Freshman Computer Science Seminar

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Jason Cong See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 1.2 Workload 1.6 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 4.6

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CS1 is a mandatory 1-unit seminar for all CS is the most pointless class ever! Professor Cong didn't even do anything except introduce the guest speakers each week. We had to take quizzes on what was covered in the lectures and they were so specific that we basically had to memorize everything from the presentation to do well on the quiz. Hardly any of the presentations were interesting and everyone was always falling asleep.

This class was one of the reasons I decided to switch my major from CS to Aerospace because it was such a waste of time and too much work for a 1-unit class. I told them everything I just said and more in our final essay and I know I'm not the only one who did.

Dec. 19, 2008
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Mario Gerla See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 5.0 Workload 4.2 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.9

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I got an A+ in CS 1 pretty easily, and from what I've heard from my friends as well, CS 1 is a low workload easy class. Don't devote too much time to it but pay attention to the instructions. I found most of the lectures I attended to be a bit dull, most people didn't attend lectures since the quizzes were based only on the PPTs. The quizzes were straightforward, but make remember to go through the PPT once before class.

I would advise people who take CS 1 in the future to finish their essays earlier. I did mine in week 10 and it was a pain to go through all the PPTs again. Most of the people I know did their essays the day it was due. Just make sure you follow all the rubrics and guidelines.

One thing I didn't like about this class was that there were no female speakers. We have amazing female faculty, so for me this was inexcusable.

Fall Quarter 2016
Jens Palsberg See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 2.0

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This is a required class for computer science majors and it's pretty much a filler course. If I were given a choice, I would not take it because the guest lectures are really boring.

Fall Quarter 2014
Amit Sahai See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 2.8

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Biggest waste of my time this past quarter. The class format is one guest speaker each week that talks about their specific subfield of computer science and on the day of discussion you are given a five question quiz on the speaker of the prior week.

Most of the speakers give very boring and confusing presentations. On two occasions we had our speakers forget to come. Four weeks in I stopped going to the speaker presentations and only went to the mandatory discussion to take the quiz. The quizzes are usually pretty easy, but sometimes they were more difficult. I found that the more difficult quizzes were just asking very specific memory questions from the presentations that were typically over 50 slides long. Most TAs will review the presentation during discussion before you take the quiz, but my TA was impossible to actually understand so that didn't help much.

Honestly, you don't really have much of a choice in taking this class as it is a requirement for any computer science student. Just know that you won't be missing much if you skip out on the presentations.

Fall Quarter 2019
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