Back to the grind



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Posted by: stak
Posted on: 2007-01-04 23:23:05

So, it's the new year (happy new year, all!) and classes are back in half swing. As opposed to full swing, because I haven't yet had a class that has run the full allotted time. Started with CLAS 202 yesterday, which was just a 10-minute intro that was enough to convince me to drop the course. After that was SE 465 (first lecture was cancelled, possibly because they haven't yet found a prof to teach it - that would be amusing :)). Today was CS 444, GEOG 101 (which I'm taking instead of CLAS 202), and CS 452 (aka "the trains course"). The first lecture for PSYCH 101 will be on Tuesday.

Compilers and Real-time are on track to be the most useful courses I'll have taken in university. CLAS 202 was supposed to be a bird course with only multiple-choice tests/exams, but that turned out not to be the case. Also, the prof sounded pretty boring, so I decided to drop it. After a quick download of the Schedule of Classes database and couple of shell scripts, I got a list of all classes with over 300 students. With classes that big, the profs can't really assign a significant amount of work, or they'll never have time to mark it all. Anyway, GEOG 101 seemed like a good choice, and the prof was pretty decent in lecture today, so looks like that's what I'm sticking with.

Posted by Eric at 2007-01-05 00:20:38
What other courses did your scripts turn up? I'm in the market for a bird myself.
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Posted by stak at 2007-01-05 02:46:00
BIOL 139, CHEM 267, HLTH 102, HRM 200, KIN 100, PSYCH 101, 211. There were some others that I disqualified for various reasons (prereqs, labs, timing, etc.). My compacted version of the database is at http://stakface.com/pub/classes.list if you want it. It contains various fields that match up with lecture rows from the schedule of classes. The course number is not present, but the class number is, so if you find one you like, you can get to it by searching for all courses for that subject, and then do a find-in-page for the course number.
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Posted by Graeme at 2007-01-06 19:18:12
By the way, I may have mentioned this before, but CS 452 and 444 in the same term...you're nuts. I'm looking forward to hearing how it goes.

(I assume they're not being taught by the same prof this term like they were a year ago...I see not, but Cormack for 444 should be good.)
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Posted by stak at 2007-01-07 00:01:49
If I'm not nuts yet, I will be by the end of the term :) And yeah, we've got different profs. Both are pretty good.
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