I just finished the last final exam of my undergraduate career. I am so happy to be done (and looking forward to pharmacy school in the fall). The semester has ended on a bit of a sour note. I feel like I should probably talk to the dean about what happened in this class, but I don't want to bother making an appointment, etc. if it will not make a difference.
The class was Anatomy and Physiology 2. I had this instructor for A & P 1, and she was excellent. Practically the perfect professor. She took a sabbatical (involuntarily, I believe), and I waited for her to return in order to take A & P 2. I don't know what happened, but she was a completely different professor.
Some things that happened in this class:
*We did not cover all of the course material in lecture. We made it through the heart, the blood, and the most of the respiratory system. We did not cover the digestive, lymphatic, endocrine, reproductive, or urinary systems. This material comprised 1/3 - 1/2 of the course.
*The professor's solution to the missing topics was to give a take-home final nine days before the in-class final, then include a selection (~80) of those questions verbatim on the in-class final. We received the answers to the take-home final at 4:00 PM the day before the final, which was scheduled for 9:00 AM.
*Every lab practical we had started about an hour late. She would still be writing questions while we were taking the exam. I often had to stand there waiting for her to write the question so I could go on to the next one. The last practical ran over so much that some students did not finish. They were allowed to come back on Monday (the practical was on a Thursday) to complete the exam. This gave them four extra days to study after having seen the test questions. This situation is unfair to everyone.
*Class often started late. Class would occasionally go over (by 20 minutes) or meet again after class had ended, and these sessions contained testable material. For example, one lab practical involved structures on the rat. We did not get a demonstration until after lecture the day before the practical exam. If you had a class after lecture, you were in trouble.
*Assignments were given late (although the due dates often did not change) and it took her weeks and weeks to grade things. She would always promise to hand things back on certain days/email things and never did.
*We were expected to learn much of the lab material on our own. This was fine for me, but I am pretty sure that many of the students could have benefited from additional lab time with an instructor present.
*She tested on things that she specifically said would not be tested. I am lucky that I just happen to know that nitrogen comprises about 79% of our atmosphere.
My frustration has everything to do with my lack of learning in the course (and the stress of never knowing what was going on) and very little to do with my grade. This instructor likes me, and told me today that I am one of the best students that she has ever had.
Is it a good idea to talk to the dean, or will the dean not particularly care? I don't want the professor to get in huge trouble because she is a good instructor with good intentions, she just has major time-management issues. Obviously talking to the dean won't help me any, but it could help future students. Thoughts?