Professor profile for John Cogdell

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Review from a student who took EE 331K
Good Qualities: I guess Dr. Cogdell changed the way he grades things. In my experience, I have never done a group project in his class. Dr. Cogdell assigns homework every meeting, but the assignments are usually very simple. The 3 quizzes are based solely on homework, which make them incredibly elementary. By based on the homework, I mean homework problems with different numbers. If you spend some time looking over the homework, you?ll do fine. The final is the only one that he gets ?creative? on. One thing I benefited from but don?t necessarily agreed with is that he even curve between test forms, even though they are the same questions with different numbers. Dr. Cogdell is one of the nicest professors I?ve had at UT. You can even call him up at his house to ask questions. The class (EE 331K) is very easy. If you do any work, you?ll make an A. <br> Bad Qualities: He?s not a very good lecturer. I didn?t quite understand the latter part of the course. I think the fact it?s a survey course might have something to do with it. He tries to pack a lot of information into the course. Some of the topics just requires more time to digest. <br> Overall: I would take if it's a survery course like EE 331K.
Review from a student who took EE 351K
Don't take Cogdell. If you do, you're an idiot. If you think the group homework/quizzes are easy, you're an idiot. If you like his class time better than the other professors' class times and take his section for that reason, you're an idiot. He is a horrible, boring professor with a messed-up grading system based on "confidence points" (basically, you bet against yourself for grade points on your quizzes) and has his own boring, poorly written CD-book. He's a nice guy, but I honestly think a well-trained monkey with a some dice could teach probability better than him.
Review from a student who took Research
Year: 1968-69. I held a Ph.D. research assistantship jointly under Prof. Cogdell and Prof. Bruce.T. Ulrich of the Astronomy Department. Although I have my Ph.D. now, the "research" performed under these two professors was nothing short of a joke. Prof. Cogdell didn't even acknowledge my contribution to HIS research in two published papers! And it was only HIS research. I was merely a "go-fer" to do menial tasks, such as cleaning the lab and performing tedious computer calculations - there was never any consideration for my own research interests. I quit U of T because of him.

Grades given in courses taught by John Cogdell

When teaching EE 351K

grade: a b c d f drops
percentage: 31% 36% 24% 5% 2% 2%

  All professors who have taught EE 351K

When teaching EE 316

grade: a b c d f drops
percentage: 36% 19% 14% 4% 9% 18%

  All professors who have taught EE 316

When teaching EE 331K

grade: a b c d f drops
percentage: 23% 42% 26% 2% 2% 5%

  All professors who have taught EE 331K

When teaching EE 302

grade: a b c d f drops
percentage: 34% 29% 22% 3% 7% 6%

  All professors who have taught EE 302

Rating Summary:

Personality: 3.33
Grading Fairness: 2.67
Lecture Quality: 2.33
Overall: 2.33

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