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CMPE 13 Computer Systems and C Programming

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    Great Intro to the Subject

    Go to Office Hours

    Always Do the Reading

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    Oct 18, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The course walks a student through the basics of C to a level of comfortable proficiency. Knowledge is constantly checked by quizzes for superficial material and in depth in the labs where lecture concepts are reinforced. By the end of the course if you've kept up with your readings and played around with the code you will have a good foundation for basic programming skills and the C language. Put in a little more extra effort and you can truly own the language!

    Course highlights:

    I solidified my understanding of the C language in both the basics and the weird special cases that pop up every now and again. We got a chance to work at a lower level with a micro-controller where things like memory and space are at a premium. It was a new perspective coming from programming on regular computers and OS's where many luxuries are taken for granted.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    ABC - Always be coding. You won't lock in the material by just reading and taking notes. You need to write your programs and run them. See them crash and struggle with fixing them. Write down all your questions and look them up online, someone's guaranteed to have faced the same problem before. Whenever you don't understand something in class, ask the teacher or go to office hours. Be prepared to work out your problem step by step to gain the most understanding. Help out other students when you figure something out, it will solidify your knowledge and grant you new perspectives on the material. And always remember, you get out what you put in. If you put in good effort now and truly learn the material, you will never forget it and it will benefit you in your later classes.

    • Winter 2015
    • MaxwellDunne
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    Jun 23, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I recommend taking this course if you are an engineering or computer science major. Here, you learn about writing C language which you will use to program calculators, ovens, and play battle boats. This class is the stepping stone to CMPE 118 where you program robots that do particular obstacles, or CMPE 121 where you learn about micro processing design. The professor himself has stated that previous students have gotten jobs just by talking about their experiences in CMPE 13 and CMPE 118.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course is having to do a weekly lab. While the labs can be intense themselves, they prepare you for the real world where there are deadlines to build workable code in less than a week’s time.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    This course will be easier if you have a lab partner to do the labs with. Do not copy each other's code! Working with a partner is great because you can have two or more people working on a code and it also helps cut the hours that it takes to program each lab.

    • Spring 2016
    • Dunne, M.J.
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Group Projects
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    Mar 09, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Honestly if your looking for credits or looking to learn about programming this class is a must.

    Course highlights:

    e does his best to make sure his students have all the opportunity they can get to get a good grade in his class. There is homework weekly online, but it is easy and he offers help after class weekly on it

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    all the homwork answers are online and the midterm/final are cake

    • Winter 2016
    • Dunne, M.J.
    • Great Intro to the Subject

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