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Professor Ratings & Grade Distribution Data for Arthur Keown

Arthur Keown
Professor (2000 – 2015)
Virginia Tech (VT)
Finance, Insurance, and Business
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4.5290****+
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Rated by 293 students
2.91
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across 1 classes
Fall 2015 Schedule
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FIN 3104
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4****
FIN 3104 - Introduction to Finance
Keown is great. For an 8am class he tries to keep everyone awake. The man drinks about 2 Dr. Pepper's per class so he is very hyper. If you do the homework and go through the koofers you will be fine for the test. I also recommend going to see him if...
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Professor rated by: Management Student on 2/1/07
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2**
FIN 3104 - Introduction to Finance
I didn't care for Dr. Keown's personality. He tells a lot of stories.

The exams are very hard, but he will always curve grades up to a 79.

Our first exam I got a 75 and after the curve I had a 93. Second exam I got a 72 and after the curve I ...
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Professor rated by: Management Student on 12/10/07
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
4****
Keown is great. For an 8am class he tries to keep everyone awake. The man drinks about 2 Dr. Pepper's per class so he is very hyper. If you do the homework and go through the koofers you will be fine for the test. I also recommend going to see him if you have questions- he is good about explaining things and it will only help improve your grade. If you have an A average after the first 2 tests you don't have to take the final. He gives attendance quizzes though that count for 10% of your grade so it's worth it to go to class even if you don't pay attention.
Professor rated by: Management Student on February 1, 2007
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
5*****
Pros: VERY generous curves
Cons: it's finance. enough said.
I HATED the material Dr. Keown taught. I'm not a finance person. I did poorly on the first test but he curves very generously and because I did just below the average my 60something on that test ended up being a C. After that test I realized the majority of his questions come from "my finance lab". I studied that and memorized how to do all the problems from that (as well as studying my notes of course) for the second test and got a 97. So I can't stress enough the importance of studying the material in "my finance lab" -- the vast majority of all the computation questions come straight from that and will be in the exact same form, just with the numbers changed.



I never read the book for this class. It was too dry and I didn't feel it really enhanced my understanding of the material. You don't need the book to do well-- I do however recommend my finance lab and I don't know if you can buy that separately from the book.



Dr. Keown himself is a wonderful person. Very funny and enjoyable. He is generous in his grading, lots of curves and lots of options for weighting your tests grades and also the option of not taking the final if you don't need to. I can't really rate how well he taught the material though given that I don't think I'd follow the logic regardless of how it was taught.
Professor rated by: Marketing Student on December 17, 2010
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
2**
I didn't care for Dr. Keown's personality. He tells a lot of stories.



The exams are very hard, but he will always curve grades up to a 79.



Our first exam I got a 75 and after the curve I had a 93. Second exam I got a 72 and after the curve I had an 88.



It is easy to get an A or B in the class if you really study the problems and the notes. Take the 9:30 verses the 8AM. He was boring at 8 in the morning and the only reason you want to go to class is because he has pop attendance quizzes which are 10% of your grade.
Professor rated by: Management Student on December 10, 2007
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
4****
You could make a drinking game out of the number of times he says "let's see if we can try to make some kind of sense out of all this" and "with regards to" and "Dr. Pepper".
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on January 16, 2007
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
5*****
Can't say enough about this guy. A true character, makes classes entertaining, has a serious addiction to Dr. Pepper, has hilarious stories in class. The class itself is set up to where you have 2-3 tests and on the 3rd test he makes the lowest possible grade a 75. Meaning even if you don't take the final exam, you get a 75 on it. Which is very generous to say the least. Exams are tough, often tricky, come to class and do the problems he does in class to review. Also take advantage of koofers, because he pulls a lot of the exact same questions from the koofers and sticks them on his tests. This class isn't a huge time committment though, get the book, work on the problems and SHOW up to class. You'll be fine champ!
Professor rated by: Business Student on February 8, 2010
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
5*****
Pros: Keown literally makes his class impossible to fail. Yeah, he drinks a LOT of Dr. Pepper and tells stories , but who cares. He tries to lighten the mood. Some people just don't have a sense of humor. His exams aren't bad especially because he curves them like CRAZY and he has different grading scales if you do really bad on one so it doesn't hurt your grade too bad. His reviews before the exams are crucial because he will sometimes go over some of the EXACT questions he puts on the exams. Also he will add some extra credit at the end of the semester. Like I said before, YOU CAN NOT FAIL THIS CLASS. All in all, great teacher/person. Do not worry about this class!
Cons: Nothing
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on October 9, 2013
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
5*****
Pros: Great Professor and extremely funny. Actually made finance extremely enjoyable for me. He LOVES Dr. Pepper - so bring some to class and you may become his new best friend.
Cons: The material can be a little difficult - but as long as you practice my finance lab you will at least get a B or B+ in the class.
PURCHASE MY FINANCE LAB!! It isn't "required" - but if you buy it it's all you need to study. Most of his exam questions come straight from my finance lab.
Professor rated by: University Course Series Student on May 8, 2012
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
4****
Pros: Great teacher that genuinely cares about his students. The class would be a complete GPA killer if he didn't curve the crap out of every exam. Your grade breakdown is 89% exams, 10% attendance, and 1% mock stock trading game. Overall, although the material can be a bit dry, I enjoyed going to this class and actually came out learning something. He definitely knows what he's talking about and also has a great sense of humor.
Cons: - can be boring material

- he still uses an overhead for notes... so sometimes reading the notes is the biggest struggle

- pretty tough tests (although he does curve)

- missing class can hurt your grade pretty badly
I enjoyed this class. I finished with a B because the final caught me by surprise, but I got pretty solid grades on the midterm exams thanks to the generous curve. Just make sure you go to class and do the practice problems online. Also, going through his notes is very helpful although sometimes they can be hard to read in overhead format.
Professor rated by: Management Student on August 3, 2016
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
5*****
Pros: -Easiest 3000 class I've taken so far

-Dr. K makes the class fun

-Curves all tests

-Final is optional

-Extra Credit
Cons: -None
I could keep going on with Pro's for this class, but there's no need to because I think he is the only teacher for Fin 3104. He makes the class fun, interacts with students, tells stories, tells you exactly what will be on the test. There is no reason not to get an A in this class. I read the chapters(probably unnecessary), did MyFinance Lab, and paid attention in class. There is no reason to study if you do all that. He's the head of the Finance Department and obviously knows the material well, if you do ever get confused he'll help you out, he even stays late in his office the night before tests too. He cares about the students and wants everyone to get an A and have a good time.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on April 22, 2012
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
5*****
Makes an 8 am possible, except the few times he put in a video! Hilarious at times. Curves a ton and you don't have to take the final if you have a high enough average. He weights grades in a very weird way but it is beneficial to you. You can do well on one test and badly on another and your weight is based mostly on the test you did well on. Just go to class, you need to to do well. Problems on the test are the exact same as the ones from the book just with numbers changed.
Professor rated by: Marketing Student on August 27, 2007
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
5*****
The 8am part sucks, but he makes the material as interesting as possible. You have to remember - the actual stuff you're learning is boring as hell... he can only do so much w/ it. He has a great grading system that helps you as much as possible, and there is usually a 5-10 point curve on each test. Be sure to go to class, because the class attendence quizzes can come back to bite you later if you missed a few
Professor rated by: Civil and Environmental Engin Student on April 24, 2007
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
4****
Pros: Keown is probably the cutest professor at Tech in terms of his demeanor and personality. Buy MyFinanceLab, do all of the problems for each chapter, and you will do well on the exams. And read the book, at least the definition.
Cons: It is a lot of material for the semester, and he goes through it quickly.
Professor rated by: Marketing Student on April 29, 2015
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
5*****
I found this course to be incredibly easy, and I have no idea how people have so many problems with it. The three hour lecture sucks, but Keown does his best to make it funny, lets the class take a 10 minute break at half way, never goes the full three hours (more like 2 or 2 and a half), is a pretty interesting teacher, and a lot of the material is really good to know. The curve is massive because he curves the average on each exam to a 78. On the first exam, I got a 97ish pre-curve, but after the curve ended up with a 106ish counting for 40 percent of my grade, which is amazing. The My Finance Lab is a big deal, but a lot of what it teaches you and what you need to know in general is plugging things into a financial calculator, which is actually very easy. You do need to go through the book just to look for the 10% that isn't overlap with the lecture, and very occasionally (literally once) there's more reading outside of that, but the textbook isn't a huge requirement. 10% of the grade is attendance and he added 3% for free to everyone's grade (also his grading scale is pretty easy because an A is a 92). He'll basically let you weight your three exams in whatever way is most advantageous for you, so mine were waited 40% each for the first two and 10% for the final. If you don't take the final, you get a 65 on it automatically, so I didn't have to take it and ended up getting over 99% in the class without even attending for the last month. This class actually teaches you something, it's pretty easy, and there's not much excuse for not doing well. Definitely recommend Keown; just go to class and take it seriously and you'll be absolutely fine.
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on April 16, 2014
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
4****
Pros: He curves a very great amount.
Cons: The exams can be difficult if you do not study.
He was generally a really nice and knowledgable professor, he would drink like two Dr. Peppers every class and make a lot of jokes to keep the students entertained and interested. There are three exams (30% each), which includes the final that is NOT cumulative, but most of the questions will come from MyFinanceLab. If you do well on the first two exams and come to every class for his random attendance quizzes (10% of your grade), you probably do not need to take the final, but I recommend you do to keep your grade afloat. But remember, he curves the class average to a 78%, so hopefully you will do well as I did, ended up with an A-.
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on December 20, 2017
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
2**
Pros: Tests are extremely easy and do not require any studying if you have a general understanding of finance.

Cons: If you already have a basic understanding of finance you will learn absolutely nothing in this class.



He will give randomly give attendance quizzes at the end of his 3 hour lectures just to screw the people who stay most of the class and decide to leave a few minutes early.



His curves are generous, but they favor those who did poorly more than those who did well.



Keown seems like a nice person while giving a lecture to 500+ students, but if you ever talk to him 1-on-1 he can seem very pompous and dismissive towards you.

Professor rated by: Engineering Student on February 28, 2019
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
4****
I am a finance major and took this at the same time as 3134 so this class was basically pointless for me. But for others, Keown is a pretty laid back guy but he tests pretty hard. The koofers he gives you are a great representation of the test. He does do attendence quizzes which are worth a percentage point to your FINAL grade EACH. You also cannot get out of the final if you have missed any classes. My advice: bust your ass for the first two tests and get out of the final by ahving an A and no missed classes.
Professor rated by: Student on August 6, 2008
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
5*****
This class can be difficult. The professor's lectures can sometimes be very boring, though he does try to add in some humor now and again. He is very much obsessed with the drink Dr. Pepper, even added it as a test question on his test. (Dr. Pepper was the obvioius choice). If you see the answer none of the above on his tests, you can usually assume that is not the answer. (He said that one semester, but that COULD change) He goes over the homework problems, but doesn't collect them. (At least Fall 07's semester)
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on February 3, 2008
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
5*****
I literally only went to class on exam days and taught myself how to do everything from the textbook. I did hear many stories about how great of a teacher he was and how exciting his lectures were, but I had a job and was normally too tired to go to class. Despite not going to class and also not even studying a single hour for one of his tests I still received a B and it was just an overall very easy class. I think if I had gone, it would have been great. The subject matter is very useful for all majors!
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on February 16, 2010
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
5*****
This teacher is wonderful. He is very knowledgable and experienced with getting information to students. To me, the subject was a bit boring, but I am glad I had Keown to teach it. Going to class wasn't all to bad. He tells you exactly what you need to learn, and gives plenty of examples. All of the information is there. If you take the time to learn it, you will do alright.



My only complaint is that his handwriting is often very hard to read. But the positives outweigh that dramatically.
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on December 15, 2007
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FIN 3104
Introduction to Finance
5*****
I can't say enough good things about Dr. Keown. He is truly a class act! I was very glad to see a Professor want to see his class succeed as Dr. Keown does. The curves he applies are very helpful. In the end I didn't have to take the final, due to his grading scale and automatic guarantee of a 70 for everyone. Definitely take Dr. Keown for FIN 3104. Work hard to get good scores on the first two exams and attend class and you'll do well.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on May 12, 2009
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