David Poplawski - Michigan Technological University

Professor: David Poplawski
Department: Computer Science
College: Michigan Technological University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: CS3421
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Great guy overall amazing, by far the one of the best professors I've ever had
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: CS1040
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I don't think I really care for online classes all that much, but he did a really good job with this course! Usually, he would respond to emails within three hours. His video lectures were really detail-oriented, so you could learn a lot if you reviewed your notes. The feedback that you got on assignments was really helpful as well.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CS1040
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very good and detail oriented in his lectures. Extremely good at doing even an online class. Will respond to emails within 3 hours, usually.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: CS1131
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Pops is a great teacher and really knows his stuff, his courses may not be easy to some but they are definitely helpful and he makes the grading criteria really clear so you know what needs to be done for homework.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: CS1121
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He did graded clicker questions so you had to show up to class. The class was large so no one-on-one participation unless you went to him on your own time. Good sense of humor, pretty easy-going. Sometimes goes on too long explaining something. Has lecture videos online - just watch those and you'll do fine.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CS1121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Great Teacher
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CS1121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He might be a better teacher in the upper-leveled classes, but for CS1121, Poplawski is not really that good. I understand time is limited, but the whole class has been confusing, due to lecture times being used for iClicker questions only, and lab TA's that are generally confused because class instructions tend to change with frequency.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: CS3421
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Pops is a great professor. He doesn't sit down and go over 50 bazillion questions students have in class, giving him time to actually lecture. I see no reason why the lecture should stop just because 1 student doesn't get it. He /does/ have office hours, after all.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: CS3421
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Pops was great. He is clear and gives plenty of good examples. If you still don't understand the material, he will walk you through it during his office hours. If you show up and do the work, you will get the learning experience you paid for. He is also one of the funniest instructors I have met.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: CS1121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This is a good professor. He explains things in a very hands on way, and gives many in class examples. Do the work. Go to class, and ask for help on the homework assignments. This should be an no brainer B. If you're not good at programming, this will be difficult, but he isn't a professor to hang you out to dry.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CS1121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Pops is an overall good teacher, his homework programming assignments are tough, but they will teach you the concepts well. I am an EE with no programming experience before this class and I did just fine. Read the book, actually study and pay attention, go to the learning center for help, and you'll be fine. He's funny and a good prof all around.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: CS3411
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I don't know what it is, but Dr. Poplawski did not do a good job at all of teaching this course. I've had a couple with him before where he's done fine, but for Systems Programming (which he admits he's never taught before) lectures were wandering and he got lost more than a few times. "I don't know, Google it" is annoying.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: CS1121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great teacher. Super easy class. He explained every topic you would need to know in class. Labs for him took almost no time. He also has a great sense of humor.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: CS1121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I had no programming experience coming into this class, and I came out with an A. I felt that Pops was an amazing teacher. His lectures were informative and his door was always open if you didn't understand something. He does not want you to fail. Also - if you can't see from the back, then don't sit there. There were plenty of open seats up front.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: CS1121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Pops is a decent guy, but he speaks way too fast and writes on the board with the lights off in the front. So if you are sitting in the back, its very hard to see what he's writing sometimes, although its not always that useful. I felt that very little of what he taught the class was easily applied to homework and quizzes. Don't recommend.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: CS1121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Difficult teacher. If you need to take programming classes, do work on your own before taking his class CS1121. I had no experience going in and it showed. He throws you right into a programming language that most of us have never used and it shows, especially since i failed the class.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CS3421
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
If you have Pops for CS1121 and 1122 (is that still the course number?) he's not the greatest. Almost everyone will tell you the same thing. He isn't 'interested' in teaching the 1000 level course and it's pretty obvious. When (if) you have him for Comp Org (CS3421) he's a much better instructor, even if the class is harder it's as easy to pass.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: CS1121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Poplawski is not great but he isn't horrible either. Even if you are a CS major, 1121 can be a very hard class if you have no programming experience. I had none coming in and the class was hard for me. The book was useless as he wrote it and it was published 10 years ago so information was out of date. If you need help, talk to your lab TAs.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: CS1121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
he blows through the topics whether you know them or not
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CS1121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is not a bad teacher, but he is not good if you have no interest really in Computer Science.
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