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John Brozovsky
Professor (2000 – 2015)
Virginia Tech (VT)
Accounting & Information Systems
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3.2000***
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Rated by 40 students
2.58
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across 12 classes
Fall 2015 Schedule
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ACIS 1504
ACIS 2116
ACIS 3115
ACIS 3116
ACIS 4114
ACIS 5004
ACIS 5104
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4****
ACIS 3115 - Intermediate Financial Acct
you will learn a lot with brozovsky, you have homework due every class and a quiz on each chapter before you discuss it in class.... while that sounds bad, it forces students to keep up with the material he does need to work on teaching more while in class though
Professor rated by: Engineering Student on 4/28/09
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ACIS 3116 - Intermediate Financial Acct
Take Oler. Thank me later.

The reason Brozovsky is not a good professor is quite simple: He does not teach.

Instead, a typical class consists of him sitting at the front of the room waiting for students to give him questions they have on the homewo...
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Pros: None.
Cons: Expects students to learn the material themselves.
Professor rated by: Management Student on 5/9/12
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ACIS 3116
Intermediate Financial Acct
1*
Pros: None.
Cons: Expects students to learn the material themselves.
Take Oler. Thank me later.



The reason Brozovsky is not a good professor is quite simple: He does not teach.



Instead, a typical class consists of him sitting at the front of the room waiting for students to give him questions they have on the homework, rambling about IFRS and other nonsensical topics unrelated to the scope of the course.



Brozovsky used Oler's syllabus, but gave his own quizzes and exams based off that syllabus. So unfortunately all of the course materials provided by Oler were not helpful for Brozovsky's style of exams. His exams consisted of 10-12 multiple choice questions taken from some CPA book and are very difficult. In addition, his free response questions can be completely unrelated to the material in the book or only covered in a very small portion. For example, he asks a number of obscure essay type or computational questions related to IFRS. While I'm sure we all understand the importance of IFRS and the role it will play in the future, to put IFRS as the focal point of the course is silly.



As far as the structure there were two quizzes, a midterm, a cumulative final, two short 1-2 page papers and graded homework through the textbook website.



He also does not curve the grades like Oler does. As you're probably aware Oler uses a ranking system so 5% get A's, 10% A- and so on. That way you're essentially competing against your classmates. Brozovsky uses the same difficulty exams, quizzes, etc. and instead there is no cushion just the standard grading scale.



Overall a miserable class and professor. The course is probably one of the top-3 most difficult offered in Pamplin and by far the most difficult ACIS class you'll take. However, it is definitely possible to learn something and get a decent grade in Oler's class.



Not at all if you take Brozovsky.

Professor rated by: Management Student on May 9, 2012
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ACIS 3115
Intermediate Financial Acct
1*
Imagine Dwight from the office and think of his general love of beets; now once you have that picture, imagine if Dwight liked GAAP and IFRS. Maybe sprinkle a little of that kid from Hey Arnold that breathes weird and Helga always hits in the face. That is what Brozovsky is like. But be prepared, the amount of work you have to do for each class is beyond anything you could ever imagine. He has a lot of knowledge and real world accounting experience but you never get to take advantage from it. The main reason for this is the fact that he simply reads the book homework answers and spends months scheming on how to make ridiculously difficult tests and giving you a work load that will make you regret deciding to take his class. He is very well organized, but hey, thats what nerds do best.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on May 8, 2009
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
3***
I dont think anyone can debate the fact that he knows accounting through and through however, his method of teaching isnt very effective, perhaps it would be easier to go with the book instead of jumping around reading 1 section of every chapter. Often times the homework is way too advanced to complete.
Professor rated by: Industrial and Systems Enginee Student on May 29, 2008
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ACIS 3115
Intermediate Financial Acct
1*
Knows his stuff. One of the bigger pushers of IFRS so be prepared for two big things other than "go to class" crap. 1. You will teach yourself this book. He goes over HW that you taught yourself last night, neat, then attempts to talk to you as a colleague about current issues (unrelated to exams). 2. He co-wrote the IFRS articles being nationally circulated so he expects you to know it. Meaning: you get to learn GAAP and International accounting principles all on your wittle wonesome. oh and 3. Go to class, sneaking in to turn in HW as class lets out doesnt work as well once we ALL stop going
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on May 11, 2009
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ACIS 3115
Intermediate Financial Acct
4****
you will learn a lot with brozovsky, you have homework due every class and a quiz on each chapter before you discuss it in class.... while that sounds bad, it forces students to keep up with the material he does need to work on teaching more while in class though
Professor rated by: Engineering Student on April 28, 2009
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
3***
Dry sense of humor, tests are harder than the powerpoints make them seem to be. He prepares you with easy questions and tests you on the hardest ones. Can't complain too much though, ended up with an A- because I worked my butt off.
Professor rated by: Management Student on August 25, 2008
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ACIS 4214
Cost Planning and Control
1*
Pros: Literally none
Cons: DO NOT take this class with Brozovsky. Do whatever you can to avoid it. This class was just as hard, if not harder than Intermediate II. The questions he asked on the exam were nothing like what we talked about in class and they were nothing like the problems in the book but you have nothing else to study with. He was so unprepared for class, I have no idea why he was teaching it. Every day we would come to class and talk about the problems we had to do the night before and he would just write the answers on the board straight out of the textbook even though he would put the solutions up on Scholar. We had homework due every day and a quiz every Monday that was open note, which sounds like a good thing but it wasn't. You would have to take notes on the entire chapter that you know would never show up on the exam and they were worth so little in comparison to how much effort you had to put in. Because you had homework due every class and quizzes every Monday, that meant you had to go to class even though you gained nothing from it. He would talk about the real world which he thought we wanted to hear about but in reality he was just wasting 2 and a half hours of my life every week.
Sorry to be so insulting but I have never hated a class more and now I also hate my academic advisor.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on July 31, 2014
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ACIS 3116
Intermediate Financial Acct
3***
Pros: Professor Brozovsky really wants to guarantee that you know everything there is to know about accounting. I believe he probobably prepares students very well to take the CPA exam. There are two project which help boost your grade if you do a good job.
Cons: The tests are extremely hard. I got less than a 50 on the first one. In class he doesn't really teach a lecture. He assigns homework problems and then justs asks if you have any questions about the homework in class. You are expected to read each chapter before you learn it in class and he gives you a quiz for each chapter to make sure you have read it ahead of time. He also shares his political views a lot so if you are easily irritated by republican economic ideals you might not like him.
Overall Brozovsky is a nice guy. He is kind of awkward and wears the exact same outfit every day. I guarantee you will learn a lot about accounting but you will hate your life when you are learning it.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on November 5, 2015
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ACIS 4114
Advanced Financial Accounting
3***
Pros: Because of the way he teaches the class, it becomes more of a self-taught class. Which can be good if you have the dedication to do that.
Cons: His classes are all examples and homework questions. He expects you to have a decent understanding of the material before he starts discussing it. There is homework due every class, but it's just a completion grade. There are quizzes for every chapter (11) with one dropped quiz.
The class is a capstone senior course, so it is definitely hard. Brozovsky doesn't really make it any easier. He likes participation and office visits. While his teaching style is off, he is really patient to help students understand - especially when he usually gets the same question asked 10 times because people don't pay attention. I've heard Hansen was the preferable professor, but he wasn't offered for the spring.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on May 7, 2015
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ACIS 3116
Intermediate Financial Acct
3***
Pros: - Has only failed 2 people

- Lets you have a cheat sheet for the quizzes

- Curves a lot
Cons: - Tests are impossible

- Very hard to understand in class without doing the reading

- Not organized structure of class

- You teach yourself the material essentially
He is really hard but the easiest way to boost your grade is to do well on the reading quizzes which he lets you have a cheat sheet for. He pulls all of his multiple choice questions for the exam out of the CPA books he leaves in the library. He really tries to help you train for the CPA.
Professor rated by: Undeclared Student on January 26, 2016
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ACIS 3115
Intermediate Financial Acct
5*****
My rating is for the TA. He was excellent. I had Owen Brown and I would recommend him to anyone taking the course. With that being said, it is still very difficult and will take a good amount of studying. It is by no means impossible, but do not do the mistake I did by waiting till the last night to study. Every exam will require three good days of studying at minimum.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on December 4, 2011
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ACIS 4114
Advanced Financial Accounting
5*****
Pros: He's intelligent and always accessible, you can just talk to him in his office, if you have an issue he understands
Cons: You're looking at at least twice the workload of any other professor teaching this class but you will probably learn way more
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on May 3, 2010
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ACIS 4114
Advanced Financial Accounting
4****
We had a TA for the first time and he was alot easier than Broz usually is. tests were all MC in the TAs class but still were really hard. The quizzes are what helps you boost your grades

Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on May 8, 2011
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ACIS 3115
Intermediate Financial Acct
2**
i hate the class personally. He does not help you with anything besides how to do the homework in class so there is no point of going.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on April 8, 2009
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ACIS 3116
Intermediate Financial Acct
2**
Doesn't always have a plan, requires you to learn almost everything on your own then use class time to ask questions.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on February 18, 2014
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ACIS 4114
Advanced Financial Accounting
3***
Pros: Content area is much more focused than intermediate.
Cons: Homework due every class.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on December 27, 2010
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ACIS 3115
Intermediate Financial Acct
4****
Fairly easy just do the assigned practice problems.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on March 1, 2009
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ACIS 3115
Intermediate Financial Acct
2**
you end up teaching yourself the whole course
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on July 9, 2008
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ACIS 3115
Intermediate Financial Acct
2**
avoid if possible
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on July 2, 2007
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
2**
horrible class
Professor rated by: Biology / Biological Sciences Student on September 3, 2008
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