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Jinan Darwiche
Professor in the Computer Science department
at Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA
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Overall Quality
2.7
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.7
Clarity
2.7
Easiness
2.8
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10/10/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CS15 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Do yourself a huge favor and steer clear from this professor. Prime example of her way or no way and is incredibly unhelpful. Her answers to your questions just leave you with more questions.

12/10/2013
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
CS 19 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Second course with this professor. The material is quite heavy if you're new to programming, but not too bad. The course is online so there are no lectures and reading the book becomes very important/mandatory. Everything on the exams are covered in the textbook. She is not afraid to give extra credit and the class is easy if you're diligent.

12/10/2013
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
CS 15 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I took this class in the fall semester with Darwiche. Her course is relatively straightforward and easy, as long as you come to class and pay attention. Her instructions aren't always clear, but it's nothing that isn't solved by simply seeing her after class. Overall not a bad teacher.

11/24/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CS51 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I was expecting an advanced HTML class, but I did not get that. The assignments only rehashed what I'd learned in previous HTML courses. I learned nothing new. The professor also gives zero feedback. She also only gives out a small amount of points per assignment - so trying to work your way back from the brink if you make a mistake is hard.

09/18/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CS 30 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

She is not very helpful and very indirect with her responses to my questions. She doesn't seem very enthusiastic or passionate about Matlab which is a bit disappointing. I enjoy learning MATLAB and felt I could've gotten more out of the class had I taken it with another professor.

08/27/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
CS 15 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Her grading is very strict; even if the code works, she will deduct for items that were not outlined in the syllabus or online chat. She's active and responds quickly although she tends to never give a straight answer. Classmates on the online forum are helpful.

06/17/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CS 30 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Her lectures are organized and usually well explained; however, matlab can be hard to understand. therefore, you should spend a lot of time studying if you find it difficult. tests are fairly difficult, especially the final, but somewhat fair. lots of homework. must attend. if you work hard, you should do well. I barely got an A if you need to know

05/15/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Intro to Progra Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I didn't actually have this professor but the night professor was forced to use her curriculum. Her tests are poorly written, and trick questions are her favorite. She will try to trip you up on semantics. Reading the textbook is a must to get by in her class. I would never want to take another classes headed by her.

01/26/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CS8 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Took her for CS8 during fall. Wasn't easy because it was an online class. The notes she gave weren't really helpful, so treat the book like your bible. Tests and assignments were hard, really need to understand the concept as she emphasizes on thinking base on your understanding. Do not miss an assignment/discussion for online class.

12/16/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
CSALL Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I've had this professor for 3 CS classes now. She can be incomprehensible at times but she always takes the time to answer questions and show examples. Shes not around campus for office hours very much so if you don't pull everything you need to learn out of the lectures then you're going to spend a lot of time in the book. Sit in the front

10/29/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
CS09 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She doesn't care about her students and her communications and directions are condescending. She'll also backtrack on her answers or address the point of a question. As a CS major, I dread having her as a professor. She's often unfair and capricious, not to mention abrasive and uncaring. Thought I'd post my complaint as a warning to all.

10/11/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
CS1692 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Her quiz questions at times are vague and unintelligible. She has a tendency to value her own ego over extending herself to her students. Frankly I found her behavior to be rude and unhelpful for the most part. Pick another professor if you have a choice.

06/11/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
CS30 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She's a good teacher. The negative comments on here are simply because her exams are challenging and conceptual rather than easily memorized HW problems. Like any programming class, much learning is on your own crunching through LOTS of HW problems. She's tough but fair, and I appreciated the push to learn the material better. Also kinda cute--lol.

05/20/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CIS51 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Terrible professor. I took her online class and she did no work on her end. I understand it is harder for a professor to teach online, but she didn't even try. Everything was provided by the textbook and publishers provided website. She never gives useful feedback and it seems as if she doesn't care if her students get anything out of the class.

12/14/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
CS19 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

An "old school" professor who doesn't teach so much as leave her students to teach themselves. She rarely answers a question with clarity. Her testing is inconsistent, a fair test as likely as an exam on material not covered in a course. With her, anything is possible & everything is fair game. Fair is what she says it is, so you take your chances.

05/13/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
CS8 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This was an online course, by reading some of the reviews seems others with online courses had the same experience. Doesn't post on discussions even when she says she will and her feedback is crucial to assignment. Doesn't answer questions. Very unclear instructions. Not good at managing the course website. Doesn't care about students.

02/15/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
OFTEC41 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Online class. Very little feedback. Our text material is not friendly to searching, as we have no text book. Quiz structure changes without warning.She does answer most questions promptly, but does not correct obvious mistakes either in material or quizzes.

01/20/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
CS15 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This professor did a good job. Some questions on test/quiz are a little off, and corrected a couple of her mistakes on tests. Overall a Good Professor, Got an A.

12/28/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CS1646 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I took her online Visual Basic, she was very helpful to all my questions. Do her assignments and class evertything will be OK!

12/19/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
cs1601 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Awesome professor. Every question answered in a timely manner coupled with outstanding resources. Do every assignment and you will love this class.

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