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Instructor: Trenton Niemi

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ZOOL141, Fall 2013
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Trenton Niemi: ZOOL141, Fall 2013

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 141 - Human Anat/Physiology I Crn (Section): 45713 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The entire lab period is valuable- every single one, every minute, every second! This is where all the magic happens. This is the best time to study in detail, everything that was covered in class. And, it's the most fun!!
hes very approachable and easy to talk to.
The explanations of concepts and the videos.
The way he explains the lecture and how he help us in our lab.
Being able to be broken up into lab classes which allow students time to ask questions. I really found the class discussions helpful like Trent would hold questions till the end when everyone is present so everyone gets the information needed. He says he does it so he doesn't have to repeat himself but I think it keeps everything fair because one student might have never thought of that question and since it was brought up by another, it allows others to be informed and aware of what is going on. Having Trent as an instructor overall is valuable because he pushes his students to try, he's great at making complicated processes in the body simpler to understand, he keeps his students engaged, and he teaches us everything we have to know with a combination of fun facts.
I think, what was valuable was when professor niemi would repeat what professor bruce would say in the lecture during our lab, i really liked it because he would break it down and explain the topic in a much more digestible manner, i would understand his concept on explaining the topic more than when i would be in the lecture.
Trent was very helpful.
This course is really helpful to me especially when we were learning bones and muscle because we could use the microscope.
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
5. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
6. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
7. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
8. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
There's absolutely no way it could get better! Trent is a ROCKSTAR! I leave the lab class with a good understanding of the material covered. :)
the class was great. the material covered was a bit much for the time alloted
I would like to see more visual models, or more dissecting in lab. I am a tactile learner so these would be very helpful.
Maybe more videos to explain the lab, like we can see some demonstration.
I wouldn't change anything about Trent's techniques. His teaching methods are very effective.
N/A
I really don't think this course needs to be improved.
Nothing, he is very nice and he let us to bother him even though he is in the middle of the discussion.
9. Other comments:
This lab section is where Trent took the time to drive home an important point. He made the subject material easy so that a 3rd grade student would understand the context. He gave satisfying answers to every question. He handed out worksheets or extra study material that enhanced my learning experience. I would recommend that every student taking A&P Lab be in Trent's class...it's worth it!
trents great. would attend any other class he has. very nice way of teaching a TOUGH subject
Trent Niemi is the best Zoology lab instructor! He is very helpful. He explains topics in terms students can easily understand and remember. He makes learning interesting. He keeps his students engaged at all times. He pushes his students to do their best and if students don't do well, he gives them hope. He lets us know that we still have a chance to do better and he'll do his best to find ways in which we can improve. I love his lab. The complicated things Butler teaches us that I sometimes fear I won't be able to understand, I end up understanding because Trent explains it in simpler terms. He also provides realistic examples that help me picture what is going on. He's a wonderful instructor. The best! (:
N/A
Hopefully, you still be my teacher next semester but I knew it is impossible.

Trenton Niemi: ZOOL141, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 141 - Human Anat/Physiology I Crn (Section): 45716 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Trenton was the best teacher
Trent is a super great teacher who takes the time to thoroughly explain concepts and give valuable examples for our learning experience. I have enjoyed being in his class very much !
The instructor's accessibility - very patent and helpful with questions and explanations,very much at the student's level.
I feel his a great teacher. He is able to relate to students of all ages. Able to share all that he has to offer to help student succeed. I wouldn't mind having him as a lectured teacher as well as a lab teacher.
Trent was a great teacher. He explain this very well.
Instructor was very knowledge in every aspect of this course. Explained concepts and theories and related them to real life applications ensuring comprehension and retention.
Everything was clearly laid out with what was expected.
Niemi's personal notes and "handbook"of the class.
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 14 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 11 (79%)
5. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 14 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 12 (86%)
6. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 10 (71%)
7. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 10 (71%)
8. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Wouldn't know what to say - it is very fair and well done.
No improvements needed.
Nothing great lab class.
I learned alot for Mr. Niemi; I have no suggestions for improvement, would like to take more classes taught by Mr. Niemi.
A couple of times when we were doing the lab in class, I felt like I did not have enough time to do the lab portion of the assignment.
Niemi seems like a pretty cool guy, which almost makes it seem hard to recognize him as a very knowledgeable person in this field. Also his laid- back teaching/explaining of the subject seemed not enthused.
9. Other comments:
Great teacher glad I have him in the spring
The instructor of this course is by far the best teacher I've ever had in regards to science instructors. He was well organized and very knowledgeable.
I wish he wouldnt talk so loud when I ask him a question. It kind of embarrasses me and makes me not want to ask question during class. Everyone will hear the convo.
I enjoyed the class and look forward to ZOOL 142.

Trenton Niemi: ZOOL141, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 141 - Human Anat/Physiology I Crn (Section): 45718 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Very easy to follow when he's teaching
I found that the 3hr lab sections on Fridays were the most helpful. Trent reiterated what was discussed earlier in the week in a way that was terse and easier to understand - which was refreshing. He openly probed for discussion that was related to the course, also answering our curiosities. His sarcastic but laughable and witty character made the class a blast. I look forward to next semester with this instructor.
His tips and lectures, on top of Bruce's notes he gave personal one's he made to help.
The instructor because the way he explains the information is so clear for anyone to understand.
The one on one interaction with Mr. Trent was very valuable.
Taking notes when Trent explained the course. He explained it very well so it helped me learn better.
The aspects I found most valuable would be the personal teacher to student relation. The instructor is always available for each student which is the most important quality.
Trent was great at explaining all the questions.
Trent is a great teacher, he gave me a better understanding of the material and was very thorough with his teaching.
Everything!!
Hands on explanations by Trent. Trent spent time providing visuals of materials being studied.
The teacher was the best part of the lab, he made my comprehension of the class easier with his explanations and was fun to go to his class!
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 15 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (100%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 15 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (100%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 15 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (100%)
5. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (87%)
6. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
7. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (87%)
8. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Although it is an intense class with a lot of memorization, trent makes it fun and easy for a person to understand. Even if you are unsure about the subject topic he will take the time to repeat it if you missed anything and had a hard time understanding.
For me this class was set up almost perfect, the 3 hour classes once a week with a small enough class size to be able to interact with the teacher and each other.
He is one of the best lab instructors that I have had. He makes labs fun and interesting and he does a lot of interactions to help us grasp the concepts of anatomy physiology. I wouldnt change a thing for the way he teaches.
Based on my experience, the only problem I have with the course is the cold. I know that it does not pertain to the course, and yes it's a lab. But other than the cold the course does not need to be improved.
The labs are so long and the information is so deep and much that after a while it seems nothing else is going into my brain and my brain is fried. Of course this could be the ADD.
I think it was a great course, I don't find any improvement needed
I don't have any feedback for improvements at this time. Trent is always organized which is important for this course and very helpful. I specially like how he applies material to life. I enjoyed his class so much that I'm taking zoology 142 next semester with him.
I would like to see the exams not carry 77% of final grade. I believe 50% would be a fair weight for the course. I also feel the Exam questions should carry the same weight, as some students are better at multiple choice vs. naming parts or functions. I believe the student should be given more percentage credit for homework and lab work.
I don't think it could be improved in any way. Maybe two Trents would help.
9. Other comments:
n/a
Trent is a great instructor. When he explains course material, he knows this subject very well. I enjoy being in his lab.
Special test for those who have test troubles. Students who can prove it.
Enjoyed learning Zoology in Trent's lab. Need more teachers like him at the university.
Thanks for teaching this semester Trent! This class was definitely one of my favorites!

Trenton Niemi: ZOOL142, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 142 - Human Anat/Physiology II Crn (Section): 45709 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The entire course was valuable as all the material covered in lecture and lab was pertinent information.
Trent's instruction and explanation was detailed and clear.
The labs. It is always very helpful to have the ability to do things hands on. Feel, touch, see, smell, and experience. So much information, in so little time. Mr. Niemi is extremely knowledgeable in his field.
Power points helped but also didn't help. And your passion for the subject really helped me with learning the subject.
The lectures were most valuable.
I found the heart chapter most valuable. It was very fascinating.
Lecture.
Every aspect of the course benefited me in a lot of ways. The lectures provided me with an in-depth understanding of material that I would've not understood if it wasn't for Trenton's way of explaining the most difficult subjects. The lab enforced everything we had learned through activities that really did help me to fully grasp the concept of each lesson that was discussed in lecture. All in all, I honestly find anatomy and physiology the most difficult subjects to understand but if more professors (or at least my previous one for Zool 141 diverted from reiterating what is plastered on a powerpoint and actually explained the subjects through examples like Trenton did, then I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been so behind when I was taking zool 141.
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
5. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
6. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%) 5 (56%)
7. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
8. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Exam review sheets could be created â?? this would help guide the students in the correct direction regarding what we need to study. The extra credit assignment was contradictory. The instructor wanted a 15 minute in-depth visual presentation but wouldnâ??t accept a paper because that was asking too much. The class was repeatedly told that receiving all the extra points would be almost impossible. Also, students couldnâ??t change the date of their presentation and only had one opportunity to sign up for the extra credit. More flexibility on the extra credit would be very helpful. The videos shown in lab were horrible. They werenâ??t interactive or stimulating. For some reason the Person A&P Lab is not as interactive and doesnâ??t contain as many student resources as other Person Labâ??s such as Microbiology. For what we saw in class the teacherâ??s version of Person A&P lab contained more resources-interactive game for example. If there is any way to change the student version it would be very helpful.
Obviously, make sure to plan the course so as to finish on time. You already know that though :) Try not to deviate to much from the prepared material. When you do that, it makes it hard to study the text and learning aids in a complimentary manner with the items you added or skipped. This is obviously a challenge with the amount of material to cover. I don't have an easy answer or suggestion to offer. See you around campus, Todd Brown
It would be nice to have a study test sheet done like my other classes.
If you could go over the power points and pick and choose which slides you would use and which you wouldn't would help save us ink and paper. Also I know it's your first semester teaching this subject on your own, it would be nice to be a little more organized on what we need to study.
I really enjoyed this class although it would be better if he didn't have to rush through the last 4 chapters because of time constraints.
This course could be improved by somewhat being on schedule with the syllabus to avoid overload. But, this is his first lecture class so I am sure he will plan better.
Lecture was informative, but he does not have to test on everything that is covered. Tests of 100+ questions seems a bit excessive. When asked what should we concentrate on studying for a test, "everything I lectured is fair game" does not seem like an appropriate answer. I disliked images being put on screen during a test. It interrupts the tester, especially when it is more than one image being used and parts of the anatomy are pointed out to be named on the blank lines, while other students ask numerous questions trying to be fed clues about the certain anatomy. All while I am trying and wanting to continue with my test.
study chapters in order instead of bouncing around
The course could've been more organized. But, to be fair, it was, from my understand, his first semester really taking over a whole course for zool 142. With that in mind, he did a great job with explaining the material. Sure, we kind of ran out of time to cover all subjects, but what subjects he was able to cover had been done with the students in mind as his teachings really instilled the concept that would've been otherwise difficult for me to grasp.
9. Other comments:
Very professional, and knowledgeable teacher.
Your an awesome teacher. I really enjoyed your class.
This is by far the best science teacher I've had at uhmc. Trent is very knowledgable on the course subject and I love his teaching style. He is very animated to where I'm not falling asleep listening to his lectures and he was able to teach in a way where I was able to understand and apply the material. I was actually pleasantly surprised that I was genuinely enjoying his lectures.
I would definitely recommend this teacher to others
This class felt more like a 300 level course than a 100 level course.
Trent is a great instructor who is passionate about the subject of anatomy and you can tell he likes to teach. I will recommend him to other students.

Trenton Niemi: ZOOL142, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 142 - Human Anat/Physiology II Crn (Section): 45710 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
everything!
learning about the interesting things he digressed on :) Basically, the real life situations that give perspective as to why it's important to know certain things.
All aspects of the course were valuable. This course was extremely relevant to my course of study, and each aspect was important.
The aspects of this course that was most valuable was the hands on activities in the lab. It tied the course material together with the physical stuff.
Trent is an AMAZING teacher. He was able to make the most complex concepts so easy to understand by patience. He had THE BEST analogies. Words cant explain how great a teacher Trent is. I'm so used to having study guides. As for Trent, he never makes any study guides and he says, "What ever comes out of my mouth is fair game for the exams". But he teaches in such a way that whatever he says and whatever he emphasizes sticks in your mind and it makes it so much easier to study and recall during an exam. And again his analogies makes everything so much clearer.
I believe the labs were a very valuable aspect to this class. Getting to actually perform experiments and dissect things were very beneficial. The most valuable aspect of this course would be the teacher. It makes such a big difference on how enthusiastic a teacher is about the subject matter and how they get it across to their students. Teaching method is everything. I wish all my teachers taught like this teacher does.
Everything that was learned in class were valuable.
lectures were great good way of relaying understanding of the material that will last long after the class is finished.
The instructor took the time to answer all questions in depth and also put in the extra effort to help us understand the material that was being covered. He also communicated very well and was very well organized.
I'm sure everything I learned about anatomy & physiology in this class will be put to use in nursing school.
all aspect of the way the course was taught were valuable.
It was thought in a way that I understood what was expected to be learned. The homework and activities during labs were also helpful. I liked the drawing portion of the hmwk. This subject is quite complex and difficult but it was thoroughly explained and taught by Prof. Trent-- much better than the teacher I previously had in the past. He also has very good analogies to explain difficult concepts and is not afraid to share the knowledge or mnemonics that he also used from when he was a student. I really liked how he also incorporated the DVD that came in with the class textbook during labs. Also he was always on time in all of the lectures and labs.
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 13 (93%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
5. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
6. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 14 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 11 (79%)
7. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
8. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Time management.
This course might benefit from a bit better management in terms of time, but I understand how this would be difficult in terms of the scope of the course and what it covers. Trent does a great job with explaining the material and I think that this may be one of the reason time management may be hard.
Study guide before exam. I had a hard time narrowing down what I had to study and ended up spending more time studying things that weren't necessary.
Trent did a great job and i don't think he needs to improve anything. I think that with this semester being his first time teaching this class and running into any problems he ran into like timing. Next semester he'll know what to expect and prevent further problems if any.
We seemed to run out of time to cover important material by the end of the course so maybe the teacher could weed out material he doesn't want to cover before hand. Other than that I believe this course was done excellently.
Don't know how the course can be improved.
cover less material in the same amount of time, in greater detail, maybe make it 3 semesters with more lab activites.
No improvements necessary.
Towards the end of the semester, it feels like we are rushing through the material much faster than we did in the beginning, but he did explain this is his first semester teaching the course on his own so he's still learning. I'm sure with time, the syllabus will be more accurate.
i feel that the way he presented the material for this course will be the way it will improve as he teaches more classes.because this is the first lecture he is teaching at the college. he is doing a great job.
Increase the frequency of asking the students whether they have any questions at all about the information that has been presented.
9. Other comments:
Trent is very good, knowledgeable, teacher. He is very enthusiastic and you can tell he loves what he does. The first day of class when he reviewed material from the previous zoology class, I understood more from that one day of review then the whole semester in the previous zoology class. THANK YOU TRENT!
Great teacher, really good at explaining things and giving appropriate and helpful analogies.
Trent Neimi is a great teacher who really understands the material. He is a great teacher who is really approachable and takes time to thoroughly explaining the material.
This professor is really good. He responds to email quickly and is a fair professor. I would recommend him to other pre nursing students.
Great Teacher learned a lot more in this class than with other teachers.
prof is really approachable, teaches very effectively
This class was the bomb. You guys have a really good instructor here..
I felt that the lectures really helped me to understand the material better.
i am glad that i had Trent as an instructor , teaching this class.
Thank you for clarifying difficult concepts and explaining them in a way that is much simpler to grasp. I believe that you are fit to teach your own lecture classes and not just the labs. I found that your ways of teaching a class (lecture and labs) are quite effective and is much preferable. A great improvement from the instructor I previously had from ZOOL141. You were able to explain things a lot better and made sense out of them, stating the significance of the concepts and the important dynamics involved--thank you for a great semester:)

Trenton Niemi: ZOOL142, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 142 - Human Anat/Physiology II Crn (Section): 47326 (0)     47327 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
All the material we went over in lab.
Stressing the lab material on what the lecture class said were relevant to informations needed when taking the exams. Visual aids and power points helped clarified the material of this courses for better understanding.
The lecture part was very important. He does very well
In my prior lab I had major difficulty and was failing. I switched to Trent's lab the best thing I ever did. He breaks down the information in ways for you to understand. He is a definite asset to the course.
I think Trent should become an anatomy teacher not just a lab teacher!
The instructor was able to explain the material differently then the lecture teacher. He put it into simpler terms that were very understandable.
Trent is an awesome lab instructor! He makes the complicated topics understandable! I would take his class if he ever became a full time instructor!
Being able to understand anatomy and physiology. Its not an easy subject to understand and Trent did an amazing job of doing so in a manner that was breaking it down in a way i could understand it and relate to it
The info he explained during lab were valuable. The quizzes helped me out on the tests. And also the homework.
I liked the way he explains each topic in the simplest way as posible.
Trent did a great job going over the material while keeping it interesting.
I really like the lab activities and the short time of discussions because it helped me understand more about the subject matter.
The hands on learning, videos, and his lecturing helped me learn zoology so much better.
I really appreciate the hands on learning we did with bones, skulls, dissecting ....etc. sometimes it was difficult to relate the information to a real life situation.
The lab discussions were more valuable to me than the class lectures. Trent is easier to follow and explains things, I think, more clearly.
Trent really made the material understandable. I especially like when he drew on the board, that made things very clear. I liked how his style of teaching was very easy to follow. He went at a good pace and stayed on course. He explained how what we were learning could be applied to everyday health situations we may have heard of before. That made the learning even more fun.
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 1.16 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 8 (67%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (67%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (50%) 6 (50%)
5. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 1.14 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 8 (80%)
6. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.75 12 1.42 Freq(%) 2 (17%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (42%) 5 (50%)
7. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 12 1.47 Freq(%) 2 (17%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (50%) 5 (42%)
8. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I think, just like the lectures, the labs should be recorded. Everything that is taught in lab is essential because it's in our exams.I tried recording before but it didn't pick up well.
Perhaps make two lab days instead of one? There were a lot of dense materials that could've taken couple of labs to explain.
Give us a letter grade instead of just all the scores of our exams and homework
Too much information given for such a short time. I often feel overwhelmed after a class. The exam shouldn't be the only way to determine your knowledge of the course. The homeworks should have a higher grade because that's where you get the bulk of your understanding. It sometimes takes a week to complete the homework because of all the research and reading so that would be a good improvement.
new lab atmosphere. out of date tools.
I wish we had more time with hand on things, but knowing that we have a limited amount of time it is understandable why we couldn't. I wish we could have more time to lecture to because it is nice to hear it from a different perspective.
Honestly, it's not the instructors, its more of not having enough hands on projects. I know everything is on a budget, but to have 4-6 students per dissecting lab was kind of disappointing... And some students seemed to have lost interest when they weren't able to dissect the animals for themselves. So, I guess, maybe more equipment and supplies for the zoology department would be nice.
I enjoyed the class nothing needs to be improved
Give letter grades throughout the semester.
Updated labs and lab materials.
This course could be improved if we had a cadaver to actually look it. The cat is very good don't get me wrong, but we aren't going to be working on cats in our career. Most of us will be nurses and it would be much easier if we got to see a cadaver and explore the cadaver instead.
I feel the course could have been improved with better supplies. A lot of equipment was old, outdated or didn't work. Also, the classroom often had left over matter in the sinks from the prior science class, yuk! I'm not sure the class had been cleaned in a very long time.
I think this is already a good course. I would take another class under Trent's instruction, he is a good teacher. Also, I would refer friends to take this class.
Less lab experiments and more lecturing. I really liked when Trent showed us slides on the overhead instead of having us individually use the microscopes. It was easier to understand what we were looking at and saved more lab time for teaching us directly.
9. Other comments:
He's a great teacher.
Trent is an Asset to this course. He has a good understanding and he gives you just the information you need so that you can understand the course.
The instructor did an excellent job teaching us the materials.
Trent is an incredible teacher i wish he taught more science classes because i would take them all!!!
Trent was very helpful and answered the questions I had. If I was confused with the material after lecture and reading, I was able to get great examples in Trent's lab lectures.
Keep it up Mr. Trent! You're a great instructor! :)
I would like to thank Trent and of course Mr. Butler for teaching us zoology. You both make a kick-ass team that made me understand zoology so much better. And Trent, thanks for making lab so much fun and also taking Bruce's lecture and making us understand it better. Thanks to you both for being so passionate about zoology because it made me like the class even more. Mahalo nui loa.
Niemi is a great teacher! He is full of passion, enthusiasm and knowledge. He is a very visual teacher and goes beyond to make sure everyone fully understands the material.
Thank You, Trent! I'm really glad I got to have you for a lab instructor. Your class was great.

Trenton Niemi: ZOOL141, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 141 - Human Anat/Physiology I Crn (Section): 46016 (0)     46017 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
he provided examples of the real world to zoology for better understanding
the drawings that Trent drew out and throughout explained to us. I loved it. he really broke everything down for me, and in lab he was always available to help when our misunderstandings of certain curriculum.
Trent gave great explanations that were precise and to the point.
Class time was most valuable i wish there was more of it.
I liked the way the instructor clarified the subject better and had a different way in presenting the subject compared the lecture teacher.
all of Trents knowledge he shares with us in lab including his notebook.
I like the hand on activities
This innstructor gave great examples and mnemonics to help us learn in this course.
the lab =)
Hands on work in lab.
Trents examples were very helpful. He breaks down all the material and makes it easy to understand and grasp the concept. They were very helpful when reviewing the material for exams, quizzes, and homework assignments. He really knows his stuff.
I really liked the instructor's lectures. He is very easy to understand, goes at a good rate as far as information being presenting at a pace that is easy to follow. He gives us everyday examples of how to apply what we are learning and always encourages us to ask questions if there is something we don't understand. He is very fair and also personable. His explanations are clear and easy to follow. He show us diagrams, depictions and information from other sources that are really helpful. I like seeing the slides of body tissues using the microscope. I think it's even more valuable when the instructor projects the image from his microscope up onto a large screen and then explains what we are looking at.
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 10 (83%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 9 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (11%) 10 (83%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 9 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (11%) 8 (67%)
5. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
6. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 6 (67%)
7. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 9 (75%)
8. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
this course was fun
more activities in lab like hands on stuff
None
No improvements needed the class was very enjoyable and informative
Better lab activities
Improvement of class could be more group work and class work. We also need more notes to take home.
I have no complaints. The course was well presented.
None, Trenton Niemi is doing a fine job. I would like to see him conduct the Zool courses in the future.
students should do more activities during the lab
I cannot think of ways that this course could improve. This course has done excellent in teaching me and my fellow classmates.
the tests required too much information to be retained
This class could be improved if we had a real cadaver in the class. Having skeletons are helpful but it doesn't help with actually picturing the body with the joints and muscle.
Nothing comes to mind.
More time in a lecture format. Less time doing Lab activities.
9. Other comments:
he is a good lab teacher
Trenton really helped me understand all of the materials that Bruce had given us. I also thought that the notes Trenton gave us helped me get a better idea about what was going on in the chapter.Overall, I enjoyed his lab, and I would recommend his class to other students
Excellent job! Keep it up!
Trent is a very good and knowledgeable teacher. He is very helpful with answering all our questions and giving us an easier way of understanding the material.
I really like Trent. He is a very good teacher and I feel really lucky to be in his lab group. Before the beginning of the semester, students who had previously had him as a lab instructor told me they really enjoyed his class. They said he is funny and a really good teacher and that they really liked the class. I couldn't agree more. I will reccommend him to future students as well.

Trenton Niemi: ZOOL142, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 142 - Human Anat/Physiology II Crn (Section): 46021 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
My lab experience was immensely helpful. Professor Niemi gives clear direction in his teaching and providing helpful visual aids and explanations. Much of the difficult material I learned from this course was in my lab, under Niemi's instruction.
Trent Niemei was an understanding teacher. Thank you for your help.
Mr. Niemi explained the subject matter in way that made it easier to grasp and remember. A lot of use of visual aids and pneumonic devices helped to me to recall information and made it more fun to learn. I've taken this course before at another university and I believe I did better this time because of Mr. Niemi's teaching style.
He helped me understand such a difficult subject...and made it interesting! His sense of humor was appropriate and brought in attention from the class. His teaching skills are far above average and only wish he could teach more courses. Feel strongly that I learned a lot from him and enjoyed the subject overall.
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 5 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 3 (60%)
5. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%)
6. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 5 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%)
7. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 5 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 2 (40%) 1 (20%)
8. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
It would be great to see Trenton have his own course. He is an excellent instructor.
I wished that the lecture class was available through television. It was difficult to attend any lecture class due to the fact that I needed to work full time and trying to pursue a career. Trent was a great teacher. =)
Mr. Niemi could be teaching this course.
9. Other comments:
I have already suggested many of my friends take him for lab. I credit him for much of my understanding this semester. Very helpful and clear in his instructions.
He didn't write the exams so it's difficult to evaluate this aspect.

Trenton Niemi: ZOOL142, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 142 - Human Anat/Physiology II Crn (Section): 49046 (0)     49047 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I really enjoy having Trent as my lab instructor. He is an excellent teacher and presents the course information in an easy to follow & easy to remember way.
I think everything we learned through out the semester was valuable . The way he explained things in class were very useful and helpful. He made it easier for me to understand each chapter of Anatomy and Physiology.
The way he teaches is awesome!!! Trent explains things so easily to understand. He puts in scenarios we deal with in everyday life and makes the learning experience enjoyable!!
He could explain a lot of topics that were complicated, and made them easier to understand. His lab was very helpful.
how he explain the subject thoroughly
doing labs
Recorded lectures were a great resource to refer back to and watch on more than one occasion.
Trent's review and discussion of pertinent information. Various hands on dissections.
The breakdown of the week's lectures in lab. Trent broke them down and took his time to explain the concept in different ways until we understood them. If we still didn't get it, he would work with us one on one, until we felt comfortable with what we learned.
Trent has a good way of breaking down the physiology aspect of the class and making it understandable for me. He broke down tough concepts and explained them in different ways, making them easy to retain. He demonstrated lab procedures so I could mimic them.
lab
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (75%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 7 (88%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (75%)
5. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (100%)
6. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 4 (50%) 5 (100%)
7. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%)
8. My overall evaluation of this course is...
The course is challenging but interesting.
Excellent! I enjoyed attending his class every Friday. I learned new facts every week.
I like having Trent as a teacher. I wish that there was more labs like his. I would be a straight A student if he were teaching all subjects! He's awesome!!
It is a good addition to zoology 142.
excellent
Good class, as a student in this class you need lots of time and dedication to learn.
Course content will be useful as I enter the medical field.
Excellent..... 150%
A+ I learned the most this semester. Anatomy and Physiology is a tough subject with alot of info, but we got through most of the basics. Definately a great class for a prenursing student. I feel prepared to start nursing school.
excellent
9. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I would like to have more hands-on labs. Also, I feel that we move through the chapters rather quickly, considering the amount of information we are learning.
There is nothing I would change about this course.
Longer times in lab.
no improvement needed
I do wish I was able to receive all my quizzes back before exams, they are another resource to help study. The exams are hard because you have lots of questions on the practical and exam, its too much.
Exams were very difficult and covered such a breadth of material at a time that it was challenging to retain information. It may be easier to process information if exams were administered more frequently covering 2 chapters at a time. Homework assignments were very helpful.
For the lab section.... nothing, Trent is an amazing teacher.
10. Other comments:
I would recommend Trent's class to my friends at school. He did an amazing job teaching us, and he is the best lab instructor I've ever had.
I enjoy his class very much! I've learned alot from his class alone. I wish that all of my classes were this full of enjoyment! He's a great teacher!
Lab was a great way to reiterate content learned throughout the week.
I think it would be very beneficial if Bruce Butler could give us more of an idea of what will be on the exams. There is such an enormous amount of information to learn, it would be nice to be aware of which key things that really should focus on ahead of time, so that we all could do better on the Exams.!
great class

Trenton Niemi: BIOL100, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 100 - Human Biology Crn (Section): 48442 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Visual Aids.
I feel that Trenton Niemi was a very good lecturer. He made sure to point out all the things that he would be testing us on while conducting his lectures. Also, he used other materials available to him and personal experience to re-enforce the concepts that he felt would be important to us in his class, as well as others moving forward. It made it worthwhile to attend his lectures unlike some of the other instructors that just read the text to the class.
everything, i rreally enjoyed learning everything that we learned
The lectures. The instructor explained the details of the course material in a way that I could easily grasp. The instructor also drew upon real-life examples to explain complicated processes. The instructor effectively used visual aids and interesting stories to illuminate the details of the course material. The course also geared me up for future studies and turned me on to the idea of taking an anatomy course next semester.
I really appreciate the way he lectures, draws pictures and shows video. He has a very visual way of teaching, I like that a lot. I'm going to be sure and take his classes in any other courses I need to take. If you study and listen to his lectures, his tests are very fair. I tape his lectures and he tests on everything he lectures on.
The information was very interesting and helpful. The entire course is valuable.
I love Instructor Niemi's class it has actually been my favorite. Niemi is extremely thorough and makes associations with the information he teaches, to help "us" better understand the logical concepts of biology.
The lectures and trentons way of explaining chapters in a way we all can relate and understand.
Mr. Niemi's way of equating complex bodily functions to relatable situations was very helpful. I also liked how he would repeat and clarify his description of the subject when necessary to make sure everyone understood.
The simple lectures and note-taking were simple and also very valuable.
I enjoyed the learning aspect of the course, however, I may not have had the greatest test scores in the class, but I continue to go over the subjects in my textbook at home until I have got it all memorized. But I really enjoyed learning all these new things about the human body, and mr. Niemi is a good teacher.
has a clear understanding of the subject.
The slide shows that were shown that broke down each chapter
It being a lecture course, made it easier to understand and remember the information.
The aspects of the course that were most valuable were how he shows pictures and examples of things he is explaining.
The aspect that was most valuable for me was to see if I had what it takes to get through a class like this. I had decided a couple of months prior to starting this class that I wanted to go into pharmacology. I figured that if I developed an interest in the subject matter being taught in this class I was on the right track, if not then I'd better plan on a different occupation.
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 13 (68%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (26%) 13 (68%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 18 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 7 (39%) 9 (50%)
5. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 19 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 1 (5%) 6 (32%) 10 (53%)
6. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 1.02 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (16%) 14 (74%)
7. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 19 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 6 (32%) 11 (58%)
8. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Very insightful. Trenton Niemi is very passionate about instructing his class in a way in which curriculum could be learned and easily retainable.
that it was very informative and well organized. I would grade this course an A.
awsome
Excellent, 10 out of 10. I would recommend the course and the instructor to anyone looking to study human biology.
Great teacher. Wish he taught Anatomy.
Great class.
Excellent!! I have recommended a few friends to take his Bio 100 course to receive a thorough understanding of Human Biology.
Well organized, time well spent.
Mr. Niemi's lectures were clear and precise, but very fast and compacted; I often felt as if too much was being covered in too short a time, which is more the fault of the course structure than the instructor. A lot of subject matter is dealt with per class, and only so much can be truly retained. I had difficulties taking decent notes because of how quick the class moved along and how vast the topics were. There also wasn't much encouragement or reason given to read the text, either in the syllabus or by the instructor. Overall I think it would be better served split into two semesters.
I have enjoyed his class, thus far, and have learned quite a bit more than I thought I would. He uses visual aids, lectures and adds interesting facts about the subject being discussed. I like his sense of humor!
Very interesting course. Really admired that there was not much homework, instead you can just study all your notes and your textbook.
It's a great opportunity to learn about the human body and how it works. If one is to go into physics or nursing or anything in that area of study, this class is the one.
great teaching :)
He was a good teacher although I would've either liked more homework (shock!) on the chapters to I could have a better understanding of the material.
This course had a lot of information to take in, but Mr. Niemi made it easy to understand.
This course is very hard but in order to pass, you really need to pay attention and work hard in the class.
I found this course to be very interesting. I really enjoyed learning how the human body works. Trenton is obviously very knowledgeable in this field and did an excellent job teaching the course. I am now very excited to take anatomy and physiology.
9. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
The course text did not explain into enough detail some of it's material. Technical problems postponed or lengthened lectures.
I wasn't a really big fan of the text book in the binder. This should be looked into.
nothing its a legit bio 100 class
Perhaps a couple of homework assignments that required an in-depth study of a particular aspect of human biology could improve the course. The instructor gave many great real-life examples, yet I would like to see even more real-life stories about human biology throughout the study of the course material.
The projector broke several times. Maybe a back up location if the projector breaks.
|It would have been very helpful if the power points used in lectures were available on Laulima.
N/A
This course could be improved with more activities related to the subject at hand. A little more visual perspective.
I think more homework would have helped substantially. What little there was greatly helped me to grasp the subject at hand, and I think one per week rather than one per test would have allowed me to keep up and better understand the topic.
Believe it or not, I would have liked a little more homework to solidify the lectures. Personally, I learn subjects easier by visual, hands-on, and interaction between student-teacher.
Improvement would come from more physical and visual aids, not just pictures taken form the text book.
Well, everything depends on the individual. For me, I loved it because I really was able to benefit from it, but for others, it may be a little harder to capture it, or it may be easier. But if I were to take this course again, which I hope I don't despite how good this class is, I would expect more from myself, if anything.
could improve by giving activities to the students to see if the students are in tract with the discussed lesson. Assign more homework's.
More assignments on each chapter so the student has a better understanding of this course.
you should have worksheets to have so that students will know what they learned in class, maybe workbooks?
I can not think of any ways that this course could be improved.
This course doesn't really need improvement. The only thing is that he should do more reviews of the chapters before the quizes and tests. He should also do fun activities to make the class active and participate. An activity that would be very fun in order to get information into our heads for the tests and quizes.
10. Other comments:
Great job Pro. Niemi. Hope you consider teaching other courses.
I learned a lot in this class and I believe that the main reason for that is Trenton Niemi. I would recommend any course that he is teaching to other students.
In the beginning of the semester I was looking to add Biology 100: Human Biology, but all the courses were full. So I went for two weeks to three different courses before settling into Professor Niemi's course. I decided to take his course because he taught the course with what I felt was the firmest understanding of the subject matter and he was the most articulate in the way he explained the course material. The Instructor's passion for the subject is tangible, and he is able to expertly field and answer any question brought his way by the students. I did not plan to continue my college studies after this semester, but because of the high quality of instruction in Professor Niemi's course, and because I learned so much, I signed up for Anatomy next semester. The Professor also has a good sense of humor, which helps make the class fun, and he is approachable and kind in the way he treats us as students.
Loved learning this subject and am grateful I had an enthusiastic teacher.
More use of Laulima would have been helpful.
Trenton Niemi is an awesome teacher, I can tell he loves teaching and he loves his students and he wants all us to learn and succeed.
Mr. Niemi is a very good lecturer and clearly knows what he's talking about, but I think this course needs work to make it clearer and more palpable for students.
I hope you let him keep this position. He made Biology more interesting than I thought it would (initially) be and, as a result, I learned quite a bit!
Very friendly and humorous teacher, he 'wants' you to learn the material.
I just want to say thank you to mr. Niemi for his services and that he should keep up the good work.
Great Job ! :)
You are a great teacher!
no comments.

Trenton Niemi: ZOOL141, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 141 - Human Anat/Physiology I Crn (Section): 46221 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I absolutely enjoyed the lectures Trent is able to offer. I learn more from lab lectures as oppose to the main lectures in the morning due to the way Trent takes difficult subjects step by step in a way that I can't clearly comprehend what's going on during muscle activity and etc.
The understanding of complex anatomical and physiological concepts and its connection to human life.
Lab lectures and review session really helped us understand key concepts and know what was expected of us to learn. I wish that he would of been my lecture instructor as well. His teaching style is very enganging and it is enjoyable to be in his class and have as teacher I can't wait till next semester.
Trent was an amazing teacher. Our lecture classes were sometimes tough to follow and understand so Trent would always take the time and re-teach and break it down for our lab in a simpler way for us to understand. He was awesome!!!
Trentons support of the lecture and text, with fresh energy and the interest to answer questions until we ALL understood. He focused on what was most difficult to undersand and what was most important.
Trent's clear, concise, and in depth explanations.
He has a way of making sure you understand every point he is teaching. He is a great teacher and I hope to have him as my lab teacher again. He does not make you feel uncomfortable when asking questions and will explain it in different ways until you get it. It was a pleasure to be in his lab.
Trenton Niemi was an excellent instructor that showed much enthusiasm for both the material and the students. His lab lectures were very engaging and helped tremendously in grasping new concepts and ideas.
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 1.33 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (89%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
5. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
6. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%) 5 (56%)
7. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
8. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Being able to attend morning lectures and Trent's lab lectures, I found a greater understanding in lab. He connects with the students and ensures we understand every aspect of the material being taught before moving on. There is no scrutiny of any sort of question being asked because he takes a broaden approach in making sure everything is thoroughly comprehensible with material that is otherwise difficult to understand. This course was a must have that improved my understand in zoology.
it was interesting. trent made it very easy to understand the material
Excellent.
The lab is much better than the lecture part of this course soley because Trenton Niemi is the instructor.
He did a fantastic job! Would definitely want him as a full time professor. He has an amazing way to get through to the class and have us grasp the concepts of A and P.
It was a great supporting class.Without it the course would have been even harder!
Extremely valuable, I sincerely hope I get Trent's lab next semester. He goes above and beyond reasonable expectations, taking a personal vested interest in the advancement of our understanding.
Trent is an invaluable teacher. He knows his stuff and makes sure you do to. I enjoy how he makes things come alive where it sticks in my brain.
My overall evaluation of this course has to be divided into two separate reports since I had C. Hornick for lecture and T. Niemi for lab. Conrad Hornick is clearly a knowledgeable instructor and it's quite obvious that he has much experience in his field. He seems to be a good guy with a good sense of humor most of the time. However, I must say that his overall teaching performance fell short. He was not engaged with his students much at all. In fact, his demeanor would indicate that his teaching position at a community college was beneath him. Typically, he would show up for lecture right as it was suppose to start and would be out the door immediately following. He NEVER replied to a single email that was sent to him throughout the semester. He was was very random (time wise)in how he would post homework assignments. His quizzes were always in different formats from week to week so you really didn't know how to study for them (since a tests format really dictates how you need to study). Lectures were always a long, powerpoint presentation that were obscure and really difficult to follow at times. Lastly, throughout most of the semester, I, and most of the other students, were all scratching our heads trying to figure out what information or concepts we needed to learn. Most of the time, when students would ask what we needed to know for the test he would say, "the important stuff". Sometimes we would ask if we needed to know xyz, and he would often respond probably not but I'm not sure yet. Hmmmmm. Very vague. On the other hand, Trenton Niemi was a very engaging instructor. He was always at the chalkboard walking us through all the difficult concepts of each chapter. Not only did he present the material in way that really clarified difficult concepts, he also made learning it fun. I would go out on a limb and say that I wouldn't have done as well in the course if I hadn't had Trent Niemi as my lab instuctor.
9. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I saw no room for improvement to be honest. I just wished I could have the lab stretched out longer or be able to replace my zoology morning lecture.
mr hornick could explain the material better. it knows his material too well that i think he expects his students to know it as well as he does.
He can be both lecturer and lab instructor. I would like to recommend him both of these positions so that he can really follow up what he did say in the lecture during the lab period. This is absolutely a benefit for us students too.
More actual expieriments for hands on associations wiyh the concepts.
Let Trent write the quizzes
I dont see how it could improve except have trent do the lechtures to.
For the Conrad Hornick 1. Please ditch the long, boring, powerpoint presentations and pick up the chalk. There is room for some powerpointing but please, for difficult concepts the powerpoint simply does not work. 2. Respond to your email PLEASE!!! 3. Either keep your quizzes in the same format each week or let the students know ahead of time what format the following weeks quiz will be in (multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank (with word bank/without work bank),matching, labeling, etc..)
10. Other comments:
I love this class. Without it, I'll be totally lost with the material I'm trying to understand.
He can be a good lecturer too. Very accomodating. He makes complex things simple for us to understand which we don't harvest during the lecture. An enthusiastic guy with so much wisdom and energy to share. Thanks Trent...
Trenton did a great job with what he had to work with ,his expieriance and knowledge, and pure enthusiasm for the subject made learning concepts from him more compfortable to swallow.UH made a good choice with Trenton.I wish the department had more$$$$ so we could do more HANDS ON,with such an intricate subject it would help support concepts.I look forward to taking more classes from Trenton. He also made himself available to students outside of class,which was nice.
electric gradients are not really electrical but charge based. Similar but not the same. The scientific community should consider using a more accurate wording.
I feel that Conrad Hornick is a very knowledgeable instructor and really think that with a little tweaking could be a great instuctor (ie. presentation, attitude, and engagement with students). Trenton Niemi is an excellent instructor and I am looking forward to taking ZOOL 142 Lab with him. He is very engaging, excellent at teaching difficult concepts, and makes learning fun. It's too bad he isn't teaching more classes. I would highly reccommend his class to fellow students or friends. Two thumbs up!!!

Trenton Niemi: ZOOL142, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 142 - Human Anat/Physiology II Crn (Section): 45021 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
No survey responses were found.
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 2 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
5. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%) 0 (0%)
6. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 2 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
7. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%) 0 (0%)
8. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I love this class
9. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I don't think this course need improvement
The "lab" was pretty weak. I really appreciated the extra lecture time and explanation so I want to be careful not to discredit that aspect, but as far as a lab where we explore hands-on examples of what the books tell us, it was kinda lame.
10. Other comments:
Trent was great!