Evaluation Comments

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Object-Oriented Software Development (SE 450)

Course:Object-Oriented Software Development

Quarter:Winter 03/04
Time: M 17:45 - 21:00
Location: Loop Campus
James Riely PhD

Associate Professor
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What are the major strengths and weaknesses of the instructor?

1.   Incredible teacher of knowledge, instructor is a severe understatement. Entertaining. Thoughtful, always listens to questions and comments. Very good at leading the class. Weaknesses - he's teaching a subject that can be hard to implement in the competitive market where deadlines and competition is extreme. Also - he made a joke about the president of the United States. We have freedom of speech, but don't take advantage of your position and force people to hear political oppinion. It's software engineering, not political science.

What aspects of this course were most beneficial to you?

1.   The intense java. Java boot camp as the professor called it. The patterns were helpful as well. But mostly the good practice of coding was most helpful (i.e. - only interfaces and factories public, make classes final when they can be, singletons...)

What do you suggest to improve this course?

1.   The course is just too extreme. The final project was HUGE and the midterm and (guessing) the final are all extreme. If this was the only class I was taking fine. But 4 classes and work make this course almost unbearable. I can't wait to sleep when this class is over.
2.   project requirement should have bunch of other options

Comment on the grading procedures and exams

1.   Fair, impartial. Grader gave reasonable comments on homework, Professor gave slight comments on test.

Other comments?

1.   Great professor. Best so far at DePaul. Subject extremely challenging, especially being an undergrad with a lack of "real world" application.