Software Construction Laboratory

Paul R Eggert

Software Construction Laboratory

Computer Science department

Paul R Eggert

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Overall 2.4
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Easiness of class 1.6
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Workload 1.5
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Clarity of professor 2.3
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Tags

  • Tough Tests
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Uses Slides
  • Has Group Projects

Grades

Spring 2020
34.4%
28.6%
22.9%
17.2%
11.5%
5.7%
0.0%
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A
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B
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F

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

Winter 2020
23.6%
19.6%
15.7%
11.8%
7.9%
3.9%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
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C
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D+
D
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F

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

Fall 2020
35.5%
29.6%
23.7%
17.7%
11.8%
5.9%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2019
21.6%
18.0%
14.4%
10.8%
7.2%
3.6%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2018
21.3%
17.8%
14.2%
10.7%
7.1%
3.6%
0.0%
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A
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B
B-
C+
C
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D+
D
D-
F

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

Spring 2017
25.6%
21.4%
17.1%
12.8%
8.5%
4.3%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Winter 2017
23.3%
19.4%
15.5%
11.6%
7.8%
3.9%
0.0%
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A
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B+
B
B-
C+
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D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2017
20.9%
17.4%
13.9%
10.4%
7.0%
3.5%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Spring 2016
21.7%
18.1%
14.5%
10.9%
7.2%
3.6%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Winter 2016
18.8%
15.7%
12.6%
9.4%
6.3%
3.1%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2016
22.5%
18.7%
15.0%
11.2%
7.5%
3.7%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Spring 2015
16.8%
14.0%
11.2%
8.4%
5.6%
2.8%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Winter 2015
25.2%
21.0%
16.8%
12.6%
8.4%
4.2%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2015
23.1%
19.2%
15.4%
11.5%
7.7%
3.8%
0.0%
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A
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B+
B
B-
C+
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D+
D
D-
F

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

Spring 2014
24.0%
20.0%
16.0%
12.0%
8.0%
4.0%
0.0%
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A
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B+
B
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C+
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D+
D
D-
F

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

Winter 2014
24.1%
20.1%
16.1%
12.1%
8.0%
4.0%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2014
24.3%
20.2%
16.2%
12.1%
8.1%
4.0%
0.0%
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A
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B
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F

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

Spring 2013
26.2%
21.8%
17.4%
13.1%
8.7%
4.4%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
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D+
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D-
F

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

Winter 2013
19.6%
16.4%
13.1%
9.8%
6.5%
3.3%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
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D-
F

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

Fall 2013
22.2%
18.5%
14.8%
11.1%
7.4%
3.7%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
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D+
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D-
F

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

Fall 2012
23.5%
19.6%
15.7%
11.7%
7.8%
3.9%
0.0%
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A
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B
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C+
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F

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

Spring 2010
30.8%
25.6%
20.5%
15.4%
10.3%
5.1%
0.0%
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A
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B
B-
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D-
F

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

Winter 2010
25.4%
21.1%
16.9%
12.7%
8.5%
4.2%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2009
21.3%
17.8%
14.2%
10.7%
7.1%
3.6%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
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F

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

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 22, 2019 Grade Received: N/A

I take 35L with Dalmia Shivam, he is a nice guy. HOWEVER, I have to say, Aditya Joglekar and Aaron Zhou basically fucked up this quarter. As everyone know, each TA is in charge of an assignment per week. Aditya takes Assignment 4 which is due on week 5 's Monday. And he takes the entire quarter to grade it, which the grades comes out even after assign9 just 5 days before grades finalized in 12/23. Aaron Zhou was in charge of assignment 9 which is a brand new one. Everyone was busying on finals, and he decided to give only 20% on lab(easier part), and impossible-task homework(hard part) 80%. Don't believe it's Eggert decision. NO! It's TA 's choice that they don't want you to pass at least they want you to suffer. They don't fking care students, if they are still TA for the next quarter, watch out the assignments they take charge of cuz they are b_tches.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 26, 2019 Grade Received: B-

I had a great TA (Zhaowei the GOAT), but still got absolutely assfucked by this class. Here are some tips for you so that you don't have the same shit ass experience I did:
Step 1: Don't take the class
Step 2: If you have to take it, get really familiar with the material from the first four assignments before week 1 so you have a crazy good advantage.
Tough it out for the first 4 weeks and you'll be good in terms of managing workload. The final was a straight clap, no amount of studying could have prepared me for that bullshit. Sure, I learnt a lot, but this class is broken.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted Aug. 29, 2019 Grade Received: A

If I had known about Eggert before coming to UCLA, I wouldn't have come to UCLA.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 14, 2020 Grade Received: NR

Like other comments stated here, this course is a pain in the ass even though the content is useful. It's disorganized. The workload is so heavy that few materials can be covered during the lab. So, you have to study most of the content by yourself. The final has 26 pages and Prof. Eggert claims it's a 3-hour exam. Some TAs are very harsh on grading, and they take a lot of points off just because you are wrong in one question or you don't include something that is not even asked for in the assignment instructions. Many TAs don't even provide any feedback for your grade unless you ask for it. If you have to take this course, I would recommend you start to study the content, such as python and bash, before the quarter you are gonna take the course. One more thing, some people may be smart enough to be a very good graduate student, but they may not be competent to be a TA, and this is a TA based course. So, be cautious.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted June 23, 2019 Grade Received: N/A

This class need a complete reform. It is not professor Eggert's fault but someone in CS department have to do something with it. Once again, everything in this class is a disaster and need a complete reform. Materials in the syllabus are useful but they are so poorly taught that we would rather study the same thing on our own during summer holiday.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted May 7, 2020 Grade Received: B+

Let me be clear, GitHub and StackOverflow are your teachers in this class. That, and the phrase "20+hrs/week" are all you need to know about this class.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 25, 2019 Grade Received: B

Beware of this class! 35L drained so much of my time, so make sure to schedule your quarter appropriately. As others have stated, there needs to be some restructuring.
This class had 2 lab sections per week, with a lab assignment due at the beginning of each week. Attendance for these sections is not mandatory, and usefulness depends on ur TA. Labs 2, 4, 5, and 9 were especially time consuming for me, and all the other labs were still either difficult or annoying af. I turned in most of the labs late, so my lab average was about an 82. I did feel like I learned a lot from trying to do the labs, but this did not help at all for the final lmao. I pulled up with textbooks and hundreds of pages of notes and scored around the median (52), which got me a B. The final was 17 PAGES of the hardest shit ever. Each of the 10 questions were weighted equally and had to do with one of the labs. I straight up left a question blank after reading the directions lool and totally guessed on the multiple choice. There were basically no free points at all, so good luck on that lmao. 3 units does not correspond at all to the necessary workload of this course, and after hours and hours of work I escaped with a B. This class also takes hella time away from all your other courses, so be ready for that

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 24, 2019 Grade Received: B

Worst class that I've ever taken. The workload is insane especially for the first 6 weeks. It eases up a tad but then they had the worst assignment ever during week 10 (when the final is on the Sunday before finals week) that was so time consuming and hard that half the class didn't even do it. You're expected to learn pretty much a whole language/aspect of cs (bash, python, c, linking, git) and then complete super time consuming hw assignments showing "mastery" of a concept that you just learned. Also, Eggert doesn't teach the class. The TAs do, so if you get a bad TA then you're screwed. The only good thing about this class is the generous late policy. The final exam was terrible and scarring. I never want to take this class again and I never want to take an Eggert exam either. This class needs to be reworked. The workload can be cut in half easily especially for a 3 unit class. I made the mistake of taking this at the same time as CS 33 and the workload was insane. Worst quarter at ucla so far. I have no clue how I scraped out with a B but I don't want to think about this class anymore.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 2, 2019 Grade Received: N/A

I suspect that this course was designed to make people who aren't 100% invested in cs quit the major. Just get this course over with ASAP.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 25, 2019 Grade Received: A

This class is a pain in the ass, but as long as you don't cheat (i.e., don't look at GitHubs), you'll learn some really important skills for industry. I'm currently doing an internship, and being comfortable with Linux, bash, ssh, and git is really helpful.

The class is TA-led, so how much you struggle depends on who you get. Regardless, prepare to do a lot of Googling and to read a lot of man pages to get through some of your assignments. The assignments take up a lot of time, but Eggert's late policy is very generous, so you're almost never strapped for time.

The final is fairly difficult, but you can bring as many notes as you want. I recommend finding notes from previous students and printing those out. They also give you practice exams and solutions to them, so you will know what to expect on the final.

For reference, I averaged about a 94% on labs and got 67/100 on the final. The average for the final was about 54, and the standard deviation was 14.

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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Uses Slides
  • Has Group Projects
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