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    Oct 02, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The main problem with this course that I and several other students complain about is that it's almost entirely self-taught. All of the homework and quizzes are due/take place before the information is actually taught in the lecture, so you have to know everything before the teacher takes up an entire class period to explain it to you, making classes seem like a waste of time.

    Course highlights:

    I learned the basics of programming, from how information is stored (specifically in matrix-based systems like MatLab) to how to write and call scripts and functions.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the book, go to the SI sessions, and show up for quizzes on Mondays. The class is almost entirely self-taught since the information you need to know for the homework and quizzes is always taught after those things are due. You can ask whatever questions you need to during the SI sessions, and the TAs are experienced in MatLab, so if you need help you can go to them, but the teacher isn't very good at giving the information you need in any way that actually helps, so try to teach yourself or ask a friend who's in the class before going to the teacher.

    • Fall 2016
    • Richard Kolacinsky
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments
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    Nov 20, 2016
    | Would not recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    The class itself is fine, but Richard Kolacinsky used to teach much higher-level "weed-out" classes, and the Fall 2016 semester was his first time teaching an entry-level class. Everyone tried to give him time, but he kept teaching it as though he was trying to weed out anyone who's not good at programming, giving us problems that even other professors couldn't figure out. Supposedly next semester he's either no longer teaching the class or he'll have the curriculum handed to him, but either way I would not recommend it, it is by no means an entry-level class if he's teaching it.

    Course highlights:

    I did manage to learn how to use MatLab to create vectors/arrays, use 'while' and 'for' loops, create cell arrays, use data structures, etc, and I even learned enough to make a small game in my spare time. However, the majority of this was self-taught since it was semi-impossible to follow the teacher's lectures in class.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Either take Java or be ready to teach yourself the entire course.

    • Winter 2016
    • Richard Kolacinsky
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments

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