Michael E Shin
Department of Geography
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3.5
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Based on 34 User s
Easiness 2.5 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.3 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.0 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 2.9 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
April 1, 2020

This class was a ride and a requirement for my major. I would not recommend it to someone who just needs a GE because this is an intensive course. If you are interested in making maps and GIS, this is a great class to start with to tests all of the basis GIS waters there are. This was my first onlinen course, but I chose to do an in-person lab and it made the class more tolerable and manageable. It is not too difficult to get an B+ or A-, but if you do everything correctly and take the time to do a few more extra things, you can receive an A/A+.

The WEEKLY FORUM posts are generally written responses with the occasional photo attachment to a prompt. Many times we had to read up on a subject and write about our thoughts and respond to fellow classmates. Easy and practically guaranteed 10% of your grade if you do all of them on time.

The WEEKLY QUIZZES would ask questions from the informational videos the professor posts and also information from the textbook. You do not need to buy the textbook because it can be found online and at the library. They would open on Monday and be due Sunday night with UNLIMITED ATTEMPTS between that time period, BUT there is a 90 MINUTE WAIT TIME IN BETWEEN ATTEMPTS, so if you are doing them at the last minute and you didn't get a score you wanted, you are out of luck. Also, after each attempt, you only get the score and NOT which questions you missed. So these quizzes do take a good chunk of time to complete. My regret is not getting a 100 on each one because they are easier points than the weekly assignments.

WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS- Weekly assignments are TIME CONSUMING. No surprise there. I am bad with technology, but the tutorials posted on CCLE give you step by step instructions on how to complete your project in order to get a standard outcome. There are not too difficult to follow, but it is best to work on two monitors or a split screen in order to play the CCLE video alongside the QGIS software.

WHAT SUCKS- Even if you do the entire assignment completely correct, you will only receive 80% of the points. I missed out on points to get a 100 on each assignment because I could have made the assignments more aesthetically appealing, or add more extra data. I understand that this is a part of what it takes to get a 100, but I didn't know how to do the things the other students were doing to their maps in order to receive that 100. ALSO, the professor almost never responds to your emails. Your only source of help is mainly your TAs on the weekdays. There is also a Piazza forum for students, but mainly everyone is unresponsive to everyone else's issues or they are just as confused.

FINAL PROJECT- I spent countless hours, leading to days, on my final project. It had become optional in light of the situation, but I wanted the chance to boost my grade to an A. As long as you do everything you can for this project and truly do your research and make more aesthetically appealing visuals of your maps and data, I believe you will be fine.

I learned how important map-making is in our world. Now that I am reflecting on the content of this course and all of the skills that I learned, it makes the class seem worthwhile. Now every time I see a map online, I get an idea of how that map was made and how map makers still have an important job in today's society. Also, all of the assignments we did in this course can be put into a personal professional portfolio.

Grade breakdown:
5%- Syllabus Quiz
10%- Weekly Forum Posts
50%- Weekly Assignments
20%- Final Project
15%- Weekly Quizzes

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Quarter: Spring 2016
Grade: B
Sept. 14, 2016

If you have no background in this field, do not take this class. If you do not want to dedicate 20 - 25 hours a week on coursework, do not take this class. If you want to work hard for a grade but don't want to compromise your efforts in other classes, do not take this class. If you really think you can save everything to the last minute, please don't take this class. If you come up with really legitimate excuses for things being late, DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. This is not, by any means, a beginner's course. I took it online. And while the professors neatly lays out how the course will work, the amount of time this class will take from you is shocking. Every week there is a required weekly post (based on a reading and or screencast), a weekly lab (to instruct you on the assignment), the weekly ridiculously frustrating assignment and the weekly quiz (based on the required readings and assignment). And if you don't do any one of these things by their weekly due date, you receive no credit. If you do not complete the weekly quiz, you cannot access the next week's material. So you have to take the quiz (regardless if you get credit for it or not) in order to move on. The average grade on the midterm for more than 200 students: C-. Unless this is your interest, or the only class your taking, don't take this class. It goes past a satisfying challenge to just pure anxiety about whether you are going to be able to mimic hundreds of detailed computer programming steps ( I am talking about the weekly assignment). Should you take this class, here is my advice. 1. Look up QGIS and Query Building (and then drop the class). 2. (If you are brave and anticipate my over dramatization of the difficulty of this course and persist), GO TO LAB, just GO. 3. and this should be the first, start your weekly assignment early in the week, there are so many things than can and will go wrong, you will thank yourself for this. 4. Do not procrastinate, this class is on a tight schedule and leaves the stragglers behind. 5. Try to enjoy yourself, despite it all, you will come out of this class a map-making machine, and that is a pretty satisfying feeling.

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Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: A
Dec. 1, 2022

Really interesting class. Learn a whole hell of a lot. Just extremely time consuming, and frustrating at times. Liked the online format a lot, alongside the work at your pace. If plan on taking this class, I suggest you start assignments early, as troubleshooting the assignments take forever.

Overall, definitely a really cool class, would take again. Just know that going into it that it's a lot of work.

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
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Dec. 4, 2021

This class, especially for my quarter, has been entirely online. All lectures and assignments for each week are well-structured, which you will get used to them after the first few weeks. In my opinion, the lectures are short and concise, and the screencast for technical demonstrations are very helpful as step-by-step explanations, so you can keep up very easily. The deadline for this class is very strict, so you need to follow the deadlines for each week. This class takes around 10-12 hours (or sometimes up to 20 hours if the project is complicated) of your time a week to finish all the lectures, readings, and assignments. Even though the workload is a bit too much, you will learn a lot from this class. The projects each week have been interesting to me. The class content is neither too easy nor too hard; somewhat easy but somewhat challenging in some topics. In my quarter, the professor canceled the final project, so all the grades will depend on the past assignments. All the reading quizzes are unlimited attempts, so you can expect good scores from the reading quizzes portion. I personally have never been to any of the professor's office hours, but I have been to my TA's office hours and I think they are very supportive and helpful. Overall, I would recommend this class, but keep in mind that this is not the easiest GE class. I would not recommend anyone to take it for GE unless you are interested in this field or want to challenge yourself. You need to put the effort in, but you will also gain a lot as well.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
March 29, 2020

Intro to GIS was an online class that included a weekly quiz, discussion and a weekly assignment. Quiz questions came from the online textbook and he weekly videos. Weekly assignments were interesting and their were several videos to help show you what to do and lead you in the right direction. This is a large online class and it really depends how your lab is for grading and help. I had lisa Martinez in an online setting and she was great. She was always willing to help and her grading was fair. This class has interesting and relevant content but it requires self motivation to stay on top.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
Feb. 12, 2020

PEDANTIC and unclear expectations.

You only get 20/20 on assignments if you go "Above and Beyond" but this is not defined. Classmates and I would make multiple additional maps for an assignment, add multiple extra layers and do extra analysis only to get DOCKED points because the TA "didn't like the colors used" ( there is no set criteria... its just whim of TA's).

Our TA Elizabeth Fard, constantly answers questions with "I don't know" and is very unhelpful. Shin takes days to answers questions.

I have never had a class that reprimands you for doing extra work, honestly, it's ridiculous.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
March 14, 2019

I took this class as a requirement for my major, or else I would not have ever enrolled. The online format was nice, but purely the amount of work that Prof. Shin required every week was simply too much for an intro class. The projects were easy, but time consuming. The worst part of this class is that, at most, you can only score an 18/20 on these projects, unless you do the unclear "extra" work to get the remaining points, which is frustrating if you spend hours on the project, do it correct, and then are told that you have to do more.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
Jan. 30, 2019

Took this class purely because it was an online GE. However, I ended up loving the subject and I am now minoring in GIS & Tech. You could be a history major or theatre major, and I promise you this class and minor will be of use to you. SO many applications for this. However, the class was kind of challenging only because there was really nothing stopping you to procrastinate and get everything done until last minute. This class is easy and fun as long as you learn to space your week out and get everything done in a timely way. I hope whoever ends up taking this class loves it as much as I did!

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Quarter: Winter 2017
Grade: A
March 31, 2017

The class, itself, was pretty awesome. The fact that I enjoyed it so much partly scared me (am I really that much of a nerd?). My TA (Nerve) was really helpful, and his labs were awesome. The homework was stressful, but the videos walked you through them, and they were super fun to do! I plan on showing my maps toeveryone I know. This class helps you create things you can be proud of, honestly. There were a few glitches in the quizzes and midterms (they're online), but the course is relatively new, so they should deal with that soon enough. The final project is hard, but doable. And when you're done with it, you'll be super proud of yourself. The professor's videos made me sleepy, but those were only needed for the quizzes, so you'll live.

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Quarter: Winter 2017
Grade: N/A
March 8, 2017

Do NOT take this class unless you ABSOLUTELY have to. If you do, try to get Scott as a TA he's awesome and will make everything ok.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
April 1, 2020

This class was a ride and a requirement for my major. I would not recommend it to someone who just needs a GE because this is an intensive course. If you are interested in making maps and GIS, this is a great class to start with to tests all of the basis GIS waters there are. This was my first onlinen course, but I chose to do an in-person lab and it made the class more tolerable and manageable. It is not too difficult to get an B+ or A-, but if you do everything correctly and take the time to do a few more extra things, you can receive an A/A+.

The WEEKLY FORUM posts are generally written responses with the occasional photo attachment to a prompt. Many times we had to read up on a subject and write about our thoughts and respond to fellow classmates. Easy and practically guaranteed 10% of your grade if you do all of them on time.

The WEEKLY QUIZZES would ask questions from the informational videos the professor posts and also information from the textbook. You do not need to buy the textbook because it can be found online and at the library. They would open on Monday and be due Sunday night with UNLIMITED ATTEMPTS between that time period, BUT there is a 90 MINUTE WAIT TIME IN BETWEEN ATTEMPTS, so if you are doing them at the last minute and you didn't get a score you wanted, you are out of luck. Also, after each attempt, you only get the score and NOT which questions you missed. So these quizzes do take a good chunk of time to complete. My regret is not getting a 100 on each one because they are easier points than the weekly assignments.

WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS- Weekly assignments are TIME CONSUMING. No surprise there. I am bad with technology, but the tutorials posted on CCLE give you step by step instructions on how to complete your project in order to get a standard outcome. There are not too difficult to follow, but it is best to work on two monitors or a split screen in order to play the CCLE video alongside the QGIS software.

WHAT SUCKS- Even if you do the entire assignment completely correct, you will only receive 80% of the points. I missed out on points to get a 100 on each assignment because I could have made the assignments more aesthetically appealing, or add more extra data. I understand that this is a part of what it takes to get a 100, but I didn't know how to do the things the other students were doing to their maps in order to receive that 100. ALSO, the professor almost never responds to your emails. Your only source of help is mainly your TAs on the weekdays. There is also a Piazza forum for students, but mainly everyone is unresponsive to everyone else's issues or they are just as confused.

FINAL PROJECT- I spent countless hours, leading to days, on my final project. It had become optional in light of the situation, but I wanted the chance to boost my grade to an A. As long as you do everything you can for this project and truly do your research and make more aesthetically appealing visuals of your maps and data, I believe you will be fine.

I learned how important map-making is in our world. Now that I am reflecting on the content of this course and all of the skills that I learned, it makes the class seem worthwhile. Now every time I see a map online, I get an idea of how that map was made and how map makers still have an important job in today's society. Also, all of the assignments we did in this course can be put into a personal professional portfolio.

Grade breakdown:
5%- Syllabus Quiz
10%- Weekly Forum Posts
50%- Weekly Assignments
20%- Final Project
15%- Weekly Quizzes

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Quarter: Spring 2016
Grade: B
Sept. 14, 2016

If you have no background in this field, do not take this class. If you do not want to dedicate 20 - 25 hours a week on coursework, do not take this class. If you want to work hard for a grade but don't want to compromise your efforts in other classes, do not take this class. If you really think you can save everything to the last minute, please don't take this class. If you come up with really legitimate excuses for things being late, DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. This is not, by any means, a beginner's course. I took it online. And while the professors neatly lays out how the course will work, the amount of time this class will take from you is shocking. Every week there is a required weekly post (based on a reading and or screencast), a weekly lab (to instruct you on the assignment), the weekly ridiculously frustrating assignment and the weekly quiz (based on the required readings and assignment). And if you don't do any one of these things by their weekly due date, you receive no credit. If you do not complete the weekly quiz, you cannot access the next week's material. So you have to take the quiz (regardless if you get credit for it or not) in order to move on. The average grade on the midterm for more than 200 students: C-. Unless this is your interest, or the only class your taking, don't take this class. It goes past a satisfying challenge to just pure anxiety about whether you are going to be able to mimic hundreds of detailed computer programming steps ( I am talking about the weekly assignment). Should you take this class, here is my advice. 1. Look up QGIS and Query Building (and then drop the class). 2. (If you are brave and anticipate my over dramatization of the difficulty of this course and persist), GO TO LAB, just GO. 3. and this should be the first, start your weekly assignment early in the week, there are so many things than can and will go wrong, you will thank yourself for this. 4. Do not procrastinate, this class is on a tight schedule and leaves the stragglers behind. 5. Try to enjoy yourself, despite it all, you will come out of this class a map-making machine, and that is a pretty satisfying feeling.

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Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: A
Dec. 1, 2022

Really interesting class. Learn a whole hell of a lot. Just extremely time consuming, and frustrating at times. Liked the online format a lot, alongside the work at your pace. If plan on taking this class, I suggest you start assignments early, as troubleshooting the assignments take forever.

Overall, definitely a really cool class, would take again. Just know that going into it that it's a lot of work.

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
Dec. 4, 2021

This class, especially for my quarter, has been entirely online. All lectures and assignments for each week are well-structured, which you will get used to them after the first few weeks. In my opinion, the lectures are short and concise, and the screencast for technical demonstrations are very helpful as step-by-step explanations, so you can keep up very easily. The deadline for this class is very strict, so you need to follow the deadlines for each week. This class takes around 10-12 hours (or sometimes up to 20 hours if the project is complicated) of your time a week to finish all the lectures, readings, and assignments. Even though the workload is a bit too much, you will learn a lot from this class. The projects each week have been interesting to me. The class content is neither too easy nor too hard; somewhat easy but somewhat challenging in some topics. In my quarter, the professor canceled the final project, so all the grades will depend on the past assignments. All the reading quizzes are unlimited attempts, so you can expect good scores from the reading quizzes portion. I personally have never been to any of the professor's office hours, but I have been to my TA's office hours and I think they are very supportive and helpful. Overall, I would recommend this class, but keep in mind that this is not the easiest GE class. I would not recommend anyone to take it for GE unless you are interested in this field or want to challenge yourself. You need to put the effort in, but you will also gain a lot as well.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
March 29, 2020

Intro to GIS was an online class that included a weekly quiz, discussion and a weekly assignment. Quiz questions came from the online textbook and he weekly videos. Weekly assignments were interesting and their were several videos to help show you what to do and lead you in the right direction. This is a large online class and it really depends how your lab is for grading and help. I had lisa Martinez in an online setting and she was great. She was always willing to help and her grading was fair. This class has interesting and relevant content but it requires self motivation to stay on top.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
Feb. 12, 2020

PEDANTIC and unclear expectations.

You only get 20/20 on assignments if you go "Above and Beyond" but this is not defined. Classmates and I would make multiple additional maps for an assignment, add multiple extra layers and do extra analysis only to get DOCKED points because the TA "didn't like the colors used" ( there is no set criteria... its just whim of TA's).

Our TA Elizabeth Fard, constantly answers questions with "I don't know" and is very unhelpful. Shin takes days to answers questions.

I have never had a class that reprimands you for doing extra work, honestly, it's ridiculous.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
March 14, 2019

I took this class as a requirement for my major, or else I would not have ever enrolled. The online format was nice, but purely the amount of work that Prof. Shin required every week was simply too much for an intro class. The projects were easy, but time consuming. The worst part of this class is that, at most, you can only score an 18/20 on these projects, unless you do the unclear "extra" work to get the remaining points, which is frustrating if you spend hours on the project, do it correct, and then are told that you have to do more.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
Jan. 30, 2019

Took this class purely because it was an online GE. However, I ended up loving the subject and I am now minoring in GIS & Tech. You could be a history major or theatre major, and I promise you this class and minor will be of use to you. SO many applications for this. However, the class was kind of challenging only because there was really nothing stopping you to procrastinate and get everything done until last minute. This class is easy and fun as long as you learn to space your week out and get everything done in a timely way. I hope whoever ends up taking this class loves it as much as I did!

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Quarter: Winter 2017
Grade: A
March 31, 2017

The class, itself, was pretty awesome. The fact that I enjoyed it so much partly scared me (am I really that much of a nerd?). My TA (Nerve) was really helpful, and his labs were awesome. The homework was stressful, but the videos walked you through them, and they were super fun to do! I plan on showing my maps toeveryone I know. This class helps you create things you can be proud of, honestly. There were a few glitches in the quizzes and midterms (they're online), but the course is relatively new, so they should deal with that soon enough. The final project is hard, but doable. And when you're done with it, you'll be super proud of yourself. The professor's videos made me sleepy, but those were only needed for the quizzes, so you'll live.

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Quarter: Winter 2017
Grade: N/A
March 8, 2017

Do NOT take this class unless you ABSOLUTELY have to. If you do, try to get Scott as a TA he's awesome and will make everything ok.

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Easiness 2.5 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.3 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.0 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 2.9 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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