Computer Graphics and Design

Jun 2014

In short, this class wasn't quite what I expected and apparently was different from previous years. Hopefully this new professor will find his groove and change the layout of the course. The course is split in two, with one day in the computer lab and the other day in the classroom. The lab day consists of an assignment, where you try to get as much done in class and the remainder is your homework. The classroom day is focused on not falling asleep, if you even show up, and you might catch some tips on sketching, dimensioning, or tolerances. The main assignments are all from one book, which does have some good tutorials but includes some obnoxious questions that the TAs weren't sure on. If you get anything out of this course, it should be CADing parts effortlessly, dimensioning and tolerancing drawings, and understanding basic design intent. Some non-ME students took this class simply because 3-D modeling is very useful, and while PTC Creo is by all measures not the best program out there, you are much further along in figuring out other CAD packages as a result of this class.

Jul 2011

The material in this class is actually very easy to learn. The methods of instruction make the class tough. It works best to ascertain what tool they're trying to teach you to use, and then dink around with it, with no particular goal, for 20 minutes. This method is much faster than painstakingly following the tutorials. The homework is graded with a shocking level of arbitrariness. No grading distinction is made between a minuscule typo and a glaring conceptual error (such as using the entirely wrong tool to create completely wrong shape) - both of the above earn you 10 points off. On 2D drawings, it is almost impossible to do it "right;" there are 7 or 8 possible arrangements of dimensions and leader lines that are equally valid, yet she will arbitrarily select one of those combinations as "right." Ergo you have at best a 1/7 chance of receiving full credit, even if you understand the material fully. Same story on the grading of the tests. Worse still, grade grubbing is working less and less well with Basalo every semester - she's getting a hard heart.

May 2011

Professor Basalo was a solid teacher but she had a problem describing what she wanted for each assignment. Her online tutorials and lectures can be vague at points and if you do not ask questions she will not tell you things. That said she will explain things if you do ask. And if you attend the class and complete the daily tutorials you will be fine for the homeworks and exams. Class work consisted of tutorials every day. Home work consisted of 5 assignments throughout the semester. There were two exams (one midterm and one right before the end of the course) with 3 problems each. There is also a final project which you are supposed to complete throughout the semester.