Every class includes an evaluation of the students by the instructor and an evaluation of the instructor and the course by the students. This page presents summaries of these two evaluations to help students understand what to expect when taking this course. In particular, the feedback and comments provided by your peers could be useful towards making a more informed decision if in doubt as to whether to take or not this class. Data from ECE 442 - Spring'16 and '17 follow.

Past grade distributions


The stated grading policy for the class is that everyone that wants an A, gets an A. Of course, wanting an A means that you do your work and learn. It can be observed from the ECE 442 (formerly ECE 492) - Spring'15 grade distributions tabulated below that, consistent with stated policy, a majority of students got As in the class. I can confidently say that those grades are not a consequence of lax grading, but testament to the fact that students at the University of Rochester are hard working, smart, and well qualified.

Spring'16

Spring'17

For additional details on the University of Rochester's graduate student grading scheme, please check this page.

Numeric evaluations of the instructor and course


The first part of the optional evaluation done by students includes a group of numeric ratings according to the following scale: "Not at all" (1), "A little" (2), "Somewhat" (3), "Quite a bit" (4), and "A lot" (5). Numeric student evaluations for the Spring'16 course follows, and ratings for future courses will be added in due time. Note that student evaluation data was not collected during Spring'15, since the class was offered as a special topics course (ECE 492 code). Not all 15 students that took ECE 442 during the Spring'16 semester completed the evaluation, and those students that did complete it in some cases did not answer all questions. The same is true for those 14 students that took ECE 442 in Spring'17.

Spring'16

(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Mean
Teaching skills            
Instructor explained and emphasized important points clearly 0 0 0 2 9 4.81
Instructor used examples that helped understanding the material 0 0 0 1 10 4.90
Instructor noticed when students did not understand and adjusted 0 0 0 3 8 4.72
Rapport with students            
Instructor demonstrated sincere respect for students 0 0 0 1 10 4.90
Instructor was willing to listen to student questions and/or opinions 0 0 0 2 9 4.81
Instructor made himself/herself available for extra help 0 0 0 1 10 4.90
Quality of exams/assignments            
Exams/assignments covered important aspects of the course 0 0 0 1 10 4.90
Assignments were helpful in understanding the material 0 0 0 1 10 4.90
Exams/assignments were clearly worded 0 0 0 1 10 4.90
Organization            
Lectures/class discussions were well organized or well managed 0 0 0 1 19 4.90
Instructor tended to be well-prepared for class 0 0 0 2 9 4.81
Classes tended to stay appropriately on topic 0 0 0 1 10 4.90
Stronger interest            
I have a stronger interest in the subject because of the instructor 0 0 0 2 9 4.81
Overall instructor rating            
What overall rating would you give this instructor? 0 0 0 1 10 4.90
Value            
I feel the class was valuable 0 0 0 3 8 4.72
Overall course rating            
What overall rating would you give this course? 0 0 0 2 9 4.81

Spring'17

(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Mean
Teaching skills            
Instructor explained and emphasized important points clearly 0 0 0 1 8 4.90
Instructor used examples that helped understanding the material 0 0 0 3 6 4.70
Instructor noticed when students did not understand and adjusted 0 0 0 2 7 4.80
Rapport with students            
Instructor demonstrated sincere respect for students 0 0 0 1 8 4.90
Instructor was willing to listen to student questions and/or opinions 0 0 0 1 8 4.90
Instructor made himself/herself available for extra help 0 0 0 2 7 4.80
Quality of exams/assignments            
Exams/assignments covered important aspects of the course 0 0 0 3 6 4.70
Assignments were helpful in understanding the material 0 0 0 2 7 4.80
Exams/assignments were clearly worded 0 0 0 2 7 4.80
Organization            
Lectures/class discussions were well organized or well managed 0 0 0 1 8 4.90
Instructor tended to be well-prepared for class 0 0 0 1 8 4.90
Classes tended to stay appropriately on topic 0 0 0 2 7 4.80
Stronger interest            
I have a stronger interest in the subject because of the instructor 0 0 0 2 6 4.60
Overall instructor rating            
What overall rating would you give this instructor? 0 0 0 1 8 4.90
Value            
I feel the class was valuable 0 0 0 2 7 4.80
Overall course rating            
What overall rating would you give this course? 0 0 0 2 9 4.81

Student comments and feedback


Comments below are attached to the numeric evaluations received at the end of the semester, and categorized as in the evaluation questionnaire. These comments have not been edited, selected, or censored.

Teaching skills

  • Does an excellent job of explaining the concepts in ways to make them easily understandable, even if the math was not very easy to comprehend.
  • very good!
  • Fantastic lecturer
  • Exceptional teaching skills! Not one class I attended was unclear.

Rapport with students

  • a very nice professor!
  • Very open and helpful
  • The professor had an incredible rapport with everyone. I have often visited the Professor to discuss problems at various points during the semester, and he took extraordinary measures to accommodate our needs. We were able to arrange meetings even outside office hours, and he patiently answered all our questions with great detail.

Quality of exams/assignments

  • helps to understand what we learned in class!
  • The assignments were top notch. They challenged us to explore the subject material without being overwhelming.

Organization

  • Really Nice!
  • I wish more classes were organized in this way, encouraging you to pursue your academic interests.
  • Every lecture presentation seemed like it had been prepared for an A grade academic conference (in a good way).

What are the major strengths of this instructor?

  • very nice and patient!
  • Sense of responsibility
  • Always willing to help. Enthusiastic.
  • The Professor has incredible knowledge about the subject (strong fundamentals, along with a thorough understanding of complex, niche areas) and at the same time, delivers lectures in a lucid easy-to-understand manner. He is very helpful and understands the needs of the students. There is absolutely nothing that he should change.
  • abundant knowledge in the related field. Clear lecture organization and homework assignments are designed to help understand and apply classroom knowledge.
  • very helpful and helps you to pursue your interests

Please share any suggestions for improvement

  • Everything is good
  • Maybe could show more real-life applications for a certain concept.

What are the major strengths of this course?

  • Detailed contents
  • This is by far, the best course that I have ever taken. I have an immense amount of interest in this area because of it. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything from attending the classes, to completing the assignments, to working on the course project. I highly recommend it to everyone!
  • well organized, step-by-step lectures leading into deeper knowledge from basics.
  • the project

Please share any suggestions for improvement

  • Everything is good
  • I would request the administration to cross list this course with other departments such as data science and computer science as it is extremely relevant for those programs. A number of people I know simply did not take the course because they were not aware of it, or that it was not listed under their program.