Alexander, Benjamin  

Business

2.00/4.00

15 evaluations


BUS 401


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Apr 2016
He adds superfluous language to his lecture that distracts a lot from what he's trying to say.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
May 2016
Professor Alexander is the kind of guy you want to teach a very diverse and broad category: management & strategy. He is very good at presenting what needs to be understood in the class, and uses a lot of great hands on and fun activities to further demonstrate the importance of some topics. I really enjoyed the discussion that he fostered in the classroom. Not sure how he can be described as talking "superfluously", but he does like to stress and cater his lectures. I highly recommend. You'll definitely get your tuition-moneys-worth with him.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
May 2016
This class is so much more work than the other 401 classes. You have to do a debate, case analysis, 3 midterms, 22 page group paper and crazy boring classes. Avoid if possible.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2016
Loved this professor. The class has 2 midterms and 1 final (lowest score is dropped), 25% participation which can either really help or hurt you, a written case analysis, a group debate, and a huge group project that involves a 20 page paper and 18 minute presentation. You get to say your preferences for which case and debate you want, so plan ahead and try to spread everything out so you don't get stuck having to do your case, debate, and project all within two weeks of each other. If you can spread them out, this class really won't be that difficult. Alexander explains things in a way so everyone understands them, is very helpful during office hours, and is extremely polite. You can tell he genuinely cares about his students. His tests are extremely fair and easy to do well on if you understand the material and put in some effort. A ton of people didn't do any of the readings until the night before the midterm and then bitched in class when they didn't do well.


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Oct 2016
Its week 4, so I don't have a grade yet. But he is overly general and tries to speak in such unnecessarily difficult rhetoric. Poor job explaining the structure of the class. We have an essay due on the day he discusses the subject matter, meaning your writing about material you haven't been taught yet...His PPTs are 10 or less slides and doesn't do much to explain the concepts beyond what is on the slides. Overall, would not recommend.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2017
Professor Alexander is a dope dude. He explains the material very well, and it's very straightforward. His grading is also incredibly fair as well. I HIGHLY recommend taking 401 with this professor. He was super helpful during office hours and genuinely cares about his students. I got a B+ because I didn't do well enough on the group project (not exactly my fault?). Very possible to get an A. Take 401 with Alexander, take 401 with Alexander, take 401 with Alexander.


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2017
Prof. Alexander is a wonderful instructor and I genuinely enjoyed all the assigned reading and lectures. This is not an easy load course but not too heavy for the class level. He is very fair and extremely helpful during his office hours and will tell you exactly what he is looking for when grading. He is prepared for every class and the case studies and in class exercises are engaging. This course is one of the most helpful courses for real world situations and overlaps many of the course topics covered in previous classes. There are two midterms and a final but he drops the lowest grade so you can opt to not take the final. Depending on how my group does on our final group paper and presentation, I expect to get a high B or low A.


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Nov 2017
Total waste of time you will not learn anything. He never answers questions in a straight forward manner he just says some random stuff and leaves you more confused than before you asked the question. Avoid if possible


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Nov 2017
This teacher is very intelligent, has his PhD. However, he doesn't know how to teach. He never answers questions straightforward and leaves you more confused then you were before the question. This subject and very broad and dry and he doesn't do a very good job at making it simple. The first test is easy and then the second test is ridiculously hard, which no one expected. His instructions for the group project are VERY vague. He gives you short, vague instructions and then grades unfairly like you were supposed to know what to do. He's very uptight and gives no leeway for rules he has already set in place. This class is a huge waist of time. Do yourself a favor and TAKE A DIFFERENT TEACHER. He sucks!!!!


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Dec 2017
Sweet Jesus do not take this class! I took this class thinking it would be a slightly more detailed version of organizational behavior....which it is, however the professor is an absolute ass. Looking for a professor who will be useful, wisdom instilling, and actually answer questions and clarify when material is confusing? This class is not for you. Looking for ambiguity, poorly outlined projects with stringent grading criteria?... this class is for you! For Fuck-sake the most rewarding part of the class was leaving it. I'm not afraid of a challenge either!!!! Teachers like Gorman, Ayash, and Patel...the real MVP's of the business department HOLLAAA, but the problem with this class is that the professor makes it impossible for you to do well or purvey what he wants because even he is not sure whats going on. All in all.... avoid this smug bastard at all costs. What a waste of tuition, Cal Poly I'm gravely disappointed.


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Dec 2017
Currently the 401 Class has a group project 2 midterms and a final essay. Professor Alexander, as stated earlier, speaks with ridiculous language and it makes him look like he tries too hard. Ultimately his awkward personality ruins the class, which is unfortunate since our school has so many incredible Business professors. One specific thing he does is he will call on you randomly in Class even if you are paying attention and essentially forces you to comment on something even when you didn’t raise your hand. He tries hard, I’ll give him that.


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Dec 2017
Try not to take this professor! I feel like I learned more from the book than from his lectures, and its really hard to understand him during class (I low key felt more confused when he tried to expand on certain topics). He tries to make the classroom setting collaborative which is something you would think would help, but it seems like no one answers since they don't understand what he is trying to say. Office hours aren't too helpful either...


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2017
i seriously don't think this professor is qualified to teach this class. the lectures are super general and boring and he doesn't explain anything clearly and relies on the class to contribute (which no one does cause no one reads the assignments). a lot of the class is a group project which he doesn't let you choose so you could be shafted on it. also don't try and ask him anything in class because he will literally leave you more confused and unsure about your knowledge of the material than before you asked. overall, this professor was piss poor and i would rather taze myself than take this class again or recommend it to anyone else


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2017
I felt like the comments above have been too harsh. Agree that prof. Alexander class is a difficult class but it works taking. He expects students to read the textbook before class and he will just go over the materials and answer it during the first hour of class. The second half is mainly focus on group project where students gather and analyze a corporation, he always walks around class to help and support each group. IF you have read the book, his activities and questions are completely make sense and helps a lot in understand the material. Remember the class was label as a lab, not a lecture ( that's what said in my CalPoly app). He sometimes brings in interesting activities like the pepsi challenge for the case study, build up the tower with office supplies to demonstrate the VRIO model, etc. There are very few explanation on the concept during class and the PP is use as a support tools for students to know what to learn from the book (at least I think that's what he told me :/) So highly recommend to email him often or go to office hour. He always respond in appropriate timing and have been extra helpful in helping students to success. I'm pretty sure he dislike people who do not prepare and expect to get good grade. Tests are harsh but doesn't cover most of the grade, attendance matters - 20% this Fall quarter, group project and presentation - which I feel like he has graded it easier and online quizzes which are impossible to not get an A. Always keep class in professional manner, projects, dates, lectures, etc. are always up to date so I never worry finding the materials. There sure are a lot of reading, make sure you have sometimes for it, at least 2 hours each week to read. Quizzes are fast, took me like 10 minutes most. :/ Easy B but tough A. I found it helpful as the lectures give me full vision of how to develop a plan to open & build corporation, lot of room to think and to learn, if you seek for information, well, here you go. :/ I just hope they give the pass/ no pass option rather than Grade.

WGS 500


Freshman
B
General Ed
Nov 2016
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