory behind solving the problems, etc. Participation is 10% and is just a bonus for those stupid people who love to talk in class and penalizes everyone else. Midterm 1 is 15% and was on the second day of class and was on all past material and pre-reqs which basically punishes you for not remembering material you took 2 years ago. He doesn't assign very many problems in the homework which is hard for people like me who need to do a bunch of examples before I absorb the material. The second midterm was okay, but he even admits that he likes to put "tricks" in his exams, but for the most part the exam problems were similar to the ones we did in class and in the book. Tables, graphs were copied from the book and he would ask you questions on them. The final is what I thought was completely misleading. He said it would be "heavily weighted on the newly learned material" however, 12 out of 30 of the questions were from the first midterm. The average in our class was 13 out of 30 which shows that people were completely caught off guard. I just think it's retarded to test people twice on the same material and just barely on the new material learned especially when professors explicitly tell you that they will test mostly on the new material, but I know most professors love to pull that crap on the final. The only good thing is that there is a huge curve at the end of the course which is why I got a B- and not like a D if it wasn't curved.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2007
Bing is an incredibly intelligent guy. It is dumbfounding why he is teaching with his PHD from Stanford rather than making millions in finance. The tests are extremely hard, but his generous curving policy makes up for it. He basically says that he'll at least pass you if you show up to class, do your homework, and participate. Overall, I recommend him as a teacher.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2007
As a finance student this was by far the most demoralizing class ever. Bing sucks, bing sucks a lot! He is smart and nice but most of his students can teach the material better than he can. You wont get a bad grade, he curves a lot... But the finance department needs to re-evaluate making him the sole instructor of this class because he sucks at teaching


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2007
Bing is an extremely intelligent guy who really knows his stuff but cannot relate that information on to his students. The class was basically a huge gut check do to the low scores you will undoubtedly receive on all of his tests. I actually got perfect scores on most homework assignments and on the three tests I received a 7 out of 15, 17 out of 25 (a high score on that test), and a 13 out of 30 on the final (which was actually the class average). With his odd curve that works out to a B-. I think he does a ranking system. It is not that he doesn't know what he is talking about, it is just that he doesn't reciprocate the info well onto his students. He also gives you almost no problems to help you study for the test and tells you to just understand the slides, which are from the author of the text book which you only cover about a third of. Maybe this guy gets better, but I say avoid him unless there is no other choice.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2008
Prof Anderson is a very smart guy and knows what he's talking about, only problem is his wacky grading system.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2008
It is true that Bing is not best at teaching but compare him to most of the finance teachers at Cal Poly, I have to say he is a lot better. His first test was really hard because he didn't really teach us anything but it really forced the students to review the prerequisite that they will need for the class. This second midterm was not hard at all, if you studied his powerpoint slide, reviewed the homework, you should be fine. The final was kind of a surprise but there was a few questions from the previous midterm. If you actually pay attention in class and understand what he tried to emphasize, you will be fine. The participation is 10% but 7% was on attendance, only 3% are really participation. To the person who posted the comment below, you probably didn't like him because he gave you a B- but I think you deserve it. A 7/15 on the first test was below the average (average was 8.3). A 17/25 on the second test was not a high score (average was 17.5). And a 13/30 on the final is the average. I bet everyone in the class turned in their homework and got close to perfect score. So it seems like you still get a B-, that means Bing curved the average to a B-. Wow, what a generous curve. From almost an F, to a B- ????????? What are you complaining about?


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2008
The only thing I didn;t like about his class was that his tests were all scantrons and he doesn't know how to word his questions. Given the fact that the midterm was out of 20 points and the final out of 30 points, it seems ridiculous that you lose even one point even though you have the right answer because Bing does not know how to word either his questions or his answers. Other than that, his tests tend to be very difficult but he has a very generous grading curve. He says he doesn't use cutoffs for the curve but just looks at the grades to make sure the curve is 'fair.'


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jul 2008
To all you Business students who never have anything good to say welcome to this P.O.S web site devoted to individuals such as yourself desiring a place to bitch about how hard your education is. Why the f..... did you come here in the first place, expecting to bone a bunch of hot chicks, party, drink tons of beer and smoke a few joints before class? Some advice to you, quit copying the solution manuals and turning it in as homework that you should have done on your own. Try to actually LEARN the material since that is what COLLEGE is supposed to be right? Or is it drunken stupors partying downtown in this faggot ass conservative hypocrisy so called upscale American town? Run by three jack ass never graduated from college idiots riding the real-estate boom and convincing everyone not to vote for the market place to secure his own interests. Anyway point being, you're obviously a bunch of spoiled self-centered mama's boys who still need to have mommy come over and change your dippers and tell you to do your homework, wash behind your ears, and grow the f.... up!!!! But since mommy and daddy have nothing but trouble of their own they send your ass off to college, pay the f...ing bills for you, and hope to god you graduate so you will quit sucking every last dime from their bank account. But hey you're going to be a big Know it all businessmen soon right? You'll be so damn cocky having a degree from CalPoly that you don't deserve since all you did was bitch about how hard your classes were. That won't matter then cause by then you'll be telling everyone how smart you were in school and claiming that every class was easy, mean while your company is being sued because guess what....yep you f.....ed up my friend. You forgot to check that deal and well the f...ing thing just collapsed. Opps must have been your subordinates fault....those f....ing idiots never get it right. Good luck people quit complaining that the teachers are making it too hard, and do your own damn homework for a change!


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2008
Professor Bing, as many reviews below me will concur is not so great at conveying the material to his students. He is a very nice guy and wants to help you as much as he can, not to mention he is incredibly smart but he is not a great person to convey the material. To summarize everything I will list the pros and cons of this class. Pros: he is very nice and has lots of office hours before midterms and finals, the first part of the course is alright and relatively able to keep up with the material if you are good at math, and there is a huge curve at the very end. Cons: The second half of the class (after the first midterm) prepare to be totally confused and make sure you read the text thoroughly to understand the material, the final is very hard and you will fail no matter how much you study (still study though), if you are in a very smart class it will be harder for you to get a good grade because the curve is sorta messed up. Good luck as this class is unavoidable because Bing is the only guy that teaches it but don't stress too much if you work hard you will get a B, if you are really smart and the rest of your class isn't you will get an A.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2009
Professor Bing is a great teacher. He won a TEACHING AWARD from Cal Poly.


5th Year Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Feb 2009
Bings a nice guy...everything is pretty straight forward. Just study and do the hw and you will be fine.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2009
Bing is a good teacher. If you actively try to participate and study periodically you should have no problem. The tests are hard but they are curved. He is very helpful in office hours and knows his stuff.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2010
Bing does not teach this class in a way that will help you after you graduate. He teaches in a route way so you only learn how to do the calculations. He teaches very little intuition behind the calculations especially in the second half of the class. I don\'t know why your reading this because if your a finance concentration he is really your only option for 439. Enjoy.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2010
Bing is a really nice, funny guy who always has a big goofy smile on his face and thinks it\'s funny that he\'s really smart and you\'re really not. Not the greatest teacher, and he often has a hard time explaining things to the class. However, if you go and talk to him individually he is pretty helpful. Tests are difficult, and E. none of the above is a possible answer for every question and it ends up being the right answer for quite a few.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Apr 2010
I heard something that I didn\'t take to heart until after the quarter ended. At first the class isn\'t bad, but after the midterm it get ridiculous... You probably cover 50 long and complex equations and he expects you to memorize all of them with no cheat sheet. It\'s insane. His justification is that everyone should understand how the equations are derived and hence it should be easy. I had an A going into the final. I studied like crazy. I got a 15/32 on the final, and sadly that was higher than what other members of my study group received. This is more of a cramming class, than a learning class.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2011
Bing is very qualified to be a professor in that he has two Ph.D's, but his ability as a professor is close to zero. Just study his powerpoints and know every equation for his tests (especially arbitrage), and you'll get an A, but don't expect to learn any intuition behind what you're learning. I'm really just telling you what to expect, because Bing is your only option for 439...for now.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Sep 2011
Fantastic teacher. He is very knowledgeable about his subject. You can tell he really enjoys teaching.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Sep 2011
Professor Anderson was extremely helpful and very nice. This was a tough class, but very well taught. He gave great notes.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2011
The class overall was ok. The grade this quarter was determined by 2 projects, one midterm, one final, and participation. The work load is virtually non-existant because he does not grade homeworks. The pace of the class is very slow until the first midterm and then the pace accelerates ridiculously. To keep up and remain on top of things for the class, I recommend doing all the examples in the text and the problems in the back of the book. The answers to the problems at the back of the text are provided on his website. You'll probably be doing these problems over and over because Professor Anderson does not create problem sets for you which is a major reason why this class gets difficult. There are simply not enough examples or problems to sufficiently review the concepts and practice the techniques for calculations. The class notes can be ambiguous at times and some concepts that he covers for only 3 minutes in class will be on the test. Make sure you review his slides before the exams. The projects are not too bad. He will help you if you ask so don't worry if the projects are confusing. The textbook itself is pretty tough to read because it is not a regular textbook and was made as a review for people already in the finance industry. However, be persistent and read and understand the concepts presented in the book because all the examples he uses are directly from the text. We covered five chapters over the course of the quarter which may seem like very little, however, by the end of the quarter, you'll be glad its only five chapters because the material in the last two chapters covered can be very confusing. Professor Anderson is an satisfactory teacher. He presents the material to emphasize how to do the calculation but does not include as much theory and intuition behind the calculation which makes understanding the concepts difficult. I am not a fan of his teaching method because he bases all his class examples on those in the text. This is not helpful because we already have so little examples to work with to understand the concepts. If Professor Anderson was able to create problem sets for students, this class would be more helpful in teaching the subject.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
May 2012
He's so sweet! Go to his office hours. Very helpful. Overall, class was relatively easy. Just review the notes and make sure you understand them for your midterm and final, and be sure to participate and go to class...


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2012
Anderson is a great teacher. He lectures very clearly and breaks down the material nicely. He is patient and a just generally a chill dude. Also, his tests are fair and not too difficult


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2013
Dr. Bing makes you think you learned something. He also gives a super easy midterm (nearly everyone gets an A), and then 2 easy "projects" which should be considered a homework assignment. Then everyone struggles on the final, I fortunately came out with an A in the class. He is absolute garbage of a teacher. There is no conceptual or real understanding that is taught. Don't get me wrong he is a nice guy, and also smart. I'm currently taking the CFA and am finding that although I got an A in the class, I pulled nothing from it. If anyone ever teaches this class besides him take it because you might actually take something away from the class. Its frusturating that this is a 400 level concentration class when I didn't take anything out of it.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2013
Class has almost no workload, as it is a midterm, final, and 2 projects which are basically homework assignments you do in teams of 5 or so. The midterm is really easy, and the final isnt that bad too, but they are scantron, so if you mess up one number in the problem, you will miss 4 or 5 questions that have to do with the problem. overall, easy class, little workload, and i felt like i learned a decent amount


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2013
Never again will I take a Bing Anderson class. His entire class is taught through PowerPoint presentations. He is very dry and not a good public speaker. His lectures are excruciating to sit through and I really wish this class was offered by another professor. The material is not difficult and can probably be taught and interpreted in a week. His first midterm is primarily based upon his project. Cheat sheets are allowed. I really messed up by not writing down how to do the first project on my cheat sheet. I really wanted to take international finance this past quarter, but I saw that he was teaching it and decided against it. I felt like I learned more in Gorman's week of teaching this material than this entire class. Hopefully Anderson eventually changes his teaching style because his current style is the worst I have experienced.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2014
Frankly, Bing Anderson is a lazy professor. He will not lift a finger, he will not stand (he writes on his computer which is projected on the board), and he will not even present without his microphone because he is too lazy to speak up. Besides his lazy teaching preferences he completely fails at preparing you in Finance. He focuses on the minutia of algebra and will literally spend 10 minutes writing out a 12 year NPV formula in longhand which takes about 4 seconds to solve with your financial calculator. His homework assignments are a complete joke, his first midterm is the easiest thing ever, he passes out teaching evaluations the first day they go out (week 7) and then his class completely changes. He starts running off these extremely difficult topics and breezing through months of material in 2 weeks. He does not explain how things work and he does not put it in context of the financial world; he only focuses on the adding and subtracting and basically everything you already know how to do. His final exam is impossible. It is all multiple choice scantron (like the midterm) but there will be groupings of questions that build off of one another and so if you miss the first one, you miss 9 more questions after that. He does not care about you or about finance. All he cares about is putting in his minimal effort, but "covering his bases" in the end of the quarter. I feel bad for the professors who have to teach courses that build off of his because they basically have to give you a crash course in what he was supposed to teach on top of their own subjects. But of course he is so tenured that nothing will get him out and clearly he has no motivation to work a little more for his students.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2014
Bing is perhaps the biggest disappointment of my time at Cal Poly so far. If you want to get the bare minimum out of your education then Bing is your man. If you are trying to learn anything avoid him at all costs. His focus is to put in the least amount of effort humanly possible. He won't stand, he won't speak up (he uses a mic) and he won't teach. The first midterm will be the easiest thing you've ever taken. Know arbitrage and you'll ace it. The final will be hard because he crammed lots of poorly explained concepts into the last two weeks. He will leave you horribly unprepared for any finance class that relies on 439. It is classes like Bing's that cause people to hate on Business majors. Everyday Bing teaches my opinion of the Business School drops more and more.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2014
Great teacher. Explains things clearly. Extremely helpful.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2014
YOUR NAME PLEASE.


Junior
B
Elective
Apr 2014
The first thing you will notice about Bing is how slow everything he does seems, and this is not limited to the class as a whole. If you go into this class after Gorman, prepared to spend the first few weeks of class wondering why you're there, as he spends about ten minutes making one single pint and then goes through five plug-and-chug examples if it is a simple formula. However, this pace also becomes a saving grace in the unlikely event you come across a topic that doesn't click right away or miss a class (not recommended, as there is a participation grade, half of which is based solely on attendance). Copies of the powerpoint which he lectures off of are sent to students after class, although taking your own notes is advisable as it lets you almost entirely bypass the relatively dense reading. The course is split into sections based on the first four chapters of a comprehensive book on fixed income securities, which is far thicker than those first four chapters. As such, the class does not adequately cover the material which one would assume it would. As the course progresses the material becomes harder to grasp and the pace slightly picks up, which leaves many students dazed by the final exam. Homework is limited to two assignments which are titled "projects", while practice problems to work through on your own are not provided at any point. These are very important, as they make up a significant portion of the grade as well as being comprised of similar calculations which make up a chunk of the exams, something Bing even warns the class about and makes a point of upon returning the "projects" or being asked for help on them. Both of the two exams are short and multiple choice with some quantitative questions that build on each other (and are none the less out of order) and some independent concept ones. This means no partial credit and that each question is worth a lot of points. A cheat sheet is allowed, although you should know the material well so that you can be prepared for curveball questions. As far as helpfulness, Bing is not very good at answering conceptual questions, but will provide you with directions on how to solve a problem is asked for help. This is good for your grade, but not so much for your understanding of the topic, which you are left on your own to find. In summation, the course is easy if the material clicks. If it doesn't, the dense text, uncompromising grading and no variety in the explanation approach will leave you stranded. Additionally, it is not comprehensive to the material being studied, but still feels extremely dragged out. I would recommend this class be taken only out of necessity.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
May 2014
Doesn't teach anything in class.. His test is a 20 question scan tron which he will take a week and a half to grade. He is mind numbingly boring and teaches terribly, if you took Gorman before him you will hate life. Overall the class is a joke and Bing is a lazy ass teacher not cut out of the job.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
Theres only one thing to know about class with Bing... you will learn very very little. The class had 1 20 question multiple choice midterm, 2 projects that took about 3 hours to do TOTAL, and the final (multiple choice). If you're looking to free up some time in your schedule take this class. I thought it was pretty easy to get a B in the class with about 15 hours of studying/work the ENTIRE QUARTER. Sadly my success in finance will have no relation with Bings class.

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Sophomore
A
General Ed
Nov 2016
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