Clayton Price - Missouri University of Science and Technology

Professor: Clayton Price
Department: Computer Science
College: Missouri University of Science and Technology
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: COMPSCI1570
  • Grade Received: D
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He assumes a student already has a basic knowledge of coding. As an EE student, I was completely lost. His lectures were interesting but not the most helpful. He has an interesting sense of humor. His tests were impossible. He seems to really care, but also takes pride in being tough. I do not recommend if you aren't a CS/CE major.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: CS1570
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
His lectures can be entertaining, sometimes. But he is very condescending and will call you out personally. If you know C++ before you take the class, he will make your life miserable. He writes the homework in Price Language, and it's not remotely understandable by the students nor the TAs.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CS1570
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Not only does he teach bad coding practice and style, Price will verbally berate those who speak up in class. I've had several classmates answer a question correctly and get insulted by Price only for Price to phrase the students answer slightly differently and claim it was some sort of revelation. Avoid if you can.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: CS53
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
A quite difficult class, but that's run of the mill for the S&T CS department. Will teach some verifiably wrong things (and isn'y receptive to feedback) and encourage poor programming practices. Also the class is taught in C++ which is by no means a beginners' language. I would highly recommend picking up a book on Ruby or Python beforehand.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: CS1570
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Knows his stuff and communicates it well. CS can be a complicated subject sometimes and he knows how to introduce topics gradually so it's not too overwhelming. Makes lectures interesting and provides plenty of online material if you need further clarification. He's also fairly accessible outside of class.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CS1570
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Great guy and thoroughly covered topics. However just like everyone mentioned he definitely has niche humor and is very strict grader, wouldn't recommend his class for the thin-skinned or non-CS majors. There are far easier intro CS professors, but Price had a bold personality that made the class interesting. Very hit or miss, choose carefully.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CS1570
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
As a person, Price is a good guy and is EXTREMELY educated. However, as a professor he made my class impossibly difficult. As a EE major, C++ was never my strong suit but I taking this class an introductory felt wrong. Im an almost 4.0 student in my junior year and this was one of my extremely few Bs. Had to fight for it starting with a 55%
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: CS1570
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Review notes, get friends to help, and study online.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: CS1570
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Women, or any decent human being, avoid this professor at all costs. All his humor is based around making other people feel terrible. He feels best when he's making someone below him in status feel their worst. I was his advisee and I have never hated myself or anyone else more than when I had to meet with him.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: CS1570
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Price is a solid teacher who really cares about computer science and the development of his students. While the lectures are usually great, the homework, especially the later ones, can get extremely tedious and unnecessarily confusing. However, its still a good class. I would not recommend for non-comp sci majors, however. I've heard that's rough.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CS1570
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Price is a hilarious, but a terribly harsh grader. His assignments are also VERY unclear. It feels like he takes more time coming up with jokes than he does being clear with his homework. The homework starts out simple, but gets to be extremely tedious as the class moves on. Not neceasarily difficult, but tedious. Wouldn't have him again.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: CS1570
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Homework assignments are tough, but youll learn a ton with him. Be ready to spend hours and hours each week writing code. Greatest teacher I've had. Will absolutely take another class of his in the future.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: CS1570
  • 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:
Excellent professor. Price is very good at teaching CS. He's a funny guy, but he can come off as a little berating sometimes. He makes the lectures fun by throwing in his own humor. Attendance was not required, but don't skip class. The content is dense and attending class will be VERY helpful. Plus, HE KNOWS YOU SKIPPED. HE WON'T FORGET.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: CS1570
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Price is by far the best professor I have ever had, very funny guy. Knows what he is teaching and how to teach it well. Tests aren't easy and homework can be difficult.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: CS1570
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Clayton is a wonderful professor. He cares about the material and he cares that you learn it. He's hilarious but he doesn't take any nonsense either. You'll get a solid understanding of programming from his class if you put in the time and effort necessary.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: CS1570
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Price gives great lectures. Never coded before but caught on quickly thanks to his help. Exams, however, hurt me. Tests are HARD and are designed to trick you if possible. Price often seems rather condescending/arrogant, but that's his personality. The final is OPTIONAL. I skipped it and took a B. Solid course, hope you're up for the challenge.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CS1570
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Probably the best professor I've had in and out of the classroom. Is willing to help with material, gives honest feedback. Coding standards are a bit questionable but thankfully someone enforces some in the department. Overall really great professor, would recommend. If you've never programmed before it'll be a bit rough.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: CS53
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very straight forward guy, says exactly whats on his mind. You will learn C++ from him.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: CS1570
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
According to the comp sci students, this guy farts glitter. So I was pumped to take this class. I thought he was condescending. They think he is hilarious, I thought he made jokes that privileged white males would think are funny. Maybe it's me, but he could stand to move his jaw a little more when he speaks. It's unsettling.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CS1570
  • 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:
I loved this class.
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