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She's not good enough at lecturing to justify how unhelpful and hostile she is. If I actually attended lecture I'd be scared to ask questions.
Looking at the previous year's reviews, I was definitely a bit nervous going into this class, but prof definitely surprised. She addressed all the feedback she had received on the first day of class and actively ensured we didn't have the same problems.
> 5% homework, 20% worth of 4 quizzes, 35% midterm, 40% finals
> Quizzes: We had pretty easy quizzes (4 of them over the 8 weeks), and the questions were similar to the homework. They were 1 hour quizzes and open for 24 hours so definitely accommodative to different time zones. Would've appreciated it if they were graded faster though, so we could actually figure out what we did wrong before the exams.
> Homework: We had a few questions assigned every week (although she did skip 1-2 weeks) and they were pretty easy to do if you attended the lecture and offered great practice for the quizzes. The only disappointing thing is that it's worth 5% and it would've been nice for it to be worth more given we spend a while on it every week.
> Discussion: The TA was great but discussions for online classes just end up being super noninteractive so it would get a bit slow and awkward. Shout out to Salekh for being an amazing TA!
> Lectures: She doesn't use slides but she makes notes during class and walks us through several examples of different question types which are similar to the ones we are tested on. She's pretty willing to answer questions and we can always go during office hours, ask on Piazza, or email. The lack of slides can be a little monotone sometimes but honestly if you're watching a recording at a faster speed, it isn't a problem.
> Tests: We had one midterm and a final- both of which were pretty fair. I personally felt like the final was easier than the midterm. She doesn't curve but if you go through all the class examples and back questions in the book, you'll do well. You do need to move fast since questions have parts that depend on each other so getting one part wrong might affect your points for the remaining parts.
Overall, it went better than expected and I appreciate the prof working on feedback.
Got a good grade, horrible professor though. You learn nothing compared to the other professors who teach this class (and I'm batsh*t scared I will be woefully unprepared for M152A and M151B).
....guys I'm not even mentioning her terrible teaching style, communication skills, and willingness to be open to students. Just don't even try to ask her any questions. Also, the textbook is your friend.
AVOID AT ALL COSTS.
god i hated onenote so much more after this class.
Took this class online during summer 2020, and the professor was not a particularly good lecturer in my opinion. Some crucial topics were glossed over, while other less important or trivial topics sometimes would get a lot of lecture time. Explanations weren't exactly clear and it probably would've been a struggle if the material was anything more than introductory.
More importantly, however, the professor acted very unprofessionally at times - for example, using a condescending tone when people asked questions. I felt that 99% of people who asked questions and didn't get a clear answer never asked for further clarification despite obviously not having their question answered, because she would often say things like "I just covered that in lecture" and other remarks that pretty much discouraged questions and made people feel stupid for asking them. She also seemed to misinterpret a lot of questions, which made for very ineffective Q+A's during lecture.
Some other things that happened:
-Midterm was at a set time, completely disregarding those in different time zones. A lot of foreign students probably ended up having to stay up until 3 AM or some other ridiculous time to take the midterm. An 1-on-1 oral exam was offered to those who couldn't make the original time, but I would much rather take a standard online exam for obvious reasons - a 1-on-1 would probably be extremely stressful, and you really don't have as much freedom to think through your answers, let alone check them.
-Class ended up being downcurved (with reports of 95% A-'s), despite not being mentioned in the syllabus.
-Professor publicly called out names of people challenging the aforementioned midterm policy on Piazza, even though they posted anonymously (I am fairly certain she was aware they were posting anonymously)
I have had the chance to take this class twice (last year, pre-pandemic, and this year, in the middle of the pandemic), both with Seungbae Kim discussion (he held both discussion last year). I failed the first time, so that fact may skew my review somewhat.
Lecturing style: She doesn't use slides and prefer to just write across the whiteboard (or OneNote this year). She focuses on doing the example in lecture. The example in the lecture are quite similar to the question on the homework and exams. She makes an effort to remember everyone face and name. She request that you wait until you finish a topic and ask "Do you have any question ?" to ask your question. In online classes, she does record her lecture. She doesn't want student to create groupme (or other kind of chat) but rather student interact with each other through piazza.
Quiz + Exams: I personally think that the exams and quizzes are quite hard, it is because she doesn't give enough time for us.
Grading: While she does announces what percentage each category is, she doesn't announce the baseline grade for each letter grade.
I think that, knowing her, she does try her best to accommodate her student. Given that in Summer 2019, she did offer a make-up oral exams for the students that misses the exams for whatever reason. This year, she did accommodate our situation by offering time quizzes and exams with a 12 hour windows (for quizzes) and 15 hour window (for final) which you can take whenever you feel like it. Although for some reason, she doesn't allow that accommodation for the midterm and forced us to take it all the same time (proctored by our TA through Zoom) instead.
Going to her in-person office hour, she likes to address student by name, which I think is really nice. I think that it doesn't translate well to Piazza because student who wishes go anonymous may felt called out.
Rate my professor sucks, she truly hates ucla students
Professor Ghaforyfard tried her best to explain the content of the class; however, it can be a bit rushed and unorganized. If you are in another time zone, reconsider your choice of taking this class as she will suddenly cancel your exam accommodation and reply " this is going to be the end of this discussion" if you ask more questions for clarification (Piazza, 2020 Summer).
For more information, search Ouch that hurts r/ucla
More updates, this class is down curved during a pandemic, and she blatantly ignored a student's question by shutting down the piazza when a student raised questions about the grading scheme. For more information, check Illogical Design of Ethical Systems 2: Electric Boogaloo r/ucla
Will not recommend any students who want to take it unless you absolutely need it (Easy A, but sacrificing your sanity).
THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST CLASS I'VE EVER HAD IN UCLA. AVOID AT ALL COST.
This class was roasted as "Illogical Design of Ethical Systems." I bet you can't find a better name than this gem.
The class was easy, but I hated it. I'll rather do 10 CS32 project 3s than to retake this class.
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