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[BUSI 3003] Corporate Finance

January 31, 2010

Mesznik, Roger
[BUSI 3003] Corporate Finance

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Refer to the 2007 reviews because he hasn't changed. He could be the worst professor ever lived on this planet. Why? He practically doesn't teach us anything! He rambles about useless things that can be found in the textbook but the cases require more advanced, in-depth knowledge which he just expects us to know. On top of that his assignment instructions are SO ambiguous and poorly organized. What's the point of him being a professor if all he talks about can be found in the textbook? He's just there to call on students, not to teach. No wonder why he wants us to work in a group. This is not a difficult course if professor is decent, but the fact that he doesn't teach us anything makes it particularly difficult and impossible to do ill-organized cases. The majority of students received Cs for this course.

Workload:

weekly cases

December 10, 2007

Mesznik, Roger
[BUSI 3003] Corporate Finance

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I just finished a term with Mesznik. He would make a great tour guide - full of knowledgable tid-bits and artifacts. But, as an instructor he is weak. Specifically, he is terribly unorganized. Both the classes and the exam felt like a roller coaster where you aren't sure what is coming up but you know it can't be good.
Overall - thumbs down.

November 13, 2007

Mesznik, Roger
[BUSI 3003] Corporate Finance

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The worst professor I have had. Ever. He has no structure at all in his teaching, he does not use any slides, he does not teach any method at all, he has no prepared solutions for the cases, and he rambles about things that are totally unrelated to the topic. I have not learnt a single thing during his lectures, everything I learned is from the book and fellow class mates.

Workload:

High, several extensive cases to be handed in and an extensive test at the end of the class.

July 06, 2006

Adler, Michael
[BUSI 3003] Corporate Finance

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Great guy with a sharp, slightly dry sense of humor you will grow to appreciate. At the beginning, he came across as didactic and snappy, but it was probably to show that he was serious about his job as a teacher and wanted to weed out students looking for the easy A. Very good at clarifying concepts that students usually have a garbled knowledge of from previous classes. Great at introducing new concepts and connecting what was learnt in a previous lecture with the most current lecture. Those looking for quantitative thoroughness will be disappointed, as the nature of corporate finance itself is not an exact science in many cases. But it is a must for aspiring I-Bankers, and good to know for anybody else going into the financial services industry. I highly recommend taking this class with this professor.

Workload:

Almost weekly problem sets, 3 take home midterms, and a take home final. Groupwork is required for HW, so be sure to pick out trustworthy classmates at the very beginning.

December 24, 2005

Guirguis, Hany
[BUSI 3003] Corporate Finance

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Overall not great. Corporate Finance is naturally pretty dry, but this class was brutal. Prof. Guirguis is very smart and qualified. However, the 2:45 Monday night lecture was pretty grueling both for him (who seems to have a day job) and for us. The class was in the hottest room in IAB (temperature wise) so everyone wanted to take a nap. Also, Prof. Guirguis just blazed through Excel spreadsheets showing us how to do different things which were, when done by hand, computational nightmares. There is no homework in the class and only a few quizzes which count for 30% of your grade. There is also no recitation. So you're pretty much given handouts, a textbook, one 2:45 minute lecture a week, and sent out in the cold to learn a lot of the stuff on your own. Also, there is no curve in the class -- you get whatever your number average is. Thus, he only gave out about 20% A-range grades -- quite a bit worse than your average economics class.

Workload:

A quiz every few weeks (30%) Midterm (30%) Finall (40%) Not a lot if you just want to get by, a significant amount of independent work if you want an A.

September 05, 2005

Asbury, Charissa
[BUSI 3003] Corporate Finance

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Charissa was great: engaging lecturer, helpful, attentive, plenty of lecture notes, lenient grader. Case studies were interesting and informative, there were no surprises. She took Econometrics a long time ago with Phoebus Dhrymes (Econometrics) and thus understands the shortcomings of the econ dept at Columbia, so she tries to make things better. That sweet motherly voice of hers is an added bonus.

Workload:

Case studies that are long, but fun, you can work in groups for almost anything.

January 04, 2005

Mesznik, Roger
[BUSI 3003] Corporate Finance

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TAKE THIS CLASS. If there is one Finance-related class you take at Columbia, it should be this one and it should be with Mesznik. You cover only case studies in the class and Mesznik presents all of the material in a very coherent, cohesive, everything-is-totally-logical manner - and... he's SUPER FUNNY too! It was great to take this class with him; he made Finance not only interesting and easy to understand, he also made it relevant to our lives by bringing in only real-world examples!

Workload:

Totally easy. 1 midterm + 1 case study that you write a report on and present in class + 1 case study that you write only a report on. Final is optional. Getting an A is a cinch.

December 21, 2003

Mesznik, Roger
[BUSI 3003] Corporate Finance

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Mesznik- great teacher & a guy that has a personality...He makes the material easy to learn, but make sure to pay attention in class because he likes to pick on those who look lost. If you're at all interested in finance after graduation, you should take this class with Mesznik, he will explain the ins and outs of basic corporate finance for you. He is good with grading, if you do well enough on the midterm you dont have to take the final. Everyone gets similar grades on the case study, so basically the midterm/optional final are where your grade comes from. Really good prof.

Workload:

1 group case study to be presented in class, 1 written case study to hand in. 1 midterm and optional final. Come to class and you'll do fine.

December 23, 2002

Mesznik, Roger
[BUSI 3003] Corporate Finance

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Proferssor Mesznik was one of the best Professors I have had yet in the finance department. His lectures were uplifting and energetic. He has a great sense of humour and goes out of his way to make sure you truly grasp the material. He is entirely FAIR on all of your grades. I truly felt like I walked away learning a great deal from this class.

Workload:

There is a oral and written case study. My reccommendation is to do the best you can, but dont spend too much time on them, rather invest your time on studying for the midterm. No matter if you are right or wrong on the cases, he gives everyone A's.

December 23, 2002

Rozen, Amir
[BUSI 3003] Corporate Finance

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Amir was the TA to Mesznick's Corp Finance class for the fall semester. He was never available for OH, and when he bothered to schedule an apt. he stood me up twice. He seemed embittered to be the TA and was condescending and reluctant to give out any help. Maybe he is a better professor, but as a TA, dont expect ANY help.

December 21, 2001

Mesznik, Roger
[BUSI 3003] Corporate Finance

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Great class! He's a good professor. Definitely has a sense of humor, which can sometimes be a bit offensive, but he does it to keep you energized and alert through the 2 1/2 hour class. The presentations are a bit difficult, but he is very resourceful and willing to help you. Final was optional this year if you were satisfied with you midterm and case study grades. Highly recommended for those who want to do something withing financial services and investment banking.

Workload:

Midterm, 2 case studies (1 presentation, 1 written), and optional final.

December 31, 1999

Mesznik, Roger
[BUSI 3003] Corporate Finance

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Terrific class: Mesznik is probably the most interesting and clear professor I've had. The material is very interesting, and 70% of the class got A- or above. Plus, he missed 3 out of 12 lectures, and since he felt bad about that he made the final optional. Nothing wrong with that.

Workload:

2 projects (which take a really long time even though together they count for 25% of the grade), midterm, final.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
BUSI / BUSI BUSI BUSI S3003: Corporate Finance Louis Guyader 2010 Summer MW / 6:15- 9:25 PM 1
BUSI / BUSI BUSI BUSI S3003: Corporate Finance Roger Mesznik 2009 Summer MW / 6:15- 9:25 PM 1
DVSP / BUSI DVSP BUSI W3003: Corporate Finance Charissa Asbury 2007 Fall R / 6:10- 8:40 PM 1
DVSP / BUSI DVSP BUSI W3003: Corporate Finance Charissa Asbury 2006 Fall W / 6:10- 8:40 PM 1
DVSP / BUSI DVSP BUSI W3003: Corporate Finance Roger Mesznik 2004 Fall R / 6:10- 8:40 PM 1
DVSP / BUSI DVSP BUSI W3003: Corporate Finance Charissa Asbury 2003 Spring W / 6:10- 8:40 PM 1
DVSP / BUSI DVSP BUSI W3003: Corporate Finance Roger Mesznik 2003 Fall R / 6:10- 8:40 PM 1