Timothy (Mark) Dunster - San Diego State University

Professor: Timothy (Mark) Dunster
Department: Mathematics
College: San Diego State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: AE200
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Took him twice, once in person and then online. Didn't make a difference as he is not very good. He must've had a huge curve bc I'm not really sure how I passed. Bc of COVID tests are done over zoom with a proctor which was a disaster. His class was straightforward but seemed unfair as there wasnt much leeway. You WILL have to teach yourself.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: M337
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Wasn't a very inspirational professor but he is a solid choice. Homework due weekly and a quiz every Friday. The 2nd and 3rd (Final) midterms were much harder than the homework so beware. A nice guy with organized lectures even though they didn't always match up with the homework for that week. Would be better to take it in person.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: MATH252
  • 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:
He doesn't seem to care about students learning or passing because his lectures are horrible. So stupid to watch a video of him reading power points he printed off from years ago. I could learn better if he just actually posted the slides. Had to teach myself everything. Missing one quiz or not doing well will fail you because he doesn't drop any.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: MATH151
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This Professor is horrible. NEVER TAKE HIS CLASS ESPECIALLY FOR HIGHER LEVEL MATH COURSES. All Professor Dunster does it print pages from the textbook and read them off during lectures (TB is horrible). Not only that, the examples he shows do not correlate in difficulty on the tests. Be prepared to cry during your tests.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: MATH252
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures are not useful, since he only reads from the book and examples are print out. Quizzes and tests questions are exactly like the homework, so I recommend doing the homework early and practice the problems many times. Basically, you learn everything on your own. Get ready for heavy assignments.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: M252
  • Grade Received: WD
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Avoid at all costs. Terrible at lectures and reads right out of the book. Practically no example problems. And he prints his power points with screenshots from the textbook and projects it during class. My math prof. while studying abroad who didn't speak English in class was better than Dunster.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: MATH252
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
His lecture are literally from the textbook but in printed PowerPoints (you'll understand if you take the class). As a prof, he's not the worst, but also not the best. The lectures are very boring. But on the other hand, the quizzes and midterm questions are based off the homework and the homework problems are fairly straightforward.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: MATH252
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Just read out of the textbook. Barely gave any examples in class. The good part is the quizzes, exams, and finals are literally just problems copied from the homework.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: MATH252
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Yes, there are a lot of quizzes. Yes, your quiz average will be abysmal. However, although this class goes faster than all the other calc 3 classes, the exams are very surface level and graded quite easy. For the final he gives an equation sheet with every single equation, which is a complete lifesaver. Just do the homework and go to small section.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: MATH252
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Be prepared to teach yourself calc 3. Weekly quizzes. Because you teach yourself the material its going to be very time consuming. Its really difficult when the material is read of slides. No live math.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: MATH252
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Weekly quizzes are assigned. Class does not test general understanding of topics, rather the material on quizzes and tests are random problems straight from the homework. Lectures are pointless, he just reads off a bunch of slides and does zero live math or examples. Study the problems on the homework more than anything else.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: MATH252
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This class does not reward you for learning the fundamentals of Calculus 3. Instead, you need to learn how to do the homework front and back. Each test and quiz just has problems from the homework. Homework is a weekly 30 problems. Lectures are only good for knowing what content will be on the homework. Taught myself the entire class.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: MATH252
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures are pointless but attending the small section is crucial. The weekly quizzes are tough but they somewhat prepare you for the tests. The test require a lot of preparation and even then the grades aren't pretty. Lectures are worth skipping, but small section is not. Don't slack off in this class, it's tough.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: MATH252
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures are really boring, but I would still recommend going. Weekly quizzes force you to stay up-to-date. The quizzes are straight from the HW. The concepts are difficult and I found my small section instructor (Ferrante) helping the most. You will need to study a lot for tests, they are not easy. A lot of partial credit is given on problems.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: MATH252
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Quizzes every week on questions pulled straight from the homework. Lectures are pointless, but TA sessions helped (Ferrante). I spent a ton of time in the MLC solving the HW problems over and over to prepare for quizzes/tests. Drops 2 quizzes if you attend the TA sessions, and a small bit of extra credit for homework grade. Tough class.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: MATH252
  • Grade Received: D
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This class tanked my gpa. I made the mistake of missing some lectures and activities after the first test and made it impossible to catch up. I am pretty sure im going to fail this class unless a miracle happens on the final. His lectures are not that helpful and it shows when only 20-30% of the students show up on days where there is no quiz.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: MATH252
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Calc 3 is pretty difficult, but he explains the concepts clearly and does examples. He is also pretty funny. Lectures are not mandatory except for weekly quizzes and TA sessions. Take him for Calc 3 if you can!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: MATH151
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I missed a few of his classes in the middle of the semester and the difference was clear. His lectures were very in depth, well structured and easy to understand. Math 151 can be a hard course, but showing up to his lectures and completing the web assign is makes it conquerable. He does have pop-quizzes and clicker questions. Do not skip lectures.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: MATH532
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Complex Analysis is not an easy subject, that being said I believe he attempted to make it as easy as possible(Topics covered on exams/homeworks). Only 2 exams which account for 40% of your grade with a final counting another 40% so if you eff up on those your gonna have a tough time in the class. Stick to the homework, attend class, READ!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: MATH337
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He's a great lecturer. The hardest part about the class was finishing the tests in 50 minutes. The questions aren't tricky, just long. He gives a lot of partial credit though, so if you can get through the homework you should be able to pass pretty easily.
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