All Ratings and Reviews for Bruce Rosen
He's not one of those professors that will put
you to sleep. His classes are fairly difficult
but he will help you understand. He is confident
very very confident...
Rosen isn't the worst teacher, he's just obsessed with himself and pretty arrogant. He sets up rules in class and thinks he's a preschool teacher or something. Remember, NO EATING, even when HE PASSED OUT THE CANDY HIMSELF. AI is a dumb class and subject so that didn't help his case that much. Everyone got pretty much a grade lower than what they expected. So if you're normally an A student, expect a B, B students get Cs and C students get Ds and D students get... um why are you a CS major if you're a C or a D student anyway? And honestly I didn't walk out of the class feeling I knew anything new, except for the useless LISP programming language which should be known as a swear word. Oh, and if you take a class with him, just watch him throw (candy, whatever else). It's pretty much the most entertainment you'll ever get in that class.
Dr. Rosen is very proud of being just that--<i>Dr.</i> Rosen. He isn't a great teacher, but if you can understand what he's getting at in lecture, that's all you really need for the exams. My one big quip about him is the projects--they are terribly thought up, terribly defined, and any code he gives you to help you along usually hinders more than it helps. The project specs change every half hour it seems, making it always a last-minute thing to get them done. He'll try to scare you away, but it's not quite as bad as he makes it seem.
Great guy. His lectures are very interesting. He doesnt let you eat or drink in class but trust me you wont need it to keep you awake, unless ofcourse you are hungry. His exams are not hard but he grades them extremely hard. His projects are not that hard. Unlike other professors, he also spends lot of time going over LISP. This professor has good hold on his communication skills. Wouldnt be a bad professor for cs161.
Prof Rosen is a hard grader, but he does teach you a lot. He is very thorough and by the end of the class, you will be very prepared and interested in the subject. I had him for both cs174 and cs161, and would recomend him for both. I got bad grades, but I learned a lot, which is all I care about-
I don't recommend him. The class is titled "Artificial Intelligence" - but you wouldnt know that by going to class. All you will learn is how to program in LISP (which is a pain in the ass).
He also has office hours at a bad time -- after class (at 6pm) -- after you've ben in class for 2 hours already. This is something that most CS professors do because they only come to campus for 2 days a week.
They are so busy doing other things off campus that they rarely care about their teaching at UCLA. Pathetic.
He really knows how to take the fun out of any class. 174 is supposed to be alot of fun and interesting, but he sure knows how to make you regret taking it. He is very arrogant and no sense of humor. I don't think I've ever seen him laugh. Class is very dry. 2 hours of listening to him talk, if he's in a good mood he'll let you out at 5:49. My friend took 161 with Darwiche and loved it. 161 with Rosen was horrible. Killer programming assignments, he tries to help but makes things worse, and you will definitely get a full grade lower than you think you deserve.
Professor Rosen relishes in the fact that he has a reputation as a difficult and disagreeable professor, but honestly, he's not that bad. He's got a sarcastic, no-nonsense sense of humor, and he's very set in his ways, but he's not out to get you. Come to lectures, ask questions, go to office hours - he appreciates the effort. The lectures are abuot 50-50...half the time you want to kill yourself, the other half you're like, hey, this is pretty cool. Getting a decent grade is definitely doable - I'm no CS genius and I pulled off a B with your average amount of effort. If you work and he sees it, youll get the grade you think you deserve.
Well, he's not as bad as he first seems. He can grow on you... I didn't like Dr. Rosen at first (he came off as arrogant and seemed like he was trying to scare you off from his class [indeed, over half the people dropped]), but after a couple weeks you get used to him. He actually *does* have a sense of humor in a strange way that *is* entertaining. I think he does have a concern for student learning, even though it won't be apparent at first (e.g. He will make you go to his office [so you know where it is], introduce himself personally, ask for feedback, etc.. etc..). He tries to learn everyone's name... But like the previous posts, FOR SURE, you will get one grade lower than you feel you deserve.
his lectures are interesting, projects are hard (especially the last one, it was impossible), exams are doable if u really read the book and know the concepts, but they have nothing to do w/ all the projects thou
BUT, don't take him if u'r usually an average in other classes, he is indeed a really hard grader, average to him is a strict C
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