COMPTNG 10A

Introduction to Programming

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Hangjie Ji Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Michael Lindstrom See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.8

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Mike is an excellent professor. Sure, he's pretty strict at times and he will take it very seriously if you try to scribble a few words the moment he calls time on a quiz, mid-term or final. He will not hesitate to give you a zero on the quiz if he catches you writing after the time is up.

That being said though, Mike is also extremely helpful in many ways. He constantly scours the CCLE forums and makes it a point to answer every single one of his students' questions. It's probably the best way to seek clarification. Some of my friends have said that going to his office hours may not help much because of the lack of hands-on that you get on the computer, and he might find it difficult to explain concepts to you without the help of the actual computer.

Mike is pretty entertaining during lecture, showing us cute videos and pictures of cats. His mid-terms and finals are challenging, though they definitely can be done. Just remember to skip the portions where he talks about his Canadian culture and cats because it would be a waste of time to read during an exam.

One thing that he does is group exams so that everyone has a chance to get better grades by redoing each exam in teams, which actually helps pull up our grades by a WHOLE LOT (especially if you have a friend who is a computer whiz in the same class as you). He doesn't have extra credit, but it isn't necessary because he gives a very high percentage on participation and homework so that all you have to do is put in the effort and learn consistently, and you should be able to get a good grade!

Definitely recommend this professor as he is patient enough to slowly explain difficult concepts in lectures and in the PIC LAB! I really enjoyed his course!

Winter Quarter 2016
Alexey Miroshnikov See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.4 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 2.6

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If you have the chance to take PIC10A with Alexey, do it. Even though I went to pretty much every lecture, I learned nothing in class or from office hours. I had no prior coding experience, so the learning curve and pace of the class (especially after week 6 or so) was pretty tough. I was lucky to have two friends who were experienced coders who could help out along the way. All the learning in the class is pretty much on you, so you have to keep up with the homeworks which can be a pain in the ass. A lot of people didn’t like Alexey, but I thought this guy was the man. He referred to himself in the third person and Was pretty funny in lectures. There’s only a midterm and final which are not too difficult. If you understand 80% of the homework and can code simple algorithms, there isn’t anything unexpected on his tests. Grading scheme is either 15% HW, 35% MT, 50% Final, or 25% HW, 15% MT, and 60% Final. Overall not an easy class but if you put in effort, you can teach yourself enough to get by in his class

Spring Quarter 2019
Dario Nardi Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Keith Ouellette See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.8 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 4.2

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Courses Taken: PIC 10A AND PIC 10B

The most important thing to know about Prof. Ouellette is that he does not curve. He cares about his students and is a nice guy, but it is very difficult to get a good grade.

PIC 10A: The first half of pic 10A is very easy, then it gets moderately difficult. I did well above average on all the exams, 100% on the homework assignments, ended up with a B in the class. That is because he did not curve the class, and my raw score was a B. I felt that my comprehension of the material was at an A- level, but I accepted the B and enrolled in his 10B class.

PIC 10B: The hardest class I've taken at UCLA. On the first day of class, the class and waitlist were full with around 65 students. After the first midterm, only 40 of us remained in the class. The exams were very difficult. Still, Ouellette cares about his students. He's always in the PIC lab helping us with homework, and he once sat down with me for two hours to go over my past exams with me. Such a nice person, but does not give generous grades. I ended up failing PIC 10B and I know I was not the only one. I will be retaking the class with another professor.

His Grading Scheme:
30% homework
15% Midterm 1, 15% Midterm 2
40% final
Tip: Check the testbank, he repeats questions and format year to year. Good luck!

Dec. 29, 2014
Eric Radke See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 4.0 Workload 4.5 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 2.0

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I highly discourage taking PIC 10A with Professor Radke, especially if you intend to pursue the Specialization in Computing. The course was extremely simplistic when Radke taught it, and does not compare in rigor to any of the other PIC 10A professors. The assignments are very simple and can all be completed in half an hour, and the course inadequately prepares you for the rest of the PIC 10 sequence. It doesn't really help that Professor Radke is such a boring lecturer.

Winter Quarter 2017
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Ernest Ryu See Full Profile

Overall 4.9 Easiness 2.9 Workload 3.4 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Frankly, I really enjoyed this class. I'm a cog-sci major and am going to specialize in programming (but am not a "math wiz" so to speak) and I found Ryu's teaching to be very manageable and fair.
When I was in this class, the lectures were BruinCast since they were 8 AMs and he said that he hated 8 AMs too when he was in college.
The lectures build up on themselves and as long as you keep up with the homework and the slides, you should be fine. However, you MUST do your own work. It's okay to google how to do a homework problem if you are absolutely lost, but Ryu responds within hours on the CCLE discussion board. So if you have a question, he's always there to answer.
The class is graded on a curve, so even though I got lazy with finishing some of the homeworks and not doing as well on the final as I had on the midterm, I got a B+. I also never went to lecture or discussion (discussion is definitely pointless unless you really need the help). I felt that the midterm and final were fair; they tested your critical thinking more than anything else, which is what programming is essentially all about. I tend to prefer that over memorization.
Overall, would take again.

Winter Quarter 2017
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