Logic Design of Digital Systems
Don't know why she got such a bad rating here. I thought Cabric was a good professor. She explained the concepts clearly in lecture. I always left feeling like I understood the material better. In addition, her homework and tests seemed fair to me. Cabric gets the job done, and I would recommend her.
Winter 2020 - As a transfer student to UCLA I wouldn't expect ECE department to assign an unexperienced professor assistant for such important class like this. I loved the material of this class but this instructor made the class HORRIBLE. He didn't know what his doing and all he did was to upload lectures online and just put them on screen in class with absolutely no explanation. He didn't even put an effort to make his own hw sets, he just gave us one his colleges hws from few quarter ago without even changing his name, and obviously more than half of the class had the solution. Our midterm was way to hard with so many question and instead of having 2 hour of lecture time for the test we only got 70 min so no one could finish the test and when everyone complained the TA's said the instructor didn't informed us that you don't have the whole lecture time for midterm. Overall this class is the worst class I ever took in my entire life. My recommendation: if you see "X. Chen" listed for any class in ECE department just avoid taking that class even if you get behind for a year.
He's pretty alright. His way of teaching doesn't work for everyone—the whole "I'll keep asking until someone says the answer" during lecture. Overall though he did teach us the material pretty thoroughly, and (thankfully?) he doesn't cover any of the low-level transistor stuff that some M16/M51A professors cover. He does go pretty in depth elsewhere though, and the midterm/final are pretty difficult. He did mention that this was his first time teaching M16, so perhaps that explains the difficulty of the exams but he's overall pretty fair. One midterm, one final project, one final exam. Start on the project early—it's not actually that hard once you get started, but it's a lot to wrap your mind around.
AVOID AT ALL COSTS. You will learn nothing from her lectures. THE ONLY WAY TO LEARN SOMETHING IN CLASS IS TO READ THE BOOK. I, personally, read the entire book. That is the only reason why I got an A in this class. Otherwise, her lectures are a plain waste of time. Besides, her quizzes are just silly and ridiculous. She gets carried away sometimes, speaking of her personal life. Also presentations at the end of the quarter are stupid because no one prepares anything useful and you end up sitting there browsing the web on your laptop. Just buy a book other than the one she assigns. Because that one won't teach you anything as it is a reference book, and NOT a coursebook. Care about the material? Don't take her. Waste of time. Good luck! Btw, her exams are really difficult.
Winter 2018 - WARNING: STAY AWAY FROM THIS PROFESSOR If you have the option to not enroll in Lei He's class, you have been warned. His course was the single worst course I have ever taken at UCLA (and this is having taken and done well in courses like CS111, CS35L, etc.) His lectures are abysmal. He takes screenshots of the textbook and haphazardly throws them together into a poor excuse for a lecture. During class, he is completely unprepared and proportionally incomprehensible. No one can understand what he is saying, and I honestly don't think he understands himself. Worst of all, his tests are written by the TA's. The TA's are on a completely different page from the professor so they ended up asking completely irrelevant questions. In one case, there was a page of questions on a set of slides that Lei He specifically said not to study and replaced with an "alternative" set of slides. His TA belligerently told us that the concept was a "prerequisite" when we asked for further explanation. This professor blatantly lies about what's coming because of this TA-professor disconnect. He happily told us many times that the test was "just like the homework", or that his review slides would EXHAUSTIVELY cover the test and that the test would have "no more, no less". On these tests we would have many concepts that we've simply never encountered before. Also, he was gone for the first and last weeks of class to go to China. I am not sure him being here would have made much of a difference though honestly. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS WITH THIS PROFESSOR IF YOU HAVE THE CHOICE.