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About policy and how it's like personally:
Instead of the evaluation with the high uncertainty due to the pandemic, where you can see on the internet students asking homework questions and you hear about the bad cases of moral code, Professor Wesel was a first-mover of the new grading policy. He removed all exams and weight them on the quizzes of high frequency in absolute evaluation.
It was impressive to me. This made me think about the ultimate purpose of academia in terms of undergrad education and his thoughtful decision as a teacher. One can say it's an easy A course. I want to, however, emphasize that this, I guess, motivated many students in his course to actively learn the material at best (number of students).
In the free online textbook, the contents (convention, notations) are all strictly based on that of Wikipedia, which means you will, in the future, easily review the concept and relate them to further knowledge via those blue hyperlinks. I know I will forget them, but I can easily go over them with the online book and wiki.
I thought Professor Wesel didn't enjoy to address the applications(you rarely experience them except in the extra credit project). Then I thought it comes from his professional aspect since statistics, in general, has so many intuitive examples and uses, irrelevant to the area of communication. To have a glimpse of communication applications, however, might be too challenging because it's not solely based on statistics: they are placed in the deeper layer of your EE course map. So you may bear with it.
**This was during the COVID pandemic, so everything was online; this review might not reflect accurately in the future when classes are back to in-person, whenever that will be...**
I was compelled to write this review because I felt that his overall rating doesn't do him justice for how much effort and benevolence he put in this quarter for our class. His lectures were engaging (literally, you would get cold called to go through examples, which kept you on your toes), recorded (nice, I was not frequently able to make 8AM :P), and comprehensive. Added to the pretty easy to understand textbook he goes off of, I believe that anyone who puts in an average amount of commitment for this class will get a good grade and with good mastery of the course material.
His office hours were also engaging and fruitful, where he would guide you through HW and concepts step by step, and he asks for your participation as well to see if you understand. The HW and lectures were essential to the weekly quizzes, and the recurring quizzes aided in retaining concepts. I thought that the extra credit project was pretty cool as well, where he exemplified how some of the statistics was applied to his field of research.
I guess one "drawback" of Professor would be that if you are a fast learner and/or you already know some of the material in this class, his comprehensive approach in deriving you through the concepts might be a little slow. But, for those people, Zoom's got speed up feature. So overall, if he is going to teach 131A again, I suggest him as one of your top choice professors for this course.