Ratings for Civil and Environmental Engineering 103

Rate this course:

Average Ratings

64

Based on 6 ratings for the instructor(s) that have taught this course.

Assignments
49
Exams
64
Helpfulness
69
Enthusiasm
92

Instructor Ratings

32
Thompson, S E (CEE 103, Spring 2013)
Assignments
35
Exams
50
Helpfulness
36
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: Worst class I've taken in the civil department. Concepts are very easy to understand. Sally makes everything arbitrarily harder by giving you arbitrarily complex differential equations to solve. Will not teach you anything practical that you couldn't learn in 3 one hour seminars. Very disappointed.

Submitted Nov. 12th, 2013

74
Thompson, S E (CEE 103, Spring 2013)
Assignments
71
Exams
85
Helpfulness
75
Enthusiasm
100

Submitted June 9th, 2013

83
Thompson, S E (CEE 103, Spring 2013)
Assignments
78
Exams
75
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: This semester, Sally did a complete overhaul of the course. Based on what I've heard about the Spring 2012 version, she did a much better job this time. The assignments take on average 4 hours, and there were 8 of them. She decided to give midterms this semester, and both were very fair with no surprises. The final was pretty tricky though (it was mostly conceptual, while the assignments and midterms were mostly quantitative). We had two blogging assignments this semester where we write about case studies in groups of 3. I didn't find this very enlightening, but she graded it very leniently and the assignment wasn't too bad. Sally is very enthusiastic about hydrology and likes to talk about case studies in Western Australia. She is very accessible in office hours and is always willing to answer questions via email. I would recommend the course to satisfy a core requirement or if you're just interested in environmental engineering.

Submitted May 20th, 2013

82
Thompson, S E (CEE 103, Spring 2012)
Assignments
50
Exams
70
Helpfulness
87
Enthusiasm
89

Comment: If you were in the computer lab at any point during this semester, you surely heard the endless rants about CE 103. On paper it seemed like a great class. Homework every 2 or 3 weeks, class two days a week, labs only every other week, and no midterm. What could go wrong? Everything... This was by far the most frustrating class I've ever taken. Sally is very enthusiastic about hydrology and had some interesting ideas but her execution was poor to put it kindly. To start off, she assumed that everyone already had a basic understanding of hydrology. Um, this class is intro to hydrology. Most of us went in knowing nothing about it. Lecture consisted primarily of her partially deriving equations and then halfway through, skipping onto something else. She would just refer you to her online notes. The notes were actually quite detailed but as the only real reference we had, it was difficult to keep up. Homeworks were impossible because we never knew what she was asking. A single assignment shouldn't take two weeks of working every day and going to office hours to complete. Office hours weren't so helpful either. She would respond to questions by raising more questions or tell you to consider more things. I had no idea what the question was asking to begin with. Now you want me to think about more things? Labs were equally frustrating. We are provided matlab code to analyze rainfall and streamflow data but more often than not, there are problems with the code. Half the lab was just trying to figure out what the code was doing. I understand that the purpose of providing us the code is to make it easier to complete the lab but when you have to figure out what's wrong with it first, it takes just as long if not longer. She specified a "4 page limit" on the lab reports but this was never realistic. You can't fit 20+ graphs on 4 pages. The final wasn't too bad but that's all relative to the rest of the class. We did have to write a 3-5 page (yes page, not paragraph) essay though. This was on top of the regular questions. The biggest problem I had with the class is that none of the things were connected. Homeworks were on things barely covered in lecture. Sometimes we would have to derive equations in the homework. That's kinda tough when you have no idea what the equations is supposed to do or what half the variables mean. On the worst homework, one part of one problem was a derivation that took me 4 pages. The labs were completely unrelated to anything in the class. Other than the basic topic of hydrology, there was almost no overlap between labs and the rest of the class. The final was almost entirely conceptual whereas the rest of the class was heavily focused one equations and calculations. I spent more time on this class than all my other classes combined. This was her first time teaching so I would expect her to improve. Overall I love Sally but this class was definitely a struggle.

Submitted July 13th, 2012

43
Thompson, S E (CEE 103, Spring 2012)
Assignments
30
Exams
40
Helpfulness
31
Enthusiasm
70

Submitted May 6th, 2012

73
Hunt, J R (CEE 103, Fall 2010)
Assignments
32
Exams
69
Helpfulness
90
Enthusiasm
93

Comment: Hunt is pretty awesome. If you haven't already, go talk to him in office hours. He's very interesting and supportive of students. Exams weren't too hard, but homeworks were terrible, mostly because the grader was tough. Also, if you have class on October 1, he'll likely bring brownies to class. That's how enthusiastic he is about the beginning of the Water Year.

Submitted Jan. 17th, 2011