There are a lot of EE and CS classes at Berkeley, but can you take all of them? As classes become harder to get into, it is important that students know which classes are the most useful, according to their personal interests. This Decal is offered with the goal of providing students with a broad survey of EECS and a general sense of courses and subfields within the major. Additionally, this Decal requires no EE or CS experience since we aim to cover each topic from the bottom up.
Professor Sahai notes in his unofficial advice page, “Set yourself a goal of understanding some system from top to bottom before you graduate. For example, you might want to know how the entire process of downloading and listening to an MP3 or OGG file works. This can be a good tool for integrating knowledge across different courses.” Since taking all of the courses may be infeasible and inefficient under the current system, we would like to provide a cocktail-party level of understanding.
This course will take students on a journey through YouTube starting from the browser request to the underlying circuitry and physics. In addition, staff will plan trips to various research labs or host talks by current researchers in the fields to provide deeper insight into various areas of research. The syllabus itself covers 11 weeks of instruction, including guest lectures by either faculty or a current researcher, lab tours, and other activities!
Each week will move lower on the Software/Hardware stack, with a deconstructive approach to software and a constructive one towards hardware. Sessions will consist of 2 hours of instruction, with interleaved interactive demonstrations and lecture.
Assignments and Grading
Homework should be submitted on every week before class begins. These homework assignments are short written assignments, 200-400 words, intended to reinforce the ideas presented in class, while being open-ended and rewarding. These assignments should not take many hours to complete.
Students will need to submit an “overarching project” which will incorporate ideas spanning the entire semester.
Additional details about this project will be released as the semester continues.
Classes are held Wednesdays 6-8PM at 275 Soda, with the exceptions of the classes on 3/21, 4/11, and 4/18 which will be held at 204 Cory.
Weekly topics and demos are subject to change.
|Section 1||Dalton Omens, Matt Owen, Anastasia Scott, Nate Young, Danny Chu, Justin Lin||30||Soda 275||[W] 6:00PM-8:00PM||01/31/2017||