Ratings for Economics 155

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52

Based on 18 ratings for the instructor(s) that have taught this course.

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49
Exams
59
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44
Enthusiasm
42

Instructor Ratings

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Kline, P M (ECON 155, Spring 2015)
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80
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100
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100
Enthusiasm
87

Comment: I dozed off quite a bit in the beginning, but things really started to pick up. Kline chooses interesting topics so I went to every lecture (sadly, not a lot do). Problem sets are challenging, but as long as you put in the work, you should get high B's, low A's. Don't expect to get very good grades with simple, straightforward answers. The graders expect you to show some thoughts and analysis. Just go to OH! Tests are fair, and Kline doesn't test on everything he teaches (which is A LOT)! As long as you touch upon the models WITH graphs, you should be fine. He is very prompt with answering e-mails so that's a plus, especially when it's your grade or exam questions. Overall, I liked the class! No need to take Econ 140 beforehand, but having had Econ 101A will REALLY help.

Submitted May 20th, 2015

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Egan, E A (ECON 155, Fall 2014)
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97
Exams
96
Helpfulness
58
Enthusiasm
7

Comment: For those who do not like to go to lectures, Egan is the best prof to take this class with because all he said was in the book. Read the book and you will get an easy A.

Submitted Jan. 23rd, 2015

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Egan, E A (ECON 155, Fall 2014)
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4
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2
Helpfulness
4
Enthusiasm
2

Comment: Do yourself a favor and avoid Egan!!! He seriously doesn't give a damn about the class and reads things off the slides without knowing the material. He refuses to answer questions simply because he is not capable of answering. People who have taken the class used to think it's easy but it has gotten harder now, so JUST TAKE IT. Hopefully Cal will stop letting Egan teach not only because he's a terrible professor but also an irresponsible person. He should not be eligible to teach at Cal, period

Submitted Jan. 6th, 2015

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Egan, E A (ECON 155, Fall 2014)
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14
Exams
25
Helpfulness
24
Enthusiasm
0

Comment: Never take this class with this Egan. Don't be fooled by the light workload the class has. With how little practice material is given for exams and how much problem sets are graded, it's not a walk in the park in terms of getting a good grade. The professor doesn't care about the class at all. He didn't even hold office hours until halfway through the semester (someone reported him) and often comes late. The material is dry, uninspiring, and has little applicability to anything else. The prof just reads exactly what the book says, and at times pauses for a couple of minutes during lecture because he doesn't know what he's talking about. This is one of the worst classes I have taken at Cal, and I don't know if I can say that I took anything useful out of what I "learned."

Submitted Dec. 31st, 2014

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Egan, E A (ECON 155, Fall 2014)
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0
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5
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0
Enthusiasm
4

Comment: Bad. This guy is absolutely horrid. Avoid at all costs. This class may have been easy the prior year when he taught it but he made it tougher and add that into the fact that he doesn't teach at all wow do not take with this guy.

Submitted Dec. 29th, 2014

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Egan, E A (ECON 155, Fall 2013)
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23
Exams
86
Helpfulness
19
Enthusiasm
31

Comment: Egan is a real-life economist. However, he puts almost zero effort into teaching this class. I stopped attending lectures after the midterm and just studied the book and got an A+. Exams were easy if you read the book.

Submitted June 10th, 2014

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Egan, E A (ECON 155, Fall 2013)
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100
Exams
97
Helpfulness
18
Enthusiasm
73

Comment: Egan's teaching is boring and going to his class is a waste of time. He just goes off with his slides and sometimes runs off topic. His slides are posted on bspace and all the slides are literally from the textbook, only a simplified version of it. You don't need to show up to class but MUST BUY the textbook. I strongly recommend you to take this course if you want a class that do not require you to show up at all and gives you an A even for not putting much effort in attending any lectures. There were only two problem sets, and both are extremely short. If you have taken any other econ classes, you will know that these problem sets can't even be called problem sets, they are just really short assignments. Work loads are extremely light! These problem sets accounts for 20% of the grade. Midterm and final both weren't so hard either. If you studied the book and did some practice questions from the back, those problems from both the midterm and finals are: 20% simple calculation problems and 80% memorization problems. If you memorize the theories and basically everything from the book, you will get an A. Most importantly, the professor gave out 10% extra credit that is factors into your grade AFTER everything is curved! This will boost you from a B to an A! Literally push you up 1 grade! All I want to say is, don't take this course only if you want inspiring lectures!

Submitted May 3rd, 2014

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Egan, E A (ECON 155, Fall 2013)
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23
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25
Helpfulness
11
Enthusiasm
16

Submitted Jan. 27th, 2014

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Egan, E A (ECON 155, Fall 2013)
Assignments
19
Exams
28
Helpfulness
6
Enthusiasm
22

Comment: Terrible professor. Do yourself a favor and don't take this class with Egan. While the material itself can be interesting, Egan's lectures are extremely dry and some of the most boring I have ever sat through. Don't let the fact that there are are only two HWs and one midterm fool you into thinking that this class is an easy A. The weight distribution of the midterm and assignments are ridiculous. If you fail any, there is no way you were earning anything higher than maybe a B-. (Seriously, the final counts for 50% of your grade).. Moreover, there is absolutely no way to practice the concepts you learn in class given that he refuses to distribute any practice exams, walk us through examples in class, or present the models in any other way than the ones already thoroughly explained in the book. In this sense, lecture was literally a direct summary of the book. Perhaps this is why less than a quarter of the class actually showed up to class the entire semester. And I don't blame them. For one thing, Egan refuses to distribute solutions or even give back your physical midterms, stating that it would compromise his ability to reuse the problems in future exams and assignments. So basically, you don't even know where you made a mistake. He literally did not go over the solutions to the midterm until 2 months later during RRR week before finals. Exams do not adequately test you on your mastery of the subject, but rather how well you can regurgitate the material. Without a doubt this is the worst prof I have ever taken at Cal.

Submitted Dec. 31st, 2013

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Egan, E A (ECON 155, Fall 2012)
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50
Exams
50
Helpfulness
50
Enthusiasm
50

Comment: Everything about this course was mediocre. There was only 3 assignments over the course, which is not nearly enough to test our knowledge. The professor did not demonstrate a wide background in the subject - he would often read off lecture slides, which were near copies of the textbook slides. Finally, the exams were pretty rough - instead of focusing on models and concepts, they focused on specific facts, so to be successful in this class, you ought to have read the textbook a couple of times.

Submitted Feb. 23rd, 2013