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Anybody who says 103 is the hardest course for the major obviously did not take it with Ackerberg. His lectures were easy to follow, and I like that he would spend the first 10-15 minutes of class reviewing important concepts from the previous lecture. I never went to discussion, but obtained my own copy of STATA to use for the problem sets. His exams were very easy, but tested on the more important topics that Ackerberg wanted us to understand. Too bad he's leaving UCLA :(
Ackerberg is absolutely, absolutely the best professor I have ever had in college. (definitely the best teacher in the econ dept. here, that's for sure). 103 was the most fair class I have ever taken, I actually have never seen a class where lectures were overflowing and full with students who wanted to learn from the professor himself. Don't listen to people who say 103 is merely just statistics--how Ackerberg taught it, it was very interesting and helpful knowledge. Definitely a must take class for anybody truly enthusiastic about applied economics. Unfortunately, Spring 2010 was Ackerberg's last quarter at UCLA. I'm not sure how other 103 professors are, but I do recommend this course to everybody.
Great professor, provides excellent notes (power point) to students who prefer not attending class, like me. Lectures basically consist him going over those notes, during which he draws a few graphs and reiterates points to emphasize main concepts. Very fair instructor, wants you to learn and provides exams that are a fair reflection of what you should have learned in the course. Quite frankly I don't understand why this subject gives so many people difficulty, its rather straight forward, but Ackerberg will definitely make it easier on you than most. Midterm is optional, and HW (problem sets) is worth 25% of your grade, they are free points as long as you put some sort of effort into them. Whoever finds this class challenging, needs to get the F*** out of UCLA Business Economics. Class Average on the midterm was an 83 or so, probably because of so many no lifers, but I still managed to get an A never attending. IF you're smart, you'll be fine.
People tell me Econ 103 is the hardest econ class for the major requirement, but they're wrong. i guess it's only hard if you took casanova instead.
so one tip is to take ACKERBERG for ECON103! he teaches in a way you'll remember the material for life. plus his powerpoints are very straightforward, i think he tries to make econometrics more intuitive, so there's not a lot of difficult math. he's very logical, and very very organized. i like how he does recaps and summaries at the beginning of every lecture. it helps you gather what you've learnt so far, put it in the big picture. this is the first and probably the only ECON class i find liking in ucla.
i actually enjoy going to lecture. he gives out problem sets for assignments, but they're extremely doable. also, midterm is optional, but you can make it count if you did well, and not make it count if you screwed up. it's very apparent that he cares a lot about student learning. he answers all kinds of questions online, respond to emails, and if you've taken him before, you can just tell he really CARES. He is extremely to follow in class. i never thought i'd learn anything valuable and practical in a class called ECONOMETRICS. but surprisingly, i did. i wouldn't hesitate a minute to take his other courses.
if you see ackerberg teaching econ103, and it's required for your bizecon/econ major, don't miss the chance and take it! also, my TA was KUMAR. she's really nice and extremely helpful. she explains everything very clearly. no offense i went to another TA's section one day, and had a hard time understanding. so try to go to kumar's section, you will not regret it.
Professor Ackerberg was phenomenal. His lectures were always well prepared, he was very knowledgeable about the subject, and he cared very much for student learning. His tests are very fair and the hws supplement the course and exam materials very well. He was a great teacher and I highly recommend taking him if you can!