Stephen Fickas - University of Oregon

Professor: Stephen Fickas
Department: Computer Science
College: University of Oregon
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: CIS105
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Stephen Fickas is a nice guy and smart about teaching Python, however he forgets to tell you things or doesn't explain things clearly. Also, he didn't follow the actual description for the class. He decided to teach Python database, and the class was supposed to be about algorithms, hardware and networking. Confusing class overall.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: CIS399
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Very helpful, and interesting format of lectures. He types code during class, such that the class builds a program all together. He answers questions throughly, and is friendly during class. He also is open to meeting out of class should you have more detailed questions. The projects do take quite a bit of time.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CIS610
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Extremely helpful and caring, one of the best professors in the department.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: CIS212
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Fickas is an asset to the department in that he brings in tons of research money, and uses it to give undergrads work experience. Android development is a nice specialty, though forcing it onto intro students is not a good idea. As far as teaching, he's not good. Has a hard time communicating ideas, poor class structure, and no help with the app.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: CIS212
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Although he was a nice guy, I felt this class was disorganized. Lectures were pointless for most of the time, and the lab (Android development) had NOTHING to do with the main topics of the course. I was excited to learn about the theory of CS more, but the pointless Android project basically ruined it. Overall, this class was disappointing.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CIS423
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I really enjoyed the freedom he allowed us in this class. He was more of a peer than a prof. Great guy, great attitude. He let us direct the course material. Complete pleasure to learn from.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CIS212
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Too much work for a 200-level course, but it wasn't that difficult. Otherwise I'm indifferent.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: CIS211
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Programing assignments are very undirected for the level of class. Constantly tried to explain things in analogies that fail to get the point across.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: CIS212
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Most of the work not too hard but the programming assignments take way to much time for a 4 credit class.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: CIS210C
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great guy, nice sense of humor, and isn't too serious
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CIS210
  • 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
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