Introduction to Engineering Design: Internet of Things

William J. Kaiser

Introduction to Engineering Design: Internet of Things

Engineering department

William J. Kaiser

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Easiness of class 4.0
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Workload 3.2
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Clarity of professor 4.8
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Helpfulness of professor 5.0
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  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
  • Has Group Projects
  • Issues PTEs
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures

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Fall 2018
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Fall 2017
86.7%
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Winter 2017
80.8%
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Fall 2016
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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted June 26, 2019 Grade Received: A

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.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 8, 2019 Grade Received: NR

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 sierrarose@ucla.edu. (11/15/19)

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Dec. 19, 2017 Grade Received: A

This class is a great introduction for anyone going into the field of engineering. Professor Kaiser covers a lot of topics that are going to be the next challenges of the engineering field, and I think he really met his goal about getting students excited about engineering. Professor Kaiser is clearly passionate about the subject he teaches and really wants his students to be too. If you are having problems, Professor Kaiser is very helpful and accommodating, and his TA, Xu, is also very helpful. One time, when my computer crashed, and I had to start from scratch, Xu worked with me over the weekend via email to help me get caught up. Overall, I would highly recommend this class, as the lectures are very interesting, and you learn a lot with the sensor tile.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Dec. 17, 2017 Grade Received: A

As a bioengineering major, I found this class interesting. It provides a sneak peek into sensor systems programming, Professor Kaiser's lectures are interesting, but have nothing to do with the tutorials designed to be completed in the lab. Unfortunately, many people don't attend his lectures. Professor Kaiser himself is a very helpful and kind man and him and his TA go out of their way to help you.

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  • Uses Slides
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
  • Has Group Projects
  • Issues PTEs
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
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