Introduction to Technology Management and Economics for Engineers

Engineering department

Meliha Bulu-Taciroglu

Introduction to Technology Management and Economics for Engineers

Engineering department

Meliha Bulu-Taciroglu

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Overall 3.1
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Easiness of class 3.1
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Workload 3.1
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Clarity of professor 2.6
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Helpfulness of professor 3.8
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Has Group Projects
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Tough Tests

Grades

Fall 2016
27.8%
23.1%
18.5%
13.9%
9.3%
4.6%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2016
27.1%
22.6%
18.1%
13.6%
9.0%
4.5%
0.0%
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A
A-
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B
B-
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C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
33.1%
27.5%
22.0%
16.5%
11.0%
5.5%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2015
25.0%
20.8%
16.7%
12.5%
8.3%
4.2%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
18.8%
15.7%
12.5%
9.4%
6.3%
3.1%
0.0%
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A
A-
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B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2014
23.2%
19.3%
15.4%
11.6%
7.7%
3.9%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2013
21.0%
17.5%
14.0%
10.5%
7.0%
3.5%
0.0%
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A
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B
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C+
C
C-
D+
D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2013
21.4%
17.9%
14.3%
10.7%
7.1%
3.6%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2012
31.3%
26.1%
20.9%
15.7%
10.4%
5.2%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted June 27, 2017 Grade Received: A

It's true that Mel is not a great lecturer. However, the material is not super hard to learn by yourself, so lectures are optional. Also, I would say that the pace of her class is pretty slow, so she'll most likely cram a lot of the material at the end to make sure that she covered those last topics.

Honestly, I think a lot of people come to this class with the expectation that it will be a free A with minimal work. That is absolutely not true. It is much less work relative to other engineering classes (i.e. computer science classes), but you still have to spend some time studying the material since it will be most likely new to most engineering majors who are taking this class. It's not stuff that you can figure on the fly. That being said, I would say to start studying for the tests two days before, reading the slides (shout-out to Alex Wong, whose slides are really good), and understanding how to do all the practice problems. Other than that, this class should provide a nice breather from your more technically demanding upper divs.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted June 8, 2017 Grade Received: NR

Horrible lecturer... long tangents and then crams material

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Jan. 8, 2017 Grade Received: A+

Since I already took Econ class for 2 years in high school, it goes without saying that the Micro and Macro Econ stuff in this class are quite basic. If you have already taken AP Econ, feel free to make this course a GPA booster. The Materials are straightforward, and she REPEATS the materials a lot, going again and again on some points (which are bound to be in the exams). The microeconomics stuff is roughly 40% of an AP exam, with no mention on externality, market failure, deadweight loss etc. The macro stuff is even less, only 10% of an AP exam: only GDP + fiscal + monetary policy. Other than the economics topics, another BIG topic (40%) is Time Value of Money, which I think she explained pretty thoroughly, breaking everything into separate ppt files and talking about it for 3 weeks, sometimes using 10-12 slides just to explain a single concept.
Now a more objective take on Mel and her class. She is a very, very nice person (objectively). As long as you go to her lectures (hard may be for us engineers), she would give you lots of extra credits just for showing up and paying a little bit of attention, for EVERYBODY by submitting a paper answering a simple question related to that day's topic. She may sometimes go on tangents, but seriously, it's a two hour class, and there's only so much to talk about (which she explains at least 2-3 times a single key concept). The course load isn't heavy at all. The HW can be done in groups. There's one group project that basically gives you 90+ for a clearly organized submission. AND she gives you an optional HW after final exam to replace the lowest HW score. Although my raw score is around A- (80+), with all the extra credit + optional HW, it made itself to A+.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2016 Submitted Dec. 30, 2016 Grade Received: A

Fairly straightforward class. There's a group project but the grading is easy. She tends to go on tangents but if you're confused just go to office hours and she will clear it right up. I'd give this class a 9.5/10 overall.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Nov. 14, 2016 Grade Received: N/A

She lectures straight from her Powerpoints that are very poorly made (and you can tell she put little to no effort in them because she just took screenshots of the examples from the textbook). She goes on tangents, which waste class time and do not help in understanding what the material is about. I cannot stress how much clarity she lacks in her instruction. If you're just taking this as a TBA, I advise taking some other course. Also, I don't know how previous reviews claim she has "charisma"; my classmates and I find her boring.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted March 30, 2016 Grade Received: A-

I would say highly of professor mel since she literally helps you when your grade turns out to be out of your expectation. My midterm improved like 10 points since she knows how these tricks in her exams work and what her students deserve. Her lecture sometimes might sound unstructured, but generally concrete with examples. Her slides are super helpful and are exactly test material. She is super available and helpful to her students and she helped me with my recommendation letter when another professor forgot it and it was almost deadline. I have almost nothing to say against this professor. If you want to learn about finance and business world, please take this class.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted March 29, 2016 Grade Received: A

Her lectures are somewhat unstructured, as she often goes off on wild tangents are randomly brings up some current event she's been reminded of. She does go over a wide range of topics and does go into quite a bit of detail with most of them. She goes through a ton of examples, that should make it clear how to do the calculations and what you should be looking for in problems. These are reinforced in the homework assignments and the exams are iterations of these problems.

The midterm was fairly easy. Some more difficult concepts are introduced after that, so the final exam was quite a bit tougher. The questions, I believe, were still all fair game. Working through the homeworks was helpful (even though I think the questions are repeats from previous quarters).

There's a final project where you apply economic principles to compare two somewhat similar products. You work with a group and it doesn't take too much time after you divvy up the work.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted March 18, 2016 Grade Received: NR

She's one of the most charismatic professors I've had. Even though there were a lot of broad concepts to cover, she was able to explain them well given the time frame and the nuances of economics.
The time value of money is difficult the first time round, but she gives a lot of examples. Do your homework, don't copy others. Talk to your TAs and professor if you're stuck on something.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2012 Submitted Feb. 24, 2016 Grade Received: A

I took both ENGR 110 and 111 with this professor. And she was my favorite professor in my undergraduate time at UCLA.

I thought this class on Macro Economics was great. It isn't a masters level course or anything, but I felt like I came away with a solid foundation and understanding of the subject. From what I remember, there were meaningful exercises, and the reality is that I learned more useful skills in this class than I did in my other major related courses. The professor is really approachable and helpful if you care about her class and subject. Her lectures were entertaining and involved discussion despite being held in large sessions. I remember real world examples being brought up regularly, giving lectures a sense of practicality, which I felt was lacking in many of the 'math intensive' courses.

I would recommend this course and the program to anyone.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 7, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

I'm surprised there hasn't been any reviews on this professor yet. So here goes...

Basically, from what I've heard she's better at teaching Engineering 111( Finance) than 110, so I would probably recommend that if you can. I took Eng 110( Economics) with her, and although I remember the subject being more straightforward back when I took it in high school, she made the class frustrating at times. Her lecturing style and organization of topics is sort of disorganized, and she always calls on students without really hearing out what they have to say. HW and exam questions also worded poorly sometimes. That being said however, she is a lenient grader, very helpful if you ask the right questions during office hours and generally does make a good effort to relate class material to real world examples.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Has Group Projects
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Tough Tests
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