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CIV ENG 11 (Spring 2013)

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100 81 69 100 100

Comment: the 15 minutes GSIs got every wednesday to help with homework was usually all you need for the homework help of the week. exams were easy if you aced/understood the homework very well. no cheat sheets. harley's a great professor. interesting lectures.

CIV ENG 11 (Spring 2013)

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90 90 100 88 100

Comment: Very happy guy, homeworks generally very quantitative. Solid class all around.

CIV ENG 11 (Spring 2013)

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83 79 72 74 79

Comment: Pretty fun class. For the most part, CE11 is just a general overview of ME40, but with an emphasis on the environment and sustainability. So if you've for some reason taken ME40 before, this class shouldn't be a problem. Harley is a good professor. Friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic. Exams were fair. Homework was weird. Every week, the GSIs gave us homework help during class which pretty much showed us how to do the problems. Grading: 50% final, 10% each midterm, 30% homework

CIV ENG 11 (Spring 2010)

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88 70 76 90 88

Comment: Very good professor overall. I felt like the class lacked focus though (it was basic calculus + basic physics + basic chem + basic bio + basic econ) so it got boring after a while BUT that's not the fault of the professor at all, but rather the material.

CIV ENG 11 (Spring 2010)

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100 81 88 100 100

Comment: Professor Harley is very enthusiastic and well prepared. He is also very helpful in office hours, approachable and nice. The course content is also very interesting, we discussed global environmental engineering issues for the first part of the class, then focused on water (quality and quantity), and energy (fossil fuels, nuclear, renewables).

CIV ENG 218A (Fall 2011)

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ENGIN 7 (Spring 2014)

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59 80 23 77 58

Comment: Harley seems like your friendly grandpa, but the lack of curve on the final was brutal. And the exams test your memorization of obscure errors more than your actual ability to program.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2014)

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Comment: Great professor, should definitely take with him. Exams are fair but tricky, so take your time. Would be good to take Math 54 before this class. I didn't get a great grade, but I still think this class was the most useful I have taken thus far, and Harley is awesome. Would advise starting on the semester project (robot) very early, and make sure you have a good group.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2014)

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ENGIN 7 (Spring 2014)

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Comment: A very good class. Lectures are clear and helpful. Lab assignments usually take 3-5 hours to complete. Lab sections helped me a lot as well. Didn't go to too many office hours but seems to be a friendly person. If you take Math 54 before this class, materials make more sense but it's not a big deal (May be a different story for spring E7). Tests were fair but very tricky. Need to be really careful to do well. I came in with almost no programming experience and I did pretty well. Overall, a very interesting class and a stellar professor.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2014)

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Comment: Prof. Harley was a really solid lecturer; his lectures made sense, were helpful, pretty engaging, and peppered with MATLAB demonstrations of relevant material. He clearly enjoyed what he was teaching and knew his stuff. He speaks quietly, so sit in the front of the lecture hall for maximum benefit. The lab assignments could be tricky at times, but were overall pretty manageable. However, being able to complete lab assignments well doesn't mean you're necessarily prepared for the exam. My lab average was 99.44% (lowest two dropped) yet I got an 85% on the midterm and a 73% on the final. Make sure you actually understand the concepts behind the numerical methods section of the course. Your life will be much easier if you've already taken Math 54, I'm assuming (I hadn't.) Also, if you haven't already programmed (i.e. AP CS or Cal equivalent,) you may be in for a bumpy ride, I'm told. MATLAB isn't really a good language in which to learn to program, so it's a weird way to get into it if you've never programmed before. Overall though, really fun and interesting course, definitely the most interesting I took that semester. Wait until Spring to take the course, otherwise you'll be stuck with the MechE profs who are much more demanding. Oh and one word about the final project: hit the ground running as soon as it's assigned. Sure, you'll have plenty of time to finish it if you wait until after spring break to begin, but 30% of the project grade is based on how well your code runs with respect to others', so get a jump if feasible.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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Comment: Labs were great. Lectures were okay, attended maybe half of them. Ended up with a B. Probably could have done better. Exams were multiple choice so not too hard, just no partial credit.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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Comment: Good class.

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ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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Comment: Nice guy

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ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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Comment: He's a mediocre teacher at best. He's really interested in what he's teaching and he knows is stuff, but his voice is awful to listen to and lectures were essentially useless. Assignments were fair, but exams were hard.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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Comment: Overall, great course. Harley is a wonderful professor. Fair grader. He's enthusiastic and energetic and makes his lectures quite interesting. He usually demonstrates the uses of MATLAB in real life applications during his lectures and in the lab assignments. At times, the labs can be quite difficult so be sure to ask your gsi for help during lab section. For his exams, it's multiple choice and quite computational. For me, the final was like a math exam. Half of the course is about syntax and the other half is about using calculus and linear algebra programs in MATLAB.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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64 75 11 0 65

Comment: Hard multiple choice exams with little time to do them. No help given during office hours for assignemnts, speaks quietly but enthusiastically for lectures. Assignments varied in difficulty but there was always plenty of time to do them

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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81 87 71 77 74

Comment: Lectures are dull but informative. Assignments are fun for those you like mind puzzles; assignments are time consuming. They also don't help much for the exam. Attending game shows he hosts every friday and studying his slides help.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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Comment: Pretty weird dude. lectures weren't always pertinent but overall a cool class and I learned a lot. I think It will take me a while to see just how useful some of these skills will be in my later classes.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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Comment: Definitely devoted to E7 and making the class high-quality; one week, he visited the lab sections and PERSONALLY TALKED TO EVERY STUDENT, asking what they thought about the class thus far, looking for suggestions, answering questions, etc. That's one of the coolest things I've seen a professor do, and it's not likely to be topped for a while; it earns him VERY high marks from me. Lab assignments are swingy; one week, you can finish it in 2 hours, and the next you will stare at your computer screen for hours without making any progress. Taking E7 in the Spring is highly advisable; Fall E7 is brutal, I hear. Harley makes sure the experience is rewarding, and the class could CERTAINLY be tougher, but you understand the fundamentals. The class devolves into basically "math" later on, but still retains the coding element. Exams can be a bit nitpicky, asking "what kind of error message appears here" or "which of these forms of code will NOT do this", and the presence of "none of the above" on every question really makes you doubt yourself. Overall I enjoyed E7 with Harley, it's not a terribly large time commitment but don't underestimate it.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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Comment: I had so much fun in E7 with professor Harley. The labs were challenging yet manageable. I was able to finish most of my labs, which are the weekly homework assignments, during lab time which meant I had practically no homework. The tests are tricky, though, and a large portion of your grade is based on your performance on multiple choice tests. Really good class. I felt like I learned a lot of useful information.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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90 82 73 91 80

Comment: Professor Harley was very clear and easy to understand. I recommend sitting toward the front during lectures to hear him better. Also reading the reader before hand helped me have a really good understanding of the material. He was also very helpful during office hours and I definitely recommend going.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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81 67 74 75 80

Comment: Harley is a pretty good professor. His approach is good and his lectures are easy to understand. If you don't by chance, get them, the GSIs in lab are always more than ready to help. Discussion is optional and in my opinion, not very helpful at all. The labs, if you don't start early, will end up consuming all of Thursday night and Friday morning, when they are due Friday afternoon. The midterm was tricky (he tries to trick you on purpose so be careful) but overall pretty fair, just he doesn't give you enough time. The final was pretty fair, it starts off pretty doable, but then its get hard, and by hard, I mean downright HARD. Overall, this is a great course to take, but one wonders how useful MATLAB will be compared to other programming languages.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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82 79 50 63 67

Comment: Good professor, knows what he is doing. Does tend to speak quietly and the class had a tendency to overpower him at times- sit toward the front

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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100 100 69 100 100

Comment: Harley was a great professor, very enthusiastic. He demonstrated concern for student learning and his lectures were clear. He even showed up to lab sections sometimes to meet the students. The exams, though fair, were hard and very "tricky". Overall, E7 with Harley was a good experience.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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70 73 50 67 51

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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94 94 96 92 96

Comment: very good professor, very helpful

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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100 83 85 96 100

Comment: Harley is an excellent professor. He emphasizes the key concepts and leaves out concepts that we will never use. Extremely passionate about the content and explains the concepts clearly. He sometimes goes too fast, but he posts his lecture slides and diary from the day's MATLAB demos on bSpace, so you can listen to the podcasts and follow along on the slides. The lab assignments can be challenging, so make sure you start early on the weekend, so you can go to the first lab with questions. There was only one midterm and although it tested almost all the concepts he went over, the time constraint made it impossible to truly test how well we understood MATLAB. A reflection of an excellent professor - Harley said in lecture that he realized that time was a significant factor for many people during the midterm exam and has promised to allow sufficient time to complete the final exam. Can't really get much better than him.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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Comment: E7 is a good course to learn Matlab and stuff.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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Comment: Awesome professor. I was actually excited to show up to lecture..not excited for the 8am labs though. He really knows his stuff and explains it in a clear and organized way in lecture. Lecture notes are online so it was helpful so I didnt have to try and scramble to write his example code for matlab. Lab assignments were hard and sometimes they took forever but sometimes they were really easy surprisingly. I recommend the professor and the class.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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89 78 64 75 100

Comment: Good professor, you can tell he's really knowledgeable and enthusiastic about matlab in general and his lectures are pretty well-organized. He kinda spends a bit too much time playing around with matlab in class instead of explaining each concept/function/tool and for me at least I learned more from actually doing the labs/assignments. The weekly labs are pretty useful for learning, some of them can be pretty tricky and you can expect to spend quite a bit of time outside lab working on it. GSI's are hit or miss, mine was really condescending and wasn't too helpful. Midterms are multiple choice, not the best way to test matlab knowledge in my opinion.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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76 77 60 50 49

Comment: Actually really like this course. Assignments are quite fun, and the class isn't too stressful.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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50 79 65 42 50

Comment: Waste of time to go to lecture. He does offer prizes on Friday's lecture. Better off going to lab and asking your GSI for help. Class not too bad

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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72 49 40 71 83

Comment: Great Class. Put in the work and you will do well.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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84 96 63 100 70

Comment: Clear lectures. Helpful assignments and GSIs. A useful introduction to computer science (for engineers).

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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86 80 77 86 95

Comment: You don't need programming experience to take the class (more than half did not have any according to the survey in the beginning of the year). Having some would make the class easier though

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2012)

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