COM SCI 143

Database Systems

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Alfonso Cardenas Full Profile > 3.6 Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.7 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness
He's an okay professor. He has a somewhat soft voice, so if you sit in the back, you might not...
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Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.7 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.3

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He's an okay professor. He has a somewhat soft voice, so if you sit in the back, you might not hear him. He tends to read off slides, so it might be boring at times. A lot of the material can be done through reading, which is based on a book he wrote himself. If you have a good TA, then it will be helpful to understand the material. His exams and homework are really not that hard, so if you just do the reading, you should be able to get a decent grade.

Junghoo Cho Full Profile > 3.8 Overall 1.9 Easiness 1.6 Workload 4.0 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness
Great lecturer and great lecture notes. First project was easy; second project was...
Fall Quarter 2015
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Overall 3.8 Easiness 1.9 Workload 1.6 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.2

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Great lecturer and great lecture notes.

First project was easy; second project was difficult.

Did well on the exams, but really messed up on the second project.

Overall, would recommend the class because I did learn a lot from the lectures. Would really recommend starting very early on the second project. There's minimal tests given for each of the early parts, so you'll likely spend a ton of time debugging when you think you have your finished project.

(Fall Quarter 2015)
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Tyson Condie Full Profile > 5.0 Overall 3.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness
He's not the greatest lecturer at UCLA, but the material is presented in an easy-to-understand...
Winter Quarter 2015
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Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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He's not the greatest lecturer at UCLA, but the material is presented in an easy-to-understand manner. His slides are really good.

I thought one of the best parts of the course were the "bunnies" -- mini-quizzes worth nothing that gave concrete examples to in-class material. Condie went through the examples in full depth, and that really helped out with understanding the material.

Most students ended up not attending class. It put those who did at a significant advantage. I would recommend attending class, if only to go through the bunnies and midterm in-depth.

(Winter Quarter 2015)
Carlo Zaniolo Full Profile > 2.1 Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.0 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness
Zaniolo is a nice old guy that is clearly knowledgable about the material, but his lectures are...
Spring Quarter 2017
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Overall 2.1 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.6 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness 2.6

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Zaniolo is a nice old guy that is clearly knowledgable about the material, but his lectures are terrible. He mumbles too much and is bad at explaining things. Most people skip lecture (but I went to every one!).

The tests were very reasonable and fair if you read and understand the gist of the slides, and there is even extra credit on them. There are 2 group projects, one of which was easy (basic IMDB clone with PHP/MYSQL), and the other was hard (implement new features in Apache Spark using Scala). There are weekly homework assignments that are kind of hard because the material isn't explained well.

I wouldn't really recommend this professor if you want a great exposure to database systems, but it's okay if you're looking for a somewhat chill class where skipping lectures is fine.

(Spring Quarter 2017)
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