All Ratings and Reviews for Bruce S Dunn
A real nice guy. He helped our 88 group with our final presentation even though he had practically no involvement in the course.
Good lecturer! He is always enthusiastic about the materials he teaches and brings in cool demos all the time. However, though his lectures give a good overview of the stuff you're supposed to learn, the key to acing the quizzes, midterms ,and finals are in doing the homework. The quizzes and midterms are straightforward and very much like homework problems. Going to class or reviewing his ppts gives you the multiples choice questions. The final was harder, but you get a double-sided cheat sheet. Overall, a good, fair professor.
A nice guy but he doesn't seem to be geared very strongly toward teaching concepts (could have been the curriculum somewhat as well)- more just regurgitation and a lot of knowing which variables on your note sheet stand for what (yes, that means you'll have to do some algebraic manipulation- don't cry, you'll all pass the class...). I can't say I learned much- I would have if Professor Dunn would have been able to answer my questions in a way that didn't involve the phrase "there's a formula/table/example in the book". His lectures and homework assigned out of the heinous textbook (horrible horrible book- but what can you do) are pretty accurate to the tests. Go to class, do the homework, it's not that difficult. Grading is a curve out of the highest person's maximum points but don't be too worried about the grades- he really wants everyone to pass...whether that's a good or bad thing you can decide...
Great professor. Goes through quickly but hey it's college so there's tons of teachers and tons of different teaching styles. I recommend Dunn, answers questions very thoroughly, even considers many interesting exceptions, very insightful. I like his short answer questions on his tests: very thought provoking and really makes you think/process the material and ensures that you understand the fundamental concepts. Advice: review review review!! Book is a bit dry but it's got lots of great points that help on the test
One of the best professors I've had, and I'm a grad student (have definitely seen many people teaching). He's very animated and the lectures are really interesting. He is very kind and engaging as well. He lists the "to-do-lists" on the board before every lecture and check off the topics one by one. It's really easy to follow his concepts and I never fell asleep during his class. His quizzes are very similar to what had been covered in the HW or the textbook's practice questions, so if you study it, you'd do fine. His exams are really straight forward, and the best part about it is that you can bring a 1-page (write both sides) cheat sheet to the exam. By making the cheat sheet I organized my thoughts really well and actually learned a LOT!
Dunn is a great person and a good teacher if you are able to follow his lectures. If found his lectures difficult to understand because he goes through the material very quickly. His midterms/final seemed slighly difficult, but you could usually figure out what was going on if you looked at the problem long enough. The practice tests he gives are very helpful. However the average for the first midterm was very low due to either the difficulty of the test. The homework isn't that helpful since the answer solutions are in the reader. The reader/textbook for this course is terrible. Not only is it hard to understand, the figures and diagrams are NEVER on the same page they're cited. Usually they're 3,4 pages before or after. This makes learning the material very frustrating. The reader is very wordy and long but if you get the main points/concepts of each chapter you'll probably do fine. Overall you won't learn much from Dunn's lectures unless you preread the chapters (which I did not) and have questions prepared to ask during lecture, otherwise you will be left behind in the dust. Putting teaching aside, Dunn has a great personality. He's very friendly. Even when cell phones go off in class accidentally he doesn't get mad and even jokes to chat with the caller a little bit. Dunn's a nice guy too. He even bought the class pizza for our review sessions. His reasoning is, "Students tend to learn more on a full stomach." That really shows what kind of guy he is. Amazing. Overall he's an above average teacher and a great person. Lectures are very fast and it's easy to get lost and the midterms/final are rather difficult. Your best bet is to ask as many questions as you can to get a better understanding of the material and also be one of the first to ever go to his office hours. Dunn even said once that no one during the quarter went to any of his office hours. How to succeed in this class? The reader/textbook is awful so ask him lots of questions to learn and slow down the lecture pace a bit. Goodluck to all.
Professor Dunn is very good for MSE 104. Professor Lan came in to substitute for a day and was a little better but Prof. Dunn is very good as well. The midterms and quizzes are not very difficult and only careless mistakes or one difficult problem serves as the differentiator. The curve was my biggest worry as he does not seem to give a lot of A's and that adds some difficulty to the tests. The book for this course is simply amazing and a little bit of attention in lectures will get you the points for reasoning. Also get his old midterms and quizzes, they give you a fair picture of what to expect. The homework is also important in that regard. He also gives some extra credit points on the final. Prof. Dunn is very helpful in office hours so try to go for those if you can. He also tries to remember names which is very nice of him. Some of his reasoning questions are from his demos done in class so be sure to pay attention in class as these reasonings come in the exams for an absurd number of points. Take him or Prof. Lan if possible.
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