Freshman Computer Science Seminar

Mario Gerla

Freshman Computer Science Seminar

Computer Science department

Mario Gerla

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Overall 4.6
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Easiness of class 5.0
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Workload 4.2
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Clarity of professor 4.6
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Helpfulness of professor 4.9
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Grades

Fall 2017
92.7%
77.3%
61.8%
46.4%
30.9%
15.5%
0.0%
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A
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B+
B
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C+
C
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F

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

Fall 2016
50.0%
41.7%
33.3%
25.0%
16.7%
8.3%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
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F

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

Fall 2015
63.1%
52.6%
42.1%
31.6%
21.0%
10.5%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
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D+
D
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F

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

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Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted March 20, 2018 Grade Received: A

This is a very easy very light workload class not at all comparable to your other CS classes. It has two meetings a week which are seminar and a discussion. The seminar is a talk by a department member on a important topic in CS and the discussion is the TA reviewing this and giving a quiz.

The grade comes from your score on the quizes (one of which is dropped) a final paper at the end and peer reviews on other people's . The paper is super simple and can be done in a few hours max. My biggest regret with this class is counting it as a full class and only taking a GE intro CS and a math class with it.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Jan. 9, 2018 Grade Received: A

Extremely easy A. Guest speaker every Tuesday, TA 5 question quiz on the speaker's presentation every Thursday. Quizzes were very easy if you skimmed the guest speaker's powerpoint slides before class on Thursday. Discussion usually consisted of the TA going over the powerpoint slide more concisely for 20-40 minutes before giving the quiz so just pay attention to what the TA emphasizes from the slides and you'll ace the quiz.

End of quarter essay was very straightforward with guidelines for formatting and citing. Not sure if they were really even graded by anyone other than the 3 peer reviews everyone had to do after turning in their essay.

All in all, very easy A no stress

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Jan. 5, 2018 Grade Received: A+

The easiest class you will ever take. During the 10 lectures, a guest speaker will present about some field related to computer science using powerpoint slides. The slides are always uploaded to the CS1 website. During the discussion sessions, a 5 question MC quiz is given. Easiest quiz ever. Questions are related to that week's presentation but they're not difficult or specific questions. You can get 100% by barely paying attention. If your TA is good, he/she will even go over the presentation before you take the quiz. Discussion never took the whole 50 minutes, we were usually done within 30 minutes. The final is an essay due during finals week. Do not stress about the essay. Don't leave it to the last minute but you honestly don't have to put that much effort in. Then there are also 3 peer reviews you have to complete. The easiest A you will ever get.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Nov. 25, 2017 Grade Received: N/A

The seminar has a very wide range of lecturers and topics. I found a couple of the lecturers to be very diffuse and hard to understand, but in general the lecturers were very interesting and helpful. The course is meant to expose students to a wide variety of computer science applications and career options, and it does that wonderfully. This class is well worth the time, but you do have to actually attend the lectures to benefit from the class, so don't skip out, kids!!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Nov. 18, 2017 Grade Received: N/A

Attend the lectures to actually learn something from this 'class'

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted June 20, 2017 Grade Received: A+

This class is pretty easy as you just look over the slides, take quizzes, write an essay, and peer review. It takes minimal time and the TAs cover what will be on the quiz...before the quiz. Don't stress as the first quiz was tough, but there will be one dropped quiz so don't even worry about your grade. By the way, the classmate might be curved in your favor so it's an easy A, as seen in the grade distribution.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 20, 2016 Grade Received: A+

I got an A+ in CS 1 pretty easily, and from what I've heard from my friends as well, CS 1 is a low workload easy class. Don't devote too much time to it but pay attention to the instructions. I found most of the lectures I attended to be a bit dull, most people didn't attend lectures since the quizzes were based only on the PPTs. The quizzes were straightforward, but make remember to go through the PPT once before class.

I would advise people who take CS 1 in the future to finish their essays earlier. I did mine in week 10 and it was a pain to go through all the PPTs again. Most of the people I know did their essays the day it was due. Just make sure you follow all the rubrics and guidelines.

One thing I didn't like about this class was that there were no female speakers. We have amazing female faculty, so for me this was inexcusable.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 20, 2016 Grade Received: A

A typical freshman seminar for CS and CSE students. The professor introduces the guest speakers each week (10 in a quarter) and then the guest speaker talks about his or her topic of expertise. The material is interesting and gives you a broad range of topics in computer science.

Grading breakdown:
60% quizzes
30% essay
10% participation

Quizzes: They are usually very short 4-5 question multiple choice quizzes that you do during discussion section. TA reviews the material of the slides then you take the quiz. Technically you don't have to show up for lecture as the quiz is just based on the slides posted later in CCLE. However, do attend lecture so you actually understand the material which is useful for the essay.
Lowest quiz score is dropped.

Essay: It is doable and may take some time. Make sure you follow instructions correctly and pay attention to what is being asked of in the rubric and you will be fine.

Participation: This is not really participation. It's called "peer review" where you are given 3 random students' essays and you give them a score and comments.

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