Ratings for Sengupta, R

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53
Helpfulness
56
Enthusiasm
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Sengupta, R (E 7, Spring 2015)
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34
Exams
49
Helpfulness
14
Enthusiasm
78

Comment: Sengupta was very enthusiastic about his subject matter but to be honest, I hardly learned a thing in his lectures. Week after week I would show up and wonder why I was even there since i could never follow what he was talking about. I always felt like his lectures were a few levels above the programming knowledge that I had at the time. Lucky at the end of the day this didnt matter at all since 99% of the knowledge you gain from this class comes from the assignments and GSIs. Good GSIs are key. If you get stuck with a bad one you should immediately start going to a different section. The assignments were really long (10-12 hours per week ) but were manageable as long as you don't have very many other time intensive classes.

Submitted Oct. 17th, 2015

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Sengupta, R (E 7, Spring 2015)
Assignments
43
Exams
40
Helpfulness
17
Enthusiasm
40

Comment: My GSI Bassel Bacha was straight up the only reason I did well in this class. This was the first class at Cal where I gained absolutely no knowledge from lecture on a consistent, weekly basis. Sengupta is a funny guy, but his lectures did not correlate too well with assignments (which were a majority of your grade). Assignments are long and tedious and take ~10 hours a week to finish (the first few arent that bad but they quickly get harder). This class taught me a lot about coding and MATLAB, but most of it was taught through trial and error via assignments or from my GSIs. Sengupta did little to teach. The midterms (open book, open laptop, etc) were multiple choice and a time crunch, but the final was quite fair as far as timing went.

Submitted Oct. 12th, 2015

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Sengupta, R (E 7, Spring 2015)
Assignments
40
Exams
26
Helpfulness
68
Enthusiasm
86

Comment: No time for exams and the extremely hard assignments in addition to not being able to collaborate on them makes it really challenging. The lectures are very theoretical in nature (for goodness sake, this is MATLAB) but they are intriguing! He is however, a very kind, warm and interesting person to speak to and has a interesting perspective. He is a great person to chat with who is definitely passionate; it just so happens we have a lot of mutual friends since he lives where I grew up. Thinking about him for research, but found his approach to E7 a bit inaccessible. Definitely a course to look out for as a freshman, especially with him. If you want to master the class, you better seek outside resources, code more, thoroughly make connections between seemingly obsolete lectures and assignments to master exams, and to possibly formulate concrete questions to ask him with so that you actually solve some of the things or problems you are struggling with. You need self-motivation and initiative to master this class.

Submitted July 25th, 2015

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Sengupta, R (E 7, Spring 2015)
Assignments
50
Exams
24
Helpfulness
80
Enthusiasm
79

Comment: Very interesting class but bad professor. Bad lecturer, very enthusiastic about subject, and extremely helpful in office hours. His lectures had infinite slides and he talks about things that would never come up on exams. He did not teach on lectures. I actually learned from GSI's and assignments. Assignments consumed my life, but at least I learned from them. Exams were pretty tough. I did not like the midterms, for which we had 40 mins aprox.

Submitted July 8th, 2015

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Sengupta, R (E 7, Spring 2010)
Assignments
35
Exams
50
Helpfulness
50
Enthusiasm
75

Submitted Aug. 24th, 2012

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Sengupta, R (CEE 290I, Fall 2011)
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50
Exams
50
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50
Enthusiasm
50

Submitted Feb. 22nd, 2012

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Sengupta, R (E 7, Spring 2010)
Assignments
35
Exams
37
Helpfulness
50
Enthusiasm
56

Submitted Dec. 14th, 2011

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Sengupta, R (E 7, Spring 2010)
Assignments
22
Exams
62
Helpfulness
50
Enthusiasm
82

Submitted Nov. 8th, 2011

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Sengupta, R (E 7, Spring 2010)
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35
Exams
0
Helpfulness
20
Enthusiasm
100

Submitted Nov. 7th, 2011

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Sengupta, R (E 7, Spring 2010)
Assignments
69
Exams
27
Helpfulness
38
Enthusiasm
51

Submitted Oct. 28th, 2011