Introduction to Programming

Michael Andrews

Introduction to Programming

Program in Computing department

Michael Andrews

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Overall 4.3
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Easiness of class 2.4
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Workload 2.9
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Clarity of professor 4.4
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Helpfulness of professor 4.3
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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Is Podcasted
  • Would Take Again
  • Appropriately Priced Materials

Grades

Spring 2019
25.8%
21.5%
17.2%
12.9%
8.6%
4.3%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2019
25.5%
21.3%
17.0%
12.8%
8.5%
4.3%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Summer 2020 Submitted Aug. 19, 2020 Grade Received: A

Just FYI: I received less than 95% and an A in Summer 2020, so the review that says "only achieving above 95% will give you an A" is false. Also, that review has other misleading information, like “his homework allows no mistakes.” I didn’t get 100% for each HW…

I had no prior coding experience, but this class is really doable for beginners. Professor Andrews is an excellent professor who is genuinely passionate about teaching. Taking his class was always a pleasure. He explained everything clearly, and his teaching style is so effective because he is knowledgable, witty, engaging, and thorough. I seldom got absent-minded following his lectures.

Some homework is a bit challenging, but most of them can be solved if we review the snippets carefully. Sometimes I did experience the situation where I had no idea how to write the code for HW, but we can always go to office hours to ask. Professor Andrews is so helpful that he will give us useful hints or explain the logic behind each question. So even if I was new to coding, I never felt stressed taking this class. If you worry about the grade of HW, just start them early and ask when having problems, then everything will be fine!

Tbh among the classes taken, Professor Andrews is the one who cares most about students and holds far more office hours than other profs. He is so nice and patient. Really, highly recommend this class!!

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 2, 2020
Grade Received: A

For not having ever taken a coding class, Andrews class was VERY manageable for me. He really cares about his student's learning and has made accommodations for students during difficult times due to COVID-19 and police brutality. His TAs also care a lot about their students and overall I am very happy that I took this class. He made his midterm more about learning and explaining our thought process behind the solutions rather than actually grading us based on our answers. Our intitial midterm score was not even graded, just something for him and ourseleves to look at. Overall, Andrews is the way to go for PIC 10A

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted May 29, 2019 Grade Received: A

Professor Andrews was seriously the best professor I have had. His lectures were literally just him coding in xcode on the projector and were very easy to follow. He would allow plenty of time for questions of all kinds and would give very clear answers. The homework was sometimes time consuming, but as a complete beginner to any kind of programming I found them engaging and definitely doable. I loved this class and mjandr really opened my eyes to the creative possibilities of coding. I cannot recommend this class or professor enough!

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted April 3, 2019 Grade Received: A-

I took (and failed) PIC10A with a different professor so I feel that my perspective is well informed.

The other professor used slides and did NOT treat this class like a beginner's class. I struggled hard core in that class, and I ended up failing it.

Andrews was very clear - he coded as the class went on so it was easy to follow along and not fall asleep. I also loved that he treated the class like a beginner's class, the way it is meant to be. If you do not know C++ ahead of taking PIC10A, Andrews is your best bet. The homeworks were still difficult, but far less difficult than my previous instructor's assignments. Same with exams - they were VERY doable compared with my previous instructor (instead of having the entire exam be 'write this entire code/program' it was 'what is the problem with this code?').

If you are not a coding god, I cannot recommend Andrews enough as a very fair, but still slightly challenging, PIC10A professor. Shoutout to him for helping me save my GPA.

Tips: START THE HW at least a little early so you have time to ask for help during office hours if need be. Make friends with students who have their sh*t together. Do practice problems from the textbook (i.e. coding functions) because similar ones show up on the tests. If your TA is crappy go to another TA's discussions, because they help.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2020 Submitted Sept. 14, 2020 Grade Received: A+

Professor Andrews is one of the best professors you can take! I took his class during Summer 2020, and he was very understanding of the situation, offering office hours almost every week day, at different times to accommodate for everyone. You can also easily reach him by email. Lectures are recorded, and HW is manageable if you stay on top of things. The TA was also a great help (thanks Andy). I was new to coding except for a little Python from the Physics 4 labs, but this class is geared toward newcomers, and Professor Andrews definitely treated it that way. There was one midterm and one final, both which were doable as long as you paid attention throughout the quarter. If you are new to coding and see Professor Andrews listed, take his class! Especially if it is taught online, as he is always ready to help and the way this class is run is very fair. Not to mention he has a great sense of humor.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Jan. 21, 2020 Grade Received: B+

This class caused me sooooo much stress. I don't know what happened the quarter I took it but I did not find Michael to be that great of a teacher, at least not for an intro class. He clearly knew a lot about the subject but his logic was not always clear and I often lost him during lecture. To put this into perspective, the average of the midterm was a 52%, two thirds of the class did not pass the exam, and a third of the class got BELOW a 30%, a third! That is ridiculous in my opinion, scores that bad cannot all be due to the students. I got a 35% on the midterm, which really made me consider making the class p/np, but I studied super hard for the final, got a D, and ended with a B+ because of the curve and because I got 100 in the hw category (average for the final was a 56%). So it is possible to do well, just gotta be willing to give this class a LOT of time and effort.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Jan. 8, 2020 Grade Received: NR

For those who said Andrews was the “best” Professor, seriously dude? With much tears and regret, I dropped the class a day before the finals week.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2020 Submitted Sept. 19, 2020 Grade Received: A

I do NOT have experience in coding, so I intimidated coming into this class, but I ended up with a good grade because the professor was fantastic. His homework forces students to really grasp every concept and to have control over coding. With that being said, he grades his midterm and final in a way that checks for our understanding and not if we got the question right. I've never seen a professor do this and honestly, I think this is a model for grading that other professors should follow. Professor Andrews really emphasizes our learning instead of pure memorization or dumb luck, and I really admire that. Additionally, he's funny and his lectures are engaging. I highly, highly, highly suggest taking Professor Andrews for PIC 10A.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2020 Submitted Aug. 20, 2020 Grade Received: N/A

Let’s list some pros
-He puts A LOT of effort to help his students learn and do well; even staying 30min-1hr after his office hours end.
-His lectures are clear and nicely paced. The order that concepts are presented is natural too.
-The material he provides guides you to think how to approach the homework problems and build solutions step by step.
-He recognizes genuine effort.
-Overall, Andrews is one of the best professors I’ve had. His class was one of the nicest classes I've taken.

And some tips:
-GO TO OFFICE HOURS.
-Yes, one assignment did cause me a lot of stress. Don’t stress trying to fix bugs, but ask questions that will improve your understanding of the problem, and then looking over bugs can become easier.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2020 Submitted Aug. 19, 2020 Grade Received: B-

Taking this class with Michael was a great experience. He uses Xcode during class, which is super helpful for someone who is a Mac user as I am sure many of you are. He posts videos teaching you how to use Xcode/VS which is definitely something that he did not have to do, but he does! He also holds plenty of office hours and is very helpful through email.

The class itself is a hit or miss for many. For those who have coded, it may be much easier for you but many, including myself, struggled with the final hw's (about 20 hours spent on hw6). The class may just be easy for you as well, it depends. Overall, it is a decent class for beginners, you just have to put in the work and be patient.

Some tips that I believe would have helped me get an A:

- Go to lecture and LISTEN TO EVERYTHING HE SAYS AND WRITES DOWN. His definitions and drawings will help you tremendously during the midterm and final. He does these things for a reason. Review everything.
- Double/triple check your hw before submission. There may be something that your code is not able to do or you may even have some extraneous bracket which will prevent your code from running.

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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Is Podcasted
  • Would Take Again
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
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