Evaluation Comments

Quarter:Winter 04/05
James Riely PhD

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

1.   Did not prepare for this class. Was to busy with a research project/publication.
2.   He had a broad theoretical knowledge base in this area.
3.   Strengths - good at explaining abstract conceptsWeakness - a little disorganized at times

What aspects of this course were most beneficial to you?

2.   The personal research project exposes us to research and papers from the phD world. The freedom to learn on one's own is a gift. There weren't many regular homeworks, but there was one large paper. The professor was extremely understanding about our workloads and was very flexible with us.
3.   The reading

What do you suggest to improve this course?

2.   For the benefits of others, this professor should either continue to teach this course or the research paper requirement should remain. It really helps one to have a love for the theoretical security world. In my opinion, it is really hard to obtain this without a paper.
3.   One of two thing: either follow the Alan Jeffrey model of lecture, homework every week and two exams, or turn it into a writing seminar. Have the students do short essays on the reading material every week for the first 5 weeks, and give feedback on their writing. Then have them write a big paper.

Comment on the grading procedures and exams

2.   no comment as a research paper is the final.
3.   I would have liked more feedback, more direction.

Other comments?

2.   none
3.   I learned a greaat deal in this course. I'm glad I took it. Thanks!!