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Phillip Buchanan
Professor in the Accounting department
at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
are you Phillip Buchanan?
Overall Quality
3.2
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.1
Clarity
3.3
Easiness
1.6
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
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0
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27 Student Ratings
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08/06/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
ACC332 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Very time consuming; material isn't all that difficult but the amount of time you need to cover all the materials is pretty overwhelming. Doesn't lecture you much on what's going to be on his exams. He tells interesting stories though. HW and quizes are grade booster. Exams are HARD-He curves well. Don't be afraid! :)

08/06/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ACCT332 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Not a bad guy. Has a Sense of Humor Don't take his jokes in the wrong way. Curves based on the class so hard to predict your standing. All written ExM&Qz no MC but get carry forward points and partial points which help alot. Knows his stuff. Helps if you submit homework empty first to see how it is worked then work it from there.

12/15/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ACCT332 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Very intelligent man, PHD and CPA, knows what he is talking about. However, very poor professor. 75% of the material that you learn in this course, you teach yourself. His lectures help somewhat, but are not clear at all. He gives very limited example questions to work out, very limited. I would HIGHLY suggest that no student take him.

12/11/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ACCT332 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This guy knows accounting inside and out and tells some interesting stories too. He doesn't use Powerpoint but he does give out outlines and spreadsheets that are useful. Be prepared to take notes though, he goes over everything you need to know in class. Reading each chapter before class helps a lot too. Overall I would recommend Prof. Buchanan.

11/18/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Acct332 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Honestly not a good professor. All he does is talk and talk, most of the time not making any sense, and by the time class ends speaks nothing about the chapter. Gives barely any examples or problems to work out during class. Hard to learn in his class because nothing really makes sense.

08/05/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
ACCT332 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

If you're going to take his class, you REALLY need to study outside of class. He's a tough guy, but he's been teaching for so long and definitley knows his stuff. If you study well and work hard, you can pass the class.

12/28/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ACCT332 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This is quite possibly the worst professor I have ever come across. He's rude to his students (what happened to mutual respect?). He sends one word responses to emails, gets irritated when you ask questions, and makes it his mission to fail as many students as possible. I walked away with a C despite all the hard work I put in! Don't take him!

12/25/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ACCT332 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

If you take him, you should study by yourself first. His teaching, quiz and exams all come from different way, and his grades are tough, if you want to pass this class avoid him.

05/10/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ACCT332 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Good Professor. Old school in the fact that he doesn't utilize Powerpoint presentations or notes. He fully expects you to sit there and take notes (which shouldn't be an issue, it's college folks!) Other than that, I HIGHLY suggest that you do all of the homework, over and over, until you get the material. Do that and enjoy your A.

12/19/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ACCT332 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Not sure what the people on here are complaining about. This class is hard because its information on the CPA exam. Don't expect managers in the real world to be nice and helpful. This professor prepares you for the real world. Take him if you want to experience that.

12/17/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ACCT332 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Poor teaching-he stands up there and talks about whatever he feels like that day. My bigger problem with this guy is how he treats students. He is unnecessarily harsh and thinks he's funny. I have witnessed him belittle people in front of the class-pretty pathetic. I'm glad it looks like this guy is retiring-why bother if you hate your students?

12/16/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
ACCT332 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great professor. The class itself is very difficult, but Buchanan makes it as easy on you as possible. Final grade consists of 2 tests, 2 quizzes, + a small paper and is based on class average, not so much a set grading scale. This definitely helps at the end. Buchanan ensures you have a handle on the material prior to graduation. Recommended.

12/15/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
ACCT332 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Very very hard class. The hardest accounting class you will ever take at Mason. Answers all questions and tries very hard to make the material relevant. Partial credit is great on exams--but you will spend an absurd amount of time preparing for exams. Take with a light load...

08/25/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
acct332 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I have a great respect for this man. I mean he really knows what he is tlaking about. U wana do good just do problems inside out. Do read book but problems should be ur main focus. Once u will be done with his class I swear u will feel it but thats a good feeling. Thats what differ us from all the other majors. Take him and u will have a skil onhnd

12/20/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ACCT431 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

You need to invest your time in studying accounting. HaHa

12/16/2007
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ACCT431 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I took Hasan and failed. Then I took Buchnan and passed,not because I repeated. This is financial accounting course. So problem solving questions fit better than multiple choice questions. Hasan's exams only consisted of multiple choices,so if you get it wrong, you lose the whole point. Would you like to get partial credits? Take BUCHANAN,NO HASAN

12/04/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ACC321 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

he is very intelegent and teaches very well his exams are study but if you attend all his class and practice on what he teach in class you will do fine in exams. No multiple choice. but it is not as hard as it seems, pay more attention to details

07/11/2007
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
ACC331 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is a character in himself. A good teacher, helps u understand the material nicely. BUT>>>> if you don't like spending nights days weekends and breaks getting ready for his exams. Do not take this class, but if you can do it. Take him. and he is great.,

06/20/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
ACCT321 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This prof is awesome. He knows what he's talking about, and actually makes you learn. I'm an accounting major, and I was not excited about being one - until I took this class. He really made me like it. Read the chapters, do the homework, go to class - if you're too lazy to do that, well, there's always time to be a marketing major.

05/04/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Acct421 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Read the book and get an A, pretty simple people

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