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Michael Huhns
Professor in the Computer Science department
at University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
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Overall Quality
2.7
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Hotness
Helpfulness
2.8
Clarity
2.6
Easiness
2.5
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12/18/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
csce 145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Just bad

12/17/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CSCE 145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Really disappointed that he didn't even make a single appearance in lecture. Homework is incredibly vague. The exams are not too hard because they are open book/note but labs are frequently on material that we haven't yet covered in lecture which is extremely frustrating. TAs just read lecture slides so that's basically a waste of time.

11/14/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CSCE145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He doesn't even teach it himself! The communication between TAs is horrid. I'm constantly arguing points back because the homework is so vague. labs are consistently on material we haven't even covered in lecture. The lab TAs think we're stupid because of it. Lecture is pointless, the TA reads the slides he makes. Biggest waste of my time.

05/06/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CSCE 145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Huhns' class is quite tough. His tests and lab tests are really hard but he curves them a lot. His lectures are pointless and they don't help with the homework he assigns you. I got most of my learning through the SI leaders. I recommend you to go to SI because they will help you unlike Huhns.

12/20/2012
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
CSCE145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The lecture teaches you very little. All learning for me was in the labs and from the TAs. Most of the course was self taught through google. It is a tough course but if you use the TAs and SI sessions you can pass it. He does seem to care about the class but teaching style is inefficient.

12/14/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CSCE145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

His knowledge level is far above this class so its hard for him to teach people new to this subject. I enjoyed this class because this was my major and was easy, he provides insight into more complex concepts for those that have already done java

11/26/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CSCE145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Taking the class from one of his doc students (carroll) Pure garbage. Lectures are useless. Frequently blindsided by tricky assignments and the tests are beastly. Do not even consider this class unless you have prior java coding experience. For extra fun,the entire last 2 weeks of the HW is about javascript, which they dont even cover.

11/07/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CSCE145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I feel like he really cares about the class, but his teaching method is extremely inefficient. You will heavily rely on the TAs for the labs. Also, his tests seem almost impossible to complete within the time constraint allotted. He's a cool guy, but that's all I really have to say about him that is positive.

02/13/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
CSCE526 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

99% of this class is getting the very specific software to work on your computer. Every homework uses a different set of tools, and he bases the class on HIS machine, which is 32-bit Vista. Architecture incompatibilities abound.

12/12/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CSCE145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He's a real nice guy, but i didn't get much from the class. I was one of the few people that went to all the lectures and it still didn't give me advantage in the class. It's not completely his fault, because they should make you have some previous experience before taking this class. This class isn't too bad if you understand the material.

11/15/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CSCE145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

It's not terribly hard to get a good grade, but you REALLY need to understand the material if you want to even have hope of getting an A on a test. Our last test was so hard that he had to curve the test so that a 30-something became a C. Attendance for lecture is basically pointless (he doesn't care), and you basically learn everything from TAs.

11/09/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CSCE145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

First of all, this class should not be an entry level class. Unfortunately it is. From the first day on out, huhns expects that you have had already experience with java. The lectures are usually pointless, and Labs/hwk have nothing to do with the material at lecture. Yes he grades on a curve, but still, I am hoping i get out of the class alive.

09/22/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CSCE145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

The lectures are completely useless. Once in the lab, it's mandatory to receive help from the TA; however, due to class size, they can never get to everyone. My labs are always late because it takes hours to finally understand. I dislike professors who use SSIs to teach students what they do not; I can never complete the homework without them.

04/27/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
CSCE145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Lecture is completely pointless. SI helps a lot with the homework, some of which is just crazy hard. The lab saves you, a free 100 for just showing up. The class is graded on a curve. The material is tough and poorly taught. Be prepared to use google constantly. TAs vary in helpfulness and basically do everything for Huhns. Avoid if possible.

12/20/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
CSCE145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Huhns was an ok teacher, but he wasn't great. The class is very heavy on the TA's, so be sure you befriend them. Huhns doesn't really teach what is on the test(AKA the lectures are pointless), so be sure to READ the book. Tests are open note and book, but they're still incredibly hard. Everything this graded on a curve. Just know it's tough.

12/17/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
CSCE145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The material is simple, but the directions can be very vague. He doesn't really teach the theory of programming very well. Just like the person below, 146 is next for me, so we will see what Huhns has taught us! Easy A but I'm not sure of the quality and I am a CS major, that matters!

12/16/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
CSCE145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The labs help. The homework is sometimes unfair, because you haven't learned the information yet. The test are extremely hard. The question make no sense. It hard to understand what you are supposed to do. Now I have to take CSCE 146... hope I learned enough.

12/14/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
CSCE145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

i thought the material in this class was very very easy but also interesting and i had never programmed before in my life. if you really understand how to do the labs when finishing them then you'll be fine on the tests, which he always curves. the lectures are kind of pointless but he would help out on how to do the homework sometimes.

12/02/2010
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
CSCE145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Intelligent and nice but an awful teacher. He wastes class time fiddling on his computer and reads slides as if he hadn't looked at them before. Certain TAs are better than others. Homework is frustrating. Tests questions are ambiguous and poorly written. Ask for help and you'll get it. But reading the book is your best bet. Avoid if possible.

10/07/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CSCE145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class is hard (material wise). It's not hard to pass, because he curves the test and your overall grade a lot. So don't worry too much about passing. He can be helpful if you ask questions. The labs will save you in this class. Be careful of your TAs. If you get the asian guy Yang Song, he is terrible at helping u in the lab. Just be aware. :)

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