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Instructor: Tom Dinell

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PLAN310, Fall 2013
PLAN310, Fall 2011
PLAN310, Spring 2011

Tom Dinell: PLAN310, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Urban & Regional Planning
Course: PLAN 310 - Introduction to Planning Crn (Section): 77979 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.27 15 0.46 Freq(%) 11 (73%) 4 (27%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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 fulfilled the goals of the course.
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. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 1.12 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 11 (73%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 12 (80%)
7. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
8. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 2 (13%) 11 (73%)
9. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 2 (13%) 10 (67%)
10. I learned to value new viewpoints.
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%)
11. I developed more confidence in myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
12. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
13. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
14. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 3 (20%) 9 (60%)
15. The course made me think hard and carefully.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
16. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The planning exercise was most valuable to me in the aspects how of planning works.
I believe aspects of this course that were most valuable is designing overall. Dinell has pushed us to think deeply upon designing a new neighborhood that satisfies the needs of the residents of the town. Its not just about the allocations, but revenues, taxes, and comfort amongst the people. I thought it was a great exercise. I also thought presenting is very valuable because it enhanced my speaking skills, keeping my eye contact towards the listeners, and it just builds my overall communication skills.
class involvement made it interesting
The comments after presentations and the comments for rewrites are the most valuable aspects of this course.
The Urban plan project!
The presentation aspect was beneficial as we got good practice and feedback in delivering our presentations. I also felt the Urban Plan project had high value as we role played with a team and critically thought of how to approach an agreement not just among us, but on the convinces an arbitrary audience.
UrbanPlan was a valuable experience because it showed how different elements work together to create a town.
Urban plan was a great exercise for the course.
Planning aspects were valuable. Understanding the needs of the people and trying to satisfy all the shareholders.
I really liked the urban planning project
17. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I think having those homework readings were least valuable because I feel like we learn better with in class exercises as a whole. Its better to learn with everyone so we can communicate more effectively with one another.
n/a
Hmmm.. have to think. Least valuable... I would say it would have been nice to have an outline for all power points and class discussions.
N/A
18. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 9 (60%)
19. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
20. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
21. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
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%)
22. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
23. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
24. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
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%)
25. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
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%)
26. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
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%)
27. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 3 (20%) 10 (67%)
28. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
More planning exercises like Elmwood.
I think Dinell's teaching style could be better if he could provide better overhead displays. For example, make slides rather than use the Elmo to show us a piece of paper. I think it would be nice to have a power point with pictures and more examples, with the addition of the regular hard copy of just what we go over, not the power point.
n/a
I think it would be interesting to have to do both a walk in waikiki and moilili. One at the beginning and one near the end. Not only to do a comparison, but also our tools for making urban planning observations would be sharper for the second walk.
More energy and talk louder.
29. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
30. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
31. The reading materials were relevant to the course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
32. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 1 (7%) 12 (80%)
33. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.4 15 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 2 (13%) 10 (67%)
34. Other comments:
Dinell is a great teacher. Speaks a bit slow, but still interesting to understand his jokes.
I learned a lot about urban planning, which helps me in my architecture classes. This class is a lot related to some of my architecture classes. It shows a different approach and different view of the subject, which help me view things in different perspectives. I also learned a lot about collaboration.
I wish there were more undergrad courses in Planning!
Thanks Tom, enjoyed the class and feel inspired for my future endeavors.
Tom was a great professor with much knowledge of the subject. He went out of his way to make his lessons fun and entertaining with song, dance and great food. Never met another professor quite like him. Awesome to see him teaching multiple generations of students on the subject he knows best.
good class overall. I like the seminar style. The workload was pretty heavy though. As a student who also works full time, i found it too be overbearing, but I survived. Thanks for a great semester

Tom Dinell: PLAN310, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Urban & Regional Planning
Course: PLAN 310 - Introduction to Planning Crn (Section): 79761 (002)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 13 (81%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 8 (50%) 7 (44%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
5. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (31%) 10 (63%)
6. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 9 (56%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 5 (31%) 9 (56%)
8. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
9. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 10 (63%)
10. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 10 (63%)
11. I developed more confidence in my ability to communicate effectively through writing.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 16 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 3 (19%) 9 (56%)
12. I developed more confidence in myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 15 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 6 (40%) 7 (47%)
13. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 5 (33%) 8 (53%)
14. I improved my abilities to revise my rough drafts and to make my writing more effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 15 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 8 (53%) 5 (33%)
15. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (44%) 8 (50%)
16. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 16 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 6 (38%) 6 (38%)
17. The course made me think hard and carefully.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 16 1.01 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (44%) 8 (50%)
18. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I really enjoyed your writing rubric, It really helped me improve my writing. Criticism needed for my speaking and writing, they helped me improve.
guest speakers and urbanplan
elmwood project
The coursework was overall very interesting and valuable. It has encouraged me to pursue further education in the Planning field and DURP.
urbanplan was great. tom is an excellent prof
hands on activities that we were required to participate in
The presentations because this was definitely a weakness of mine. Also, UrbanPlan because it was a challenging group project and presentation.
Definitely UrbanPlan. The group project is awesome, however, my view may be biased because I had a great group. Whether you have a good group or not, it will really demonstrate the realities [potentially problematic due to member disagreement] of urban planning. There is a synthesis required that helps reveal that no plan is perfect, and not everyone will be happy in the end (better yet, your lucky if a majority of people are happy). This is helped by the amazing jurors that are brought in. Tom knows some real sound professionals.
The elmwood urban plan project was a great group project that challenged the class.
The elm street project was a very good experience.
I felt the group development assignment was well thought out and implemented.
I really enjoyed the group projects and layout of the classroom.
Urban planning is important because it is relevant in our everyday lifestyles.
The course offered valuable experiences in the planning process and what it takes to make things. Knowing this, the complexity of land us planning has me questioning more about the environments we live in.
There were many presentations and writing in this course. It was good for me to develop my language skills.
19. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I didn't like the urban plan on a saturday.
none
None.
readings were not discussed much
Some of the lectures could have been geared to be more enjoyable instead of paper with bullet points on the ELMO.
We do a lot of presentation, which is great! But when people are bad at presenting, the audience becomes disinterested and tends to not listen. Because people are presenting important information, the audience suffers.
The final.
I did not find any part of this non relevant to the material discussed.
none
Wish he would utilize the powerpoint more. but the digital projector was fine as well.
I found most of the course most valuable, exceedingly more info than I could ever thought to have learn in one semester.
20. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
criticism and notes about presentations and writing were very useful. The urbanplan helped make me friends and was a great group project that required cooperation skills.
urbanplan
Hands on assignments such as Walk in Waikiki and UrbanPlan, allow students to experience planning issues first hand.
lectures were very informative and class interaction was comfortable
UrbanPlan
Definite the presentation critics. Presentation is so important...in every field. Tom gives good feedback about your presentation skills, and if you really pay homage to them, you can really improve your presentation skills.
The Elm Street project was valuable and helpful.
Organizational skills developed through the group project.
I really enjoyed the guest speakers and interview assignment
The option to rewrite a paper for a better grade
UrbanPlan was interesting as in brought our group to work together more. Rewrites are also helpful because they not only show what we did wrong, it shows that we can do better.
I could understand what is important for a sustainable planning to think about economy, society and environment today.
21. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
I wish there were more indebt planning talks about historical planning distputes in hawaii and in the world.
none
Nothing.
limited scope outside of hawaii
n/a
The class schedule was changed multiple times, and Tom was a little disorganized. Haha, it is ironic, it is a planning course, granted urban planning, but still, it's sort of funny.
The final was least valuable and helpful.
He did not go through the writing guidelines of what he expected out of us.
not applicable
22. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 16 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (44%) 7 (44%)
23. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 16 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (13%) 7 (44%) 6 (38%)
24. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (56%) 7 (44%)
25. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 16 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 8 (50%) 6 (38%)
26. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
27. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 11 (69%)
28. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 9 (56%)
29. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 9 (56%)
30. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
31. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 10 (63%)
32. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (44%) 9 (56%)
33. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (31%) 10 (63%)
34. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He is a person of knowledgable and wisdom. Really stoked i got to take a class by the father of UH planning. He told what you needed to improve on in a nice way.
Returns emails in a timely manor
He's an excellent professor. He's enthusiastic, attentive and available for students in class and via email. He communicates concepts, information, and assignments effectively and is a generally interesting and well spoken person.
very easy to talk with
His enthusiasm about the subject and his openness to help in class and through email. If you had any questions, Tom went out of his way to help.
Very knowledgable and qualified man. Really knows his stuff, and is well know amongst professionals.
THe comments on the writings were very helpful
His many years of experience.
His knowledge within this field is extensive.
the guest speakers and guest presentations
Very caring and enthusiastic professor
His patience and his all-around knowledge for the subject matter.
Mr. Dinell's comments and advice were very helpful to revise my papers.
critiques of oral presentations and writing assignments
35. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Sometimes I couldn't understand what you were saying.
none
Nothing.
not much.
n/a
When he turns his hearing aid off
Not trying his wife's homemade jam.
there wasn't very much time for the readings
n/a
not applicable
36. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
Talk a little clearer. REALLY INTERESTED how that jam tastes. FAMOUS DINELL JAM FOR EVERYBODY.
none. maybe for the final paper ask for a rough draft in addition to the final and final rewrite.
N/A
pau hana classes?
Some of the lectures were a bit boring...group work helped.
Course schedule was a little hard to understand...and yes I did read the whole syllabus, it is just put in a sort of quirky way. The due dates for certain projects was confounding cause you'd turn in the paper sometimes three weeks before you presented the information to the class. I can understand this may be due to guest lecturers availability and etc, but its makes the continuum of context a little difficult to maintain.
Nothing
none
Maybe incorporate some newer technology i.e. powerpoints
more in class time for urban plan! This is necessary for students to solidify their vision for Elmwood and develop a financially feasible plan which reflects that vision, and is considered with respect to the multiple community stakeholders involved. The urban plan exercise should not be so hurried.
37. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
38. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 9 (56%)
39. The reading materials were relevant to the course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 8 (50%) 7 (44%)
40. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (31%) 10 (63%)
41. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.53 15 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (47%) 8 (53%)
42. Other comments:
It was a pleasure Tom, take care of yourself. A seed planted today is a return tomorrow.
great class!
None.
Awesome teacher, nice and polite!
This course was very busy because of various assignments, however, each assignments were very valuable for me to develop my architecture design. Also, Prof. Dinell's advise was very helpful for my doctorate project of my major(architecture).
grade on a 20 point scale instead of ten

Tom Dinell: PLAN310, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Urban & Regional Planning
Course: PLAN 310 - Introduction to Planning Crn (Section): 89245 (002)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 19 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 17 (89%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 19 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 16 (84%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 14 (74%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (26%) 13 (68%)
5. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (37%) 12 (63%)
6. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 7 (37%) 11 (58%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 4 (21%) 13 (68%)
8. I learned to value new viewpoints.
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%)
9. I developed more confidence in myself.
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%)
10. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 18 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 4 (22%) 11 (61%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (47%) 10 (53%)
12. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 19 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 5 (26%) 11 (58%)
13. The course made me think hard and carefully.
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%)
14. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Assignments like the Talk With Planner Interview and UrbanPlan were extremely valuable. Being able to work hands on and learn about the profession and subject matter was better than listening to any other lecture or reading.
I really enjoyed the Urban Plan Project. I really learned how and what planners do with this project. I also like the very detailed syllabus and schedule, it really helped me to stay organized and I knew exactly what to do for each assignment.
I thought that he was very informed on the subjects we studied and I gained a whole new understanding of what Urban Planning was all about.
I like that he had guest speakers from different fields within the planning field. I also really liked the projects.
he does a really good job at correcting my papers and lets me know what i did wrong
city planing
The professor was very understanding of my stituation
Our own personal urban plan competition was extremely helpful in understanding not only the history and basis of planning but also the professional experience of competition
Guest lecturers, presentations, UrbanPlan, Tom Dinell, students interested in Planning, everything!
I like the group project. It was challenging and gave me an opportunity to see what Planning was all about.
Group interactions and presentations
Understanding the process of a Planner and what they go through to develop a set of plan.
The aspect of the course that was most valuable was urban plan because it exposed me to common problems that planners deal with.
This course made me more of a critical thinker, plan ahead and a good communicator.
Urban Plan was a great simulation of the world of planning, and i probably got the most out of that section of the course.
15. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
none really :)
none
none
Readings weren't always read thoroughly for various reasons: pressed for time, falling asleep, did not catch everything on first pass. Would like to reread sections, probably will before final exams.
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Some lectures
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I feel all the projects and topics covered in this course were relevant.
The letures were and lacked in application.
Lectures and readings seemed a little superfluous at times but it all came together and the info was very useful.
16. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 19 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 6 (32%) 11 (58%)
17. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 19 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 8 (42%) 9 (47%)
18. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 19 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 5 (26%) 11 (58%)
19. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 19 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 8 (42%) 10 (53%)
20. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 19 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 17 (89%)
21. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 19 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 17 (89%)
22. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 19 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 17 (89%)
23. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 6 (32%) 12 (63%)
24. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 19 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (32%) 13 (68%)
25. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 18 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 15 (83%)
26. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
He has been doing this for a long time and I can't think of anything that he could improve on.
none, it was most enjoyable
Hearing aids, handouts prepared for class, clocks in classroom on time, not slow.
It was relatively smooth
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In the future the course could expand more on how planning can be used beyond its regulatory aspects. We did cover how planning is used outside of regulation but I would like to hear more about it.
Overall a good class
None. Tom's got it.
27. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.89 18 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 16 (89%)
28. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
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%)
29. The reading materials were relevant to the course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 19 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 6 (32%) 10 (53%)
30. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 19 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (21%) 15 (79%)
31. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.63 19 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (26%) 13 (68%)
32. Other comments:
Great Job!! Keep up the good work!
It was my favorite course of the semester and would highly recommend it to anyone.
tom is a great teacher!!! I really enjoyed his class
One of the best classes I've taken at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I would recommend Tom Dinell to anyone interested in Planning, or as a class to broaden horizons.
Tom Dinell is one the best instructors I had in a long time. We need more instructors that use humor to teach.
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