July 07, 2017

Stein, Clifford
Production Scheduling

Not the most exciting class but Stein was great at explaining everything and making the class pretty engaging. The materail in the real world is hard (most problems are unsolved) but the class wasn't. Workload was pretty low - weekly problem sets were easily graded though not always easy. The midterm and final were just like the practice tests and both allowed cheat sheets so no memorization was necessary. The projects was pretty open ended - some required coding, some just analyzed a scheduling problem. Most people in the lass are second semester seniors so it definitely isn't a huge burden.

Workload:

- Almost weekly problem sets
- Midterm
- Project
- Final

August 17, 2016

Stein, Clifford
Production Scheduling

Cliff’s class was overall a solid, low workload course. While I don’t find Production Scheduling an inherently exciting topic, I think Cliff did a good job of trying to keep everyone engaged.

Throughout the class you simply look at different scenarios and consider the best ways to schedule things to meet certain objectives. The provided textbook is quite awful, and Cliff’s slides are quite bare, so you will definitely want to go to class.He mostly uses the white board in class, and uses the slides just to remind himself of the example he is about to work through. That being said, he is good at providing the intuition of how to approach the various problems, and is surprisingly good at providing a silly metaphor to help you think through the logic (e.g: “if we are running a race, and you are both faster and start closer to the finish line, it is obvious who will win”).

He is also very aware that this class in in senior spring for most students, so he spent some time talking about job stuff, Columbia’s basketball team, etc.

His exams aren’t super difficult, but they also are not boringly algorithmic. He isn’t just going to give you a type of problem you have seen and ask you to apply the algorithm found in class. That might be part of the problem but then he might modify an assumption or ask a more conceptual question, so you will have to synthesize learning from other algorithms to make a slight modification to the one at hand. This shouldn’t be difficult or shocking for anyone, but I guess it is slightly annoying for those in senior spring who would rather just chill out.
He has 1 homework set a week that is not particularly difficult, and usually taken less than 3 hours to do, if not less. There is a final project for this class but you define the scope of it, so to some extent, it is as much work as you want it to be, subject to limitations of course. Overall this is a somewhat boring topic, presented in a clear way, by a good professor with a low workload.

Workload:

Weekly homework, 15%
1 midterm, 30%
1 final project, 20%
1 final exam, 35%

July 21, 2006

Sethuraman, Jay
Production Scheduling

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

We basically didn't cover all the material we were supposed to cover because nobody understood the material. After giving the midterm which 90% of the class bombed, he gave a second midterm on the SAME material. I guess that does show that he's concerned with having us actaully learn the material. We lost two weeks and subsequently cut two chapters out of the course, rehashing the material covered in the first midterm. Performance was much improved as the test was less conceptual and more quantitative. We skipped three lectures and never made any of them up on top of the two weeks worth of review for the second midterm. One entire lecture was spent have the class bitch about how difficult the midterms were and how we should approach the final. He just didn't seem to care about the class at all and curved very generously (course was mostly seniors). I walked away with an A.

Workload:

Weekly problem sets which are difficult but solutions are easily found online. There was a project element that we also cut from the class. Final was easy (perhaps because it was abbreviated). There WILL be proofs.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
IEOR / IEOR IEOR IEOR E4405: Production Scheduling Jay Sethuraman 2012 Spring TR / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
IEOR / IEOR IEOR IEOR E4405: Production Scheduling Clifford Stein 2011 Spring TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
IEOR / IEOR IEOR IEOR E4405: Production Scheduling Clifford Stein 2010 Spring TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
IEOR / IEOR IEOR IEOR E4405: Production Scheduling Clifford Stein 2009 Spring TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
IEOR / IEOR IEOR IEOR E4405: Production Scheduling Jay Sethuraman 2006 Spring TR / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
IEOR / IEOR IEOR IEOR E4405: Production Scheduling Clifford Stein 2005 Spring TR / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
IEOR / IEOR IEOR IEOR E4405: Production Scheduling Clifford Stein 2003 Spring TR / 9:30-10:45 AM 1
IEOR / IEOR IEOR IEOR E4405: Production Scheduling Clifford Stein 2002 Spring T / 10:30- 1:00 PM 1