<eye popping, teeth clenching, exorcism style expression>Must… control… fist… of… death! </eye popping, teeth clenching, exorcism style expression>
Aieee! The semester is officially over now so my biorhythms can no return to their normal parameters although at one time I thought my database professor was going to drive me insane!
I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a worse teacher. It’s obvious to me that he had some knowledge locked in that brain of his… but his teaching style! The horror!..
Now that I’m calm I’ll give you an itemized list of his worst faults…
1. Extremely disorganized.
a. No syllabus until 3 weeks into the semester. b.. Homework returned 6 weeks or later after turning it in (if we received it back at all). c. Homework returned ungraded (just a checkmark, no feedback or correction of answers).
2. Poor test format
a. Only a single test administered 3/4 of the way through the semester. Test was comprehensive on all (poorly) taught material since the beginning of the semester. b. Vaguely worded and ambiguous test questions. c. Atrocious spelling and grammar (this is a big deal when a missing or misplaced word completely changes the meaning of a given question).
3. Inappropriate text book.
a. The text book chosen is used for graduate level classes (this was an introductory class).
4. Inferior teaching ability
a. Use of analogies was detrimental. i.e. "This database concept is kind of like the way the brain is structured..."... and then he goes on to talk about neurons and synapses. Ugh. Analogies are supposed to simplify subjects not make them more complex! b. The professor often made statements contradictory to the text book. c. Professor was easily side tracked. Loved to talk about his Phd, last skiing trip, pancake breakfast study parties with students, etc. etc.
5. Limited applicable knowledge.
a. Professors ability to apply the database concepts was very poor. In essence his database theory seemed fairly solid while his SQL coding skills were very poor. For assignments that involved writing SQL code we (the students) were on our own.
I feel better now… carry on fellow Dopers… nothing to see here. Move along.