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Professor Ratings & Grade Distribution Data for Kevin Farmer

Kevin Farmer
Professor (2009 – 2014)
Cal Poly - Pomona (Pomona)
Management & Human Resources
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4.6452****+
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Rated by 31 students
3.25
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across 4 classes
Spring 2014 Schedule
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MHR 201
MHR 416
MHR 421
MHR 452
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5*****
MHR 452 - Emerging Issues in Management
Farmer is great. I would definitely take him again anytime. He makes you work in a group so make sure you pick a good one, if you do that the class is a breeze. There are two papers but both are easy and he gives you the evaluation sheet he uses so y...
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Professor rated by: Student on 3/23/09
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MHR 452 - Emerging Issues in Management
4 years of busting my butt to maintain a 4.0 and I get a B+ from this worthless teacher in my senior year. Seriously!

Call me crazy but I for one did not like this class. He seriously is the most unprofessional teacher I have ever met. I learned ab...
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Pros: Although you will learn nothing, you get to watch movies.

He is funny sometimes.

I enjoyed debating until I found out we were graded by standards never stated.
Cons: Class is a waste of time.

His grading is BS.

You learn little to nothing.

He doesn't teach.

Very rough on grading papers. Make sure you use only the best sources.

Everything else.
Professor rated by: Business - All College Student on 3/29/14
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MHR 452
Emerging Issues in Management
1*
Pros: Although you will learn nothing, you get to watch movies.



He is funny sometimes.



I enjoyed debating until I found out we were graded by standards never stated.
Cons: Class is a waste of time.



His grading is BS.



You learn little to nothing.



He doesn't teach.



Very rough on grading papers. Make sure you use only the best sources.



Everything else.
4 years of busting my butt to maintain a 4.0 and I get a B+ from this worthless teacher in my senior year. Seriously!



Call me crazy but I for one did not like this class. He seriously is the most unprofessional teacher I have ever met. I learned absolutely nothing from his class. It is supposed to be emerging issues but he turned it into a debate class, and not a traditional debate class by any standards. Instead he makes up his own backwards rules to the game.



Oh yea, don't forget to shake hands after the debate, maintain eye contact with the audience (even though you are not debating with them), and by no means try to prove your point. Just have good sources and list them.



I found myself asking how much money am I paying to watch 3 movies, am I ever going to learn anything, was he beat up too much as a kid??? In the end it was a huge waste of time.



So very glad I never have to sit through another of his classes.



I wish I could have taken him before when he was a good teacher. However, it looks like that time has passed.
Professor rated by: Business - All College Student on March 29, 2014
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MHR 421
Management Union Relations
5*****
Definitely one of the best professor at Cal Poly! He is passionate about teaching and is always trying to make the class more lively and fun. He is so nice and is always there to help you out. There are a lot of works. but you learned a lot from it. The class consists of summaries periodical newspapers that you have to write worth 100 points which you later can use for your research paper, an ethics paper 100 points, 2 group debates (your team and you get the same grades), and a research paper at the end also worth 100 points. There are also a couple Harvard Business Case discussions that you and your group do in class. If you want to learn and are not afraid to do some work, this is the class to take. By far one of many best experiences I have had at Cal Poly.
Professor rated by: Student on November 29, 2007
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MHR 452
Emerging Issues in Management
5*****
Farmer is great. I would definitely take him again anytime. He makes you work in a group so make sure you pick a good one, if you do that the class is a breeze. There are two papers but both are easy and he gives you the evaluation sheet he uses so you can use it to help you write. He grades pretty easy and is very laid back. If you plan on missing a lot of classes don't take Farmer because he marks you down for missing one class but it's really not that hard to come to class because unlike a lot of teachers if he has nothing else to teach that day he will let you out early. I am recommending him to all my friends. Grade Received: A
Professor rated by: Student on March 23, 2009
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MHR 452
Emerging Issues in Management
4****
Farmer was the best. I had him for 2 classes in college and personally enjoyed both very much. The class consists of 2 debates, 1 Ethics paper, 1 Research Paper and attendance/participation. Just follow the directions for the papers and take it to the writing center (it will help you points wise) and you will be just fine. For the debates, just do some good research and you will be prepared. There are a lot of discussions in this class and Farmer likes to get you thinking. If you are shy and don't like to talk, this may not be the class for you, but it is very fun. Grade Received: A
Professor rated by: Student on March 12, 2010
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MHR 499
Special Topics for Upper Division Students_x000D_ Employment Law
5*****
Wonderful Professor! Makes class exciting! enjoyed coming to class and participating. Test are easy. Mock trial is very fun and he doesnt grade very hard Grade Received: B+
Professor rated by: Student on October 27, 2010
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MHR 499
Special Topics for Upper Division Students_x000D_ Employment Law
4****
Pros: great teacher

fun class

useful information for your career
Cons: some legal jargon
Farmer rocks and this is a great class to take for MHR students. The only reason I rated 4/5 is because there was a lot of legal jargon that we had to look up so we could understand parts of this class - stuff that FRL students would need to know, but as MHR students it seemed trivial. This class is very useful for HR majors though.Cal Poly should make this a required course for us HR students...there are so many things I learned in this class about whats legal and whats illegal in HR that I don't know how I could survive in a job without knowing these things. Farmer is my favorite professor at Cal Poly, take him! He really cares about his students and is genuinely interested in our success. 2 midterms, 1 final, a mock trail, and cases you must review about every week. He also drops your lowest test score!
Professor rated by: Management & Human Resources Student on March 29, 2013
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MHR 416
Employee Benefits and Services
5*****
I am not on my third class with Farmer and he runs all of them with the same style. He is definitely a challenge but always fair. If you have a problem with the class or just want some advice on something like planning for your career, internships, etc. he is really great to go to for advice. He makes sure everyone stays involved in class and really makes you think. Make sure you study what he gives you in the review. He will always give you what you need to get a good grade but you have to put the time and effort in. Participating more in class definitely helps. He doesn't give much homework but what he does give take a little time. All of his assignments are designed to help you study and interact with the class subjects so you really get an understanding for them. I wish I could take more classes with him. I learned a lot.
Professor rated by: Management & Human Resources Student on November 19, 2011
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MHR 416
Employee Benefits and Services
5*****
Pros: Truly knowledgeable

What you learn is truly applicable

Truly helpful

Truly cares

Truly straightforward
Cons: n/a
Farmer has a good sense of humor but when he gets serious, DO NOT TAKE ANYTHING HE SAYS FOR GRANTED. Whether it's about what you can do for yourself or your grade, it all matters. He gives three exams and drops the lowest one, as long as you read through all the chapters, powerpoint slides, and articles (he tells you EXACTLY what to read) and understand them, you will definitely get a good grade. The essays are very straightforward and do not take much time (took me about an hour to finish essays for the exam). Also, practice for the debate! He grades you on how much effort you put into it, and trust me, it's really obvious who put effort into it and who didn't.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on May 21, 2013
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MHR 421
Management Union Relations
5*****
Professor Farmer is a very nice guy. He is VERY REASONABLE and VERY FAIR. This class was enjoyable and he likes to make lectures interesting. There were 3 midterms (he only counts 2 of the 3 grades) and there was a debate, which was not too difficult if you were fairly knowledgeable about the subject. The midterms were fair, based on the text and the lecture and he even gave a review the day before the test. He also requires an essay portion of the midterm, BUT he posts them the week before the test and you can get get them done before hand. He is probably going to redesign the course in the next quarter, so I am not sure how closely it will follow what I described above. Grade Received: A
Professor rated by: Student on December 19, 2009
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MHR 421
Management Union Relations
5*****
Pros: He is always willing to answer any questions and never tests you on information he hasn't covered. He always gives a study guide which is exactly what you should study.
Cons: You are not likely to do well unless you really study. You can't just float through this class.
I loved this class. I felt encouraged to be involved and really challenged to learn the material. I have taken other classes with Farmer and have really enjoyed all of them.
Professor rated by: Management & Human Resources Student on March 29, 2012
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MHR 421
Management Union Relations
4****
Drops your lowest test score. Arbitration hearings were the group project and entertaining to watch. They are not difficult to complete either. I did all the work for it and the group just had to know their part; we got a 94% I didnt feel like taking the last test, otherwise I could have earned an A. Took Farmer for 499 as well, it was just as nice :] Grade Received: B+
Professor rated by: Student on August 14, 2010
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MHR 452
Emerging Issues in Management
5*****
One of the best professors at Cal Poly. Farmer is knowledgable about this subject and cares for his students. This class consists of 2 debates, 1 ethic paper(3pgs) and 1 research paper(up to 6pgs) on the topic of an industry or profession that you interested. He has a sense of humor and I really enjoy taking his class. Highly recommended. Grade Received: A-
Professor rated by: Student on January 7, 2010
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MHR 452
Emerging Issues in Management
4****
Pros: very nice and caring teacher
Cons: boring at times
he cares about his students and wants them to do good. there are 2 debates that you must do with your group. there are 2 papers. 1 research paper. he takes role so you need to come to class. the books that he tells you to buy, you need so you MUST buy it or you can get one for your group and just share.
Professor rated by: Business - All College Student on March 13, 2012
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MHR 416
Employee Benefits and Services
5*****
Pros: -Friendly

-Down to earth

-Cares for students
Cons: n/a
Even though i ended up with a C, i should have just studied harder. He drops the lowest of the exams. His grading is straightforward. He'll answer any question you ask him. Make sure you practice for the group debate. I am glad I took Farmer for this class, wouldn't have it any other way.
Professor rated by: Management & Human Resources Student on March 28, 2011
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MHR 416
Employee Benefits and Services
5*****
Dr. Farmer is simply amazing who cares and wants all of his students to do well. His course consisted of: 3 exams (drop lowest exam out of the 3) and a debate. Take him because you will a lot in his class regarding benefits. Grade Received: A
Professor rated by: Student on March 12, 2010
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MHR 452
Emerging Issues in Management
5*****
Pros: very helpful professor. He remembers your name after the first day of class! He relate a lot to his student which made everyone feel comfortable. Great professor. Definitely one of the best at cpp.
Cons: None
Professor rated by: Management & Human Resources Student on June 15, 2012
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MHR 421
Management Union Relations
4****
Very laid back. 3 tests, drops the lowest test score. 1 group project, it is an arbitration hearing, similar to mock trial. Easy enough. Really not difficult at all. Grade Received: B+
Professor rated by: Student on June 21, 2010
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MHR 416
Employee Benefits and Services
5*****
Pros: He cares about your future and he shows it. He knows his stuff.
Cons: The material is very complex so be prepared to read and study!
Professor rated by: Management & Human Resources Student on May 18, 2011
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MHR 452
Emerging Issues in Management
5*****
Farmer is the best! He gives out a lot of work but it is all interesting and beneficial. There is never a dull day. He requires weekly periodical reviews, weekly Harvard Business Case readings, a paper on a western ethical framework, a research paper on an emergent issue, and two group debates. Expect to speak a lot in class so keep up to date with all your work. The debates seem intimidating because they require a lot of scholarly research but can also be a lot fun. Farmer is one of Cal Poly's best professors.
Professor rated by: Student on November 20, 2008
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MHR 452
Emerging Issues in Management
5*****
Dr. Farmer is the type of professor you definitely remember after taking him. He truely cares about his students, and whether joking around or serious, you're gripped to every word he speaks because he's so knowledgeable in the subject. Definitely take him if he's still available. I regret that he didn't start teaching at Cal Poly earlier so I could have taken him for other classes, but I'm Audi 5000, so it's all gravy. Peace. Grade Received: A-
Professor rated by: Student on June 24, 2007
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