Majid Sarrafzadeh
Department of Computer Science
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Overall Rating
Based on 4 Users
Easiness 3.5 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 1.0 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.0 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 1.0 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS

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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: B+
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June 20, 2021

This professor does not give a shit about the students at all. No matter what he says or did throughout the quarter, he does not care at all and you should NOT take it with him - AVOID AT ALL COSTS. He emphasizes understanding the content over memorization and that as long as you make sure to review his lectures, complete the projects, complete the homeworks, and study the sparse resources he gave us (1 practice exam that he didn't write), you will do well in this class.

This is a complete and utter lie. I aced the homeworks and projects alike as I understood all the content he went over in class, and then this horrible, uncaring professor goes ahead and on an exam worth 40% of our grade, puts questions that have us doing calculations he never even mentioned in class, says that the exam will be as long as or shorter than the practice exam in terms of number of questions, and then goes ahead and makes it much longer, and only gives us 90 minutes for the exam (which is worth the same as a final exam which is generally 3 hours and gives us half the time).

This professor hands down does not give shit about the students. If it wasn't for the TAs seeing how shitty the professor was and making sure to give out extra points, a lot of people would be leaving the class with Cs SOLELY because of the final. I have never had such a hypocritical and uncaring professor at UCLA and I feel disgusted. Even Eggert makes sure to at least curve the class at the end so even if you get screwed by the scores, you have a chance to end up with a better grade than you expected. I know some people will downvote this answer, and I can tell you it will likely be those students who took CSM146 as they were already taught the content on the questions that Majid never taught us and thus easily aced the final (Side note, it is because these students did well that Majid ended up not curving because in his inane and broken logic, its fair to put questions only those with previous experience in an ML course could answer).

In conclusion, this professor is truly terrible and avoid taking ANY class with him if possible (his CS 180 class was dogshit as well: he down curved the class after explicitly saying he wouldn't).

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: P
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June 15, 2021

Do not take CS 148 with Majid. He is horrible at teaching this class and spends most of the lecture time talking about irrelevant bs. He also made a final that includes topics not covered in his lecture. When students called him out on that, he straight up deleted all the lecture recording on CCLE so students cannot prove he didn't cover those stuff. He also disabled chats during lectures and makes it mandatory for everyone to turn on the camera. Overall I get a manipulative vibe from him. I took his 180 2 years ago and he was great at that time. I don't know what happened to him.

The only good things about this class is that the projects are interesting and the TAs are helpful.

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A-
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June 1, 2021

This is a review for CS M148 with Majid. If it wasn't for Lionel being an awesome TA, this class would be completely worthless. Take M146 with Sankararaman instead. M148 is a lot easier than M146, but you don't actually learn the concepts and then get blindsided by the exam which covers material never discussed in lectures. The first two projects were easy, basically given to you by the TAs in discussions. The third project was way too vague. I learned a lot of the same stuff in more depth in M146.

Grading: 15% Homeworks (Doable in < 2 hrs)
40% Projects (Easy project 0, and 3 projects over the course of the quarter)
40% Exam
5% Participation

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: B+
June 20, 2021

This professor does not give a shit about the students at all. No matter what he says or did throughout the quarter, he does not care at all and you should NOT take it with him - AVOID AT ALL COSTS. He emphasizes understanding the content over memorization and that as long as you make sure to review his lectures, complete the projects, complete the homeworks, and study the sparse resources he gave us (1 practice exam that he didn't write), you will do well in this class.

This is a complete and utter lie. I aced the homeworks and projects alike as I understood all the content he went over in class, and then this horrible, uncaring professor goes ahead and on an exam worth 40% of our grade, puts questions that have us doing calculations he never even mentioned in class, says that the exam will be as long as or shorter than the practice exam in terms of number of questions, and then goes ahead and makes it much longer, and only gives us 90 minutes for the exam (which is worth the same as a final exam which is generally 3 hours and gives us half the time).

This professor hands down does not give shit about the students. If it wasn't for the TAs seeing how shitty the professor was and making sure to give out extra points, a lot of people would be leaving the class with Cs SOLELY because of the final. I have never had such a hypocritical and uncaring professor at UCLA and I feel disgusted. Even Eggert makes sure to at least curve the class at the end so even if you get screwed by the scores, you have a chance to end up with a better grade than you expected. I know some people will downvote this answer, and I can tell you it will likely be those students who took CSM146 as they were already taught the content on the questions that Majid never taught us and thus easily aced the final (Side note, it is because these students did well that Majid ended up not curving because in his inane and broken logic, its fair to put questions only those with previous experience in an ML course could answer).

In conclusion, this professor is truly terrible and avoid taking ANY class with him if possible (his CS 180 class was dogshit as well: he down curved the class after explicitly saying he wouldn't).

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: P
June 15, 2021

Do not take CS 148 with Majid. He is horrible at teaching this class and spends most of the lecture time talking about irrelevant bs. He also made a final that includes topics not covered in his lecture. When students called him out on that, he straight up deleted all the lecture recording on CCLE so students cannot prove he didn't cover those stuff. He also disabled chats during lectures and makes it mandatory for everyone to turn on the camera. Overall I get a manipulative vibe from him. I took his 180 2 years ago and he was great at that time. I don't know what happened to him.

The only good things about this class is that the projects are interesting and the TAs are helpful.

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COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A-
June 1, 2021

This is a review for CS M148 with Majid. If it wasn't for Lionel being an awesome TA, this class would be completely worthless. Take M146 with Sankararaman instead. M148 is a lot easier than M146, but you don't actually learn the concepts and then get blindsided by the exam which covers material never discussed in lectures. The first two projects were easy, basically given to you by the TAs in discussions. The third project was way too vague. I learned a lot of the same stuff in more depth in M146.

Grading: 15% Homeworks (Doable in < 2 hrs)
40% Projects (Easy project 0, and 3 projects over the course of the quarter)
40% Exam
5% Participation

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Overall Rating
Based on 4 Users
Easiness 3.5 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 1.0 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.0 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 1.0 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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