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This guy is great! His number one priority is making the students LEARN the material. He doesn't care about anything else but his students learning something from his class.
His midterm was a little tricky but no worries, he lets you do CORRECTIONS after he hands them back! isn't that nice!
The project is more of a trial and error type of thing. He gives you a distribution system and it is up to us to configure something to make it work. And you also have to do a final report for the project. It is not as bad as 121 or 141. So i urge you to take this class! You won't regret it!
This is a capstone course so it will be unlike the more technical classes you have taken in the past. If you have taken 151 then there will be very little new concepts in this class, just applications and design principles. You'll essentially spend the first half of the class working on a group presentation that incorporates applied design and you'll spend the second half of the class developing a notebook of calculations and simulation results which are basically outlined by Professor Kendall during class. Kendall is very nice and approachable but isn't 100% concrete with expectations for the final notebook; you may be taken aback by how much freedom you have in this class. Generally the discussions for this class are useful because the TA will probably be more explicit about what to do. Make sure to work alongside peers in this class so you know what's going on because it may be easy to get lost. Hypothetically, if you attend class and discussion you probably won't have any outside work for this course, but it's tempting to get lazy in this class since there are no pressing deadlines or exams to study for. A more detailed look at the subject matter would've been nice.
Daniel Lee and Mark Hanna from Geosyntec Consultants taught this class instead of a professor. This class was super chill, like waaaay less of a workload than 151 was. Basically the capstone project took up the entire class, so there were no homework and no tests, which was really nice. Imo this class was very unclear and kind of disorganized, which made the project a little frustrating on the sparing details the instructors would give, but like there was such low effort needed overall it wasn't bad, and the instructors were pretty accommodating of questions and pushing deadlines sometimes. The way they organized the class was the first 4ish weeks were kind of like lectures and theory, so little overviews of 151 stuff like Manning's and pipe flow etc and like topics that you need to know for the project like delineation and stuff. Then you're introduced to the project and the first submittal is your 'midterm'. You're basically working with your group and class kinda becomes more Q&A than lecture. Our project this year was designing a BMP system in a neighborhood in order to capture stormflow, and you don't even really need to size the BMPs so it was a pretty easy project. The worst parts were when Mark and Hanna would ask us to include stuff no one knew how to incorporate or how to show etc. so you'll need to ask them a lot of questions because the prompt is pretty vague and they kinda assume you guys know everything. Overall, it was a really chill class since there really isn't much work besides the project, which itself is super manageable. Lectures were super boring though. Discussions are not necessary either (I'm pretty sure our TA didn't do anything either lol)