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Matthew Jordan
School:Penn State University
Department: Communication
Location:University Park, PA
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Since it's a huge class, he has graders and the grading scale is ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS. the projects vary from tests and short writing every week, and the grading scale goes from a 100 to an 85. This class has potential to be enjoyable and simple but Jordan makes is impossible. That and he is very rude and a know it all.
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This class is awful. Jordan is very specific and teaches in all lecture styles with long powerpoints that are wordy and confusing. The online tests are impossible even with Nittany Notes. Unless you are into cinema and movies this class is very difficult. It should not be this difficult in a GA class. AVOID
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This definitely is not the easiest gen ed. However, it is very doable to get an A in the class if you do the extra credit opportunities. There were a few films I fell asleep in. But we also saw Fight Club, Goodfellas and Lincoln. This class is probably more fascinating than other GA's.
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Not as difficult as some people say. If you go to the films and courses, you should be able to maintain atleast a B+/A- without too much effort. The responses and tests are pretty simple too and I recommend working on them with a partner in the class just to make it easier. Also, study a great amount for the exams and you're fine. (only 2).
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Class is simple if you watch the movies and stay awake in class. You can google every answer for the tests and responses.. But the exams are tough. I would recommend the class but the guys a total polecat.
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Quizzes: simple. Exams: challenging. Classes: utterly dead. His PowerPoints create the urge to wanna punt a baby. The commy gives extra credit for the College Town Film Festival, which is literally the worst thing to happen to this school since Jerry. Great class.
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I have a lot of respect for this guy. I enjoyed his selection of films and his insightful commentary. He may be a little preachy (opinionated leftist), but he's clearly an intellectual. His discourse and topic selection made me think deeply about important issues. I got an A in the class and I missed 3 of the films and some of the courses.
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I liked the movies and as long as you take the time to complete the tests you will 93-100%. However, his TA"s were quite useless and their grading was not the greaexam. In addition, the two exam were difficult, he focused too much on details, that were not even available in the outlines he posted. And your grade doesn't round even if technically it is A.
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75% of movies are fascinating. Assignments are pretty simple. HOWEVER. M.J. seems to get some of his 19 syllable SAT vocab from the dusty parts of the dictionary.. Not chill at all... Also, his questions are so difficult and not all of them are in courses ... tests are okay ; exams are difficultd..
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Dr. Jordan was great teacher and knew everything about the movies we watched and beyond. Tests, tests, and homeworks are simple. Only complaint is he was friendlya a jerk about answering some of my emails. I got a grade I thought was questionable on a video response (homework) and when I presented my argument he just never answered.
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I was told this class was simple, IT IS NOT. Jordan uses insane vocabulary that I had no idea what he was talking about on his exams and tests. Responses are simple so put in the extra effort and you'll get 100%. He offers extra credit which helps a lot so definitely do it. Definitely take tests with a friend.
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I liked this class. It sparked an interest in film that I didnt have before I took this class. It fascinating to learn how to analyze films and see their meaning. However, it isnt an simple A. The free responses are simple, but the quizes and exams are friendlya difficult. You will need to study a great bit, but it pays off. Great class, simple B at least.
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Dr. J is outstanding. He tells you how it is and he tries to make even the early, dull movies fascinating. THIS CLASS IS EASY IF YOU JUST GO TO CLASS. I had Chem 210, Bio 230, Stat 240. This took up minimal outside time. Just re-read over notes and GO TO CLASS and your great. Oh and you might want to sneak in a coffee & Dunkin breakfast sandwich!
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Matthew is such a friendly guy with a great sense of humor. Yes, his voice can be a little dull but he has a lot of personality and you can tell he is really passionate about his job which is always great. The tests and exams are slightly difficult but the class is an simple B i would say, a if you put in the extra effort. I enjoyed most of the movies :)
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If you have been told this class is simple, you have been lied to. I took the early option, bad idea. Impossible to stay awake for 3 hours in a dark theater watching movies at 930. Only take this class if you are interested in what you are learning, not because you think it's simple. Responses and tests are simple, but exams are ridiculous.
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Took COMM 150 w/ Dr. Jordan this fall. I liked him - he does put in his personal opinions sometimes, but they didn't bother me. I enjoyed the progression of going from older movies to newer ones - can see how filmmaking has changed from the silent films to movies of today. Not the easiest intro class, but I thought it was impartial. No textbook req'd!
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I'm a film major so I thought this class would be simple--it's not at all. I found the tests online otherwise I would have failed most of them. The class is very dull unless you like old movies that last 3 hours. I never missed a class and this was a bonus because he gave extra credit opportunities to those who attended class.NOT AN EASY A
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I'm an engineering major and thought I was going to fail before going into the exam, but it was pretty simple. ~4 hours of class/week blows though unless you love old movies, so I skipped sometimes. If you go to every class & pay attention, you shouldn't have to study too much to get an A. Would recommend as an simple A if you know you'll go to class.
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This class was such a great gen ed! I absolutely recommend anyone to take it, especially with Dr. Jordan! He is very humorous, witty, and intelligent! The movies are enjoyable and the weekly projects are super simple. The mid year exam & final were nothing too difficult! Great teacher and great class!!
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Not sure why there are so many negative comments on here. If you are in any way interested in film, this class is very enjoyable and fascinating and Dr. Jordan is very knowledgeable.

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