Evaluation Comments
Course:Concepts of Programming Languages

Quarter:Spring 07/08
Time: Th 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.   Major Strength invovles deep knowledge of different programming language and explanning them effectively.
3.   Dr. Riely is one of the smartest instructors I have had in the M.S. program (this is my 12th course). But, he is barely average as a teacher. He has consistenly failed to grade and review assignments. This is the 9th week of class and he has not gone over the midterm after repeated requests. He declines to answer questions in class about assignments preferring to take questions by emails.
5.   He has a very thorough knowledge of the material, and it shows in his lectures. I am very fond of his classes because of this trait.

What aspects of this course were most beneficial to you?

1.   Learning about the details aspects of different languages corresponding to pratical applications.
2.   homeworks
3.   Dr. Riely is a charming and witty person.
5.   The parsing of language, as well as the structure of programming languages help me to see the similarities between the various languages.

What do you suggest to improve this course?

1.   The course was well organized for a quarter studies. The course can improve on comparative studies with diffent types of languages.
3.   This class is required, but seems to duplicate much of the material in csc444 which is often chosen to fulfill the M.S. requirement for a foundations class. Drop one requirement or the other.
4.   Update the lecture notes.
5.   It seems like every homework has one problem that just takes hours to complete. This is very annoying and time-consuming. Can he separate these into projects or something worth more points? The cost-benefit of doing a lot of work for homework credit just isn't there.

Comment on the grading procedures and exams

1.   I personally feel that grading was done very tightly but it was fine.
3.   Im not sure how fair Dr. Riely grades because we have yet to go over any assignments including the midterm.
4.   Grading was more than fair.

Other comments?

1.   Good to have James Reily as my first quarter Instuctor at Depaul.
3.   Even Dr. Riely said he did not like the textbook. It only lightly supported what we did in class and did not help with the homework at all. It was a waste of money and time.
4.   Could have been a bit more organized - post notes & homework a bit earlier. Questions on the message board were always answered promptly.