Ratings for Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major 100D

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56

Based on 10 ratings for the instructor(s) that have taught this course.

Assignments
56
Exams
64
Helpfulness
57
Enthusiasm
58

Instructor Ratings

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Holub, R W (ISF 100D, Spring 2013)
Assignments
35
Exams
35
Helpfulness
50
Enthusiasm
50

Comment: This class. I don't even know where to begin. The lectures were boring (she just rambles and it all seems unstructured / improvised) and lecture attendance counted toward your grade, which was annoying. We had two essays: one on a movie that was shown in class (I didn't go to that lecture and I couldn't find the movie online) and another on the readings. There was also a midterm on lecture material. We got the midterm questions ahead of time to study, but some of the questions made no sense and didn't yield anything on Google. I'm pretty sure almost everyone in that class was taking it to get some requirement out of the way. Very few students seemed to actually care about the course content.

Submitted Dec. 25th, 2013

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Holub, R W (ISF 100D, Spring 2013)
Assignments
16
Exams
18
Helpfulness
15
Enthusiasm
10

Submitted Oct. 8th, 2013

85
Wren, G P (ISF 100D, Fall 2012)
Assignments
81
Exams
69
Helpfulness
70
Enthusiasm
88

Comment: I can only rate this as a P/NP class: Lecturer is great and enthusiastic, though the format can be difficult to focus on (he has some supplementary slides with mostly images, but for the most part speaks verbally or writes brief outlines on the board). Readings can be heavy if you choose to read them all, but generally only ~3 are assigned every week. Quizzes are based on lecture + readings, it's pretty tough to get full credit on them unless you really dive in, but you'll generally do ok if you at least skim the readings. I'm told essays are graded pretty harshly, I got a B- on my essay that I did in one sitting (I rushed through it to play games after). Considering I took this class as a P/NP class, that's pretty solid. The course covers a lot, so if you do take this for a letter grade take notes carefully the whole semester - it'll really help review for the comprehensive final. Other than that, no actual assignments. Just quizzes, 1 optional essay (1 quiz's worth of EC), an essay and a final. Light workload overall unless you're aiming for that A. *Haven't received my grade yet (again, P/NP). A friend who took the class before told me you can fail the quizzes, get a B- on the essay, and ok on the final and still end up with an A. I'm not sure how much I believe him, but I figured I should let it be known.

Submitted Dec. 15th, 2012

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Holub, R W (ISF 100D, Fall 2011)
Assignments
26
Exams
75
Helpfulness
44
Enthusiasm
29

Submitted Oct. 2nd, 2012

50
Holub, R W (ISF 100D, Spring 2011)
Assignments
28
Exams
50
Helpfulness
42
Enthusiasm
32

Submitted Sept. 23rd, 2012

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Wren, G P (ISF 100D, Spring 2012)
Assignments
50
Exams
50
Helpfulness
50
Enthusiasm
50

Submitted July 13th, 2012

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Holub, R W (ISF 100D, Spring 2011)
Assignments
90
Exams
63
Helpfulness
65
Enthusiasm
58

Submitted May 7th, 2012

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Holub, R W (ISF 100D, Fall 2011)
Assignments
100
Exams
100
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: I still have no idea what the ISF department does. It seems like its really a useless department that talks about a lot of nonsense lol. But that's just me being an EECS major and sh*tting on humanities majors. Anyways, Holub is pretty enthusiastic about the nonsense she teaches. The exams are hilariously easy (she gives you the answers beforehand), and the essays are really easily graded. There's no reason why you shouldn't get an A++++ in this class lol.

Submitted May 1st, 2012

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Holub, R W (ISF 100D, Fall 2011)
Assignments
78
Exams
83
Helpfulness
76
Enthusiasm
86

Submitted Dec. 13th, 2011

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Holub, R W (ISF 100D, Fall 2011)
Assignments
62
Exams
100
Helpfulness
60
Enthusiasm
80

Comment: Holub is extremely knowledgeable about the course material. However, she sometimes struggles with wording her ideas and students are often confused about what she is asking. There is way too much assigned reading, but the bulk of the paper/midterm were from the lectures, which are mandatory (30% of grade). Grading is extremely generous and all the midterm questions are chosen from study questions assigned weekly. Overall, this is a class where you can learn a lot, but requires some degree of engagement/discussion

Submitted Nov. 16th, 2011