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James Allan
Professor in the Computer Science department
at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
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Overall Quality
4.7
Average Grade
B+
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.7
Clarity
4.6
Easiness
2.6
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13 Student Ratings
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01/03/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CMPSCI 187 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

My favorite professor so far. Articulate, funny, interesting lectures. Uses iClicker data for attendance. Didn't open the book once the entire semester. Material was significantly more difficult than 121, but not because of this professor. Probably would have been much harder without him. I highly recommend him for any class you can take with him.

01/02/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CS 187 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Interesting man. Typical CompSci nerd making goofy jokes during lecture. Class is tough but that's not his fault.

12/16/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
COMPSCI 187 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Compsci 187 was a difficult class with a difficult subject matter. It would have been nice if assignments were a little better planned better with more programming practice in between projects. James Allan is a good lecturer, and in the rare occasions I interacted with him on the matter of programming, he has been very helpful and approachable.

12/15/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CS 187 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B-

Allan is an awesome professor. His material is clear and lectures are very helpful. Does use an i-clicker (which is helpful too). Be warned though, this is a very difficult class (much harder than 121) so you actually need to pay attention in order to succeed in this class. Allan does visual demonstrations at times which is nice and posts notes.

10/12/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CS 187 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A+

Great professor. Lectures are interesting and he is always willing to admit it if he made a mistake.

08/13/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CS 187 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 took CS 187 this past spring. Although the subject matter of the course was extremely difficult in my opinion, Professor Allan was always there for people who sought his assistance. He was also very accommodating and fair when it came to any kind of concern with the course. I would be happy to take another class with him.

06/17/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CS 187 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Excellent professor.

01/20/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CMPSC646 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

awesome knowledge but pretty strict on ateendance etc

12/17/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CS646 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Wonderful professor. He is fair when it comes to grading, always willing to help students out and a really great guy. He's a bit scatter-brained with handing out assignments, but will be willing to be accommodating.

10/08/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
DATA STRUCTURES Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Was hard class, but in the end, he was fair in grading.

12/21/2002
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
cs546 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

my favorite class. he is fair with assignments and grading

12/17/2002
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CMPSCI 646 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

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12/10/2002
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CmpSci 646 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Good teacher, but not to good at handing out assignments in a timely manner

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