Evaluation Comments
Course:Data Structures I

Quarter:Spring 15/16
Time: Tu 17:45 - 21:00
Location: Loop Campus
James Riely PhD

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What are the major strengths and weaknesses of the instructor?

1.   Strengths: Enthusiastic about topic which helps me to pay attention in class. Weaknesses: N/A
2.   I would like to say he's reluctant to guide students, I waste too much time trying to figure out what the assignment really meant to be...and sometimes the unclear defined instructions in quizzes were so confused, the lost points were counted and affected my grade. It's not fair.
3.   Sense of humor and ability to present sometimes dull material (but important) in an interesting way
4.   Strength: Use of online teaching resources. Weakness: ???
6.   Clearly has spent time preparing an excellent course, and it pays off. Takes the time to make sure concepts are explained in an understandable way. Fields questions well. No weaknesses of note.

What aspects of this course were most beneficial to you?

1.   Probably everything since I will need to know how to implement these in the future. The structure of the assignments helped a lot.
2.   This course is undoubtedly important to any computer science students, I would more than happier to spend majority of time on this course. However, it feels so like I learned it by myself...
3.   Assignments and reviewing other people's work during class
4.   All course material is extremely important to my career as a software engineer.
6.   Extremely helpful slides and instructor authored course material. Conceptual mastery is emphasized over implementation details. Class lecture zeroes in on difficult concepts.

What do you suggest to improve this course?

1.   It would be more beneficial to have learned Java in CSC 401 instead of Python
3.   N/A
4.   More instruction on using the IDE.
5.   Could post the solution online and spend more time on materials.
6.   Great class, nothing stands out as deficient.

Comment on the grading procedures and exams

1.   Very efficient system to grade homework.
3.   Homework grading was quick and exam feedback was specific and helpful
4.   Fast and fair
6.   Exam grading was prompt

Other comments?

3.   Great attitude and very knowledgeable