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[ELEN 3331] Electronic Circuits

May 02, 2016

Kostic, Zoran
[ELEN 3331] Electronic Circuits

Zoran Kostic is the worst professor in the EE department. He was obviously hired to show student who complain about other classes how bad a professor could be. He teaches Electronic Circuits like he is taking a similar class at another school and is just one lecture ahead of of his class. In class he reads off of the slides that the text book company provided him so its basically the same as having someone read the text book to you slowly.

Workload:

Work load is actually quite light but it is not like you learn anything. The class is actually a perfect example of a non aggressive pact between students and a professor. He does not teach you anything and in return he does not give you much work to do.

August 09, 2011

Vallancourt, David Gold_nugget
[ELEN 3331] Electronic Circuits

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Prof. Vallancourt teaches this class, need I say more? Hands down one of my favorite professors at CU! He is an absolutely incredible lecturer and is very friendly, funny and approachable. The material is mostly interesting. If it sometimes gets boring, make sure you keep paying attention because the class keeps building on itself and if you do not know the basics you will find yourself completely lost. That being said, if diodes and transistors do not somewhat interest you, you might want to reconsider your major. Do the homeworks with friends, make sure to take notes, and you should be totally fine.

Workload:

Weekly homeworks - manageable. 2 midterms - 1st was in-class, not too bad, second was a take home design problem which I tried to complete on the last night so kinda bombed it. Final - fair

May 25, 2005

Melville, Robert
[ELEN 3331] Electronic Circuits

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

A demanding class with an intensive workload (especially if you also consider the associated lab class). Melville makes you really work for the 3.5+1 points. He's a no-nonsense guy who is kind of high strung and talks a mile-a-minute, but is typically well prepared for class. He places a strong emphasis on practicality over theory and often has you approach problems from the perspective of a professional circuit designer, as opposed to a theorist. After getting through the easy stuff (op-amps and diodes), the crux of the class covers transistors--MOSFETs and BJTs and their different models. The sometimes weekly, sometimes biweekly homework assignments are pretty difficult and are always problems towards the end of the chapter without answers in the back to check against.
The class has two midterms and a final, along with the homework. The exams, unfortunately, are not similar to the textbook problems. They are exceedingly difficult with means in the 50s and 60s, consisting of a couple of involved problems which he develops on his own. He even includes these true/false questions focused on data-sheet characteristics of devices and their prices--personally, I found that to be a little over the top. You're allowed a full page of notes for each exam, which is absolutely necessary. He keeps saying that the best way to prepare for the tests are to look over the homework. Realistically, though, the exam problems are so much more difficult than homework questions (and are often design questions), the work done in the lab is often the best preparation for the type of problems you will see on the test.
There's a very generous curve at the end of the year when he does grades, but you'll have to work your ass off during the semester. He also covers material outside of the book and even had the class write a computer program to simulate circuits.

Workload:

2 midterms (25% each), Homeworks (20%), Final (30%)

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
ELEN / ELEN ELEN ELEN E3331: Electronic Circuits David Vallancourt 2012 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
ELEN / ELEN ELEN ELEN E3331: Electronic Circuits David Vallancourt 2011 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
ELEN / ELEN ELEN ELEN E3331: Electronic Circuits David Vallancourt 2010 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
ELEN / ELEN ELEN ELEN E3331: Electronic Circuits David Vallancourt 2009 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
ELEN / ELEN ELEN ELEN E3331: Electronic Circuits Robert Melville 2005 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
ELEN / ELEN ELEN ELEN E3331: Electronic Circuits Laboratory Robert Melville 2004 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1