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Wawrzynek, J (CS 61C, Fall 2015)
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Comment: Not a great professor. Very boring. There were literally rows of people ahead of me sleeping in lecture. Didn't like the class. Probably because I wasn't a big fan of the material covered in the class. The class covers way too many topics too quickly and in too little depth. The class isn't as hard as 61B, conceptually. However, there were too many project submissions and barely any points for the project. One of the projects was due just one day before the midterm and you would have done better overall if you would have just left the project and focused on getting one question more correct on the midterm. The logistics were pretty bad, project deadlines were being pushed around all the time. The homework was trivial, it was only for participation. So, there were free points through iClicker, labs, EPA (Effort, Participation and Altruism) and homework - 20% of the grade in all. Manu was a brilliant TA, though. Very patient in explaining things, especially in labs. Very clear in his concepts and explained them very well. The professor was decently enthusiastic and his exams were not too hard - know your stuff. Don't need to come up with algorithms or anything of the sort, like in CS 61B/70/170 Direct application of facts, other than the odd DFS in MIPS question. The clobbering policy was really helpful - "The clobber policy allows you to override your Midterm 1 and Midterm 2 scores with the score of the corresponding section on the final exam if you perform better on the respective sections of the final. Note that the reverse is not true - you must take the entire final exam, regardless of your Midterm 1 and Midterm 2 scores." Saved me in the final on the MT1 section. grading is decent. The class is not too hard, but a ton of work with so many projects which barely affect the grade - they help as much as the free stuff i.e. 20% of the grade in all. That needs to be changed since the projects are quite time consuming and there are so many deadlines to be met. Don't know about helpfulness since I never went for his office hours. Exams were not too hard, quite fair.

Submitted March 10th, 2016

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Wawrzynek, J (CS 61C, Fall 2015)
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85
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Comment: A bit dry at the beggining but got a lot better

Submitted Dec. 19th, 2015

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Wawrzynek, J (CS 150, Spring 2012)
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Submitted Oct. 24th, 2012

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Wawrzynek, J (CS 150, Spring 2012)
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Submitted May 6th, 2012

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Wawrzynek, J (CS 150, Spring 2012)
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Comment: People say this class is a lot of work. They're right, and sometimes it's a little frustrating because the bugs originate in the project's skeleton code, and it takes a day or two to really iron them out. That being said, I doubt I will ever be asked to tackle a project as complex and mind-opening as the project they ask you to do in CS150. The professor, although sometimes a little dry and monotone, is truly passionate about digital design, and has no qualms answering sophisticated questions on the spot during lecture. He's also a very nice person in general, and I highly recommend office hours if you have questions, or are just curious about different aspects of digital design. There is only one midterm, and it's pretty straightforward; I didn't study for it and got an A-. Going to lecture is crucial, since you'll be getting direct tips for the projects there, as well as getting the inside scoop for test material. This was my first upper division technical class, and I learned enough to earn myself an internship the next summer dealing the topics I learned in the class. I highly recommend taking this as early as possible, but prepare to be mentally and physically challenged by the coursework.

Submitted April 13th, 2012

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Wawrzynek, J (CS 150, Spring 2011)
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Submitted Sept. 28th, 2011

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Wawrzynek, J (CS 150, Spring 2010)
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75
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Submitted Aug. 24th, 2010