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Thomas Payne
Professor in the Computer Science department
at University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA
are you Thomas Payne?
Overall Quality
2.6
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.6
Clarity
2.7
Easiness
2.1
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03/27/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CS100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

10/29/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
CS14 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

12/06/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
CS100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

12/08/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
CS012 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/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.

12/16/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
cs152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

04/25/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
cs181 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

12/08/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CS 152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/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

09/04/2005
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CS152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/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

09/01/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
compiler design Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

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

08/30/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CS 153 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/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.

06/28/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
CS 181 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

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

05/11/2004
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
cs 152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Stupid policies. take it from someone else.

03/29/2004
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
cs152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/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.

03/22/2004
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CS153 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/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.

06/22/2003
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
CS152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/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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