Dobson, Sharon  

Business

3.14/4.00

136 evaluations


BUS 102


Freshman
A
General Ed
Feb 2006
she is awesome....I liked her class...shes really nice...can be hard on tests...if you try...you will do well

BUS 215


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2009
professor dobson is a very sweet lady. you can tell she really cares about her students and really wants them to learn the material. class is based on three tests-two midterms and a non-cumulative final and a group homework and participation grade. 25 percent each. make sure you get yourself in a good group or you'll end up carrying your team. there are about two fairly involved team homework assignments a week. the exams are fairly difficult but she does allow you to bring a 3 by 5 card to use with is very helpful.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2012
She is a very nice professor who recognizes student difficulties and always tries to help out. She presents the material a bit in class, but most of the learning comes from doing questions. So if you learn by mainly doing practice problems, this will be a good class. Plus, the material is easy and all the tests are very easy. Great class and great professor.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2012
Dobson was a great teacher. She does a great job making sure that everyone understands whats going on. Easy A if you jusst go to class and take notes. I recommend that people take her for Bus 215.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2013
Great teacher. Gets to know all the sudents' names. Will help you with anything you need. Tests are pretty easy and lots of in class group work. Very little homework. Would love to take this class again. Take her for BUS 215 for sure.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2013
Dobson is a good professor overall. Make sure you get a good group in the very beginning because you do everything with the group for the entire quarter. One thing about Dobson is that she doesn't lecture a ton. For a lot of the time you just work problems out in your groups and then go over them together as a class. One thing to be wary of is the midterms. The first one is super easy, but don't let it set the tone. The second one is not hard per se, but it takes a really long time; it was one of those midterms where the 2 hours is up and everybody is still working. The final is somewhere in between the 1st and 2nd midterm. Also, your grade is mainly just tests. I believe 10% was group work that you turn in, and the other 90% is split up for the 2 midterms and final. Overall not a bad class.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2013
Dobson was great. Very nice, really helpful in office hours, and a very enthusiastic teacher. Pick a good group in the beginning of the quarter and know how to do the problems on the study guides for the tests and you will be good to go.


Senior
A
Elective
Apr 2013
In my 4 years at Cal Poly I have liked most of my Professors. This one was definitely the most professional and adept I have had.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2013
Dobson's class was fair. If you put in the time and study it is easy to get an A. If you get lazy and show up to half the classes, it is still relatively easy to pull off a B+. Just apply yourself if you want an A. The tests are fair and projects, although time consuming, are easy.


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
May 2014
Dobson is extremely boring and doesn't teach you anything about accounting. You have to sit through class doing stupid practice problems while hearing her blab on about things you haven't even learned. Everyone says she is the best but that is complete bogus. Her tests are insanely hard and are on things she hasn't even taught. Also she yells a lot!!!!! Take her for marketing, not for Managerial Accounting. DO NOT take her for managerial!!!!!!


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2014
Professor Dobson is definitely one of the better professors to take Managerial accounting with in my opinion. She is very enthusiastic about the subject and the class is pretty straightforward. She uses the time in class efficiently and does not try to trick you on the midterms and final, which she allows a note sheet on. The only negative aspect of the class would have to be the Connect homework that she assigns, which I personally did not feel was useful. She also gives you a group project, which I felt was quite beneficial. I would definitely recommend taking Professor Dobson for managerial accounting.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Apr 2016
Dobson actually cares about her students which is really refreshing to actually see in a teacher. She genuinely wants you to do well in her class and will help you get there if you want her to. A lot of group work in her class. She is fair though in her tests, theyre hard, dont get me wrong. The class was not a breeze and lecture about accounting can be dry. But im sure having a good professor makes it a bit better. I would recommend Dobson for sure. She gives you candy sometimes and she is a nice lady overall

BUS 221


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Jun 2005
If you truely want to come away from a class knowing something and at the same time want a chance to get a good grade than this is the teacher. She is very business like and always on top of things. Her tests are difficult so pay attention, in the long run you will realize you're smarter for taking her. She cares a ton about her students and is an incredibly nice person so if you have difficulties she is always available. Well worth the extra work


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Jan 2006
She really wants you to learn the material and she is always willing to help. If she sees that you are really trying she will bump your grade up. Her tests are kind of hard, i never did very well on them.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2006
Very amiable professor who tries very hard to make the material understandable. Quizzes are not difficult if you do the work, but the midterm and final are exceptionally difficult. Don't bother understanding concepts for these, because the test only covers graphs and actual calculations. The graphs can be especially frustrating. Participate in class, because this ends up making a difference in grades at the end of the quarter. Very willing to help; take advantage of any extra credit. Get to class on time!!!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
May 2006
two people below me, you're not very smart. you seem surprised/excited that you pulled a B in the class when you got Bs on the tests and quizzes and an A in hw. How could you get lower than a B??? Anyways dobson is a great econ teacher, i'd take her again.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Jul 2007
I Loved this teacher. she really cared about every student and how they were doing. make sure to read the chapters. If you dont read the tests can be very hard. the average for our first midterm was a %70...so be sure to read! One thing that sucks about this class is the current events (ILJ's) and we had to do 15 one page writeups on them...they are not hard just annoying. Overall i thought the class was really interesting. Mrs. Dobson is a great teacher!

DSCI 221


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2005
Mrs. Dobson cares about her students alot. The homework assignments in her class are very easy because you get to complete it with a partner. She doesn't give pop quizes, and you get to use a sheet of notes for every midterm and the final. If you don't get her lectures, don't be scared to go to her office hours, she can be very helpful. She also reponds to emails very promptly.

ECON 221


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Mar 2005
ms dobson is the tightest teacher ever. she never taught microecon before but she was very knowledgable of the information. she would make her own office hours to fit your schedule, and you could call her at her house til 10 oclock if you had any questions! if you email her she would get back to you within a few hours tops. i had her at 7 in the morning but i would really look forward to it. she explained things well and just was an all around awesome teacher. do well on tests because the hmk is a given A. i highly recommend her for any class because im sure shes just as good in business classes.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2005
Professor Dobson is one of the nicest people I have ever met, and a wonderful professor. She was extremely accomodating to fit office hours, tests, and worksheets into the student's schedule. Her lectures were great...way more valuable than any lecture I have ever had. Her tests are pretty tough, and it is hard to get an A, but you do walk away with a great understanding of the material. I am not a morning person, and I had her at 7:00 am, but never missed a class. She is very warm, yet professional and I would recommend her to anyone.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2005
I complained about her all quarter, but I guess I can't complain too much because she did give me an A-. The average for the first midterm was a 68% and she refused to curve. The 2nd midterm went much better. The class is really hard anyways, and she didn't explain things very well. If you are ok with teaching yourself the material from the text and worksheets, then she's fine. I would stay away from her if possible, but if not, I'm sure you'll be fine.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Apr 2005
I LOVED Mrs. Dobson! She not only did an excellent job teaching econ for her first time, but she is genuinely a caring person and wants her students to do well. Be prepared to work, but if you do the homework and ask questions you'll do fine. She's SO willing to help you if you don't understand anything either! Definitly would reccrommend her!!


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2005
i hated microecon but liked proffesor dobson. her lectures were boring cuz she basically restated the book instead of clarified it. but she had tons of office hours and held study sessions before tests so u could ask her about nething u didnt get. TESTS R SOOO HARD! the averages were a low c on the first and a high d on the second. hw isnt that bad so u hav to do it to get a good grade in the class.


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Dec 2005
professor dobson is really AWESOME. she is all about helping students. if you read the material and do the assignments the class should not be a problem. there's a few exams after we've gone through some of the chapters and a final that's not cumulative; we also have to do homework assignments with groups, in class, and on our own. the class was never boring. she really cares about her students, always relates the subject to what's going on in the real world, and is always fair. i would definitley try to get her as a professor for this course, that could be boring when taught with other instructors


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2005
Ms Dobson is the nicest teacher ever. She really cares about her students and even invited anyone that didn't have anywhere to go on Thanksgiving to go to her house. Hardly any homework and most of it is done in class. Also, the tests are kinda hard but if you study you'll do fine. I did not put very much time into this class and manages to get a B...


Senior
A
Required (Support)
Feb 2006
Okay, here's the rundown on Dobson. she's totally fucking cool if you can handle cocky teaching style. she's totally polite, and has a deep investment in each student - she goes out of her way to help you understand the material. the fault with her lies in her testing. she uses the econ pooled quizzes/test questions...and they are often pretty difficult. the homework is wieghed pretty heavy in your grade, so that's nice, just don't miss any assignments. also, DON'T MISS ANY CLASS SESSIONS. in one way or another, missing a class session will screw you - miss a homework assignment turn-in, or receival, or quiz. something happens everyday. so you'll need to be there. no late assignments either. after all that is said and done, you may be kind of scared off, but let me assure you as a complete stranger, it's not that bad. she really knows how to convey the material and she genuinely wants you to learn the stuff. so the odds are really on your side.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2006
Dobson is a very nice lady, but she is a hard teacher. You have to read the book to do good. If you don't read you won't do good. Her hw is hard and her tests are very hard. the class average on the midterm was a 65 and she didnt curve it. Chances are if you read and do all the work and go to class you will get a B. You wont know how you got that B, but because she is fair and nice you will get it. Also she gives extra credit. very helpful.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2006
Her class is full of lame homework, quizzes, tests and projects. She doesn't curve anything, but offers minimal extra credit. I think she is bipolar. She will snap sometimes. I don't think she knows econ well enough to teach it. She is big on current events, but you don't learn the material from spending half the class talking about current events. She keeps attendance. If you are late, you can't turn in homework or take the quiz PLUS she will be a bitch to you in front of the whole class. She makes you talk in class so if you are shy it sucks.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Apr 2006
Professor Dobson is probably one of the nicest professors at CalPoly. First of all she is highly passionate about econ, and strives to make sure every student has a good understanding of the concepts before she gives and exam. Now Dobson gives a mild amount of hmwk, usually a packet to complete each week, that she usually gives you until friday to do, and helps you out with anything if you have a question. She also gives a quiz a quiz almost every friday, and announces what will be on it, but they arent that simple so you do have to pay attention. Lastly, her tests are pretty difficult. The class average was only about 65% for the first exam, however the final is much more simple, mostly because you just go over basic concepts you already know. Dont worry to much about the test however, because she offers alot of extra credit, usually either delete a bombed quiz, or add 5% to your test grade.I got a low B on the first test and got As on all the hmwk and Bs on the quizzes and still easily came out with a B. Be sure to participant in her class however, this can affect your grade heavily


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Apr 2006
Mrs. Dobson is an excellent teacher, probably one of the best I've had. Her class is not particularly easy, but she presents everything you need to get an A and she does it in a passionate and interesting way. I would highly recommend her.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Jul 2006
She makes this class extremely relavent to current events. She even has a period at the begining of the class where people can share current events that are relavent to the subject matter. This made the class a whole lot more understandable. There is nothing that I can fault this lady on she is beyond helpful and really puts a great deal of effort into her teaching. I strongly recommend her.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Mar 2007
dobson is very very passionate. she learns everyones name. i took micro bc im a business major. we had it twice a week for 2 hours. she only allows you to miss one class before she starts taking away from your grade unless you have an excuse. the hw your allowed to have a partner so i only had to do half of them, and if you do forget to do one you can just write your name on someone elses. i never paid attention in class and just studied for 4 hours before every test and got an a in the class. final was not cumulative. dobson is a good teacher


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Apr 2007
I liked Dobson. She was enthusiastic, and you can tell she really cared about each student. You have to go to every class basically, if you don't, then your grade gets knocked pretty bad. The truth of it is though, I really didn't learn much in her class at all. I pretty much taught myself everything with the textbook (which is the best textbook I have ever read). Overall, she is a good teacher and I recommend her.


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Aug 2007
SOO HARD! The class is painfully borring and usually falls on a friday. Shes an extremely nice lady...passes out candy an all that bs, but the class is ridiculous. A good part of the class is spent listening to fellow students relate the news to econ topics, make sure to do it cuz the volunteer points add up in the end! And the rest is slides she copies straight from the book, not helpful. I def recommend that u read before class its a big help esp. since she doesnt show much interest in making sure the class understands what shes teaching! HW is very fair, but you're also assigned a paper and 20 current events that are due at the end of the quarter(make sure u dont save them all until the last week because they take forever). There's 2 midterms and a final which are all extremely hard and theres no curves. The most annoying thing is is that she radomly focuses a good portion of the test on one or two things and neglects the rest of that material that she specifically tells you to study. STUDY THE GRAPHS! For me office hours and that free tutoring was inevitable, so be prepared if needed. If you take this class be ready to teach yourself the material and hours upon hours of studying!


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Oct 2007
Same as the guy below me, always read every chapter, went over her study guides, went to every lecture, even reviewed her powerpoints, still got a C+ those midterms were soooo fucking hard its ridiculous...


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Nov 2007
Dobson didn't even teach the class. Instead she had the students form into groups and make little presentations on the material everyday while she sat and held the powerpoint slide remote. She says "ie" so much you will want to shoot yourself in the face and it becomes so distracting its hard to even listen to anything she says. Her tests seem easy but arent, this class will be way harder than it should be. I will never take another class with her again, seriously!

BUS 342


Junior
D
Required (Support)
Jul 2000
Answer more than just the question, she wants more than she asks for. Hell just put every related concept for each question, oh, and hurry as time will be your biggest problem if you are not a freaking speedracers on tests. In order to make the class harder she just made the tests longer.....NOT COOL. Sure you get a cheat sheet with everything you want on it but it doesn't help unless your brain works at superspeed. The point system was cool though, three 50 point tests and thats it. The first one is moderate, the second much easier, the third impossibly long with easy content. In summary, shes a nice lady and thats cool, but you will learn more by going to the library and doing the HW than you will in lecture. I didn't have time to finish one test and that really messed up my grade, sure, I take loger than average, but everybody I talked to had the same problem!!!


Junior
C
Required (Support)
Nov 2000
She's very nice and presents the material in an interesting way. She's a fair grader and her tests are average difficulty, but I wish I had had more time on the tests.


Junior
C
Required (Support)
Nov 2000
Class is hard but she grades fairly, and she really wants you to understand the subject. I reccomend this teacher if you want to learn the subject, plus she's very nice to the students.


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Jan 2001
Mrs. Dobson completely saved my grade. She took over for her husband in the middle of the quarter (thank God!) and was the complete opposite of him. She was very nice to the students and sincerely cared about how we were doing in the class. She made herself VERY accessible by giving us all of her phone numbers, including her home number, in case we were stuck on a homework problem. She was available to meet with us on evenings and weekends, as our schedules allowed. In the end she curved our grades to make up for how poorly we had done while her husband was teaching the course. I highly recommend her!


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2002
Ms. Dobson was a very nice person, and really did her best to help us understan the material, however she was obviusly nervous in front of the class and that really detracted from her lectures. Her tests were fair, but difficult, and frankly her grading was inconsistent. She spent 5 minutes before one of the tests telling us that if we could answer the question in a few sentences than we should do that, but when I did that she wrote all over my paper "more detail needed." Overall it was cool that she really cared about us, she even extended office hours before the tests, but her grading was pretty tough.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Apr 2002
Dobson was a fair instructor. She extended office hours close to test times and promoted frequently the fact that you could call her at home if you were having difficulties with any of the material, which is way cool! Her tests were tough but fairly graded. NOTE: make sure you work all of the homework probelms and extra assignments. She appeared nervous at first but loosened up as the quarter went on and showed a lot of energy and enthusiasm for the subject matter. I highly recommend her as an instructor - she cares a lot about the students.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2002
This woman is the nicest bitch you will ever meet. I didn't care for her much. But she presented the material very well. If you wish to succeed in this class you better know your material. The tests are nothing like the homework or case studies, so be careful. Her tests are multiple choice 25 questions, and can be very difficult. The first test is cake, the 2nd pretty tough, and the final was extremely difficult. If you make a valiant effort and talk to her, and become her friend, she will hook you up, but if she hates you she makes it very apparent.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2003
I was dreading this class, but Dobson made it manageable. I took it for four hours once a week on Fridays. As most other students agree, she cares more than any other professor you will have. She wants everyone to do well and will go to any length to help students. She even brought in bagels and cookies. Most of her lecture is off of powerpoint and she knows that students don't want to use the equations, and has us use our calculators for everything. As far as the tests go she allows a DOUBLE SIDED sheet of paper for any handwritten notes and examples. This helps, but the problem is the three non-cumulative midterms (including final) are ONLY 25 multiple choice questions. These are similar in some ways to examples she gives you, but most of them give you way mor information than you need and YOU REALLY HAVE TO KNOW WHATS GOING ON. She does put bonus questions on each midterm which are EASY questions from articles she has given you or things she mentioned in class might be a bonus ----This is what saves you and brings your grade up a lot. Overall a great professor who is perfect if you want to get the class out of the way and not get to involved in the complicated aspects of finance.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Feb 2003
Sharon Dobson is the sweetest lady! She really wants us all to succeed in fnance. She is so enthusiastic about such a hard subject which is cute. I really had a hard time in this class and worked very very hrd She recognized this and took it into consideration during grading. If you truely try your hardest she will pass you.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2003
Ms. Dobson put in more effort than most of the students. She works very hard to make sure students know the material. Before every test she has office hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can also call her at home if you have a question about anything. I would highly recomend her. You will learn a lot and get a good grade.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Major)
Apr 2003
Don't listen to the idiot below. he/she was probably one of the 2 that got a 30% on the midterm. The material isn't hard and if you ever get confused, professor dobson will help you out.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2003
Try teaching finance at 7:00AM to a class full of half asleep students... thats what Sharon did and she did it well. The tests are rough --- be aware. Make sure to study conceptual as well the problems. She offers plenty of office hours prior to the test, even on the weekends. Its a good idea to go to her office hours and check your homework with her.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jul 2003
Sharon Dobson?... The first professor at poly to really inspire me towards a career. This was not my first class with her, but for whatever reason I took her again and she really swept me off my feet. I find her erotically appealing and I wish I could take more of her classes particularly because she holds my attention so adamantly. I went to every single one of her classes because I found her so mesmerizing and she actually taught me the cirriculum without me even realizing it. I wish I could see you in a more social atmosphere... There are so many topics I want to discuss with you besides finance. Skips-dizzlo


Junior
Withdrawn
Required (Support)
Aug 2003
Her tests are a joke. Everyone around me failed the first midterm. She said 6 people out of 70 got a grade of B or above. That to me is bullshit. Everyone else on polyratings can go ahead and praise her all they want, I mean hell that's why I took her to begin with, but she is not a good teacher for students who don't pick things up quickly. Everyone said "oh but she's really good in office hours". Just what I need, a fucking teacher who is good at teaching outside of the classroom.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Oct 2003
She is such a wonderful person, but her class is impossible unless you are really good at finance and/or intend to make finance your concentration. Her tests were 25 multiple choice questions that were difficult to complete in the time allowed. Also, the questions usually had 2-3 parts and if you did one little thing wrong she would have the answer to match up with your answer so you would think you were right. To top it all off, there was only partial credit on her homework problems, not on the test, which would have helped me out. I can't say that she is a better teacher than her husband, but I do know she has no mercy!!!


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Oct 2003
Sharon Dobson is a great teacher. She is demanding in her homework (lots of finance questions to do) as well as her tests. But if you keep up with the workload, you should do fine. She makes herself extremely available, providing her home phone number, as well as countless office hours for you to receieve help. It's too bad that she's not going to be teaching for a while, due to the budget cuts. If you can, take her class.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2004
Great teacher! Always willing to help out. If you ever are confused, just go visit her in office hours and she will be gladly willing to sort the confusion out. I wish she taught more business classes, so I could take her again.


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Mar 2004
She truly means well, but her tests were impossible. They are 25 multiple choice questions which were, most of the time, nothing like the problems or homework she assigned. I think my grade could have been much better if she had only had some sort of partial credit on these questions, because most of the time I would make a small mistake which would cost me the entire question! She gets really excited about finance and ends up going through the material way too quickly to even grasp. She is always available in office hours for help (she even held office hours on Easter Sunday) and is quite helpful when you do go. I think I went to almost every one of her office hours and still didn't do as well as I thought I should have. I've never put so much time into a class and been so disappointed and frustrated.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jul 2004
Sharon is an excellent professor. She is tough but she makes herself available anytime her students need help. She is always happy and willing to help you understand the material. If you are looking for a class you can just kick back in.. pick someone else.. BUT if you are really taking finance seriously and are looking to pursue a concentration in finance, then sharon will prepare you well and give you a strong beginning foundation.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Sep 2004
Sharon was an awesome teacher for 342. I felt like i was in an easy high school math class. The tests are pretty easy if you do your homework. YOu get a cheat sheet and it's multiple choice. She grades for homework so its always good to go to office hours or email her to check if your answers are right. If you get the homework, you'll do fine on the tests. Some people didn't have enough time to finish but it really isn't that hard if you don't think about each problem too much. grades are 1/4 homework, but if you really hate to do homework, you are allowed to partner up with someone. Meaning you can add your name to someone else who did the hw, but make sure you do it eventually. She takes into consideration improvement. So if you bomb the first tests and do well on the rest she'll bump your grade up more then she should....take her, she's a great teacher.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Sep 2004
Mrs.Dobson is a really good teacher. She thoroughly cares about her students and wants them to learn and succeed. I enjoyed her class more than all the other BUS i have taken up to this point. Take her if you can.


Senior
B
Elective
Apr 2005
Dobson is hard! The first weeks I was scared when I went to her class. In the long-run , she is a great teacher! She really cares about her students and gives attention to students who really need it! Definitely recommend her! One of the best teachers I have had a Cal Poly!


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Apr 2005
I had Mrs. Dobson for a 7am Econ class and actually looked somewhat forward going to class everyday. She is the most caring lady and gives her home phone out and urges you to call her. The homework she gives is very helpful and her tests are difficult but manageable. I thought I deserved a C+ but came out somehow with a B! I am taking her again this quarter for finance class and she makes sure everyone is at the same pace... she will even move the midterm back if the students all think they arnt ready for it. Take this teacher and not only you will learn, but you will also have a great resource to talk about business and finance to once you go beyond her class.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2005
Professor Dobson definetly scares you at the beginning of the class and probobly all the way through till your final grade. The entire class i figured i would get a C since i got C's on all her test and never participated. I only got an A in her class because i studied forever for her final and she must have thrown out the first two exams. This class was incredibly stressful but Sharon offered a lot of extra credit at the end though.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Jun 2005
I have never worked so hard for a C in my life!!! I really like Sharon as a person, but her exams were impossible! I did all the homework, extra problems she assigned, spent and average of 20+ hours studying for each exam, and failed them all! How I passed? I don't really know.. but I know that I wasn't the only one crossing their fingers when grades were posted for the quarter. Hard class.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Jul 2005
This class was really hard. I took it during a 5 week summer course and i wouldnt recommend it to any one. I see that most people liked her but I found her annoying, she talked about her personal life a lot and she seemed to not have a depth of knowledge on the subject, unlike the majority of our accounting/finance teachers.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Jul 2005
HARD CLASS! Tests were extremely hard and long. Tough to take the class during spring quarter when the weather is so nice. Ms. Dobson offered extra office hours and lets you bring sheet of notes to exams. I found her to be very knowledgeable about finance and how it relates to other business subjects. Lectures were interesting and applicable to real life situations like planning for retirement, buying a car or house, etc.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Dec 2005
Tests are long! I went to all her office hours, got full credit on homework assignments and invested way too much time on this class to end up frustrated and with a low grade. If you can't work at a fast pace don't take this teacher.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2006
Professor Sharon Dobson was much of an anomoly to me. I have heard the standard Sharon Dobson quote many times leading up to my enrolling into the class: "Sharon is such a good teacher and cares about her students, but she is really hard, but it is so worth it!" There is some validity to that quote, she does care about here students, but did fail in many areas. Her grading seems to be subjective by the end of the class. Her lectures get drier and drier as the quarter progresses and her tests were challenging. I felt that the lectures did not prepare me for the exams. I relied solely on practice problems from the book; I did them 3-4 times over before each exam. The class calander is dynamic as she changes it every week. Her homework assignments are tedious, but very doable, just takes a large amount of time. I recommend, reading the chapters, bringing the slides to class, and logging many hours at the library to secure atleast a B in the class.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2006
Thank god this class is over!!! This class was ridiculous. It consisted of HW assignments, a group stock project, 20 journal entries (1 page each) on news articles, and 3 tests that were the hardest tests at Cal Poly. You aren


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jul 2006
Dobson's test aren't that hard IF you study the material. Read the book, do the HW problems, and understand the concepts. Many people just try to find the answers, then they do badly on the test. If you learn the basic finance concepts you can apply them to the tests. If you are well prepared you will have plenty of time to finish the tests. I do agree that due to time constraints, mostly because Dobson spends the first 20 minutes of class for announcements and current events, she doesn


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jul 2007
Though the worksheets and projects seem to be a lot of work, they are very necessary in order to get a good grade. Always go to lecture for the sake of understanding the material. The worksheets help for studying for the midterms and final. She also gives additional problems, which should also be done in order to get an A. Dobson is ALWAYS avaiblable to for questions, just take the intiative to contact her.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
May 2015
I am in love with Dobson. She is the number one homie and is actually the most caring person I have ever met in my life. I have her this quarter for two of my classes and she is inspiring me to do the best I possibly can and I am 90% sure I will end with A's in both the classes Im taking with her--not because they're necessarily easy--but because I want to make her proud. She cares so much that it makes me care and want to do good. I have never written a poly ratings and this is probably the only one I will ever write but to anyone who wants to have a teacher that is so amazing and you will learn so much from and also bonus... HAS 8 CATS!!!! take Professor Dobson, she's truly the best person on the planet. Im actually so sad I won't ever have a class with her again wow


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Sep 2015
Dobson is simply an outstanding professor, enough said! If you see her name on PASS (whatever class she teaches), TAKE HER!


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Major)
Nov 2015
I see that Dobson gets great ratings which is why I took her, unfortunately my experience was not the same. This is the first time she has taught 342, or so i've been told, and maybe that explains it. She didn't do much to narrow down the information, she would explain one or two examples and then expect us to have the ability to do EVERY PROBLEM in the back of the book, which included every trick and twist there was. She would also often times assign lengthy accepi homework on topics we had not yet discussed in class which was beyond frustrating and discouraging to try to understand. I think she is a nice person but her teaching of this class was poorly executed. The midterms are also very difficult and most people do not finish, there are 30 questions and each test is worth 30% of your grade, meaning if you miss 1 question your grade will drop an entire percent. Meanwhile the extensive amount of classwork and homework is only worth 10% of your grade. It seems like Dobson is an exceptional marketing professor and I wish she would stick to that.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2015
Dobson TRULY cares about her students. She's one of those teachers that will give out her own phone number, respond to your emails extremely quick and schedule more office hours if you need help. There is no reason to get a bad grade in this class if you understand the material and keep up with the work. Three tests @ 30% of your grade and attendance/homework is 10%.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Major)
Jan 2016
I also took Dobson because of the good reviews. She does care about her students tremendously and is readily available for office hours. However she presents the material very fast and does not allow enough time for her extensive midterms that are each worth a third of your grade. Many people would not finish! There are some curveballs thrown and she does NOT give any partial credit, in fact she will take points off though if not all the work is shown, which is fair I guess. The accepi assignments are long but not worth many points at all and the tests are not even based off them...Some hw was due before she would even cover the topic. The amount of work and stress does not outweigh the end result even though I liked her as a person.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
Dobson is not peez for 342, but i'd definitely still give it to her.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
Dobson is very committed to students' success, in that she is always available for questions. She loves 6AM SPIN classes, working as a TEAM with her STUDENTS, and her 8 CATS. You will understand why these are capitalized. However, her tests were a little too much for 2 hours. Several (including yours truly) failed, and I believe he average on the first 2 exams was around 72%. I studied my ass off for the final and got a B. Came in to the final with a D- overall, and ended up with a C-. The 3 tests are also 30% each, with 30 questions per test, which means each question you get wrong, your overall grade drops by one percent. I feel this class would be fair if the tests were weighted at 60%, instead of 90%. You end up doing alot of work outside of tests that is merely weighted at 10%. Overall a good class and a good professor, I learned alot despite barely passing. Try to do really well on everything, and don't slack whatsoever. Her tests will bite you in the ass if you choose to.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Apr 2016
3 midterms worth 90% of your grade, all her tests were fucked up in every way possible. She helps her students anyway she can though, she is all about success for her students. Fact: She has 8 cats from Hell. Overall, Gorman(Kike 100%)<Dobson(Jewish 90%), getting completely kiked vs. getting a little less jew'd, choose wisely.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Apr 2016
Ok I have had Dobson for two class (BUS 342- finance & BUS 346- marketing). She is absolutely amazing - I know her tests for both BUS 342 & BUS 346 were hard but she gives her students all she has. For finance she isn't the easiest professor (go take Bing's class) but she will challenge you enough to understand the material but not like Gorman where you will fail the class. Most students receive a B if they come to class and just do the work - which is really easy and she gives you the answers so dont worry its not that bad. The tests did have some curve balls on it & yes she doesnt give partial credit which is a bummer but as a student who is a crappy test taker I got Bs on all three so dont worry, study a bit before & if you are really lost GO TO HER OFFICE HOURS. Now moving on to BUS 346, this is Dobson in her prime ugh she is fantastic at teaching this class!!! Yes its a lot of work but if you ever need anything she will help, its almost like she is on your team as well! So bummed that shes not teaching this class anymore (or she might next year)! For this class the midterm and final were hard because it does cover the book and she never goes over that but what I would do is use the class time she gives (which is a lot) to work on your project with your group and when you are outside of the class really focus on reading & taking notes on the textbook!


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
May 2016
Sharon Dobson is a great person and made 8 AM class on mondays doable. She's a tough grader but is super fair and will tell you that from day 1. No, its not Gorman's class but Finance is still a pretty tough class. Make sure to do each of the book questions she assigns for tests. Its also super important to understand exactly how to use a financial calculator so the plug-in questions don't take time away from the ones that are harder. She tends to throw too much information at you to make sure you really know what you're doing. All of this being said, I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on how money grows and learned a ton in this class


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Jun 2016
Although Dobson's class is difficult and she sometimes struggles to get lessons across to students successfully, she is probably the most caring professor I've had in my time at poly. She makes herself easily available to all students giving out her cell number and memorizes every student's name. She seems to have a lot on her plate with an other job and is constantly going 100mph. Would recommend taking her class


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2016
Dobson is such a great teacher and such a sweet lady. Her lectures are informative and are a good mix of presenting conceptual info and practicing problems. She can be a bit unclear at times, especially when explaining the concepts, but she's always willing to answer questions and clarify. Her grading scale is a bit scary (90% midterms and 10% homework), but study a few hours for the midterms and they should be relatively easy. Plus, she lets you use a cheat sheet and the tests are all formula/calculator/easy conceptual questions, so you really shouldn't be failing them. The homework is just 20-30 online questions that takes like 30 minutes to finish if you know your stuff. To summarize, Dobson is the best! Probably my favorite teacher at OCOB other than McDowell. Plus she invited us all to her house for Thanksgiving this year. How nice is that? If you like finance and want to concentrate in it, take her and it should be easy. If you don't like finance, still take her, because she's easier than Gorman and she's SUPER helpful in office hours.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Dec 2016
Dobson is a very nice person and professor overall. She does try to make the class about the students and their interests, as well as current events. I found it a little difficult to learn sometimes because she would have us start working on problems in class without her even doing the lecture for those problems but I guess it is because her highest expectation is that you do very thorough reading beforehand.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Dec 2016
Dobson is such an awesome lady! Very approachable and a high-achieving women! This class is kind of pointless- just a lot of number crunching and busy work, but not too difficult. Do all the practice problems and you will be just fine on the tests. However, people always run out of time and I knew multiple people who failed midterms (each one is worth 30% so it really brings your grade down). You just need to put in the work, show up to class and don't waste time during tests.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2017
You can basically expect three noncumulative tests, homework which turns out to be pretty helpful, and deliverables which are not helpful in learning anything but are due like every week. The classes themselves are extremely boring and she doesn't teach it very well to you.. she will go through the powerpoint and then ask you to do problems which you will struggle to do with your group for the majority of the class and then she will go through them quickly assuming everyone knows how to do them and move on. Luckily she gives you practice problems and a note sheet for the tests, or we would all fail. If you are good at teaching yourself then you should be g but if not take someone else


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2017
Professor Dobson is one of the coolest teachers I've ever had at Cal Poly. She shares a huge passion for finance and is very approachable and easy to contact if you have trouble understanding something (go to office hours or text/email her!!!). On top of this, provided you pay attention and digest her lecture, the corresponding practice problems correlate quite well with what you are learning at the time. There is an overarching project for the class that is pretty hands-off as long as you meet the timelines and show a little effort. The online homework (Accepi) is an absolute breeze, but DON'T USE IT TO STUDY as the book practice problems she provides as a study guide are much more helpful. Her second midterm is WAAAAY harder than the first one as the concepts are more abstract so don't let it blindside you. Other than that, nothing much more to say. Fun, straightforward lectures, a relatively simple project (@marketing......), 2 midterms and a final all of which have study guides. What more can you ask for?


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2017
Sharon is a nice gal, I like her. BUT her tests were very tough. Expect to dedicate a large amount of time to this class. She teaches you the simplest version of the material and tests the hardest version. It is a lot of teaching yourself via the book and the online homework problems. Definitely better then Gorman.


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
May 2017
Class was extremely fast paced. You are required to get into teams at the beginning of the quarter in order to finish assignments. These are long and tedious. When I say that there is a lot of work in this class, I mean it. 535 points worth of assignments only worth 15 percent of your grade. Her tests are ridiculous and at ALL times students do not finish. Everyone seems to struggle and you can tell when 2/3 students you talk to outside of class say they are struggling to even pass. I have no idea what these polyratings are talking about. Would not recommend taking her under any circumstances.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Jun 2017
Do not do this to yourself


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Major)
Jun 2017
Professor Dobson is a sweet lady. She truly is- very nice. However, her tests are ridiculously hard. The rest of her work is worth 15% of your grade. She gives you problems to practice prior to a test and you practice them and know them very well. Then, you go in for the test and you have an hour and 50 minutes to do a 33 question test. It is not enough time... You are also expected to show work so if you run out of time and have to guess on a few multiple choice, you will still get these wrong. I had class the same time as her office hours and expressed this to her. When I was falling behind she wasn't very responsive in my attempt to set up extra help outside of class. When we did meet one time she merely let me look at the material and didn't explain much. All in all, you can get good grades in the rest of the classworks and homeworks, and attend every class, but if you don't do well on tests, which have little to no relation with what is gone over in the other realms of the class, you are doomed. It is an unfair class. Don't take her.


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Jun 2017
her tests are impossible and are nothing like the material she takes in class. Gorman.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2017
The class is fast paced, and often you are covering one chapter in a single day's lecture. However, you can blame that on the quarter system. There are 13-14 chapters to cover in ten weeks, what would you have her do? I have to agree that there isn't enough time on the tests. The problems themselves are pretty much what you should expect, with a couple of really hard ones out of left field, but the second exam in particular does not give you enough time unless you're naturally a whiz with a financial calculator. I got an A, but it was a close call and it wasn't easy. Isn't that why we're at Cal Poly? On the personal side, she is extremely nice, energetic, and responsive.

BUS 346


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2002
I thought Dr. Dobson was more than accessible to her students by providing additional office hours during midterms and finals week! She was nice and friendly to her students and really shows her care! I think Dr. Dobson did a fine job teaching the principles of marketing to her students!


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Jun 2002
Professor Dobson is an excellent professor. Although her exams are quite difficult, she makes the class entertaining. I especially enjoyed the candy that she brought for the class almost regularly. There are homework assignments and reading. She grades homework assignments pretty hard, so you can't slack you way throught them. She has high expectations from her students but she handles the course material fairly well.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Aug 2002
Prof. Dobson was awesome. She understood that not all of us were marketing students and that most of us were just taking it because we had to. She was very helpful in class and very nice in her office hours. She totally helped me for our participation portion of our grade when I went to see her during her office hours and she encouraged us to call her at home if we ever needed. Overall a really good prof. I hope her husband is just as good when I have him for finance!!


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2002
This course was awful. Dobson is enthusiastic about the subject and has the potential to be a great teacher, but the format needs to change. Homework assignments are very time-consuming and teach nothing. (Sorry, word-processed summaries of 3-page articles are a waste of toner, and new product ideas that are written down and not used for anything are a waste of time). I suspect they were designed to make us keep up with the reading, but between the daily assignments and the tally marks for mandatory comments in class it was like being in junior high again. Tests include trick multiple choice questions and 4 essays that you can't do much to develop in the time allotted, especially when they each consist of about 7 concepts to discuss. Review sheets list every idea in the book, and they're ALL on the test. When are teachers going to learn that it's more effective to pick out a few key concepts for students to remember after the course and emphasize those throughout the quarter than to force feed a bunch of details that we memorize, regurgitate and promptly forget after the tests? That said, she is readily available to help students during extended office hours during test weeks and any time via her home phone number. Dobson is bright enough to handle a discussion analyzing our ideas and input, and that would be much more effective at instilling knowledge than reading from PowerPoint slides at every class meeting. (Hey, some teachers aren't capable of discussion at all so she's already ahead of many professors). Once she relaxes into her abilities the course will be much better.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2002
There are very few teachers at Cal Poly like Sharon Dobson. I was surprised to read some of the other reviews on her, and would like to let people know a little bit more about her class. First of all, her class is not the drill and kill class that people made it out to be. Yes, there is homework, and yes, you have to study for the tests, but this all contributes to something that people don't care too much about anymore; the LEARNING PROCESS. I learned so much fromthis class and will retain most of it. She brought in guest speakers and took us on "field trips" and certainly had wonderful class discussions that was more like an open forum in which she played the moderator. If you want to actually learn the material, take this class. Although the class is not very difficult, don't take it if you are a slacker. Coming to class, participating in discussion, and doing homework are all required, and they are used as learning points. I highly recommend this class to anyone who would like to learn some very interesting things about marketing. Sharon Dobson is an endangered species in my eyes. We would be lucky to have more teachers like her.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2003
I will say that Dobson honestly cares about her students. However, her teaching methods need to be re-evaluated. She basically lectures entirely off of the power point slides provided to her by the book's publisher. This makes lecture entirely boring and completely unnecessary to attend. The catch is she keeps a record of whos been to class, and scores a point next to your name each time you contribute in discussion. There were some highlights throughout the quarter though, just to be fair. We went on a field trip to the dump, and a very entertaining guest speaker came in. My largest complaint, by far, is the HOMEWORK. Welcome back to 5th grade. Please summarize several five page mini articles, do discussing the issues questions 1-5 at the end of the chapter, and mapping the concepts 1-4. She needs to put a little effort into the assignments if shes going to make you turn them in. The minimum length of a hw assignment was 3 pages, typed and single spaced. Several reached 8-10 single spaced pages. Tests are somewhat difficult, in that she covers a very wide range of material. See earlier posts directly below for more on that. She is very willing to help, but I find that marketing is a bit like learning the latin names for animals. You already know what they all are, just not what theyre called in latin. If you put in the time to memorize, there are no real concepts here. Bottom line: If youre stuck, you'll deal with it. If you have a choice, take someone else.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2003
Prof. Dobson is a goos teacher. This isn't a class you can expect to get an easy A, but overall it is worth it. She is extremely caring and anytime she sees you outside of class she loves to stop and talk to you. If you become friends with her, she is willing to go the extra mile for you in any way shape or form. A warning thought, her tests are diffucult in the fact that they are very thorough. You cannot BS your way around a question. You either know the answer or you don't-trust me, she can tell the difference. Homework can be long, but such is college life. This class is a good inftroduction to marketing.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2003
Dobson is a teacher that you will not find very often. She cares about her students more than any other professor I've had at Poly. She supplements the powerpoint presentations with videos and other class discussions about marketing. You also go on a few fieldtrips and have a guest speaker. All of this is very insightfull and helps you understand the subject better. As far as grading goes....make sure to do all the homework assignments and when it comes time to do the tests FOLLOW HER STUDY GUIDLINES and you will be set. Each of the three non cumulative midterms (including final) have about 25 multiple choice questions and then three or four writting questions. The multiple choice is straight forward, but the writting questions require A LOT OF writting, but nothing you can't handle. They are not meant to trick you at all but rather to show you understand the big picture items from the study guide. Overall, a really good professor of marketing and if you participate and follow study guidelines you'll be set.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2003
Sharon Dobson was a pleasure to have as a teacher. Her class was so nice it made me decide to go into the marketing concentration. She is pretty tough the first few weeks but that is to just set a standard. After that things are very cut and dry. As long as you study the study guides exactly for the tests you will do just fine. She was easily accessible and very enthusiastic and lectures were easy to follow. The tests pretty much convered the power point slides that you were also able to get on-line. I liked her class so much that I took her husband's class for finance because I thought he would be the same kind of teacher.


Junior
N/A
Required (Support)
Apr 2003
Ok I heard great things about this lady from polyratings, WRONG. She is terrible. Everyone says "oh well she's really helpful in office hours". Great just what I need, a teacher who can teach outside of the classroom. Lot of fucking help that does for someone who can't make it to office hours. She has made me have finance. Her tests are unbelievable. There are 25 multiple choice questions and majority of the class finished 15 of them at the end of the 2 hours. Whatever, if you are an office hour person I guess try her out otherwise skip it.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2003
Sharon is a really great teacher. She is very prepared for class and willing to help you as much as you need. The workload is hard sometimes but she is really willing to work with you, some of the assignments are fun. Her exams are difficult because she asks many in-depth essay questions (as well as some multiple choice), just make sure you read the green sections in the book (as well as the rest of what's assigned) and review the video cases. Take her class, you won't be sorry, she is super nice, a teacher you want to be friends with outside of class.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2003
Mrs. Dobson is sooooooo into her teaching that it will amaze you. its obvious that she spents hours preparing for every leacture. the lectures can be a bit boring, but theres always a group presentation or a movie to spice things up. there is a lot of group work, (30%) of grade and tests are hard, but if you go to class and study off the study guide, youll be fine. all in all, take dobson for this class... youll love it


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2004
Sharon is truly the best teacher I have ever had at Cal Poly. If you are going to concentrate in marketing TAKE HER. She covers the material very well. She works so hard and cares so much. Key to the class is get a GOOD GROUP!! Otherwise it can make the class more time consuming. Her tests are very fair, she gives you a great study guide which really helps.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2004
Sharon Dobson is one of the best professors I've ever had. She goes above and beyond more than any other teacher EVER to make sure the students learn the information. If you need help on anything she'll be there for you, you can call her at home if you want as well. One suggestion I can make is read the video cases ahead of time. She started doing pop quizzes near the end because no one was reading them and it took a heavy toll on my grade. She is a sweet, caring woman, the material is not difficult and if you attend class and follow the study guides you'll do fine. You can also go to her with any question imaginable during the group assignments and she'll review your project ahead of time and tell you what corrections to make to ensure you'll get the grade you want. Basically, take her. You won't regret it.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2004
I really didn't like Dobson. Her teaching style and my learning style just didn't mesh. I found it nearly impossible to follow her lectures for the full 2 hours. I think I got around a D on all of the midterms and did awesome on the final project. If you read between the lines, you can see that the group project is probably the most important thing for your grade. Do good on that and you should be set.


Junior
Withdrawn
Required (Support)
Feb 2004
What a bitch. That is all I have to say. Take Weatherford or Battles if you want to keep your sanity.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Feb 2004
Although I didn't get the grade I was hoping to in the class, I appreciate all of the time Ms. Dobson put into the class. She is enthusiastic about marketing and cares so much about the students. Group work is important so be sure and get with hard working group members or your overall grade will suffer. Her tests are fair but difficult and a combination of essay and multiple choice. The field trip to the plant shop and guest speakers were an added bonus. I highly recommend taking Bus 346 with Sharon Dobson.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2004
I ended up with a B- in her class and i was not expecting that grade. at first, i thought her test were pretty hard because they consist of multiple choice and essay questions. There are 2 midterms and a final. your work were based on those 2 midterms, the final, participation and group work. i think group work was what brought my grade up because it is worth about 30% of your grade. the test were pretty hard, but if you study enough for it it won't be too bad. there are power point notes that you can print online so that you can bring to class. if you're someone that's expecting to slack off in marketing, i recommend not taking dobson because she will work you in this class!!


Junior
N/A
Required (Support)
Feb 2004
Great professor! Seems to really care about the students. Tests are difficult but fair and are a combination of multiple choice and essay questions.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2004
Dude! Dobson is the best teacher! She totally presented material well and you have to be a complete moron to not get at least a B in her class! She gives you study guides that basically tell you everything you need to know for the tests! And the group work does take some time but it is sooo easy! Do get a good group though cuz if you go with people you know they are such slackers and you end up doing everything! The tests were soo easy! I don't know what others are complaining about! She's very enthused and so willing to help you with anything. She actually remembers your name and gets to know you and even out of class and after you've taken her course she remembers and is always excited to talk to you. I only looked over powerpoint slides for tests and never read the book and got a B! Even if you don't do well on her tests, just do good on all your group projects and you're guaranteed a B! You could not have an easier class with a better teacher! I wish I could take all my classes with her!


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2004
Professor Dobson was by far the best professor I have had thus far at Cal Poly. She genuinely cares about each student and puts effort into her class. Usually there are weekly quizzes, which can be challenging if you are not up on the reading. She requires you to keep two journals which help to boost your grade. Group work is the biggest part of her class, but it is not hard you just have to do it. I loved her lectures because they were very interactive and up to date. If you are lucky enough to take this class choose Professor Dobson.


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Jan 2005
Sharon Dobson is great! Warning though, it is a lot of work. As long as you participate in class and do your assingments, even if you do bad on quizzes, you will do all right in her class. She is really approachable and caring.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2005
She really knows her stuff and treats her students well. At times, though, she favors certain students in the class.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Oct 2005
Sharon Dobson is probably my favorite teacher at Poly. She is so cool, she opens up her class for students to make announcements so you know whats going on. She really cares about the kids. She will help you with anything even if its not related to the class. I love her. She doesn't have an easy class but you can do it! I recommend her! Her 1st test is hard, 2nd a little easier and the last is suprisingly easy! Take her, you'll love her, just get to know her out of class too because she is really cool!


Senior
A
Required (Support)
Jun 2006
Sharon Dobson is one of the best instructors I have ever had at Cal Poly. She responds quickly to email, and really does want her students to succeed. She really motivates and encourages. We had take home group midterms/final, and you do have to work hard and be commited to group projects, but she is great and personable. I hear of the other instructors who teach this subject, and she is by far the best. Take it with her if you can! She is enthusiastic, and sommunicative, and definitely makes time for her students.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2006
She's one the best teachers I've had here. She's enthusiastic about what she teaches, and actually cares about the students. Only flaw I can think of is the crapload of homework. We had lots of papers and assignments. And it was almost all groupwork which takes up even more time. This was easily the most time consuming course I took for the quarter. However, like I said before, she was an excellent teacher and I definitely recommend her to anyone.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2006
OK, wow, where to begin. I need to say first of all that I am going to try to be fair and objective, but this is going to be extremely difficult. PROS: Sharon Dobson is smart, dedicated, and a good speaker. She presents the material clearly, and what needs to be done is clear. I have read in numerous other posts about how dedicated she is to her students, and I would venture that this is true in a way. CONS: Her dedication seems to manifest itself as unrealistic expectations on her part. The amount of work was absolutely ridiculous. We literally had 3 group projects (one huge and 2 smaller), 3 quizzes that are really like small midterms, two journals that we were expected to update multiple times a week, individual papers, etc. It seemed like she thought that Cal Poly's "25-35 hours a week" slogan referred to her class only. The grading was very very vague. With all of these different assignments, I have no idea how my grade was calculated and how these assignments were weighted. This is spelled out in the syllabus, but only in general terms. And, with all the things that she had due towards the end of the quarter, I highly doubt that she read every paper completely. It is extremely frustrating to write what you believe to be a professional paper and be given an arbitrary grade. OH, and you can't miss a single lecture or you will be docked 2.5% on your grade. This is in the syllabus. All in all, I don't think that I would repeat this experience. I think the people in this thread that say it's a lot of work but it's worth it are either Marketing majors (I'm not) or masochists (nope). I think anyone who took this class and actually made an honest effort should be given an A in the course. I ended up with a B after working my @$$ off all quarter. Hardest four units EVER, Poly or not. It's not difficult material to understand, but just the sheer volume of the work that she assigns boggles the mind. I cannot recommend this class to anyone at all.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2006
She is a pretty chill teacher on the personal side, easy to talk to, and really tries to help students learn. She gives a good amount of chances for extra credit (to erase bad quiz scores) as well. However, requirements for this class were mile high for a basic marketing class. Although there were no midterms to stress out about, bi-weekly quizzes tested the book material and the hands-on projects took a great deal of time and effort. A bunch of individual projects are listed in the syllabus to be due by the end of the quarter, and those assignments are demanding. Little things like participation and especially perfect attendance will probably help you out to get an A...which will be hard earned. In addition, the group work part can either be a full-force marketing experience or a just-get-it-done thing, and that all depends on the morale of your group--which definitely will not be comprised of all enthusiastic students interested in marketing. In short, good teacher, but harsh class.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2007
This class is a lot of work, but is manageable if you stay on top of things. If you procrastinate, then you will hate yourself at the end of the quarter. If you put forth a good effort and work hard, then there is no reason why you shouldn't get an A. Professor Dobson is extremely helpful and one of the best professors I have had while at Cal Poly- she utilizes a hands-on approach that is so much more interesting than other lectures.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2007
She is a great teacher who goes to extra efforts to make sure all the material is understood. She genuinely likes teaching and likes interacting with the students. Classes are generally stimulating with good discussion and involvement. Participation is weighed heavily. There are many many many assignments throughout the quarter but all are fair and relevant. Take Dobson if you have a choice.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2008
The class is heavily based on group work, especially the final project which is most of your grade. Make sure you pick a group with people who don't seem like slackers. There are no midterms or a final, but quizzes almost every week so you have to keep up with the reading. The best piece of advice I can give is to not procrastinate put off the final project until the very end of the quarter. It can be very overwhelming if you wait until the last minute. Dobson is very helpful if you contact her for help though. She usually responds to email within a few hours. If you like group work, take this class.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2008
Mrs. Dobson is VERY passionate about teaching and you can tell she loves marketing. Her class isn't too difficult but if you don't stay on top of your stuff you will be screwed. Most of your grade is based on a group project and you have weekly assignments with your group that pertain to the final project. If you want good grades on the assignments make sure you write a lot!! My group started out recieving poor grades on the assignments at first but once we figured out she likes your responses to be long we started getting As. Make sure you start the final paper early and practice your presentation and you should get a good grade.


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Jun 2012
Sharon Dobson is such a good teacher! First, she really really cares about her students. You can tell because she is very enthusiastic everyday and brings in guest speakers regularly. Second, Dobson takes time out of her day to help you. She's scheduled appointments where I can meet at her office and discuss grades or the past tests. The only thing is: Her tests are kind of difficult because they encompass so much material (4-5 chapters). Just be sure to get a good group for the marketing project, and do decently (mid B range) on the tests! Unfortunately, she doesn't teach every quarter because she is just a guest lecturer and she's Executive Director of Opera SLO. However, if she is offered take her!


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2013
Dobsons marketing class... UGH. Let's cut through all of the crap and get to why people read these reviews, is this class a lot of work for an A? YES. The exams are very specific in terms of the points you need to know to do well, and the marketing plan project can take over your life for a solid week at least. This is a 300 level class, fair enough, but it is a lot of work. On the green and flowery other side however, Dobson is very nice and very responsive to questions, and she cares about her students, if that factors into your decision.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2013
Professor Dobson is one of the most helpful, genuine people I have ever met. She goes above and beyond for her students, not just in the classroom but out as well. She cares about your grade, yes, but she wants to help you beyond that. If you have any questions about business, ask her. She is the most helpful, professional professor I've had so far. Her marketing class is fairly straight forward. Do the reading, pay attention in class, and work your butt off on your marketing project. It's a 300 level class, it's not easy, but it's manageable. She loves when you come up with new or innovative ideas for your client, so if you come up with something, tell her and ask her opinion. Take her!


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jul 2013
Sharon Dobson, is one of the kindest, sweetest, most caring professors I have ever had. She is amazing at presenting the material that is covered in the course, and provides an ample amount of time to study and resources for each of the exams. The marketing project in her class, although time consuming, is a very rewarding endeavor. She is always available to help you and support you!


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2013
Professor Dobson is definitely one of the best teachers I've ever had. She genuinely cares about her students and will go out of her way just to help you succeed. Her class is a TON of work because of the marketing plan you have to do (make sure to get a good group, it makes all the difference) but it is definitely a do-able project and class. Dobson clearly lays out everything you are to do and if you ask her to look at something she will give you feedback and if you fix it your grade will visibly improve. She just wants her kids to succeed and I definitely recommend this class. My group's client even offered us jobs, so make sure to put a lot of effort into your project.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Major)
Feb 2014
I LOVE HER. Such a powerful and inspirational woman, so passionate about what she's teaching. Makes you want to participate in class because when you're right she makes you feel so great and if you're wrong she finds a way to still make you feel good! Presents the info well, gives you a study guide for the midterms which is so helpful. I have this class 6-8 pm and it's not difficult to get to at all, I look forward to it. Makes me want to concentrate in marketing and be as successful as her! Take this class! Plus she wants you to text her with any questions at all and responds quickly! love her


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2014
Sharon Dobson is amazing! I've never had a professor that's so committed to seeing her students succeed. She even gives the entire class her personal cell phone number to text her if you have any questions. All the learning activities in her class are really really helpful and are perfect real world examples of Marketing. I would highly recommend her!


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Major)
Nov 2015
Love Professor Dobson. I've now taken her for this course and BUS 215 (managerial). She truly cares about her students and if you are willing to put the effort in, it is easy to achieve an A or B in her classes. Sure, her classes can be a lot of work, but they are upper level major classes that are supposed to be! She is very clear when teaching and never lectures for too long, allowing you to do hands on projects and practice problems. Take her!


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2015
Sharon is a great lecture, but it was apparent teaching 4 sections of BUS 346 was not a priority. She took forever to grade assignments and let her mentors do all the grunt work. Mentors are amazing though. They truly care and they like to get to know their students, or at least they pretend to! Three words of advice: First, get to know your mentor, they will help you out a TON with the papers that are due weekly; second, the focus of the final presentation should be the WAY you present, less on what you present, practice on being funny, entertaining, and original; third, there are some extra credit opportunities, take advantage of them. If you don't plan on going into marketing, this class sucks! If you do, try to learn as much as you can and get in good with Sharon! Good luck!

BUS 387


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Apr 2002
Mrs. Dobson was cool but her tests suck. I memorized a bunch of stuff and forgot it all the next day. I did fine in the class. There is too much busy work. But she does care and is really nice.

BUS 433


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Jul 2003
Sharon Dobson loves to teach. I really think that it is her passion to help you understand the world of finance. I have never gone to office hours where a teacher was so willing to help as she was. Keep on the ball and be willing to learn and you should in her class.


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Sep 2003
Sharon is a very caring person. I was intimidated the first day based on the workload and her tone. The class was one of the best i've taken and if you try hard to get the material down in chapters one and two, you should do fine. There are two tests that require light studying if you come to class and pay attention. She hands out study guides for these so you know exactly what to study. You will be put into a group of four or five people and have to present to the class twice, each time on a new chapter's concepts. There are four or five large projects due the last day of class, but if each person of the group does one, the work load is quite light. If you want to understand how interest rates, inflation, and currency valuation correlate this class will be fun. I took it while also taking econ 337 (money banking and credit) and it helped tie stuff together a lot. This is a great class and sharon is a good, caring instructor. Pay attention the first few weeks to understand the main concepts that the rest of the quarter depend on. Dr. Ramezani's derivatives course is also helpful to have because there is a lot of options, futures, and forward contracts with respect to hedging payables and receivables.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2003
Professor Dobson really cares about her students and tries her very best to make sure that they are learning. I was very impressed with how she always looks for ways to improve her teaching. I have never been with a teacher who is as willing to put in so much effort at office hours. She will go out of her way if you show you want to learn. The class is pretty group orientated. You need to some presentations that are'nt very demanding. The tests are difficult but fair. A lot of case study.

GRC 725


5th Year Senior
C
Required (Major)
Nov 2016
This is the first C I have recieved in my entire life. I hope that says something to all of you out there watching their GPA. Do not take him--this class was a nightmare!