Rutgers University Student Instructional Rating Survey
Spring 2013
(Online Survey)

 01:198:419:01   53684       Ganapathy V  
         ENROLL=   40       RESP=  18 (45%)     STRONGLY                    STRONGLY  # OF     MEAN    MEAN  MEAN   MEAN       
                                                DISAGREE        NEUTRAL       AGREE     NO      OF      OF    OF     OF      
PART A: UNIVERSITY-WIDE QUESTIONS:                   1      2      3      4     5   RESPONSES SECTION COURSE DEPT   LEVEL   

  1. The instructor was prepared for class and     
     presented the material in an organized manner   0      0      1      3    12       2      4.69    4.13  4.26   4.16
  2. The instructor responded effectively to       
     student comments and questions                  0      0      0      3    13       2      4.81    4.27  4.21   4.29
  3. The instructor generated interest in the      
     course material                                 0      0      2      2    11       3      4.60    4.03  3.96   4.02
  4. The instructor had a positive attitude toward 
     assisting all students in understanding       
     course material                                 0      0      1      3    12       2      4.69    4.33  4.26   4.40
  5. The instructor assigned grades fairly           1      0      0      4    10       3      4.47    4.25  4.22   4.09
  6. The instructional methods encouraged student  
     learning                                        0      1      1      4    10       2      4.44    4.03  3.91   3.84
  7. I learned a great deal in this course           0      0      0      7     9       2      4.56    4.10  4.05   4.22
  8. I had a strong prior interest in the subject  
     matter and wanted to take this course           0      0      3      6     7       2      4.25    4.10  3.60   3.92
                                                   POOR                     EXCELLENT
  9. I rate the teaching effectiveness of the      
     instructor as                                   0      0      1      3    12       2      4.69    4.13  3.97   4.07
 10. I rate the overall quality of the course as     0      0      1      5    10       2      4.56    4.34  3.92   3.96

What do you like best about this course?:

This lecture was the most interesting course in my college career. I would highly recommend it to other students because the topics are relevant, and important for all CS majors to consider when designing secure systems. The names of common exploits, vulnerabilities, and popular protocols to defend against them should be part of every CS student's vocabulary. Much of the material was up-to-date and the protocols, state-of-the-art.

The professor is very good. The material is interesting, and very relevant to the times we live in.

Excellent professor, explains and teaches topics extremely well. One of the top professors I have had.

The professor really made this course for me. I found the course layout and presentation of the materials to be quite invigorating. I actually looked forward to class each week.

The technical elements, such as Buffer Overflow vulnerabilities.

Very interesting material

It's similar to the equivalent course offered at many other universities, with less homework which I liked.

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

The assignments should more closely resemble the questions likely to be seen on the exams. While the course material is mostly theory and history, the individual assignments place a strong emphasis on programming and related skills. The assignments distracted from, rather than reinforced, the lecture-material.

Harder/longer final project maybe. That being said, I enjoyed doing the final project. The size of it allowed me to throw myself at new language, which is something I've been wanting to do.

Nothing everything was great if you listened and took notes this class was more than fair and if you didn't then you got the grade you deserve.

Assign the group project sooner; one additional programming homework.

Third project seemed kind of lackluster, there wasn't much to it. The creation of the protocol was pretty much the entire thing, everything else was very simple.

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

Because of how well the instructor presented the material, I actually learned and absorbed much more of the material that I thought I would. I was very scared about how well I would understand and perform in this class but end up learning quite a lot

I want to learn more about security

Other comments or suggestions::

difficult course with a strict but effective professor

The TA for this course MUST improve or be replaced.

Excellent professor. If it were up to me, and he were willing, he would teach all (non-intro) CS courses here. He presents the information in a very digestible manner, and walks through the material so that it is understandable. He came off as very approachable, and I never thought twice about asking a question in this class.

For some reason, I liked sitting at one of the sideways desks at the side of the room.