Edward Dombourian - California State University - Northridge

Professor: Edward Dombourian
Department: Engineering
College: California State University - Northridge
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: CE340
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
he seems like a cool guy but not so good with teaching online. only the midterms and finals are graded and everything is based on his notes.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: AM316
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Very old-school professor who knows the material well and wants you to learn it too. Has a rough personality at first but is actually very caring. It is a tough class but if you ask questions he is happy to explain. Lectures consist of non-stop problem solving, all exams are based on in-class problems. Pay attention, follow along, and you'll pass.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CE340
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures are very fast and he skims major concepts. Classic case of a smart guy but can't convey the information. All the problems he does come from his own source so there's no chance you'll find similar examples and they're harder than your typical problems. His exams are tough and he gives NO PARTIAL CREDIT. Many people fail. Avoid at all cost.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: AM410
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Always double check your exams after he graded it and go ask him for more points if you find anything. Make shre you write everything that he says in class, clean and clear on engineering paper. Read your notes and review problems first and try to understand them, then practice them by redoing the problems that he did in class.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: AM316
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Dombourian is one of the worst professors I've experienced in my academic career. His class average for tests were under 30% because he grades so horribly one mistake makes the entire problem wrong on tests with only 4 problems. I will do anything I can to avoid taking him in the future I hope to never have to cross paths with him again.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: AM316
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
First few days of class you may think he is so confusing. But you must write everything he writes on the board on engineering paper and use ruller to wtite clean and dont confuse yourself. Then go home and study them. Exams are base on what he is doing in class. No HW. He is not like other professors that waste time on theory.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CE340
  • Grade Received: D+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This is the 2nd class I took with Dr. D. Same problem as before - no theory, tons of practice problems. The best one can do is memorize how to solve specific problems without really understanding what he is solving. He started and ended a midterm a 1/2-hour early so he could lecture afterward. Those who showed up at normal class time were cut short
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: AM316
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Dombourian is an old veteran teacher - highly respected and it helps you to get to know him by going to office hours and asking questions in class. His lectures can be scatterbrained, and he spends class working out problems. The tests are similar to the example problems given in class and homework. You have to be fast, so practice!
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: AM316
  • Grade Received: D
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures focus on practice problems, not theory. Does not assign homework, so your grade is based solely on 3 tests - 2 midterms and the final. Grading is not curved, and he will give zeroes on problems with no clear reason why. He really knows his stuff, but his class is tough to pass. I do not plan on taking his class again.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: AM316
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
One of the hardest classes Ive ever had BUT oh God this professor knows what he is doing! He is extremely knowledgeable! His classes are never boring! His tests are challenging but he will push you up if he KNOWS you ! Sit in the front and go to his office! THE ONLY C IVE HAD IN CSUN BUT WORTH LEARNING FROM HIM. Id take him again !
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: AM316
  • Grade Received: C-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Dombourian is an extremely sharp, extremely old professor. He's a tough grader who also can be unfair (he barely extended our final when the fire alarm went off). He only calls on the girls in class and he takes off test points unpredictably. He curves grades based on attendance and if he knows you. "How do you like them apples?"
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: CE340
  • Grade Received: F
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Awful. My worst decision in my academic career. I don't know where to start. He has no homework, he has no email so you contact him, his tests are super hard and he changes the dates millions of times, he is hard grader, 1 little mistake 0. Also, he will give you 50 minutes for 4 questions test! What?? Other professors give 2h for easier material
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: AM316
  • Grade Received: D+
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He teaches by providing his students with dozens of examples, homework problems and previous tests (gives solutions and does not grade hw). If you think you are passing his class, you probably aren't. Attendance is EXTREMELY important. Attend office hours to get a step above everyone else. Be prepared for a D+ if you do not attend every class.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: AM316
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
One of the best professors I've had. Very knowledgeable and you will learn a lot from him. He's not easy, but if you study the notes he gives you in class and you understand it, you shouldn't have to do that many extra problems outside of class. No homework, so your entire grade is down to three tests.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: AM316
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Tough professor, and that's exactly the kind of professor we need for the CE department! His lectures are very strong and he's extremely intelligent. He filters out students who aren't worthy to be engineers. So beware if you plan on taking the easy route, because this professor is no joke!
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: CE340
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Tough professor, but extremely knowledgeable. He knows where you will make mistakes and emphasizes on those areas to help students. Took him twice, didn't get a satisfactory grade the first time around. I now know this stuff like the back of my hand.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CE340
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very good professor. Homework is graded. Although attendance is not mandatory, he does use it on borderline grade cases. Get an old text book for reference and additional problem solving. Take good notes in class, review all his handouts (tests are similar to them) & go to his office hours. He wants you to understand the process not just the answer
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: AM316
  • Grade Received: P
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This Professor Knows His Stuff. He Made The Class Think With Every Problem. I Did The Homework And Did Extra Problems From Book And I Thought That Was Enough For The Exam. Medium To Hard Exams.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: AM316
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Take Him! knows his subject very well. very smart old man. loves middle easterns. prove him you know the subject you will get 100/100 no matter what. LOVE Professor Dombourian.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: AM316
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He know his subject, very picky, passes out the hw problems, usually uses more than the class time, usually late on exams&Final.
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