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E4409 Industrial Information Planning Systems

September 12, 2006

Mihaila, George
E4409 Industrial Information Planning Systems

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There is not really a need to go to class to listen to the professor since everything you need to know, you can learn from the book: Designing Quality Databases with IDEF1X Information Models. The other book is important as well but this one is a must buy.

Workload:

Reading from Designing Quality Databases and Intro to math programming every week. You should read if you want to do well in the class.

December 18, 2005

Mihaila, George
E4409 Industrial Information Planning Systems

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Professor Mihaila is a quirky, but a very nice and friendly man. Lectures are very organized and taught word-for-
word from powerpoint presentations. He makes the presentations available online. This semester around 70 people were enrolled in the class but usually 5-10 came to lectures (one lecture was just 3 students)! Since this is an extended class (meets 1x / week) many students would leave during the break. It was weird to come back after break to see no one in the classroom ...
Anyway, don't expect to learn much from the powerpoint slides and lectures (he's very boring and appears uninterested). Most of the learning comes from reading the textbook. The IDEF1X book that he requires you to purchase is a waste of money -- I haven't opened it once. Don't buy it unless you need it -- it'll save you a ton.

Mihaila does SQL in Access, which is a defunct application. Most of the students in the class are IEOR who have no concept of SQL or programming languages. If you have any background experience, you will accel.

Overall, the class was a pleasant experience. Grading is very fair, the professor is very friendly and nice, homework assignments were light, and lectures were available online.

Workload:

4 very easy homework assignments, 1 project (also very easy but time-consuming, easy midterm and final (which means no curve).

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