Subramanian, V on Ninja Courses

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EL ENG 42 (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
85 55 58 75 76

Comment: Since lecture was at 9 AM, and I'm a late riser, I didn't make too many of the lectures. Thankfully, Subramanian addressed previous criticisms pretty well. Thus, the material was on many online videos (definitely watch these, they help on all aspects of the class), and he went through specific examples in lecture. Vivek has a really loud voice, which is probably good since it was at 9 AM. He's often pretty enthusiastic about the material, and entertains all questions and concerns thoroughly. Exam averages ranged from 40%~60%, so don't be alarmed if you score pretty low; the class is curved. The final exam average was 18~19/40, which was worth 50% of the course grade, and it had a lot about buffers, which wasn't covered too thoroughly in lectures. However, overall a good class, and Vivek is a pretty decent professor.

EL ENG 42 (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
90 81 79 93 93

Comment: Cons: Little partial credit on the homeworks, tests are very challenging. Pros: Overall very helpful and enthusiastic. You can tell he's very knowledgeable about the material he's teaching. Good at explaining concepts and walking through problems in class. Class was a great introduction for someone who's never taken EE before, though the material did get relatively thick towards the end of the semester.

EL ENG 42 (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
95 74 32 90 95

Comment: He's a cool dude. I like his personality.

EL ENG 42 (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
21 17 13 39 68

EL ENG 42 (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 52 3 29 51

Comment: Tests are hard

EL ENG 42 (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
81 84 17 73 88

Comment: Great professor/teaching, lots of fun content, has already moved to a largely online-based version of the class, where you watch the lectures online before class, and he practices problems in-class. The tests are very difficult, as they are open-book, and was not representative of the homework/lecture/what he says will be on the test. The questions themselves were also tricky and unintuitive.

EL ENG 42 (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
61 71 67 32 42

EL ENG 42 (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
72 34 7 71 87

EL ENG 42 (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
53 40 50 62 73

Comment: Professor is okay, but be warned that the homework and exams are much harder than material covered in lecture. If anything, the homework was not too bad but it's much easier than the exam, giving me a false sense of security just because I didn't have trouble with the homework.

EL ENG 42 (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
80 69 10 68 100

EL ENG 42 (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
66 71 69 50 83

EL ENG 42 (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
39 38 37 39 100

Comment: Subramanian knows the material very well and is very enthusiastic about it. However, his lectures left me ridiculously underprepared for homework and exams. Most of the learning I got got from this class was courtesy of HKN office hours.

EL ENG 42 (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
54 59 40 40 88

Comment: Wished we had more review material and course material to work with, it could've been more exciting if we actually had some textbook material to cover our digital section. Studying out of class is a priority. Professor is great though.

EL ENG 42 (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
87 75 54 100 100

Comment: Very enthusiastic professor who can teach EE pretty well. The class isn't especially hard, but the first midterm was quite challenging. It was a ton harder than the lectures and homeworks. He's a nice guy, and you'll probably come out of the class with a good grade as long as you pay attention

EL ENG 42 (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 77 100 100 100

Comment: Circuits don't particularly interest me, but Subramanian is a great professor! Super knowledgeable about all sorts of electronics, and brings up lots of interesting topics. Very enthusiastic, clear in his explanations and very keen on helping you understand what is going on.

EL ENG 43 (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
81 33 50 50 85

Comment: The instructor/enthusiasm rating is for the corresponding EE42 course, as there is no instructor for the lab, other than the lab assistant. The helpfulness rating was left untouched, as different labs thus have different lab assistants. There are also no exams, which means that my only rating is for assignments. As a pure-lab "class" that moves faster than the accompanying class, the class is effectively self-studying the material with little guidance and high expectations. The assignments thus become quite difficult.

EL ENG 100 (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
95 71 40 87 100

Comment: Very enthusiastic and pretty good lecturer. Tries to work out lots of examples in class, which helps. That being said, the problem sets didn't look anything like the exams, all (4) of which he told us he intentionally made weird. They'd probably be easy if you had more EE experience and intuition, but for an introductory course for non EE majors, it seems like a pretty stupid idea. It was difficult to understand exactly what the questions wanted, and with only an hour for each midterm, it's really hard if you don't immediately see how to approach a problem. He also has sort of weird ideas about partial credit on exams...he won't give you points for doing the first part of a problem incorrectly but the rest consistently, but he will give you credit if, by blind luck, the equations you arrived at using the wrong method happen to match the answer key. I feel like that rewards luck more than actual knowledge. And the lab section is utter shit because you're expected to use components and equipment you've never seen before in lecture and thus have no conceptual or practical understanding of (pre-labs don't adequately teach you what you need to know). But I ended up scoring near perfect in the lab section anyway because we had super chill GSIs who helped us out. So there is that.

EL ENG 100 (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
78 81 88 67 76

EL ENG 100 (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
62 70 17 50 75

EL ENG 100 (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 83 75 88 100

EL ENG 100 (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
67 76 50 67 100

Comment: I learned a lot from his lecture. Great teacher, knows how to relate what we learn in class to practical life. Labs were not related to lecture, kinda pain.

EL ENG 100 (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
46 50 16 72 77

Comment: Got easily butt hurt whenever someone left lecture early. showed a lot of application of material in real life. however his example problems were far easier than the homework and midterms were. also, his midterms often just became one huge unwieldy algebra problem.

EL ENG 100 (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
65 96 21 48 96

Comment: You will learn alot. It is hard to prepare for exams since they are much harder than any materials given in the class. Labs are always ahead of lecture, but can be managed somehow. Just prepare well for digital part, the last section of the class.

EL ENG 100 (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
56 57 59 71 78

Comment: He's a great lecturer/professor. But when it comes to organization, he was pretty bad for us. Midterm right before Thanksgiving, really?? And labs running 2 weeks ahead of lecture?? This may be due to the EE40 professor, but still I think he could have helped us out a bit with the lab issue. Plus we had to take time out to go get our homeworks and midterms at his office hours, which was kind of weird. (ex. Why couldn't they be passed back in section?)

EL ENG 100 (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
45 85 35 38 71

EL ENG 100 (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
61 50 40 50 75

Comment: This class had potential at the outset of the semester but quickly made a turn for the worse. Way too much material being crammed into way too little time, especially with regards to the digital section.

EL ENG 130 (Spring 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 84 100 100 100

Comment: Very enthusiastic and helpful professor. Explains concepts extremely clearly.

EL ENG 230B (Spring 2014)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
99 83 92 96 97

Comment: One of the best lecturers I've seen ever. I have no idea how he is able to answer almost any question asked. His lectures are interactive, and extremely useful. You can easily fail if you skip class. His assignments could have been more interesting though

EL ENG 231 (Spring 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 96 86 97 100

Comment: Hardest course I've taken thus far at Berkeley (though it is a graduate level course). Lectures are very informative, if not a little fast. No actual homework, except for final project. Tough project, but a project that made me feel like I learned something at the end of it. Exams are fine, just go over course notes.