All Ratings and Reviews for William J. Kaiser
While the professor was extremely nice and concerned about students, the course itself was not very in depth or interesting. The lectures were tedious to get through (and many students starting ditching class as the quarter went on) and during recitation, students were expected to work through tutorials relating to the sensor tiles which honestly didn't teach us much. I didn't really learn much from the class and honestly still don't know what Internet of Things is, but the workload was light (to the point of being almost nonexistent) and pretty much everything got an A. The final project and presentation were also pretty low key.
This class was a bit of a mixed bag near the end, although the professor was very helpful. At times, I had almost no work--the only work I did was in my lab section. Starting with tutorial #9, however (assigned around week 6 or 7 but given a few weeks to work on it), there was a lot more work (tutorial #9 took me about 20 hours, and the final project another 10 on top of that (it builds off tutorial #9)). Professor Kaiser said we did not need coding experience, but I found it *essential* to be able to complete tutorial 9 and the final assignment. (That being said, I think CS31 would suffice.) Still, Professor Kaiser was very helpful with any kind of issues and working together with my group on the final project.
I went to office hours a few times but only the TA was there--according to Professor Kaiser, he has had the same TA for quite some time, so I am not sure if he will be changed for next year. I did not find the TA to be very helpful, as for one of the tutorials he started going on a tangent about how we (myself and the other students there) should know more about sine/audio waves than was stated to be required for the class. He seemed to think these were things we were supposed to learn during the course of the class, but I personally did not. As such, my group ended up doing the tutorial by ourselves instead of getting more help.
Overall, I think the class was just not suited for me because I have very little interest in sensors, but Professor Kaiser was definitely very passionate about the topic and offered us help in getting more involved in sensor/internet of things-based research/projects for after the end of the class. I can't say I would recommend the class unless you are already interested in the topic or wanting a bit of a GPA boost, however, since for me it was pretty boring (although easy). It also requires you buy 2 pieces of hardware and some cables, though, which totaled around $120, so take it at your own risk.
I am actually selling my hardware + cables for the class (STM32 Nucleo-64, SensorTile, 2 cables) for $95 if anyone is interested. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (11/15/19)
The best...he hooks it up in office hours and is very personable and a good lecturer. He goes out of his way to help you out. He actually helped a bunch of us students like an hour before our final and totally helped, and had no problem with that.
Not a bad class in general...and Kaiser really cares about his students learning. Unfortunately he uses these overheads that help sometimes, but hurt most of the time. For instance, when he's explaining a circuit diagram, it's nicer on the overhead with it's graphics, but when he derives a huge equation, not writing it down honestly hurts our ability to recall it for homework or more importantly the exam. His midterm was cake....but beware, his final was difficult. Very complicated. Take him though, he's good.
Best Prof in the whole wide world.
You can learn a lot from this guy. His EE10 class is pretty easy. He gives easy homework problems and the tests aren't bad either. But on top of that, he posts all his lectures on the web. Not only do they have the basic ideas and sample problems, he actually goes in depth about the actual physical circuit elements. Recommended highly for EE 10
Great professor. Makes material that could be potentially hard to understand very clear and concise. Has great notes for all his lectures and is very organized. Professor kaiser displays a genuiene cocern for his students and really tries to make sure that everybody learns the material. Definetely go to office hours because professor kaiser is extremely go at explaining the material and is very friendly.
He is a very good professor. Very concerned with student learning and is always available outside of class for help. He is very organized and the lectures are interesting and easy to follow. I would completely recommend this professor.
Don't go to class. Complete waste. He puts up hella detailed overheads that you can't even read. Just go to class right before the tests because he goes over the exam questions on the chalkboard.
He is extremely nice and willing to help outside of class like anytime. I feel sorry for him though because his lectures are meanningless. If you don't want to go to class and get an easy A, take him.
you'll learn nothing from him in the class, absolutely nothing! but wait till you see him in the last minute discussions! he rocks! he actually touches the chulk!!! he does some problems and they WILL show up on the exams (no exception!)
just read the book and DO the HW's and attend his final discussion classes and you'll have an easy A! (don't ever bother yourself with his regular classes, no one ever shows up anyways)
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