4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2010
I am currently teaching a class using this textbook. The textbook itself is decently written, although the transition between topics is not always smooth. The author tries to incorporate recent developments or international trends (the euro being a frequent topic) but these seem patched into the text. Still the textbook is definitely accessible for students, but does not many materials to provoke excitement or interest.
The materials provided for instructors that come with the textbook are truly underwhelming. Powerpoint slides are very bare-bones, and the testbank contains mistakes and questions that show fundamental lack of understanding of some concepts. I spend a lot of time creating decent powerpoints and need to be extremely careful and double-check everything when using questions from the testbank. If you are an instructor thinking about adopting this textbook I would advise against it. The cost for the student is high, the textbook itself is just OK, and you as an instructor will have a lot of work preparing.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2012
This book is NOT for an entry-level class. The book is very poor at teaching the concepts necessary to complete the homework. Most classes would have an instructor "teaching" the material and use the book as a supplement. For an online class, with no "teaching", this book is not sufficient. Many of the test-bank questions are wrong. As a student, I have had to advocate for myself after every test.
I am a 4.0 student in my senior year. This class has been by far the most difficult, due to the poor textbook choice. If you are a professor, please look at other choices for your textbooks.... or at least make sure you are available to fill in the gaps for your students. This book is far too expensive for what little I gained from it.