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Fall kickoff

This fall, I am again teaching CIS 560 (Database System Concepts) and CIS 730 (Artificial Intelligence). The latter has an undergrad version, CIS 490 (to be listed as CIS 530 in subsequent years), with which it shares lectures.

I'm very excited about both courses this time: not only have I given AI an complete overhaul, but I've planned out three project topics that I think will keep students' attention. I've revamped the term projects and all homeworks in DB. The lectures are similar in content, but I have redistributed the lesson material and eliminated some advanced topics so as to spend more time working problems in class.

My first lectures of the year went rather well, though there were still a few kids in the back of my required course that didn't look too enthused. I have a plan to wake them up with some practical DB projects.

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Banazir

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banazir
Aug. 25th, 2006 08:11 am (UTC)
University professor
You've prolly gathered it by now, but I'm a CS faculty member at K-State.

Here's another hint: my "teacher" icon. ;-)

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Banazir
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banazir
Aug. 25th, 2006 08:40 am (UTC)
Oh, hardly
I have this icon because students are always calling me tough, when I cover the same amount of material that my UIUC grad school classmate zurich31, or my junior classmates alpenglow and jellybeanzulu would call "standard". Ask mapjunkie if you doubt me!

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Banazir
mapjunkie
Aug. 25th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
Feel free to ask me about what is considered standard at UIUC
I am even providing a handy post, right here, so you can ask me, just by replying to my comment.
banazir
Aug. 26th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
K-O, I'll bite
How do you think my syllabus compares to CS311? (Or is it CS411 now?)

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Banazir
mapjunkie
Aug. 26th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
Re: K-O, I'll bite
Hmm, I was mainly providing links for your students, but, since you are asking:

You cover web database programming, which CS 311 (as it was when I took it, although it is now 411), you also cover more implementations, and might have better data warehousing coverage. However, you don't seem to cover concurrency over indexes, heirarchical locking, or AIRES redo-undo recovery. Furthermore, you don't seem to go into query optimization in any depth. In conclusion, it looks like your curriculum is more applied.
banazir
Aug. 26th, 2006 06:32 am (UTC)
Eko whop of Doom
Thank you. Just FYI, some students claimed on my teaching evaluations last semester that I covered "too much theory". I've adjusted by about 10%, under some misgivings, but the previous version of this course was even more applied. It was more theoretical before that.

I'm going to print out your review, tape it to a large stick, and whop anybody who complains about "too much theory" a big Eko-whop of Doom.

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Banazir
mapjunkie
Aug. 26th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
Enter the Thwapmiester
You have my full blessing. Happy thwumping!
http://www.emotioneric.com/emotionfill/kickasstakenames.html
banazir
Aug. 26th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Enter the Thwapmiester
LOL! Yes, exactly!

Thank you!

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Banazir
casecob
Aug. 26th, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
I really wonder if my profs put the same effort you do into your classes. I'm getting the sinking feeling that come next week, I'll learn this not to be the case...

Orientation starts...... now
banazir
Aug. 26th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
Putting effort into classes
I've been steadily ramping up that effort, while trying to stay fully active and productive in research. I figure if you can't make a solid teaching contribution, what's the point of tenure? (I'm not too keen on the whole concept of the American tenure system, but that's another story.)

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Banazir
casecob
Aug. 26th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Putting effort into classes
I'm just nervous :(

Tenure aside, do you think profs care as much, less than, or more than their graduate courses than their undergraduate courses? Part of me feels like the emphasis is totally different for graduate education because there's the interest and theoretically, more skill than in an undergrad situation.

We shall see...
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