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C&EE 180
Introduction to Transportation Engineering See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 4.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 4.0

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180 is a very enjoyable class and a great introduction to transportation engineering. The co-lecturers Robert Campbell and Walter Okitsu are both effective teachers, though I preferred Robert's presentations. Grading consists of six quizzes throughout the quarter with material straight from the lectures, one midterm during week 8, and an optional final. The material itself is not difficult, mainly consisting of memorization with some very simple equations and computations.

That doesn't mean this class is an easy A, however. The exams contain very specific details from the lecture slides, and they can be a serious time crunch (particularly Quiz 4 and Quiz 5, with averages of 61% and 76%!). Your best bet to prepare is to take excellent notes during the lectures, and then study for a few hours the night before the quizzes by rewriting your notes and/or creating flashcards for EVERY fact. This will guarantee that you score at or above average on everything. For the midterm, I suggest creating a few hundred flashcards.

This class has an optional final, meaning that you are assigned a preliminary grade based on your rank after week 10, and then you can either keep it or take the final.

Overall, I found 180 easy to study for because I am very interested in the material, but if you are not, it may be better to take another elective instead.

(Spring Quarter 2019)
C&EE 181
Traffic Engineering Systems: Operations and Control See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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TOP CLASS I'VE TAKEN AT UCLA
Although Walter Okitsu and Robert Campbell won't be teaching this class again, to my knowledge (UCLA hired a full-time Transpo professor, I think), I imagine they'll come back to guest lecture for this class and that will be a treat. Walter and Robert (a) care about students learning (b) are so freaking knowledgeable about this stuff and (c) give great lectures, with great information, and great slides.
Course content: everything related to traffic engineering! It was a great survey of lots of different areas of traffic engineering, including lanes, roads, signals, intersections, levels of service, jurisdiction, parking, and really a lot more.
Course format: during COVID, synchronous quizzes every week made me wake up for that lecture, but I watched the other lecture and discussions asynchronously. Those quizzes and the final (group) project were the main contributors to grade, I think. The final project focuses on a case study, where a team of 4-5 students make a /very/ detailed recommendation for what the city can do to improve a certain corridor.

(Fall Quarter 2020)
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C&EE 375
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