Ted Pawlicki - University of Rochester

Professor: Ted Pawlicki
Department: Computer Science
College: University of Rochester
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: CSC172
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Bad experience of my CS journey.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: CSC240
  • 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:
Boring lectures, Pawlicki always starts a new chapter each time even if he did not finish the previous one before, and just reads the slides. His weekly online quizzes are worthless as few questions really focus on the key concepts and you can always find the answer with Ctrl+F on the textbook. Try to avoid him! If cannot, then just teach yourself.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CSC172
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I really loved the course material but the lecture was not useful at all. O totally depended on YouTube and the textbook. The professor is a bad explainer he fails to explain any complicated topic. He is a a slow coder so the lecture is always wasted while he is trying to show us example code.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: CSC172
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
High quality lecture slides. Lab assignments are easy but projects are pretty hard. I do not recommend this class to person who has not any CS background knowledge.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: CSC172
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Honestly, you could learn nearly nothing from his lectures. All of the quizzes, labs, and projects are directly taken from previous years without change, even if there are tons of mistakes in these materials, including misleading instructions and wrong questions. Quizzes, lectures, labs and ZyBook are all grades but totally irrelevant to each other
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CSC172
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Same as many poor guys here, I say that his lectures are worthless and disappointing. My suggestion is to complete self-learning before the semester begins. 172 with TP is an inevitable misery to many ones. When you feel down, cope with it, and don't let it ruin your expectations for future CS courses. CS should be hard, but this is undeserved.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CSC172
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I'm not mad, just disappointed.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: CSC172
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
CS172 equips its students with some of the most important knowledge of their cs career. This should be a fun and enriching class, though Pawlicki turned it into a nightmare. The two textbooks, assignments, exams, and lectures are completely unattached from each other. Just self-study... DONT WASTE YOUR PRECIOUS TIME GOING TO LECTURES.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: CSC172
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Do not take this professor. Unfortunately it's impossible to major in CS without him as he is the ONLY professor for CS172. Even one of his TAs left him. He doesn't explain anything. The only way to survive his course is to teach yourself from the textbook. His political views are quite scary too, but that's for a different site.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: CSC172
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This professor is trying too hard to make it harder for students to understand the material. Instructions in his assigments are not understandable and tremendously incomprehensible
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CSC172
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Absolute dogwater! Disgrace to the CS community, anywhere.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: CSC172
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I honestly feel bad for the CS kids at UR. They're all talented, bright, eager to learn, and have extremely creative minds. It's sad that they're not being supplemented with a quality professor for a class as important as data structures & alg.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: CSC172
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
One of the least specific and detailed professors in computer science I have had. I respect professor Pawlicki's charismatic personality and hilarious charm, but he is not a good educator who seems to care about holistic learning, but just sits and watches students. If you want to take data structures, I highly urge you to take it in the fall.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: CSC172
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He really make algorithm very unclear. It is hard for you to study from his lectures. Please go to other materials, learn from greeks for greeks and other platforms. The lecture slides can then guide you the list of thing you need to know. But do not try to just rely on slides, you can not understand without very clear explanation.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: CSC172
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Students may not like his political views. But I personally found him entertaining. Fun guy.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: CSC172
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Mental breakdown simulator. Except it's real.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CSC172
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
CSC172 is an extremely useful class full of fascinating algorithms and clever data structures. But Ted Pawlicki nearly ruined it for me. Two labs a week forced me to rush through material instead of fully learning it. In lectures, he explains the material in a way that only makes sense if you already know it. He is also rude to students.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: CSC172
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
You will regret taking his class.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: CSC172
  • Grade Received: INC
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I can't help to feel like I am paying to self-study here. I mean, I used to like doing homework and practice questions. Not anymore. The homework, along with EVERY OTHER CONTENT, is so not clear. I don't even know what he means in some homework questions. Cost me a lot actually.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CSC172
  • Grade Received: INC
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He turned what used to be a 2 Midterm class into a 5 Midterm + 1 Final class. I would not say he himself has bad intentions, but also adding an additional set of homework each week (so from 1 set per week to 2), I don't necessary have the time to think well of him. My conclusion? This has become a class made for students to STRUGGLE!
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