You can probably look forward to this type of sporadic updating to random process while I tackle yet another semester at the University of Waterloo. Classes started on May 5, and I’ve spent the first week trying to get myself back into a studying mode, which I might add is very, very different from full-time work mode. A ECE 332 lab had me scrambling to rehash my circuits knowledge, and I spent this past weekend finishing up my work report, which has already been submitted. This semester will be rather challenging as I selected a difficult course that few others did.
As course selection times loomed last semester, I was wildly discouraged from taking ECE 332. In particular, the professor, Barby, was cited. In addition, the labs were described to be similar to ECE 241 labs, which were completely off the wall and often did not coincide with the material being taught in lectures. However, I’m far more interested in computer hardware and semiconductor design than software, so when I planned out my 4th year technical electives, I realized that ECE 332 would be a requirement for a few of them.
Long story short, I took the class and I’m not regretting it at all. I certainly second-guessed myself several times along the way, not the least of which was when I discovered that only 18 people (myself included) had enrolled in the course. However, after 4 lectures, a lab and a tutorial, I feel justified when I say Barby is certainly not the bad professor that some made him out to be. In fact, he’s been very patient, although part of that may be due to the small size of the class. Even the labs are extremely good learning experiences. There are 5 people in my lab section, so everyone gets a little more attention than they normally would.
In the end, I’m glad I took ECE 332. There’s a lot of hearsay surrounding the course, but sometimes you just have to take that leap and find out for yourself.