Review Comment

Science and Technology in Urban Environments

February 05, 2011

Cross, Timothy
Science and Technology in Urban Environments

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Timothy Cross is a genuinely nice guy. He is very understanding if there is ever an issue the comes up in class and he is extremely receptive to questions. The subject matter is also pretty interesting. The class is sort of a cultural history of technological advances over the last couple of hundred years. I think that both engineers and non-engineers will find this class interesting because of its interdisciplinary nature.

After the midterm, we were never tested on the readings, so naturally I stopped doing them (without consequence). Also, the class can be a little heavy on movie clips. If you have a problem falling asleep during movies in dark classrooms, this class might not be for you.

The final project was a bit confusing because the goals were not very clearly defined. That being said, the subject matter was interesting and I didn't really mind writing the final paper too much. Also, you must be able to work well in teams.

Also, Professor Cross is very slow at returning work. I have no idea how I did on any of the assignments besides the midterm because they were never handed back.

Workload:

Easy. One mid-term with two essay questions. (The questions were handed out a week in advance.) One book review on a book of your choice. One final project that was time consuming but not very difficult.

January 11, 2006

Cross, Tim
Science and Technology in Urban Environments

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While Prof. Cross is pretty easy going, the course was very confusing. The Syllabus and agenda constantly changed. We didn't get our papers back for a long time and the feedback was very aloof. Even the final review questions and the actual final came late. Overall, the course was very disorganized and only picked up (to the calible of C.U. courses) when Prof. McGorty or the guest speakers came in to speak. Most of the time the lectures didn't seem to go anywhere, were loaded with extraneous details and didn't have much to do with our projects or exams.

Workload:

A bit much: a long paper, and presentation was required in addition to a midterm and final. A lot of readings were assigned, but very little of it really mattered for the midterm or final.

December 13, 2005

Cross, Tim
Science and Technology in Urban Environments

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(Note: This class was co-taught with Jack McGourty)

Tim Cross is a nice guy. So nice, in fact, that I think he let a lot of people get away with more than other professors would. But as a teacher, I really liked him. He goes out of his way to help you out, and he's very enthusiastic about the subject matter.

However, this was a new class, and there were a lot of problems with it that MUST be fixed in order for this to be a successful, CU-caliber course. The class was very disorganized and we spent way too much class time just trying to figure out what we would be doing next. The syllabus changed roughly four times throughout the semester. Also, the project with Gateway lab was confusing in that it wasn't clear what our role in it was. For a good deal of the semester not too many people showed up because they figured they could just get the lectures of Courseworks anyway.

But as for Tim, he's a good guy, and he knows his stuff. You can tell that he wants you to do well in his class (which, to be fair, was pretty easy). It's too bad more professors can't be as genuine and easygoing as he is. Sure, his lecture style might make you drowsy now and again, but I think Tim's a pretty good teacher.

Workload:

Some easy papers, easy midterm, take-home final! Lots of reading, but you don't have to do it all.

December 13, 2005

McGourty, Jack
Science and Technology in Urban Environments

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(Note: This class was co-taught with Tim Cross)

As a person, I really like Professor McGourty. He's easy to get along with, not pretentious at all, and he makes a definite effort to get you interested in technology. However, this new class had some serious issues that need to be addressed in order for it to be successful in the future.

The class structure was very disorganized. The syllabus changed several times throughout the semester, and it was really unclear what was expected of us, especially in the part of the class where we worked with Gateway Lab students. Personally, I felt like I didn't contribute anything to the Gateway project, but then again, I didn't know what I *could* contribute. A lot of class time was wasted just trying to get things in order.

But overall, I really can't complain. The class was easy. I know some people have issues with Jack McGourty, and I don't know what he's like in Gateway, but in this class he really seemed genuine and kind - and interested in the subject matter.

Workload:

A couple easy papers, easy midterm, take-home final - there's a lot of reading, but you don't have to do it all.

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