Bredeson, Dominique  

Communication Studies

2.40/4.00

20 evaluations


COMS 101


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Dec 2015
SHE ROCKS!! She's the kind of professor where if you listen to her lecture notes, do the assignment the way she asks and actually put effort in the speeches, you will do well in the class. It's exactly how college classes should be-- if you work hard and put in effort you will do well. Her class was fun and helped me a ton with my public speaking skills.

COMS 102


Freshman
B
General Ed
Oct 2015
Professor Bredeson is a recent college grad starting at Cal Poly. She is a good lecturer and genuinely cares about her class. Due to the quarter system the class is fast paced but the workload is not unreasonable (short readings most nights, and of course 5 speeches). She is a fair grader and goes by the rubric. Furthermore on the first speech if there are common issues she might curve the speech and go over what people didn't understand. All in all whilst public speaking isn't my forte Professor Bredeson teaches the class very well and definitely goes out of her way to help students. If you're looking to take COMS 102 I highly suggest you try and get into one of her sections.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2015
Dominique is a great teacher! She always goes over the reading and makes sure we are all comfortable with the material. The speeches aren't hard as she makes sure we all understand what is required. If there is ever anything a majority of the class misses, she will give us the points anyways and go over it. She is super fair and grades directly off her rubrics. She genuinely cares about her students and their success.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2015
Dominique Bredeson was a great COMS teacher. I'm not a huge fan of public speaking and wasn't too happy about being placed in this class my first quarter of college. I was extremely nervous going into this class knowing I wasn't good at speeches but Dominique was a very helpful professor. I wouldn't say I'm any less nervous about giving speeches, but I feel like my speaking ability and speech preparation ability are stronger. She grades extremely fairly on speeches and is always willing to help you if you go into her office hours or send her an email. There wasn't too much homework except for writing speeches. Even then there's only 4 total speeches so the work load's not bad. Don't wait until the last minute to write your speech either, I did that for my second speech and I did much more poorly on it. She also gives extra credit, I didn't do any of it because it was mainly watching debates and I was too lazy, but if you do it, it could be very helpful to your grade. We didn't have to do impromptu speeches in this class either so that was good for me. As long as you pay attention in class and study at least a little, the midterm and final weren't too bad-- there's extra credit points on these too. She's a great professor and I would certainly recommend taking coms 102 from Dominique.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Dec 2015
Pretty much the only thing that annoyed me throughout the quarter was her use of abbreviations. She comes up with these random acronyms and if you aren't listening to her every word, you won't know what she was talking about based on what she wrote. Other than that, her midterm was pretty simple and the final consisted of mostly questions from the midterm word for word. I wrote ALL my speeches the night before they were due and still always came out with at least a B on all of them. This class is just a pretty easy B.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Feb 2016
I had Dominique Bredeson during her first quarter teaching. She has a lot of experience in the business world so her tips were very applicable. The class was manageable. The first half of the quarter was a lot of reading out of the text, minimal reading every night. The second half of the quarter was a lot more speech-oriented, which could get overwhelming if you procrastinate. There was one informational speech, two persuasive group-speech, and some ungraded impromptu speech practice. The midterms were multiple choice and short answer, out of the text and class discussions. The final was cumulative, but she returned your midterms so you can review them. She also holds a class review day before the tests to go over any and all questions that you may have. If you have them, she will answer them. She is very willing to help with speech outlines and is open-minded about how she grades tests and runs her class. We even had a class on Dexter because our room was freakishly hot. Overall, Dominique lead a very fair, educational class that I enjoyed despite being deeply afraid of public speaking. Would recommend.


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
Mar 2016
Not sure why she's received such good polyratings in the past... I found her class much more difficult than it should have been for a coms course. She grades very hard on the first couple speeches, then seems to realize that about two people have As and tones it down on the grading. Does not present material clearly, and usually just says the material aloud expecting you to be furiously taking notes. That stuff will appear on your midterm/final. She holds classes where we can guess what will be on the tests and she'll tell us if you're right or not, but makes it so other students fill in what you have little understanding on. Despite these days, random stuff appears on the tests that you had no preparation or idea would be there. Would recommend taking another professor or at least 101 instead of 102.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Mar 2016
Your grade in this class depends on 3 speeches, 1 midterm and 1 final. However, she grades the speeches harshly! Make sure to take advantage of the extra credit, because trust me, it will definitely change your grade from a D to B (my case). She is very helpful during office hours and will basically write the speech for you the way she wants it. I learned a lot from the class, I would recommend her if you have a light schedule!


Freshman
B
General Ed
Mar 2016
First and foremost this class is an easy B. If you do a lot of work you will probably get a high B, if you do virtually no work you will probably get a low B. The amount of work required to get an A honestly probably isn't worth it. I don't think my public speaking actually improved because Bredeson is so particular with how she wants your speeches. She also takes the class too serious in general. Overall, skills learned are not very applicable outside the class. If you want to just get COMS over with and get a B, take this class. If you want anything more than that, I'd look elsewhere.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Mar 2016
Definitely an easy B to get, but she's way to tough of a grader for a GE. I got A's and B's on my speeches but she counts you off on a lot of random irrelevant stuff and doesn't explain to you why or how to fix it. Midterm and final are basically alike, if you study you'll do fine. Make sure to get a good group for the group presentation at the end of the quarter or YOU'RE SCREWED. She's usually pretty understanding, but her grading on stuff just kills the class. Speeches are easy.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Mar 2016
tests were written in unnecessarily confusing ways, grading of speeches seemed arbitrary despite having a detailed rubric. she was nice i guess but i overall didn't really like her teaching style. then again for coms i don't know how much better you can really do in terms of professors.


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Dec 2016
Dominique is way too tough of a grader for a required COMS class. The midterm had a ton of fill in the blank questions on random irrelevant information from the course. Speeches are not too difficult and group project isn't hard if you triple check that you do everything that is required. Definitely picks out people she does not like and holds a grudge all quarter. Can be very arrogant and not helpful at times but can also be funny at others.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2016
Dominique is clear in representing the material she expects from you in all of your speeches, one midterm and final. She puts in the extra effort to help her students if they have any difficulties in presenting. I was relatively confident in public speaking going into her class. Once you get through your first speech, it's smooth sailing through the next 3 speeches. You have one informative, two persuasive and one group presentation for the entire quarter. Overall, Dominique makes it crystal clear what her expectations are for each speech. All of the rubrics and resources you need are on her polylearn so you can prep way in advance if you want. I was stressed at times in this class, and was probably my most time consuming of the quarter. That being said, if you can, take coms in general if you have a more low-key schedule. If I wasn't pre-registered into coms for the fall, I would recommend taking it at a CC. If you choose to take coms at poly, Dominique will be supportive and transparent with you on what you need to improve for your next speech. The midterm and final are a mixture of lecture, textbook and video material. Make sure you do your reading before class, as there are 3 pop quizzes during the quarter. Dominique offers extra credit 3 times throughout the quarter and this is a great way to earn back points if you bomb a quiz.


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Dec 2016
She was a pretty good professor, but the grading is a little annoying because she's super specific about certain things.She had pop quizzes on the reading, I actually did them &took notes on them and I failed both of them;you have to study for them. This class sucks regardless of your professor, so considering that she did a good job at not making it ridiculously difficult. I would say this class is an easy b.


Freshman
D
General Ed
Mar 2017
I'm not sure why she is getting such good Polyratings. This was very hard for a COMS class, and not very good if you aren't good at public speaking going in. She is a hard grader and expects a lot from freshman who are just entering college. My class was at 7am and kids were always coming in late and some missed speeches (me included) because of alarm clock failure or sickness etc. and she wasn't very lenient. Overall you get a lot of work, and two big tests in the quarter, so it just wasn't an enjoyable class. She also did a terrible job of making the class comfortable with one another so it was super awkward during the speeches.


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Mar 2017
She sucks. She holds grudges on certain students throughout the quarter and takes her anger out on their grades. Personally I was lucky enough not to get on her bad side, but the friend I signed up with to take the class didn't do so great even though she had very similar work to mine. Dominique has somehow made COMS 102 a very hard and a very excruciating class. COMS 102 should be a fun GE that promotes creativity, however she has made this class unbearable with very rigid outlines and strict expectations. It seems as if she has deeper issues/unhappiness and takes out her misfortunes on the students. She talks about her dreams of becoming a sports announcer but is stuck teaching COMS. On top of this she squeezes in her own agenda into the lectures whether it be feminist/pro-Hillary views or boosting her own ego. Perhaps I am being harsh, but she has made me nothing but resent her, her class, and COMS 102. I didn't think it would be possible to feel this much hatred towards a silly GE class but anything is possible when you take Dominique!!


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Mar 2017
Do not take her if you are not good at giving speeches. and suck up to her if you are. She expected too much from a GE. I put in more than enough effort in time to preparing speeches, and with every speech my confidence increased yet my grades dropped. I was highly discouraged from wanting to continue to present speeches, and felt like giving up. In my opinion, her midterm was way too hard and was harder than some of my upper level major courses. When I talked to other students in the same course, multiple other teachers did not expect as much from their students as we were. I felt like I learned from this course, but was highly discouraged because of the grades I received.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Mar 2017
Okay... so this prof. really sucks. Like i mean, reeeeaaaally sucks. I don't want to be mean, but i genuinely think that she hasn't taken a coms class herself in her life. Her tests don't reflect communication in the real world at all. If its vague and obscure, you'll get a test on it, regardless of it's in the book or notes or not. Better have a god-damned transcription of your interviews, could you need to cite them VERBATIM on the midterms. Don't take this teacher. Suffering and headache are all you can expect.


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Mar 2017
HARD CLASS. Content isnt hard-- just a lot of work making speeches, memorizing info you'll never need to know, etc. Since there are so many speeches and tests, there's hardly any lecture. Easily the most work I've put into a GE. If you're smart, you'd take a communication class at your local city college instead and get the transfer credit. Lesson learned. Besides that, she seems nice I guess.

COMS 617


5th Year Senior
A
Elective
Nov 2016
Business majors: A degree for the intellectually impaired, HA HA.