eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Theresa Greaney

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ECON301, Spring 2014
ECON660, Spring 2014
ECON317, Fall 2013
ECON460, Fall 2013
ECON301, Fall 2012
ECON317, Fall 2012
ECON301, Spring 2012
ECON317, Spring 2012
ECON301, Fall 2011
ECON317, Fall 2011
ECON317, Fall 2010
ECON460, Fall 2010

Theresa Greaney: ECON301, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 301 - Intermediate Microeconomics Crn (Section): 84959 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.92 25 0.97 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 9 (36%) 5 (20%) 9 (36%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.78 25 0.42 Freq(%) 5 (20%) 18 (72%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 25 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (20%) 20 (80%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 25 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 8 (32%) 16 (64%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 25 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (12%) 7 (28%) 13 (52%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.12 25 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 3 (12%) 10 (40%) 10 (40%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.04 25 1.02 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 3 (12%) 9 (36%) 10 (40%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Analyzing different businesses on the micro-level. Gives a more detailed understanding on how businesses work
The handouts were hands down the best. They helped you to check your understanding and it was like a prep for the exams.
online homework
Everything!
learning stuff
The expectations described at the beginning of the class were very valuable.Along with the examples and worksheets given.
The homework assignments helped my understanding a lot
I liked the supplemental material and extra question worksheets that were handed out. Greaney explained the material very well. The online homework's helped me understand concepts much better.
Lectures and the effectiveness of the professor
All aspects of the course were valuable.
I liked the handouts that she gave us and the news articles as well. It was interesting to see real world applications of concepts.
Learning about monopolies.
The teacher was great and really knew what she was talking about.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The online homework distanced me from the concepts learned in class.
The online homework and textbook were not as helpful as I would have hoped them to be. The homework did not necessarily help me understand the materials any better as compared to the handouts.
stuff i didnt learn
Some of the homework questions were not very easy and confusing at times. I feel like we paid too much for the extra stuff that isn't helpful on the online resources.
nothing
None.
None
Graphs
NA
10. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 25 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 5 (20%) 17 (68%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 25 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (16%) 20 (80%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.48 25 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 6 (24%) 14 (56%)
13. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 25 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 8 (32%) 15 (60%)
14. Other comments:
More attempts to provoke student participation would be appreciated.
Very smart professor. she writes while talking so sometimes it is not very effective trying to catch up with notes while trying to listen too..
I like how Professor Greaney simplified the material and made it easier to understand because the textbook at times was very confusing.
She is very helpful & breaks down the material so we can understand as a class.
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Having more powerpoints would be good and more interactive games like jeopardy.
Thanks for always following up on emails!
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Theresa Greaney: ECON660, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 660 - International Trade & Welfare Crn (Section): 80679 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.14 7 0.38 Freq(%) 6 (86%) 1 (14%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Professor Greaney is very knowledgeable and nice. Excellent.
The presentations were absolutely invaluable. As they say, students often learn best when they're writing & speaking themselves (as opposed to listening the entire time). "Tell me, I'll forget. Show me, I'll remember. Involve me, I'll learn" Anonymous. The end of course literature review is a great way to foster (personal) interest in a field of trade & in turn deepen our understanding of the vast subject of Trade Theory & Policy. Your occasional handouts were priceless. Allowed me to follow your thoughts, perhaps engage - ENGAGE & thus be INVOLVED to learn - instead of writing notes NON-stop throughout lecture. You were sufficiently thorough with the material, and I was indeed exposed to an array of trade models & complimentary / competing theory. Your exams were well balanced. I like how the first exam focused on models, while the second exam added focus on the literature & authors. Glad I took your course Prof!
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
everything is fine by me.
Perhaps too much information (although I'm sure you hear that often). While I know you've been at this for a LONG, LONG time (compared to my relatively inexperienced self), I'm going to offer some thoughtful candid feedback for your kind consideration. Imagine 2 (good, somewhat disparate) teaching styles. One is info overload, while the other is "sufficiently" well-rounded. Imagine one throws SO MUCH information (let's go with 30 units of learning) and hopes that 20% is "retained." That would mean 6 out of 30 units is somewhat understood (learned) with average exam scores of 40-50%. In contrast, the other teacher focuses on just 5 units of learning, but this teacher both broadens & deepens each students learning of each of the 5 units of learning with a very high "retention rate" (of say at least >= 75%). Which would you rather have? 20% retained (6 out of 30) or 100% retained (5 out of 5)? Hmm... I'm wondering if you prefer a convex combination of the two teaching styles? LOL! I'm NOT saying one is "better" or "more effective" than the other, because we all have our own GOOD teaching & learning style, right? But I am saying that I felt overloaded each day I departed with so many notes in hand (& rattling around in my brain). And I prefer to more actively engaged with the material (even during class) beyond note taking. That's why I gained so much from the presentations (and not just my own). Have you approached the curriculum with more case studies / paper presentations & less lecture? If so, how'd that go? Class feedback with that approach?
10. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
13. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (86%)
14. Other comments:
The course leaned heavily on the theoretical end of the field. A bit more discussion about the political aspects may have proved to be interesting. Slides of lecture notes would have saved an enormous amount of writing.
Thank you so much! I learned a lot from your course! I do not have any idea about the international trade in the beginning of this semester. I cannot image that I have the whole picture about the international trade now. Thanks again!!
Gained my respect in the area of trade & exposed me to a fascinating subject (although it's not at the top of my list in research interest). Very well organized for class & obviously a subject matter expert. Easy to talk to & engage during / after class. Very thoughtful & receptive to feedback. Quite fair with grading thus far. Demonstrated mutual respect for all students in the classroom. That's GREAT!

Theresa Greaney: ECON317, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 317 - The Japanese Economy Crn (Section): 74614 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.48 31 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 14 (45%) 16 (52%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.57 31 0.5 Freq(%) 13 (42%) 17 (55%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 31 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 10 (32%) 20 (65%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 31 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 16 (52%) 14 (45%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 31 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (13%) 13 (42%) 13 (42%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 31 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 15 (48%) 12 (39%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 31 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 17 (55%) 10 (32%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The second part of the course Trade theory Case studies
I found that learning how the Japanese Economy did so well and the things that they struggled with gave me a better understanding of the United States Economy and the problems our country faces. What was most valuable to me were the parallels of the two economies.
The case studies and problem sets
The aspects of the course I felt were most valuable was during the last stretch of the course because we learned more about recent Japan's economy where as in the beginning we learned about it's economic history.
The problem sets were very valuable, although the lectures were definitely the most valuable.
Her class notes were very informative and covered a lot in the time.
The information that was presented
I enjoyed the economic aspect of the course. Although it was about Japan, it can be applied to other countries, industries, ect.
Learning how Japan's economy has changed over the years.
She helped if any questions arose
Very interesting to see the evolution of the Japanese economy
The insight into Japan's economic history.
Japanese economy
Learning about the Japanese economy and how the history of Japan has influenced the world economy.
Learning the history of japanese economics was cool
Learning about different aspects of the Japanese economy.
The course help me understand more about the Japanese economy and how it is different than U.S. economy.
Matching theoretical models to actual cases that occurred in Japan's economic history. aka Case studies are awesome.
All of the readings and handouts
The case studies gave very good insight into the subjects.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Background History Readings Graphs
n/a
I found learning about Japan's history least valuable.
This class was pretty refined in that every aspect of it was good, although some of the extra readings I would end up putting as least valuable. Not that it wasn't valuable, but that it was the least.
I didn't like the problem sets I feel they were graded difficultly
Japanese history.
None
More interaction in the beginning of class
The history aspect of the course as we began the course in the 1600's
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Not to say least valuable but sometimes it felt like some lessons dragged on.
Some of the articles that were given I didn't understand the relevance towards the material like the other students. But over the semester I grew to understand it more,
The test are a little difficult
.....good question. The auto-argument video was pretty boring. But the Japan's economic bubble crash video was interesting.
N/A
Nothing really.
10. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 31 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 14 (45%) 16 (52%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 31 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 9 (29%) 21 (68%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.4 31 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 14 (45%) 14 (45%)
13. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 31 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 18 (58%) 12 (39%)
14. Other comments:
Really enjoyed her class. She was very knowledgeable about the topics she was teaching and always help me better understand what she was saying by comparing it to domestic new here in the states
great teacher
Thanks!!
Thank you, Prof. Greaney it was a pleasure taking your class.
I learned a lot of new things and it was a very interesting class. I think Professor Greaney did a good job teaching this course.
none
Great teacher, interesting class :)
I feel confident in taking your tests and assignments but after I find out I did bad. Like studying for the midterm notes. It would help to know what to study for like a list of the different topics covered so that I can see if ive studied everything and didnt miss anything a little more detailed than the syllabus
Good stuff. Sometimes lectures can be dry...but the material itself is interesting. Thank you for teaching!
I very much enjoy Professor Greaney and have taken multiple courses taught by her. She is extremely knowledgeable and helpful in all aspects of the course.
Interesting to learn the economic history between the U.S. and Japan

Theresa Greaney: ECON460, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 460 - International Trade & Welfare Crn (Section): 75983 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.73 30 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 8 (27%) 19 (63%) 2 (7%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.67 30 0.48 Freq(%) 10 (33%) 20 (67%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 30 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (30%) 21 (70%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 30 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (27%) 22 (73%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 30 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 9 (30%) 20 (67%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 30 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (7%) 11 (37%) 15 (50%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 30 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 12 (40%) 14 (47%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The homeworks are awesome! They really helped me to understand the content. She really knows her stuff and she would also bring to the classroom current events which made it more interesting to learn because we could relate to it.
I like the problem sets as they are well tools for me in preparing for exam.
A lot of it.
The fact the Professor Greaney always told us about the materials well in advanced as well as explained clearly what she expected from us come test time. There were no curve balls and nothing but clear directions. Professor Greaney also did a great job putting up notes for us as well as explaining step-by-step how to do particular graphs. It was so much more helpful than other econ professors who put the whole graph up at once.
Problem sets
homework assignment every other week
Love the teaching style! She is so clear and explains subject material very well. I liked her style of teaching and the grading criteria.
The problem sets were helpful in applying the concepts from class and actually working through problems on our own.
The quantitative aspects of trade theory were the most valuable aspects of the course for me.
The comparison of home to foreign countries when it came to trade
I really enjoyed the newspaper articles and NPR articles that we looked at because it really gave a real world context to what we learned in class
Illustrating concepts & world application
Understanding the impact trade has on the welfare of different individuals.
Good broad knowledge presented in a logical manner, notes took in class from blackboard were extremely useful in understanding material. Loved the application of current events to subjects and the supplementary articles the teacher passed out
She uses many graphs that are very helpful to understand theories.
Well-rounded discussions that mostly aimed at development of knowledge on the subject, through presentation and practice. Informative contemporary events were structured well in the class, and I appreciated how we were presented with them after we had learned a good amount of material.
The lectures were the most valuable.
the notes that she wrote on the board
how international trading can harm the overall global economy. Efficiency is much needed.
The structure in this course was beautiful, and everything an econ course should be in my opinion. In every single class I attended throughout the semester, I left with a much greater understanding of economic trade and how it benefits or doesn't benefit an economy. The problem sets were a huge aid for understanding the material, and the textbook explained how to complete these problems better than any text I've encountered.
learning how to see patterns and market trends internationally.
I like how she gives out handouts to read during class, or how she gives us practice problems. It's really helpful because she goes over how to do it during that class period. It's not just, lecture lecture lecture, which can be boring
In class worksheets (tables of the multiple models mostly)
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
None
Nothing
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N/A
too much graphical drawing
None. All aspects of the course were very valuable to me and have prepared me to pursue an advanced degree in macro-economics.
attendance points
I wish the homework was corrected in a manner to better understand mistakes or gone over more in class after it was turned in
Everything was good.
The online aspect of the problem sets were the least valuable.
n
This course provided no aspect that I deem lacking in value.
I wish she used powerpoints sometimes :(
N/A
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10. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 30 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 8 (27%) 20 (67%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 30 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (23%) 21 (70%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.61 30 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (37%) 17 (57%)
13. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 30 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 12 (40%) 16 (53%)
14. Other comments:
I felt ready for your test. Turns out I was wrong. It would be nice if there was a way to gauge myself on weather or not I really am ready or not.
One of the better econ courses I have taken. Forced me to figure things out
Professor Greaney provided all materials very clearly and concisely. She uses graphs and formulas that help for better understanding of the topic. I feel as though she is an amazing teacher and always shows a full understanding of each topic and cares about her students understanding as well.
Professor Greaney is an excellent instructor and lecturer. Her style of teaching is methodical, concise and very effective. She closely follows the course materials in her lectures, consistently summarizes and reinforces all topics covered in the materials, and supplements her lectures with relevant handouts, videos and audio presentations. She encourages class participation and has students do exercises in class that further reinforce the course topics. She is very easy to understand and is sensitive to other cultures, which I imagine is a great help to students who speak English as a second language. I believe Professor Greaney is a highly valuable asset to the Economics Department. Mahalo nui loa to Professor Greany!
Greaney has a good method of teaching and applying what she covers in lectures in her tests which stresses review of the material that she covers in class
This is my second class with Greaney and I really learn a lot
An economics joke! When Albert Einstein died, he met three New Zealanders in the queue outside the Pearly Gates. To pass the time, he asked what were their IQs. The first replied 190. "Wonderful," exclaimed Einstein. "We can discuss the contribution made by Ernest Rutherford to atomic physics and my theory of general relativity". The second answered 150. "Good," said Einstein. "I look forward to discussing the role of New Zealand's nuclear-free legislation in the quest for world peace". The third New Zealander mumbled 50. Einstein paused, and then asked, "So what is your forecast for the budget deficit next year?"
I like her teaching style.
No content in the class seemed out of place, but the online content could be well suited for the class if it had some interactivity that allowed students to manipulate graphs easily with. It's not the newest idea, and it has to do with economics classes in general. All and all, the course content is considerably fair, and rather exceptional considering how diverse it was.
A lot of material covered
I really hope other courses I take in the future can match the overall effectiveness of this course both in terms of structure and material taught. This course covered in depth analysis to the effects of trade, tariffs, and subsidies as well as provide several key trade models most countries would use depending on their size, economic strength, tastes and interests, endowments, etc. Professor Greaney understands the material thoroughly and her ability to teach this information to the class was very apparent in every class I attended. Definitely worth taking as an Economics major and personally I think this course should be a required class.
Very friendly and approachable!

Theresa Greaney: ECON301, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 301 - Intermediate Microeconomics Crn (Section): 70850 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.23 35 0.73 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 3 (9%) 18 (51%) 13 (37%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.76 35 0.43 Freq(%) 8 (23%) 26 (74%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 35 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 8 (23%) 25 (71%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 35 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (9%) 10 (29%) 21 (60%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.15 35 1.08 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (14%) 2 (6%) 10 (29%) 17 (49%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 35 1.14 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 3 (9%) 6 (17%) 8 (23%) 17 (49%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 35 1.26 Freq(%) 2 (6%) 4 (11%) 7 (20%) 8 (23%) 14 (40%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Real world examples
Lectures explaining further and reemphasizing text examples were very helpful with clarification.
The lectures were by far the most valuable.
the materials
-concise and very clear notes -critical thinking
Practice problems given in class.
I feel like i didn't get to understand any of them
most
I loved how she used worksheets and in class assignments, and went over them. They helped me to gain a better understanding of how the concepts that we learned in the lecture can be applied. The fact that this class wasn't just a lecture helped. I really enjoyed the worksheets.
learning about micro principles that I could personally see in real life. i.e. price discrimination, competitive markets and their actions, etc.
Professor's knowledge of content
The worksheets with practice problems we got to work on in class and the homework sets. I appreciate that the professor knew the material really well so she could always answer questions people had.
The handouts during class were a very effective way to review concepts as well as test our knowledge of new material.
The content itself was the most valuable
I found the sections on consumer choice and preferences to be most valuable.
0
Lectures and in-class hand outs.
Profit maximization, different ways how consumers and producers interact
Having practice worksheets.
The in class activities were an excellent tool for getting me to learn the information. Really helpful.
She knew her stuff. Easy to listen to.
The exercises done in class really helped put what we learn into action.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
needless equations
Probably the homework.
the materials
-none
when i first started this class i was interested, but the teaching style and how the class was set up had me not understand anything and that i think was very sad
few
I wish she would have gotten more in depth about the topics; I felt like sometimes all she did was just read off her notes without really showing how it relates to the real world or just what the topic means in simpler terms
I wish she handed out more practice problems to solve.
too much note taking. would prefer powerpoint.
Homework assignments
Some of the lectures where there was lots of information for a single day. By far the most notes I've had to take out of my other courses. The professor moved very fast through some of the material and it was hard to take in everything.
the lectures were the least valuable, because it was to fast paced to take notes and comprehend what we were writing down at the same time, trying to comprehend left me with a shortage of notes because she only had one board so she would erase the board before everyone was finished writing it down. She would also stand in front of the board making it very difficult to to write down much of the material. Also if i tried to write down all the material she put on the board then i would have no time to understand what she is saying because she explains while she writes, keeping the pace to quick. She also gave us no specific sections to cover, she just went through the ideas she wanted us to know. if she made power point slides and posted them on laulima it would give her the opportunity to cover the material at the same pace with the students undivided attention to the material rather than just copying the board as quick as possible.
Towards the end of the semester, either the material was difficult or I did not feel as engaged with the material regarding taxes and subsidies.
0
buying the text book
None
None
The homework really didn't help to deepen my understanding of the material
She was going through material super fast, I spent more time writing things from the board than actually listening to her talk.
Because I spent most of the time trying to take down the notes as fast as possible, I felt that I was not really retaining what the lecture was about.
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 35 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 3 (9%) 4 (11%) 9 (26%) 18 (51%)
11. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 35 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 13 (37%) 19 (54%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 35 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (9%) 11 (31%) 20 (57%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.2 35 0.99 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 5 (14%) 11 (31%) 17 (49%)
14. Other comments:
Less needless equations, very confusing.
Excellent professor whose lectures were clear and concise! Very helpful to follow her thought process. No difficulties ever encountered throughout the course. Overall, I was very satisfied.
I think if there where given more examples with the problems and also given us a study sheet this class would be alot better. the average for on the exams for both 2 midterms where in the 60's and that is very bad and its because the professor put things on the exams we have never gone through before
Felt like tests did not reflect material learned in class, so i found tests to be particularly challenging. This was reflected in the averages for both midterms--both averages were within the C- and D range. Perhaps lectures and problem sets should reflect test material, or tests should be modeled after material covered in lectures and problem sets.
micro is tough for me..
Very good economics teacher
Overall the class was good but I thought at times the pace was too fast for the amount of material we covered. I felt like I was getting showered with information and could only retain droplets. There was just so much coming at me that I felt overwhelmed at times. I think maybe the rest of the class felt this way as well because the average for the tests was only about 70%. It's a good thing she is very accommodating with office hours because those sessions helped clear things up. I'll admit I didn't buy the book though so that probably has to be factored in.
Professor Greaney was always extremely organized and prepared for class, making all of class time productive. Her notes were easy to follow and provided an excellent outline for studying material. She always made sure to have handouts for us on whatever material we covered for the day and gave us class time to ask questions and see where we stood with that particular material. I enjoyed this class very much and loved having Prof. Greaney as an instructor.
All of my other econ classes ran much more efficiently
Prof Greaney is an excellent teacher. I consider myself more of a macro person than a micro person, but Prof Greaney explained everything in a clear, comprehensible manner. The pace of the course was comfortable, and she did an excellent job boiling topics down so that they were understandable and showed us real-world applications. The in-class reviews we did both before and after exams were extremely helpful.
Very knowledgeable professor and was willing to help explain hard concepts. I would take another class from her.
0
Sometimes she writes too fast on the board
I would recommend others to take this course because Professor Greaney is always willing to help students understand the materials better and gives out worksheets to let us do the material we learned that day.
Personally, having some notes online in the form of a presentation may really help the students just jot notes down on the side. I understand that some students may take advantage of this and not show up to class, but as a student, I really would appreciate the gesture anyways (plus those who skip class would be the ones to lose out). In addition, maybe as a suggestion, put only the bare minimum on slides available before class, forcing students to attend and take notes.

Theresa Greaney: ECON317, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 317 - The Japanese Economy Crn (Section): 74983 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.86 21 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 18 (86%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.52 21 0.51 Freq(%) 10 (48%) 11 (52%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 21 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 6 (29%) 14 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 21 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 6 (29%) 14 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 21 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 7 (33%) 13 (62%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 21 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 0 (0%) 8 (38%) 11 (52%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 21 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 2 (10%) 8 (38%) 9 (43%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The real life examples that were able to help us make more sense of concepts presented. Detailed explanations of events in Japan's History.
we can know JPN economics
Information only obtained through notes
Learning what I did not know before. I could get knowledge about Japanese economy.
Prof. Greaney sets really high standards for students but doesn't punish them for taking the course by being fair. All of the resources are offered in lectures and provides incentives for the students to attend. The high standards for a Div. I class strengthens the student and department as a whole. While it may be more difficult than the typical 300-level class, I think it's how it should be.
Relation between each economic significants.
I feel the history and analysis between trade barriers of the US and Japan were excellent topics in the course.
Learning about the ups and downs about the japanese economy
Lecture, discussions, problem sets
All the different readings we had
The case studies were very interesting and created an opportunity to really understand the Japanese economy.
Learning about the history behind the success of the Japanese economy.
Everything was interesting and I liked learning about Japanese economics.
The information and how the history of Japan has developed it into the country it is today.
The group discussions that she had in class helped me understand the material more!
The most valuable would be the case studies. It's one thing to just read about the theories, but it's another to see how they are put into practice.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
None
just remember Japanese history
none
It is hard class to understand well.
None
None
Nothing. Everything was great.
She was almost talking to the blackboard. it's hard to understand the concepts she teaches us because I needed to write down what's on the blackboard while listening to her lecture.
n/a
None
Her lecture is very hard for me to understand because she talks so fast.
None.
Wish there were more problem sets that were given out.
Some of the history aspects about Japan do not seem to have relevancy in society today and I do not see future benefit from knowing some of this information beyond this class.
The least valuable would have to be the videos. They are important, but since they are outdated I found myself not paying attention.
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 21 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 8 (38%) 11 (52%)
11. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 21 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (19%) 3 (14%) 13 (62%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 21 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 6 (29%) 13 (62%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.43 21 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 1 (5%) 4 (19%) 14 (67%)
14. Other comments:
Thank you for teaching
I really enjoyed the semester. Thank you for allowing me to take the class and for an amazing learning experience!
She was very knowledgeable and thorough with her teachings. Would recommend to everyone!
Very good instructor and is willing to help students that need help understanding.
Excellent professor. Would recommend for any economics professor.
It is a stressful class for me.
None.
Great professor. Taught very well and I learned a lot in this course.

Theresa Greaney: ECON301, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 301 - Intermediate Microeconomics Crn (Section): 86579 (003)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.27 37 0.93 Freq(%) 2 (5%) 3 (8%) 17 (46%) 14 (38%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.89 36 0.32 Freq(%) 4 (11%) 32 (89%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 37 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (24%) 28 (76%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.51 37 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 13 (35%) 22 (59%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.16 37 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 3 (8%) 5 (14%) 8 (22%) 20 (54%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 36 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 8 (22%) 10 (28%) 16 (44%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.81 37 1.2 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 6 (16%) 6 (16%) 10 (27%) 14 (38%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
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calculations
standard graph and formula could learn practice quiz
I liked the mathematical aspects of this course. The algebra calculations needed to solve certain equations.
Lecture handouts always helped.
Handouts and working out problems in class.
handouts
The in class worksheets
good notes also in class worksheets made learning the material easier and funner
I liked how Professor Greaney wrote on the board instead of reading from a powerpoint. The handouts were helpful in applying the concepts.
I definitely prefer Professor Greaney's style of writing on the chalkboard vs. the power points that other professors use. It's easier to follow along and isn't too rushed.
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The fact that she did all her lecture notes on a chalk board rather than a powerpoint made the class a bit more engaging and I was able to pay attention more than I would in other classes.
She gives me many examples regarding the concepts im learning and they are straight forward, and easy to understand. Exams are so challenging, but she drops the lowest grade out of two midterms, so it's reasonable,too. I learned so many concepts regarding macroeconomics, so I'd say she is the best professor in Econ department.
class activities
The whole course was of great value to me.
I was able to understand the basic concepts of microeconomics so that I will be able to use those concepts in the future for higher economics classes.
She constantly gave out worksheets that corresponded to her lectures.
The teacher was very helpful and knowledgeable.
learning about advanced micro theories
Lecture and problem sets and handouts
my major is economics so most of the course was valuable to me personally. most of the info conveyed is required in order to progress in future higher level courses.
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9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
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theory
just take note and couldnt follow her.
I didn't like all the graphs that was drawn every day. A lot of the graphs were very confusing and hard to understand.
Lectures were very monotonous and difficult to stay engaged in.
None in particular although i don't feel the textbook was the best
the notes
copying notes, wish the notes were uploaded on laulima because some of the graphs drawn on the board were confusing
It was very difficult to understand the topic. The professor presented passion towards the subject, however, the topic itself was too complex for her to clarify to the student.
N/A
none
I think most of the students think as I do that since she has to give us so much information in one class, she gives us an information before I finish writing. I know what she says is straight forward, but I often time cannot afford to listen to it because I have to write down so many stuffs on the blackboard. And sometimes her handwriting is difficult to read. I'm going to take her class in the next semester, too, so I hope this evaluation helps to make her classes much better than now.
lecture
n/a
All of aspects were valuable.
None
Sometimes she moved a little too fast and it would be hard to process the information.
none
None
certain chapters had portions which didnt seem all that relevant but for the most part, the information was on point.
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10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.03 37 1.14 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 4 (11%) 5 (14%) 10 (27%) 17 (46%)
11. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 36 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (22%) 12 (33%) 16 (44%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 37 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 10 (27%) 26 (70%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.19 37 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 7 (19%) 10 (27%) 18 (49%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 36 0.92 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 5 (14%) 11 (31%) 19 (53%)
15. Other comments:
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This was a good class. Theresa Greaney is a solid professor.
Good teacher
Proffessor Greaney is very smart. The thing that I didnt like about this class was that I felt like she didn't "dumb it down" enough for us. I felt like she would talk to us like we were on her level, when in reality we are many levels below her. I wish she would have used a power point for this class because trying to draw the graphs that she was drawing and understanding it at the same time is really difficult. She would also write stuff on the board and usually after she is done writing she would explain what she wrote. The problem was that by the time I finished writing what she wrote, I missed the whole explanation of what I just wrote. To fix this, I would suggest that she write down her sentence on the chalkboard and then give like a 5-10 second pause for us to catch up and then explain what she just wrote.
Prof. Greaney tends to go through the material at a pace that can be hard to keep up with. Many of her examples can be difficult to follow, especially when drawn on the board. Prepared powerpoint slides/overhead projector transparencies might be helpful, as would colored chalk.
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Her speed of speaking and writing everything on blackboards are very fast, so it is hard for me to understand her lecture.
I hope her next class will be little easier. Thank you very much.
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This class was a quite hard class but I am sure things that we covered in this class will be significant in my future because I am economics major.
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I enjoyed this class, thank you!
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Professor greaney was very well informed and always had well prepared and thought out class sessions.
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Theresa Greaney: ECON317, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 317 - The Japanese Economy Crn (Section): 87450 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.55 29 0.83 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 12 (41%) 15 (52%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.59 29 0.5 Freq(%) 12 (41%) 17 (59%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 29 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 27 (93%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 29 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (17%) 24 (83%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 29 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 6 (21%) 20 (69%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 29 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 9 (31%) 18 (62%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.34 29 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 5 (17%) 6 (21%) 17 (59%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Case studies were kind of cool so that we could see concrete examples of how what we learned affected the economy.
Given that the course taken focused on Japan and the Japanese, I believe that our prof's experience in Japan was very valuable for fielding questions,
Writing on the chalkboard is helpful and easy to follow along. I prefer this over power points. The problem sets are very helpful also in forcing me to learn the material.
The case studies between Japan and the United States were the most interesting to me. I also liked the beginning of this course, where we kind of had a history lesson about Japan.
The information about how Japan has had to adapt its economy to different situations e.g trade, natural disasters, the West etc
I'm not an econ major, but I found the entire class very interesting and valuable. This class has definitely broadened my knowledge of the economic structure of Japan. I also appreciated the short reviews of economic concepts before we dove into the specifics and how it applied to Japan. The case studies put to use my understanding of the course material effectively and reinforced it well.
i got a great overview of international trade, and a great economic history of japan!
I personally like how the material was presented in a very straight forward manner.
The problem sets were valuable since it gets you to read through the textbook and the readings. From that you get at least a more general idea of different economic events that happened in Japan.
The homework was preparation for the test. However, the homework was difficult!
I think the US Jap trade disputes are the most valuable.
Cover a wide aspect of Japanese economy, well structured.
The handouts
the later portions of the class discussing recent trade relations and problems facing japan were both interesting and relevant to the real world.
Taking the class from early Japan to modern day was incredibly useful.
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I learned how different Japan is and why it has been successful despite all the obstacles they face daily like earthquakes, tsunami's, etc
Learning the big basics of the japanese economy was probably the most useful to me, things like the permanent employment system, the keiretsu etc. Learning about those things and then analyzing how they play a part in economic happenings was interesting.
learning about the automotive industry in japan
I thought that the lectures were very detailed and summarized the material in such a way that it was easier to understand.
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9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The low amount of homework. I feel like a little more homework would have been helpful.
I think they were all valuable
I can't think of anything! This course was my most anticipated class of this semester; I enjoyed it thoroughly.
none really!
Although the readings itself were okay, but the readings were a bit too long, in general. It wasn't easy to continue reading the lengthy articles.
Perhaps is the group discussion, maybe randomly choosing the students for question will force people to be more focus on reading material.
n/a
the earlier portions were interesting but were less valuable in my opinion because they deal with the feudal japan era hundreds of years ago, they were necessary to set the stage for later chapters though.
Maybe too much time was spent on early Japan. I imagine an entire course could be taught on the modern Japanese economy.
Not much was posted on the Internet.
N/A
I really did not find any aspects that were not valuable.
Many things were listed on the board, and Professor Greaney did not go into detail on them. I'm sure they were important, but what is the use of listing them on the board if we are not going to learn more about them? It just leads to confusion. I think that as opposed as Professor Greaney may be to leaving some of the material out, it would ultimately be better just to focus on the concepts of the course which are most important.
n/a
Sometimes the group discussions were not useful because not everyone was prepared to discuss the topic.
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 29 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (7%) 7 (24%) 19 (66%)
11. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 29 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 4 (14%) 23 (79%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 28 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (14%) 24 (86%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.59 27 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 5 (19%) 19 (70%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 28 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 9 (32%) 16 (57%)
15. Other comments:
Cool teacher. She should get a raise. :)
I don't have many comments, but I enjoyed this class a great deal.
Professor Greaney is very enthusiastic about this class and does an excellent job lecturing and helping us to understand the material. I can tell she enjoys teaching this class much more than ECON301.
I like Proffessor Greaney and I think she is very smart and knowledgeable. Sometimes it can be a little tough to follow whats going on sometimes though because there is so much stuff you need to know and I felt like I didnt know what the important concepts were. I felt like they were all important, but I felt like there may be some information overload. I felt like we covered a lot of stuff for the first midterm and I stressed out a little bit because I felt like I needed to know a ton of stuff for it. Maybe to fix this, she should have 2 midterms and a final, to break up the amount of information. She also writes a lot on the board, which is fine except that she kind of goes really fast. For example, by the time I am done writing what she wrote on the board she has already finished explaining what she wrote, so I kind of miss out on some explanations. To fix this, maybe she could write down her sentence on the board, and then give a 5-10 second pause and wait for everyone to catch up.
More homework assignments would have been nice.
The personal knowledge of Japan made it all the more interesting to discuss Japans economy. It felt like we achieved something every class.
I loved this course! Keep it up!
Very difficult course!
A good professor whose class I enjoyed taking.
Very helpful with questions.
good, informative professor. also interesting and relevant course material.
I like how this class is useful for those who want to work with individuals or businesses from Japan in the future.
N/A
Professor Greaney is willing to help students that do not understand a certain topic we go over in class and gives us examples to help students get a better understanding.
A lot of times in class, it seemed like Professor Greaney was just reading off notes. As prepared as that makes her seem, it also portrays her as less enthusiastic and less knowledgeable. Lecturing is different than reading aloud. There needs to be interaction between the two parties in order for the concepts to stick. Also, the readings for the class are not too bad and some are pretty interesting. If Professor Greaney would like her students to read more, she should have quick daily reading quizzes or assign shorter and more frequent problem sets (if that is reasonable).
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Great professor. I REALLY appreciated hearing her experiences in Japan, and its awesome that she would intersperse them with her lectures. She was really enthusiastic about Japan, and that really helps. The group activities about the readings were really nice. I learned a lot when we got into groups and talked about (for example)the auto VER's, etc.
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Theresa Greaney: ECON301, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 301 - Intermediate Microeconomics Crn (Section): 76033 (003)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.25 36 0.94 Freq(%) 2 (6%) 3 (8%) 17 (47%) 13 (36%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.77 35 0.43 Freq(%) 8 (23%) 27 (77%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 36 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 11 (31%) 24 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 36 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (8%) 12 (33%) 20 (56%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 35 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 2 (6%) 12 (34%) 18 (51%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.97 36 1.16 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 4 (11%) 6 (17%) 9 (25%) 16 (44%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 36 1.2 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 5 (14%) 6 (17%) 8 (22%) 16 (44%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The lectures were highly structured and followed the syllabus nearly perfectly. Whenever the instructor wanted to make changes to the schedule, she would notify the class and make sure there were no objections. The textbook was also very good and provided many real world examples of the contexts, however, the book is very very expensive.
Everything
I like how your class was really structured. Some teachers just have a powerpoint that they just read directly off of, but you actually draw on the board and explain how to solve the problems instead of just showing the theory and leaving the application for us to figure out (and most likely fail) like some teachers do.
Instead of doing a power point, she went through the problem sets very clearly with great examples
Required Course
Review problem sheets in class
The concept of indifference curves and budget constraints seems to run throughout the course. You will need to understand indifference curves in order to move through the course. Also the different types of firms and market powers.
Learning the basic economic principles.
This course was very knowledgeable.
In-class handout exercises are way cool!
Concepts, Not really a fan of all the calculations
Good lectures and questions were answered in class.
Her lectures, she is effective in using only a chalk board to depict concepts and definitions while explaining them and applying them to problems on the board and also class problems that the class has to complete. The descriptions and answers to questions posted in class to her was the most valuable, Mrs. Greaney knows the material well and is an excellent lecturer.
Luctures
Review sessions before the exam
The worksheets clarified everything. I wish we did more of them
Everything
The lecture probably was the most valuable.
The in class worksheets as well as her class lectures were both very informative and pertinent to the exams. It was also helpful when she dropped anecdotes from personal experiences in applying the material we go over.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The textbook was expensive. Problem set questions didn't really help me study for the exams.
Nothing
I kind of wish you posted the power points online so that way if we miss a class, it won't be too bad. Although, I can see why its better not to, this way its an incentive for students to actually come to class.
none
No real world application
Textbook
I felt the entire class was valuable. She taught everything we needed to know.
It was boring sometimes not her teaching style, just subject of lecture can be boring enough.
Consistently is writing while explaining, which does not give enough time to watch or catchup with notes in-class.
Too much material covered per test, not able to take-in all the information
I dont know yet it all seemed important
The pace of the class was way too fast. Way too much material covered and not enough time to practice it and absorb all the information.
I think the online problem sets were least effective, I think she should assign problems in the text to better understand the material.
Homework
The problem sets because they're too easy to do without thinking too hard.
Long mathematics on the board, confusing to follow.
Nothing
The homework portion I learned the least from.
I did not like the quizzes that we had due for certain chapters. As a supplement to the in class material, they were helpful especially with definitions.
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 36 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 5 (14%) 11 (31%) 17 (47%)
11. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 36 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (14%) 9 (25%) 22 (61%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 35 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (34%) 23 (66%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.31 36 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 3 (8%) 13 (36%) 18 (50%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 36 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (6%) 15 (42%) 18 (50%)
15. Other comments:
I really liked that the class was very structured. I always knew what was due and what was expected of me.
None
Guess who is taking ECON 317 with you next semester! :)
Greaney is a great teacher who grades fairly.
I would definitely take another class from her.
Professor Greaney made the subject really easy to understand and comprehend.
She is great teacher I've ever met in Economics classes. She knows really well what she is teaching to students and her answer is always clear.
More in-class Handouts exercises, easy to get lost. Teach is great overall. Nothing really to complain about, just minor critiques.
LEcture based classes are pretty boring
This class has a lot of good material but was just way too fast. Too many chapters were covered.
She is an excellent lecturer even though she relies on the most basic of materials, however she does this effectively. Swift with drawing clear graphs and concepts she is able to also explain this and apply problems as well in class. I would highly recommend her as a professor of economics to any student.
I wish there were some extra materials to refer to aside from the book. I had to contract another professor in economics to get powerpoints to make the concepts more clear. The book is absolutely awful and poorly written. I've gone to class but still don't understand. Everything is so theoretical instead of applicable to life. It would help if you gave us the worksheets before attempting problems on the board, or even a separate worksheet of the problem you're about to do on the board. Also everything you write on the board is from powerpoints, why not post that on laulima? When studying for the exam I feel so disheartened because it's over 400 pages to review and it seems like many of the questions you ask isn't in the notes.

Theresa Greaney: ECON317, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 317 - The Japanese Economy Crn (Section): 75478 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.81 16 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (44%) 8 (50%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (56%) 7 (44%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 16 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 4 (25%) 6 (38%)
8. I developed more confidence in my ability to communicate effectively through writing.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 16 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 7 (44%) 5 (31%)
9. I improved my abilities to do the kinds of writing used by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 16 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 9 (56%) 5 (31%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I thought that the Professor's lectures were very well structured. I learned a lot from her, and she really seemed enthusiastic about the subject she was teaching.
The papers we had to write were valuable because it really taught me to apply what we were learning in class and to do extra research outside of lecture in order to gain a better understanding of the material.
Lectures were very informative and writing feedback useful.
writing 3 papers. the lectures in class were very helpful when it came to writing our papers and it was interesting subjects
Lectures. Lecture structure was clear, pretty easy to follow, but sometimes felt that we went through material too quickly. Appreciated that topic choices were appropriate and interesting,
I guess examining the policies of another country were certainly valuable. Comparing the success of a country is difficult when it's by itself. So learning why Japan has been successful definitely made a difference.
The papers were the hardest part for me but I feel they required us to think the most, thus is why I picked the papers as being the most valuable. The papers really make you try and think like an economist, even if you're not one.
The notes on the black board
Learning about the economic aspects of Japan which has a unique economic system.
Practice writing persuasive/informative economic papers.
Being given course materials to further my knowledge of presented information. Realistic case studies, graphs/tables, relative movies and debates also strengthened our knowledge of the material. Working with others and peer reviews also strengthened my writing and interpersonal skills.
She covered so many aspects of economics. She was also VERY knowledgeable about everything topic.
11. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
No comment.
Discussions seemed kind of pointless since only 1 or 2 people in the class would actually do the reading and participate.
none
Not necessarily not valuable, but I would have preferred to avoid the packets. Difficult to follow which material to read at what time and keep it all in order.
Well, unless you just happen to like economics, most people probably wouldn't care about another country's economic policies. I'm not too sure how i will use this, but fate has a funny way of turning random knowledge into helpful tidbits.
N/A. The class is very straight forward so I think everything was valuable.
course pack
I felt that everything was valuable to my learning experience in this course
12. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 9 (56%)
13. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 3 (19%) 11 (69%)
14. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 16 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 7 (44%) 7 (44%)
15. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 10 (63%)
16. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.5 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 9 (56%)
17. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 16 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 7 (44%) 5 (31%)
18. Other comments:
I enjoyed the class
The only thing I say was the hardest were the essays. four to five pages within a two week time frame seems a little hard. Just need to research well in advance. Even then, the class had no idea what the paper was on until about two weeks before it was due.
This class is a good way for people to learn about the history and culture of Japan while learning about their economic downfalls and growths. I think this class is rather interesting as it can help widen peoples' views on a foreign country's economic power.
Good Class
I had a great time attending this course throughout the semester. It was a lot of fun while getting to know how the Japanese economy related/differed the other countries around the world.
It's a very nice class to take in the morning. A lot of econ majors would be interested in what was covered; some new stuff, some review stuff. I wouldn't offer this class an later than 11am because this is a lot of lecturing.

Theresa Greaney: ECON317, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 317 - The Japanese Economy Crn (Section): 75955 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 9 (69%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 13 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 2 (15%) 8 (62%)
6. I developed more confidence in my ability to communicate effectively through writing.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 13 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 5 (38%) 5 (38%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The writing assignments and the case studies because they tied the lectures and readings to real- world trade and business issues.
The handouts and other examples used in class. The in class assignments were a nice change from the lectures and helped out learning
The paper topics.
Her lectures are more insightful than just reading the text.
The understanding of the subject
Her knowledge was very credible. She has the answer to pretty much any question. Textbook is kind of hard to read.
Japanese Econ History
Learning about trade disputes between U.S and Japan.
The writing assignments forced me to improve my grammar and organization of writing a paper. Offering office hours that will fit into the students' schedules also shows that she is truly a professor that cares about the students' learning.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I can't think of anything that I felt wasn't relevant to the course.
I don't feel there were any
I dont know
Videos Lectures on Edo period
All around the class is great. My request for future classes is that instead of writing on the chalkboard she uses PowerPoint.
None to mention
n/a
I did not find anything useless in this class.
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 13 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 7 (54%)
10. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
11. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.15 13 1.21 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 3 (23%) 7 (54%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.33 12 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 6 (50%)
14. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
15. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
17. The TA's oral speaking was clear and effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
18. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 12 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 5 (42%) 5 (42%)
19. What changes would you make in the writing assignments?
I don't think I'd change anything about the writing assignments.
None. Splitting up and making more short writings were better for me than one long assignment
Maybe have shorter but some more writing assignments.
Topics are too vague. She needs to clarify more.
Remove peer review from the first assignment. Didn't gain much from it.
none. I liked the fact that the second and third paper gave room for creativity.
substitute more short papers instead of tests
no change, it is good as the way it is now.
20. Other comments:
Overall, it was a fun and interesting course with a good balance of trade theory and history.
Have more class discussions
Professor Greaney cares about her students and is always willing to help. If you have the opportunity, make room in your schedule to take her class. I learned many things about the Japanese economy.
none
Professor Greaney was awesome!

Theresa Greaney: ECON460, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 460 - International Trade & Welfare Crn (Section): 78523 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 25 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (12%) 21 (84%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 25 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 4 (16%) 19 (76%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 25 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 7 (28%) 17 (68%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 25 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 10 (40%) 14 (56%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 25 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 8 (32%) 15 (60%)
6. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The contemporary situations that were relevant to the text were the most interesting and helped further develop the material.
The mathematics of the winnings and losses of international trade. The effects of tariffs, quotas.
Trade theories (Ricardian, HO, etc.) and welfare effects since they apply to just about every other economics course.
Lectures and problem sets. Professor Greaney knows the concepts of this course well and it shows in her lectures. The problem sets and the exam reviews were especially helpful in preparing me for the exams and gave me a better understanding of the course. The text was also very easy to follow along with the lecture notes.
She gives so many examples about the material. The textbook is awesome and has a website to practice the particular chapters.
Taking the material that we learned and apply it to real life situations.
Teaching directly out of the book. In class worksheets.
All aspects were integral to the course.
The problem sets helped me to understand the questions more in depth.
Good at explaining the concepts of the class
The problem sets and exercises particularly on economic models.
By applying what I learned from each chapter, the online chapter self-quizzes and the problem sets helped a lot.
The lectures were most valuable. The concepts of the material were not hard to grasp when I read the book, but sometimes the book does not really explain how it arrives to the results it gets. Professor Greaney explained each section at an appropriate pace clearly. So it really helped.
The applications of the principles to real world problems was very good. Also, review problems were great.
The lectures where more involved than just power points. She had audio clips for us to listen to regarding trade topics. Her homework assignments were all valuable.
The pace the instructor cover the material. The online quizzes and the assignments.
Teacher was very knowledgeable.
7. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A.
I can't think of anything that wasn't relevant to the course.
Great class. Wouldn't change a thing.
n/a
I don't think the online quizzes were very helpful. I ran into a few problems where there was an error in the online grading. I would select a correct answer, but the website would mark me incorrect and list the correct answer as the answer I selected. Though it wasn't that bad since we only needed 18/20.
They were all valuable
I don't see any least valuable aspect in this course!
None
Probably that exercise where we tried to find a bargaining price. Sort of was a waste of time.
No Comment.
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 25 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 7 (28%) 17 (68%)
9. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 25 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 6 (24%) 16 (64%)
10. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 25 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (20%) 19 (76%)
11. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.64 25 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 7 (28%) 17 (68%)
12. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.2 25 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 20 (80%)
13. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.2 25 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 20 (80%)
14. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.2 25 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 20 (80%)
15. The TA's oral speaking was clear and effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.2 25 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 20 (80%)
16. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 25 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (24%) 18 (72%)
17. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 25 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 7 (28%) 17 (68%)
18. Other comments:
This is the second time I am taking a course from this professor. Definitely would recommend her and take her again in the future. Very good lecturer!
The only thing I would change would be having PowerPoints instead of using the chalkboard.
I liked the textbook of this class since it was easy to read and understand, and also there were enough graphs which also made me understand trade situations and concepts easily.
n/a
Standard fare. No complaints.
No comment!
Professor Greaney is a knowledgeable professor and is easy to talk with even outside of her office hours. :)
awesome
I enjoyed this class. Good professor, good content.
One of the best econ instructors yet. She is very clear and detailed in her explanations and what she expects of her students.
Teacher knows her stuff very well, sometimes the lecture can get boring but she does give class/group work and then class becomes fun.