Bruce Minaker - University of Windsor

Professor: Bruce Minaker
Department: Engineering
College: University of Windsor
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: CONTROL1
  • 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:
Be smart and for control theory do not take it with this guy. Making the makeup exam slot into a supplemental exam slot as well? Tells people to start studying for the supplemental without people knowing their grades and gives 5-6 days notice. Nice. Don't go to class btw, useless.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: DYNAM01
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Minaker is a wonderful professor who is an expert in the field of vehicle dynamics and control designs. He has led multiple SAE projects; Baja, Formula, Supermileage, etc. And his knowledge in the courses he teach (Dynamics, Vehicle Dynamics) is well presented during the class and the office hour. He is very caring but you need to work hard.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ENG210
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures were usually very helpful except when an hour was spent deriving formulas that we are given on the exam. Labs are graded on a pass or fail basis (pass for simply attempting the questions). Average on both midterms was well under a fail however the final project worth 30% is what really boosts the average. Great guy overall though.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: DYNAM01
  • Grade Received: INC
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This guy REALLY tries! If you're distracted a lot, record his lectures, it's a lifesaver. He posts tutorial solutions, lecture notes, and extra practice problems, and they help TONS. He loves staying after a class, and knows when to lay off; he even lowered the number of tutorial questions after our first lab! He's really the best for this class.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: DYNAM0692210
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Pretty good Prof. Had him Dynamics which is by far the hardest class I have ever taken. pretty good at teaching and uses pretty relevant examples. Also gives chances for mark boosting in a project. Only thing is that although the material is hard I believe that the exams could be a tad easier. Overall pretty good and glad I passed this course.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: DYNAM1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I had him for dynamics this semester, he really knows his stuff. Don't be afraid to stop him and ask questions while he's teaching. He really want the class to do well, make sure you attend all classes and tutorials. It was a very tough course overall, as long as you score above the class average in the midterm and final you will be okay.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: 0692321
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Great professor to ask questions and receive one on one feedback. Lectures can get sidetracked but examples are clear-cut. Very approachable for help. Gets along great with students, easy to find yourself talking to him for fun! Tests are tough, be prepared but the content is fair.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: 92321
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very inspirational professor, really makes the course interesting; uses a lot of practical examples. Beware though, the exams are not easy; you need to know your stuff. Make sure you pay attention in class and you will definitely learn a lot. Practice from the previous posted midterms and finals (Life saver!).
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: 92210
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Good Prof, people complain that its a difficult class, and it is. The midterms are tricky, but are do-able. Class avg is pretty low (failing) on the exams however. The final is also on the same level of difficulty as the midterms.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: 0686476
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Great prof. One of the genius profs out there. But that kinda the prb sometimes as speaks in different level. Test are hard and lengthy. You need to develop very good conceptual knowledge for the exam.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CONTROLTHEORY
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
His a genius. He won't give you free marks, but go to his office hours and he'll help you out like no other professor. Ah, by the way, know your linear algebra. He likes matrices. He just assumes you know what you're supposed to know. Review what you don't remember from algebra and calculus and you'll be fine in all of his classes.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: MECH311
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
hes super smart but is a total waste of time to go to hes class its like hes talking a different language! I FEEL LIKE ITS A GRAD COURSE LOL
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: DYNAM1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He understands the system. Knows the info he must examinate is too difficult for good marks. He makes you understand the material in class, but doesn't expect you to really grasp it like a pro on the final. Finds ways to give you good marks. Just get to know him. He's a little kid inside who likes to play race cars and such.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: DYNAM2
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Had him for Dynamics 2, heard about his hard rep. His exams are killer class avg for the midterm was 8/26, i thought I was retarded when i got 12.5/26 on my midterm turned out it was one of highest. rofl? Anyways I got raped in the final, the catapult project made this class very fun, also minaker is a nice guy to appraoch if you need help.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ADD463
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
A very powerful professor. Very theoritical! Highly paced course. Kinda nerdy but effective. His exams are not on a silver platter, but he will curve like insane! otherwise nice and helpful professor
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: DYNAM01
  • 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:
alright
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CT1
  • 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:
Extremly smart professor; it was his first time teaching control theory and he was forced into doing it. His teaching strategy was good, but will improve greatly if he teaches this class again. He is still MUCH better then the professor that taught control theory before him. His exams are tough, but NOT designed to trick you.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: CT1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Clear, helpful and knows his stuff. Exams aren't hard, just very creative and sometimes tricky. Expect familiar,done-in-assignments-many-times stuff and be disappointed. Teaches at such a fast pace that missing a single class is suicididal.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: CT1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Really nice guy with BRUTAL exams. Marks were hard to get (two midterms @ 25%, and a final worth 50%). Class average of the midterms was a failing grade. Good at teaching (hard to read writing though, especially with his new tablet), assigns usful problems. The GA was pretty useless, and just wrote solns all tutorial, so no time to ask questions.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CONTROLS
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Most unfair grade assesment I've ever had. No assignments 25/25/50 breakdown. Teaches elementary stuff & tests form some other book. Please quit job!
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