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Farouk Darweesh
Professor (2009 – 2014)
Cal Poly - Pomona (Pomona)
Manufacturing Engineering
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2.9333**+
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Rated by 39 students
2.54
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across 9 classes
Spring 2014 Schedule
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MFE 126
Engineering Graphics I
1*
Cons: Horrible Teacher.

Doesn't know have to use Solidworks but expects you to know it.

Avoid him at all costs.
Professor rated by: Industrial Engineering Student on May 2, 2012
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MFE 126
Engineering Graphics I
3***
Pros: -Cool guy

-Very polite

-Very funny

-Knows what he's doing

-Tells you things far in advanced
Cons: -Boring as hell

-Vague as hell

-Questions will be answered in a way that makes you even more confused

-You'll talk to kids who are in Price's class and cry at how easy they have it

-Heavy workload
Get ready for mental rape. Great guy but when he teaches you, you want to shoot yourself for not bothering to take Price. He answers questions in such a confusing manner I usually don't bother asking. Homework consists of work problems out of the book and solidworks (the CAD program you will use) using correct formating. The formating is hell but you'll get it eventually. There're around 5 quires that will be worth 4% of your grade and they'll be based on homework, solidworks with formating, and construction geometry. You probably won't understand construction geometry for say, 6 weeks... after all the quizzes on them... Each are a week after he teaches you a subject, so find someone who has had the class before. The midterm and final will pillage your ego. They consist of a construction problem (see the object, draw the object, prove its dimensions), drawing in the missing entities (3 views, draw in the missing lines), completing the views (you'll get two complete views, you have to draw the last), multiple choice on formating standards, and a solidworks construction with the blueprint (you get an object and dimensions, make the object, create 3 views on a properly formated page, dimension according to engineering standards.) Take Price: save your GPA, ditch the stress.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on January 27, 2011
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MFE 126
Engineering Graphics I
1*
Pros: Likes what he is teaches
Cons: Difficult to understand

Lectures for hours straight.

picky grader

weak teaching skills.

Basically, if you don't already know a reasonable amount of the material, do not expect a high grade. He will spend entire classes lecturing, of witch most people don't even get much out of it. start getting outside help as soon as possible. Most people people do not do well on tests/quizzes. The homework that you have to complete is not very heavy, or all that difficult if you know what you're doing. However, he assigns several chapters of book reading a week, and asks you to follow directions on multiple power points that are hundreds of slides long.



Overall, a teacher to be avoided. The class was not enjoyable at all.
Professor rated by: Undeclared Student on May 11, 2011
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MFE 201
Manufacturing Systems Processes
5*****
I had Professor Darweesh for both the lecture and the lab, and recieved a "B-" grade for both parts with a moderate amount of effort. Will respond to email question/concerns usually in a day, and will forward his response to the entire class if its something everyone can benefit from. The lecture class consists of weekly take home quizzes(~25-70 questions), a midterm(200 questions), and a final(200 questions). He assigns a LOT of reading, but if youre good at hunting for answers in the MASSIVE book or using google, you'll do fine. The midterm and final are just recycled questions from the weekly quizzes. All multiple choice. The lecture can be dull because he just talks and uses overheads for 3 hours.. The lab is a whole differnt story. He expects you know how to do everything all ready..So if you have idoits in your class, who will do things without thinking.. I'd say to WATCH OUT. The best advice I can give is to try to know how to use the machines before coming in by looking it up so you dont have to be completely clueless.. His grading for the lab is a group lab report turned in every week. When you have 4 in your group, the report does not take a long time since you can divide all the work.Overall he's a very intelligent and sweet man, but his class can be frustrating and boring at times. I would take a class with him again because he cares, is respectful, and fair. Grade Received: B-
Professor rated by: Student on March 22, 2007
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MFE 201L
Manufacturing Systems Processes Laboratory
2**
Darweesh is a nice guy for the most part but I have to say he completely ruined the lab for the class. We are supposed to do 7 different labs over the course of the quarter, but we only did 5 because of him. The first couple labs he expected us to know everything about all of the machines and metals but of course we didn't since nobody had the lecture yet so he got pissed at us for that. The rest of the quarter he would spend about 2 out of the 3 hours talking to us about the machines so we would never have time to finish the lab and it would roll over to the next week.



60% for report and product

20% for quizzes

10% for product quality

10% for attendance, participation



We were supposed to have a quiz before every class but we ended up only having 2 quizzes so each of those were 10% of our grade and we never got those back so we had no idea what we got.



Going into the lab he doesn't explain to you what to expect, what you should know, or even what lab you're going to be doing. The lab reports averaged 13 pages and we got an average of 87 on them, I didn't see anyone that got higher than a 93 or lower than an 83. He doesn't give these back until the last few weeks so you have no idea if you're doing it right.



Overall this lab could have been really cool except Darweesh ruined it so I would suggest taking it with another professor.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on June 30, 2013
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MFE 201
Manufacturing Systems Processes
4****
Professor Darweesh is in many ways amazing, but his grading is a bit off. Even though I'm writing this for the lecture, I had him for the Lab as well.

}Darweesh is extremely nice and has TONS of knowledge. The lab is tons of fun (though he will sometimes drag on in explanations and go off on a tangent, it's still an awesome class). He gives quizzes but they are like freebies. However, you can never seem to earn anything higher than a B+ on the lab reports (worth 60% of the grade).

}The lecture is a different story. You have a few powerpoint presentations to do and then we had 3 tests (2 midterms, and a non-cumulative final). On the powerpoints, he gives you a 100% so much as you did with any effort at all (these are 15% of the grade, 85% is tests). However, for the tests, they are very hard and even if you were paying 100% attention during his lecture and read the book and studied your butt off, you'd still only get a C. However, what he does is post "practice questions" online. These are effectively the tests (he just compiles the questions of these practice quizzes to make the tests). So you just find the answers to these and study them and you'll do fine.

}I felt I learned a decent amount from the class, but I felt the tests were not at all reflective of who learned the most (which is what tests should be). Grade Received: B+
Professor rated by: Student on June 16, 2009
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MFE 201L
Manufacturing Systems Processes Laboratory
3***
Pros: -Very nice guy

-Easy to get B's on his reports

-Gives a nice story or joke every now and then
Cons: -Hard to understand

-Takes too much time to explain how to use machines

-Takes a long time to return graded reports

-Hard to get A's on his reports

-Assigns groups himself
Professor Darweesh is a very nice professor who really cares about the safety of his students. However, he is quite hard to understand and is quite unclear about what he expects us to do. He usually take about 60 to 90 minutes to explain how to use a machine and then lets us go at it on our own. For the first two weeks of the quarter, my class and I were very confused as to how he wants us to write our reports. However, he almost always gives everyone a B on their report but almost never gives an A on them. He also does not follow the trend of building things to assemble a truck like the other lab professors. Instead he has us make things that are random and do not relate to each other at all. I would not recommend taking Darweesh unless he is the only professor left. If Davis is open for lab then I suggest you take his class. The lecture and lab grade will be the same whether or not you have the same professor for lab and lecture. Grade Received for both lab and lecture: B-
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on June 19, 2013
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MFE 126
Engineering Graphics I
0
He is a good professor and he knows what he is talking about but he just dons't teach it. He spends all class periods lecturing and doesn't give you time to do stuff in class. He even uses lab time to lecture. So basically there is 5 hours of lecture a week. When he lectures he doesn't ever say what he wants you to turn in. He dosn't ever come right out and say what he wants... you have to play games with him to get him to answer stuff. He keeps going on about 'the convention' and 'e.t.'.... yes the extra terestrial. He is really confusing and he spends hours explaining and lecuring on something that could have been taught in like 10-15 minutes. You do learn alot though and you get to learn how to do drafting. Why? because all your homework has to be turned in in CAD and by hand. It sucks. There is about 15 hours of homework a week and I'm not exagerating. I got a 'B' in the class even though I did all the work and got good grades on all the tests. I was able to do the work only because I wanted to learn the program and so I dropped a class and ignored my other two. It is not worth it to take this teacher. If you can save yourself some time, money on supplies and a headache and take someone else.
Professor rated by: Student on January 1, 2003
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MFE 126
Engineering Graphics I
0
Alright. If you have never had a drafting or CAD class before, i would recommend that you take this class if you want to learn alot of material in a little time. If you have, I would say definately take it. Be prepared to do mostly manual drawings (homework). Darweesh is a 'good guy' as he would put it. He makes jokes in class that arent really funny but they are just so stupid and random that you have to laugh, at least it keeps the material kindof interesting. I pretty much aced all the mid-terms and the homework isnt that hard. at finals time i missed the final because i read the schedule wrong. i was soooo pannicked but i went to his office hour and explained the whole thing. he was REALLY nice and let me take it late. Hes a really good professor and even if you haven't had cad/drafting before, you should be able to learn all the material, you just wont have the experience to do well on the homeworks. [topics covered = CAD basics, ortho graphic views, dimensioning, sectioning, auxilliary views, tolerencing(hard), and team work] there is one group project that really isnt that hard if you work together as a team.
Professor rated by: Student on October 1, 2003
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MFE 201
Manufacturing Systems Processes
3***
While a lot is covered in the lecture, I didn't really learn anything from it. You cannot take this lecture class and expect to be able to leave and know how to go manufacture something if you have never done it before. Very few things are really applicable to real manufacturing in industry. A lot of really simple key-concepts relating to the real worled were skipped over or only very briefly touched while other things that have no real relevance were dwelled upon for hours. There is a difference between a professor telling you something an a professor teaching you something. The class was quite boring. It could have easily been enhanced with the excellent DVD that comes with the book, but that wasn't done. The quizzes are the longest I've ever seen but they are take home and there aren't any other assignments. None of the material covered in class is on the quiz. It is all from the book. Some of the answers can't even be found in the book. I learned more from reading wikipedia articles about manufacturing than I did from attending this class.
Professor rated by: Student on June 13, 2006
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MFE 126
Engineering Graphics I
3***
I'm not quite sure what to write about this guy. He is the nicest guy in the world and is really helpful in his office hours. However, he assigns triple the work that the other MFE126 professors assign and makes the class a lot harder than it needs to be. He doesn't realize that a lab needs to be treated as a lab. He even tells you the first day that he doesn't differentiate between the lecture and the lab. While the other classes get to do thier computer assignments during the lab period he lectures through for 3 hours and then expects you to do all of the assignments on you own time. To top it off he is boring and spends a half hour teaching you how to find the center of a line without a ruler or how to draw a square. I guess rulers were not around when he went to school. If I could go back I would definatley TAKE SOMEONE ELSE!
Professor rated by: Student on June 12, 2005
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MFE 201
Manufacturing Systems Processes
0
well considering this is the second time i took this class (i had zook the first time and... well just take a look at his profile) it still was just as boring. i think this class is just as boring with any of the professors in mfe. but i thought darweesh does a better job in grading. his quizzes are a killer but he curves and chances are that the rest of the class did just as bad =) (i think thats how i passed the class). prepare to read A LOT. he expects you to read the book everyday and this a BIG book. prepare to memorize A LOT because thats what the class is. the quizzes are insanely long, although most are a, b, or both a & b. most of the time its a & b. overall, darweesh is the better choice over zook...
Professor rated by: Student on October 1, 2001
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MFE 126
Engineering Graphics I
0
If you have a choice don't take this guy. I had more work for his 1 unit class than i did for my 4 unit classes. He wants you to turn in like 3 Autocad drawings every week and you have to present one really big one at the end of the quarter. If you're a beginner at Autocad like I was it would take like 30 minutes to an hour to make one drawing on Autocad. Plus you would have to go to the computer lab to make the drawing unless you had access to a computer with the Autocad program which no on had. The only good part of his class is that he would let you out early because he would run out of things to say. This guy also has a heavy accent and he also grades tough. I got a D- in his class.
Professor rated by: Student on October 1, 1999
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MFE 201
Manufacturing Systems Processes
2**
STAY AWAY!!! Do not take this teacher for ANY class. The man just doesn't know what he's doing: PERIOD! He asssignes MASSIVE reading, then switches it on you, talks about completely irrelevant stuff during lecture (for the whooole class) and then gives tests so detailed they're impossible. If I pass this class, which I may not (which would be a first for me, BECAUSE of HIM), its only because he let us do our quizzes at home, where it took hours upon hours to find everything, of which its not all in the book (and the index sucks for looking things up). He's literally driving me crazy. Even if its the last class you need for your major, wait and take it with somebody else!
Professor rated by: Student on February 8, 2005
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MFE 126
Engineering Graphics I
2**
Pros: Nice Guy
Cons: Bad Professor
I worked so many hours in that computer lab outside of class to get that project done....it was really frustrating and tedious to have to learn how to work with solidworks on my own. But because I worked so many hours with the software, I can use it quite proficiently now. The biggest issue that I have with his class is that I have tried to make working drawings and other dimensioned drawings using solidworks post MFE126 and I have been told many times that they wouldn't work in industry. Funny thing is the grade I got was an A-...



Last rant, he lectured for the 2 1/2 """"""LAB"""""... as well as the lecture...



My advise, take it with Price.



Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on April 8, 2014
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MFE 126
Engineering Graphics I
3***
This guy is strange. He's a boring teacher. He knows his stuff but doesnt know how to teach it in a way that he students will understand. Its difficult to correlate construcction geometry with the rest of the actual topic we should be learning. He cares somewhat about his students, if he knows you he'll be a little nicer to you. Darweesh is a little rude. If you come up to him and whisper him a question he'll more than happily shout out the answer instead of a nice whisper back. I went into this class ignoring the comments, but I was soooo wrong. If you can avoid taking him please do. Especially if you are an MFE major, you don't want to take this class over again.
Professor rated by: Student on March 24, 2005
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MFE 126
Engineering Graphics I
0
I did well throughout the class but I failed the final for sure because there's four parts to it and I didn't complete one part and the others I know I didn't do perfectly in. His final is hard, class is hard, there is a lot of reading, it is very hard to understand him in class. He goes through it all very fast. He can be a jolly guy sometimes, but he is a strict teacher and strict grader most of the time. The positive thing about him is to talk to him during office hours because he will help you. I recommend you read the books before hand esp. the AutoCAD book and get familiar with it if you plan to take his class.
Professor rated by: Student on October 1, 2003
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MFE 126
Engineering Graphics I
4****
Darweesh is a nice guy but he doesnt really teach at all. i learned everything from the book. the hw and quizzes arent too bad. none of these was all that difficult if you do the reading. the midterm and final were pretty much like 3 or 4 quizzes at once. not too bad. however his lectures are boring as hell, he cant teach, and the project is going to be a lot more work than is worth. you will not get any time to do hw in class unless you do it while he lectures. if you can, avoid darweesh otherwise be prepared to do a lot more work than you should have to. Grade Received: A
Professor rated by: Student on March 25, 2009
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MFE 126
Engineering Graphics I
0
This is a VERY HARD class. u have 3 books for it. one book is 1497 pages. the other books are 600 pgs each. i would not recommend taking this class with darweesh. he explains the easiest, simplest example in class, and then assigns this hard compicate problem for home work that u have no idea how to do. LOTS OF HOMEWORK in his class. this class had more homework than the rest of my classes combined!!!! THE AVERAGE ON HIS MIDTERM WAS 85 OUT OF 200 and he DOESNT GRADE ON A CURVE! the only people who r passing r people who've taken a cad or drafting class before.
Professor rated by: Student on October 1, 2002
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MFE 201
Manufacturing Systems Processes
3***
I do not recommend taking this instructor. The take home quizzes come a different source than the book and the information does not match exactly. He make mistakes on them also. One must learn from the book because lectures do not help with the quizzes, which are every week. He does not help in the lab like he should, results on the final product are poor and a formal report is due on every lab. The midterm and final come directly from the quizzes so if you do your work with the quizzes, then you will do well on the tests. Grade Received: A-
Professor rated by: Student on March 23, 2007
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