Silicon, Circuits, and the Digital Revolution
End-of-Term Student Evaluations
The following comments are from the written part of the end-of-semester course
evaluation by the students. All comments are included; I shuffled the responses
- Prof. Watson is a very unique teacher, the most challenging professor I
have had this semester - never accepting anything but the best. The only thing
I would change is his vagueness.
- Excellent! Very organized, interesting, and available. The concepts are
difficult, but he's an excellent professor.
- Entertaining and helpful while challenging at the same time. He makes us
figure things out ourselves and will always guide us just enough that we can
come to the correct answer.
- Dr. Watson has been a very interesting as well as challenging instructor.
He likes to try his best to make students think on levels theyr'e not used
to thinking on. He was a very challenging instructor, but at the same time
interesting and helpful.
- I thought Prof. Watson was very organized and well-prepared for class at
all times. He was helpful with questions and problems, but a little ambitious
in his expectations of the the students.
- Very accessible outside of class. Always willing to give extra help. Sometimes
difficult to understand in class.
- I often felt lost because I didn't have the background knowledge to know
what was going on. I liked the PBL style, but [needed] a little more guidance.
- Often left us to the proverbial wolved during problem solving. Grade was
based on ability to find obscure info on the net. A better outline would be
helpful. Professor was nice and extremely prompt in responding to problems.
Overall, the course was educational.
- Very excellent professor. Extremely lively and brings another exciting approach
to the Honors Colloquium.
- I think he could have been more clear in his explanations of concepts at
times. He also could have gone over the out-of-class problems better. Overall
the subject of the course was good, as was the professor.
- Watson was a sauve guy. He was a good teacher, but a little confusing. He
hit it off well with the [students].
- Watson is funny.
- Dr. Watson was an ineffective teacher. The material learned in class was
beyond the scope of a basic science class. The projects explained in class
were vague and not enough information was given by the start of a project.
Dr. Watson expected way too much of us. He expected us to have an understanding
of circuits before we entered the class when most of us did not. However Watson
made an honest attempt to keep the class interesting.
- Professor Watson is a nice man and cares if we learn what we are doing.
But the class wasn't great. I do not care for problem-based learning. Group
work is not how we should learn informtion. It needs to be taught in class
- not all on our own.
- It would have been really helpful if he explained the material. The course
description did not reflect the course. We are honors students, yes, but we
are not mechanical of electrical engineers. We were assigned problems on things
we have never been taught and were given very little to help us solve them.
I realize the point is for us to figure it out; however, if we don't even
have a clue where to start, how can we be expected to solve them?
- He is a nice guy but he expected us to know way more physics than said in
the course description. Stuff was too hard (he was giving us problems he gave
his 300-level course and we are a 100-level). He also wasn't much help when
we had a questions - he's say go find out, but if you tried and still couldn't
find the info he wouldn't help you.
- Fantastic presentations on how things work... I still think that more "traditional"
learning prior to hands-on assignments would be helpful. I didn't particularly
enjoy working in groups due to participation problems with other group members.
- Should offer more chances to accumulate points. Grade is too heavily based
on group work.
- This class was OK. I did not like the group work because we did not learn
enough in class to be able to do the problems. I think problem-based learning
is ridiculous. It just allows the teacher to be lazy. The second half of the
semester was a little better, because the professor lectured and the material
we had to work on was actually covered in class. Professor Watson is a very
nice man and tries to help us learn. That is the only reason I kept coming
to class - otherwise it was pretty much a waste of time.
- The SCEN103 course was quite fun and very educational. Professor Watson
has an interesting way of making you think the way he wants you to. And he
always expects the most detail possible.
- Moved too fast in lab, but was helpful and willing when questioned. Expected
too much on group projects (too much time commitment) and too hard to do the
projects. Very enthusiastic about class and course material.
- Dr. Watson was a great instructor and extremely fair, but sometimes moved
too fast through the computer labs especially. The group projects were often
extremely vague (he wanted to be), but this often made confusion for us. The
group projects were very time consuming and they often resulted
in a lack of sleep.
from previous semesters.
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Last updated July 5, 2000.
© George Watson, Univ. of Delaware, 2000.