Evaluation Comments
Course:Object-Oriented Software Development

Quarter:Autumn 11/12
Time: M 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.   Absolutely sensational instructor! One of the best DePaul has to offer. Clear, interesting, very smart, a fantastic presenter and speaker.
4.   The instructor is awesome
5.   Instructor did not show much enthusiasm for the course material. I believe expectations were a little too high considering the range of talent amongst the class. I think all students understand the course material, however the delivery and clarification in class did not cater to a student's level, instead a seasoned working professional. On the other hand, the instructor did provide a solid understanding of the course material.
6.   The lectures are always interesting and the multiple examples help to clarify and solidify the topics well.

What aspects of this course were most beneficial to you?

1.   Entire course was of high value
3.   The course material and the assignments were in a good sync, so I could incrementally apply what I've learned to the project
4.   N.A.
5.   I found the course material most beneficial to me. Deisgn patterns seem to be very useful in developing good software.

What do you suggest to improve this course?

1.   Can't think of anything.
2.   Not as easy to connect the design patterns to the code, and worrying about getting code in that I don't know how it fits into the pattern doesn't make it easier.
4.   Assignments with a point.
5.   I would suggest a slower pace and more enthusiasm/interaction to engage the students.

Comment on the grading procedures and exams

1.   No comments. Excellent work all around
4.   Fine
5.   I think the grading was somewhat unfair. A student who does not have several years of experience in object oriented development may not know all the correct syntax and structure. Instead, I think the student's expression of concepts learned in class is the important idea.
6.   Grading for homework assignments was done quickly. The midterm was difficult but was graded fairly.

Other comments?

1.   As part of the assignments, code should be "formatted" for clarity.
4.   N.A.
5.   Overall, there will always be a wide range of talent in these upper level courses. I think it would be more fair to expect the student to learn the concept and not be tested on exact code structure/syntax.