Frawley, Tom  

Agribusiness

3.56/4.00

50 evaluations


AGB 101


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2002
frawley was frickin awesome. Hes gotta be my favorite teacher ive ever had. He really enjoys what he teaches and teaches it really well. He's not just a teacher but he also is a friend, he tries to adjust to your schedule, like if you had conflicting classes he'd make arrangements to get you the info you missed. Frawleys awesome and i recommend everoen take him. His style of teaching and his enjoyment of teaching made me interested in agb, even though i wasnt interested at all in it at the beginning of the quarter. TAKE EVERY CLASS FRAWLEY IS TEACHING...I GUARUNTEE YOULL SHOW UP FOR ALL OF THE CLASSES


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2003
If you can take any class with Frawley Do it


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2005
Frawley was a great teacher! He made the class very fun. There is quite a bit of homework and he gives pop quizzes every once in a while to keep you on your toes, but he is still a great teacher! I would very strongly recommend that you take him!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2005
ANY CLASS WITH FRAWLEY TAKE IT. If you DON'T like one of the nicest teachers on campus then you have a serios problem. Frawley is such a down to Earth professor who wants all of his students to succeed. I don't know how anyone could say something mean about the guy. Anyways the class is not to difficult if you do the slides and show up for the tests. He made the class a lot of fun and I am definatly going to take him for more ABG classes. HIGHLY RECCOMEND!!!!!


5th Year Senior
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2005
101 is easy, so don't worry about who you take. However, Frawley helped me with other AGB and career planning things. I wish I took him as a freshmen so he could have helped me plan out my time at poly. He's a nice guy, if you have problems with anything, go to his office hours, he's very accomodating. Some people find his midterms hard because his class is so laid back that they think the tests will be cake, but they are not. If you go to class, take notes and the tests wont be so tough.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Apr 2005
At first I didn't really like Frawley. But as the quarter went on, I realized he was a good teacher. He has real life experience and applies that to his class. He realizes 101 is a basic intro course and doesn't expect anything outragous. Some homework, a price comparison paper, and some quizzes/tests. I thought he ended up being a really good guy and I plan on taking him again.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2005
FRAWLDOG is the man. Call him by that name too and see what he says. But yeah, he is awesome and is probably one of the best AGB professors. Take him.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2005
Frawley loves his job. He always tells stories and switches up the lectures. It is not a hard class at all. You have a few one page papers to write and a big one at the end. He grades fairly and as long as you study for his tests they are easy. I loved this class and will definitely try to get Frawley again in the future! Take Frawley!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2007
Frawley is AWESOME!!! I LOVE THIS GUY!!! His class is relatively easy and he is sooooo laid back. He makes you feel comfortable and he is always willing to help.

ARCH 105


Junior
B
Required (Support)
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!

AGB 201


Freshman
N/A
Elective
Mar 2002
Great guy, great teacher, too bad they'll fire him before he gets tenure just because he doesn't have his doctorate. Honestly, probably the best teacher in AGB.

AGB 202


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Oct 2002
he's great


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2002
FRAWLEY is the best teacher I have had so far. He is amazing, the work is fair, hes funny, his class is intersting, and he grades very fair. His hw is not overwhelming, and his test are very fair. Frawley is a must take teacher. I would highly recomend any student to take Frawley. I am a freshmen and hope that future teachers are just like Frawley.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2002
WOW! Tom is a great teacher...I looked forward to coming to this class everyday. He learned everyone's name, just like we had to! When I see him on campus he still says hello. He demonstrates the characteristics of a teacher that I was looking for when I came to Poly.(Not to mention he is a great piecce of eye candy!!!)


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2002
Frawley was the best teacher I have ever had so far at Poly. His lectures are easy to follow and he often makes the, entertaining with his funny jokes. If you do all the work required and put some time into it, then you will get a good grade in the class. THere is only one midterm and he gives you all the questions beforehand, and the final consists of a take home assignment. Take Frawley if you want to have a fun, somewhat easy class.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2002
Frawley is an awesome teacher! He makes jokes in class, and makes the class enjoyable. You never want to miss a day in class because you'll be curious what you missed out on. The class is very easy, and you learn alot. If you want a good grade, and a great class to go to...choose frawley's 202 class!


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Apr 2003
HE IS THE SHIT!!! Frawley is by far the best AGB teacher you can take. He is so cool and he is hilarious. He turns out to be more of a helping friend than a scrutinizing teacher. He knows what he is doing and his experience in agriculture makes him the best teach available. His homework load is light, he is flexible with the notes, and always takes his students opinions into thought before making a decision. His tests are incredibly easy as long as you do the minimal reading each night. Frawley is a fair and easy grader. Take Frawley for every AGB class you can. He's awesome!


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jul 2004
FRAWLEY WAS THE BEST TEACHER AT CAL POLY!!!!!! Too bad he left!! Now the major kinda sucks without him! He was the reason that I switched majors. Frawley is by far the BEST AGB TEACHER! He is easy, helps you whenever needed and is down to earth. You may even see him downtown at Mothers or SLO brew!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2005
Frawley is the best teacher you will take at Cal Poly. Take him mutliple times if you have the chance. Love this man.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2011
I definitely learned a lot in his class. Frawley previously worked in the produce industry, so he really knows about the topics covered in 202 (sales, communication, and leadership). Probably a professor who could help you find a job or internship later because he has so many connections in the private sector. The only thing I didn't like about this class is that he is not always clear what his grading criteria is, which is part of the reason I ended up with a B+ instead of an A. Overall, a pretty chill guy. If I could have a beer with one of my professors, it would be Frawley.


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
May 2011
tom is a great professor and all around good guy. i highly recommend taking his course. he's clear in his lecture and is a funny guy . definitely makes class fun


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2011
coolest teacher i've ever had at cal poly. he's a hilarious guy and very experienced in what he teachers, which makes him very credible. i love frawley. cant wait for upper divisions to have him again! hes a homie for sure


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2011
One of the best Professors I have had in a long time. Frawley is a straight forward guy with no b/s, grades very fair and is crystal clear about everything from assignments to his lectures. Very organized. Has real world experience which he applies to the class during every lecture, and is enthusiastic about what he teaches and is pretty funny at times. Keep up with the work load (it's not bad): You'll have a few quizzes, in-class assignments, multiple papers, a speech, a 7-10 term project (which is actually very enjoyable when you do it) and 3 exams. All in all the class was very manageable, my advice is to be there every class or you'll miss a lot of points with in-class assignments and quizzes. Also, the exams are somewhat difficult so study hard for them. BUT if you keep up with all of the work you can get an A in the class even with an average exam score of an 83 (first hand experience) Will take a class by him for sure if the opportunity comes about!


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2012
Frawley is the bomb. While he is virtually impossible to get a hold of by email, he does have office hours and class time to clarify/ask questions. I took the night class, and the only thing that kept me awake was the fast paced lecture slides and the breaks that he gave us about half-way through the 2 hr lectures. He has a 'day with an agribusiness professional' assignment that is easy- only if you find one early and get it out of the way. Otherwise you're screwed. We also play the 'name game' and have to learn everyone's name- at first it's stressful, but if you're a freshman it'll be especially fun. The midterms are also pretty difficult, make sure to read the book and review the slides- it's all there. He may also not give a final, but instead give three midterms throughout the quarter, the last being on the last day of lecture.

AGB 212


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2002
Tom is by far the best teacher I have had here at Cal Poly!!! He really likes to help his students out in any way he can! His tests aren't bad at all if you study for them, plus you get a cheat sheet, which helps a lot! Econ is a boring subject, but he somehow makes it fun! I highly recommend taking Tom for any class!!!


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2002
Frawley is by far my favorite teacher at Poly yet. He is the coolest dude ever and makes the class entertaining by telling stories and coming up with interesting examples. He's willing to help you with anything you need, and wants the best for you. Frawley rules and I would recommend the guy to anyone.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2002
FRAWLEY YOU ROCK!!! He was accually able to make microeconomics fun, he is a great teacher and is very concerned about how each individual is doing in class. Take him, even if you don't have to. MC=MR


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2002
Frawley is by far the best teacher I have had at Cal Poly. Econ isn't the most exciting class in the world, but Frawley gets you almost excited about it. You can tell that his heart is in his teaching and that he genuinely cares how his students are doing. To not do well in this class you have to be a moron... Frawley couldn't give you anymore help. He writes out all his outlines for you and there are a bazillion opportunities for extra credit. The tests are average. Actually they are easy as long as you have everything you need on your cheat sheet. This class was great and so is Frawley. I would recommend him in a heartbeat for any class he is teaching.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2002
Tom has such a passion for economics and he passes that passion on to students. He is VERY helpful and even came in on the weekends to hold study sessions for the two midterms and final. Some of the material can be challenging, but he goes over any questions you have thoroughly and allows you to have a cheat sheet for all the exams. There wasn't a lot of homework and it was pretty easy at that. Tom is one of the best teachers I have ever had in all my years of school!!


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Sep 2002
BEST TEACHER IN AGB!!! The class material is boring and Frawley knows it so its not that bad. He understands college life outside a class room so the work load is light. He grades easy on the homework, but you have to study a some for the tests. And watch for him you may see him hanging out at a party or at the bars! You must take Frawley for 202 also he is the best!!


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Jan 2003
Frawley is the best teacher i have ever had at Cal Poly!!! He is so awesome, i would highly recomend him for anyclass he teaches!!


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Feb 2003
MC=MR. Frawley wrongs, I never thought Ag economics would be interesting. His real life examples help a lot


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Feb 2003
Tom Frawley is a great teacher. He offers outside help and seems to actually care how you do in the class. Frawley also tries to get to know each individual in the class and tries to teach have fun with a dull subject. I really think you will benefit by having Tom Frawley for 212.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2003
Frawley is a awesome teacher. He was clear about everything, always stop to make sure everyone was understanding the material, and let us use a cheat sheet on the test. He has review sessions for each midterm and the final, which help, so go. The homework is little and easy. He is a great teacher, i would take him again.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Apr 2003
Tom is awesome


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2005
Mr. Frawley is the best teach er ever!!! He is my favorite teacher at Cal Poly. He teaches the subject very effectively, and he really helps the students if you need help. He is a great guy and very hot as well!!


Junior
C
Elective
Feb 2005
Frawley is not a very good teacher. He tries to play himself off as a cool guy in the beggining of the quarter, but he is really a jerk. I have a verified learning disability and he would never sign my DRC form correctly. He screwed up multiple times! He is always in a rush and makes you feel like you are a bother when you ask him questions after class. I don't reccomend him.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2005
i thought he was a good teacher. his lectures are really easy to understand which helps out a lot. i never read the book other than the one hw assignment we had to do in it. He doesnt take roll but i'd definitely recommend going to every class...itd be really difficult to make up on ur own. I got a B but thats probably because i underestimated his first midterm and didnt do well on it. his lectures are easy, but his midterms are hard! so you may think you know everything and are prepared without studying very much, but study anyways cuz they'll probably surprise you. all in all, i learned a lot from him, i felt he prepared me well for 313.


Junior
D
Required (Major)
Mar 2005
Frawley is a pretty cool guy, but sucks at teaching. He seems to care about the students, but his tests seem diferent than what he talks about in class. If you miss a day of his class you are totaly screwed because the class is unstructured and you wont know what is going on. If you can take someone else.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Jun 2005
It makes me sick to read some of the negative things on Mr. Frawley. Anyone that has something bad to say about the man should be punched in the fucking face. I have had Frawley 3 times and all classes varyed in difficulty, but he taught them all well. Best teacher at Cal Poly!

AGB 301


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2005
Frawley is pretty much the best teacher I've ever had. He presents the material effectively, and ACTUALLY CARES that you understand it. That's what makes him such a great teacher. He realizes what people have problems with and not only goes over it but holds after hours study groups. YES GROUPS, NOT LECTURES. I went to him to try and work out my schedule for the next few years, and he was so really enthusiastic about helping out. His real life experience has really benefited the students here. Frawley usually gets so excited about the tests and what not and wants us to do well, so he sends the whole class emails about what to study, and what concepts/main points he might ask questions on. This was my second time taking him, 7-9 AM tues and thurs, just because he was teaching. I'll take him at every chance I get.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Aug 2005
Frawley is a really nice guy but a bit assumptious. As a Nutrition major with a concentration in culinary science, his assumptions that I had taken 101, 402 and other AGB classes made it difficult to understand what he was talking about at times. He thinks that everyone there has had basic AGB and so knows what he is talking about. However, if you see him after class and talk to him he'll take the time to get to know you and even throw in references to your interests or major during lecture. My largest complaint though is that we had daily reading quizzes, and then he would repeat all the material we were just quizzed on in powerpoint format without adding anything new. His life stories were interesting and applicable, but redundant after he had repeated them endlessly and used the same example for every situation. I did well in the class because of the group project, which really applies your knowledge to a real-life idea. The tests were somewhat ambiguous and could leave you open-ended to bomb an essay. Overall a nice guy, decent teacher, and somewhat interesting class.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2007
Frawley ROCKS! He gives a study guide which lists every topic that is going to be on the test so basically go to the back of the book and learn these key terms and you got an A. Class was interesting too, Frawley has cool stories about produce marketing and working as a buyer. Take this dude, he is by far my favorite teacher. He's also kinda cute:) LOVE FRAWLEY!!


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2007
Frawley is a pretty easy going guy. The class basically consisted of 1 presentation, some homework, and a few tests. Not that bad. I would take him again if I could.

AGB 318


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2006
This guy is the best. Easy lecture and overall nice guy..love him!


Senior
A
Required (Major)
May 2007
How could you not like a teacher like FRAWLEY?? He is the man and his lectures are always a lot of fun to go to. He uses a lot of examples which makes his class a lot of fun. He is a great GUY and if you get a chance take him

AGB 406


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2002
Mr. Frawley should NOT be teaching AGB 406. Yes, he has experience in Produce, but when it comes to marketing he only knows what he learned when he went to college here. I could teach the class better. If you had to choose between Frawley or Wolf, don't even hesitate = take Wolf. Save yourself the worries and stress, don't take Mr. Frawley. Also, with Marianne's class you jump right in and start working on your marketing plan for your client. However, with Tom, you waste the first 2 weeks by working on an assigned marketing plan that has NOTHING to do with your AGB 406 final marketing plan. That was a waste of time. So, take my advice, and DON'T TAKE FRAWLEY!


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2004
Frawley had the BIGGEST mood swings. One minute he loves the group and project and then the next thing you know he hates everything. He has a memory the size of a fish, doesn't like anything anyone does. If you have to have Frawley for 406, make sure you do a wine project, and not produce (which he knows about). If you do wine, you could tell him anything and he will go along with it. If you can take Wolf, I highly suggest her!


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2004
The work load for this course was intense but, definetely doable. Tom made him self readily available at all times in order to help the students. It was nice not having to meet for an actual lecture for most of the quarter and just meet within our groups. He recognized when some group members slacked off and who worked harder and grades reflected this. He does have a produce background, and although doing a non-produce related project may be the easy way to go, you will only learn more by taking advantage of the opportunity of working with Tom. My group felt like we were the least favored group the entire quarter but in the end the client, Tom, and the group were very satisfied with our results.

AGB 445


Graduate Student
B
Required (Support)
Aug 2005
I am a Graduate Student, who interns for an Organic Farm (the largest farm in North America, and the number 4 organic brand in the nation). Needless to say, I 'get' produce and all aspects (sales, marketing, r&d, PR, policy, etc...) I never missed class. Always had questions prepared for the stupid guest lecturers the two 'professors' pulled out of their magic kiss ass hat. Diligently turned in all papers and received full credit. Used part of my thesis research as my final project for the food fair that was staged in class and received high praise from all visiting professors and appreciation from students. So what did I receive grade-wise? B So I emailed the Vix and Frawley and was told to stop by Frawley's office in the Fall to ask for an A. ASK FOR AN A? This class is stupid, a waste of time, and I really hated that Vix warned the class to be nice to the Walmart schmuck they brought into the classroom. Come on fellas, its not a board room or a University Foundation meeting, its a classroom. Where we are supposed to challenge ourselves and learn...and that might involve tough questions and answers. Honestly. Skip this class. Its easy, impossible to get an A, and you'll learn little (unless you're an idiot and then you might learn even less).