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Professor Abari does not have a mean bone in his body. He is so extremely kind and knowledgeable on the topics. The class has somewhat of a higher than average learning curve, but once you got it, it was fairly straightforward and logical.
I think Professor Abari did too good of a job, though. I think everyone did well so I'm expecting some sort of grade deflation unfortunately. We will see (I really hope not).
Overall, if you have the opportunity to take any class with professor Abari, take it. He is excited about the topics, and that kind of energy translates into the students as well. I only wish I could've taken the course in person.
One of the nicest and most understanding professors at UCLA. We had 10 Homework assignments and each was worth roughly 10% of our final grade. You weren't allowed to work with anyone else on these but these homework assignments were very fair and doable as long as you paid attention and went to discussion sections.
Professor Abari is forever GOATED for this class. I never thought I'd enjoy designing gate diagrams or calculating minterms as much as I did. (I do not enjoy hardware one bit)
The lectures were super engaging and the professor made sure that each student understood every detail of each topic. Professor Abari also showed us interesting videos on the research being conducted in the computer hardware world and truly loved the material.
The weekly assignments were sometimes time-consuming but extremely fair. If you paid attention in class and attended discussions, you would have no problem in understanding and attempting the questions. The class having no midterms or finals helped remove a lot of stress during the quarter.
My TA was Sicheng Jia who conducted clear and interesting discussion sections with super helpful and fun examples.
Abari's M51A class was definitely one of the easiest and most enjoyable CS classes I've taken at UCLA so far (compared to 31-33, 35L, 111, 180). This is greatly attributed to his teaching, pacing, accommodations, and grading. The subject material is relatively simple and occasionally fun (drawing k-maps is satisfying), and his teaching is clear and concise. He thoroughly works through many examples similar (if not identical) to the ones that appear on his homework and tests and answers students' questions helpfully. Abari also spends a lot of time reviewing what he went over in the previous class. Though this can be considered a downside because we spend a lot of time essentially repeating the same thing twice, it was very helpful for the more complicated concepts later in the course. He also released recorded lectures from last year for those who couldn't make it to class; a very kind gesture. While the class felt a bit rushed during the last two weeks, I would say that the quality of teaching and pacing was mostly high throughout the quarter.
Abari is also very fair on his exams and his TAs were extremely lenient on grading. 40% of our grade came from 4 homework assignments, 15% came from the midterm, and 45% came from the final. The homework assignments are extremely similar to the lecture and discussion examples, so they are mostly not difficult as long as you watch them. The midterm was the easiest exam I've ever taken at UCLA, with the average being 14/15. The final was harder due to the more complicated subject material later in the quarter, but there were no trick questions, and the average was 35/45. It appears that the graders were extremely lenient on partial credit.
It is very clear that Abari and his TAs want students to succeed in this class. It was a very good experience compared to many other classes. Very pog teacher and class 👍
Prof. Abari is a great professor who really knows his stuff. Very knowledgeable and teaches in a straightforward manner. His grading scale was way different than I was used to: ten homework assignments each worth about 10%, one assignment a week. Though some of these were tough, going to discussions made them a lot easier as you could ask as many questions as you needed, or work through very similar examples. Overall, I highly recommend Prof. Abari, just an overall good experience in this class.
Teacher is very clear, nice, and fun, and approachable. He explains things very clearly and is willing to reexplain concepts you don't understand. He shows cool research videos as a break during class too.
Class is fairly easy, in my online quarter we had 9 homeworks and that was the entire grade.
Just spend some time doing them and it should be no problem.
Material coverage was good, but perhaps we learned less than we would with a more rigorous EE professor.
Taken during covid quarter. Ten homework assignments over the quarter, each about 10% of the total grade.
The professor was a really nice guy and he explains the material clearly. I highly recommend taking this class with him. I had no issues with him or my ta.
Great class :) No exams, only 10 hw which is assigned every week. The TAs were very helpful in explaining the concepts and giving hints. The professor is very understanding of the current situation we're all in and still be able to teach us some cool concepts.
Abari is was such a great professor!!! His lectures were very simple and straight to the point while still being engaging (ofc I did listen in 2x speed, though). My favorite part of every class was when he would share youtube videos of research projects; they were always so interesting and motivating. The homework was not too long and very doable. I would recommend looking at discussion slides every week because usually they go over a little thing he didn't say in class that is applicable for the homework. With that said, I didn't find discussion super necessary.
Professor Abari was one of the nicest teachers I've had in my life. He was always very upbeat and enjoyable to listen to, and as a bonus, told a lot of funny jokes. During breaks in the lectures, he would show us various videos of research applications in the field of CS, many of which were very interesting and somewhat related to the class topics. The class material was pretty interesting, it definitely builds upon itself which was kinda cool to see how by the end we were designing and analyzing entire systems, when in the beginning we were learning simple gates. I would highly recommend taking this class with Abari if at all possible. My TA was Sicheng Jia, who was also an incredible teacher. His section essentially went through all of the information needed to complete the homework. The grading scheme was just 10 HWs, each of which were roughly 10% of your grade. Not very hard, but I definitely learned a lot and had a very good time.