Forbes Burkowski - University of Waterloo

Professor: Forbes Burkowski
Department: Computer Science
College: University of Waterloo
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: CS341
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
His slides suck. They are wrong and not helpful at all. His writing is horrible. When he makes mistakes in class, he'd blame the coffee. Voice so soft in class. Not helpful at all overall. Always says, "some people are just brighter", that's just cus he is able to explain things well.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: CS341
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is definitely NOT a good prof. He doesn't make use of the board! Stands in front of the class with his hands in his pockets. Where's the interaction?!
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CS341
  • 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:
Amazing professor. People complain about hard class didn't do the work. Assignments took a bit of thinking (not much).
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: CS341
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I agree! It's not his fault the course itself was difficult! He was very nice, and put lots of effort in his teaching. He does a good job clarifying existing theorems and various concepts, but given the nature of the subject, it's just not easy teaching students HOW to solve these things. You just sort of get it or you don't. Overall, good prof tho
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: CS341
  • 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:
To the one saying he's an awful prof: NOT FAIR!! This course is hard, and he already tried his best to teach. There's nothing he can do to change the difficulty of this course.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CS341
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
High-level hand waving describes his teaching style. Extremely vague lectures, ridiculously difficult assignments and midterms. Awful prof.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CS483
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Extremely nice prof with a high degree of enthusiasm towards the subject material, which was interesting. Very detailed slides (in a good way) reflecting an obvious dedication to teaching. Lots of great jokes in class liven the atmosphere. Only complaint is that the slides change after I've printed them. One of my favorite courses to date.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: CS483
  • 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:
Really nice guy who tries quite hard to make a good course. He makes funny jokes that help liven up the atmosphere! Assignments were tough but not as bad as cs483! The course material has a lot of linear algebra, so be ready!
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: CS341
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Overall a nice prof
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: CS483
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Doesn't care about students. Went for help and received none. He doesn't seem interested in answering your questions (out side of class). Monotonic voice + inappropriate jokes at times. Boring person. Nevertheless materials are interesting. Lecture notes not very organized and coherent (he's re-organizing materials this term). Expectation high!
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CS341
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Slow at times. Boring at times. Not bad style. Seems very likeable, willing to answer questions. Slides mostly organized. Overall a decent prof.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: CS341
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
nice course notes, not very excited but explained everything clear, helpful outside class, assignments are not hard, midterm and finals are fair.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: CS341
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
slightly better than Alex Lopez but still very listless...sleep inducing lectures and brutal exams, not the best Algorithm teacher in general
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: CS341
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Is that cough contagious or is he trying to quit smoking? Very interesting lectures, though. Not always sequential but concepts explained well. Fancy writing - almost as fancy as his ties!
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: CS882
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Interesting lectures but often lost student perspective (we're not all Molecular Biologists!). Assignments are a bit vague with unclear expectations. An expereinced TA would have been handy as prof couldn't manage to respond to requests promptly.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: CS341
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very unhelpful. Did not seem like he cared about the course, teaching or the students in general.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CS341
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
with Tomas Vinar as second prof. Dunno who made the assignments and exams, but very very hard. Tests how clever you are, not how well you know the material.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: CS341
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Sounds like Yogi Bear
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: CS354
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
clear in teaching, organized, better than zima
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CS354
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Good teacher but his exams tested the most insignificant details from the text.
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