MGMT 180

Special Topics in Management

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Paul Habibi See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.4 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.8

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Paul Habibi is the man. A huge success in the real estate field, he does a great job transferring his success to his students. I easily learned more in this class than in any other class at UCLA. The lectures are engaging and interesting, the case studies are relevant, and the tests are no-bs, even if they are a little hard. I didn't do excellently on the midterm but went to class and worked hard and still ended up with an A. Definitely a class to take at UCLA.

Nov. 20, 2012
Mark Karlan See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.8 Workload 3.4 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.5

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Let me begin by saying that everyone recommends this class but I feel like nobody adequately explains that you will not be taught at all about 1/3 of the midterm and final. These are calculations that you are expected to know how to do on excel. Karlan does say in the first two weeks that if you're not good in finance, don't take this class, because he does not want to teach anyone how to do the calculations because that's not what this class is about. I think this is unfair because most students in the class are taking it as an econ elective or just want to learn about real estate and have never taken finance before. But, if you have a really good Excel spreadsheet that knows how to calculate mortgage payments, balances, incremental cost of borrowing, effect annual rate, APR, things like that, you will do really well. Because other than those calculations, his exams are straight forward. He spent literally no joke 2 minutes on the 2 chapters that teach all the math concepts which was messed up. Overall, he is a really cool guy, super successful in real estate, but puts a lot of information on his exams that he does not at all go over in class even for one hour which in my opinion is wrong. Anyway, I have a really good spreadsheet, studied the key concepts he posts on ccle, and I ended up with an A in the class. TIP: don't do the textbook homework problems (they're optional but recommended but they are so tedious and not at all necessary for the exam), instead, go over the chapter based on what he has in his key concepts that he posts ccle and read the textbook for more detail on those specific concepts.

Fall Quarter 2016
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Bennet Lientz See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 4.5 Workload 4.5 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.8

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I took his Project Management class for Spring 2011. It was pretty straightfoward-- 3 papers, one due in the middle of the quarter, the other 2 due by the end of the quarter.

I thought the class was pretty easy and straightforward-- you only meet once a week for 2 hours (even though you're scheduled for 4). He lectures on Project Management (the material can be a little dry at times), does a workshop where people get into groups to come up with ideas, and gives you slides.

The papers are a little tedious, but so long as you do them through the quarter, I think it's very manageable and easy. He also allows you to submit papers up to 2 times before it is counted as a final draft. I think this is the key to getting a good grade-- do this, listen to his feedback (usually an email response given a couple hours after you email him), and ... that's it. You don't even REALLY have to go to class (by the end, many didn't), but I felt it was pretty interesting so I went.

Highly recommended for an easy class and a fun and kinda badass professor.

July 3, 2011
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David Ravetch See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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I took Personal Finance through Sport. This is, by far, the best class I have taken thus far at UCLA. Besides Professor Ravetch being very excited about what he is teaching, he gives practical information. The guests he has lecture each week on the topic that week are experts in the field and extremely knowledgeable. It is a lot of work as it is a summer course, but the work isn't hard. It was very manageable and would be even more so during the academic year. Because it was online, the quizzes were through the textbook site. Much of it was common sense. If you put effort into each assignment like budget, home purchasing, auto loans, insurance, etc. - you will get so much out of it. I have already used what I learned in investments about aggressive vs. passive investing and have benefited greatly from it. With the online textbook, you have the option to pay $30 more and get the binder version. I did that and will keep that as a reference, as it has great information that you can use throughout life and careers. I would HIGHLY recommend this course and this professor. For this particular class, he uses a sports twist, so many of the speakers are affiliated with some type of sports business or non profit, or team.

Summer Quarter 2020
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