All Ratings and Reviews for Mario Gerla
Professor Gerla is a very reasonable, likeable guy. His lectures, however, can be a bit unclear and rambling. I didn't get much out of lecture. I could see lecture being helpful if you read the papers/material beforehand and already understand, but as an introduction to the material his lectures aren't very effective. In cs218, he bombards the class with a ton of different routing protocols, without much overview about how everything fits together. Overall, a poorly organized course. He is, however, quite fair, reasonable and nice.
Unwilling to help on homework and projects. Skips a lot of important stuff, or doesn't stress it enough. I just hope he has a generous curve.
all he did was come to class and go through the slides. all the grading was done by the TAs, the exams were nothing like the homework. not even the review sessions covered the problems we had for final, i read the majority of the book, but it didnt help if you didnt know the right formulas for the final. gerla asked the questions one would least expect, most of the stuff people didnt think would show up. if ur looking for an easy A, or even a B do not take this class.
If you take him make sure to sit in the first 2 rows because that's as far as his voice projects
The first midterm (written mostly by the TA's so professor is not held accountable) was pretty bad. The true false questions had both as right for two of the questions because of wording mistakes. But I don't know why I only got an A-. I'm pretty sure I did really well on the final and all the projects, the first midterm I got like one point above the median.. Oh well.
But the professor does bring in lots of relavant information about his research stuff. We had one lecture where he got some people to talk about wireless network technology.
He does go over slides, and he makes them available online.
I do recommend taking him for CS118.
Lectures are kind of useless since he goes over the slides that you print out anyways. The material itself is a little hard, BUT the professor is EXTREMELY REASONABLE! The median is a B+ (at least for the midterm). He grades more than fairly. Overall, I would recommend to take CS 118 with him.
The ratings are spot on: mediocre across the board. I didn't mind too much, since I didn't care about the material very much. He would randomly leave the lectures to be taught by either the TA or a guest lecturer, and quality-wise it didn't really matter.
The TA matters a lot for the projects, since he grades them exclusively (and they are worth a lot of your grade), and ours was an asshole. Sorry to the people that demoed their project to him. Luckily it was too much work for one person, so I got to demo to someone with a soul.
Easy A. Never went to lecture. Seriously, this class is completely run by TAs.
The exams are written by TAs, and the actual class doesn't expand on anything not present in the slides/book.
Xiao Li was the best TA!
This is a great class everyone should take. It's super easy and the projects are fun!
Pretty chill professor. You go to class and have hw/lab assignments for the first half of the quarter and then you split off into groups (1-5 people) and do a project for the rest. For the first half of the quarter, it can seem a bit hectic and you might get lost during the labs, but the TA (for us, Joseph) helped a lot. You can pick you own groups for the final project.
There is no final but a quiz during 9th week which is multiple choice, open notes/book.
For the project (~4 weeks to work on it when there isnt class/lab) it is pretty open (make an app for android/iphone), except it has to use bluetooth/nfc/wireless. During week 10, you make a presentation for your project and then just turn in a report during finals week.
If you or your friends havent done this type of project (android) previously, it might be a bit tough. There is no guidance for the project, so you just gotta figure stuff out. But it's a good class. Shouldnt be too hard, and not very stressful.
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