Don Bailey - Carleton University

Professor: Don Bailey
Department: Engineering
College: Carleton University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: SYSC2100
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Lot's of reading to do, but it's a good way to prepare for the exams. Midterm was full of tricks, but the final was very straight forward. Labs were straight forward. Prof was helpful during the office hours but it would've been better to have recorded lectures instead of just posting the slides. Not bad overall , but could've been better.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ECOR1041
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Although learning in his class was difficult, and his midterm had lots of trick questions, his class aside from that was fair to an extent. After asking him for a meeting, he agreed and was very nice and understanding about my questions and concerns which I feel like no other teacher would have been able to do. He deserves a better score imo
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ECOR1041
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Horrible prof. Labs and reading quizzes are easy, but the midterm was all multiple choice and had so many trick questions. Also extremely disorganized and announces exams last minute.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ECOR1051
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
labs and reading quizes were very easy if you follow along in the practical programming text book. The midterm was absurdly difficult with multiple choice answers being difficult and unrealistic evaluations of a students understanding of python. Lectures are NOT necessary as about 45 min of them are spent on updates and administrivia found on CU le
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: SYSC2006
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Labs were easy and mark boosters. Midterm was pretty tough as it was all MC. Final was ok as the long answers werent too bad. Lectures were pretty boring and he rarely responds to emails. Also took an entire month to get grades posted from the final.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: SYSC2006
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Rambles in class, you basically never have to go to lectures. If you understand labs and look over notes the class should be manageable.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: SYSC1005
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Goes off on many unnecessary abstract tangents and rambles for 2/3 of the lecture making it very hard to focus since 1005 is already quite elementary. Notes have such poor format and lack of explanations, its SURPRISING he's been teaching this specific course for so long. Doesn't reply to emails. Get ready to learn from the ThinkPython textbook.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: SYSC1005
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
If the labs and reading assignments are done then midterms and exams will be easy. Lectures are boring but that is due to the content being a review to most people. He really cares about the students.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: SYSC1005
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Generally, if you do the labs, read the notes, and understand the problems he goes over in class, theres no reason to do bad. He does tend to ramble on and go off tangents. If you give atleast 2 hours a week to self-study the material, theres no reason you should do bad in this course.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: SYSC1005
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Let me break this down Lectures are garbage Labs are amazing Thats about it do the work ull get an A
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: SYSC2006
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Donald Bailey is an inspiration. He is truly the pinnacle of teaching at Carleton, perhaps the entire country. I learned more in the two classes I took with him than I thought possible in my whole degree. I would recommend anyone take his class.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: SYSC3101
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I think he is an excellent professor. I took 1005, 2006 and then 3101 with him and I truly did learn a lot from his courses. If you really pay attention and do all the labs, there is really no reason why you can't get a good grade.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: SYSC2006
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
really awful, can't teach nor hes lecture are helpful. No lecture notes and no book to depend on. From a guy who had no background on coding, it was terrible.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: SYSC2006
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures are unfocused on the topics, most likely will not answer your questions properly or answer an email. Grading is tough as he likes things done his way, part marks will not happen. Midterm and exam are the only things marked.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: SYSC2006
  • Grade Received: Audit/No Grade
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Avoid at all costs. He's as good as a statue. Mumbles about random stuff. Will never respond to e-mails and does not care. Other section with another prof all got above B's while his section had a high fail rate. Just do not take anything with him.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: SYSC1005
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
So, if you have no clue about programming, he was great. If you could touch type, you probably didn't want him though. The main reason was that he taught Turbo C++ with the lens that students had the maturity level of a 10 year old. He stepped through problems as though some students couldn't read. I took this course in 1996 (Course Code 94.166)
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: SYSC2006
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
DONT take any class with him! period. i had to take take this course otherwise i would have dropped it. EXTREMELY boring lectures and he basically tries to teach only with his mouth. he barely shows example. AVOID this PROFF at any COST.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: SYSC1005
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He ignited my love for computer programming. I came into this class not knowing a thing about computers but the lectures were so clear and the course was so methodical that I came out of the class with a great mark and lots of knowledge. Very helpful outside of class hours and in the labs as well.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: SYSC1005
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
So boring. Spends the majority of class reviewing previous labs and mumbling on random topics.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: SYSC1005
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I'm not sure if going to class really helped, basically learnt the course on my own. Might work for you, who knows. Super boring but easy labs and exams.
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