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Doug Hogan
Professor in the Computer Science department
at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
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Overall Quality
2.6
Average Grade
D
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.6
Clarity
2.7
Easiness
1.5
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06/21/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
CMPSC360 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B

Be prepared to take this class again if you are taking it with him. Its more like an english language class. Doug knows how to teach but is a pathetic grader. He thinks all the students are enrolled only in his class and have nothing else to do.

05/07/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
CMPSC 122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: D

Worst educational experience I have ever had. Lectures are clear and well done but labs and grading are ludicrous

05/06/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
CMPSC 360 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: WD

If you are taking it with him, you've already heard how he is. And all I have to say about him and his ways of grading is "nonsense". His teaching skills are garbage when it comes to unfair grading pointing out where you left white space, and extra comma etc. Take his class if you wanna just give up hope.

04/03/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
CMPSC 122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Doug will teach you everything you need to know and teach it very well, but his grading scale is absolutely ridiculous and he gives no mercy for late work, even if your excuse is valid. Labs are graded like english papers and one small mistake will put you in the C range. Take his class, drop it, and take it again next semester with his notes.

03/25/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
CMPSC 360 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Avoids case-by-case arbitration on everything by constructing elaborate rules for grading, attendance, extra credit, etc. To compensate for low grades he offers extra credit opportunities that, though they may help your grade, will use up all of your time. He is always available to help, but expects you to rise to his freakish level of dedication.

12/03/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CMPSC 360 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Never take any class with Doug Hogan! If you consider yourself to have an above average intelligence, then you'll learn nothing from him, he'll just waste your time and pick on your lamest grammar mistakes. He is a great professor for those who need special hand holding at all times.

11/10/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
CMPSC 360 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B-

The hardest grader I've ever seen, as people said. Yes, he knows how to teach, very helpful and enthusiastic. But TOO much time consuming. You have to spend a HELL LOT of time fixing very MINOR mistakes. I know he really wants to help students, but come on. One could be lenient sometimes, but never. Too conservative. Unable to understand.

11/06/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CMPSC 360 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Doug is just about the only professor that cares whether you learn the material or not. You will learn a lot about what mathematics is actually about. After taking this course with Doug, I was able to learn just about any other area of mathematics (though it is never easy; just hard work). Take Doug for CMPSC 360!

10/31/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
CMPSC 360 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

VERY strict about deadlines and details on assignments, gives you extra percentage points on assignments but then refuses to negotiate any grades. Would not allow homework t be turned in EARLY for job related absences.

10/29/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
CMPSC 221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

First off, I would highly recommend Hogan. He is extremely knowledgeable and by far the best CMPSC prof at Penn State. You will learn A LOT. However, MANY people hate his class with a passion because he is the MOST nitpicky grader you'll ever meet and in order to receive an A/B, you are going to need to visit his office hours at least twice a wk.

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