8 evaluations Recognizes Student Difficulties: 2.13 Presents Material Clearly: 2.13
Dolan was pretty good. Nothing really stands about him or his style, but he teaches well, so that\'s all that matters. He has a slight sense of dry humor which is nice sometimes. He doesn\'t assign homework which killed off half of the class on the midterms, but if you DO it anyways and talk to him in office hours which seemed to always be empty of other students when I went, you\'ll learn a lot. Grading is sensible: two tests, a quiz, and a final. Oh yah, don\'t buy the text at the bookstore for 160 or whatever. Get a softcover or something online.
He seemed really apathetic about teaching, and after the first two-three weeks he basically doesn't lecture at all. I had to self-study everything in this class. He is cognizant of where the class is in the course and the tests and quizzes are written fairly and appropriately. Overall, I would avoid him.
Prof Dolan isn't the most enthusiastic lecturer, but he gets the job done. His tests and quizzes were fair and covered the core material pretty well. And once you get him talking, you can tell he enjoys EE.
Be warned that he likes to talk about his grading curve a lot. Sometimes for half of the class time. Which is a lot when there's only class twice a week and he cancels class fairly often.
Overall though, when he is teaching, he covers the material efficiently and effectively.
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5th Year Senior
Nice guy and quite funny actually. He is very straightforward with the quiz and tests as far as telling you what to expect. The grading scheme is such that 82-100 is an A, and then everything else is just shifted down. This class can be over your head if you're an M.E though. I would recommend something more practical especially as an elective.
The tests and quizzes aren't too bad but he really struggles to present the material in a way that anyone can understand it. You will end up teaching your self most of the material. Thankfully it's really not all that hard. However, I would probably only spend about half the time I spend on this class if he could truly teach the material.
This guy is not a good professor in lecture format. He never teaches the same way twice, even within the same week. One day it's powerpoint only, the next it's a quasi-example-based "lecture" where he half-explains the material in jumbled sentences. He seems to know the material really well, he just struggles to communicate it in a way that is in any way understandable. He could easily be a good professor if he just took the time to actually make a course schedule and plan his lectures, but he's lazy about it, and it shows. I would not recommend him unless you're really dedicated to teaching yourself the material, because he won't do it for you.
5th Year Senior
Business majors: A degree for the intellectually impaired, HA HA.