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James Cooney
Professor in the Science department
at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
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Overall Quality
3.8
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.8
Clarity
3.9
Easiness
2.7
Helpfulness
0
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245 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/19/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHY2053H Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Hilarious" "Amazing lectures" "Tests are tough"

This class caused me a lot of stress at the beginning because of what I thought was harsh grading, but in the end, he curves and makes everything come out fair in the end. Don't worry so much. Just focus on doing your best, and enjoy Cooney's quirkiness. Awesome, well-informed guy. Do the homework and do well in the lab, and you'll be fine!

12/15/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
AST2002H Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B
"Hilarious" "Inspirational" "Would take again"

He's really interesting and kept the class enjoyable.

12/12/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
AST 2002 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A
"Amazing lectures" "Tests are tough" "Inspirational"

His exams (& online quizzes) were tough, but it's all multiple choice. I loved his passion and great sense of humor. You need an iClicker for his class for participation, but it's only 5% of your grade. You also need a passcode for Mastering Astronomy, he posts all of his grades there. You can use an old ed of the book though, mine was a free pdf.

12/04/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
2002 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B-
"Participation matters" "Hilarious" "Tests are tough"

STUDY! AND GO TO CLASS! But he makes it fun!

11/13/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ast2002 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: B
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Tough Grader" "Tests are tough"

THIS TEACHER He's funny and makes hard subject simple, 2 extra credit opp, use them! weekly homework easy A DO IT! Go to class! I used the book a handful of times but is a savior, His exams are KILLERS, print the power points take notes on the extra he says and study like crazy!! first grade average is a 60 and under! drops lowest exam, helpful

11/13/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
AST2002 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B+
"Hilarious" "Tests are tough"

I love Dr. Cooney! Hilarious guy, lectures kept my attention the whole time. His tests are mostly trick questions so you really have to know the concepts to do well. 4 tests, lowest score is dropped, extra credit is offered. Would definitely take his class again!

10/01/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
AST 2002 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Cooney has knowledge of the subject but i felt the whole semester that he was trying to make us love astronomy, when its just a gen ed class. His class consisted of hard tests, online homework and clicker questions in class. The extra credit book was so long and not worth the 5 points he was offering. Maybe if it was percentage points.

08/10/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
AST 2002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

As a college senior I thought it would be an easy class. This was the most difficult & time consuming of my summer classes. The tests are difficult & I found that reading the textbook & not listening to the Prof made it easier for me to understand the material. I spent 6+ hours studying for each test. Do extra credit if offered only way I got a B!

08/08/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
AST 2002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

If you do not like astronomy take another class. This is not an easy class at all. I took this class in summer: 3 tests, online homework, clicker questions in class, extra credit book to read. If you take the class make sure to read the extra credit book as it can boost your grade. He teaches well and he knows his stuff, the tests are just hard.

08/05/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Ast 2002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B

Really cool and funny professor. Go to class and ask questions if you don't understand

05/19/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
AST 2002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: A

This class is not an easy A, but if you work hard its possible! Cooney is very passionate about AST and very sweet/helpful. iclickers are used for attendance, textbook is helpful for homework. I mostly got B's and a C on his tests and did well on hw, ended up with an A since he curves your grade at the end. he makes astronomy interesting!

05/08/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
AST 2002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: C

Professor Cooney is a really nice guy. I found his exams to be insanely hard. I have no interest in science, but I spent at least 6 hours studying for each exam in addition to attending almost every class. I barely passed every exam, but I came out with a B. If you are not interested in astronomy, I would suggest another course.

05/04/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHY 2048 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Having to rely on randomly assigned groupmates was the worst part of this class. I did much better on the tests when I went to Jim's review sessions. You have to read the book before coming to class or risk spending the entire class unnecessarily confused. The TAs were slow to grade and not very helpful but Cooney is great!

05/02/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHY2048C Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: B

The tests were very difficult, and he spent very little time lecturing in class. He expected you to know almost everything from reading the book, but the book was poorly written. Class average on the tests was a D and the average on the final was in the 50s. Don't do scale-up; you'll learn way more in a regular lecture.

05/02/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHY2048C Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

For Physics 1 he's a great choice. Very funny and clear. He cares about teaching and his students. Makes a hard subject like physics manageable. The book really helped me learn. Tests were pretty tough but the grading scale of the class was pretty fair. I did scale-up which i think was a good type of class.

04/29/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
AST 2002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Funny guy, homework assignments are a good way to boost your grade. Warning! Exams are hard!! Read book, and pay attention in class to do well.

04/23/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
AST 2002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This was a great class and I really enjoyed it. It's a GEP class so people were obnoxious, but Cooney is hilarious and a great teacher. As long as you put in a decent amount of effort, you'll do well.

04/11/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
AST2002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

DO NOT TAKE. Very rude. I asked one question all semester and belittled me just for asking it. Very unclear of what to expect from the class and policies. Tests are very difficult, but he supposedly curves at the end. I have enjoyed every professor at UCF besides him. Again, try to avoid taking him if possible.

04/11/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHY 2048C Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I had him for scale-up physics, not astronomy. He's nice, funny, and enthusiastic. I didn't like the class structure; the textbook, homework, and class lectures/activities were disconnected and made the material more confusing than it should have been. I wish he'd explained the concepts in class, as our book was crappy.

04/01/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
AST2012 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This class is awful. I really wished someone warned me. He lectures without engaging the students and acts like your stupid for not knowing the material. The first day he bragged about how the average first test grade was a D. I will say he curves very high and the online quizzes are really easy. DO NOT take this class unless you have to.

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