Rutgers University Student Instructional Rating
(Online Survey)
Ganapathy V
Fall 2014, 16:198:546:01 — Comp Sys Security (index #11763)
Enrollment= 14, Responses= 10

Part A: University-wide Questions:
Student Responses Weighted Means
Strong
Disagree
1
Strong
Agree
5
No response
 
Section Course Level Dept
1. The instructor was prepared for class and presented the material in an organized manner 0 1 0 2 7 0 4.50 4.50 4.55 4.49
2. The instructor responded effectively to student comments and questions 1 0 0 1 8 0 4.50 4.50 4.60 4.58
3. The instructor generated interest in the course material 0 0 1 2 7 0 4.60 4.60 4.42 4.33
4. The instructor had a positive attitude toward assisting all students in understanding course material 0 1 0 3 6 0 4.40 4.40 4.52 4.48
5. The instructor assigned grades fairly 0 0 0 3 4 3 4.57 4.57 4.43 4.39
6. The instructional methods encouraged student learning 0 0 3 1 6 0 4.30 4.30 4.30 4.23
7. I learned a great deal in this course 0 1 1 1 7 0 4.40 4.40 4.44 4.39
8. I had a strong prior interest in the subject matter and wanted to take this course 0 0 2 0 8 0 4.60 4.60 4.31 4.29
 PoorExcellent 
9. I rate the teaching effectiveness of the instructor as 0 0 3 0 7 0 4.40 4.40 4.33 4.27
10. I rate the overall quality of the course as 0 1 1 3 5 0 4.20 4.20 4.35 4.29

What do you like best about this course?:

The course structure , the material and the professor

The papers that the professor required us to read are great

I liked the fact that it gives the students the opportunity to know about different security technologies, through reading many papers and analyzing them.

There was not much that was to be liked about the course. No labs or hands on work really turned the class into a drag where we would come in (having read 2 papers for homework, watch students present (and gain very little from student presentations), then leave.

I like the fact that we focused on current research in AI rather than going into a broad range of security methods.


If you were teaching this course, what would you do differently?:

I wouldn't do much different

maybe add a quiz before the each lecture to verify that the students have read the paper before class.

I would encourage the students to create new diagrams and figures in their presentation slides: as this will force them to better analyse and understand their own papers (they're presenting) and it would be more helpful for the audience as well. Also I would specify a well-defined part of the grade for the class participation: as this will encourage the students to read the papers in advance and to be consistently alert to the presentation topics being discussed. For the project option, I would specify milestones with specified dates as a way to encourage the students to stick to their project choice: since the milestones would help the students gradually advance in their projects and would help them better tackle all the problems faced within gradually. Also it would give them a better grasp of the related issues.

I would not leave it up to student presentations to get material across to the whole class. I believe that this was a terrible idea. It merely felt like we took the course just to take the exams. The majority of material in the course (except for the 4-5 lectures where the professor presented, which were indeed fantastic in terms of quality and content) was self taught.


In what ways, if any, has this course or the instructor encouraged your intellectual growth and progress?:

This course has been a real eye opener. I would say the best course I had taken in a year and half. Helped me give an insight in to various domains of security

This course has greatly increased my knowledge and interest about the different system security problems, to the extent that I'd like to go on with my PhD research within that field.

This course did at least teach me how to read these research papers and learn what to get out of them. I never found them to be an easy read before this course, but I gained some skills which allowed me to gain more from reading these research papers.


Other comments or suggestions::

Many thanks for the instructor: Prof.Vinod Ganapathy.

I would really suggest that there be a few lab projects, perhaps white/black hat class challenges. An enormous concern was the lack of feedback from the professor about grades. Through the entire semester, lasting a group presentation, and a midterm in terms of grades to be received, we still have not heard ANYTHING about how we performed. The course is over and we have yet to receive and grades. I believe this is a really big issue as the midterm grades would incentivise students to work harder or know how much effort they need to put in over the rest of the course. Through the majority and of lectures being handled by students, and the lack of feedback from the professor, I found this to be a very lazily put together course.