Robert Lacher - Florida State University

Professor: Robert Lacher
Department: Computer Science
College: Florida State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: COP4531
  • 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:
Dr. Lacher is definitely an expert in his field. Unfortunately, he seems to think the students are experts as well. Projects are difficult but doable, and if you complete a working version it means you've learned A LOT. His tests are awful, worst I've ever experienced, drawing more from random material only mentioned in notes rather than projects.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: COP4531
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Zero test prep material--it seems the professor is more concerned with preventing cheating than student success. Course notes are lacking even when compared to those of COP3330 and 4530. There are few diagrams, the formatting is in need of a revamp and sometimes the exposition consists of uninterrupted proposition-lemma-proof.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: COP4530
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Lecture notes can be hard to follow and are in need or editing. Not enough exam prep material. Some exam questions are very specific to fsu library implementations and test programs. On the bright side, the class is run efficiently, the expectations are transparent and the professor responds to student questions.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: COP4530
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Not very motived. Unavailable for help, doesn't update mistakes in his materials, expects students to put huge amounts of time into the class and doesn't really seem to put any time in himself. Unorganized. Disrespectful.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: COP3330
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
To excel in this class, you must learn pointers, arrays and char*. The assignment grading rubrics are very clear--just make sure your output matches robo-grader. The lecture notes are cryptic and require multiple close readings. The Deitel book was not helpful.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: COP4530
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of the worst professors I've ever had. Lectures consist of him almost verbatim reading his "notes", which are plain text files and incredibly unhelpful. We were assigned projects every weekend which were very vague, providing "hints" of how we were meant to get started. In online discussion, he is condescending and often chides students.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: COP4530
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
It's a lot of work unless you are a CS whiz. However, learned more in his classes than I've learned in a single other class at FSU. Wish he still taught the other core courses.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: COP4530
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
So, this class is a real eye opener. This isn't one of those "you participate and you get an A" type classes. Real world problem solving starts to get developed in this class and it's very difficult. Lacher will work with you so long as you make a SOLID attempt to solve the problem at hand. Word to the wise: start every project ASAP.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: COP3330
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures are incredibly difficult to read. Condescending responses to questions. No test preparation AT ALL. Project descriptions are incredibly long and unorganized. No freedom in creating your project, if one space is off in one part, it will lower your grade. DO NOT TAKE!
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: COP4531
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Probably one of the most incompetant professors I've ever had. Expect to spend an hour or two every assignment trying to figure out why your code isn't working and it ending up being an error on HIS part. He also never makes announcements, meaning you'll have to dig through the discussion board to figure out when quizzes and assignments are due.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: COP3330
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Took him for a online course and hated him from the beginning. His lectures are not very informative, should not be teaching anymore. He is a relic from a by gone era, who has no idea of current computer programming environments or resources. He infrequently answers questions by email or in discussion forums.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: COP4380
  • Grade Received: D
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
i have taken some online classes with this professor(COP330, 4530, 4830). he's always behind with grading projects, he makes many corrections or "updates" to his syllabus and assignments. His notes are very generic and his assignments are difficult to understand. Sometimes he responds to your questions. I don't recommend this professor!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: COP3330
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Not very good at replying to emails or discussion board postings. a lot of students wanted to see the correct answers or at least the answers they chose for the practice exam but he disagreed even thought it was allowed for the previous practice exams.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: COP4530
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
His classes are hard but they are supposed to be. I always get my ass kicked on HW assignments but I finish them and feel like I have accomplished something. I love this professor because I know what he is teaching is beyond what other CS students are learning at other institutions.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: COP3330
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The recorded lectures and notes are not very helpful and you will need to use google to learn everything. He is pretty ambiguous when you ask questions on the discussion board or he gives you responses such as "read the notes". This is by no means an easy course but he doesn't do anything to make it any easier on you.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: COP4020
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Ridiculously ambiguous notes, lectures, assignments, etc. Have taken many of his classes and have always been forced to find other resources online to understand the material. This is fine for the easier classes like COP3330 but it stops being cute when you get to higher level courses. Makes no attempt to break down what he's teaching, loves jargon
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: COP3330
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
It's an OOP class. It's not beginner's programming, and it's not supposed to be an easy A. You have to learn the material, and you have to understand it. Dr. Lacher has been more than helpful on the two occasions I had to go to him in person for more in-depth assistance. An excellent teacher with high expecations, I highly recommend him.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: COP3330
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Lacher's classes are never easy. However, he does a great job explaining things if you attend his lectures or watch his videos. His notes are so good I would recommend not buying the book. Also, all the material is online, so you can skip class every now and then. Overall great professor.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: COP3330
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
COP3330 OOP C++...worst teacher I've ever had
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: COP4530
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great teacher for the Data Structures and Algorithms class, take his distance learning courses if you can.
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