Evaluation Comments
Course:Object-Oriented Software Development

Quarter:Spring 08/09
Time: W 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.   strengths - enthusiastic, very organized lectures and homework assignmentsweakness - sometimes too wordy in lectures
3.   Strengths: very into the subject, funny, passionate and knowledgable. Going to class was really fun. FANTASTIC notes, I'm going to get back to them often in the future - they're so well done and store so many important hints. Supplementary reading he provides is very interesting, when the text is too long prof. Riely will even tell you which pages/section to read and which ones you can skip. He really knows this stuff.Weaknesses: sometimes he get's a little bit disorganized, switches between screens and computers (but I had to try hard to come up with that).

What aspects of this course were most beneficial to you?

1.   design patterns
3.   Looking at code written in a bad way and then refactoring it in iterations to introduce patterns and enhancements. Showing step by step how to arrive at 'best' solution.

What do you suggest to improve this course?

1.   - more homework assignments directed around patterns: ie give code and ask to refactor using design patterns
3.   In the first part I felt like we did little work in class. We spent too much time going over the homework that was due and explaining what's due next class. It's important to go over that, but it could be done quicker - especially as there were very few questions from students or discussions. The last couple of lectures were much better, and I really felt like I learned something new when I was leaving this class.

Comment on the grading procedures and exams

1.   have material on exam, homework, and lectures be the same.
3.   HW was graded fairly. Midterm was graded leniently. Final is still ahead.

Other comments?

2.   very very very good teacher. thank you professor.
3.   Lot's of work, lot's of fun and lot's of knowledge to gain - that's all I'm seeking at DePaul. My favorite course so far.