eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Trenton Niemi

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BIOL100, Spring 2015
ZOOL142, Spring 2015
ZOOL142, Spring 2015
ZOOL142, Spring 2015
ZOOL141, Fall 2014
ZOOL141, Fall 2014
ZOOL141, Fall 2014
ZOOL141, Fall 2013
ZOOL141, Fall 2013
ZOOL141, Fall 2013
ZOOL142, Fall 2013
ZOOL142, Fall 2013
ZOOL142, Spring 2013
ZOOL141, Fall 2012
ZOOL142, Fall 2012
ZOOL142, Spring 2012
BIOL100, Fall 2011
ZOOL141, Spring 2011
ZOOL142, Fall 2010

Trenton Niemi: BIOL100, Spring 2015

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 100 - Human Biology Crn (Section): 47014 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The lectures were most valuable. A lot of the things that were not in the slides and book were covered in class, so it was crucial that we attend all of them.
Causes of disease. Prevent disease. Treat the disease.
Through out the whole course I thought that the teacher's organisation was extremely valuable. He also related complicated concepts to simpler ideas. Biology has always been hard for me to grasp, but when he started posting study guides I improved. This was very helpful!
All the lessons going into the details of humans are really valuable.
The information provided by the book and the connections made between things by the insructer.
Good examples that were used in the class were very valuable.
Professor Trent Niemi is one of the best instructors I've ever had, especially, for the Biology 100 Class. He makes difficult things, fun to learn about, and it was a great pleasure to have him as an instructor this semester. I enjoyed my time in his Biology Class and he always had grand information to tell us about facts of the human body that was just killer fascinating. I used to be afraid of Biology, and now, I've just grown to love it because of how he made it sound so fun and exciting. Professor Niemi is an amazing instructor, and he's one of my best instructors campus!
Just the opportunity to have an Instructor with Trenton's vast knowledge and ability, along with his immense understanding of the Course material made this course very valuable
The teacher's enthusiasm and knowledge in the subject made the class interesting and the material easier to learn. He was able to take complex concepts that would normally be difficult to fully grasp and make them simpler. The study guides were also really helpful in preparing for the tests, as well as how up front he was about what was going to be on them and what wasn't.
The lectures
the aspects that are most valuable to me is he make it easy to understand, always give example, and always have a open question.
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
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%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
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. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Always available when you need help with something. Amazing teacher -- breaks down all the hard concepts to make them simple and understandable.
G R E A T ! P E R S O N . V E R Y W E L L D O N E !
He is a very good teacher and he made the class fun��
Great! He explains the lesson in real life situations. This is really helpful because I could understand the lesson better.
very good teacher. very knowlegable. goes over material over and over for students who need help and is effecient about covering each subject.
Very good professor. He has very good understanding of the subject.
This was the first time ever having him as an instructor for the semester, and I'm gladly thrilled now that the semester is coming to an end, that he was my Biology 100 Class! It was a pleasure to have him as my instructor in his Bio 100 Class and I hope I get to ave him as a instructor again, latter on in the future.
He is an outstanding instructor who puts the time and the effort into each and every student he has. He is an extremely intelligent instructor who puts maximum effort into conveying his knowledge to us as students. If I had to give Trenton a grade, it would be nothing short of an A+.
Very knowledgable in the subject matter and enthusiastic about it. He is strict about the rules and requirements for the class, but is also aware of and willing to work with the individual needs of each of his students. Overall, a great teacher.
Great teaching techniques and open minded.
Mr trenton niemi is a great teacher and when i have question: he answer it and explain it clear enough for me to understand.
6. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (64%) 4 (36%)
7. 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  
4.55 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%)
8. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (55%) 5 (45%)
9. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
More homework assignments maybe -- sometimes the homework did not directly correlate to what we would go over during lectures and such.
My opinion will be have a review sheet in every exam. Not because the class is hard but to help the person be confident on the exam.
The study guides were a really big help! If they were available throughout the whole course I think it could help out future students.
The instructor could give graded reading assignments from the book so students will understand the lessons better.
More Tests. like a test 2 times a chapter would be nice. and more homework. like memorization assignments would be helpful
Very hard to improve but maybe more visuals included would improve the class.
It's the responsibilities of students to make the best out of their education, and I just wish I wasn't so shy so I could be able to ask the right questions and to have more class participation for myself as an individual, but I did learn a lot from the instructor and from students that were very knowledgeable and interacting in the class. It's just a factor I need to overcome as a student, as I constantly pursue and excel, in my educational goals and studies.
The one thing that needs improvement is the organisation. The order that the material was taught worked well, but the management of time made some areas feel rushed a bit.
10. Other comments:
thank you!
love the subject very much so enjoyed the class
Take Professor Niemi's Biology Class 100. I'm glad I did! He makes time for his students to understand the subject better. We as students just have to do our part. He's a great Biology 100 Class teacher to have, and I'm glad I was referred to him! I was afraid of not knowing who he was and how he taught students, and now he's one of my favorite teachers on campus! Much Respect! It was a pleasure to have had him as an instructor this semester. He's one of the Best! Aloha Nui Loa and Mahalo!

Trenton Niemi: ZOOL142, Spring 2015     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 142 - Human Anat/Physiology II Crn (Section): 47034 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The lab lectures were the best part of the class. Trent is one of the best instructors I have had in my college career. You can see as he teaches that he is very passionate , and that makes us students more passionate about what we are learning.
lectures and hands on activities in lab
The reviews of material during the lab sessions were extremely helpful.
Hands on
He made sure we understood what was going on in class and would clarify anything that may have been confusing during lecture.
Videos
Everything
Everything
Trent's lectures greatly contributed to my understanding of the course.
Labs were great
the labs were always very instructive and entertaining. The best compliment for the lectures Trenton is very clear at explaining, also he is very good managing the time.
I valued every second of Trent's instruction. Very clear and informative. Gives us the big picture of what we need to know, but doesn't shy away from very detailed questions.
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
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%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 13 (87%)
5. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Great !!!!
He's a good teacher, glad that he'll be the one taking over bruce's position in the fall
I have found Trent to be an excellent instructor. He is able to explain challenging concepts in ways that are easy to grasp. And he has a great sense of humor. :-)
He is very knowledgable and his instruction of materials make it easy to stay up after a long day of working.
I still wish he was our lecture instead of our lab teacher but he does an amazing job and is passionate about teaching the subject
Great teacher and very knowledgeable about subject.
He is a great instructor. He gets his explanation out very well.
Great Instructor. Very knowledgable and easy to understand.
Outstanding!
Understands the subject well and explains it well.
He is a great instructor, has a broad understanding of the subject, and a way to explain it that makes me/us understand what is going on easily. He also, is very patient. he is a great instructor. He is the best!
Seems very passionate about teaching and helping us learn what we need to know for the course. Has a no nonsense approach to the material, but also has a great sense of humor.
Trent is an amazing teacher. He knows what he is talking about and is clearly very passionate about the material. Sometimes he would even need to stop himself because he would go more in-depth than what we needed to know to succeed for our exams. Sometimes he would say we didn't need to know this but would teach us anyway because it was interesting (although, he made sure it never lasted more than a few minutes). He really explained things in a way that made sense. I could really understand the material when he taught it. I really liked his teaching style. My only complaint is that this class is the only class he teaches. It's been a great year with him and I'm going to miss having him as my teacher.
6. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 13 (87%)
7. 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  
4.6 15 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 12 (80%)
8. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
9. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
The course can be improved by the way the exams are spaced out. We lose some labs due to holidays and or finals week, but then have an exam anyways. I learn the most through the lab classes not the lectures with Bruce. So when a lab is cut , I do not learn as much and therefor should not have an exam be worth the same percentage of the rest of the exams that have the normal amount of labs.
don't have the labs be three hours. incorporate more dissection and clinical application activities.
Sometimes it was a little unclear as to what information would be covered on the quiz for the week, so a little more clarity on that could have been helpful. It would also be helpful if there was a cutoff day/time during the week by which all assignments/information for the week would be posted. This would alleviate having to check daily. I believe these suggestions are beyond Trent's control, but are suggestions for the course and lab in general.
Nothing comes to mind
Less slides more work with actual specimens
More time.
It very interesting and did not need any improvement.
Work on the picture quality in worksheets. Have one designated place where ALL lab worksheets and homework can be found like, Laulima.
the tests should be more stretch ahead, and not full of confusing wordplays.
I wish he was the main instructor for the whole course.
10. Other comments:
THANK YOU for deepening my understanding in so many areas! Thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
NOne
Trent is a great instructor I enjoy his work.
Overall it is a great, instructive, subject.
Great instructor. Hope I have more like him in grad school.

Trenton Niemi: ZOOL142, Spring 2015     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 142 - Human Anat/Physiology II Crn (Section): 47035 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
His teaching style. He emphasizes what is important and makes sure we understand it. I wish i could put it into words, but simply out: when he teaches things, I just get it. I cant just pick it right up. Also he is readily available after class to help with questions
The lab worksheets and homework assignments were very helpful when it came to the exams.
All of them!
I have never had Trent before; I switched to his lab because everyone said that he's the best teacher to have for Zoology. I wish I had him for Zoo 141. He's an amazing teacher. Trent was very amusing, and he had great passion for his work. I wished that he had taught the lecture class sooner. Then I would actually go to the lecture class and watch the lecture.
Trent's recaps of Bruce's lectures were more useful then Bruce's lectures.
ALL!
The lectures in lab expanded and assisted in the understanding of the material that was covered in the main course lecture. The lab activities were engaging and reflected the material that we went over in class to provide a better understanding. The anatomical models in lab were very helpful as on hand teaching aids!
I felt the lectures in lab Trent give are the most valuable.
Doing the labs were most valuable about this course.
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
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%) 12 (100%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
5. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Excellent. My high praises for teachers are few and far in between. But trent deserves every bit. If not for him I would not understand half of the concepts covered in this class.
Trent is very smart and makes sure that you understand the material completely before moving on to the next subject.
Great teacher!!
greatest teacher ever! One of my favorites
Fair, knowledgeable, and open.
Trent is probably the best instructor I have had thus far here at UH. He presents the material in a way that is not only interesting, but easy to understand. In my opinion, he should be teaching this course, not just a lab section. I learned a lot more from him than I did from the main instructor.
Great lab instructor! I will recommend taking his lab to everyone. He made the material very accessible to everyone.
My overall evaluation of Trent would be a 10/10 because he knows his stuff and accommodating when students need his help.
He did an fantastic job as an instructor.
6. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
7. 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  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%)
8. 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%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
9. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Not much, if anything at all.
If the lab could be offered closer to my home it would help me a lot.
mostly just for the lecture tests, some questions were confusing and did not feel like we went over some of that stuff in lecture. But, lab practicums were good and very straight forward
Less coloring for homework assignments.
nothing!
I like the way that the last couple tests only covered 3 chapters (max) compared to last semester where more chapters were compiled into the tests. this allows us to be able to concentrate on certain areas better.
I would have the lab a little longer if needed to cover the material.
10. Other comments:
give this man a raise.
none! awesome lab teacher, would recommend to other students
Good job Trent! Thanks for a fun filled learning semester.

Trenton Niemi: ZOOL142, Spring 2015     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 142 - Human Anat/Physiology II Crn (Section): 47038 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Probably the labs (although some were really boring and some of the technologies did not work).
When going over the lab, the lecture in lab and especially what we were supposed to do for the lab assignment.
Trent has a way of explaining the most complicated things and making them understandable for all. He is very organized. There is never a question of what is expected of you. He is a great and clear communicator. Trent is clearly passionite about teaching.
I CAN TELL TRENT IS ALSO PASSIONATE BY SCIENCE AND THAT IS REALLY HELPFUL. BECAUSE WHEN I DON'T UNDERSTAND A TOPIC HE GOES IN DEPTH WITH EXPLANATIONS. AND HE SAYS: "ANYWAY THAT'S ANOTHER TOPIC...."
Lecture before lab, instructor made sure we understood the material.
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
5. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
that he explains things really well. He is excellent and pretty organized in my opinion.
I enjoyed having Trenton Niemi as a lab instructor. He gives clear explanations of the subject and is good at breaking down processes to make them more clear.
Highly recommend to anyone to take this class from him. I rate a 10.
I think he is one of the best teachers I have ever had. He is super helpful and an amazing teacher. Very willing to help. Always puts energy and heart into his lectures.
GREAT. i AM REALLY YOUR ARE REPLACING BRUCE
He is very approachable and really knows what he is talking about. He's a great teacher.
6. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
7. 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  
4.38 8 1.06 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%)
8. 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%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%)
9. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I wish labs weren't so long. But I understand that they have to be. Maybe have more actively engaged assignments to be during the class time. For instance, don't do lectures; instead, have questions and make us answer them (kind of like the regular homework). However, the explanations are good. So maybe it's best to keep it like that. Sorry it is over two or three sentences.
Help sheet would be nice, there is so much information. The lab should be two days not only one. Extra credit should be allowed, as long it pertains to the subject course, this allows the student to do some researching and critical thinking on their part, therefore, it benefits the student with learning something new and getting extra credit for their grade.
Nothing to improve on
- IT IS TOO LONG : 3 HOURS? AND THE AIR CONDITIONING IS KILLING ME
I think this class could improve more if students had more time to do their lab work. In addition, need more hands on to grasp the concept better.
10. Other comments:
Just wanted to say, glad to hear you will be doing the lecture the following semesters to come. You did an awesome job for the lecture in lab and I enjoyed it and I'm sure you'll do great for the lecture part also. Just an FYI, coming from a mere student-stay grounded, or at least try stick one foot in the sand. If you can try do this, you'll do fine. Just be intuitive with your students. I know you're doing a great job at this already, but sometimes we forget. Other than that, best wishes and take care. Thank you for an awesome time at lab. It has been a privilege, honor to have been one of your student. Muchas gracias y hasta luego, Professor Niemi
KEEP UP WITH A GOOD JOB. AND WELCOME TRENT!!!!!
N/a

Trenton Niemi: ZOOL141, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 141 - Human Anat/Physiology I Crn (Section): 45013 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I value the hands-on lab work that we do.
Like I said before, this course is great and very valuable not only for what I had choose to study but for personal understanding of what is going on in my body and others.
The hands on labs
Mr. Niemi was excellent at focusing in on the most important aspects of each body system/topic of study. He explained difficult concepts in ways that made the content easy to grasp.
The whole course was valuable.
Trent really makes things so much easier to understand than the textbook. I learned a lot! The class setup wberei. you have homework and a quiz each class sure made me study and learn. I also liked the targetted approach on what to focus on maxe it more manageable.
Trent took the time to go over things and give us a different view of what we were learning in class. I really appreciated the passion he has towards the subject.
All of it. He seems to really know what he is talking about and makes it so that we (the students) can understand it.
hands on activities.
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  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
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%)
5. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
He is very cool. I had a lot of fun in the lab course. I am looking forward to our next lab again.
Outstanding!
He is a great instructor, he has a very well understanding on the subject, the way he explain things, makes easy to understand what is going on, he is always willing to answer questions and explain until you grasp the subjet in matter.
He is an awesome instructor and really makes you understand the subject before moving on.
Mr. Niemi definitely knows the content, and is able to break down concepts in such a way that is easy to understand and make connections. I would definitely take another course with Mr. Niemi!
I was really able to grasp all of the material becasue of the way Trent explained it. It helped that he would draw pictures and show video's because, for me, I'm more of a visual learner. Out of all four of my classes, his was the one I looked forward to going to the most.
Very good! He knows the subject very well!
Great teacher. Teaching style is to the point and easy to grasp.
A+ He should be THE PROFESSOR teaching ZOO.
If Trent were teaching other class outside of AP Lab I would be highly interested in taking classes with him
Thats hes a great teacher, he really knows what hes talking about and makes it easy to understand. He seems to love his job.
he is a rad teacher who breaks everything down barney style so that it is easier to understand. he makes the effort to explain things and answer questions about subject matter.
6. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
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%)
7. 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  
4.69 13 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
8. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
9. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
For me the course is great the way it is.
This course needs no improvement. I think he did a great job!
There was a few problems with Quizzes/Test. I'm not sure how or if it could be adjusted to get clear view but some of the labeling were hard to make out in black and white. I spent a little more time than needed on them but students just have to be very careful and really look good at the pictures.
The lecture isnt needed since the lab can cover it.
I would do more instructional information with the muscles and bones.
Wording for exams. So much info in so little time. A lot of labs were canceled due to holidays which makes it hard to learn the material.
10. Other comments:
I will recommend him to friends and family
Keep up the great teaching style Trent, Mahalo for sharing your knowledge.
I'm meeting past students of Trent's who are now Human Anatomy & Physiology teachers and I can tell they were his students from their thoroughness and passing on his teaching style.
Trent is a very good instructor.

Trenton Niemi: ZOOL141, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 141 - Human Anat/Physiology I Crn (Section): 45015 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Trent's detailed knowledge of all of the information.
The live class was a great way for me to understand the material better.
Just going over the material again in lab helped to better understand it.
Hands on activities overall.
Trents ability to breakdown and explain into better detail that bruce (the lecture prof) failed to do. He really knows how to break something down and make it comprehensible even to the layman.
The media examples of the material, websites, and videos.
Mr.Niemi had simple and compact lectures that made difficult topics easy to understand.
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 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (100%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 1 (10%) 7 (70%)
5. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
He's a great lecturer and I'm glad that I'm in his lab.
He is very knowledgeable in the subject and he works with you to make sure you get the greatest learning outcome from the course. He is a great teacher and you can see that he loves teaching and he loves the subject he teaches.
Trent is a great teacher!
He is a great instructor, and very knowledgeable with his craft.
Great teacher, cool dude. Would be nice if all instructor from here on out took a page out of his book. Also great goatee
good teacher, very knowledgable about anatomy.
Great teacher, explains the material well.
Trent is by far the best teacher I have had at UHMC. I had him as a substitute in another class last semester, and I was so impressed by his teaching method, that I purposely chose him as my lab instructor this semester because I felt that I had learned as much in one week of him subbing as I had all semester. This semester, as my permanent lab instructor, he did not disappoint. He is so knowledgeable about the subject matter, I honestly think that he should be teaching this class. I understand that Bruce Butler is retiring after next semester. I strongly suggest that Trent be the one to replace him.
I believe he is a top-noch instructor that makes you want to take his classes again and again. His classes have a certain simplicity that makes confusing subjects come easy. He makes the students feel cared for and is very helpful in all aspects. His humors make lectures more enjoyable and interesting despite the 3 hour duration. I feel very lucky I took his class and hope to take the next course with him.
6. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
7. 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  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
8. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
9. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
The course is fine just the way it is. I especially like the way you can choose which day you are available to do labs.
This class does not need any improvements, I was satisfied with the way it already was.
Nothing much, it was an excellent lab course that helped my understanding of the lecture course.
Tests are pretty hard. Its a lot of information to study and condense. Trent was a good teacher, knowledgable and passionate about the subject.
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10. Other comments:
I can't wait for ZOOL 142. Thank you, Trent for an awesome semester!

Trenton Niemi: ZOOL141, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 141 - Human Anat/Physiology I Crn (Section): 45018 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Niemi made it very engaging. Although it gets tiring listening to a professor, he was overall pretty good about summarizing and getting the big picture into our heads.
all.. this will be the basics for what I am trying to learn
The teacher was very knowledgeable, easy to grasp information from him. Very easy to understand what he is trying to get out and across to us ( information wise).
All aspects, there is something to be learned every class period. Lab being the most crucial.
I love how he explains everything. This can be a challenging class but he has made it manageable and fun!
Trents hands on availability
During lab time. When working with the microscope, dissecting scope and working with a partner doing lab experiments.
The lab was my favorite part of the course, that is when all the content from the lecture really made sense to me.
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
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%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
5. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
A! He's excellent in explaining himself.
great teacher, takes time check on each student. gives examples. shows effective ways to remember things
Excellent Teacher!!!!!
10/10, Trent is an awesome teacher. I've taken this course before and didn't learn much, but with Trent as my teacher I was very encouraged to learn. He is great at giving explanations and is very knowledgeable about the subject. He gives visuals with everything he teaches which is very helpful in the understanding process and with memory retrieval. I have come to love science after taking this course and am looking forward to Zoo 142, and I never thought I'd say that. If all my professors taught the way Trent taught I'd probably be a doctor.
He's a good teacher
Excellent!
I think he is a great teacher
Really knowledgeable and approachable.
9
Trent is a very good teacher. He is direct and fully explains what we need to know.
Trenton Niemi is a great instructor, it made the lab hours fun and very helpful rewarding content understanding
6. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%)
7. 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  
4.62 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 9 (69%)
8. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 9 (69%)
9. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
No comment.
No Improvements Needed!!!!!!! Excellent!!!!!!!
I don't feel it could be ... It was great! I am excited for next semester
More videos would help.
Help sheet would be nice. Give extra credits for incentives, of course we have to do the work, but at least it gives the student motivation. Put grades in Laulima so we can see for ourselves our grades, points, etc. so we can keep track for ourselves also.
Trent is the best teacher I have ever had, he explains the information in a way that I will understand and remember.
10. Other comments:
No comment.
great teacher and teaching methods .. he knows that people learn in different ways so he teaches it multiple ways.
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Keep up the good work, thanks for all the help. -Gabe
One of the best teacher UH Maui have. Method of teaching is outstanding. After his lecture, i can fully understand the physiology of the human body. I never dread going to his lab classes!
Keep up the great job!

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): 45713 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
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.
This course is really helpful to me especially when we were learning bones and muscle because we could use the microscope.
Trent was very helpful.
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!!
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.
The explanations of concepts and the videos.
The way he explains the lecture and how he help us in our lab.
hes very approachable and easy to talk to.
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.
I wouldn't change anything about Trent's techniques. His teaching methods are very effective.
Nothing, he is very nice and he let us to bother him even though he is in the middle of the discussion.
I really don't think this course needs to 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. :)
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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.
the class was great. the material covered was a bit much for the time alloted
9. Other comments:
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! (:
Hopefully, you still be my teacher next semester but I knew it is impossible.
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!
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trents great. would attend any other class he has. very nice way of teaching a TOUGH subject

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?
Trent was a great teacher. He explain this very well.
Niemi's personal notes and "handbook"of the class.
Everything was clearly laid out with what was expected.
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.
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 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 !
Trenton was the best teacher
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.
Nothing great lab class.
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.
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.
No improvements needed.
I learned alot for Mr. Niemi; I have no suggestions for improvement, would like to take more classes taught by Mr. Niemi.
Wouldn't know what to say - it is very fair and well done.
9. Other comments:
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.
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.
Great teacher glad I have him in the spring

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?
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.
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!
Hands on explanations by Trent. Trent spent time providing visuals of materials being studied.
Very easy to follow when he's teaching
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!!
Taking notes when Trent explained the course. He explained it very well so it helped me learn better.
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.
The one on one interaction with Mr. Trent was very valuable.
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.
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.
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.
I don't think it could be improved in any way. Maybe two Trents would help.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9. Other comments:
Thanks for teaching this semester Trent! This class was definitely one of my favorites!
Enjoyed learning Zoology in Trent's lab. Need more teachers like him at the university.
Special test for those who have test troubles. Students who can prove it.
Trent is a great instructor. When he explains course material, he knows this subject very well. I enjoy being in his lab.
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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?
I found the heart chapter most valuable. It was very fascinating.
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.
The entire course was valuable as all the material covered in lecture and lab was pertinent information.
Lecture.
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.
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.
Trent's instruction and explanation was detailed and clear.
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.
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.
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.
study chapters in order instead of bouncing around
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.
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.
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.
It would be nice to have a study test sheet done like my other classes.
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
9. Other comments:
I would definitely recommend this teacher to others
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.
This class felt more like a 300 level course than a 100 level course.
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.
Very professional, and knowledgeable teacher.

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?
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.
all aspect of the way the course was taught were valuable.
everything!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Increase the frequency of asking the students whether they have any questions at all about the information that has been presented.
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.
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.
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.
Time management.
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.
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.
9. Other comments:
Great Teacher learned a lot more in this class than with other teachers.
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:)
i am glad that i had Trent as an instructor , teaching this class.
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!
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.
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, 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.

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?
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!
Trent did a great job going over the material while keeping it interesting.
I liked the way he explains each topic in the simplest way as posible.
The instructor was able to explain the material differently then the lecture teacher. He put it into simpler terms that were very understandable.
All the material we went over in lab.
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 think Trent should become an anatomy teacher not just a lab teacher!
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.
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.
The lecture part was very important. He does very well
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.
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.
I really like the lab activities and the short time of discussions because it helped me understand more about the subject matter.
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 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%) 1 (10%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 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%) 2 (20%) 6 (50%)
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 10 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (50%) 4 (33%)
7. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
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%) 5 (42%)
8. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
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.
Updated labs and lab materials.
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.
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.
I enjoyed the class nothing needs to be improved
Give letter grades throughout the semester.
new lab atmosphere. out of date tools.
Perhaps make two lab days instead of one? There were a lot of dense materials that could've taken couple of labs to explain.
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.
Give us a letter grade instead of just all the scores of our exams and homework
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.
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.
9. Other comments:
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.
The instructor did an excellent job teaching us the materials.
He's a great teacher.
Trent is an incredible teacher i wish he taught more science classes because i would take them all!!!
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.
Thank You, Trent! I'm really glad I got to have you for a lab instructor. Your class was great.
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.
Keep it up Mr. Trent! You're a great instructor! :)

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?
all of Trents knowledge he shares with us in lab including his notebook.
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.
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.
I like the hand on activities
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.
Hands on work in lab.
the lab =)
This innstructor gave great examples and mnemonics to help us learn in this course.
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.
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
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%) 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%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 10 (83%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 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%) 12 (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  
4.75 9 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 10 (83%)
7. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
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%) 9 (75%)
8. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
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.
No improvements needed the class was very enjoyable and informative
this course was fun
None
more activities in lab like hands on stuff
students should do more activities during the lab
More time in a lecture format. Less time doing Lab activities.
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.
the tests required too much information to be retained
I cannot think of ways that this course could improve. This course has done excellent in teaching me and my fellow classmates.
None, Trenton Niemi is doing a fine job. I would like to see him conduct the Zool courses in the future.
Nothing comes to mind.
9. Other comments:
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
he is a good lab teacher
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.
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.
Excellent job! Keep it up!

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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Niemi could be teaching this course.
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. =)
9. Other comments:
He didn't write the exams so it's difficult to evaluate this aspect.
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.

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?
Trent's review and discussion of pertinent information. Various hands on dissections.
Recorded lectures were a great resource to refer back to and watch on more than one occasion.
how he explain the subject thoroughly
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!!
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.
He could explain a lot of topics that were complicated, and made them easier to understand. His lab was very helpful.
doing labs
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  
5.0 5 0.0 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%) 0 (0%) 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  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 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%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%)
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  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%)
7. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
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%) 5 (63%)
8. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Course content will be useful as I enter the medical field.
excellent
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!!
The course is challenging but interesting.
Excellent! I enjoyed attending his class every Friday. I learned new facts every week.
It is a good addition to zoology 142.
Good class, as a student in this class you need lots of time and dedication to learn.
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.
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.
no improvement needed
Longer times in lab.
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.
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.
For the lab section.... nothing, Trent is an amazing teacher.
10. Other comments:
Lab was a great way to reiterate content learned throughout the week.
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!
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 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?
The information was very interesting and helpful. The entire course is valuable.
has a clear understanding of the subject.
It being a lecture course, made it easier to understand and remember the information.
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.
The slide shows that were shown that broke down each chapter
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 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.
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 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.
Visual Aids.
The aspects of the course that were most valuable were how he shows pictures and examples of things he is explaining.
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
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 simple lectures and note-taking were simple and also very valuable.
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...
Great class.
great teaching :)
This course had a lot of information to take in, but Mr. Niemi made it easy to understand.
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.
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.
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 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.
Excellent, 10 out of 10. I would recommend the course and the instructor to anyone looking to study human biology.
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.
Very insightful. Trenton Niemi is very passionate about instructing his class in a way in which curriculum could be learned and easily retainable.
This course is very hard but in order to pass, you really need to pay attention and work hard in the class.
that it was very informative and well organized. I would grade this course an A.
awsome
Great teacher. Wish he taught Anatomy.
Very interesting course. Really admired that there was not much homework, instead you can just study all your notes and your textbook.
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!
9. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
|It would have been very helpful if the power points used in lectures were available on Laulima.
could improve by giving activities to the students to see if the students are in tract with the discussed lesson. Assign more homework's.
I can not think of any ways that this course could be improved.
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This course could be improved with more activities related to the subject at hand. A little more visual perspective.
More assignments on each chapter so the student has a better understanding of this course.
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.
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.
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.
you should have worksheets to have so that students will know what they learned in class, maybe workbooks?
The course text did not explain into enough detail some of it's material. Technical problems postponed or lengthened lectures.
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.
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
The projector broke several times. Maybe a back up location if the projector breaks.
Improvement would come from more physical and visual aids, not just pictures taken form the text book.
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.
10. Other comments:
More use of Laulima would have been helpful.
Great Job ! :)
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.
You are a great teacher!
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.
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.
I just want to say thank you to mr. Niemi for his services and that he should keep up the good work.
Great job Pro. Niemi. Hope you consider teaching other courses.
no comments.
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.
Loved learning this subject and am grateful I had an enthusiastic teacher.
Very friendly and humorous teacher, he 'wants' you to learn the material.
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!

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?
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
The understanding of complex anatomical and physiological concepts and its connection to human life.
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.
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's clear, concise, and in depth explanations.
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...
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.
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.
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.
It was a great supporting class.Without it the course would have been even harder!
Excellent.
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
The lab is much better than the lecture part of this course soley because Trenton Niemi is the instructor.
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.
9. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
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..)
I dont see how it could improve except have trent do the lechtures to.
More actual expieriments for hands on associations wiyh the concepts.
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.
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.
Let Trent write the quizzes
10. Other comments:
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 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.
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...
I love this class. Without it, I'll be totally lost with the material I'm trying to understand.
electric gradients are not really electrical but charge based. Similar but not the same. The scientific community should consider using a more accurate wording.

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.
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.
I don't think this course need improvement
10. Other comments:
Trent was great!