COMPTNG 10A

Introduction to Programming

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David Hyde See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 3.8 Workload 3.8 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 5.0

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The previous comment explained a lot of good things about David Hyde. Let me be the one critical.

"Cons":
1. David made the whole Program in Computing stupid. Before taking his course, I was told Pic 10A professors usually ignore the fact that this course is for newbie programmers and make it quite demanding. However, David actually explains all basic concepts quite CLEARLY in his lecture and his office hour is definitely HELPFUL. I'm so sad that I could ask ALL my questions to David and get the straight answers from him rather than brainstorming these questions and getting confused about them for several hours to practice my self-studying ability.
2. David could make you feel you are smarter than what you should be. His exams are at least EASY for me and he gives out practice questions that almost all shown up on the REAL EXAMS. Also, he gives Extra Credits(A lot) to both his midterms and a project. I talked with several friends in CS 31 and feel that I could only end up with a B+/ A- in CS 31 with the score accomplished in David's course (without extra credits).
3. Daivd then makes you feel you are stupid if you know him better. He was a genius in both high school and college. Talking to him actually changes my way of thinking and makes me motivated to study the hardcore subjects (Math, Physics, CompSci) like what he did. He made the first midterm slightly more difficult (cuz he was from Stanford haha), but he then listened to our opinions on exams during office hour and made the final a lot more appropriate.
4. David's course is not friendly to night persons. His course is scheduled at 8am and BRUINCASTED. However, you would feel compelled to go to his course because his teaching style is so chill. I personally never got a good sleep during this quater because I attended almost all his lectures.

"Pro":
Imperfect is perfect. His slides still have room of improvement which prove to me he is not a perfect lecturer. (It's clear, but if you miss the lecture and don't watch the bruincast, you cannot figure out what is going on in the slides.)

Overall, I think 5 /10 should be given to David due to all his "cons". Since the max grading is 5, I think I have no other option than to give him such a low score.

Fall Quarter 2019
T 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 2.6 Easiness 1.9 Workload 1.8 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 3.1

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Cannot stress this enough: READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW before you take this class.
TLDR: DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS.

Pros:
1. Pic 10B will be easier for you
2. Helpful in office hours
3. TAs are helpful usually (Swati Sharma was good)

Cons:
1. Almost everything
2. Curves according to his mood/preference. You have NO idea about your predicted grade till after the final. A 60% overall can get you an A- or a C+. Depends on him entirely.
3. (!!!) Grade bracket descriptions in his syllabus are COMPLETELY inaccurate (My percentages in HW and on the final were above the "usual" B+ grade bracket. He handed me a C with no explanation)
4. Weekly HWs are on steroids. Extremely challenging after week 3 and take 16h+
5. Exams are on steroids AND crystal meth. Extremely unnecessarily challenging
6. He is an asshole about any ways to improve your grade
7. Class pace is insanely fast. Very difficult to cope for someone with no prior C++ experience.
8. Syllabus covers MULTIPLE topics from PIC 10B. Far too complex for an intro class.
9. VERY strict about any collaboration in HWs post week 3. Uses complex algorithms to analyze all HWs and identify similarities. If you copy even 50% he WILL KNOW. Gave a "Deferred Report" to 4 students and launched an plagiarism investigation through the Dean's Office
10. Does not give a fuck about you. I submitted a HW file named "query.cpp" and got a 0 on it because he wanted it named "Query.cpp" (YES the upper case Q)
11. If you have a macbook, coding on your laptop is a huge pain. Will need to go to the PIC lab to do all your HWs and it shuts by 6pm.
12. Does not give any practice midterms or finals, so you go into the exams with no clue about the style of questions (and then get fucked lmao)

Please do yourself a favor, and do not take this class. There are hundreds of easier PIC 10a classes at UCLA. You might still end up with a A- or an A but I promise you, you will hate your life by the end of it.

Fall Quarter 2019
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
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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
Michael Perlmutter Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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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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