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Glenn Downing

Professor in the Computer Science department

at University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX


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Overall Quality
4.6
Would Take Again
96%
Level of Difficulty
4.0
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Skip class? You won't pass. (27) Respected (23) GROUP PROJECTS (19) Amazing lectures (19) Participation matters (8) EXTRA CREDIT (8) Gives good feedback (7) BEWARE OF POP QUIZZES (7) Clear grading criteria (6) Inspirational (5) LOTS OF HOMEWORK (5) Hilarious (3) Caring (3) Tough Grader (2) ACCESSIBLE OUTSIDE CLASS (2) TEST HEAVY (2) LECTURE HEAVY (1)
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08/24/2017
awesome
5.0 Overall Quality
4.0 Level of Difficulty
CS371P For Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Used: No Would Take Again: Yes Grade Received: B+
CLEAR GRADING CRITERIA RESPECTED GIVES GOOD FEEDBACK

One of the best professors at UT. All of this professor's courses are worth taking and you will come out knowing so much more about the subject. Would highly recommend.

07/25/2017
poor
2.0 Overall Quality
4.0 Level of Difficulty
CS373N For Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Used: Yes Would Take Again: No Grade Received: B-
EXTRA CREDIT SKIP CLASS? YOU WON'T PASS. BEWARE OF POP QUIZZES

My suggestion is not to take this course in Summer. The instructor is testing new stuff which might be applied to normal semesters. Only take it if you love new challenges.

07/25/2017
awesome
5.0 Overall Quality
3.0 Level of Difficulty
CS371G For Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Used: Yes Would Take Again: Yes Grade Received: B-
RESPECTED BEWARE OF POP QUIZZES HILARIOUS

Excellent lectures with student participation. Cadence and diction are a cross between Penn Jillette and Wallace Shawn's Vizzini. Requires laptop for tests, which has coding via HackerRank. Textbook not used. Daily quizzes. Projects straightforward with clear grading criteria. Introduces many useful tools for software design. Take his course!

07/24/2017
awesome
5.0 Overall Quality
4.0 Level of Difficulty
CS371P For Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Used: Yes Would Take Again: Yes Grade Received: N/A
RESPECTED GIVES GOOD FEEDBACK INSPIRATIONAL

Professor Downing gave out his best experience and knowledge to this class. He put his full enthusiasm in each lecture. One of the many best things was he made the class so interactive and vivid. I love this class and love to have other classes from him in the future.

07/24/2017
awesome
5.0 Overall Quality
4.0 Level of Difficulty
CS371G For Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Used: No Would Take Again: Yes Grade Received: A+
SKIP CLASS? YOU WON'T PASS. AMAZING LECTURES GROUP PROJECTS

Awesome class, went from knowing nothing about C++ to making it my language of choice. You definitely need to go to class, and the final is significantly harder than the midterm. Just study, go over the quizzes, go to class, ask questions. Hugely rewarding class.

07/24/2017
awesome
5.0 Overall Quality
4.0 Level of Difficulty
CSN371G For Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Used: Yes Would Take Again: Yes Grade Received: N/A
GIVES GOOD FEEDBACK PARTICIPATION MATTERS SKIP CLASS? YOU WON'T PASS.

Staying attentive in class is the best preparation for the quizzes, and the quizzes are essential in preparing for the tests.

07/24/2017
awesome
5.0 Overall Quality
4.0 Level of Difficulty
CS371G For Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Used: No Would Take Again: Yes Grade Received: A-

Prof. Downing is an excellent lecturer. I guarantee you'll learn a lot. The workload is high, so you'll most likely end up working nights and weekends to finish his projects, but you do get a partner, which helps. I had a lot of trouble with the tests and quizzes, which is unusual for me. There is lots of extra credit, though, so it evens out.

07/24/2017
awesome
5.0 Overall Quality
4.0 Level of Difficulty
CS378 For Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Used: Yes Would Take Again: Yes Grade Received: N/A
LOTS OF HOMEWORK GROUP PROJECTS SKIP CLASS? YOU WON'T PASS.

I took this class as my last class at UT. I had previously had 4 software engineering internships and I can say that this class more closely resembles what software engineering is like in the real world than any other class I took. It has an extremely high workload, so I don't recommend taking it with other difficult CS classes.

07/23/2017
good
4.0 Overall Quality
4.0 Level of Difficulty
CS373 For Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Used: Yes Would Take Again: Yes Grade Received: N/A
BEWARE OF POP QUIZZES TEST HEAVY GROUP PROJECTS

Great lecturer and you learn quite a lot in the class. Some of those things aren't taught directly by him, though that's kind of the point. I feel like I would have liked this class a lot more had I not taken it over the summer. Don't go in with expectations because it appears that a lot of class's rules/guidelines are subject to change.

07/23/2017
awesome
5.0 Overall Quality
4.0 Level of Difficulty
CS373 For Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Used: Yes Would Take Again: Yes Grade Received: B
AMAZING LECTURES SKIP CLASS? YOU WON'T PASS. GROUP PROJECTS

I am definitely glad I took his class. I learned a lot. It was a lot of work.

07/23/2017
awesome
5.0 Overall Quality
3.0 Level of Difficulty
CS371G For Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Used: Yes Would Take Again: Yes Grade Received: Not sure yet
GIVES GOOD FEEDBACK CLEAR GRADING CRITERIA AMAZING LECTURES

A very good C++ course

07/23/2017
awesome
5.0 Overall Quality
3.0 Level of Difficulty
CS373 For Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Used: Yes Would Take Again: Yes Grade Received: Not sure yet
GROUP PROJECTS CLEAR GRADING CRITERIA AMAZING LECTURES

A very good course if you want to learn Python and web development.

07/23/2017
awesome
5.0 Overall Quality
4.0 Level of Difficulty
CS373 For Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Used: Yes Would Take Again: Yes Grade Received: N/A
GROUP PROJECTS AMAZING LECTURES SKIP CLASS? YOU WON'T PASS.

Downing is a great teacher. He really makes you work especially during the summer course but its a great experience and you will learn alot. If you're seeking a future in web development I highly recommend taking this course!

07/21/2017
awesome
5.0 Overall Quality
4.0 Level of Difficulty
CS373 For Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Used: Yes Would Take Again: Yes Grade Received: N/A
GROUP PROJECTS BEWARE OF POP QUIZZES AMAZING LECTURES

Take the class if you are new to web development. If you put in the effort, you will be able to learn a lot about the front end, the back end and how every fits together in the "story" that he talks about so much. (P.S. All textbooks able to be found online if you are a broke college student)

07/21/2017
awesome
5.0 Overall Quality
4.0 Level of Difficulty
CS373 For Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Used: Yes Would Take Again: Yes Grade Received: N/A
RESPECTED SKIP CLASS? YOU WON'T PASS. AMAZING LECTURES

Pretty tough course, but you will walk out of this class with a much better grasp of software fundamentals. He is a solid lecturer, he will call directly on you in class and ask you questions about the current topic in a conversational manner. The projects take a LOT of time, especially if you have no background in web development, so start early!

07/21/2017
awesome
5.0 Overall Quality
3.0 Level of Difficulty
CS371G For Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Used: Yes Would Take Again: Yes Grade Received: N/A

Generic Programming with Prof. Downing has been one of my favorite classes I've taken at UT. Prof. Downing is VERY precise with the word choice describing C++ constructs and he teaches by having conversations with students about code examples. If you want to become a better programmer, take one of his classes before you graduate.

07/20/2017
good
4.0 Overall Quality
3.0 Level of Difficulty
CS371G For Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Used: Yes Would Take Again: Yes Grade Received: B+
EXTRA CREDIT PARTICIPATION MATTERS RESPECTED

CS 371G Generic Programming is only offered during the summers as a 9 week course, and I would definitely recommend it. This was my first Downing class and I was a bit skeptical, but it was great. From what I can tell, a lot of the projects are the same as some of the OOP projects, so If you have already taken that you have an easy leg up.

07/20/2017
awesome
5.0 Overall Quality
4.0 Level of Difficulty
CS373 For Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Used: Yes Would Take Again: Yes Grade Received: N/A
RESPECTED SKIP CLASS? YOU WON'T PASS. AMAZING LECTURES

Amazing teacher. Quizzes are deadly though. Right at the beginning of class, timed, tricky, and worth 18% of your final grade. Highly recommend taking him though, but don't expect to get an A

07/19/2017
good
4.0 Overall Quality
4.0 Level of Difficulty
CS373 For Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Used: Yes Would Take Again: Yes Grade Received: B
SKIP CLASS? YOU WON'T PASS. GROUP PROJECTS PARTICIPATION MATTERS

Downing is a respected professor. He conveys information clearly and requires daily participation from students. Quick to respond to messages. CS373 taken over the summer was difficult at points. Quizzes are daily and require preparation. Tests require review of every detail of notes, even the seemingly small ones. Projects are time-consuming.

07/18/2017
average
3.0 Overall Quality
5.0 Level of Difficulty
CS373N For Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Used: Yes Would Take Again: Yes Grade Received: B
GROUP PROJECTS BEWARE OF POP QUIZZES LOTS OF HOMEWORK

This class is definitely the most difficult class I have taken. One of the main reasons for this is because this was a nine week course, I can see the work load being more manageable in the 16 week class. The projects are basically all self taught, there is a huge disconnect between the projects and the lectures. Get ready to spend days on projects

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