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Doug Hogan
Professor in the Computer Science department
at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
are you Doug Hogan?
Overall Quality
2.7
Average Grade
C-
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.6
Clarity
2.7
Easiness
1.5
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
151 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
11/23/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CMPSC 360 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough"

Great professor, awful human being. If Doug actually cared about CS students learning proper mathematical writing he would lay out clear guidelines in text rather than having students failing tests and formal problems until they figure it out.

11/13/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
CMPSC 360 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: WD
"Tests are tough" "Tough Grader" "Skip class? You won't pass."

I would never take him ever again. He changed everything about course in middle due to his own mistakes and then it just made the class impossible. Also he is very partial to certain students vs everyone else.

11/12/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
CMPSC360 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: WD
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Tests? Not many" "Tough Grader"

He is very good at teaching, his lectures are crystal clear. However, his grading system is just crazy. Be prepared to go at least twice a week for OHs, get Ds in most assignments (You don't loose points you "earn them"), get frustrated and still fail the exams.

11/04/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
cmpsc360 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: C
"Tough Grader"

Terrible Professor

06/21/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
CMPSC360 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

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: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

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.

10/25/2013
poor
2 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

Worst professor here on campus! His grading scale is absurd, not helpful at all because he'll just repeat your questions back to you. I'm so glad he's not teaching CMPSC 465 any more.

04/21/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
CMPSC 202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Doug is by far the hardest grader I have ever had. That being said, it is very possible to do well in this class, but you will have to work for it. Try to show interest in the class, and definitely go to office hours frequently. It's an interesting class, though, so that makes it easier to do the hard work that is necessary.

03/29/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CMPSC 360 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Honestly, there are no words to describe this class. Doug is probably one of the best professors I have ever had in any subject. You walk into lecture and feel his passion for the subject. While he is infamous for his difficult grading and long exams, you will not learn this subject any better from any other professor. Doug is the man.

01/10/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CMPSC202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He is not a good teacher. He is not all that clear in lectures. He has a crazy grading system that is impossible to explain. If you ask him a question he just repeats everything youve said to him. Plus he is just really a hard teacher.

12/21/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
CMPSC360 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Doug's come a long way since I took him 2 years ago. He may have quite possibly transformed into one of the best (if not THE best) professors in the CMPSC department. He puts his heart and soul into his teaching and it really shows with how much we all learned. His notoriously rough grading aside, you'll be very happy you took Doug.

12/16/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
CMPSC202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Doug is a good teacher but he is the hardest grader on the planet.

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