Ratings for Harley, R A
Based on 75 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: Harley seems like your friendly grandpa, but the lack of curve on the final was brutal. And the exams test your memorization of obscure errors more than your actual ability to program.
Submitted April 27th, 2015
Comment: Labs were great. Lectures were okay, attended maybe half of them. Ended up with a B. Probably could have done better. Exams were multiple choice so not too hard, just no partial credit.
Submitted June 26th, 2014
Comment: the 15 minutes GSIs got every wednesday to help with homework was usually all you need for the homework help of the week. exams were easy if you aced/understood the homework very well. no cheat sheets. harley's a great professor. interesting lectures.
Submitted June 26th, 2014
Comment: Great professor, should definitely take with him. Exams are fair but tricky, so take your time. Would be good to take Math 54 before this class. I didn't get a great grade, but I still think this class was the most useful I have taken thus far, and Harley is awesome. Would advise starting on the semester project (robot) very early, and make sure you have a good group.
Submitted June 1st, 2014
Comment: A very good class. Lectures are clear and helpful. Lab assignments usually take 3-5 hours to complete. Lab sections helped me a lot as well. Didn't go to too many office hours but seems to be a friendly person. If you take Math 54 before this class, materials make more sense but it's not a big deal (May be a different story for spring E7). Tests were fair but very tricky. Need to be really careful to do well. I came in with almost no programming experience and I did pretty well. Overall, a very interesting class and a stellar professor.
Submitted May 21st, 2014
Comment: Prof. Harley was a really solid lecturer; his lectures made sense, were helpful, pretty engaging, and peppered with MATLAB demonstrations of relevant material. He clearly enjoyed what he was teaching and knew his stuff. He speaks quietly, so sit in the front of the lecture hall for maximum benefit. The lab assignments could be tricky at times, but were overall pretty manageable. However, being able to complete lab assignments well doesn't mean you're necessarily prepared for the exam. My lab average was 99.44% (lowest two dropped) yet I got an 85% on the midterm and a 73% on the final. Make sure you actually understand the concepts behind the numerical methods section of the course. Your life will be much easier if you've already taken Math 54, I'm assuming (I hadn't.) Also, if you haven't already programmed (i.e. AP CS or Cal equivalent,) you may be in for a bumpy ride, I'm told. MATLAB isn't really a good language in which to learn to program, so it's a weird way to get into it if you've never programmed before. Overall though, really fun and interesting course, definitely the most interesting I took that semester. Wait until Spring to take the course, otherwise you'll be stuck with the MechE profs who are much more demanding. Oh and one word about the final project: hit the ground running as soon as it's assigned. Sure, you'll have plenty of time to finish it if you wait until after spring break to begin, but 30% of the project grade is based on how well your code runs with respect to others', so get a jump if feasible.
Submitted May 18th, 2014
Comment: Pretty fun class. For the most part, CE11 is just a general overview of ME40, but with an emphasis on the environment and sustainability. So if you've for some reason taken ME40 before, this class shouldn't be a problem. Harley is a good professor. Friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic. Exams were fair. Homework was weird. Every week, the GSIs gave us homework help during class which pretty much showed us how to do the problems. Grading: 50% final, 10% each midterm, 30% homework
Submitted Aug. 13th, 2013