GEOG 167

Cartography

1 of 1
Professor Most Helpful Review
1 of 1

PROFESSORS

Sierra Burkhart See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.7 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.7

Most Helpful Review

Professor Burkhart is probably one of the most engaging/helpful professors I've had all throughout UCLA (just graduated); part of the reason why is because he actually loves what he teaches (he's like a rare Pokemon), and he structures his class to where you actually start liking what he teaches as well.

That isn't to say that this class is an easy one. You definitely need to put at least 10-14 hours (depends on how badly you procrastinate) a week if you want to get a good grade. The assignments are worth way more than the final project, so make sure you don't put those off. In addition, He's also an extremely fair grader: we had an incident in the quarter where we had an undergrad TA that was grading quite harshly, and after a couple of us emailed him, he announced that he would now personally grade all our assignments and gave back points to those who deserved them. I wouldn't say he's an easy grader, but it's just because there are a lot of things he puts on the rubric and a lot of people do the projects last minute and forget to include all the specified guidelines.

I got an A despite doing most if not all my projects last minute, and it included turning in an response assignment late and thus getting a 0. But that's because I just made sure all my maps included the guidelines he specified, and I also did more than expected to create more engaging and creative presentations. So just make sure you do really well on the assignments, and the quizzes & map critiques won't really matter.

Burkhart truly wants his students to enjoy learning about his subjects, and it doesn't matter if you're not into GIS. I certainly wasn't, until I took this class, and I realized these things were actually pretty stinking cool and useful in real life.

Fall Quarter 2018
Nicholas Gessler See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 2.9 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.6

Most Helpful Review

I was glad to meet a great professor at UCLA.
I really enjoyed attending his computer class.
Even though I did not know about programming at all, he always helped me closely. Always I could see how he cared and considered of students' learning. At the same time, he always encouraged students. I had a great time to attend his lecture because I learned 'compute programming' a lot!!!! I really want to say "thank you" to him.
In addition, I really recommend to take his class. YOU WILL ENJOY CREATING YOUR OWN PROGRAMMING AND YOU WILL LEARN A LOT!!!
When I get a chance, I definately will continue studying of computer with his lecture^^\305B

March 30, 2002
AD
AD
Austin Madson Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
No reviews have been written yet.
Austin Madson See Full Profile

Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness N/A

Most Helpful Review
No reviews have been written yet.
Michael Shin See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.3 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 2.3

Most Helpful Review

Absolutely horrible. I'm sure Shin as the ability to be a good teacher, but AVOID taking Cartography until they figure out what they're doing the curriculum. Shin is trying to make this an online class, which means several things:

1) The focus is on WEB mapping. NOT cartography. I have learned NOTHING about cartography in this class apart from the blatantly obvious. Most of the class is on HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Not at all what I signed up for, and a complete waste of my interest in the subject. We covered ONE word of the course description, if that gives you a better idea.

2) Class time is spent quietly figuring out the new lab, as you likely finished the previous one the night before. There was NO instruction. Everything was done independently. Shin's excuse for the lack of instruction: "in the real world, you'll need to figure things out on your own."
...we know that, Shin. That's why we pay money to take classes BEFORE we enter the professional world.

3) The curriculum is a disaster. I know that many professors/teachers work on the curriculum during the quarter, based on the progress the class makes, etc. That said, there was NO plan for this course, and without any obvious goals, it was extremely difficult to accumulate a skillset that you could draw upon as the quarter progressed. "Everything is important" and "I can't say what you'll need to know in the future" are complete lies, and nobody appreciated being fed those lines over and over. A good teacher is willing to put effort into curriculum development, ESPECIALLY when exposing students to experimental curriculum. Shin put no thought whatsoever into the curriculum of this course, and when he did, it was too little too late. Although Shin made himself available outside of class hours, his "concern for student learning" should have manifested itself in hours spent making the class time valuable before the quarter started.

4) You WILL spend hours and hours working on the projects outside of class. This time commitment is to be expected when taking a procedures course. However, there were many "lab working hours" scheduled outside of class time, which (I heard) were more useful than actual class hours. Unfortunately for the students busy with work or families, they were impossible to attend. If Shin was going to be useful, it would have been more effective to be so during scheduled class hours.

Overall, I was incredibly disappointed with Shin and with Geography 167. If I could, I would ask for a refund on the money I spent to take this course. I feel like Shin completely neglected his duties as a professor and I'm exceedingly annoyed that my interest in the subject had to suffer for it.

**This class did have one redeeming element, and that was the TA, Nick Burkhart. He was wonderful and if you get the chance to work with him, do it!

March 20, 2013
Katherine Willis Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
No reviews have been written yet.
Katherine Willis See Full Profile

Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness N/A

Most Helpful Review
No reviews have been written yet.
Shengan Zhan Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
No reviews have been written yet.
Shengan Zhan See Full Profile

Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness N/A

Most Helpful Review
No reviews have been written yet.
AD
AD
1 of 1

It seems like you’re

using an ad blocker. :(


Bruinwalk is an entirely Daily Bruin-run service brought to you for free. We hate annoying ads just as much as you do, but they help keep our lights on. We promise to keep our ads as relevant for you as possible, so please consider disabling your ad-blocking software while using this site.

Thank you for supporting us!