Evaluation Comments
Course:Computer Systems I

Quarter:Autumn 10/11
Time: ::: - :::
Location: Distance Learning
James Riely PhD

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

1.   although he tried to explain the course, it was not enthusiastic , it needed to be more where it caught my attention and made me want to come back for more.
2.   Good pace of lecturing, sense of humor, good knowledge of the subject matter and tools with no fumbling around during demos.
3.   he was very engaged in the process...and he let people know that in order to learn and do well you had to work and spend time
4.   The instructor was always ready to start and always showed knowledge and interest on the subject and made it more enjoyable to be in class.

What aspects of this course were most beneficial to you?

1.   really none
2.   It covered tools I haven't used before like assemblers, objdump, etc.
3.   the lectures
4.   I ready liked the bomb homework assignments. It made me read multiple times the book sections on assembly.

What do you suggest to improve this course?

1.   make it worth waiting for, where you look for what will happen at the next class
2.   I enjoyed the assignments- they were fun and humorous. But I wish there was time to write fully working assembly programs instead of just tinkering with existing code. Even just writing assembly routines and calling them from C code would be good. Maybe that comes in 374 though.
3.   1) text book is okay, but I don't feel it is great 2) it seems that the lab assignments were written by someone else, other than the instructor, so when it came time to do them, we didn't always have all of the information necessary, without contacting the instructor outside of the class.
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Comment on the grading procedures and exams

1.   the exams were hard , the grading was fine
4.   grading was always done fast and any questions about our grades were always answered.

Other comments?

3.   we were told we could work in groups, which I feel put some people at at an advantage; however, if you could not find a group to join, you were on your own. I almost feel like everyone that wanted to work in a group, should be assigned a group to work in. you could of course opt out, but at least it would your choice.
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