Evaluation Comments
Course:Data Structures in Java I

Quarter:Autumn 16/17
Time: ::: - :::
Location: Distance Learning
James Riely PhD

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What are the major strengths and weaknesses of the instructor?

1.   He explains the topics very well and is obviously knowledgeable. Will describe all the material as "pretty simple" and expect you to get it the first time. We don't always get it the first time!
2.   I really appreciated homework assignments, especially the tests built into the code. Everyone says that the key to learning programming is to practice, but if you don't know whether your solution is right or wrong this doesn't get you very far. So I was really glad to have something I could use to study and practice with.

What aspects of this course were most beneficial to you?

1.   Very well organized online. Resources were accessible and helpful.

What do you suggest to improve this course?

1.   Engage the class more, find out what they don't know.
2.   It seems like there's a gap between this course and CSC 242. I did very well in 242 but felt like I didn't have the right background knowledge for this course. In part it was because of the new language but it was also the concept of object-oriented programming, which was new. Also, the book wasn't very helpful at explaining these concepts. Even something simple like having answers to the practice problems at the end of the chapter would have been immensely helpful for understanding the material.

Comment on the grading procedures and exams

1.   More feedback on code style on homeworks would be helpful.

Other comments?

1.   You the man!