Course structure: Labs every week (with ArcGIS software after week 4) are 30% of your grade. Patrick is an awesome TA and will help you with anything you do not understand about the software. Midterm and Final are each worth 35% of your grade and are administered during lab on weeks 5 and 10. No lectures are held those weeks. Sheng is good as a lecturer and it takes (at least for me it did) about a week to get used to his accent. He is very knowledge and wants everyone to learn as much as they can. He is deeply passionate about the material.
This class was very challenging after having an easy Professor for Intermediate GIS but with help from the TA & classmates, I was able to do well and I definitely walked away feeling like a GIS expert. Sheng is a very sweet professor who makes lectures decently interesting. The weekly projects are intense and take time but there's no midterm or final. Push yourself and take this class!