Deborah Van Alphen - California State University - Northridge

Professor: Deborah Van Alphen
Department: Engineering
College: California State University - Northridge
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ECE450
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Amazing, caring, lecture heavy class but slides are useful. Reviews questions in class if asked ahead of time, HW not graded.. Makes the tough concepts just a little easier. Exams are fairly like the HW. Did tons of review for the final, gives study guide for both midterm+final. Had 10-15min quizzes for content questions or attendance quizzes.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ECE351
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Her lectures are clear and easy to understand, but there's A LOT of material covered. The only hard part is studying the huge amount of material required before each midterm. The test questions aren't hard if you keep up w/ the class and do a few of the HW problems. Overall great professor and tutors. Study groups/partners are great for this class.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ECE450
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Read off her slide. Come in class, sit at the front using her microsoft surface device to display slide and extremely bad handwriting when she does write something on the side or example, which is rare than diamond. Prevent taking her classes at all.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ECE450
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She was a good teacher but her material is very hard to understand. i think she coulee taken a little more time to explain these things.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ECE350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
So good.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: 15735
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She's one of the worst teachers that i have ever taken classes with at CSUN .. Don't Recommend it at all , and She is also not respectful at all
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ECE350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Van alphen is a very knowledgable teacher and does her teaching through blackboard, so if you don't like looking at power point than this will be a struggle. Tests aren't typically horrendous if you study but she is a very very tough grader, also on tests she is very stingy on helping you. Re-watching her slides would be strongly recommended.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ECE350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She is the best ECE professor I've had so far. Very clear, knowledgable, and kind. Exams are fair and closely follow the study guide she provides. No question on exam that's not covered on lectures or homework. Strongly recommended...
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: ECE561
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She is one of the best professor that I have met so far. She is very coherent and course materials are laid out very systematically. Exams are fair and nothing she covered will be on the exam. However, She does not challenge students(<->Zahid),so self-studying is recommended if your goal is not only passing class. She uses Matlab a lot so learn it
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ECE350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Easy enough. Pretty boring class taught from power point slides
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: ECE350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
As others have posted, grades brutally, tiniest mistakes are huge minus points, ruthless Only question is, why of four guys in my study group, only one passed with a very good grade, despite getting slightly lower scores on all exams(??)I have a hunch she's not a very ethical professor.I've heard similar comments from others who've taken her.Boooo!
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ECE351
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She is an unfair professor, and she is very very strict on grading. Don't take her if you don't want to sufer a stressful semester !!!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ECE351
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Material presented is straight forward. 3 mid terms. First two straight forward, but grading is vicious. Almost no partial credit, brutal for even a sign mistake. Last mid not what was expected, more difficult than homework. There is lots of homework worth 10% of grade, but only a random sample is collected. Lesser evil of the ECE351 teachers
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ECE351
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Not a helpful and knowledgeable teacher. Bad grader and very unfair. She'll fail you if you do some mistake on calculations, even though your approach is perfect correct.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ECE637
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
bad teacher ever, unfair grader, works for bad students
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ECE450
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Excellent teacher. She taght and extremely boring course with great interest. Fair in grading, very easy and helpful. I would totally recommend her.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: ECE450
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
she definitely a good prof. if you dont take her class you are missing something in your life.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: ECE455
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr Van Alphen was one of my project sponsors, so I worked with her quite a bit. She is very willing to take time to explain things in detail to her students, and she knows her field well. My main complaint is that her classes are excruciatingly slow. Everything is presented clearly, but if you do any of your own studying you'll want to fall asleep.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ECE101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very easy and helpful. HIGHLY RECOMENDED!!!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: ECE101
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great teacher for a beginner class. Explains everything pretty clearly, but any additional questions are given vauge answers that make you figure the rest out for yourself. Quizes are fairly straitforward and easy but everything is graded very hard. She makes the class a lot of fun though.
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