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Terry Rakes
Professor (2000 – 2015)
Virginia Tech (VT)
Business Information Technology
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3.8636***+
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Rated by 22 students
3.15
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across 8 classes
Fall 2015 Schedule
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ACIS 4554
BIT 2405
BIT 3424
BIT 3434
BIT 4554
BIT 4584
BIT 4614
BIT 5474

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4****
BIT 4554 - Networks & Telecomm Business
Overall, just read the slides and book and you're guaranteed a good grade.
Pros: Rakes is very clear and concise when going over material. His exams are directly from the powerpoint slides. Homework is directly from the book. The project isn't too time consuming, maybe a days worth of work, especially if you split it up evenly among team members.
Cons: Material can be quite dry unless you are really interested in it. He doesn't really review for the exams, mainly just questions from the students.
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on 5/29/14
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3***
BIT 3434 - Adv Modeling for Bus Analytics
He is a good teacher in class, but if you e-mail him or talk to him outside of class, he is rather rude and talks down to you.

BIT 3434 isn't too hard of a class. His tests are usually somewhat similar to the homework, and as long as you underst...
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Professor rated by: Biochemistry Student on 3/20/08
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BIT 4554
Networks & Telecomm Business
4****
Pros: Rakes is very clear and concise when going over material. His exams are directly from the powerpoint slides. Homework is directly from the book. The project isn't too time consuming, maybe a days worth of work, especially if you split it up evenly among team members.
Cons: Material can be quite dry unless you are really interested in it. He doesn't really review for the exams, mainly just questions from the students.
Overall, just read the slides and book and you're guaranteed a good grade.
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on May 29, 2014
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BIT 3434
Adv Modeling for Bus Analytics
3***
He is a good teacher in class, but if you e-mail him or talk to him outside of class, he is rather rude and talks down to you.



BIT 3434 isn't too hard of a class. His tests are usually somewhat similar to the homework, and as long as you understand how to do the homework when there are slight modifications, you should be fine for the class.



Professor rated by: Biochemistry Student on March 20, 2008
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BIT 3424
Intro Bus Analytics Modeling
5*****
Pros: I took this during Summer Session I and it was such a straight forward class. It wasn't hard to get an A, and while still having an A he curved everyone's grades up 3%. There's homework everyweek that gets harder and harder as the weeks go by, but he responds fast to emails. There were quizzes every week as well, but he provided powerpoints so it was incredibly easy to reference them. Never any tests.
If you need to take BIT 3424 over the summer, take it with Rakes. No one else.
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on July 26, 2016
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BIT 3434
Adv Modeling for Bus Analytics
3***
Pros: Homework is graded based on your level effort and not correctness like 3424



Multiple choice instead of freehand programming tests



Project and homework are worth 30% of grade which helps buffer a bad exam grade.



Drops the lowest exam.





Cons: Because homework is not a stringent, you aren't that motivated to get the answer right the first time therefore you turn something in and get 100 and then don't do so hot on the tests.



He is a very nice man and he is smart. I'm not in love with his teaching styles, but I get by. It really depends on how perceptive you are to something explaining the basics behind how you solve a problem rather than breaking the problem down step by step.
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on December 19, 2013
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BIT 4554
Networks & Telecomm Business
4****
Pros: Homework is fairly easy and right out of the book.



Exams are generously curved.
Cons: Class exam average is pretty low.
Overall, I found this class a lot easier than I was expecting. You definitely have to study a lot for the exams, which are 70% of the grade (although only your two highest out of three exams count, so I didn't take the final). However, the exams are curved by about 10 percent each, so you can miss a bunch of questions and still do very well. Homework is very easy and the project is a decent amount of work but isn't that difficult. Rakes does a decent job teaching, although it's not exactly the most interesting topic to me. Unfortunately, it's a lot more conceptual than it is applied, so you learn a lot about how networks work but not so much on how to actually work on networks and handle the code behind them.
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on December 13, 2014
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BIT 4554
Networks & Telecomm Business
3***
His exams were very difficult even if you study for them. I have spoken with Dr Rakes on several occasions and he has been fair, honest, and nice to me. I guess some people just don't like to hear the truth, or it be sugar coated. Bottom line if you don't study for this class, then you are screwed
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on September 20, 2009
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BIT 3424
Intro Bus Analytics Modeling
2**
Pros: he is nice sometimes.
Cons: not willing to go the extra mile for students

isn't interesting at all, the subject matter could be so much more fun if he livened up

Considering its summer school, he tried to make it easier, but everyone still bombed first test

he needs to request a book that breaks down the material, but instead tries to give you his notes which aren't that helpful

over-all, hes not that great of a professor, but you have to have him so be prepared to buddy up or find a tutor outside of class/office hrs

Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on July 5, 2013
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BIT 3434
Adv Modeling for Bus Analytics
5*****
Great teacher who has a dry subject but can engage you and helps you to learn it well. He is a bit hard to reach during office hours and sometimes it seems as though he has better things to do than speak to you about homework.
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on February 16, 2010
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BIT 3434
Adv Modeling for Bus Analytics
4****
Knows his stuff, but like other's have said, he views the class as a nuisance . Fair grader but his exams are difficult even if you do much preparation for them.
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on May 5, 2008
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BIT 3434
Adv Modeling for Bus Analytics
3***
I found it a pain to talk to him, he does know his stuff, but he doesn't really seem to care that much about the class.
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on December 30, 2007
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BIT 4554
Networks & Telecomm Business
3***
Pretty good professor but his tests for this class are impossibly difficult.
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on March 26, 2009
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MSCI 3434
Advanced Management Science
3***
Don't bother buying the book. You have to go to class...
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on December 16, 2008
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BIT 3434
Adv Modeling for Bus Analytics
4****
will learn a lot
Professor rated by: Public Administration Student on January 17, 2012
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BIT 3434
Adv Modeling for Bus Analytics
5*****
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on October 21, 2013
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BIT 4554
Networks & Telecomm Business
5*****
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on May 6, 2012
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BIT 4554
Networks & Telecomm Business
4****
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on March 4, 2009
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BIT 5474
Computer-Based Dec Sup Sys
5*****
He has the knowledge and tried to impart to student with best possible enthusiasm. I learned and enjoyed this class very much.
Professor rated by: Management Student on August 28, 2007
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BIT 3434
Adv Modeling for Bus Analytics
5*****
Pros: Awesome Guy

Pretty easy class
Cons: sometimes lectures get boring and information becomes confusing
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on March 20, 2012
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BIT 3434
Adv Modeling for Bus Analytics
4****
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on September 28, 2010
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BIT 3434
Adv Modeling for Bus Analytics
4****
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on February 19, 2009
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