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James Yardley
Professor (2000 – 2013)
Virginia Tech (VT)
Accounting & Information Systems
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3.2441***
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Rated by 127 students
2.89
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across 10 classes
Fall 2015 Schedule
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ACIS 2115
ACIS 3414
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5*****
ACIS 2115 - Principles of Accounting
I ended up with an A and I definitely believe with another professor/T.A. besides Yardley I would not had, furthermore I feel as though I actually gained a deep understanding of the basics. I would recommend taking ACIS 2115 with Yardley to anyone who will listen.
Pros: If you come to class and do the homework, you will absolutely learn accounting basics in this class. Not only that but you should also receive a decent grade. Professor Yardley is passionate about students not just memorizing but actually learning the material. You don't even have to study much as long as you pay attention and class and complete homework (which is only graded on completion, not correctness), but only review a bit before tests. Last note is that Professor Yardley actually taught the class! Only two sections were taight by him, and everyone who was in a class with Almond had a T.A. - not to say that T.A.'s are bad, but its a bit of a lucky draw when it comes to them.
Cons: It is quite a lot of homework, every single night, but doing it really helps learn concepts.
Professor rated by: International Studies Student on 4/24/12
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3***
ACIS 2115 - Principles of Accounting
I can't rate Yardley because I only saw the man one time. The class is taught by TAs, or atleast mine and everyone I knew was. However, from what I gathered from the TA and people who had gone to his office hours, he's a real stiff. Extremely paranoi...
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Professor rated by: Electrical & Computer Engineer Student on 8/18/08
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
5*****
Pros: If you come to class and do the homework, you will absolutely learn accounting basics in this class. Not only that but you should also receive a decent grade. Professor Yardley is passionate about students not just memorizing but actually learning the material. You don't even have to study much as long as you pay attention and class and complete homework (which is only graded on completion, not correctness), but only review a bit before tests. Last note is that Professor Yardley actually taught the class! Only two sections were taight by him, and everyone who was in a class with Almond had a T.A. - not to say that T.A.'s are bad, but its a bit of a lucky draw when it comes to them.
Cons: It is quite a lot of homework, every single night, but doing it really helps learn concepts.
I ended up with an A and I definitely believe with another professor/T.A. besides Yardley I would not had, furthermore I feel as though I actually gained a deep understanding of the basics. I would recommend taking ACIS 2115 with Yardley to anyone who will listen.
Professor rated by: International Studies Student on April 24, 2012
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
4****
The exams are about 70% directly from the notes and 30% directly from the homework. Expect alot of homework, but not near as much as some other accounting professors (like Easterwood). The homework is graded on effort, but if you do it like it would be graded and go to all the lectures you will be fine on the exam. Don't fall behind or if you miss a lecture make sure you get the notes, if you do fall behind get caught up quick. You only have to do 80% of the homework to get full hw credit, but if you skip some of the homework you will miss it on the exam. Try to summarize his notes, and if your not good at memorization, you should probably use notecards for the challenging stuff.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on April 10, 2007
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
3***
I can't rate Yardley because I only saw the man one time. The class is taught by TAs, or atleast mine and everyone I knew was. However, from what I gathered from the TA and people who had gone to his office hours, he's a real stiff. Extremely paranoid about cheating and makes TAs stress dumb things like turning off cell phones in class. I think all of his powerpoints had a whole slide devoted to that. I gave all 3/5 because I have no datapoints to make fair conclusions from.



My TA was Paul Demere. Great guy, great teacher. Did the best with the boring material that he had but it was a real pleasure to have him. He will call on you sometimes in class randomly, but even if you answer the easiest question with the dumbest answer he will somehow make you feel like you gave it a good shot.



I got a B+ in the class because I didn't do all of my homework and didn't always go to class. When I did go to class I sat in the back on my laptop. There were no in class quizzes. Attendance was taken each time but you could miss 1/5 classes and not be penalized. Easy class...good and knowledgable TA.
Professor rated by: Electrical & Computer Engineer Student on August 18, 2008
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
4****
I took this class Fall 2006, the first time Yardley took over. I was pleased with him. The material in the course is VERY hard. The TA I had never really taught us anything and the homeworks were long and tedious. This was by far the hardest class I have taken at VT yet. Yardley knows a lot and does an okay job getting it across. Do the homework, it's an easy A and that's 10% of your grade. Pray you get lucky on the exams, they are very very hard.
Professor rated by: Management Student on March 15, 2007
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
4****
He is probably the best ACIS 2115 professor that Tech has to offer. His class is great, and he is so enthused about what he does. He interacts well with the class, and always has time for his students. He's definitely a fair grader, but he doesn't give out extra credit. The homework is easy, and he only grades it for completion, not accuracy. The exams aren't that bad as long as you pay attention in class and do the homework!
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on October 28, 2009
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ACIS 3414
Auditing, Governance & Ethics
4****
I had Yardley for ACIS3414 at 8am. Ok, so maybe he's not the "coolest" and can get kind of crazy sometimes. But if you get beyond his craziness and actually listen to his lectures, they're very informative. He doesn't teach from a textbook (there's no textbook requirement for his class) so all you have to go on is his lectures. Pay attention because he really does a nice job of giving us "big" picture information. Like he says, if you understand the relationships, there isn't much studying for the test. If you tend to zone out in class, I strongly recommend you record his lectures because his tests can be very hard and "detailed" if you don't pay attention. He's a nice man, and really cares about his students and cares that you *learn* what he teaches you instead of just memorizing facts. He can be a really good teacher if you let him.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on May 15, 2008
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ACIS 3414
Auditing, Governance & Ethics
3***
I had a TA and she did fine so this review is directed more at the administration of the class (Dr. Yardley)This class was not enjoyable at all.All the learning you have to do from the slides and the actual documents that you have to look up online (FASB, AICPA, etc.). You really have to memorize the slides and hope you interpret the questions right. I've never been in a class where people complained about answers on the exam as much as this one. Every time a test was returned it took up a good portion of class because people had legitimate arguments about answers... but of course nothing was ever changed. I got a B but it certainly wasnt easy.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on May 5, 2008
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
3***
This is a hard class to begin with and the fact that it is a lecture class makes it worse. Depending on who your TA is will determine a lot. Just go to class and read the book you should be fine. If you have a nice and smart TA go to them and ask them for example questions and work through it. Even if you dont ahve a great TA go to your friend's and they can help too.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on February 7, 2008
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
5*****
He doesn't give extra credit but weights your exams in a way that the course becomes a lot easier. Avoid Easterwood and take Yardley. He really knows his information and writes his own exams. The weighting of the exams is as follows: 40% for your highest, 25% for your two middle exams, and 10% for your lowest. The exams are tough but fair.
Professor rated by: Marketing Student on January 19, 2010
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
3***
He's an okay teacher...really boring class, so it's impossible to sit there and concentrate. Tries to be funny, but never is. Gets really enthusiastic about some of the material, but it's hard to empathize. Tests are pretty difficult so make sure to study the slides and know all of the 'to-knows' at the end of his power points.
Professor rated by: Management Student on December 15, 2007
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
4****
Mr. Yardley is very excited about auditing.



he gets off on tangents when he gets to a section that he likes.



he puts notes up on blackboard with fill in the blanks. the answers to the blanks are in the notes on the sideshow online.



the ta's are the people who grade your homework and exams, so you want t good ta!!!
Professor rated by: Geography Student on December 4, 2007
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
3***
Not a good teacher at all. Knows the subject matter, but loves to put stupid things like his flow chart on the test and weight them way too high, so if you just study the material that you would logically think would matter in the book, and take the test, you'll get screwed. Study the lecture and you should be fine.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on February 14, 2008
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ACIS 3414
Auditing, Governance & Ethics
4****
He's intimidating, he said it's on purpose. He can come off as a jerk but you will learn a whole lot. He is a great teacher and has a way of explaining things and getting you involved. Class was not that difficult but still learned a lot.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on April 25, 2007
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
5*****
Class is taught by a TA. Definitely get Edmonds as your TA, his parents actually wrote the book. He gives e.c. and usually posts the answers to the hmwk before he grades it. Amazing teacher! HMWK graded for completion, not accuracy!
Professor rated by: Marketing Student on April 16, 2007
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
4****
didnt really teach, had a TA. had to learn most of the material from the book before exams and such. tests are fairly easy but also included are questions that require a lot of detail to complete.
Professor rated by: Economics Student on July 7, 2008
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
4****
The homework is collected by your TA but they don't really grade it or look at it they just check you turned it in. Study the "To Knows" at the end of the notes for the test and do the homeworks.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on October 15, 2007
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
4****
Easy to understand, pretty relaxed guy. I definitely don't consider him to be a "hard" teacher. There is a decent amount of homework but its pretty much all necessary to learn the material.
Professor rated by: Management Student on January 23, 2007
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
1*
i feel sorry for those who have put up with them and for those that will have to put up with him in the future.



this guy should be teaching upper level accounting courses, not intro ones.
Professor rated by: University Course Series Student on December 13, 2007
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
5*****
Doesn't do much to improve the overall boredom of the subject matter but is a pretty good guy and will do what he can to work with you if you have any situation that you need help with.
Professor rated by: Computer Science Student on August 18, 2008
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
3***
Not the most interesting subject in the world, lectures weren't much fun. It's the type of class where you either get it or you don't, and so long as you get it you'll do fine.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on January 31, 2008
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