Professor Joshua Fox Reviews

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Class Ratings

5Amazing Class
3Avg. Difficulty
5Very Interesting
4Useful

Professor Rating

5Amazing Prof

Prof: Joshua Fox / Fall 2021

Dec 20, 2021

Comments on the course

If you've just taken programming 1, this course is like that but a step up (making it programming 2). I genuinely loved this course. C++ is very intimidating at first but just like any other programming language with practice, you'll naturally become better at deciphering it. The real challenge in this course is applying the concepts you learn (or relearn) such as dynamic memory allocation, stacks, queues, polymorphism, references, etc. There's a lot of information to take in but what's more important than memorization is how you apply what you've learned.

Course Content

The class is broken down into quizzes, labs, exams, and projects. You start off learning C++/programming basics like data types and syntax, then quickly move on through a review of object-oriented programming, and finally study the core content of the course for the remainder of the semester. There is a lot to learn.

Comments on the professor

Professor Fox has a fantastic teaching style and focuses not only on code but also on things like problem-solving and design patterns. He also gave encouraging advice throughout the semester that I found personally motivating. Professor Fox is a fun and charismatic person who genuinely cares about his students. I felt super lucky to have him as a professor.

Advice

- Your grade is split pretty evenly between the different categories so it's important to leave no stone unturned when it comes to assignments - Go for as much EC as you can because it will save you. I say go for the EC you can get from labs and projects, but be sure to max out. - Even though the quizzes may feel like a small part of your grade they're not and can sink you. STUDY FOR THE QUIZZES. - Looking small things up isn't bad, but do NOT look up how to do your entire assignment. Just don't do it.

Course: COP 3503CDelivery: HybridGrade: AWorkload: ModerateTextbook Use: Yes
Project HeavyAssignment HeavyQuiz HeavyExam Heavy
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Class Ratings

4Good Class
2Hard
4Interesting
5Very Useful

Professor Rating

5Amazing Prof

Prof: Joshua Fox / Fall 2021

Mar 7, 2022

Comments on the course

Time consuming but doable. I had very little programming experience when I took this course (had been coding for less than a year) so the projects and labs took me very long to do. I would often be in the library for 8+ hours working on assignments. But because I dedicated so much time to this class I was able to get an A. The labs and the first project are on zybooks, so if you pass all the tests you are guaranteed a 100 on them. The exams aren't a huge percent of your grade, the final was a lot easier than the first exam. I think I got 2% of extra credit at the end of the semester.

Course Content

First project - implement a linked list Second project - reading/writing images basically Third project - coding minesweeper using sfml library

Comments on the professor

He was a great lecturer from what I saw, but I was usually too lazy to go to class or even watch the zooms so I looked at the powerpoints to study for quizzes and that was very helpful.

Advice

If you are somewhat new to programming be prepared to dedicate a lot of time to this class, but know that if you do your efforts will pay off. Don't be discouraged by people in the groupmes who have been coding since they were born and finish all the projects in 5 hours. Everyone works at their own pace and if you grind hard you'll get the results you want.

Course: COP 3503Delivery: HybridGrade: AWorkload: HeavyTextbook Use: No
Project Heavy
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Class Ratings

3OK Class
1Very Hard
3Kinda Interesting
4Useful

Professor Rating

4Good Prof

Prof: Joshua Fox / Fall 2021

Jan 8, 2022

Comments on the course

It is a very tough class unless you're an amazing programmer, you will have to work extremely hard to get a good grade

Course Content

Very useful if you want to be a programmer or software engineer

Comments on the professor

Nice guy and gives good lectures, but the projects and exams are excessively hard

Advice

Learn as much as you can about C++ before taking the exam

Course: COP 3503Delivery: OnlineGrade: A-Workload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: Optional
Project HeavyExam Heavy
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Class Ratings

4Good Class
3Avg. Difficulty
4Interesting
5Very Useful

Prof: Joshua Fox / Fall 2020

Dec 15, 2021

Comments on the course

It was interesting. It definitely improved my understanding of c++ and improved my programming skills in general.

Course Content

This course focuses more on object oriented programming as well as memory management in c++. About eight labs, two exams, and three projects.

Comments on the professor

He really tried to explain what was going on with c++ and how it worked. I really had no complaints about him.

Advice

Every lab or project you should start early. Tests and quizzes were more conceptual in nature so you really needed to understand the concepts behind what he was teaching. I didn't find the zybook readings too helpful and you could probably find clearer explanations on youtube or just by googling.

Course: COP 3503CDelivery: OnlineGrade: AWorkload: ModerateTextbook Use: No
Quiz HeavyProject HeavyAssignment Heavy