David Barnes - Pennsylvania State University - Altoona

Professor: David Barnes
Department: Computer Science
College: Pennsylvania State University - Altoona
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: IST451
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
What can I say Smooth is the man!! If you don't like Smooth then there's something wrong. His lectures are super funny and you learn a lot! I feel that somethings can get tough but ask questions and you should escape with at least a B.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: SRA311
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Hes a great guy but as far as in this class Id have to say try and avoid it. You have to read a lot of frameworks which are all on the test and you get no hints to whats even on the test and if you ask he basically laughs at you and doesnt respond. He also brags about people failing his class as if its funny.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: SRA211
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Really great guy but goes on too many rants, losing focus on the actual material. This makes the class a lot harder than it really is. He's really funny which makes the lectures interesting.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: SRA211
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Smooth is the man. His lectures certainly make class interesting. Aside from his lectures being humorous he's actually a very good professor. You can tell Dave is passionate about the things he teaches. He curved a few of our exams to bring the average up. Good dude, A+
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: SRA211
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
What can I say?! Smooth Dave is a genius!! Personally, I think a lot of students give him way too much credit and praise him like he is the god of all professors, but he's really not all that great. He's good. I didn't really learn all that much and the exams were extremely tough, but the group project was a blast (if you know what I mean)!!!
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: IST230
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
if you are looking for a good grade takes ist 230 its a math but its a joke, got an B+ and barely did anything, great dude
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: SRA311
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
he is a g
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: IST230
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Smooth Dave is the man, If you do poorly it is because you are an idiot not because he is a bad teacher.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: SRA311
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Smooth Dave is a great guy. But he is a useless professor. It's not boring for him to be a clown. For anyone that is serious about getting some intellect out of a class, do not take him. Too many students feel for the personable guy but neglect the fact that they get robbed of their education. His classes are a bit more relaxed but terrible.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: SRA211
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
If you go to altoona and don't take smooth dave you really missing out especially if you are a SRA or IST major. Smooth is an awesome guy, and good teacher. Its not an easy A but if you put in the work you will get a good grade.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: IST110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Smooth Dave is the best professor on this campus. He always has jokes and stories that always keep classes entertaining, which was especially nice for an 8am class. The class is very easy, and if you like computers, you can learn a lot of cool stuff.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: SRA211
  • 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:
Smooth Dave might just be the greatest professor on the face of the planet! He makes class exciting and is able to take breaks and joke around. He has a fine ability to take complicated information and turn it into something you can easily understand. He can also relate to a lot of students because of his young age. He is the best!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: IST230
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I had him for discrete math (IST 230) and I've gotta say, he's a really good teacher. He not only makes you want to go to class because of the constant energy involved, but he also takes very complicated subject matter and breaks it down into everyday terms/examples. Not necessarily an easy A, but you will love going to class every time.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: SRA211
  • 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:
Awesome guy and GREAT professor. Highly recommended. Likes to argue a point and will gracefully concede if you are correct. I try and get him for at least on class per semester. Do your work and participate in the discussions and you will get an A.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: IST230
  • 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:
cool dude terrible teacher
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: CMPSC203
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
very high energy, constantly bouncing off the walls. i had his class at 8am, but it was totally worth it. makes you want to go to class. tells hilarious, true life stories. he definitely has a lot of experience for how young he is. i would definitely recommend taking any of his classes
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: IST110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
GREAT PROFESSOR.....He's makes the class laugh and he teaches t he topics very clear. He is very helpful...and drinks Diet mountain dew daily....HIGHLY Recommend you take him...
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: IST110
  • 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:
Smooth Dave is awesome. I switched to his class at the last moment and was so happy. He's easy in IST 110 (intro course) but I heard he's much harder in the other classes. He's a great guy. If you want to get on his good side for well ever. Buy him 2 diet mountain dews and hand them to him on the first day. I guarantee you he'll love you.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: IST110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
smooth dave is boss, not only does he know what hes talking about but he makes learning it rather simple. great guy, he can keep your attention easily. i HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend taking him for ANY of his classes
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: IST110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is awesome, even if you do not need any computer classes and just need a gen ed I would take IST 110 with smooth dave. There isn't a class that goes by that you aren't laughing so hard. Doesn't require a book and teaches from the outline. I just had my first test and it was easy. Oh it also helps you pay attention that he is easy on the eyes.
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