Rick Wightman - University of New Brunswick

Professor: Rick Wightman
Department: Computer Science
College: University of New Brunswick
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: CS3103
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
The class is really fun, you get to make and API, and it's great. But, a huge amount of grades are in the tests, which are really boring, and Rick will punish you for not interpreting his ambiguous questions properly and will punish you for long wordy answers that make him think.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: CS1103
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures and assignments are easy to follow but tests are a different beast. Questions are ambiguous/ not easy to figure out what's required sometimes. Tests have very few questions and so each question is weighed heavily.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CS2253
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
People are being rough on rick here but he's one of the best CS profs I've had in 5 years of CS here. He's funny and actually wants you to understand the topics, not just memorize them. Show up to class and do what you are told and you will pass, I took 1103 & 2253 with him and he was great for both. He's also very approachable and a great guy.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: CS2053
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He's a really nice guy! Very funny and sarcastic sense of humour can make him come off a bit mean, but he really is a great guy once you actually talk to him! Classes with him can be a bit difficult, but it is clear he cares about whether you succeed.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: INFO1103
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Very nice course and lectures. Explains hard topics well and with humour. The tests are easy but the final was a little bit hard. Assignments are are little bit more challenging and hard to understand. Don't buy the textbook
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CS2253
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Really nice prof. His content can be difficult to learn but he does a great job teaching. Is a harder marker.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CS2253
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Solid lecturer, you can actually understand him, and he's fairly funny which is rare at UNB. Takes attendance, but the classes are worth going too
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: INFO1103
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Mandatory attendance, even though the material is so easy. I studied 30 minutes for both midterms and got 85 on both. Assignments and labs aren't very difficult, I've never spent more than 1-2 hours doing them. I did get a 20% on one lab though because the virtual machine running 2007 software didn't save my code before I submitted it.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: INFO1103
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Doesnt explain anything in class, so labs and assignments are hell, but the midterms and final are relatively easy compared to it.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: INFO1103
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He explains nothing in class but requires us to do everything in lab&assignment&test.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CS2253
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He doesn't explain stuff very good and also the tests are much harder than the assignments.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: CS2253
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
You are not truly ready for the greatness that is Rick. Hands down the funniest prof at the university. He puts a huge emphasis on understanding the material as opposed to memorization (so try hards hate his class) and will help you work your way to the answer instead of giving it to you.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: CS2253
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Gives good real-world context and meaning to topics but does have a tendency to go a little off topic. Tests are difficult, attendance is VERY important and be sure to really understand material rather than memorization. It is a good idea to ask many questions and visit office hours. Overall a very caring solid professor.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: INFO3103
  • 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:
Overall, pretty good. Gives good notes. Tests and exams are kind of hard, but questions are always fair. Make sure you go to class or you probably won't pass. Assignments and Labs aren't usually super hard but do take a while sometimes. Would definitely recommend.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: CS1013
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Quizzes were out of 5 and weighted for a large portion of your mark and questions were ambiguous
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: INFO1103
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
+You HAVE to attend class. He's reasonable IF you miss it for a good reason. (420 is not a good reason) +Hard marker, but FAIR. He will NOT give you a question that hasn't been taught. +Easy to get a hold of; Office is usually open. +Friendly, and willing to help if you're willing to put effort in. He will NOT give you the answer. 9/10
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CS1103
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is funny and nice. Class wasn't hard, but you needed to be there...
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: CS1073
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Had Rick for CS1073 and CS1083. He's not great at explaining stuff. He's a really nice guy though, but unless you already have a pretty good understanding of Java, I would not recommend him.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: CS1073
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Attendance is mandatory. He goes off-topic alot in the middle of explaining something.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: INFO3103
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He doesn't possess the knowledge to teach the course. He doesn't upgrade himself. Teaches wrong concept, will reduce marks for uploading a zip file instead of .tar file, If you get stuck on some issue while doing project or assignment he won't help as he himself doesn't know but expect us to solve the error. He is the only guy who I ever heard saying that read Wikipedia and write the answer. Avoid the course its awful, Plus I feel he I racist
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