Agbo, Samuel  

Electrical Engineering

1.15/4.00

71 evaluations


EE 112


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Dec 2002
His lecture is very straight forward and easy to understand. After class I felt like I had learned alot. His tests are a little difficult, but he gives tons of partial credit. Overall a very good professor.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2002
He is definitely one of the worst teachers I have ever had. The only reason I was able to do well in the first half of the class was because I was able to teach myself the material. He would incessantly blow through problems and lecture with his barely enunciated words. He would ask students if we had questions and turn right back to the board without hesitation no matter what we said. He would never take a few minutes to answer an easy question or fix something on a test, he would just make us go to his office hours. I never went to his office hours because I felt there was no way possible it would be beneficial but maybe I was wrong, right. To top it off, after getting horrible grades on the second midterm and final, I somehow get a B in the class to my astonishment. He never mentioned a curve and would never inform us of how he was grading and somehow he gives me a B when I pretty sure I didn't even get a C.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2003
Ok, where to start. First of all, if you like hard to understand accents, this is the class for you. The first midterm is easy. The second one is impossible. The class average was 42%. Agbo "teaches" by using examples from the book. You could read the book and learn the exact same thing, although it is worth showing up to class on the off chance he makes up an example. All examples are laid step by step and are relatively easy to understand. They are simplified examples though, and he usually does not explain them. That is about it, pretend you are watching a video. DO NOT EVEN THINK OF ASKING HIM A QUESTION. He will not understand you, then misinterpret the question to something easy to answer and obvious. That is, of course, if you can actually understand his answer. If he is your only choice, I would reccomend waiting a quarter.


Junior
C
General Ed
Mar 2003
ever smell burnt shit before? well, it doesn't smell very good


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Jun 2003
SO BORING!!! The thick accent + the lack of any real human characteristics + (if you were unlucky like me) having this lecture at the end of a long day = falling asleep and feeling miserable. I hated having him as an introductory class... it made me had EE classes. Fortunately I had an awesome lecturer (at least way better than Agbo) for EE211 (Jeff Gerfen). Avoid Agbo AT ALL COSTS!!!!! I didn't start understanding the material until the end of 211...


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Aug 2003
This guy is one of the worst teachers I have ever had. It was hard to understand what he was saying, but if you finally understood the word it didn't really matter because the sentance didn't make sense. Every time someone asked a question he would get confused and talk about something else, although many times other students were helpful and would answer. Agbo had no idea what was going on in his class

EE 151


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Dec 2007
Im extremely into my EE major, and was very excited to take college EE classes, but Agbo put that energy away. Hes hard to understand, and has a hard time understanding others as well. It seems that hes assigning labs that he has never done before because he cant answer some questions as to why certain things happen. The majority of the class was confused every lab about what to do. He gives quizzes every week BEFORE he lectures (based on lab reading) which only helps the students who already know the material like the back of their hand. Many people in my class failed the quizzes every week, hopefully they turn out fine... The final had more to do with basic EE than the labs and material covered in class.


Freshman
C
Required (Major)
Dec 2007
I seriously do not understand what comes out of his mouth. He has a heavy african accent. Half the time he is trying to explain something he get confused and will spend 20 min staring at what he did wrong then gives up and just tells us we should be able to figure it out. Try to avoid him if you can.


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Jan 2008
This guy is the biggest waste of human being I have ever met, pretty sure he doesnt have a soul. Dr. Samuel A. Agbo, when called upon will dumbly stare at your work, and maybe, just MAYBE 20 minutes later, he'll figure it out. I swear to god he lacks a brain and a soul. If you take this class, everyone on the first day will say his accent is SOOO cool, but in reality, his accent will woo you to sleep. YOU WILL NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT HE"S SAYING UNLESS YOU'RE FROM NIGERIA. If Dr. Agbo is your only option for the class, just dont take it, and take the class next quarter with a different teacher, you will not regret it.


Freshman
C
Required (Major)
May 2008
Ok so here is the deal if u r just planning 2 pass the class then go ahead & take b/c I assure u, u will pass just as long as u pretend 2 care 4 the class and no matter how u do on the quizzes u will pass with a C.

EE 211


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2009
Agbo is a good guy as long as you turn in your hw on time and don\'t ask questions...his tests were easy as long as you do your homework and understand it. Also, study his notes!!! class notes are similar to the test questions. Students complain because he is only lecturing from his notes but that\'s all you have to know to do the hw problems. Lastly, the final was a bit challenging compared to the midterms but I am sure he made a big curve at the end.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
May 2012
AGBRO


Freshman
C
Required (Major)
Jun 2017
Agbo has a set of slides to present.... he presents them by reading them to you, then does practice problems that have posted answers and proceeds to get them wrong. ANSWER SHEET IN HAND HE STILL DOES IT WRONG. Then he spends five minutes lost in his own mistake dead silent. When he finally awakens from this silent state he just skips to the next problem. DO NOT EVER TAKE THIS PROFESSOR, even the slides suck.....


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2017
--- From Course Evaluation Spring 2017 Dr. Agbo is an enigma to me. I am sure at some point he must have cared - how else could he be a tenured, full professor. However, whenever that time was, it is a time LONG past. Agbo is, without a doubt, one of the WORST professors I have ever had. His lectures are rushed and often time behind the homework assigned. He doesn't seem prepared to teach class, often beginning lecture up to 20 minutes passed the hour. Worse, any example he gives in class is usually a directed example from the textbook COPIED DIRECTLY from the textbook solutions manual IN CLASS! Worse, he occasionally gets stuck while "working" on these example problems, writes the answer on the board, and moves on. He is confrontation to questions he finds as a nuisance, and can be difficult to understand. All that being said, his lectures are generally garbage. They often won't make sense if they are understandable at all. (He's got a think accent. You'll get used to it quickly, but it sometimes gets difficult to hear him at the back of a classroom or if he mumbles.) It was unsurprising that more than half the class skipped lecture or walked out early from it by the end of the semester. Although I attended lecture, I can honestly say I learned EXCLUSIVELY from the Textbook. If He has one saving grace, it's that he give "easy" exams. As a general rule, you get a one page cheat sheet. If you can do the homework, you can do the exam. JUST DON'T MISS AN EXAM or he might give you one composed of problems ripped from the textbook.

EE 212


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
Agbo is a nice person, and that shows in his teaching. However, some difficulty with the accent. Try using the material from the board and the book to learn.


Sophomore
Withdrawn
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
This Prof does not take well to students who already have an understanding of the material. He accused me of cheating simply because I earned a 100% on the first midterm. I took the issue up with the dean and orally answered all questions correctly. He "compromised" and gave me an 85%. I promtly withdrew from the course. Has a major EGO problem.

EE 228


Senior
C
Required (Major)
Mar 2004
man this teacher rocks, he's lecture are really boring though and his midterms and finals are pretty straightforward, i failed both midterm and ended up with a C in the class


Senior
C
Required (Major)
May 2004
This instructor is by far, one of the worst instructors I've had at Cal Poly. He puts up slides on the wall, and reads right off of them, as if we can't read it ourselves. The way he grades mid-terms are horrible. He's very inconsistent when it comes to taking off points. If you can, take some one else. Agbo is a waste of your money.


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Aug 2004
Agbo is a great professor. His accent is very thick, but once you become used to it he is very easy to understand. He is one of the most patient EE instructors that I have had and he is very generous grading the exams. I know of a few people that should have failed this course, but passed with a 'C'. The material is what is hard to understand...not the instructor. I worked hard for my 'A', but Agbo was available to help me throughout the entire course.

EE 242


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Apr 2005
Alright, so his thick accent is hard to understand. He's ok for a lab section, though, since he doesn't have to talk much. He is able to help you with your circuit set-up and is straightforward about how he wants the reports done. Other than that, I can't say much about him until I finish EE 306/346 with him. Then I'm sure I'll have a more solidified opinion. Bottom line: Not recommended in general, but take him if it's in your best interest to get a specific time/day of the week.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Aug 2013
This may be a problem with the EE department as a whole, not Professor Agbo, but the instructions for this lab were vague. We were required to do prelabs but it was often difficult to know what was expected especially when the lab did not match up with the lecture. His lecture at the beginning of class was somewhat helpful, but my group still had problems with two labs including equipment problems. He fixed these problems easily, when he arrived from being gone for 45 minutes. Maybe something came up, but it was very odd to be in a lab with nobody to ask for help. The lab final was fairly easy but some of the concepts did not sink in until my group was writing the lab reports as our time in class was not very helpful.

EE 301


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2003
This professor was ehhhh. Lectures were extremely boring. If the lights went out so did your eyes no matter how hard you try to fight it. Well whether you slept of not you wouldn't learn anything in class. Tests were ok and he's forgiving with partial credit. The only thing about him is I didn't like his smile. It's always lying. He could be smiling at you and he could be thinking you are such a dumbass. And when you go into office hours you can say Hi but don't expect anything back. Great social skills huh?!

EE 306


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2005
Given that his accent is difficult to understand, many will find his lectures hard to stay awake through. He tends to take material straight from the book, but what's nice is that he posts all overhead-display notes on BlackBoard. Weekly homeworks, 2 midterms, and a final are what comprises your grade, and they're really not hard; he allows a 1 page double-sided notesheet for each midterm and 2 or 3 (depending on the class) pages for the final. Technically you're not supposed to put figures or pictures on them but he doesn't collect them, so if you're good at drawing tiny circuits it's a win-win situation. He tends to go through the material a little too slowly, then later attempts to "catch up" to the lab, which is really impossible because of the way it's structured, so that's nobody's fault but the EE department's. Bottom line: Recommended if his sections are in your ideal time-slots, and if you want to get a good grade. If you want to learn the material inside-out, take someone you can understand better.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2005
Horrible accent that I still don't get by end of quarter. Lecture is extremely boring in the dark with overhead slides along with the difficult to understand accent makes many people just want to sleep in class. We can just read it ourselves from Blackboard and understand it better. There are few example problems given. Also, his random pop-quizzes(90% closed notes) are an annoyance because it doesn't really encourage studying compared to weekly quizzes. So... I'd recommend someone else if u want to learn.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Dec 2005
Positives: Easy to get a high grade with minimal effort. Virtually impossible to fail his course if you have a pulse and a pencil. Negatives: Aside from what others have written, he has a low level of enthusiasm and there is evidence that he puts a minimal amount of effort into the course: 1) He recycles his slides from quarter to quarter, and they aren't even that clear, since they are cobbled together pieces of the book and his personal handwriting, figures are often improperly labeled, etc. 2) His posted homework solutions are easy to find since he assigns the same homework every quarter, and I noticed that the SAME mistakes have perpetuated themsevles from the distant past. He solves THE WRONG problem on the homework solution at least once per assignment, and the grader (at least my grader) was too stupid too notice, instead marking my CORRECT homework wrong. 3) His pop quizzes can be characterized as "pernicious." They are closed book, closed note. While these quizzes are simple, they are pretty much always on things that 90% of the students haven't had a chance to study yet. The ONLY purpose of these pop quizzes is to boost his sagging attendance rate, since an hour spent with the book is far more valuable than his lecture, and all of the students figure this out within two weeks or so. 4) He doesn't seem to have a complete mastery of the material, and he gets awkwardly defensive when you ask questions. I stopped even bothering to try asking questions after week three or so. Final recommendation: Don't take this guy if you want to learn. He's boring and he doesn't care about you. He has tenure, and he knows it.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Dec 2005
I am so frustrated about my EE career after taking him. Dr.Agbo cannot explain materials very well. When you asks him specific questions, he just gave answers correspond to the questions he thinks you are asking. You will just feel frustrated and go to sleep later. I tried to care about this class, but I just find it hard to care...after the 3rd day. Even though he claimed that no sleeping during class is allowed, you see literally 3/4 of the class falling asleep. You can just copies homework from solutions, and guess what, you can get all 10's, too. Sure he is easy and chill, and you will not fail the class if you take him. But what is the point of taking him if you cannot be competitive out in the real world. EE students, take him if you can learn by yourself. Otherwise, good luck.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2006
what a waste of tuition... you can't understand anything he says... all he does is read off slides... on his tests, the problems build off each other so if you mess up one part, you lose 20% of the midterm... literally... do yourself a favor and take someone else because 3/4 of the class was sleeping... even the ones that are awake for all classes... no joke


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2014
I took Agbo because I am a transfer student, and there was not another professor teaching this class. I asked around about him, and everyone told me to wait because EE 306 is very fundamental for electronics and he is really bad lecturing. I said to myself, " well it is only one quarter, and it will not hurt" now he is the only one teaching 307..... that is mess up.... I believe the EE department does it intentionally because no one would take his class if there would be another section..... He is just so bad lecturing plus you cannot even understand his accent. I spent the whole quarter reading the book, notes and watching MIT videos (circuits and electronics).......I am just praying he will not teach EE 308 next year; otherwise, i will fail for life...... So if you have the opportunity to avoid this professor DO IT, he is just so bad that I wonder why he has not got fired yet........ PS: He is the worst professor I ever had......... did I say the worst? yeah he is so bad...... that almost no one showed up for his lectures.......AVOID his CLASS ; otherwise, you will regret forever.........


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2014
nahhh................................


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Dec 2014
Hard to listen to for an hour straight. The lectures I did attend were just him working out some problems on the board with no class participation or feedback. Couldn't even hear him half the time. His notes posted online really don't help much either. His first midterm was ridiculously easy and the second one ridiculously hard. He does let you have a self-made equation sheet for the tests which he doesn't collect or even look at. Don't take him if you want an engaging professor or actually want to learn something. Definitely not impossible to get a good grade in his class though


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2015
I got an A in 306 but I'm in 307 right now and don't understand anything because Agbo taught us nothing.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Nov 2015
AVOID THIS PROFESSOR. First of all he lectures to the board, and talks extremely quiet and has a thick accent. So you can't even understand the guy. And if you're lucky enough to be able to decipher what he's talking about he doesn't even make sense. He makes millions of mistakes as he's lecturing that the students are constantly correcting. Luckily he posts notes online so you have something to try and teach yourself from. Try to avoid at all costs.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Oct 2016
THE WORST POSSIBLE PROFESSOR EVER. Just a few of many issues: -terrible at representing material in any communicable way -equation sheets are WRONG and MISSING IMPORTANT VARIABLES -solutions he provides are WRONG I've joked about self-teaching myself a class before - we all have - but this is serious. Haven't been to lecture more than a handful of times and I understand the material WAY better than anyone who relies on his lectures. DO NOT TAKE. Tenure is obviously a broken system.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Nov 2016
Agbo is a nice guy. A very intelligent guy too. But he is simply incapable of communicating information in lecture. Many people say he is just inept at teaching. In lecture he most certainly is; he merely reads slides that he has copied straight out of the book, adding practically nothing in the form of discussion and showing us an average of one example per week (that is also taken verbatim from the text). But when his lectures are drawing roughly 7 to 9 people (aside from days when we have something due) you start to wonder if his lectures are so low effort because he has stopped caring or he believes students just learn from the book (hint--they have to with Agbo). At this point I mainly come because I feel sorry for him. It seems as if he's a tenured professor who is unable to put forth any conscious effort into teaching. In office hours you can see him put a bit more effort into overcoming student difficulties, though frankly you're still better off just teaching yourself. Regardless, it is a little bit ridiculous that people pay money under the illusion that their professor is actually going to care. Especially at a state university. *For those that care, Agbo's selection of material is not especially difficult as long as you read the book. But please take it with a professor who will actually teach you. EE 306 is a pretty important course.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2016
Agbo demonstrates the inherent problems in the tenure system. He is a prime example of how minimal effort and a general indifference to student understanding is ignored because they've been there for awhile. I quit going after week 3, as my understanding from the book far surpassed what anyone that paid attention to class understood. His solutions are often incorrect, and any attempt to ask him about it or seek clarification is met with harsh criticism and defensive remarks. He speaks SO slowly, SO quietly, so even if his accent wasn't a problem, his volume definitely is. I never post on PolyRatings. I don't usually trust PolyRatings. PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR SUCCESS IN FUTURE CLASSES, DO NOT TAKE THIS PROFESSOR, even if it means delaying until next quarter. I guarantee that you won't regret it.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2016
Drag-bo, lag-bo, gag-bo. He's all that and more. I don't write ratings for professors, but this professor was straight awful. Like one of those Nigerian prince emails, that was what I felt like I was getting: scammed. Lectures are useless as it becomes a kindergarten reading class where he reads his lecture slides of MOSFETS to you in his soothing voice. I question his qualifications as there were a couple times he couldn't do KVL or KCL equations right when I went into his office hours. He's so dependent on his lecture slides(since that seems to be what he knows best) that the days that the projector wouldn't work, he would spend the entire time trying to fix the projector. I spent hours of my own time to learn the material, so be ready to do the same. It definitely helped to have the solutions for the hw, as they are the same quarter to quarter. For the sake of your future as an EE/CPE, DO NOT TAKE THIS PROFESSOR. This might be an easy A, but if you want to learn(which we came to college for), you do not want to take Agbo.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2016
Should not be qualified to teach at all. it is not his accent at all, it is the fact that he cannot teach. Avoid him if you can, sure he is an easy A but you're fucked for your next classes.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2017
Pretty terrible teacher and class. The only good thing was that I was able to find some midterms and homework solutions from previous years which were basically identical to what we did and helped me swing a B. Otherwise I learned nothing and would have stopped going to class if it werent right between two of my other classes


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2017
This guy isn't a bad professor like everyone is ripping on him. Yes, he seems bored. But honestly, he is better at explaining the material if you go to his office hours--he definitely knows what he's talking about and he's SUPER smart. Now that I think about it, I got the impression that he's bored in lecture because he's just SO intelligent that he's bored with the comparatively lower intelligence of his students. I got an A and he seemed a lot more lively talking to him one-on-one, I think because he was impressed with my ability to keep up better than most students. All of you who are ripping on him might want to take a look in the mirror--the problem might be you. Get smarter! If nothing else, be glad that his materials are at least straight forward. Peace.

EE 307


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
Clearly goes over all the material needed to do all the homework, and pass the test. Test are fair. He does have an accent, but is understandable. And he write neat, too.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
Tests are medium in difficulty. Test material is DIRECTLY out of the lecture material. This is fair, considering that he does not expect the student to know material above and beyond the scope of the class. Unfortunately, however, this is not conducive to learning. If your cheat sheets are done correctly, the exams are more or less plug-and-chug.


5th Year Senior
C
Required (Support)
Jun 2001
I liked Agbo because he was very fair - the tests were from the material we learned in class. He was also very helpful during office hours.


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Jan 2011
You guys are all racist...black power


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2011
Agbo is your typical apathetic EE professor in the department. I am a new student to Cal Poly and this is my first upper division course here, and I have seen instructors from any of my past institutions who conducts the class as such manner. He is an immigrant, so he has a very deep voice, but his enunciation is good, not as exaggerated by certain reviews. The "tentative" schedule on the syllabus was no joke, it was really tentative indeed. He would delay delay and delay homework due date just because he could not catch up to his lectures, which was good for the student at first but it was really bad at the end because he crammed all the materials about semiconductor memories in two two lectures. The exams are seriously jokes. If you pay attention to his examples and study his "solved example" and "notes" posted on BB then you will pass the exam with flying colours. Those were my only study materials, and I passed both both first and second exams with a 91%. If you just need to "pass" this class, he's your guy. Otherwise, if you really want to learn the materials and stay within the digital realm, stay away from Agbo!


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2012
Dr. Agbo is actually a really nice guy. He loves what he does but has a bit of trouble really getting the material across to students. However, don't worry about taking him at all. His tests are more or less directly out of his notes (I ended up getting a B in the class while ALL of my test notes came straight from my class notes). You'll find yourself learning from your notes rather than in class since you'll spend most of your time writing down his diagrams and equations from the board. But the notes will carry you through the tests no problem. Long story short: Good guy, meh professor, straightforward tests from the class notes


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2013
Agbo may have been a good professor at one point but now he needs to actually retire. His lectures are sort of helpful, because they are better than the book, but when it comes to his lecture slides there is no point in paying attention because he literally reads off them anyways and doesn't explain them. Exams are basically the solved problems he puts online with different values. Again, exams are the solved problems he puts online with different values. Overall, terrible class, terrible professor.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Apr 2014
Absolutely the worst professor. Take anyone you can get over Agbo. Terrible at recognizing student difficulties. Terrible at being helpful in general. Terrible during office hours. Derrickson if you are reading this, your department looks bad with this man as one of your staff...


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
May 2014
He is just the convolution of all the sucky proffesors I have had. He is just the worst!!!!


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Apr 2016
I just want to start by saying I have had this pos for 3 seperate classes, (kill myself) EE: 314, 306, 307. Why the eff does this dipshit make the most money in the EE department (except Lorde Overnerd Derrickson)?????!?!?!?!?!? Like how effed in the A is this department? 85% of the time this guy just looks at you and laughs while he doesn't listen to what your questions are, essentially he only exists to talk down to you. His lectures are straight from his slides which are literally screen-grabs from the textbook summaries for equations. Thankfully he is too dumb to realize nobody learns shit in his class except the 3 equations for each transitor; so generally it is pretty easy if you write everything he has every written on the board onto your note sheet. It's funny, the one time someone that wasn't a student sat in one of our lectures (this was in 314), he completely changed his teaching style and did examples!!! fucking guy did 2 examples the entire 306 class. Derrickson if you are reading this I pray for future generations of beautiful college kids that you relegate this guy to EE314, and then promptly delete the class from the curriculum; thus banishing him forever.

EE 309


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Aug 2002
I am not going to lie and say that agbo is a great teacher. However, i would recommend taking him for this class because he makes the class not too hard. I got a low stress B that I thought was going to be an A. He has homework due almost every week that is hard and pointless to understand because the test questions are way different and way easier. The way to go it to get solutions and just copy them, because spending countless hours to do hw that isn't going to help you on the tests and is only 10% of your grade is rather pointless. The tests are rather easy and straight forward, very fair. If you study hard for the tests, his class isn't bad. I would take it over cirovic for sure.

EE 310


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2017
I WILL NOT BE REVIEWING 306, ITS USELESS, YOU WONT LEARN, JUST SIT BACK AND READ THIS FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY. Agbo will read this, i know he will because (No Joke) he reads his poly ratings to his classes and yells at the students telling them that they are out to get him, that all of these are lies, that all of the students on this website since 2005 are out to get him. I have decided to write this a a farewell to my junior year, i had Agbo 2 times, 306 and 314, and they made me hate Electrical Engineering, they made me fall in love with the fantasy of changing majors and sticking it to the man. I just want to know when Agbo got his tenure, i want to know the day it happened because i want to know the day his paid retirement started. He won't try for you, he won't teach you, he won't show you a clear path to success, he will hide, under his shield of tenure and coast throughout your quarter with a lack of coordination on his part and you cannot expect anything different because the curves are so needed that if you even show up to office hours and he's not feeling like giving a half hearted dodge to a question you will get on his bad side and you will never pass. This man is the reason why Cal Poly Electrical Engineers say our department is hard, not because we learn hard material and have experience, our difficulty is not a trophy for us, we tell people this major is hard because of teachers like this man, Agbo, this is my love letter to you, thanks for hurting my love of EE and the damaging the quality of my degree.

EE 314


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2007
DO NOT TAKE THIS PROFESSOR!!! First of all, his accent is VERY thick. I couldn't even understand a thing he was saying. I spent more time trying to understand what he was saying than what he was teaching. He's not lenient on the grading. Agbo has to be the worst EE professor I've taken at Cal Poly. Save yourself the time, money, and frustration by taking someone else.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Mar 2007
The story of the self-righteous prick Samuel Agbo WARNING: Never take this guy. You can't understand what he is saying. His lecture is just going over projections that are HORRIBLE attempts to just repeat what the book says without ACTUALLY teaching. Teaching, what a wonderful concept, who would have though? (sarcasm) Then on the finals day he waisted 20 minutes by B!tching to the students, and called us prejudice against him. He accused us of trying to get him fired. If I wanted you fired I would have gone to the dean and told him what you did right after the final. I KNOW YOU'RE READING THIS SAMUEL AGBO SO HERE YOU GO, I AM HERE TO MAKE YOU HAPPY! NEVER TAKE THIS GUY


5th Year Senior
C
Required (Major)
Mar 2007
Prof. Agbo has a good heart. He honestly puts a ton of effort into his lectures. He basically broke down the book into basics -- which are his lecture notes. If I would have studied his notes, I would have easily gotten an 'A,' but instead I studied his old midterms, which he changes each quarter, so don't do that. His tests are questions from his notes!!! The reason he got upset, like this idiot below me says, is because the kids in his classes don't appreciate his effort as much as they should. Agbo simply comes from a different understanding of school- he is from Africa and he worked his ass off just to get where he is, so when he sees negligent kids, especially ones that do try to smear him, of course he gets pissed. If you simply talk to this guy you will see what he is all about. Don't assume what everyone else says to be true. Agbo is a good man with a good heart whose small language barriers cause kids to hate him. Agbo is fair - dont BS him and he wont you. Homeworks once a week, 2 midterms, and fairly straight forward final -- with very very fair grading.


Senior
C
Required (Major)
Apr 2007
Nice guy. Very fair in grading. He actually curved a lot because I'm pretty sure I bombed that final. He took students not going to class a direct sign of prejudice and disrespect and got butthurt about it on the day of the final. Students weren't disrespecting him, they just didn't like the material or the timing (it was lunch hour...) and didn't go? But overall, homeworks weekly from the book, 2 midterms (pretty abstract, no study guides) and a average hard final. Fair professor and a really nice guy. The material was just boring so I personally didn't go to class. Wasn't being prejudice or disrespectful like he thought? Whatever...


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2008
Dr. Agbo is a really smart guy and he has a wide knowledge of many topics in EE. This however doesn't make him the best instructor. I got the impression that he is not very confident in the way he communicates and that he has a chip on his shoulder about it. I don't think that he answer's are questions very well. It's sad that this man knows so much and has such a hard time conveying it. He also is not very organized. This being said, you still have to read the book and study and all that normal stuff for any EE class. A lot of people in this major don't go to his class because they think the teacher isn't up to par or whatever. Guess what..you still gotta go to class. Learn to show some respect for the people who are imparting their knowledge to you, no matter their race, creed, orientation or teaching method. THEY KNOW MORE THAN YOU. WE AREN'T ENGINEERS YET. THEY ARE. GET OVER IT. Back to Agbo: His tests come out of his notes so you really need to take good notes and GO TO CLASS. The text is a good reference but you will not see many test questions (if any) from it. The homework can be a little gnarly but it does help to reinforce the lecture. He also curves a lot. If you are concentrating on communications, I would suggest taking another professor for the class, like Breitenbach. Yes, Breitenbach. Deal with it. If you aren't into commuications, then Agbo is fine. The bottom line is that Agbo teaches a LOT of different courses in EE and it's highly probable that you will have him at least once. Go to EVERY class, do the homework, know your trig identities or put them on the notesheet, and make sure your tests are VERY complete and you'll be fine.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2009
Lectures off the overhead most of the time, and combine that with the hard-to-understand accent, it quickly turns into a sleep-fest. Honestly, despite being a smart guy, he just seems unenthusiastic about what he's teaching. Both the midterms and the final are relatively fair and straightforward if you take good notes and practice homework problems. Agbo isn't the best or worst professor for this class, but since I'm not going into communications anyway, I'd take this prof over Breitenbach any day. One thing to note is that he doesn't bring his poking stick much around anymore, which he uses to poke at students sleeping in class. He did kick someone out of class this quarter just for reading the newspaper during lecture, though.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2013
Avoid this professor at all cost. He is useless when it comes to lectures. All he does is repeat what he is writing on the board, ie: y(t) = G{.....}. We can read Agbo; please tell us more than "y equals G times ....."


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2013
Professor Agbo is dedicated to giving out material in a way that forces a student to learn the material from his notes and lecture rather than the book. If you need to take him due to unforeseen circumstances in your schedule, be sure to always attend class, and do homework because it's 10% of the grade. Lectures with him should be more early as the tendency of the afternoon heat around 4 PM will cause one to fall asleep.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2015
Only thing i learned in this class is how to fit a lot of material onto a one sided cheat sheet.

EE 346


Senior
C
Required (Major)
Jan 2009
I'd take Wilson over this guy but probably this guy over Braun. I got a C in the lab I THOUGHT because we didn't turn in a couple prelabs, but my lab partner got a B+ and right now he's retaking 306 (while I'm onto 307). It just doesn't add up. Don't expect to learn much Agbo, and know that he doesn't hand out A's like Chinichian.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2014
Professor Agbo still has all the same qualities I listed below last quarter. However, both the theoretical content of EE 306/346 and the labs are more complex. This made it much harder to understand what we were supposed to do in lab. We would regularly have a problem with our lab setup and then have to wait for 45 minutes for him to return from wherever he goes to get it fixed. Pretty frustrating.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Dec 2016
When going over the pre-lab exercises at the beginning of lab, Agbo managed to be pretty clear. However, he was usually never around during the actual lab for you to ask questions about any problems that you were having. On the few occasions that he did stick around, he would tell us that our set-up was fine, when we knew it wasn't, and then walk away, leaving us to ask our classmates for help. Additionally, he's strict when grading lab reports, despite the fact that a formal lab format was never given. His final exam was pretty much straight out of the pre-lab materials, and you got a sheet of notes. Basically, if you get Agbo for this lab, it isn't the end f the world, but don't seek him out if you actually want to learn.

EE 347


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2008
This teacher is absolutely ridiculous. The grader for this course graded with plus points and did not ever specify why we got deducted points on the lab. When I went to ask him about corrections he told me he did not have time and did not care if the grader made a mistake or not. He also missed the first two hours of a lab once and was always late to office hours. This teacher is the epitome of a tenured lazy uncaring professor and should never be considered a decent professor.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2013
This lab is pretty involved, and I was spoiled with a great lecture professor (Braun). As for Agbo, try not to take him if you can help it. His accent makes him very hard to understand, which I would be able to overlook if he was still able to help us. It was almost as if he was never even there in lab (half the time he left to who knows where with no telling when he was going to be back). When he was in lab, he just read articles on the computer. And when a group needed help setting up a circuit or figuring out why it wasn't working, he was unable to help at all. Multiple times that we had problems with our circuits, he tried to justify it with tolerances of chips etc., when our output was CLEARLY not what we should be getting. Other times he would just look at our circuit and say something was wrong but that he doesn't know what and we should start over again. Because of this, we usually had to stay at least another hour (for the later labs) after the three hours allotted. Also, his grader was absolutely terrible - marked many of the lab groups off when there was actually nothing wrong, and failed to write any comments on the labs whatsoever. Nobody had any idea what they were doing wrong and when Agbo was asked, he usually didn't even come up with an answer (but almost always refusing to change the grade). Near the end, he even told us that nobody would be getting 100%'s anymore because there was bound to be something wrong with each and every group's report. Completely ridiculous - avoid at all costs!

EE 409


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Nov 2007
I\'ve heard that this class was supposed to be one of the most important EE classes at Poly because it brings together everything that we\'ve learned up to Senior year. Well, it is an important class, but unfortunately our only choice was to take it with Agbo. He is the worst EE prof. I\'ve ever had. He\'s even worse than Ahlgren (if that\'s even imaginable). His thick accent is a huge problem in the class because you spend all of your time trying to understand what he is saying. Nothing in this class so far has clicked with me. Agbo\'s presentation of the material does not help information sink in. The book is your only help, and it is very dense and hard to read. And don\'t even try going to office hours. If you ask this guy a question, he stares at it for 5 minutes and can\'t figure it out. I don\'t know how he has permission to teach the most important electronics class without even knowing his stuff. And another thing, his solutions are typically wrong, so get the manual if you can. Avoid at all costs (especially for this class). I\'ve done well in all electronics courses so far (2 A\'s and 1 B), but I may even have to retake this one! Good luck if you HAVE to take him.

EE 414


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2002
I've had prof Agbo for 309,349,414 and 460 (but that one doesn't count). He's a decent professor with a slight accent. I don't like his tests, but I have gotten good at figuring what obscure information he will choose to put on the tests. His lectures are straightforward and he usually does a decent job of covering the required material. Agbo isn't my favorite EE prof; nor is he despised (like Chinichian). He's a fine choice if you need to take the class, nothing to be afraid of other than dry lectures and elusive material on the tests.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Sep 2003
Agbo is a solid EE prof. His has very clear lecture notes (in the same league as Breitenbach). He does have an accent, but it should not be a problem unless you cant speak english very well. His tests are hard, and he can be a bit picky about them. Also, he does ask obscure questions which serve no purpose other than to lower the average grade in the class. But if you take him for 414, remember all the circuits (modulators etc... ) and graphs (freq. spectrum), and dont put them on your note sheet (he doesn't allow them) because he will take it away from you in the middle of the test.

EE 418


Junior
N/A
Elective
Apr 2011
He is a good person, but I don't believe he picked the right career.

EE 449


5th Year Senior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2009
Normally, the lab kit should be enough to allow you to complete the lab, but the way Cirovic wrote the manual didn't allow it to be so. We were required to buy a $10 relay component to complete a single lab procedure, and when my lab partners and I engineered a way to show that we could operate the circuit without a relay Agbo scolded us for not having the right materials. He then proceeded to loan out a relay to another group. This guy is smart, but it doesn't show from his lectures and lab monitoring. He constantly had to refer to the lecture text to find examples and took him several minutes to recognize the circuits we already built. I used to think that courses like these rewarded us for being creative engineers but now I know it's just another sophomore level circuits lab.

ARCH 801


Senior
B
General Ed
Nov 2016
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