Franya Franek - McMaster University

Professor: Franya Franek
Department: Computer Science
College: McMaster University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: SFWRENG2XA3
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
In this class, we had 4 labs and a major final project. Dr. Franek made time to personally video call with students who needed help for the final project. He was an absolute gem of a professor and I loved his teaching so much. He's one of the few professors in sfwreng who actually care about your sanity.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: 2XA3
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
OK prof, I think he is quite accommodating to his students as a whole, but do not try to talk to him individually because he will become very condescending.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CS2XA3
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Not very focused lectures and unexpected labs.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: 2XA3
  • Grade Received: INC
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Guy is so mean, he gets angry at any question in class, and very quickly becomes condescending. Going to his office hours is just a quick way to get berated. Avoid him if you value your mental health.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: 2XA3
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
There is little room in this course for accommodation. I am a student with SAS, I requested to do two make-up labs and he only allowed for one (I had to say goodbye to the 20% the one lab was worth). Despite his unapproachable nature, I still I had to email him multiple times and EVERY time I emailed him, his response was rude.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CAS706
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Knows his work and a great person who will guide you the right way. Did 2 of his courses and very good. Solid character and great orator who makes you understand the work.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CAS722
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This is a seminar course and the assorted reading material were good papers. Fundamentally disagree with his philosophy though. As per another professor, "say a great deal in a few words".
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: CS2XA3
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I loved Franek especially compared to other profs at Mac. He gives quality lectures and always sees things from the perspectives of his students. His assignments were clear and easy to understand. Seriously, what more could you want from a prof?
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: COMPSCI2XA3
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Incredibly fair marker, truly cares about the student and will go great lengths to make sure you understand everything. He is also so adorable!
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: CAS706
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is confused. Lecture notes are nothing more than from textbook author. Assignments dont make sense and filled with grammar errors. If you reach out to him, he is downright rude. Fine, he tends to be a good orator who does not even take questions. Not impressed with his style or approach.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: 3X03
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Best teacher for 3X03. People did better with him than Ned the year prior. Solid explanation of what you do and what you need to learn and why. Solid marking scheme, no weirdness. Franek always came prepared, and at least bothered to look at the Software Engineering curriculum (unlike Dr. Nedialkov).
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: COMPSCI4X03
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Just as many people mentioned, he's kind and one of the best in CAS. Anyone who spends several hours before assignments and final could get A. You can finish the 3-hour final in 45 mins. However, maybe he's too kind for undergrads. I also attended his 706 lectures. I felt we could have learned more in 4x03.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: 2XA3
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Franek is one of my favourite profs! One of the most helpful and most kind professors I've had. He is a very passionate speaker and he speaks very clearly and loudly. His notes are very comprehensive and useful, and you can tell he really wants his students to succeed. His teaching method and course outline help capture students interest.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: 3X03
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Great prof to teach SE 3X03, definitely one of the best profs in the department. Test are more than fair, but you have to study. His lecture slides are straight forward, but best learned with computer used for practice. He also has enough swag to teach class in T-Shirt and slippers in November. I wish he'd teach my every course.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: CSORSE2XA3
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Prof. Franek is the best prof there is in the CompSciSoft Eng department at Mac! His lectures are clear, informative, and he tries very hard to make them interactive and makes even difficult concepts easy to grasp. Plus, he is very approachable, he marks assignments very fairly and will always give you time out side class if you need any help.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: 2XA3
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Best prof i've EVER HAD. Saved my semester! This guy is the bomb.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: COMPSCI1MD3
  • Grade Received: INC
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures are utterly useless, and some of his online assignments make absolutely no sense at all. Either some instructions contradict others, or they require adding totally useless functions to a program. Not to mention that a lot of his slides and assignments are ripe with grammatical errors.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: COMP1MD3
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He was always late for class and there was barely any point in coming to class as he just read off the slides that are posted online. It doesn't help that he has an annoying accent and its the only mandatory first year comp sci class that you have to take so you're essentially stuck with him the entire term. Most of the content are in the textbook.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: CAS706
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He keeps to the textbook's script for this course. Often late for classes though. Also spends a lot of time on slides to the point where all the course material wasn't covered. He is very friendly and approachable. Tests and workload were reasonable.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CSCI1M03
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
horrible.. wont give you the time of day.Never ask for help he'll tell you he's in europe..
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