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a month ago

CS103 isn't the same as before, as it now is plagued with a lot of bureaucracy. If you forget to tag questions on Gradescope at some point, your problem set won't be counted. If you don't select an answer for every question in lecture, you're counted as absent. There are also no sections, which they try to atone for by offering CS103A, but not everyone can attend, of course, and it's really just another lecture given there are so many students enrolled. Also, you now can only work with one partner rather than in a group. In short, these new policies are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the plethora of bureaucratic policies he has implemented and probably plans to implement in future quarters. Just read someone's comment below..."the culture of this class turned me off from continuing at Stanford at all." Keith is a good lecturer to some students, but sometimes too energetic and just flies through slides. I've also heard from others that he's not as nice of a person unless you're talking to him about the beauty of math. In other words, you will probably vibe with him more if math is your native language rather than English.

a month ago

Would taking CS 107, CS 109, and EE 103 in one quarter be too much work?

a month ago

Yes, it's the first large offering. Last quarter there was a small class pilot offering.

a month ago

Is this a new course?

2 months ago

I took Econ 1 in fall 2017 with John Taylor. Some students were disappointed by the mostly theoretical treatment of economics that Econ 1 gives, but I think it provides a solid foundation for more applied topics (and anyway, it is required for Econ and Public Policy cores). Taylor is a capable lecturer but somewhat sleep-inducing, especially at 9:30 AM, and he lectured until 11:10 without a break (the upside is that we were let out 10 minutes earlier than planned). He explains the concepts clearly, however. Many people in my quarter found his 2014 online course on Stanford Lagunita and watched those instead, BUT bear in mind that lectures will cover topics not on the online course. Others read the book instead, which works since Taylor wrote the textbook and lectures basically come from the book, but also keep in mind that the book has far more detail than lectures and only what's in lecture will be tested. The best combination for me was attending lecture and supplementing with book reading if I was confused/wanted to know more. Other tips: Start problem sets ahead of time and go to office hours! They are doable if you understand the concepts very well, but getting help will make the difference between an A– and an A+. Related: if sections are on Thursday or Friday, get a Friday section time if possible; new psets were posted on Fridays, which put Thursday students at a disadvantage.

2 months ago

Great window into the kind of analysis linguists do! I came into this class with basically no linguistic experience and came away with a lot of tools for analyzing languages. Boris clearly cares a lot about what he teaches and helping you understand the concepts we learn in class: the class uses Piazza and he responds actively to questions we post there, plus his office hours are super helpful. Plus he explains things really well, even to people with no linguistic background. Be aware that homework was sort of unpredictably assigned when I took it (fall 2017): some weeks there was no homework at all and others we had long writeups. Also, the class is discussion-driven, so your experience will be vastly improved if you share a class with engaged and passionate classmates (which I was lucky to have). Overall 8/10 experience, would recommend to those exploring linguistics.

2 months ago

Hansen is hilarious. Very entertaining 1-unit class where he covers the basics of patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, etc. and major cases associated with those. Plus there's a lunch with the attorneys at Skadden which was super helpful if you're thinking of going to law school. I'm impressed by the attendance throughout the quarter especially during week 10.

2 months ago

Such a useful class. Each class you try 5 different wines (and they give you a generous amount) so you develop a sense of what types of wines you like and dislike. Helps you understand what to look for when you go wine shopping or order wine at a restaurant.

2 months ago

Absolutely take this. It's only offered every other year and covers the history of swing dance from the 1920s to present. As always, Richard Powers is amazing.

2 months ago

Reingold wasn't a terrific lecturer, but fortunately his slides were very detailed so you could go back and read the slides carefully to understand the things you missed. Psets were much harder than the exams but fortunately office hours were super helpful. Honestly don't understand how some people did the entire class without ever going to office hours.

2 months ago

CS144 as a flipped class makes this class a lot of work since you have to watch several hours of videos in addition to the normal lectures. Guest lectures were mostly a waste of time and attendance was required. Take detailed notes on the videos as the midterm/final require you to remember the nitty-gritty facts. Assignments take much longer than the estimated time - assignment 3 was the hardest.

2 months ago

Great class, my favorite polisci class so far. I'm always impressed by how much Fukuyama knows and the density of information in his book Political Order and Political Decay. Lectures are fairly interesting though can be a bit dry and attendance is required. Minimal workload for a 5 unit class.

3 months ago

THIS IS A GREAT CLASS! I've had so much fun this quarter in our class of about 7. We have snacks every Tuesday night and talk about all kinds of topics related to sex and sexuality. I am looking forward to staffing at SHPRC next quarter but you don't have to want to staff at shprc to take the class. Plenty of my Classmates just want to supplement their sex Ed knowledge or want to work at HIV pact or other organizations.

3 months ago

The BRIDGE class is a great one to take whether or not you are interested in staffing at the Bridge. The lectures provide interesting information and the QPR unit is invaluable. The attendance is very strict for good reasons so just make sure you can absolutely make it to every class. It was a great experience this quarter.

3 months ago

Chung Lao shi is absolutely amazing and a star of the department. I loved this class so much this quarter. She makes the material engaging and easy to follow. My speaking improved immensely unlike other mandarin classes I've taken. I definitely suggest this course to everyone interested in taking a foreign language class.

3 months ago

Amazing course with lecture series, movie nights, and twice a week section meetings. I had Jeremy Sabol for my section leader and it made the whole experience amazing. The engaging material, fantastic community, and opportunities for growth make it a wonderful option for freshmen. An excellent intro to the humanities at Stanford.

3 months ago

The course material is very interesting and Keith is one of the most fantastic lecturers I have ever seen. However, the grading for this course is very inconsistent. Some TAs graded down on stylistic matters which other TAs advocated for. This made the course very frustrating.

3 months ago

Took it with Nick Troccoli who's a great instructor. He's funny and makes CS fun. I was expecting the course to be really easy after looking at the grade distribution but that wasn't the case — this was probably the hardest A I worked for. The midterm is challenging and the assignments were fun but hard. The class was great fun and I learned a lot, but it's also challenging and time-consuming.

3 months ago

Took it with Nick Troccoli who's a great instructor. He's funny and makes CS fun. I was expecting the course to be really easy after looking at the grade distribution but that wasn't the case — this was probably the hardest A I worked for. The midterm is challenging and the assignments were fun but hard. The class was great fun and I learned a lot, but it's also challenging and time-consuming.

4 months ago

Is there a recent syllabus for this class to be found anywhere? The only one I could find is eleven years old and contains no information about the requirements of the final project.

5 months ago

If you are a potential HumBio major you are required to take both sides of the Core. You may now take A & B side separately if you are not planning to be a HumBio major.

5 months ago

Is this worth taking as a social science researcher over other classes? I.E. Do you really need to devote a whole class to survey design?

5 months ago

It was alright. I feel like it was hyped up because Lee Ross was teaching it, but it sort of just felt like storytime with Lee; we covered a lot of the fundamental components of social psych, but I wouldn't say it was particularly engaging.

5 months ago

This class gives you a range of new ideas in systems and OSs. Each week you read and discuss two papers, and there are a few small programming projects. Overall a fairly interesting, not too stressful class

5 months ago

Took this class in Spring 2017 with Emma Brunskill. The assignments were very applied (implementation of Deep QNetwork). Emma did a nice job balancing between applications and theory in lectures. The final project was fun, and I felt like the in-class midterm was well designed.

a year ago

Makler is the best professor I've had at Stanford. He is caring and makes sure every student has the opportunity to succeed.

a year ago

Based on the first class for Spring quarter 2017, can someone comment on the expected workload? Also, how does it differ from CS142?

a year ago

Meets 4 times in the quarter, leaving time for research.

a year ago

Prof. Bailis is really lively and explains things clearly. He's really easy to approach and is constantly answering questions in lecture. Homework was a weekly quiz online that you could take as many times as you wanted, but it takes a few hours to really learn all the material for the week. The textbook was my number-one-go-to the whole quarter for the quizzes - it has extremely clear examples and formulae that are covered in lecture but laid out a bit more simply in my opinion. Tests were open-book open-computer but no internet. I really enjoyed this class and would recommend it to anyone curious about how databases work.

a year ago

I agree. Very clear, and was very concerned with how long students were spending on PSets using weekly surveys and actually adjusted until the bell curve went from 15+ to centered at like 6-8 or something like that.

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