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    • Profile picture
    Jul 05, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Mr. Christopher Simpkins is a great professor who makes class time everyday very intriguing! He is extremely knowledgable and brings real-world applications into the class.

    Course highlights:

    This course is an introduction to the Java computing language. After taking Computer Science(CS) 1332, you will undoubtedly leave the course feeling much more prepared to interview with companies and apply for internships. (Note: CS 1332 Data Structures and Algorithms, which people often take after CS 1331, applies even more in this aspect.) The homework assignments were based on concepts discussed in class. Yet, they also required students to contemplate on the material. As a result, students really left the course feeling like they knew the material. Students gained the ability to write and manipulate their own code, a skill that was only been developed through the course's homework assignments, which required you to write, debug, and manipulate your own code. Through this, the concepts and code not only came alive, but also became "a part of you." This unique aspect of the course contrasts sharply with if it had introduced Java through rote memorization and textbook definitions.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    The class may sound daunting and you may be wondering if you're not cut out for it. For example, for the homework assignments where you need to write and manipulate your own code, what do you do if you get completely stuck, or are unsure of how to continue forwards? Not to fear! The great part of this course is the rank of teacher assistants it provides. They're exceptionally knowledgeable and ready to help you. Their office hours? A+, extremely helpful. They know coding and the Java language like the back of their hands. I highly recommend doing the homework assignments in the lounge in which their office hours are held. You will inevitably get stuck on something while doing the homework assignments. In fact, if you find yourself sure that you're doing everything correctly, yet the code is still throwing you errors, you know it's time to hit the office hours and get the problem straightened out right away. My friend once spent two days of her precious weekend (aka the entire weekend) trying to figure out why something wasn't working, before finally going to office hours and spotting the extremely obvious, needle in a haystack, mistake. Overall, I would definitely recommend going to office hours and taking advantage of the incredible TA's this class offers. Additionally, I highly advocate doing the homework assignments. You get an indispensable experience with code that will especially help you during the tests, as well as outside of the class when you apply for internships.

    • Fall 2016
    • ChristopherL.Simpkins
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours
    • Profile picture
    Jun 21, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The professor truly cares about his students and makes sure all of them do their best and learn all the material in the class

    Course highlights:

    One my favorite part of the class was the final assignment. At the time, I did not like it because I had a lot of other work going on, but it was fun. We had to use JavaFX to make the UI for a poker game.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Look at his lecture slides and do not code along side him. He goes fast and get off track really easily

    • Spring 2017
    • ChristopherL.Simpkins
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours A Few Big Assignments
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    Jun 05, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because it is an amazing introduction to Java. The professor I had, Professor Stasko, was a very dedicated professor that actually cared more about teaching us students than his research.

    Course highlights:

    I liked this class because I learned a lot through the creative homework created by the TA's.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Always go to class, and always do the homework. If you do those two things, it shouldn't take much studying to get an A or B in the class!

    • Spring 2017
    • STASKO
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Participation Counts

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