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Brian Hart
Professor (2009 – 2014)
Virginia Tech (VT)
Finance, Insurance, and Business
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4.0980****
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Rated by 51 students
2.55
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across 2 classes
Spring 2015 Schedule
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FIN 3134
FIN 3144
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4****
FIN 3134 - Finance Concepts and Skills
Work and study hard and make this class a priority, and the class comes along fairly easily.
Pros: Hart is legitimately a decent person, who takes time to get to know his students and takes an interest in your progress. He's a good teacher and he makes the material manageable. His teaching style is a sharp contrast to Prof. Klock's more pointed and demanding perspective on education. Class is tolerable and often entertaining, and if you study hard and go to class, your grade will come out fine.
Cons: This is not a fun class in general, so come in with the expectation of making it one of your top 2 or 3 academic priorities. Can't really afford to skip classes or get behind, but so long as you stay on top of things, you'll get through without significant problem.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on 12/7/10
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FIN 3144 - Investments: Debt-Equity-Deriv
Hart is the perfect antithesis of Klock in terms of teaching styles.

He's very laid back, is willing to try to bring the class average up, and ends class early almost every day. Whereas if you had Klock, well, enough said.

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Pros: Nice guy, much easier than Concepts.
Cons: Unorganized, unsure what material to study for exams, pop quizzes can be tough.
Professor rated by: Management Student on 12/19/11
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FIN 3144
Investments: Debt-Equity-Deriv
3***
Pros: Nice guy, much easier than Concepts.
Cons: Unorganized, unsure what material to study for exams, pop quizzes can be tough.
Hart is the perfect antithesis of Klock in terms of teaching styles.



He's very laid back, is willing to try to bring the class average up, and ends class early almost every day. Whereas if you had Klock, well, enough said.



There are three exams (including a non-cumulative final), six pop quizzes (one is dropped) and one project where you manage a virtual portfolio online through StockTrak and do a report.



The exams were somewhat difficult because Hart was so caught up with his concepts classes that he would sometimes skip through entire portions of lectures. He also apparently repeatedly tells his concepts students not to take him for investments which is reassuring. I think this course could have been interesting had Hart been fully invested (no pun intended) in the class.



It seems like he tries to make this a much easier class and GPA booster, but in the process still makes the exams moderately difficult so while you think you don't need to study it can really bite you in the ass. He also expects everyone to come in with a wide array of knowledge of the financial markets, and certainly if you're this far you should be keeping up with the Journal, etc., but I think he needs to slow down a bit. The theories especially that weren't covered in 3134, he should be spending more time on. Also, I would say 60% of the exams are quantitative yet he spends about 95% of the lectures on the theories. So make sure you understand the problems out of the book and in the PowerPoints.



Overall, Hart is a nice guy but if you really want to learn about investments I'd say take someone else because it seems like concepts burns him out.



Professor rated by: Management Student on December 19, 2011
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FIN 3134
Finance Concepts and Skills
2**
Pros: He's a good person.
Cons: He is literally an awful teacher. You need to come into this class understanding the majority of work needs to be done on your own. Hart only glosses the surface of concepts like EAR's and growing annuity's, and then tests you meticulously on them (on the first test). He gets off topic, and has no clue how to teach. Expect the test to be 10x harder than the class work given... and when he gives you a sample test problem from previous tests. Trust me, the test is way harder than the problem given. You need to do problems from the back of the chapters until you can recite them out loud, blackout drunk. This is such a hard class and you need to understand this right off the bat because the first test carries the most weight!
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on June 1, 2013
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FIN 3134
Finance Concepts and Skills
3***
Pros: He's Nice.
Cons: Incredibly Unorganized.

This is one of the most challenging classes if you are an Accounting or Finance student. I walked in this class knowing that and I am here to tell you what made me frustrated. Professor Hart is a nice man but his teaching style doesn't foster much of a learning environment. He will be very fast in class but he will jump to different topics very quickly. He will also tell you to work problems in the back of the book but he won't post the solutions until a few days before the test. You lose valuable time by waiting until last minute because you really must know the process of finding the solution beforehand. He also does not post his own problems which would make learning in this class much more streamlined and simple. For his tests, he will only have a few problems that relate to what you practiced in the book but most of the problems will be ones that he wrote himself. The books wording and his wording are vastly different. I typically spent four days preparing for each exam and my highest grade was only in the 80's. For his projects, the instructions are the most confusing and vague wording you will see and you will be frustrated. I am an accounting student and finance is really not my cup of tea but I tried my hardest. If you are a Finance student or an Accounting student interested in Finance, you should take Professor Klock. I have heard he is a much tougher professor but I have also heard that his teaching ability vastly outweighs Professor Harts. I wish you the best of luck taking this class and work your hardest to get the grade you want.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on December 15, 2014
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FIN 3134
Finance Concepts and Skills
3***
Pros: I really like Hart as a person and I think he is really smart. I am just not exactly sure why he is teaching. If you have taken the time to learn financial concepts on your own because you are really interested in Finance, you could probably take this class and not struggle at all. I actually got a decent grade (B) in this class but I think it is because of everything I did on my own.
Cons: If you are coming into this class with the knowledge you've learned from Intro, and you actually want to learn and know what you are doing, I would take Klock.
Hart's tests may be easier than other professors, and if you want to take the time to teach yourself, taking him could be in your favor. You'll also have to make yourself read and keep up with the material with limited guidance. People get worse grades in this class though because even though the load is lighter and tests may be a little easier, you are also learning a lot less. If you are an accounting major maybe you should take this and hope you get lucky, if you are a Finance major you should def take Klock.
Professor rated by: Statistics Student on May 23, 2012
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FIN 3134
Finance Concepts and Skills
2**
Pros: you will know how to study for anything after taking this class

he's so nice
Cons: Class is awful...like absolutely awful.

He is extremely unorganized
Professor Hart is a nice guy. He is always laughing and making jokes in class. However, he will joke for 30 minutes and then start teaching the material and expect us to pick it up in a short amount of time. He is extremely unorganized. He just comes into class and wings the lesson plan. He is definitely easier than Klock, however, I personally would like to take a harder teacher who extremely disciplined and organized (like Dr. Oler). I went into his office hours a couple times and he really was no help. I have to retake this stupid class and I will definitely take it with Klock next time. Think about what kind of teacher YOU need to best understand the material because this class is no joke.
Professor rated by: University Course Series Student on July 23, 2014
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FIN 3144
Investments: Debt-Equity-Deriv
4****
Pros: Great professor, laid back, knows all of his students names
Cons: not really accessible in office hours, doesnt answer email
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on May 3, 2010
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FIN 3144
Investments: Debt-Equity-Deriv
4****
Great teacher, very easy to work with. Willing to help students, and recognizes and rewards effort in class.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on August 15, 2009
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FIN 3144
Investments: Debt-Equity-Deriv
5*****
Great guy, take him if you can.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on June 3, 2009
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FIN 3134
Finance Concepts and Skills
4****
Pros: He is very approachable and doesn't speak in a tone that speaks down to students. He really strives to see if you understand the material and if not what he can do to help you. Very knowledgeable about the material.
Cons: Grades are not received in a timely fashion. Email is not an effective method of communication with him.
The best way to describe Hart is that I really enjoyed him in the classroom. I thought his ability to communicate with students was excellent as he makes it seems like you two are having conversations, not lectures. He also seems to care about you learning the material and progressing. If you want a great in-class experience then take him. On the other hand, I have never experienced such a delay in getting my grades back for exams or projects. That bothered me mostly because he would say he'd get things graded by a certain point only to do it much later. I would have appreciated him to just be honest about the time line (some exams took 2 weeks to get grades back in a 6 week summer course.) Also I never experienced this but he admitted to it; he essentially said he doesn't read email so don't try to communicate with him that way. More specifically about the course; if you put time and effort into it outside of class then an A is attainable. If you don't put time in to learn about finance on your own then a B is probably your grade ceiling. The exams are fair but tough. All in all I enjoyed Hart and his class a lot, I just really wish he could administer his class in a more efficient manner.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on July 2, 2012
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FIN 3134
Finance Concepts and Skills
5*****
Pros: Best professor I've had at tech

Great teaching style (old fashion chalk board)

Cares for his students, wants to see them do well in life

Gives general life advice and investing advice

Knows what hes teaching very well, very good at conveying information

Funny and makes class go by quickly
Cons: None
I honestly have not had a better professor at tech than Hart. I love the way he teaches by writing problems on chalkboards (so you can keep up better than running through powerpoints) he interactively solves problems with the class so you pay attention more and learn better. He teaches us as if were his equals, having discussions before class about general things and current financial events and then does problems on the board, showing us all the steps. The class is hard, but he lets you know exactly what to study and what to do to be able to get a good grade on exams. I never dreaded his class. Great guy, wish I had more classes with him!!
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on April 27, 2015
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FIN 3134
Finance Concepts and Skills
3***
Pros: Very smart man. He knows the material very well and can answer any financial question on the spot.
Cons: He goes over the material too quickly on occasion. Don't be afraid to ask him questions during his lectures. His office hours are very short and he doesn't give you much of an opportunity to go over previous exams to understand what fundamentals you got wrong. He tends to be more approachable with his female students but is coarse and blunt when addressing his male students.
When deciding between Klock, Easterwood or Hart know that Concepts is a tough class and will kick your butt if you don't do the practice problems on a regular basis. Knowing how to work TVM is imperative and will constantly show up in all the material throughout the year. That being said, I would say it doesn't matter who you choose for Concepts and Skills. The class is tough but not impossible.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on January 13, 2014
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FIN 3134
Finance Concepts and Skills
4****
Pros: Hart is legitimately a decent person, who takes time to get to know his students and takes an interest in your progress. He's a good teacher and he makes the material manageable. His teaching style is a sharp contrast to Prof. Klock's more pointed and demanding perspective on education. Class is tolerable and often entertaining, and if you study hard and go to class, your grade will come out fine.
Cons: This is not a fun class in general, so come in with the expectation of making it one of your top 2 or 3 academic priorities. Can't really afford to skip classes or get behind, but so long as you stay on top of things, you'll get through without significant problem.
Work and study hard and make this class a priority, and the class comes along fairly easily.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on December 7, 2010
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FIN 3134
Finance Concepts and Skills
4****
Pros: Explains concepts well

Very approachable and friendly; tries to get to know the faces in his class

Obviously knowledgeable about the subject

Available outside of class and via email

Easy grader on written portions of tests
Cons: Tests are hard

Talks fast sometimes
Hart is definitely easier than Klock; his tests, though, can be hard even for students who attend class and actually pay attention. You really have to keep up with the material and work problems outside of class; believe him when he tells you to practice all you can! Hart is very nice and is always smiling in class; he knows most names by the end of the semester and doesn't ever get impatient with student questions.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on December 8, 2010
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FIN 3134
Finance Concepts and Skills
3***
Pros: Hart is actually a nice guy, and he tries to help out students when he can. He is very relaxed and laid back. Hart makes jokes in class and can actually make it semi-interesting.
Cons: Seriously one of the most difficult classes I've ever taken here at tech (besides intermediate accounting II). Be prepared, this class is not a joke.
You have to make this class your priority and study for every test. Make sure to do all the problems in the back of each chapter until you know them by heart. The final sucked, study hard and you still shouldn't expect anything higher than a C.
Professor rated by: Student on December 24, 2011
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FIN 3134
Finance Concepts and Skills
5*****
Pros: He is a funny guy and this is the first class I felt like that will be useful for my future.
Cons: What is taught in class will only be building blocks of what the problems will be like on exams.
Attending class is voluntary, but highly recommended. He will bump grades at the end of the semester if he knows you attended class regularly. Also, when studying for exams read the book and do the questions in the back of the chapters some of the questions will be featured on exams. Lastly, take the first exam it is worth the most out of all exams, besides the final.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on May 28, 2014
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FIN 3134
Finance Concepts and Skills
4****
Pros: teaches the material in a friendly manner, and is usually easy to understand
Cons: Has a tendency to jump around on topics which can make it hard to follow during lectures
Hart is a nice guy who will work with his students if you want it. I never went to office hours and I'm getting an A - you just need to show up to class, especially the first class after an exam. He will take FOREVER grading your exams - as in 3-4 weeks. He is also awful at answering emails. But I would highly recommend taking him.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on November 29, 2012
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FIN 3144
Investments: Debt-Equity-Deriv
3***
Pros: Knowledgeable

Good sense of Humor

Class was pretty interesting
Cons: hard to reach out of class

does not reply to emails

not the best at teaching the material
It was extremely frustrating for me since Hart was seemingly quite smart, but apathetic about teaching. For the most part he was ok, but I would not recommend him since I have only heard good things about Kadlec. The class overall should not be a problem to pass, but is difficult to get an A in.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on December 4, 2011
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FIN 3134
Finance Concepts and Skills
5*****
Pros: He is a very nice teacher. Available and willing to help students.
Cons: His tests are much harder than you would think they would be when he is teaching the class.
He is an awesome teacher, he is very nice and always willing to help students find ways to make the class easier. However, his tests are not all that easy and you would think they would be when he is teaching you the material.
Professor rated by: Marketing Student on March 28, 2010
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FIN 3134
Finance Concepts and Skills
4****
Pros: He's really nice and makes funny jokes in class.
Cons: Tests are pretty hard to get above an 80 on.
I never skipped any of his classes and I actually learned a lot. If you practice the problems he gives you in class you will do fine on the tests. If you go to every class he will prob curve you grade up in the end. One of the better teachers at tech
Professor rated by: University Course Series Student on May 12, 2015
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FIN 3134
Finance Concepts and Skills
4****
This is a very tough class. Don't be surprised if you felt like you knew everything in class and then was lost on the exams. Study hard and practice for the exams because they are very difficult. Overall however, Dr. Hart explains the material fairly well and is always available if you need him outside of class.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on August 21, 2010
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