Marc Buchner - Case Western Reserve University

Professor: Marc Buchner
Department: Electrical Engineering
College: Case Western Reserve University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR210
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Buchner's lectures can be boring and occasionally confusing and too information-dense but the material itself is straightforward for the most part. HWs and quizzes should be fine as long as you really pay attention in class. Having worked with him outside of class, he's just a really caring and fun-loving guy who has no problem helping his students
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR398
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Pretty sure Buchner is the only professor for this course, and as far as material goes, it's just weekly guest lectures with a short quiz at the end of each. I honestly appreciated Professor Buchner so much this semester, though, as he really cares about students' wellbeing as a whole.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: EECS401
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Every week, a set of homework book. Tons of homework
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR210
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He's straightforward and easygoing, and really nice if you talk to him. I would recommend him whole-heartedly for circuits. He also really stepped up after COVID-19, and unlike other professors who weren't as accommodating, actually made his class 100x easier. I would not have survived if he had not done that, so kudos.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR210
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
A straightforward and easygoing professor who provides a lot of supplementary material. If you're truly committed to this class its not difficult to do well. The labs are a great hands-on experience and the TAs are accessible and helpful. Its much more useful to go to his lectures than read the textbook to prepare for exams and such.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ENGR398
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
His professional communications for engineers lecture features a great lineup of guest speakers throughout the semester. Very straightforward online quiz at the end of each lecture.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: EECS302
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Buchner is a great professor. Although he provides heavy weekly textbook-based assignment, the exams are really simple, and the class materials are easy to follow.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: EECS302
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He is a great professor. His lectures are clear and easy to follow. Tests are easy and straightforward. If you really go to the class and do homework, and A is pretty easy.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: EECS302
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Very kind and helpful professor, always tries his best to reply to your email immediately if it is related to this class. The homework is a little bit tricky and heavy sometimes, but you have a second chance for submission. Tests are so far quite simple, he provides practice exams which are definitely helpful for your test preparation.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: EECS313
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I am really not a fan of Buchner. He is a pretty poor lecturer when it comes to clarity (especially with his indecipherable notes) and also doesn't to care if the students understand him or not. He will also always try and correct you, even if you give him the textbook answer to his question. Overall, it's too bad his course is required.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: EECS313
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Buchner does not communicate well. Though he pronounces words clearly, his notes are almost indecipherable, so listen closely. Does not encourage questions; office hours are useless. Harsh grader--no partial credit is given, ever. Somehow, he graded the final exam so that the lowest possible score was -33%. (Yes. Negative.)
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: EECS313
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great lecturer, knows signals inside and out. Lectures are easy to follow, even if dense with information. His willingness to take chances on new teaching ideas, like audio processing projects, are hit or miss, but the effort he puts into it ultimately makes him one of the best profs in the EECS department.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: EECS290
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Interesting and relatively easy class. Later part is much better than beginning. Early classes consist of going through Microsoft tutorials line by excruciating line in his rather monotone voice. Expect to work long hours on art assets, but the actual coding is not hard. He covers it well, knows what he is talking about, but lecture is boring.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: EECS290
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Quite frankly, the worst professor I have ever had. He puts zero work into teaching his class, and requires the students to do ridiculous amounts. It's amazing how terrible he is. I would not recommend this class - a fun-sounding class "game design" - to a single person, because I treat even my enemies with more respect than that.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: EECS313
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Overall one of the better EECS professors I've had. Very good about posting his notes on the internet, which is helpful. Class attendance is mandatory as he gives quizzes. Seems like the majority of our grade comes from matlab assignments. If you understand signals and systems and are good at matlab, you should do fine.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: EECS313
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Taught new material on last day of class (after end-term exam was already taken in previous class) and gave a quiz. Thats his style; class always ends late; there's always a little extra work. Pop quizzes so you have to go to class. Notes are electronic (taken on tablet) and posted, which is helpful. Lab assignments use MatLab. Previous use req.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: EECS290
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
His programming assignments took hours, were unexciting, and were often taken directly from Microsoft's examples. His teaching style was going directly over code, word for word. This class was especially painful because, as a game programming class, it could have been fun.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: EECS290
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Class is excruciatingly boring. Programs are ridiculously time-consuming, but not 'hard' per se. Take this if you want an interesting class but have plenty of free time.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: EECS290
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's an okay professor. He certainly seems to know his stuff, but his teaching is mediocre. While going to see him for help can sometimes be fruitful, sometimes he leaves you with a lot to try to figure out on your own. The projects (the later ones, at least) are very open-ended but can be very time-consuming. However, they are very rewarding.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: EECS396L
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great guy who cares about students, but I dunno if he's really figured out how run a gaming course yet. I'm sure once the class has been around a little while longer it'll make more sense. I found it doubtful that he could beat up a bear, however, so that goes against him.
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