Thomas Payne at University of California Riverside

Thomas Payne

  • 2.6Overall Quality
  • 2.6Helpfulness
  • 2.7Clarity
  • 2.1Easiness

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Class
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3/27/13

CS100

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

The course taken was Software Construction. Learned about many Linux systems programming. but also graded too picky on string formatting. (eg. missing a "comma" in a column would deduct 25% of that grade). Very wordy in his notes, often confuses more than helps. Need to ask for clarity on many specifications. Lecture content irrelevant to course.

10/29/12

CS14

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

AVOID at all cost. WORST professor at the CS department! Didn't understand anything he says in class, quizzes are random. Avoid this guy.

12/6/11

CS100

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

So the first thing is that CS100 is a useless class that Payne decided to make a requirement. I learned absolutely nothing and I'm not sure what you would ever actually say you took out of his classes. You pick up random facts on the way but the vast majority of it is useless garbage. Your grade in the class reflects nothing.

12/8/09

CS012

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

Has absolutely no office hours, forwards most questions to the T.A. instead. Quizs are unannounced beginning or end of class. Quiz may not be on previous lectures but lecture of that day. Will hide quiz in his sweatshirt, in the textbook, or between his stacks of notes or at the end. Talks too much about "C++ Gurus" or other miscellaneous subjects.

12/16/07

cs152

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

The workload was surprisingly low and the projects were pretty much copy and paste the code given. But his teaching was often just explaining how his code works that was highly ineffective. We spent so much time on ugly details on parsing which was a waste of time. And while the tests were True and False there were petty stupid trick questions.

4/25/07

cs181

Poor Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

The worst progessor I ever met. you won't learn anything from his class. I don't know why a professor like him are still here. No wonder He is very old but still only an associate professor.

12/8/05

CS 152

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

I took professor Payne classes few years ago and got F’s in all of them. It was my entire fault by not going to talk to him. I took them at Irvine. What Irvine has? Better graders and TA’s. Very well organized. My advice? If you want a grade go to Irvine. If you want to learn, take professor Payne. You are going to appreciate UCR-CS later on, w

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9/4/05

CS152

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

I'm sure he knows what he's talking about, but he certainly cannot teach it very well. For some reason, what you learn in lectures and what you do in your programs seem miles apart from each other. You don't really apply the theories learned. Or course, I

9/1/05

compiler design

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

payne is amazing, very helpful, SPEAKS ENGLISH, and has an amazing understanding of CS. open your damn eyes!

8/30/05

CS 153

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

You wont learn anything from him. Most people wont pass his class the first time around. Do what most CS majors do. Take it at Irvine... It's easier.

6/28/05

CS 181

Poor Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness1

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Worst professor ever. Just biding time, waiting to retire. Damn tenure!

5/11/04

cs 152

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity4

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Stupid policies. take it from someone else.

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3/29/04

cs152

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

good teacher, but negative credit on pop quizes are killer. some guy got -8 on the first quiz. thats like failing two quizzes! STRAIGHT JACKED.

3/22/04

CS153

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

This was by far the hardest CS class I took. We had pop quizes and assignment basically every week. There was alot of work int he class, to keep you busy almost all the time. In the I also learned alot from his class.

6/22/03

CS152

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

One of the 2 hardest CS classes ever. He's a good professor but the material itself is killer. Dont guess on multiple choice, you'll get negative credit. I'm happy with my C-. Couldve been much worse.

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