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Whatever the guy below said and that the TAs were really helpful. My TA was Kevin and he gives a shit about his students. He knows wtf he's talking about, understands the crap we're going through and tries his best to get us passing the class. He even bothered to stay an extra hour after the discussion to tutor us below average students every week. So what the prof lacks, the TAs make up for it. I'm not as hardcore as the 2 belows, but with the TAs' dedication, I think the least I could do is pass this fking class.
A note unrelated to the course, the review two below me was right. Her English was excellent, and for me at least, she started looking better and better towards the end of the quarter. But that was a result of the lack of female interaction during the quarter, something that entails when deciding to become an engineering student.
Now about the actual course itself, lets start with the book. I didn't have the book required for the course, but I did have another systems and signals book. I found myself reading a few sections here and there to understand the finer points of the course and all the stuff I couldn't get right away in class. She does post her lecture notes online, but it leaves out a few important details and considerations that you should know when learning certain concepts. So while it's not necessary to spend $100(?) on the required text, I would definitely recommend getting an old systems and signals book just for reference.
In class, she pretty much reads off the slides and occasionally uses the blackboard to highlight a few examples. I found the first half of the course easy enough such that all I had to do was sit there and absorb the information. However, the post midterm 1 stuff was a lot harder, and I found myself often times scratching my head in class and having to turn to my book for help. It was also pretty funny watching people ask questions about the tougher material. I don't think she understood that different students learn at different rates. I guess she, coming from Stanford, expected us to be hyper-undergraduates and pick up the material instantaneously. So whenever someone asked a question she deemed stupid, she would shit all over them, figuratively speaking of course. And me being somewhat of a douchebag, enjoyed watching Lee debase my fellow classmates. By 7th week, the question asking was down to a minimum.
Our two TA's, Kevin and Zhongnan were great. They were both superb TA's who were very knowledgeable about the course material and were always willing to help students. In discussion, Kevin would always give us "hints" on our hw, and by hints I mean solve 90% of the problems for us. However, the hw was not very difficult in the first place. If you understood the material, the hw were very simple examples of whatever you learned in class.
Now we move on to what everyone is here to read about, the exams. The first midterm was pretty easy. Up to that point, I'd kept up with the material and did all the hw's, so my study time for the exam totaled 1 hour the night before. The second midterm was a lot tougher. The questions themselves weren't harder, it was the material. But I studied the night before by painstakingly going through each and every slide until I understood what was going on. This worked pretty well and I did great on the second midterm. The final however, was a whole other animal. I got the feeling it was going to be tough after looking at the previous year's final, which was ridiculous. But in the end, it was tough for everyone.
Overall, I think Lee is a pretty good professor. The course wasn't overly difficult and very doable with enough time dedicated to it. The boss TA's certainly help too. If you're forced to take EE102 with her, don't fret over it.
I definitely agree with the review below. Professor Lee subtly gives off a nice and cheerful aura, and she does her best to teach us. She teaches the material quickly so its better to review it ASAP or look at it ahead of time to avoid falling behind or being confused in class. She used to teach the same material at Stanford and she brought it all over to UCLA.
The textbook isn't necessary since you have the slides which are posted online. However, some textbook problems may be similar to the tests problems, so it is helpful if you are willing to do some extra practice.
The homework is difficult on average, but office hours will help. The most of the midterm questions are not hard. However, there always that one question on every midterm where you have to understand everything and apply it cleverly. Discussion (with Zhongnan) helped a lot for the tests. The final was mostly difficult as expected. You can't get away with a vague understanding of some of the topics in this class so try to understand everything.
Overall I recommend this class.
First off, Professor Lee is pretty cute and her English is impeccable, something that cannot be said for the vast majority of EE professors, so she gets points there.
Second, unless you are one of the few people hanging out in the 95th percentile of the Professor Lee's EE 102 class who pick up concepts very quickly (of which I am not), you will very likely NOT understand the lecture material. Take the time to review the slides after class / over the weekend / preview next lecture's slides to help your understanding and you should be in good shape.
Third, a lot of people rag on Professor Lee because of her teaching style and her Socratic method of answering questions asked in class which makes her appear somewhat cold and distanced, but she is very helpful, clear, AND nice during her office hours. The down side to that is that she sees 1 person at a time in her office so most of the time there is a small line waiting outside her office waiting to ask questions, not to mention that she was gone a couple of weeks during the Fall 2011 quarter due to research conferences, so she gets dinged there for availability.
Homework: Most of it is from her previous EE 102 classes, which is a good and bad thing. The good thing is that all the mouth breathing idiots will straight up copy the homework and proceed to get owned by the midterms, thus raising your grade. The bad part is that the homework grades (only 10% of your overall grade) become ridiculously inflated with everyone getting 100's on it, but this is more than evened out by the good part.
The TAs (Kevin/Nguyen and Zhongnan) usually go over the homework problems in their office hours, so even if you don't have the previous years' homework you won't be screwed or anything.
Matlab Project: From someone who has never touched Matlab before this class, I don't think the 3 Matlab assignments that are tacked on to the end of some homeworks really do a good job of preparing you for the project, but thankfully the TAs are very helpful during their office hours before the project is due and you should be able to get it done in 1-2 nights. There really isn't a lot of coding required (not even difficult coding), but the conceptual part of the project would make a hell of a lot more sense if the lecture about filters was given BEFORE the project was due and not after.
Midterms: Kevin and Zhongnan are straight up GODS of partial credit when grading these midterms, so I have no idea what one of the previous reviews is talking about where they said that there is close to no partial credit (maybe different quarter with different TAs?). Sure, they take a while to grade your midterms (~2-3 weeks to grade midterm 1), but that's because they're making sure to give you as much partial credit as possible. As for the midterms themselves, they were pretty reasonable (72.52/100 mean on MT 1, 66.16/100 mean on MT2). While they don't recycle questions from previous years, one of the questions on midterm 2 (question #4) was straight out of the textbook, so take from that what you will. I don't think the homework really prepared me for the second midterm, so I had to take a guess at how to take the Fourier transforms of delta functions convolved with delta functions convolved with something else.
Final: There were definitely some curve balls thrown here on the final (like needing to know how to do partial fraction expansions in Laplace transforms in ways other than was discussed in class or on homework), but it wasn't all too horrible. Just trust in Kevin's and Zhongnan's godly partial credit giving powers and everything will be okay.
Overall, while Professor Lee is the only one teaching EE 102, I think she does a fair job of teaching it. If anything, Kevin and Zhongnan will be your saving grace in the class, so whatever wisdom Professor Lee imparts to you is only bolstered by the TAs.
It's true that her teach style is pretty bad, but the course itself is not that hard if you can review what's in the slide after each class.
The homework is from previous year's, therefore you can get some help from previous homework.
As far as I can tell, her test is pretty fair. Though I haven't taken final yet, the first two midterms are pretty basic problems IF you understand what's in the slide very well.
There's not much of a choice for EE102 professors, but she was horrible.
Homework is almost impossible to complete without help from the TA.
Reads off powerpoint slides for 90% of the class.
Unhelpful whenever students needed help with the material.
First exam wasn't the worst, second exam was very difficult except for the 1st problem.
Fails to teach students what they need to know for the Matlab assignment.
DO NOT take her.
She never teaches-just reads off ppt's. Her homework's are trivial coz she gives questions from previous years and she is extremely UNapproachable and rude.
Most importantly, her exams are UNIMAGINABLY hard, and there is close to none partial credit on them.