Evaluation Comments

Quarter:Spring 05/06
James Riely PhD

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

1.   He is very upto date and aware of what is going on in both: theoretical and technical fields. Also a very nice guy indeed. He is a "Professor".
5.   The instructor did an excelent job with presenting the material for the class.
7.   great knowledge

What aspects of this course were most beneficial to you?

1.   The variety and coverage of the topics presented was a huge plus. Also, having talks by students makes it even more intersting.
7.   knowing different aspects of viewing security

What do you suggest to improve this course?

1.   Having a concrete set of material. Totally depending on papers is great, but it has its downside of being a little bit hard to follow and to get a better understanding of the basics of the issues in hand.
2.   having little homework would not be bad, both theory and programming.
4.   In regards to the lack of homework, I think it worked out fine. Given that the students came from diverse backgrounds it would be difficult to make assigments that would be appropriate for everyone. Perhaps one or two short assignments as a sanity check in the first half of the course would have been OK. Otherwise you could make a first draft of the paper due at around week 6 or 7 just to keep people involved.
5.   Two things. One, require homework. Most of the topics covered in class, although interesting, were not enforced with some form of required action by the students. Two, improve the course description. I think that myself and many others expected a more implementation based class instead of a theoretical one. Althought it was interesting, given the option to take it again, I would not have.
7.   nothing

Comment on the grading procedures and exams

7.   nothing
8.   At this point, the day of the last class, before finals start I have no idea where I stand in terms of grading.

Other comments?

3.   For me, I am absolutely fine in terms of having the grade being made up entirely of the project/presentation. If you choose to continue to go this route in the future, I might suggest adding more "checkups" along the way. For instance, every two weeks, you might require the students to show you what they have, so that if they are going completely the wrong way, you can correct them before it's too late.However, if you wanted to add more to the grade other than the project, you may want to consider adding a take-home midterm, and make the grade distributed as 50% midterm, 50% final project. This would give the students something other than the project upon which to be graded, so that one's "eggs aren't all in one basket", so to speak.Good course.
6.   Well, this course is very interesting.The professor did a good job to cover the broad area of security. Not having assignment, midterm or final is appropriate because we haven't got into each topic deep enough and we don't need to fully understand all those topics. A possible way for assignment is to let students choose one or two topics they like to do quiz assignments, besides the final paper.
8.   I would have liked homework assignment to go along with the lecture. It would help re-enforce the material covered as well as take some of the pressure off of the presentation/paper grade which I am still worried about.