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David Chadd
Professor (2009 – 2014)
Cal Poly - Pomona (Pomona)
Philosophy
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3.9273***+
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Rated by 55 students
2.77
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across 6 classes
Spring 2014 Schedule
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PHL 201
PHL 202
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PHL 205
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4****
PHL 415 - Confrontations with the Reaper
Great teacher, very funny, makes the lectures worth going to. The class consisted of a handful of group assignments, an individual presentation, a 4-6pg midterm essay, and an 8-10 pg final paper. Sounds like a lot but you will get a good return for m...
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Professor rated by: Student on 3/26/07
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3***
PHL 202 - Critical Thinking
For this class, it consists of two exams, one midterm and one finals. And you have to write one critical essay about the topic of your choice, presentation about the topic. Both midterm and final is scantron. Finals is pretty hard if you don't unders...
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Pros: -All notes are online, so you can watch that since he breezes through the powerpoint note during the class
-Homework are all completion grade, so if you have no clue about the question, just write something down, and you will get full credit
Cons: -His lecture is basically a powerpoint lecture, so prepare to be bored
-super fast when he goes through the powerpoint so prepare to write down
-pretty monotone, so you need a buddy or this class will be tough.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on 1/25/14
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PHL 415
Confrontations with the Reaper
4****
Great teacher, very funny, makes the lectures worth going to. The class consisted of a handful of group assignments, an individual presentation, a 4-6pg midterm essay, and an 8-10 pg final paper. Sounds like a lot but you will get a good return for minimal effort; I was able to finish all of these assignments the night before they were due and I received A's on all of them. As long as you read the assigned material you will do fine and the material was usually easy to read (except Frankenstein, which was just a bitch to get through). He takes attendance at every class, but he allows you to miss a couple days with no effect on your grade. It definitely helped to go to the lectures though and like I said they are worth it because he keeps you interested and he will cover everything you need to know for the assignments. The class talked about sex almost as much as death and we addressed current events every now and then. Overall great experience, highly recommended class. Grade Received: A
Professor rated by: Student on March 26, 2007
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PHL 204
Ethical Problems of Contemporary Life
5*****
Okay, here's the deal with Professor Chadd and his Ethics class. You will like him if you:

}1. Have an open mind, especially on controversial issues such as homosexuality, abortion, religion, etc.

2. are willing and able to back up your comments in class with a reasonable argument.

3. enjoy very entertaining class sessions.

4. Have an interest at all about the world and the pursuit of knowledge.

}You will hate him if you:

}1. Chew gum. Just DON'T DO IT. He hates it and will pick on you for it.

2. Have a need to doze off in class.

3. Like to talk without any thought behind your comments.

4. Don't attend class every time. His quizzes and exams are only passable if you take good notes and do the reading assignments (there aren't that many).

5. Can't write a coherent paper. Have many spelling and grammatical errors and can't form a meaningful sentence.

6. Want to be bored in class. His classes are anything but boring.

}Bottom line, he has a few quizzes (he warns you beforehand when he will administer them), 2 exams, 1 group presentation, 1 posting on Blackboard, and 1 paper due on the day of the final (he doesn't give a final).

}Just show up, be willing to learn and explore, ask meaningful and thought-provoking questions in class, and don't chew gum. You must take this Professor, you won't regret it! Grade Received: A-
Professor rated by: Student on March 12, 2009
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PHL 415
Confrontations with the Reaper
5*****
This professor is totally AWESOME. His class was kind of a lot of work, but it really wasn't bad at all for a 400 level course. There are 4 really small group projects and as long as you turn in something semi-decent you get full points. His midterm is a 4-page essay. His final is an 8-10 page essay. It sounds like a lot, but he gives you plenty of material to work off of. One thing I should mention, there is a ton of reading so if you're put off by that then think twice before taking it. I actually enjoy reading so I found this class to be highly enjoyable. He is really funny too and always finds a way to incorporate some stand-up type humor into his lectures. I definately recommend him! Grade Received: A
Professor rated by: Student on December 15, 2006
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PHL 202
Critical Thinking
5*****
Pros: Chadd is a very funny professor.

He always goes over the homework and when he does, he is very open to other opinions about what the right answers to some questions are.

He doesn't do power points!!!

Although, you have to read at home and he briefly goes over it the next day, usually adding some interesting examples or going over things that are not in the book.

His exams are easy! Exactly what he tells you will be on it
Cons: Really harsh when you present. He hates skits unless you are a really good and funny actor/actress and he will bombard you with questions about the relevance of what you are saying to the thesis of your entire presentation.
Professor rated by: Urban & Regional Planning Student on February 9, 2012
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PHL 202
Critical Thinking
5*****
Pros: really interesting professor. only ONE midterm and the questions are exactly the homework questions. super easy!
Professor rated by: Chemical Engineering Student on March 26, 2012
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PHL 205
Business and Professional Ethics
1*
Pros: - easy midterm. word for word study guide. ( a lot of people didnt pass. its because they didnt study at all).
Cons: - Doesn't like people with opposing views.

- doesn't reply to emails

- no phones or gum or food or anything disruptive.

- if you get slightly sleepy or fall asleep in his FOUR HOUR PHILOSOPHY CLASS he will get mad or take a photo of you. Not very funny, because it seems like hes trying to be funny and cool. Like the class bully, so everyone can laugh. He took a photo of this kid right next to me. The entire class was laughing at him and I felt awful.

-boring boring boring.

- doesnt teach. just talks and talks and talks. He has online lectures from years ago. thats where he teaches. technically he stopped teaching years ago. so for four hours we do nothing productive i believe.

-always takes attendance

I felt like he was so detached from students. He loves to make jokes. And he knows swearing makes students giggle here and there. Each class will consist of him making back to back dumb jokes and when students don't laugh...he seriously says..wow i thought i had you guys there. He keeps trying to make students laugh at his joke. Like an unfunny class clown in elementary. (hint: he likes people who find him funny).

The class consists of the first few weeks two readings and online lectures. Then a quiz each week on the both. The online lectures beyond boring. But pay attention and take notes on everything. They will most definitely come in handy.

Then there's a group project. OH MY GOSH. No one wants to actually help. I have no leadership skills, and i am like crazy shy yet i was the group leader. They act like little kids who ask you to ask the teacher everything. The groups are not productive and its hard to meet up when in college. You have class, work, and internships. The group project has to have an overall essay and speech. During the speech he will ask a lot of questions. A LOT. Be prepared.

There's the midterm. I studied my brains out and got a B. ITs actually the easiest thing i did in his class. There are answers online. But beware a lot are wrong! <--- dont forget that.

Then there's the forum contribution a short essay about any class lecture. Pick wisely.

Then there's the crazy final essay. 5-7 pages. Not so hard but you have to have an argument, reasons, proof, philosophical relation and more.

The class is not hard just try to get a good group. I was so stressed mainly because of my group. They did and wanted to do nothing!! He grades the group individually so if you do terrific on your part guaranteed high grade. Again have an actual argument. I'll stop talking about it right here. Just do your best and do good.

He doesn't respond to emails at all. I've sent four and no reply about important class projects and grades. You'd think he'd care. Then when you ask him a question afterclass or before he seems bored and out of it and doesn't want to talk to you. I felt like he did nothing to help. I'm not quite sure how but grade received B+.
Professor rated by: Env Design - All College Student on December 19, 2012
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PHL 204
Ethical Problems of Contemporary Life
4****
Read. Read. Read. Argue. Read. The quizzes are on the reading material and what you discuss in class usually goes off on tangents. He writes few notes on the board. Write down the things that seem like a list because they tend to be on the tests. The study guides are the exams. He never taught the things that were on the exams. Just search the quotes he gives you and memorize which philosopher said what. If you are going to say something in class, make sure you have a reason why you think that. For example, talk about a personal story of someone who had an abortion, your experience with drugs, or refer to one of the philosophers. He does not take "I don't know" for an answer and will keep pushing until you have a valid argument. There is a 4-6 double-spaced paper and a group presentation instead of a final. I feel that he lacked a specific point scale. The one in the syllabus does not coincide to what really happens. You never see your points and you just get a surprise grade at the end. I did everything and showed up to each and every class session and received a B. People who never showed up to class and BSed everything got a C. I wish he had a point system. Make an impression on him, good or bad, if you want a good grade. If you don't talk, you'll get a surprise grade no matter how well you think you did. Grade Received: B
Professor rated by: Student on January 5, 2008
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PHL 202
Critical Thinking
3***
Pros: -All notes are online, so you can watch that since he breezes through the powerpoint note during the class

-Homework are all completion grade, so if you have no clue about the question, just write something down, and you will get full credit
Cons: -His lecture is basically a powerpoint lecture, so prepare to be bored

-super fast when he goes through the powerpoint so prepare to write down

-pretty monotone, so you need a buddy or this class will be tough.
For this class, it consists of two exams, one midterm and one finals. And you have to write one critical essay about the topic of your choice, presentation about the topic. Both midterm and final is scantron. Finals is pretty hard if you don't understand the fallacies and stuff that will be introduced throughout the quarter. His finals is percent heavy for the class, so get a good grade, or you will end up not receiving an A. The essay is 4-8 pages, and you have to structure it very carefully to receive a good grade from him. Presentation is basically essay explained in oral form; nothing special about this.

Grade received: B+
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on January 25, 2014
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PHL 204
Ethical Problems of Contemporary Life
4****
Very fun professor to learn from but his quizzes aaanndd midterms are very very VERY hard!!! They focused on the moral philosophers of the ancient times and their teachings and what they prophesied. However, the class itself was soo enjoyable to come to that I didn't miss a single class. It talks about philosophy in contemporary life (like death penalty, abortion, sex, etc) which makes it interesting because he's soo funny in class. It's just the quizzes and midterms SUCKED. However, you can make up for them in the final group presentation and final paper. Two midterms, quizzes, a final paper, and a group presentation are basically all that's due in class. In regards to books, buy them accordingly. I read them and still failed all of the quizzes and basically the midterms. But if you feel you can read texts like "thouith shall doith onto theith in which thatis" blah blah blah, then buy the books. Otherwise, just pay close attention in class and learn to laugh cause you'll be doing that a lot. Overall, fun and intellectually stimulating class. Grade Received: B-
Professor rated by: Student on March 25, 2009
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PHL 201
Introduction to Philosophy
4****
I don't understand about these students saying hes a pervert, they are just trying to flatter themselves. Anyway, he's a great professor because he can take boring topics of philosophy and turn them into interesting subjects to debate and think about. He bashes on the philosophy majors, and I can't blame him (although I am a philo major too). He's sarcastically funny, so don't take too many of his jokes so serious. The type of relationships he has with students are distant. He doesn't call you by name or remember who you are. We took 3 pop quizzes on 1 article he put online and 2 chapters of one of the books he assigned. We never used those books, so just borrow from one of your classmates and not waste your money. Group discussions and papers are useless because you can't depend on anyone but yourself. He doesn't give you back your quizzes nor post your grade online (which is clearly stupid). His midterm is easy as long as you study all of the questions he provided on his review sheet. I RECOMMEND TAKING THIS PROFESSOR. Grade Received: B+
Professor rated by: Student on December 23, 2009
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PHL 201
Introduction to Philosophy
5*****
Pros: funny

makes lectures interesting

he knows his stuff
Cons: none
Overall Chad was a great professor; he's funny and makes the class so interesting (more interestingly than it already is).Also, he has an interesting accent, I can't explain it but it's interesting.DON'T you dare chew gum in his class, just don't. He's not fond of texting either. Theres 3 major projects if i remember correctly: one essay as a response to one of his lectures, a final essay, exploring a topic presented in class, and a group project. There is also a midterm, multiple choice, not too easy, but not too hard either, if you study you should be fine. His lectures are on vimeo.com, and you watch them at home, so that you can have class discussions every class meeting.If you wanna know what his lectures are like, you can try looking him up on vimeo i guess. I would DEFINITELY take him again, I'm sure anyone who takes it, will love his class.
Professor rated by: Landscape Architecture Student on January 30, 2011
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PHL 204
Ethical Problems of Contemporary Life
5*****
Very stimulating discussions on contemporary topics; the class covers legalizing marijuana, abortion, death penalty, sex, iraq, evolution, affirmative action. Work load is just about right for a GE class, not overwhelming at all especially if you have time-consuming courses (...engineers?) Grading scale is as follows (off the Winter '08 syllabus) Attendance 100pts, Group project 100pts, Online response 50pts, Critical paper 100pts, 2 tests 100pts each, and reading quizzes 100pts. Total grading scale is out of 650pts. You have 2 midterms, he will give you all the questions ahead of time, makes the class very easy to study for. He will tell you when you will be having reading quizzes ahead of time as well, and what parts of the book to read. There is NO FINAL for the class, you just write a 4-5 page ethical paper instead. Highly recommended, teacher involves class opinions/beliefs. Grade Received: B
Professor rated by: Student on March 16, 2008
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PHL 201
Introduction to Philosophy
3***
Pros: Interesting subject matter.
Cons: Vimeo lectures, boring discussions.
The subject matter discussed was interesting but the way the professor goes about it sucks. He takes roll. For each class, you watch a lecture by him on vimeo, then you have a discussion on the lecture in groups during the next class. The lectures you watch on your own time and they are usually like an hour long and dull. Additionally, at the end of the quarter you have a group paper and presentation, and a personal paper to turn in. But the absolute worst is the 80 question midterm he gives that is not at all curved. He puts all the questions online but the answers can vary so you never really know for sure. It is HORRIBLE.

If you can handle the boredom and the stupid discussions, then take this class however, if you want something stimulating, go for another professor.

Grade Received: B
Professor rated by: Ethnic & Women's Studies Student on March 28, 2011
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PHL 204
Ethical Problems of Contemporary Life
3***
Facts-> 2 midterms about which phylosopher thinks what; one 4-6 page final essay; one group presentation; few reading quizzes; lots of class discussion and participation.

Opinions-> it's ok to disagree with him, as long as you can back it up. He is very anti-Christian, so take that as you may. He reminds me of a not-quite-convincing Lewis Black, the comedian, but he doesn't have the edginess to make it believable. He and I disagreed on most of the social issues, but again, if you can back it up, he'll accept it. Actually, I'm kind of surprised that he let me contribute in class as much as he did, since I debated most issues. Really tore him up in final paper, and still got a B+. Had a tendency to be more hostile to Christians. If you want an easy A by simply argeeing with the prof, this is the guy for you, too. Grade Received: B+
Professor rated by: Student on December 18, 2007
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PHL 204
Ethical Problems of Contemporary Life
4****
This class was probably the most fun I've had so far in college. He has a very liberal view on things and always makes funny comments. There are a few quizzes, but he usually tells you ahead of time when they are and what they'll be on. (You really don't need to buy the books bc you can find the essays online.) Take notes; write down whatever he writes on the board. He gives you all the questions for the exams a few days before so all you have to do is look up the answers from your notes or on the Internet. If you speak up in class, make sure you can back stuff up. The final paper and presentation aren't bad at all, just make sure you know enough about your topic to be able to answer any questions that he or others in the class might have. Grade Received: A-
Professor rated by: Student on March 28, 2009
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PHL 204
Ethical Problems of Contemporary Life
4****
Participation is important, but Professor Chadd isn't really the social type; he does not establish personal connections with his students, but he does get the job done. His lectures are interesting and he's quite animated, so he'll keep you awake most days. Homework is just reading; some of it is interesting, some of it is not. You don't really have to read, but definately do so for the reading quizzes (he'll usually tell you if you're going to have one) because he quizzes on things that are in the book, not in his lecture. Other than that, the class consists of two midterms (no final), two lecture reviews (write a 2 page review on the lecture), reading quizzes (we had two or three), one final paper, and one group presentation. Grade Received: A
Professor rated by: Student on June 5, 2007
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PHL 415
Confrontations with the Reaper
4****
This class is somewhat interesting. He has the students do a bunch of group work. The readings he assigns are mostly short and easy to get through. If you have that one kind of person who always has something to say but it's always something lame, not related, or not at all accurate in your class, it could suck. Chadd does a pretty good job of keeping people in check though. If you do the readings, which are easy, you'll get perfect scores on the quizzes. You have a few papers to do for the midterm and the final. You also have an oral report to do. If you get him talking about "Golden Caviar," you'll have a good laugh. He's a cool guy to talk to outside of class, too. Grade Received: B+
Professor rated by: Student on March 17, 2008
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PHL 204
Ethical Problems of Contemporary Life
3***
UGHHHHHH....sooo i dont know why everyone on here recommended this teacher...this class was a joke!!! he barely taught anything! he is very liberal and won't hear any conservative sides whatsoever! even if u r not necessarily conservative and just do not support abortion or prostitution, etc. he will lash at u and give u bad grade for not giving him a thorough argument why. so yeah and his midterms were stuff he never taught in class..he gave a study guide that i basically just google'd the answers since he didn't talk ANYTHING about it!! yup ridiculous...avoid him if u actually want to learn somethin and want an A...otherwise he's impossible--- Grade Received: B
Professor rated by: Student on January 4, 2008
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PHL 202
Critical Thinking
4****
Dr. Chadd is a quality professor. He works at getting his students to think outside of everyday thinking. Homework is weekly but he gives the points as long as you did it. There were 3 projects in this class: a group paper, a group presentation, and a individual paper. It seems like a lot and it is but, it can be done. If you work hard to the papers and presention he rewards you but if you think you can throw it all together overnight he will know and will grade you hard. He does make jokes in the class, some are funny some are not. He is expressive of his views but, he is open to hear yours without judgement. I enjoyed the class very much.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on March 6, 2012
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PHL 201
Introduction to Philosophy
5*****
this class seemed intimidating at first, ill have to admit. it sucked the first couple weeks because almost everyday there was a quiz on the online vimeo lectures, and it seemed like even though i studied i still did bad; although the last few weeks of class are easy because there were no more quizzes, which was great. the group discussions are interesting. both books are used. the group project sucked because most of my group members were terrible, but im assuming we did good because of the overall grade i got in the class. Chadd was hilarious, and i will prob take another class with him if i need too. Grade Received: B
Professor rated by: Student on June 16, 2010
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