eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Baybars Karacaovali

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ECON321, Spring 2015
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ECON362A, Spring 2014
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Baybars Karacaovali: ECON321, Spring 2015

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 321 - Introduction to Statistics Crn (Section): 84681 (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  
3.11 106 0.88 Freq(%) 4 (4%) 20 (19%) 44 (42%) 37 (35%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.65 104 0.48 Freq(%) 36 (35%) 68 (65%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 107 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 2 (2%) 28 (26%) 75 (70%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 107 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 2 (2%) 32 (30%) 72 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 108 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 6 (6%) 34 (31%) 66 (61%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 108 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (3%) 12 (11%) 40 (37%) 53 (49%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.93 108 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 10 (9%) 28 (26%) 26 (24%) 43 (40%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
regressin analysis
practice problems and homework
I believe the most valuable aspect I gaineed from this course was the ability to figure probabilities and calculations of probability
His multiple resources
All the same
well explanations of materials
lots of extra credit to make up for challenging topics
I feel like this course may help with GRE or other graduate school exams. I think stat questions will be on there.
His examples for each topic.
I really like the way he teaches the material. Not only do we students (loaded with student debts) save money due to his wonderful slides, it's very informative and makes a better class notes. He is also willing to meet the students outside of his usual office hour times if we can't make it.
He went over the material very well
Mr. Baybars always offer office hour, which helps us to understand the class better.
He gave a lot of examples when going over the material.
More practice on doing mathematical problems.
Significance testing and calculations of information given a data set
great professor made a difficult subject such as stats nearly seem easy, his organization and care for the class makes him such a great professor!
Material from the course can be applied to real life
Great teaching
The explanations of the usage of the statistical formulas in real life situations encourages full understanding of the material.
The way it was taught in a calm way, always making sure no one felt stupid for not getting it right away maybe.
the hand outs
All of the extra problem sets that we had to work with for practice. It really helped me understand the content better.
Having him give us practice problems was most valuable to me. It allowed me actually try to get the concept
learning about all the different types of statistical tests
Finding the confidence intervals of statistics.
I thought the iclicker questions were helpful in understanding the concept that were showed to us that day in class. Also the fact, that Professor Karacaovali did examples and did many of those helped especially on the handouts.
I liked the concept of having handouts to accompany each lecture. That way, it was easy to follow along with the material and to be able to reference material when it came to studying for exams.
The statistical tests because they were the most challenging.
The problems online were helpful to understanding the work in class.
Being able to apply what I have learned to every day life.
I found the handouts as well as practice problem sets and past exams helpful when studying for tests.
The instructor supplied us with many resources such as practice problem sets and practice exams that helped with studying for midterms. The grading was also very fair and accounted for not completely understanding everything right away. Most of the learning came from working through homework problem sets.
The courses material given was really helpful in understanding the content better. Also by including examples and exercises for the course was great.
Statistics is applicable in various parts of life.
data compilation and understanding the numbers
The examples and worksheets were helpful.
The lectures. He gave good examples and was very helpful.
The use of a scientific calculator in daily activities. The use of probability and how it can change once a component is eliminated.
The instructor made this course very valuable. Baybars is very thorough in explaining the concepts that were already hard to begin with. Although I am still generally confused about some aspects of the class, Baybars was always willing to help out his students with his office hours. He made the course cost friendly by being heavily reliant on Laulima. The handouts are available as well as the lecture slides and that made it easier to review and study. Finally, he gave multiple opportunities to boost our grades; through computer assignments that allow us to practice what we learned in class and through online assignments that help us prepare for the exams. His practice exams and sample problems have really helped me prepare for the midterms.
economics is a very universal subject
He was very patient with explaining the material. He was very nice and chill.
Gave introduction to the course. He gave a lot of examples in class and on top of that practice problems to help prepare us for our exams.
How to understand the difference between some equations and others. Why they are used and the significance of learning statistics.
the sample exams
Videos
Just basic statistical formulas that could be used in science.
Knowledge of statistics.
Applications to real life
The notes we had to fill in kept me on my toes and I always was paying attention.
This secondary course provided plentiful examples, matching perfectly with my "relax and learn" goals.
One of the things that Professor Baybars did that is most valuable is utilizing several examples of a certain topic. Whenever we are still confused, he goes through each step of the process slowly so the students can catch up. He also go over some practice problems to help us understand the concept before the exam.
iclickr attendance points and multiple extra credit opportunities that were given
Use of statistical analysis in daily life.
All the resources provided to us on Laulima!
Learning how to use statistics in every day life.
Probability, subjects more towards the beginning of the semester
Being able to understand the statistical significance of data and if it was significant not only statistically but in actuality
His teaching style and slides. Very well done
class information
He gives students a chance to pass the class with the curve
He was so helpful and explained really well.
the underlying concepts behind statistical tests
The amount of material he gave to review and study.
Everything
Being able to recognize statistically significant results
I felt that every aspect of this course was equally valuable. I felt that all material taught in class was just as important as the next, and that the homework given were helpful and was great practice for me to understand the material and prepare for exams.
The many opportunities for points!
Couple of good aspect about this class is that its a good environment and he enjoys what he does, which makes it the class more interesting,
The lecture is the most valuable and very informative.
Attendance being checked was pretty valuable, there is more reason to show up to class.
How structured it was a not beam punt of resources available on laulima.
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The homework was very helpful in learning throughout this course.
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Learning how to calculate and understand standard deviation and understanding how to read normal distribution curves.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
it was alll valuable
nothing
I think every section was a value to the course itself.
all the same
n/a
His lack of more examples for each topic.
none
The setting of the classroom wasn't very engaging
I think take attendance is meaningless.
N/A
All the paper used.
Its all pretty valuable, however maybe not so much for those not in a STEM degree
the size of the class
The course gets a bit dull at time
Any extreme math that I will never use in real life.
iclicker attendance was inconsistent.
I think there should be said now and then that phones should be put away- because simple things need to be repeated again and again just because so many are on their phones and then guessing the I clicker questions.
the computer assignments
The pace of the course was way to quick near the end. I had trouble keeping up with things and this made it more difficult because everything builds on each other.
none
Nothing I can think of.
nothing
The beginning of the course because I already knew the information.
The Problems sets, in the time that each one was due. For me personally my schedule conflicted a lot of the due dates.
I found everything that Baybars discussed in lecture to be very valuable to success in this course.
Being given formulas and notes to use on the exams was beneficial but did not force a complete conceptual understanding of the material. This course was best, in my opinion, for non-science majors.
N/A
nil
The use of random videos and iClicker take up a lot of valuable time during lecture.
nothing
Hypothesis testing
I think that the timeframe made it a bit hard to grasp statistics. It's a hard class and I know that this is an introductory course but the time constraints combined with the topic made it a bit of a challenge. Baybars did great but the subject itself was still tough.
N/a
Nothing, everything was valuable
none
I felt that topic 12 was least valuable because we weren't expected to cover it in the beginning of the course.
nothing
Iclicker
Some of the other types of analysis I wouldn't find useful unless I was an economics major.
the dull, straight-forward presentation style of statistics. Statistics is hard to teach, but so is physics. Although it might not be possible to do an in-class demonstration of statistics, emulating this genius professor's way to make class super duper interesting might come in handy for the future: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a0FbQdH3dY
not much, considering we didn't need to memorize formulas.
I thought this was a very good course throughout
I had a personal thought that the teacher-student relationship was very dull and taxing. The students would respond only if there was an eclipse outside, or a youtube clip was shown, and the teacher would obviously be affected by the regular, converse silence. :/ Negative feedback shouldn't be involved in learning, when itself a positive feedback loop.
Fortunately, throughout the entire course, there was NO insignificant aspect that made the class less valuable.
homework assignment due dates at 10AM was kind of odd-usually 11:59PM
The friends you will lose from analyzing everything from a statistical standpoint.
Computer assignments
None
None
None
amount of absent classes
His lectures seemed monotonous and boring
I sometimes forgot to print out the handouts. Would be nice to have document online and to be able to type on it.
the monotony of the lectures
N/A
Nothing
Too much information at once sometimes
I don't think that it was necessary to have attendance be mandatory, students should be rewarded extra credit for attending classes. There were times were I was sick and showed up to class anyway because I had missed a few classes prior.
The iclicker was hard to keep track of sometimes, but there was always a sign in sheet anyways!
One aspect of the course I least value is not being able to distinguish the numbers 4 and 6, when he writes on the board.
Nothing is least valuable.
Some of the derivations of formulas made it somewhat confusing to understand especially when it came to actually using that formula.
Subjects isn't the most thrilling but our professor did a great job of still keeping us interestedandengaged.
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10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 108 0.79 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 11 (10%) 35 (32%) 60 (56%)
11. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 106 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (7%) 22 (21%) 77 (73%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 107 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (3%) 26 (24%) 78 (73%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.66 105 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 32 (30%) 71 (68%)
14. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.04 108 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 25 (23%) 19 (18%) 28 (26%) 36 (33%)
15. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.21 107 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 22 (21%) 17 (16%) 38 (36%) 30 (28%)
16. The TA grades paper (exams, homework) fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.44 107 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (14%) 19 (18%) 53 (50%) 20 (19%)
17. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.24 108 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 21 (19%) 15 (14%) 42 (39%) 29 (27%)
18. The TA's oral speaking was clear and effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.07 107 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 25 (23%) 13 (12%) 32 (30%) 36 (34%)
19. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 107 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (7%) 18 (17%) 82 (77%)
20. Other comments:
His 4's and 6's look too similar.
Nicest and most caring professor I have. Karacaovali really wants his students to succeed and learn. He really does care, and for that, he's one of the best professor I have ever had at UHM
Keep up the good work Dr. Karacaovali.
I wish his 4 and 6 was more clear. He was trying to fix this problem but habits are hard to fix so it was hard to read even though he tried. Other than that, excellent professor!
Overall, he was a knowledgeable teacher and I recommend future students to take his class.
His number 4s looks like 6s.
His numbers are their own unique numerical system that you have to learn in the first couple weeks to distinguish between a few numbers, mostly 4 and 6
Highly recommended professor
Did not like when a substitute came and changed the learning style. It required awkward learning adaptation.
Excellent class... Mahalo for your patience
Would definitely take other courses with him
good class. I like that he gives us the formulas
In class, sometimes he went very quickly over subjects that were very dense and hard to understand. He was a nice and helpful professor.
none
Baybars is the nicest and most forgiving (in terms of grading and online submissions) teacher I have ever had during my time at UH Manoa. I feel as though at times, people can take advantage of this, but I try to do my best in this class because of his generosity, and for my own growth. I hope to see Professor Karacaovali stay a part of this University for a long while.
N/A
nil
She wasnt present in the class a lot but I understand that she had other obligations but she gave great fed back on my compoute5r assignments always had office hours available.
Homework dates should be on the syllabus and/or reminders sent out so people don't miss them, etc.
He is a great teacher and I would definitely take his another one of his classes again.
Great professor. Does his best to teach the material the class in way that every can understand. Willing to help if students have difficulty with the material.
When you say 'R squared' it sounds like 'arse squirt' sorry :( I'm not making fun, I have an accent too
Very good teacher. Would like to take again.
Students need to associate learning with some reward. Right now my generation's brain is fixed on instant gratification and we aren't biologically at instantaneous production yet, presenting a paradox that needs to be unraveled. What are some small, widely available reward options that can enhance student's willingness to learn?
NONE
Excellent class! Highly recommended professor.
Please work on your handwriting. Sometimes it is a bit difficult distinguishing words from actual numbers.
Good professor, funny and thorough with teachingg
It was a good class, what might help make it a little more interesting is if he forced students to participate and answer parts of the questions for a small extra credit. He stands behind the computer and explains everything but there is s buzz from the computer throughout the room that just makes it tedious, if there are more people trying to participate for extra credit it would be louder and make it not so boring. He's a great professor though
Awesome teacher
great job
TA is hardly in class so I cannot make a comment about her
Great class
He looks like Johnny Depp.
He went 0 too 100 real fast. Spent too much time at the beginning on the basics and then the more difficult topics covered weren't covered as much. Should review topics at the end of the section
Professor Baybars taught very well and is very enthusiastic about his topic.
Baybars is very friendly about helping students and a good teacher, however when he is lecturing he tends to jump back and forth around his lecture slides and will mention a side note during a lesson, and then talk for a while about that side note making it difficult to focus on the material.
Karacaovali really cares about how his students are doing in his class. He makes the time to see students out side of class, likes it when people ask questions, and is an overall good person. More teachers at UH should be like him.

Baybars Karacaovali: ECON362, Spring 2015     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 362 - Trade Policy and Globalization Crn (Section): 88757 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.79 19 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (21%) 15 (79%) 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  
1.74 19 0.45 Freq(%) 5 (26%) 14 (74%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 20 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (25%) 15 (75%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 20 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (25%) 15 (75%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 20 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (35%) 13 (65%)
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 20 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (40%) 12 (60%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 20 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (40%) 12 (60%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Real life trade policy applications and ethical analysis were most valuable
Discussions, and writing assignments
Professor gave us very useful knowledge and information about my major!
the presentations and the actual theory discussed in class
The readings were interesting as well as the material we went over
lots of diverse views on modern economics versus the usual mundane and monotone defense of global capitalism
Writing assignment were great. It helped reinforce and apply the material that we learned in class to the reading that we were assigned to. It makes the material in class and readings go hand in hand.
All good.
Looking at different perspectives of economists in regards to globalization.
The lectures about globalization of materials. Real life examples were most helpful
Incorporating the class into more realistic events. I like how Prof. is not like those other typical Prof., who just do lecture without even realizing the impact of their teaching on students learning development.
broadening my knowledge of international trade policies. I know he is passionate about what he teaches and it shows in his enthusiasm for the subject. Professor Baybars is always available for his students for any matters we bring to him wether its for the class or economics related.
Going over the essay questions.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
All parts were good
The powerpoints, as they hardly pertained to the writing assignments.
I wish to look at more recent stories in news
overall was good.
none
All good.
I did not like the way the writing assignments were framed. We were looking for the answers in the book, I would rather do some extensive research paper and do quizzes to see if we are keeping up with the readings.
A lot of writing assignments
Although the power points are great for learning more about trade policy which correlates back to the books. I feel we should talk about the books little more other than after we complete the writing assignment.
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 20 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (30%) 14 (70%)
11. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 20 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 6 (30%) 12 (60%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 20 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (35%) 13 (65%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.63 19 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (37%) 12 (63%)
14. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 20 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 9 (45%) 10 (50%)
15. The writing assignments helped me develop abilities to solve problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 20 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 8 (40%) 10 (50%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
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%)
17. Other comments:
i feel like we relied to much on the first book and discuss a lot on the other two or especially the last one ,Bhagwati. More real life discussions could have been made. ways to present ethics could have been explained an emphasized
valuable input into current global economics that is very much absent in the economics department here which seems to adhere uniformly to US political conservatism and disregards other views from around the globe.
Great professor. Cares about his students. Teaching style is great and makes sure that material taught in class is clear.
All good.
Good course. I would like to have done some more research project regarding trade and welfare. Possibility to start from the beginning to work on a research topic in trade and globalization and come up with an argument and support it with facts and historical background information. Not to say the course was lacking, I would prefer a more rigorous writing method to the course than questions about the authors.
I enjoyed this class and the professor.

Baybars Karacaovali: ECON321, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 321 - Introduction to Statistics Crn (Section): 70759 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.34 96 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 8 (8%) 51 (53%) 35 (36%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.78 96 0.42 Freq(%) 21 (22%) 75 (78%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 98 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 22 (22%) 76 (78%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 98 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 4 (4%) 21 (21%) 71 (72%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 96 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (3%) 3 (3%) 30 (31%) 60 (63%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 97 0.93 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 2 (2%) 13 (13%) 27 (28%) 53 (55%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.99 98 1.09 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 8 (8%) 22 (22%) 23 (23%) 43 (44%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The handouts provided by the professor were very helpful as well as the practice problems and practice tests on laulima.
The extra credit and the online homework helped a lot because it let me practice the topics that were taught in class.
Learning how to find the standard deviation of a mean and the variance. You need these in order to determine almost any statistical probability.
The test review
The topic of statistics in general are valuable.
It was a general intro to statistics. Basic understanding of stats to help with research in academia.
In the Beginning, I learned quite a bit and enjoyed it. But it started getting confusing after the first exam. He is very helpful and willing to meet outside of class to help.
The formulas that were given during the exams.
All of the help and resources provided by the Professor
The extra credit helped a lot. Without it I would fail.
Being able to use all of the tests we learned about in a real world aspect. i'm a science major so I liked that!
I liked how he posted all of the documents on laulima. It was very helpful.
the lectures and power point slides.
having the quizzes as an extracredit to help boost our grade along with the computer assignments.
The professor wanted us to do nothing but succeed and I truly appreciate that because that is not very common nowadays with professors. By doing this it shows that he truly cares about his students, wants the best for us, and probably has been in our shoes before. BEST PROFESSOR!
Baybars was a great teacher considering the class does not require math background. But for me I think you do need math background. Baybars did provide a lot of information and tried his hardest to make this subject easy to comprehend.
It related a lot to my Genetics course which I found helpful
The handouts that went along with the powerpoints were very useful.
I appreciated the comprehensive study guide that was compiled, including important concepts and example exam questions.
The new way of survey calculation which I never knew
The aspects of learning how to read and create data into statistics and learning knowledge based off the findings.
He provided very organized slides to us online as well as problem sets and their solutions, which was very helpful.
The use of iclickers was a valuable aspect in the class. It's a good way to learn and get feedback. Also, the handouts (notes) were great. I don't think I would do well in the class without it. The computer assignments are great as well because it teaches us how to apply the concepts we learn to Microsoft Excel. This is really important because in real life, we probably wouldn't do all the calculations by hand. It'd take forever. Also, I think having the lecture slides (with the notes from class included) posted on Laulima was really helpful. Whenever I missed something, I could easily access what I missed online.
I enjoyed the videos which gave students an idea of how to apply the concepts learned in class.
The instructor makes a big effort to explain every detail of a concept in depth and in a logical manner.
Allowed students to get extra points throughout the semester to boost the overall percentage grade. Also dropped two lower scores on the tests that were given.
being a econ major, ability to relate numbers was the greatest kill acquired in this class
Topics 4 - 11. Probability Discrete and Continuous Probability Distributions Sampling Sampling Distributions Confidence Intervals Hypothesis Testing I and II Topics 1 - 3 were helpful for review to begin the course.
n/a
the math equations and applying them to the problems.
the online practice tests
I found that finding probability can be useful as well as calculating my grades by using formulas learned in class. For example, we learned how to calculate problems if you receive a certain score worth a specific percent of your grade.
Exams, attendance (to gain clear understanding of concepts) + iclicker questions
He was always helpful
quiz and computer assignment
The use of Laulima to provide valuable handouts, access to notes from class, plenty of practice problems to help solidify concepts learned in class, to make very helpful announcements throughout the course that always kept everything very clear.
Seeing the practical everyday use for statistics. His modern approach to teaching, knowing that the emphasis on memorization of formulas isn't necessary but how to apply them and understanding why and how to use them effectively is the important aspect of his teachings.
As a biology major, statistics is an important skill for the field. So all topics were valuable toward my education.
The course was geared more towards understanding the concepts behind the material being studied rather more than anything
Learning to read information and create euatuons based on that information to gain even more information and reasons why
All of the material in this course was important, it built the foundation for other concepts throughout the course.
Probability and Sampling
I learned more about how to apply Stat in real life
He had his information available all the time through laulima and he was also willing to meet during his hours.
Professor Karacaovali clearly designed his own course and was able to extract the most relevant principles of statistics to teach to his class. His lectures were systematic and progressively got more challenging rather than dumping a heavy load of material onto his students. He was also very fair and gave plenty of opportunities for students to raise their grades. He is also one of the few professors who are sensitive or wary of the student's diverse backgrounds. He accommodates everyone's needs.
The fundamentals of math learned, such as standard deviations, which can be applied to other courses.
He gave us a lot of examples on how to apply what he was teaching.
Formulas were given
I feel like the lecture slides were very well written and organized and helped me understand the concepts.
I think there were a lot of aspects about the course that we could apply for use in daily life.
I really enjoyed the practical examples given in the course. I thought the handouts and formulas given helped us learn the topic better.
material!! And he gives us many chance to get good grade.
practice exams really helped me to understand the materials
I think the way the course is organized is really helpful because it is easy to follow. I like how lecture handouts are provided online so it makes it easier to keep up with the professor and the material. The handouts allows us to really pay attention and it makes it easier to follow along. I also like how the iClickers are used in order to get students more involved with the lesson.
Dr. Karacaovali does a great job of teaching students how to apply the correct formulas and tests to the understanding statistical analysis and probability. While at the same time, however, he explains the relevance of the formulas and why certain tests are being used. The grading of the course is also very fair and he really strives for students to well and to understand the material. There are rarely any "trick questions" and he is always open to answering questions even during late hours of the night.
I liked having the fill in the blank notes for class as well as the practice problems before the tests.
The problem sets and the fill in the blank notes
Statistics is a vital part of the economics program, many of the concepts we learned throughout this course can be applied to other economics classes as well.
the beginning when we learned simple probability and things we can actually use in life
He's passion for the students success.
The online tests, practice problems, computer assignments, lecture slides, and handouts were all essential and helpful materials provided by the instructor which greatly improved my understanding within ECON 321 and ability to do well in that class.
For me personally, I liked the rate at which he taught each subject/material, even though at times it may feel slow, it allows you to completely understand the material rather than breezing through it and getting lost. Also It was great that the professor did multiple different type of example questions!
The online tests and the problem sets.
Everything
Professor provided all the lectures notes on Laulima.
The online tests and handouts were a great way to understand the material and to be prepared for the exams.
The handouts provided were extremely valuable. I have trouble with the executive functions of my brain, so being able to simply fill in key words and examples as opposed to writing everything down without being able to truly listen and understand it was extremely helpful. Also, Baybars Karacaovali demonstrated exceptional care for student success. He provided every means possible for a student to understand the material. He lead examples in class, made powerpoints available online, provided practice problems, offered to meet outside of class, and more. I had been working with stats in my other classes for years, but never understood what I was doing until he explained it in such a way that made sense. His progression from topic to topic was in a very good order and done very well. Also, the videos he showed really did raise my interest in statistics.
Towards the end of the course I learned many new things I have never seen before .
The most valuable aspects of this course are that there were plenty of real-life examples and problems to relate the course material to.
the handouts were very good, and the online practice tests and Iclicker questions.
Learning important statistical problem solving methods
The useful outlines Professor Baybars made, life-savers to say the least.
when i have something that i could not understand, i emailed him and he responded me really quickly and explained clearly.
Everything-statistics is useful for both my intended field and also for just living in society and reading the news! Dr. Karacaovali explained concepts that I have already used to analyze articles I read. If I had to choose though, I'd say the YouTube videos for additional background on concepts and the real world examples he brought up were very good at tying the concepts together with practical applications.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I felt that the course was too easy and as a result, it decreased my incentive to try as hard.
The reviews that were done in class felt more like it was there to fill up time rather than a review. Also sometimes certain topics were spent too much time on.
Although the videos were interesting, I found them pointless
None
There were multiple major types within the course. It would be great if we were able to be an only "econ" majors, so that we could be exposed to statistics related to economics, even though the econ department offers an economic specifically for statistics.
Basic knowledge of economics. Because I don't have any and so, it is difficult to learn.
I can't think of any.
Perhaps unless you are interested in this field of study or work then it is a good introduction for you, but if not it does not really help you a lot
It is hard to stay focused in class
I feel all of it was valuable
Computer assignments
I could understand the material the class notes but for some reason I could not understand the test or some of the problems on practice problems especially word problems. I would try to refer back to class notes and power point, got complete lost and did not ever come up with the right answer. I would try and google more information but that did not work all the time. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how is the material related to the practice problems. My point is that if i could not refer to the class notes for help then maybe the class notes need to be re-did.
I don't want to be rude but, he is very monotone which may make students sleepy.
None. I felt everything was necessary and valuable.
I think that the iClicker is not necessary in this course. If students want to learn, it is their responsibility to do so.
None
None
The least valuable aspect of the course was having review sections where we just went over problems in the Problem Set. I didn't think this was very beneficial because the answers/solutions are already posted online. So, I didn't really see the point in going over them in class, unless they were really perplexing problems.
I did not enjoy as much the complicated explanations given for certain topics.
Online practice tests are due way before the exam to get extra credit. Some student don't take the practice test till right before the exam and i believe that those student still have a right for extra credit as well. People learn in all different manners and not everyone has time to do the practice test way before the exam.
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the computer based homework assignments
I do not think that calculating z scores are prevalent in real life, however for certain occupations may be useful.
Attendance not mandatory
I wanted him to go through more examples similar to exam questions
The initially mandatory attendance.
None
None
None, it was clear and really manageable.
First section of class (up to the first exam) moves pretty slowly.
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I feel the class was overall good.
I feel that the online tests were better to be required, even if for extra credit. It really forces you to be proactive with studying if you fall behind. So this is more of a positive comment.
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I do not think there was anything I found least valuable.
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Sometimes the way the concepts were explained was with mostly mathematical formulas and equations. It would be easier for me to understand if a more verbal and non-math explanation was used as well. For example, "this equation means...."
none
all the z score stuff because I just don't know when I am ever going to use that in real life
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N/A. Everything was of great use.
At times the repetitive math can get tiresome and drained some time as the professor showed the individual calculation for each.
The class time spent reviewing problem set questions. Do not see value in making such sessions required attendance.
Probability
I think a few of the homework problems didn't help much, but others did.
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The beginning of the course was really easy
The least valuable aspect is that there is a lot of information given and those information usually gets mixed together, becoming complex.
there wasnt anything that were unvaluable
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The iclicker mandatory attendence
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10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 98 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 11 (11%) 23 (23%) 62 (63%)
11. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 97 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (3%) 19 (20%) 75 (77%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 96 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 20 (21%) 74 (77%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.64 97 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 30 (31%) 65 (67%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 97 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (3%) 15 (15%) 79 (81%)
15. Other comments:
Making attendance mandatory is a good idea because I lost all incentive after that was taken away.
I think that if this professor had a T.A. the class would have gone a lot smoother and students would have gotten better grades in the class. The grade average for each test that we took was always low. But the teacher did try very hard to do his job, it's just not a subject that a lot of people like to pay attention to. He did try everything in his power for people to get good grades on the test, the subject is just difficult.
Very good teacher, really wants students to succeed
There are many students who are very knowledgeable in the course and have an easy time with it, but there are also students who have no understanding of what is going on.
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He is a good professor to have teaching this difficult course as he can lessen the staleness of the course with his teaching style and personality
I wish he showed practical ways to use it in real life to create an interest for this subject
I feel I comprehended all the material 100% also considering I was using more advanced statistics this semester in my biology lab class and fully understood how and why I was using specific statistical tests for certain things, but for some reason during tests in this class I could not received the grades I strived for. It seemed I was always rushing on tests and still had around 10 questions left at the "five minute warning" mark, and maybe its just because I'm a slow test taker and maybe not all students had this same issue. I'm not sure if theres anything that can be done but maybe in the future it could help if there was anyway you could show students like a clock projected in front of the class maybe during the test? It might really help to budget time. I know one can always wear a watch but some don't have or may forget to bring on test day because they don't wear regularly! And I know there was a clock in the very back of the classroom, but this did not come to my attention until the very end of last test as i'm sure many other students had no idea it was there. I know its not something you have to do but it would be super nice! Your an amazing teacher thank you for this semester
Thank you Baybars. I think the one comment I would like to make is how you give your lectures and explain concepts. I think the powerpoint slides are very effective, but as a student, I think you could explain more naturally and in you own words. I feel the slides should be a guide, but ultimately, you should be conveying the information. The examples we did in class were very helpful, and I really appreciated using the iClickers whenever possible. For future classes, I really don't think you need to make attendance not mandatory; you are a good Professor, and by making attendance not mandatory, you're just giving us another reason or excuse not to come and just get the information online. I understand why you did it, and I know it was only to help our grades, but you are a good teacher and don't need to do that for future classes. Overall, good class, just work on how you convey concepts and making it more graspable to the class. Thank you.
Although the course was tough, he in deed tried his best to prepare us the best he could.
He encourages students not to give up and helped them to stay on the track. I highly recommend him.
Awesome professor who made stats easier than it normally is. Would definitely take him again if i ever needed another stats requirement!
Like I said earlier, BEST CARING PROFESSOR I'VE EVER HAD IN ALL MY YEARS.
Baybars is a great teacher statistics is not an easy subject for some, I am the few that needs extra help to understand.
I'm a little disappointed that two exams were being dropped instead of one. I do not believe that changing the grading policy mid-semester was a good initiative for students to study harder. For students that were already studying and taking this class seriously, I believe that it was not far. If students are delinquent and decide not to take this class seriously, they should fail and you should not cater to their laziness.
The professor sometimes doesn't take attendance which made me feel unfair to evaluate students
Professor Karacaovali demonstrates great knowledge in this subject. He is willing to help students outside his office hours and always assures students he is willing to help anyway possible. He is a great professor who really wants his students to learn and succeed.
It seemed like the professor put a lot of effort into his teaching and made a conscious effort to reach out to the students in need of help. I would like to have seen more hands-on projects rather than the simple computation problems involved in the day-to-day class (I know this may have been difficult due to a lack of TA). I was also a little put off by the cryptic nature of the professor's lectures at times. Even with the handouts, the lectures were a little hard to follow. Perhaps a little more structure would have helped to make this course more accessible. I wanted to learn about how to apply statistics to the real world.
Overall Baybars made a tremendous effort to explain statistics in the most in depth and logical manner possible, and I consider his class a well structured, balanced, and organized class. Baybars is a rare and exceptionally good teacher.
super considerate, and has an amazing accent.
Thank you for being such a great professor! I learned a lot in this class. The lecture was at a good pace. The online tests and problem sets helped me gained a better understanding of the concepts. The use of iClicker helped me gauge how much I understood the concept and it was a good incentive to come to class. I appreciate all the extra credit opportunities. Thank you for caring about us as your students and wanting us to succeed in your course. It motivated me to try my best. (: Just a friendly advice - I know that the class is graded on a percentage system from the syllabus, but if it is possible, maybe include the letter grade breakdown also? Aside from that, have a nice winter break!
Baybars is an extremely fair teacher that adjusts to his students needs. He genuinely cares and makes himself available so that students can succeed. He makes class as interesting as he can for a topic that can be so mundane. I appreciate all the effort that Baybars puts into his lectures.
less tests
Very generous teacher. Has a lot of leniency in test grades and tests are fair for the content learned in class.
I appreciate Baybars' generosity in offering a lot of extra credit opportunities and his open availability to help us outside of class. Unique to Baybars is that he's attentive of how the class is doing throughout the semester. He shows he cares about his students by changing circumstances in the syllabus so that we succeed in his class -- dropping not 1 but 2 of our lowest exam scores, as well as awarding those who regularly come to class without penalizing those that don't. It was a pleasure having you as a professor! Thank you Baybars.
This is the best teacher I have ever had. From his impeccably perfect grammar on everything and when speaking to the providing of extra pencils during every test, he is all about the success of his students. He really went above and beyond for the class including having class when he clearly wasn't feeling his best.
I hope more instructors can learn from his approach to teaching. He understands the importance of testing us on our understanding of the subject. He gives all the formulas you need so that you don't have to memorize them. In the age of the Internet, in a real world situation, it's incredibly easy to find the formula you're looking for. But knowing which formula to use is what matters. Understanding when and why we use the formula is what he teaches us. He also found ways to relate the material in concepts that were easy to understand. He took his syllabus outside of the generic examples of a textbook. I appreciate his ability to teach. He did such a great job, that I truly wished UH offered a major in Stats.
Like many math based courses, it is hard to be excited or enthused during lectures. It was nice to give us break by showing us videos that were interesting and pertained to lecture, Overall, you were a great professor that I would recommend to anyone. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with me.
Baybars tries very hard to help out the class whenever we need help. He cares about everyone and wants us all to do well.
Very good teacher! He helps students in any way he can, it makes this course much more feasible. Definitely would recommend him.
I loved his class but his voice is so smooth so it made me sleepy a bit
I utilized his office hours once and although I could understand his frustrations with me not attending class and most likely asking questions he already reviewed with class, I did not want to push these frustrations further and elected to not ask certain questions I deemed as too stupid.
He posted all of his lecture slides as well as handouts on Laulima which made it very accesible for students. He also gave us multiple practice quizzes to better prepare the students for his exams.
Thank you!
Awesome course, didn't do quite as well as I had hoped but appreciated all the help and support given. Hope to take another class with you!
He is a great teacher and really cares about his students. He was very flexible and tried to teach the class the way that the students preferred. Sometimes it seemed like he was going too slow. He was very organized and very helpful.
Mr. Karacaovali is always willing to help his students. He is clear and straight forward and is fair in grading.
I think this course is one of the best ECON courses I've taken at UH Manoa and I think Professor Karacaovali makes the material easy to understand and follow. I also like how he incorporates videos into some of the lectures because they make it easier to understand the concepts being taught. He communicates well with the class and he is always willing to help students that need it.
Although I am a biology major, I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Dr. Karacaovali, keep up the great work!
Great teacher, actually cares, would take additional courses from him
Baybars was extremely fair in his grading policies and gave students numerous opportunities to score well in this course. Perhaps have the future students do a class project to apply statistics to real world situations and have one less exam.
class was kinda boring
He is a great professor, and if I could I would take more classes from him.
The instructor appears incredibly humble. Love him! Give this man a raise!
It would be nice if you worked on your penmanship, at times it's hard to distinguish some of your writing on the board. Ex your 4s would look like 6s. But regardless, thanks for not sucking as a professor! Will recommend you to friends who need a statistic class.
Cares about the students' progress, and even utilizes feedback to make the class more convenient for students.
The professor did everything to help us understand the exam and pass the class.
I enjoyed and appreciated the fact that he understood and based his class on the fact that his students come from different backgrounds of knowledge. Many professors will assume all students have the same basic understanding of the topic which can be detrimental to someone who doesn't. He reviewed all necessary mathematical processes as well as explained them in a highly level way for those who understand and work at that level (ie. algebra based vs calculus based). He also related the topics covered to a variety of interests and applications knowing that his class was comprised of a wide range of majors.
He is a very well instructor , I will definitely be taking more classes from him
I really like that he is able to cater to the majority of students, dropping test grades in order to motivate students to continue to do their best.
I donʻt think that you should listen to students about how to run YOUR class. If they donʻt want to show up for class thats fine, they donʻt have to show up. I donʻt think you should have excused the 10% participation just because people complained about it...I also like how you gave alot of practice problems to help me outside the classroom learn. The online extra credit was very helpful, as well as the computer assignments. I also like how you drop a test, everyone has a bad test every once in a while so that was nice of you to drop it. mahalo for a great semester!
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I would recommend Dr. Karakaovali to other students. His demeanor is approachable and knowledgeable. He is incredibly patient. He made a concerted effort to adjust the grading to help those students who were having difficulties. While I never needed to consult with him, he made his office hours abundantly clear, and one of my classmates emailed him a couple of times and told me that he always responded promptly. The handouts he provided were useful for following along, and the posting of the lecture slides afterwards really helped me study for the tests, as did the computer assignments and online quizzes. He was always organized and prepared for that day's lecture.

Baybars Karacaovali: ECON460, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 460 - International Trade & Welfare Crn (Section): 75611 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.89 27 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (22%) 19 (70%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.38 26 0.5 Freq(%) 16 (62%) 10 (38%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 29 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (14%) 25 (86%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 29 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (14%) 25 (86%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 27 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (30%) 19 (70%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 29 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (31%) 20 (69%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 29 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 11 (38%) 16 (55%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Learning about concept and principles about international trade. Examining how international trade affects economies.
Homework assignments and number of exams.
I thought that Professor Karacaovali explained things really well which was the best part of the class
I can learn about basic principle of why trade happen. And also professor solved problem every each chapter. That is really good for practicing example.
Myeconlab Answer key goes step by step to solve problems
I think that I was able to get exposed to many different trade theories in a short period of time.
Clearly laid out key concepts to understanding International Trade Policy
Resources such as lectures, homework and mock problems that were posted on Laulima helped immensely.
His materials were helped a lot to study very clearly.
Knowledge of international trade policies how they play a major role in the growth of our economy.
The course overall was a valuable experience.
This course and the professor gives us insight to the reasoning behind the models, which I feel is valuable to understanding the material.
myeconlab and practice questions helped the most! Lectures were great and definitely a class i look forward to going to.
Good general overview of international trade.
In-class notes and powerpoints being available on Laulima. Opportunities to do practice problems and homework, which together gave enough examples of material to gain an understanding of the concepts.
Increased knowledge of how tariffs and quotas are implemented for real world situations. Also the section on comparative advantage is both interesting and helpful for every other trade based topic.
All materials are useful
The class had emphasized on tariff and nontariff trade barriers which can be useful for our future if we want to start our own trades and it also makes us understand more about cause-effect or reasons behind the news or what 's going on between our country and others.
I liked the little bits of "real life" examples you used to demonstrate the concepts-- for example, the little video clips from NPR or South Park. It made the topics more interesting and relevant, and helped me to remember them during the homework/exams. The slides and lecture notes were also very helpful. The expectations of the class were fair and the course was graded fairly as well.
Learning different models
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
none
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the days where we went over problem sets were kind of redundant
I don't think something least valuable for this class.
Nothing
N/A
Did not feel challenged enough for an Upper Division II class. Huge focus on concepts vs. Real world examples. While concepts are understandably important, I believe they were not too difficult and could have been expanded.
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None
none
Too much focus on bland theory, not enough real life examples of the theories. Real life is more interesting than theory.
I sometimes felt lost by very detailed explanations for the graphs and theories we studied. The concepts themselves were well explained but occasionally we would go so deep into a topic that I felt more confused than when we started.
None
all the aspects of the course were essential to understanding international trade.
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 28 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (25%) 21 (75%)
11. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 28 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (25%) 21 (75%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 27 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (19%) 22 (81%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.93 27 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 25 (93%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 28 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (18%) 22 (79%)
15. Other comments:
Professor Karacaovali is organized and explains the material clearly in class. He does his best to help students understand the concepts taught in class.
I want to recommend to take this class for other people who is interested in world trade.
I think it would have been nice to get a more in-depth understanding of the subjects we went over. I would have liked it if we had assigned or optional reading of the text book or of articles to be able to understand how the theories were applicable to the real world. Professor Karacaovali is a great teacher but I think students could be pushed a little more through reading and writing or through presentations.
Overall, enjoyed the class. Would have liked to have been challenged more though. For example, Consumer Surplus and Ricardian Model were concepts that were explored (admittedly in less detail) in intro classes. A refresher is good but would have liked to move beyond it to real world policies and analysis of them.
I'm glad I took this course.
Baybars is my favorite Economics Professor and I highly recommend to all Econ majors to take his courses.
If this course was repeatable for credit, I would take it again from Dr. Karacaovali. He is a great asset to the Economics department.
I know it's a small class but if time permitted, I think it would be nice to include some discussion on related topics.
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Baybars is a good professor, however I would like to see many more examples from real life to make lectures more interesting.
Baybars is excellent. He is approachable, friendly, and very knowledgeable. I would have definitely taken another class from him but apparently everyone else feels the same way because his next course has already been filled.
Its difficult but good materials
Baybars is a great professor who is interested in ensuring his students actually understand the topics. I appreciate he coupled myeconlab and problem sets after teaching a chapter. It assisted greatly with the application you would see on the exams. Also, I appreciate he is not a harsh grader because he focuses more on student understanding.
For me, i like everything in class but only time that we have class, it 's at the late of the day and sometimes I felt so tired, so may be if it is the morning class or a class during the day... it 's going to be better (just my opinion).
Although I entered the class without a particular interest in the topic, I feel like I really learned the material very well. I would definitely take this teacher again.
Although the course go through learning various models, the dynamics and literature of international trade and welfare is not much discussed. It may be beneficial to people who is going to graduate school but for just a regular Econ major, learning various models is not going to give a good general understanding of how international trade works and welfare is affected in the real world.

Baybars Karacaovali: ECON321, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 321 - Introduction to Statistics Crn (Section): 80676 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.92 110 0.87 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 38 (35%) 43 (39%) 24 (22%) 2 (2%) 1 (1%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.78 110 0.42 Freq(%) 24 (22%) 84 (76%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 110 0.64 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 3 (3%) 34 (31%) 72 (65%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 110 0.77 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 10 (9%) 37 (34%) 61 (55%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 110 0.93 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 4 (4%) 14 (13%) 39 (35%) 49 (45%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.03 110 1.03 Freq(%) 4 (4%) 5 (5%) 17 (15%) 42 (38%) 42 (38%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.68 110 1.16 Freq(%) 5 (5%) 11 (10%) 34 (31%) 24 (22%) 36 (33%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The homework were really helpful in understanding the concepts.
The lecture notes were very very helpful in understanding the material. Having problem sets helped me to keep up with studying for the class and helped me practice for exams. Using the iclicker also helped me to participate in class.
The interesting real life examples. Before without applying examples, especially in math and stats, it was boring but this class was much more interesting and enjoyable.
Problem set was helpful for the quiz and test
Presentation of material in realistic ways or examples.
Coming from a research background, learning many of these statistical calculations may be useful/applicable in the future. I particularly enjoyed that we were given streamlined handouts with formulas and clear-cut exercises. They will be good reference materials if I ever need to use any of these statistical methods!
Understanding the concepts instead of just using the formula to solve a problem Homework Class Exercise
He prepares the material very well.
Learning how to do statistical analysis that will be important later in my science career.
Handouts were helpful when trying to understand the concepts of what we were learning, especially when we had to do homework. I-clickers and going over problems from the homework sets were also helpful and added to the easiness of the class. He tries his best in explaining everything and what we are learning - especially the difficult parts and is always letting us know help is always available.
going over the problem sets during class
The practice examples that relate to real life experiences.
Topics in the first half seemed most useful to a TIM major
Lectures were good. Quiz's were reasonable and to the point.
I really liked the class format. Enough resources were available to help us understand the material and pass the class.
The first part of the course was valuable because it is information that I can take on to other courses.
Problem sets and problem set reviews
I felt that the videos he showed were exciting and made the material more interesting
completing and being done with the course for good was probably the most valuable part.
i did not find this class valuable
Hypothesis testing
In the begining the subject matter actually pertained to real world expereinces. But as the course went on it became amusing.
The handout materials.
I enjoyed the i clickers because it allowed us to actively participate while at the same time earn some credit. I also liked that the homework was graded for completion, so that if you didn't understand a concept, you didn't get penalized for not getting the correct answer even if you tried.
The tools that statistics provides.
The lectures
Getting points for at least trying the problems sets was a great benefit for me. A lot of review throughout the lecture sessions. Watching interesting videos as fun activities.
The handouts helped a lot when studying for exams
In an economics, everything is based on stats, so this class definitely is a good step into economics.
Going over the different problems.
I think that it was a good survey course to get a foundational overview of a lot of other concepts.
Formulas and tables
The problem sets
I really enjoyed the latter half of the course (after the mid term exam), especially the ones focusing on hypothesis testing.
The amount of problems given for practice were very helpful in understanding concepts better.
Baybars is very knowledgeable, and gives a bunch of examples in his classes. It is difficult to make statistics interesting, but he does a good job.
We had many opportunities to gain points in this course (through completing problem sets, quizzes, homework, and iclicker questions), which definitely helped expose us to relevant examples as well as gave us the chance to get a better grade.
I really like how the professor demonstrate how to do a problem with the formula with an example.
The homework because It allowed us to practice doing the problems and understanding it better.
I liked that he goes over the homework problems.
Learning about probability would most likely be the only thing that I could actually apply in the real world. I also like that there was iclicker questions as part of the grade since students that attend class should be recognized for it.
The worksheets, the I clicker questions, the videos
I enjoyed the real life examples and the ones that affected the lives of average citizens. Stats is super useful and can be extremely complicated but Baybars was able to teach simply and clearfuly without confusing people to much.
he applied real-life situations to help understanding
all of it
The practice examples during class and the i-clicker questions were helpful because it allowed me to think about and use what was taught. The homework problems were also very helpful because it allowed me to think on my own and practice the concepts. Also the professor explaining and going over the homework problems were helpful because it helped me understand the mistakes I made.
Going over the homework as a class was really helpful, and I really enjoyed the videos that the professor showed the class to demonstrate applications of statistics in real life.
The problem sets helped I understand the material. Baybars was always willing to answer questions and help whenever needed.
Learning statistic is fun
Homework
Everything, I learned a lot from this class about statistics.
The formulas helped a lot.
I think ALL OF THEM ARE VERY VALUABLE. It helps me to understand models in accounting academic paper.I really appreciated Prof. Baybars's hard work. He is very nice professor.
I think Baybars Karacaovali does a really good job setting up a basic foundation of understanding statistics so that as he progresses through the course nothing is too complicated or confusing.
finding the chances of the three doors
Showing multiple examples of how statistics is applied to the real world was interesting and helpful.
I believe the home works were very helpful
The principles of stats and how to apply the equations
learning the basics of stats.
The worksheets and iclicker questions really helped me understand the content.
Learning about conditional probability was really eye opening to me on what the statistics actually mean.
Problem sets, and answers to check my work
Lectures were easy to understand and the homework helps as practice. The quizzes helped me to be prepared to what would be expected on the mid term and final.
Hypothesis testing is very applicable to Biology.
The handouts and practice problems.
Learning how statistics work was really valuable. I knew nothing of statistics before this course. I believe knowing how to work a z-table or t-table is important.
Practicing a lot with many resources such as problem setes.
The typed handouts
I like the problem sets. They help me understand the chapter better.
I really liked the handouts with the new additional problems to work on.
He gives handouts which kept us awake and focused on the lectures. Plus I like how attendance is mandatory.
Baybars made everything extremely clear and repeated examples over and over to make sure we fully understood the lesson. He provided all the equations we needed to know.
Probability
learning to gather necessary data needed to answer specific questions.
INTERVALS AND RELATING THEM TO HOW INSURANCE COMPANYS PROPOSE THEIR PLANS
Absolutely nothing.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I found everything valuable on this course.
Cannot think of anything
The test is way too harder than quiz
The initial topics such as Graphical descriptions of data were more or less a review course of some mathematics many have learned previously. However, I really do see the importance of "refreshing" students' memories as those initial topics provided the gentle transition into more and more difficult concepts as the course progressed. Everything in this course was very well-designed so that new concepts continually built upon each other.
Slow pace of the class
I hope he could make the material more intriguing. Sometimes I feel the material is important but it's a bit dry.
N/A
having quiz questions come straight from the homework, they should be completely new questions
The notes were good just had a hard time look back at it because it has to much words.
Second half of the course was more complex and complicated than what I will likely ever use in my life
The class size. This topic might be better taught in a more intimate setting of 30 or 40 instead of 100. The topics are hard to grasp and in such a large class no one will ask questions.
The second part of the material that was taught.
the one-question quizzes :P
None
The content and the final should be multiple choice since the content is so hard.
very monotone professor, strong accent which made understanding/paying attention extremely difficult
learning about histograms and pie charts. That should be assumed knowledge for this course, in my opinion.
the subject matter was really confusing.
N/A.
I can't think of any.
The way the professor taught the course was overly complicated and hard to follow. I feel that given the course material, it could be taught in a much simpler fashion.
The exams
None
The iClicker2 was by far the least valuable.
Nothing.
I wish that sometimes the intuition behind the equations was explained more. I also would have really liked it if there had been more outside materials to cover the course work. I work at multiple jobs and really don't have time for office hours. When I'm lost in a class I try to read the text book and solve problems on my own, but unfortunately that was unavailable for the most part in this class. I think when it comes to learning math, the students who want to practice more should be able to.
N/A
The unclear lectures
The beginning, while valuable, I felt was knowledge that shouldn't have to be taught; it was very redundant.
Learning statistics in a lecture hall with more than 100 people sucks. I wish the course was more individualized through use of the internet.
none
I would say, the class is grading is too heavy on exams.
None, I found all aspects helpful in understanding the content.
He can be a little long winded
Nothing really
Super complicated formulas.
The video clips did not relate to me
none
The book. I bought the book but found it the least valuable to the course. The problems on the homework sets done along with the lecture notes were more useful than the book because the professor explained the concepts well.
The quizzes could have been more useful if they did not come directly from the homework.
I wish there was an online course that went with this that offered online support an an ebook. The more problems available to practice the better.
NA
Nothing!
Understanding certain concepts.
None.
The second half of the class moves a little too quickly and I wish the slides were posted on Laulima so that they could be reviewed after class.
the more recent material since it is so dense and difficult to understant
The quizzes straight from the homework may not seemed very helpful. They were too easy
nothing
However I felt whatever was on the handouts that we did in class the questions on the problem sets were much harder to do and understand.
none
quizzes
The beginning with the lengthy introduction.
unsure
I'm not sure
None
Sometimes went quick through the slides which was hard to keep up with
I think book should be a requirement. Although I rather not spend money on a 200 dollars book when it's not required, not having a book there with me really sucks. or...find a cheaper book
Nothing. Majority of the information given was pertinent.
It can be confusing sometimes. He seems to explain solutions/equations in a rush way. It would be better if he teaches us shortcuts.
n/a
The i clickers
ALL THE DIFFICULT VARIABLES
-iClickers, total waste of money. -The size of the class. -The teachers expectations and attitude towards people not understanding content.
10. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 110 0.76 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 13 (12%) 39 (35%) 57 (52%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.51 110 0.69 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 6 (5%) 37 (34%) 65 (59%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.4 110 0.79 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 12 (11%) 35 (32%) 61 (55%)
13. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.77 110 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 5 (5%) 29 (26%) 39 (35%) 20 (18%) 16 (15%)
14. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.01 110 0.84 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 2 (2%) 22 (20%) 43 (39%) 30 (27%) 12 (11%)
15. The TA grades paper (exams, homework) fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.55 110 0.85 Freq(%) 3 (3%) 1 (1%) 5 (5%) 25 (23%) 76 (69%) 0 (0%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.13 110 0.9 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 2 (2%) 21 (19%) 32 (29%) 41 (37%) 13 (12%)
17. The TA's oral speaking was clear and effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.64 110 0.95 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 8 (7%) 37 (34%) 37 (34%) 21 (19%) 5 (5%)
18. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 110 0.74 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 7 (6%) 32 (29%) 69 (63%)
19. Other comments:
None.
He is a great teacher but the subject is not interesting
Enjoyed the class even though I am not an ECON major. I learned a lot from this class. I liked the format of the class, how we had to turn in problem set homework problems, etc. and I thought it was good that we didn't have to buy a textbook. Great class and I would definitely recommend it!
Enjoyable class
None
Professor Karacaovali's class was a very well-designed class overall. I could tell that he really tried to make the course "student-friendly" in whatever way he could - something that many professors lose sight of. I particularly liked the ordering and selection of topics in this course, as they continually built upon each other week after week. Having streamlined handouts that covered everything we needed to know (no topics outside of what was covered on handouts was tested) was really helpful and made the entire course much more enjoyable.
Regression and correlation are two of the most used tests in research. I was hoping to learn them.
I am glad that I take this class. Professor Karacaovali does a good job! :)
He's a pretty cool professor, when some parts get difficult, he really tries his best to help you understand and always assures us help is always available. Probably one of my LESS-stressful classes this year because he makes it easy and convenient for us for help, in understanding and comprehending the material and is always asking if we have any questions or if we are all on the same page.
Great class
Made difficult concepts fairly painless to get through.
The content required to learn in this class is really challenging and he doesn't spend enough time on each problem set. I wish he went slower and explained things more clearly. Other then that he is a very nice professor and if you had a lot of extra time would definitely help you, but seeing that we don't all have lots of extra time to meet with him outside of class his class was too hard.
The TA was good and she graded things very promptly. I really appreciated the fact that grades were always up to date. She emailed right away when I tried to contact her.
This is all highly subjective, considering that Baybars and the TA are ESL, so this survey can yield many different outcomes based on perception in regard to speaking clearly, understanding the material, etc.
I know this is not very constructive criticism, but I really liked the layout of the course! You guys did a great job of explaining the material and made it easy to understand, thank you :)
None
I think on the test, if you got the correct answer, it doesn't matter whether you showed your work or not. Everything can be done on the calculator or a phone.
I think that Professor Karacaovali is a fantastic teacher who cares about his students. Unfortunately I think this class suffered by the terrible auditorium it was held in. The class felt impersonal, and it was difficult to ask questions. I think statistics is a difficult subject and it's a mistake to have such a large class for a subject like this where students really can't ask questions. Sometimes it was hard to hear the professor. I'm disappointing because I was looking forward to learning about statistics and I don't feel like i accomplished that. Again I want to repeat though, I really like Baybars Karacaovali, I think this class was just victim to having too many students and being held in one of the worst classrooms I have ever been in at UH.
Thank you for the semester.
Would definitely take a higher level course from this professor.
I'm excited to take International Trade with Baybars in the fall in a much smaller class setting.
none
Excellent teacher, just wish exam wasn't so heavy in the grade.
Professor Karacaovali is a great teacher and is able to break down the concepts into simpler terms. I like how he does problems during class and involves the class with the i-clicker. The i-clicker questions are very helpful because it allows the students to think. I also like how he tries to incorporate videos and outside examples to show how statistics is important and relevant to everyday life, which made the class more interesting and made me interested in stats. One comment would be that he would smile more. I felt overall Professor Karacaovali did a great job teaching!!!
The overall class was great. But it would be perfect if we can have a small class and be able to have more participation. I don't like Iclick.
Baybars Karacaovali is very approachable and a really good teacher.
Some lessons are difficult to understand and explanations can be unclear. Test questions and grading are fair
I would recommend the course and professor to other students.
Good class.
Wouldn't recommend teaching a mathematics course in a large setting like in PHYSCI217
I would have liked to have a complimentary online homework or practice program with this course. It is difficult with all the different equations to know if you are doing something correctly.
The class was hard to follow since it was such a huge class. Whenever I didn't understand I couldn't stop and ask questions cause I felt like I was holding up the class. The notes were easy to follow, yet it was not very helpful in class. So towards the end of the semester I started to fall behind. Overall, the class could have been easier, except it wasn't because I couldn't really understand the content of some of the classes because it did not make anysense.
It's hard to understand Baybars and the TA sometimes. But I could tell he was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Statistics. I thought his homeowkr, quizzes, and grading was fair. Although I do not feel like I know a lot about stats, I knew enough to do well in this class. That could be a pro and a con. Overall I enjoyed this class, although that may be because I am doing well.
Great and humble professor!
Great teacher. He shouldn't change anything.
Sad that I enrolled in this course. Was very excited to learn about statistics. Not a good class size, class environment, or teacher. Writes on the board and then moves on. No effort put in by the teacher to help students understand in a fun and knowledgable learning environment.

Baybars Karacaovali: ECON362A, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 362A - Trade Policy and Globalization Crn (Section): 86737 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.9 10 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 7 (70%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.6 10 0.52 Freq(%) 4 (40%) 6 (60%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 1.08 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 10 1.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The 20 minute presentation. That does a really good job in giving us experience public speaking, which i think is very valuable.
How he shows current events/videos that relate to the topic's he is discussing in class.
Videos, handouts, final project.
Better learned how trade happened internationally.
His PowerPoint was well organized, and it helps to learn about trade policy effiently.
I have to say I learned a lot from this class. I enjoyed reading the material in class and how the prof. gave us an easy speech over the topics.
I really enjoyed the learning about trade policy. The most valuable aspect or assignment was the final presentation. I was able to implement the material that I had learned through lecture and course readings into an outside topic.I thoroughly enjoyed the writing assignments as well.
I enjoyed the ethics side of the course, which the professor was able to clearly demonstrate through various methods. It was a side of economics I had never thought of before.
Real world examples - seeing economic theory play out in the real world. Seeing the intricate interactions between corporations, governments, and NGOs. Interesting and engaging reading selections.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The class only had a take-home final. While that does help my writing skills, it doesn't help me learn much, and a test that would be taken in class would force me to study, which would help me learn more.
A lot of the stuff here and there were not valuable to me, as most of the time we would just watch video's for most of the class.
Could have used a few more in class quantitive examples.
Some of the math equations I did not find necessary.
Nothing
Prof should try to engage the class. Make it more entertaining than a couple videos. I'm more interested in the prof. Experience in the real world than a Hollywood film. Great class and a great prof.
I think all the aspects of the course were valuable.
10. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.6 10 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
13. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
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%)
14. The writing assignments helped me develop abilities to solve problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
15. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (40%) 6 (60%)
16. Other comments:
Great teacher, It was my second class with this professor and I think he is great.
I would take his class again. He is a great professor.
Awesome professor. I enjoyed the content and structure of the course. Definitely, gained a lot of valuable information from this course.
Very interesting untraditional economics class. It was nice to see theory play out in the real world through the readings. So many economics classes only draw in the real world through trite examples here and there with small 1-3 page examples in the textbook. Being able to get a better feeling of FDI-led development is important in understanding the current global economy and the contexts of popular anti-corporate sentiment in various regions. Most importantly, where many professors looking at similar issues from a more political context would be willing to point at the faults and talk about the need for change in the world, we were able to contextualize, realize the benefits of current institutions, and finally look a bit at potential reforms in these institutions.

Baybars Karacaovali: ECON321, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 321 - Introduction to Statistics Crn (Section): 70796 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.27 91 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 17 (19%) 37 (41%) 31 (34%) 2 (2%) 2 (2%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.77 91 0.42 Freq(%) 20 (22%) 67 (74%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 91 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 23 (25%) 66 (73%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 91 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (5%) 29 (32%) 56 (62%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.34 91 0.83 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 3 (3%) 6 (7%) 35 (38%) 46 (51%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 91 0.97 Freq(%) 3 (3%) 2 (2%) 11 (12%) 34 (37%) 40 (44%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.74 91 1.18 Freq(%) 6 (7%) 5 (5%) 27 (30%) 22 (24%) 31 (34%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I enjoyed the handouts to follow the teachers teachings.
Going over the different theories of statistics.
The problem sets and quizzes helped me gain comprehension of the material and helped me prepare for the tests.
The applications of mathematics in economics and in real world situations.
The notes and the handouts provided by professor karacaovali really helped me understand what we were learning.
we are able to take the knowledge learned from this course and apply it to real life statistics
I liked the handouts, they were super helpful
I really appreciated the solving of problems on the screen so we could visually and mentally follow how to work problems out.
Problem set explanations
Homework, iclicker, and lectures
the new skills i learned
The handouts
I feel that all aspects of this course contributed equally. Still, I particularly enjoyed the computer assignments since we were given "raw" data, ran our own tests, and came up with statistical conclusions (and implications) - such experience will be invaluable in the future when interpreting our own research data in our given fields.
Dr. Baybars is very understanding and accommodating. He makes sure that his students learn the material and teaches the material at a manageable pace. His homework is designed to strengthen the student's understanding of the material. The midterm was challenging but not too difficult. Overall an excellent class. I learned a lot.
I think that he was very approachable and easy to learn from. He made the topic fun with interesting examples and it was good that participation was required. But I think that he should have more frequent shorter assignments rather than once every week or two having a large assignment and that way we can stay tuned into what we are talking about becasue it is very easy to forget.
I really thought learning probablity was very helpful
all
Learning the math and theory behind statistical tests was very valuable.
Probability
The professor was very well organized. The most organized professor I have ever had.
everything
The homework assignments with the solutions were the most valuable to my understanding of the course
Applying what was learned in class to homework assignments, quizzes, and exams.
The problem sets and examples done in class. This helped a lot with understanding the material.
First half of semester on basic stats
Hypothesis testing and probability
I love Professor Karacaovali's accent. Very soothing.
I appreciated the availability of solutions for review.
Homework assignments
I like having homework and participation/attendance points available to help cushion the overall course grade.
His examples were of situations i could see using in the future.
Understanding that statistics you see in the media don't always accurately depict the feelings of the public.
It was really helpful be able to go in for help and to have practice exam questions for the midterm and final.
The problem sets were very helpful in understanding concepts covered in lecture.
The computer assignments were a great idea but we could have done more to learn about statistics through excel and other programs.
He never rushes the class. Even though there are almost 100 students, he seems to try to check every student understand and catch the class well. That is very impressive and I think it helps at least me a lot.
The detailed explanations of how things work and why we are using certain tets versus others.
It is well organized.
Content
The handouts helped me follow along with his lectures
doing quizes, homework and computer assignments.
statistics
I liked how the assignment were posted online
learning how to use excel was valuable
The problem sets are pretty useful because it let me understand the topic by doing this and at least I get some practices.
Good teaching skills and friendly
That the information can be used in real life
everything from the homework, lectures, computer assignments were well planned out. looked forward to going to lectures, very fun class.
His notes and lectures are very informative and clear.
The handouts, formula sheets, and computer assignments were helpful.
Hypothesis testing because it will be useful for lab and in the future!
Professor Baybars is a great professor and knows what he is talking about. He is willing to help when he is available.
understanding what statistics is and the importance of it
I think that the in-class lectures were most vital in my learning, especially the in class examples with the i-Clickers.
I noticed that a lot of the things I learned related to scholarly biology journals.
He provides lot of material and assignments that make sure we get a grasp on the subject matter. Also, lots of opportunities to help our grade.
Professor Baybars is a wonderful professor! He is always willing to help and ensures that the students understand the content thoroughly. He always offers help and advises us to come in during office hours if we need extra assistance.
The professor gives many chances to earn points towards grade. Was also understanding that not all students learn at the same pace and from time to time asked if we needed any clarification.
I really liked how Professor Karacaovali spent a good amount of time on each concept introduced to the class. He taught us at a good rate that made it simpler for us to follow along and understand the concepts.
I think a lot of the problem sets were helpful especially for someone who is going into a science career. I thought the hypothesis testing and probability topics were most valuable. I also thought that the computer assignments were helpful in connecting these topics to doing something that I would probably use in the future.
The homework and lecture handouts.
Certain lessons.
probability of actions
the handouts and the equation sheet for the test
Going over the problem sets in class and using them for studying for the quiz(s).
Hypothesis testing and confidence intervals
Graphs Problem Sets Sample midterm and exams
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/a
n/a
some of the material was vague and rushed, as the professor thought each student was knowledgable prior to the lecture. when some of the students in the class was seeing the material for the first time.
The computer assignments
Computer exercises
none
Computer assignments
N/A
N/A
Everything taught in the class is valuable!
none
The beginning part of the course was a little too easy and it did not seem necessary to spend so much time on it.
nothing.
N/A
none
tghe computer assignments because when all the steps are continuously given to you it does not give the student an incentive to study/memorize how to perform these operations. It would have been better if the statistics were just already given to us and we have to answer the questions.
There was no aspects of this course that wasn't valuable.
None
Computer assignments; while the assignments were relatively simple, they did not deepen my understanding of the statistical concepts covered in class.
Computer Assignments
N/A
I had a hard time with the structure of the handouts. I like the idea of it; however, the structure and content on them made it a little hard to study - especially if I missed a day.
Some of the advanced parts of the class i could not see how i could use in the future. He would fulfill the teaching of how to do a problem but fail to provide good real life examples which help me with understanding.
Some of the concepts of confidence intervals were hard to understand.
I didn't like the computer assignments, because i had a hard time doing them with my Mac. Also, none of those aspects were on the exams and i had a difficult time understanding what the point of all of it was.
NA overall was a very good course
Not really.
The painstaking detail to every question. Grante, some may not understand, but we are in college and if they need additional help, they need to seek that out rather than slow the entire class. The I-clicker use, while it sounds like a good idea, does not work well. It seems to waste more time than necessary. Good PPT slides, but running back and forth through them to point out a particular number, just disrupts the flow of the class.
The harsh penalties for missing a class.
Teaching methodology
The computer assignments
I thought everything went fine. Everything was important.
I guess maybe the computer assignments because we just have to follow the instruction and get the answer. Although it is a easy homework, I do not get anything from doing it.
nothing
nothing, everything was valuable and fun at the same time.
All was valuable.
The iclicker questions we a distraction at times from the flow of the course.
The first 6 lectures because in college we should not have to go over how to find the mean median and range. You learn that stuff in middle school maybe even elementary school!!!!!
Even though Baybars thoroughly knows every subject we learned in class, I feel as though he went through each subject way too fast, I couldn't keep up with everything going on. But if you set up an appointment with him, he is much more thorough and is excellent at explaining the subject one on one.
I did not learn that much from the computer assignments. The assignments were essentially how well I could follow instructions.
I don't think there was anything least valuable.
n/a
I thought all aspects of the class were valuable.
Professor sometimes didn't know what he was talking about as he would have long pauses and say he'd get back to it later. Lectures weren't thoroughly taught.
Things that I could grasp.
z scoring
the quizzes
The midterm format. I would have preferred a handout and answer sheet, possibly multiple choice rather than drawing tables and graphs in a book, which was very time consuming.
Computer assignments iClicker questions Quizzes
10. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 91 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (14%) 34 (37%) 43 (47%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 91 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 31 (34%) 58 (64%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.39 91 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 9 (10%) 31 (34%) 48 (53%)
13. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.76 91 1.02 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 4 (4%) 28 (31%) 21 (23%) 23 (25%) 13 (14%)
14. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.86 91 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 31 (34%) 21 (23%) 25 (27%) 12 (13%)
15. The TA grades paper (exams, homework) fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.57 91 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (8%) 24 (26%) 58 (64%) 2 (2%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.1 91 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (3%) 18 (20%) 30 (33%) 32 (35%) 8 (9%)
17. The TA's oral speaking was clear and effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.88 91 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 6 (7%) 22 (24%) 34 (37%) 24 (26%) 4 (4%)
18. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 91 0.82 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 10 (11%) 24 (26%) 55 (60%)
19. Other comments:
n/a
Thank you professor Karacaovali! your a 10
I like the use of the iClicker, and I highly appreciate that the textbook is not required.
Such a great class! It took a reasonably boring subject and made it interesting. It helped deepen my understanding of statistics and I think it has provided me with a good foundation for my future in Economics.
Keep it up! Doing great! Teaching method is fantastic
Overall great teacher!! Course was very challenging and stressful but the teacher made taking the class worth it.
I love the formula sheets on the exam and quizzes. Really great way to test material, not just looking for memorization, but rather understanding.
I recommend this teacher to my friends
Great course overall taught by a great professor. I believe this class could have been made a little more difficult but Professor Karacaovali made every class session count. Maybe he could add more topics into the curriculum as he stated before that this course was a condensed version of a two semester course. I really enjoyed this class and I believe Professor Karacaovali should continue to teach this course.
n/a
Great teacher that uses real life, interesting examples in homework and lectures.
I really liked the professor and TA. They made themselves very approachable and helped with any questions I had on the course. Lectures were structured nicely so I never was bored; I liked having problems after concepts to help understand how to do the work.
Good teacher overall considering how the material in Econ 321 can get a bit dry. I would take another Econ class with him if i have the opportunity to do so.
professor k. was an amazing instructor. his slides were the best i have seen, you can tell he spent a considerable amount of time on them but was well worth the effort. it makes paying attention much easier to a dry subject like statistics. he was very humorous which also helped a lot. The homework assignments were very well done, he was able to use real world examples making learning even easier when its relate-able to life so you dont get the feeling "when am i ever going to use this." his use of tech with the i clicker and solving problems right in front of us over the computer was awesome too. and his accent is bad ass.
The pace of the class was a bit too slow and caused some students to lose interest of subject matter.
I hope he teaches other classes too. I try to register his other class next semester, but only thing he will teach is for honored students. He is so great.
Take charge of your class. You are the professor in this class, demand the respect that you are due. If you wish to take attendance, take if first thing and do not allow people to just come and go as they please. Also, the mandatory attendance is a bit silly. Again, this is college and if the students WANT to be there, they will be there.
Great class overall.
good grading system. maybe be more communicative :)
The TA was never around during class time. She returned graded papers and left. I couldn't even tell you what her name is.
Professor Karacaovali is a great teacher, wish my other econ teachers were like him.
it would have been helpful if the professor posted the slides online after each class, or used a book.
Dr. K and Huixia are very nice and were approachable when I had questions
it was a great class to take. really enjoyed it.
Professor was always fair and effective in his grading and ways of teaching.
Very good intro course. Great professor and knows the course material very well. The large class size made the material hard to focus on and lacked participation. Overall, a good course, but could have used more statistics or maybe a group activity to get hands on experience of a study.
I think the attendance policy is absolutely ridiculous! If we are able to understand the material and get it without coming to class we should not get minus points from out overall grade for not being there. We are college students in an upper level course if you cannot be responsible for yourself by now you have some learning to do. I feel like Im in high school all over again. I earned my way to college and I expect to be treated like an adult. The fact that you are forcing us to come to class is ridiculous and honestly a waste of my time. I think if you are going to make attendance points you should just make it however many classes you made out of how many classes total. So if I miss 5 of the 42 classes all semester I would get a 88% for attendance instead of a zero. I went to 88 percent of the classes I think that's worth some credit. Missing 6 classes and getting -1 percent on your grade is dumb. Overall your class is a lecture and you should treat it like it is! You're a college teacher, you shouldn't have to treat us like were 15. I seriously think you need to reconsider attendance policies and maybe even make attendance and participation one category worth 10 percent of your grade and you get points for everyday that you participate in 75% of the questions. That is much more reasonable. The class goes at such a slow pace and 50% of it we should already know! Other than that I think the problem sets and computer assignments are very helpful for reinforcing the concepts!
TA was barely present.
I think the instructor should change his teaching methods to better explain things to people who are not strong in math. I actually took a 300 level business stats class and understood it very well, well enough to earn a B and be confident in stats. This class, I feel very confused with the materials being presented and I took a stats class already.
It's obvious that Professor Karacaovali knows the material and is very knowledgeable but he doesn't teach well. The class is very dull and although it started off fairly easy it became difficult and was hard to understand because it moved at a fast pace. I also know a lot of my classmates found the material difficult to understand but because a select few have aced the midterm, it was assumed it must not be his teaching but our learning that was the problem.
great professor who knows his material but goes fast.
n/a
Professor Baybars and Quixa (sorry if I spelt your name wrong) made a great team! I really enjoyed the class, and I wouldn't mind just sitting in the class next semester. Great class, my favorite this semester! :D
Thank You!
one of the best professors Ive every had give this guy a raise
TA was okay
Great class I had a very smooth experience

Baybars Karacaovali: ECON362, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 362 - Trade Policy and Globalization Crn (Section): 75562 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.89 19 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 17 (89%) 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  
1.53 19 0.51 Freq(%) 8 (42%) 9 (47%)
3. 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%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
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%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 14 (74%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 14 (74%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Discussion each other and essays closely related to course materials.
I liked the simple, easy-to-understand lectures.
International wide-view lectures by the International Doctor
Discussing ethics and global issues.
Every lecture was a learning experience.
The whole class was great, was nervous about the writing intensive part but that ended up being really interesting and gained a lot of information about trade and globalization!
I really enjoyed doing the presentation, it gave me a chance to voice myself in class as well as a chance to explore a topic that I was really interested in.
The coverage of ethics broadened my insights to different trade and globalization topics
The books and writing assignments were very valuable and informative giving unique perspectives into the topics discussed.
The readings and presentation assignments were most valuable.
Notes and examples used in class, readings and assignment workload not too great
Straight forward and to the point on his expectations from the students.
Discussion of various models of trade, including Heckscher-Ohlin and Ricardian. The ethical perspectives were also useful for examining the tradeoff between productivity and rights. I liked how the outside reading iterated that productivity can also lead to rights--so it's not a direct tradeoff.
Being able to get knowledge from notes, videos/lectures in class, and books were all very valuable, as opposed to a course where you are just lectured at constantly. I also liked how we looked at the same issues from multiple viewpoints and it was never apparent what the professors bias was. That helps me know whatever my opinion is it won't be graded unfairly.
The background knowledge of the professor helped greatly in his teaching ability.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Everything in class was valuable.
I feel that we should have had more direction in the presentation. I don't think we covered it in depth in class; the only direction I had was from the sample presentations.
Nothing to find at this point...
None
none
None, the assignments were all relevant to class and were doable.
I thought that the problem set was not as valuable since there is no test on those topics or information.
N/a
More feedback for assignments welcomed
Attendance. However, I do understand why it is done so I cannot complain too much about it. It is completely reasonable.
They all seemed valuable. Individual presentations could have been more structured/in depth?
Some lectures got kinda boring, butyou can only spice up so much about trade policy.
Class was scheduled too late in the day
10. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 7 (37%) 11 (58%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
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%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.95 19 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 18 (95%)
13. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
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%)
14. The writing assignments helped me develop abilities to solve problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 5 (26%) 12 (63%)
15. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
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%)
16. Other comments:
He is the best professor.
I highly recommend this course to all the students at UH manoa seeking their any professions! The course has been way too beyond my imagination for me to learn useful in my life, and I'm so glad that I got one of the seats in this class.
Definitely recommend this professor! And hopefully I'll get to take another class with him in the future!
Karacaovali was an excellent professor who has good knowledge in his subject and used relevant supplemental material to further help the class learn and relate to the subject matter
I thought the handouts made class very tedious. I didn't like how the entire powerpoint was distributed with only a few blank spaces. It made it more difficult to be enthusiastic about coming to class.
Fair teacher and class
Overall a great teacher!
Great prof, great class.

Baybars Karacaovali: ECON362A, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 362A - Trade Policy and Globalization Crn (Section): 88557 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.5 14 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 3 (21%) 9 (64%) 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  
1.46 14 0.52 Freq(%) 7 (50%) 6 (43%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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 fulfilled the goals of the course.
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. The instructor communicated effectively.
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%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 14 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 12 (86%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
learning about other countries trade regulations and productivity. Also gain a lot of knowledge from the readings he required.
The quality of knowledge that Baybars was able to share with us, it was a mix of real world experiences and real life examples.
Lectures were very informative, and writing assignments definitely helped me organize my thoughts.
The books that was used were very interesting and relevant to the topics discussed in class.
The presentations were an interactive method of learning that I very much enjoyed. The videos also helped.
Ethics
The amount of information provided as well as the small class size made for a very good learning environment.
I really enjoyed the discussion of environmental effects of globalization.
Lectures and essays
Writing and presenting were the most helpful.
Professor Karacaovali's lectures were always very thorough, informative, and interesting!
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
n/a
Although it this was a writing intensive I felt there was a lot of reading.
Presentations are instructive on an individual level, but not nearly as much on a group level I don't think.
none
The books, while interesting were either too lengthy or too difficult to understand (too much jargon)
Depends on the student presentations
Location of the classroom
The homework assignment was applicable but because we won't be tested on it I didn't learn much.
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
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%)
10. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
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%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
13. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
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%)
14. The writing assignments helped me develop abilities to solve problems.
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%)
15. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
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%)
16. Other comments:
Baybars is an excellent teacher, he'll challenge you to think and he'll always encourage you to speak up and give an opinion. Baybars is very personable and he is an easy person to talk to. Hands down I would recommend his class to anyone.
Baybars is a boss.
Very fun class to take for any major. I would defiantly take another class from Professor Baybars.
Great professor and a great class! :)
Excellent course. The professor shows he is dedicated to students learning.
Great Teacher.

Baybars Karacaovali: ECON660, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 660 - International Trade & Welfare Crn (Section): 80759 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
4.0 3 1.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 1.15 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Prof.Karacaovali is very patient and nice. I took this class last year. It is notable that he unot only pdated most of the lecture notes in a different format, but put the most popular research in his lectures based on previous experiencs. He also writes down the important equations and conclusions on the board in an interesting way instead of only using PPT.
The combination of theory and empirical were very useful. This was coupled by directions and suggestions provided by Prof. Karacaovali on futuren notable research endeavors in the field.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A
None that I can think of.
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
10. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
13. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
14. Other comments:
A follow-on course (e.g. special topics in international trade) is highly recommended.

Baybars Karacaovali: ECON362, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 362 - Trade Policy and Globalization Crn (Section): 76094 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.76 21 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (24%) 16 (76%) 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  
1.48 21 0.51 Freq(%) 11 (52%) 10 (48%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 21 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 19 (90%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 21 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (29%) 15 (71%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 21 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (24%) 16 (76%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 21 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 18 (86%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The topic of the course is very relevant and interesting
The thing I liked the most was how he showed the negative side effects of globalization. I had no idea how bad the conditions are in some of these poor countries. I also liked his choice in media clips that he would show throughout the semester.
The ability to be creative and apply trade theory to topics of our own interest. (For presentations) Relating Trade theory to world issues today.
the way he taught the class and the information i gained
class discussions and presentation
videos readings presentations
The assignments were relevant and enjoyable
Case studies because we saw the application of theories and models. Ethical portion provides a good contrast to the intensiveness of ECON 460. Power points help keep students engaged.
I loved the presentations from the class and thought that there was a lot of freedom to discuss whatever topics we felt were valuable. I love the flexibility of the class. Also, I really enjoyed the videos that we watched. I feel like videos make the material easy to understand and they allowed me to understand the magnitude of the trade policies that we were discussing.
I enjoyed the trade policy side of the course although I wish we went into more depth on this topic. I also enjoyed the integration of all the books with the lecture and how closely it followed along in what we were learning. Definitely made writing easier.
Suggested readings and assignments
The presentations done by each student, the videos shown by the instructor and the following discussions, also the lectures with the accompanying handouts with PowerPoint.
The varied discussions on the books, lectures and videos as well as off hand media. It's a very good stepping stone to Eocn 460 while encourages the students to think critically and in a different non-mechanical matter.
Application of approaches to ethics to different trade policies.
There were a lot of material covered at a very good pace and a lot of opportunities for questioning.
I think all the powerpoint, handouts, and teaching material were extremely valuable and I believe I'll be using it for future courses. The teacher was great in elaborating all topics and I look forward to taking his class again if I could.
the powerpoint slides
Real-world examples
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Less discussion and class engagement
It was all good!
Some students' presentations were not very informative.
n/c
none
powerpoint blanks some readings
The project was rough because I do not care to speak in front of people
Some readings were excessive.
I felt that mostly everything about the course was valuable.
The presentations made by the students could have been more "strict." The overall topic was appointed, yet students were a bit "lax" in choosing their own topics. In other words, the students' topic could have been a little more related to what the professor set.
None.
None.
None.
Nothing ;) Everything was great!
none
n/a
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 21 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (24%) 16 (76%)
10. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 21 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (19%) 17 (81%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 21 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 2 (10%) 17 (81%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.81 21 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (19%) 17 (81%)
13. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 21 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 19 (90%)
14. Other comments:
I would suggest if this class has group discussion besides presentation
I like Baybars, he is very personable and easy to approach.
An understanding and patient instructor and acknowleges the fact that not everyone is an economics major. Encourages growth and accepts diversity from students.
Dr. Karacaovalli integrates relevant examples from outside the field (tv, movies, etc) to help cement concepts and break up the monotony of straight lecturing... He is always available for additional support and is clearly highly knowledgeable about his specialty... Does an excellent job of relating complex concepts and models and making them more accessible...
professor K is my favorite teacher he's the best :)
Internet is bad sometimes, downloading to a hard drive in advance may be more reliable. Some of the longer readings, although not technical, were easy to get lost in because of the length.
I absolutely loved this course! I am definitely going to recommend this course to other peers whom are economic majors or for those interested in globalization and trade policy.
Great instructor, helped to engage the class in discussions and encouraged and fostered critical thinking skills.
I think all four books should be kept in. However, maybe break up the assignments into smaller more frequent ones by breaking it up into smaller reading sections. While I feel it's good experience to feel overwhelmed by a lot of reading material, because the questions are often intended to be open ended, it'd be easier to gradually build up the discussions and types of answers a student can produce. For instance, perhaps break up the readings into halves or so, so there'd be 8 or 12 assignments. While some topics may be incomplete because of this, questions could be catered to molding a type of thinking to incorporate the future possibilities the next readings could bring. Incorporating real life examples into each assignment can help as well-- this can help double check if the student is on the right track or is able to apply the material to current events. Thank you for the wonderful semester!
None.
Definitely one of the better, if not best, Economics professor at UHM.
I would love to take any course by Karacavalli again if I could and would highly recommend him to any other student
Books need to be discussed more in-depth. Great books, but we spent so little time on them.

Baybars Karacaovali: ECON460, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 460 - International Trade & Welfare Crn (Section): 76574 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.77 43 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 6 (14%) 35 (81%) 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  
1.64 43 0.48 Freq(%) 15 (35%) 27 (63%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 43 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (23%) 33 (77%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 43 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (23%) 33 (77%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 43 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 11 (26%) 30 (70%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 43 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 11 (26%) 30 (70%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Lecture notes provided good information.
everything
The handouts were good. It was good that he prints them out for everyone and has you attend class to fill in the blanks regarding what he is lecturing.
Problem sets, lectures
homeworks and quizes
Lectures
Professor Karacaovali's explanations of difficult concepts in a way that made it easy for me to understand was very valuable. He knew how to break down the concepts. Also, Professor Karacaovali is very encouraging to his students and personable. He was always available to help.
I think the printed lecture notes were really well done. The fact that you still had to go to class to get them, but it wasn't so much where the student is overwhelmed, is something I haven't experienced in a class before this.
Video, PPT, Quizs and Homeworks
He really encourage students to study and archive their Academic goal through this class
The comparisons between trade barriers, tariffs, and subsidies. Of course, all other aspects are and have to be presented before these topics in order to understand the diagnostics thereof, therefore making everything exceptionally valuable.
His lecture is so knowledgeable and helpful for me to understand concepts.
all of them
Everything done in the course was valuable.
The lectures.
N/A
learning about trade and welfare
Looking at real world situations
It was a very consistent pace and there were incentives for a student to master the subjects and go above and beyond.
Lecture methods which included follow-along handouts with key terms left blank. I found this really helped me to stay involved with the lecture and to add extra notes. Helped me to master the material.
The detailed explanations and real life examples given to help us to better understand the concepts presented.
Learning about the different policy's of trade and whether it makes countries better or worse off.
Powerpoints used interactively (filling in certain words on slides)and problem sets helped to aid learning.
Problem sets and review them very well after graded
learning about international economies and how the trade.
Reviews of the problem sets were the most important aspect in learning the material for me. I also liked the handouts instead of textbook approach.
Welfare concepts.
Studying international trade models.
His lecture is easy to understand.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A
notes were hard
The attendance sheet. At the beginning of the semester it was made clear that attendance wasn't apart of the grade. However, almost daily he would pass around an attendance sheet. It has nothing to do with the class but just very cryptic regarding grades.
None
none
Nothing
n/a
None
Nothing really. Everything was presented appropriately and in accordance to the topic and course.
Nothing.
i think that they where all valuable
Nothing was unliked. Everything was interesting and taught me something.
The homeworks.
N/A
None.
The two-three week long review session at the beginning of the class.
Nothing in particular - a couple instances of un-organization but that was about it (quite minor).
None
A little bit of the history, but history is always good to know and I'm biased since I don't like history.
More opportunities for extra credit since there are only 2 exams.
N/A
n/a
The movie Battle in Seattle and the mockumentary about disappearing Mexicans were not really valuable. While they were a good break from continuous lectures, I think news clips of the situations might have been better.
It seems like this was a very dilute version of the course. A bit of calculus could have been used to consider more interesting trade cases. All the graphs were linear and perhaps not very realistic.
n/a
His pronunciation is hard to listen a little bit.
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 43 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (7%) 12 (28%) 28 (65%)
10. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 43 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (9%) 9 (21%) 29 (67%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 43 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 13 (30%) 28 (65%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.67 43 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (7%) 8 (19%) 32 (74%)
13. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 43 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 7 (16%) 35 (81%)
14. Other comments:
Great professor. Would take another class.
he is very clear
I enjoyed this class. I think that the quizzes and homeworks were graded fairly. The only thing I would make more clear is the policy on attendance and how that affects your grade.
Dr. Karacaovalli integrates relevant examples from outside the field (tv, movies, etc) to help cement concepts and break up the monotony of straight lecturing... He is always available for additional support and is clearly highly knowledgeable about his specialty... Does an excellent job of relating complex concepts and models and making them more accessible...
Excellent professor. Very knowledgeable and moves at a pace that is suitable for students.
professor k is my favorite teacher he's the best :)
Good teacher and knowledgeable about trade economics
I would love to take more classes from Professor Karacaovali!
Amazing individual and thorough with his teachings. Very generous, and very knowledgeable. Would recommend to take him!
I like his class and I want to take his other class again.
really liked this class!
Was a great professor and was very effective at teaching his students and instructing them.
The course was simply too simple and slow-paced for a 400 level class. I would have liked the class much better if the the lectures had been less redundant and if we had spent less time on simple concepts like consumer/producer surplus.
N/A
great teacher!
I felt the course was slightly watered down. While I didn't fully ace the first midterm and with the final pending, it's hard for me to say much, but I felt that it could have been much more in-depth. Given the typical department's student, I suppose its OK, but perhaps have optional more difficult problems (original or from the book) available. Other than that, it was a very great class and I learned a lot. Thank you for the great semester!
Excellent teacher, but as stated earlier, the review session at the beginning of the semester should be scaled back a little. At the end of the semester we dropped a section, that could have replaced some of the classes of review.
Great, fair class. I would definitely take another class with Professor Karacaovali. Sincerely, Troy Thompson
I would not hesitate to take another class from him again.
I've learned about trade and welfare very well from handouts and problem sets. I am willing to take more Econ classes from Mr. Karacaovali! Best Econ instructor ever!!
n/a
Early in the semester we took too long to get through the review material, and it crunched the amount of time we had for the more interesting and challenging content.
Good professor who knows his material and who knows when students might need a break from lecture.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TEACHING!

Baybars Karacaovali: ECON321, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 321 - Introduction to Statistics Crn (Section): 86745 (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  
3.13 31 1.26 Freq(%) 3 (10%) 7 (23%) 8 (26%) 11 (35%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.9 31 0.3 Freq(%) 3 (10%) 28 (90%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 32 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 4 (13%) 26 (81%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 32 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 10 (31%) 20 (63%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 32 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 5 (16%) 8 (25%) 17 (53%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 32 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (16%) 12 (38%) 15 (47%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.94 32 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 9 (28%) 7 (22%) 13 (41%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I think that finding probabilities would be helpful for the future.
study in groups
The problem sets and the lecture handouts really helped.
i especialy liked the confidence intervals of normal distrobution.
Examples used and handouts given. The formula sheets also really helped during the exam.
Probability.
Understanding and configuring digits and word problems that the common population uses on a daily basis, whether it is towards firms or government evaluations in regards of profit or economies.
His explanations were very good.
Depends on major
He went over all the assignments to make sure everyone understand the concepts and the problems.
how the very basics were covered before going into the harder stuff
Class lecture notes
As a biology major learning how to use Excel will be vital in my future career. Prior to this course, Excel was extremely difficult for me to use. Professor Karacaovali demonstrated how to use Excel in a simple, but effective manner.
I really appreciated the handouts. It was easier for me to see the material condensed into the important information that we needed to know. I also like that fact that we worked together on problems in class as a group. We had helped each other to understand concepts that we couldn't quite get.
The lecture handouts for every chapter were incredibly helpful. They laid out everything we needed to know without the often bulky wording of textbooks.
Being able to determine percentages for the numerous different problems we were given.
Probability and Standard Deviation
The homework assignments helped me understand the material more. Thanks for explaining them.
Just statistics in general
Although math is not my strong point. I learned a lot from each chapter.
The hand-outs gave me a good idea of what was expected and also provided useful information.
The pace of the class was great. It gave me time to review the materials and understand them better.
The applied statistics. Mostly Probability.
applying all the equations to real situations.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
lectures
The computer assignments felt useless.
alot of the jargon and renaming of simple concepts
N/A
Honestly, all of them are valuable when looked at from a third person point of view, because statistics is something that happens and evaluated in our everyday life. So, it is important to at least have a common knowledge of the subject.
depends on major
N/A
computer assignments
Computer assignments
There have been no aspects of this course that have not been valuable to my student career.
There really wasn't anything that I din't like about the course. It did move a little fast for me, but I was still able to keep up
The beginning of the course started off a bit slow. A lot more content could've been easily covered in the amount of time.
N/A
not much
All were valuable.
Not too many students showed up to class.
everything else
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 32 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (13%) 27 (84%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 32 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (13%) 11 (34%) 16 (50%)
12. The instructor is friendly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 31 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 5 (16%) 24 (77%)
13. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 32 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 9 (28%) 20 (63%)
14. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 32 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 6 (19%) 25 (78%)
15. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 32 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (16%) 5 (16%) 22 (69%)
16. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
He was very helpful. Always encourage students. He knew course content very well.
chill consistent
Friendly, understanding.
he is a very aprochable proffesor and is very willing to help outside of class. seems like a cool guy to grab a drink with
Friendly, enthusiastic, intelligent
Enthusiastic and knowledgeable
Generous, Smart, and Kind
Thorough. Easy to understand
turkish teacher today
Fair, well organized,
Calm Friendly Knowledgeable
Smart, fast
Professor Karacaovali is helpful to students with questions, knowledgeable in the field of statistics, and makes learning statistics interesting.
informative and helpful
Friendly, accommodating, likable
organized, prepared, available
Genuine, Helpful, Kind
Nice, smart, friendly
competent, professional
Smart, Nice, Awesome
Caring, Smart, On time
Helpful and understanding.
freindly, foreign, distracted
Motivated, enthusiastic
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.44 32 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 14 (44%) 16 (50%)
18. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.48 32 1.24 Freq(%) 2 (6%) 5 (16%) 6 (19%) 9 (28%) 7 (22%) 3 (9%)
19. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.83 32 1.1 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 2 (6%) 8 (25%) 8 (25%) 10 (31%) 3 (9%)
20. The TA grades paper (exams, homework) fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.0 32 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 5 (16%) 10 (31%) 11 (34%) 3 (9%)
21. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.72 30 1.21 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 4 (13%) 4 (13%) 8 (27%) 8 (27%) 5 (17%)
22. The TA's oral speaking was clear and effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.62 31 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 11 (35%) 6 (19%) 8 (26%) 2 (6%)
23. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 32 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (16%) 6 (19%) 21 (66%)
24. Other comments:
I honestly am not a fan of statistics, but I understand the reasoning of why it valuable to the degree requirement. But, if this means anything, I am taking him again, and would like to as many times possible, or as required :)
It would be a good idea to have students do even more group work and daily presenting
ta wasnt there hardly
He was an excellent professor!
I think you should make attendance mandatory if you want more people to come
Regarding what as spoken about in class recently, on of my previous professors ha password protected the lectures and notes he put on laulima and only gave the passwords to those who attended class regularly.
It was a very pleasant environmented class.
I'm glad I took this class with Professor Karacaovali. I learned a lot and it was a great experience.
Good job.

Baybars Karacaovali: ECON460, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 460 - International Trade & Welfare Crn (Section): 77343 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.89 28 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 25 (89%) 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  
1.7 27 0.47 Freq(%) 8 (30%) 19 (70%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 28 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (18%) 23 (82%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 28 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 7 (25%) 20 (71%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 28 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 0 (0%) 11 (39%) 15 (54%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 28 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (7%) 6 (21%) 19 (68%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 28 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (11%) 9 (32%) 15 (54%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 28 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 13 (46%) 12 (43%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
All models covered Thank you Baybars!!!
The graphs were very helpful in illustrating before and after effects of things such as tariffs, tax, etc. The practice midterms covered a majority of the topics aforementioned and familiarized me with the exam format, such that I was comfortable taking it. The student presentations brought new material, topics, and ideas without being too distracting. It shone light into other areas of economics in which we may be able to apply what we learned in Econ 460.
When Professor Karacaovali would explain further why the models were a certain way. It was helpful for our own sense, so we could understand more than just the surface of the material. I wish it were possible to do more problem sets. Possibly at least two problem sets per topic? If it were possible it would be helpful to have an on-line program to do the homework, so we could get immediate feedback, and do more practice problems. The midterm review sheet and the problem sets were very valuable and helpful though.
Clear examples and what was covered in class was put in exams
Learning the basics of Economics once again, i believe was very important. Many times i do forget terminology, so it was nice to revisit Ricardian model.
Baybars is very clear in his explanations of the various topics presented in class. He doesn't assume that his students should already know the subject matter from reading the book.
reading assignments
Materials are pretty good. Easy to understand even if you are no native students.
example problems and lotsa of extra resources
The lectures, course content and class materials.
Chapters on tariffs and barriers were valuable especially considering APEC was held during this semester. Connecting the models with current real events helps a lot. Reading assignments helped.
I enjoyed learning about contemporary issues in trade
This class was thorough on all its theories. I like how the course ramped up in difficulty.
Learning about trade aspects between countries, the power point slides
The reading assignments and the problem sets as well as the practice exams greatly helped in preparing for the exams.
Professor Baybars was very thorough in his lectures and went a pace that everyone could follow.
The effects of international trade in the world economy and how it relates to current day politics as well as trade policies that have been passed or are about to be passed.
The lectures were useful and easy to understand.
power points explanation
Understanding the ins and outs of trade between two countries and how it affects the world market.
Probably my favorite class this semester due to the practical application of subject matter.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
NONE Thank you Baybars!!!
The reading assignments were a toss up between good and bad. Good because they related to the topics we covered in class and introduced real life situations in which we could apply what we learned in Econ 460. Bad because they were not included in exams. It would be nice to see some questions related to the reading assignments on the exam so we are constantly reminded that we need to apply what we learned into the real world. Also, including some questions from the readings on the exam would make students take the reading assignments more seriously...
Class general interest
all were beneficial to the application of the subject
Probably the reading assignments. I don't feel like I gained much from doing those assignments.
problem sets were too hard i wasnt prepared well enough for them
Nothing
some lengthy lectures
None.
None.
Did not enjoy the extensive math and technical application of theory
The reading assignments weren't terrible but seemed a bit unnecessary. I would have like to see more real life examples brought up during class whether its through a video or a article.
nothing
This is hard, but I wish we had covered more material. I understand that not all of the class is on the same level, but it was a little slow for me.
book
N/A
11. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 28 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (21%) 22 (79%)
12. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 28 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 9 (32%) 17 (61%)
13. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 28 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 10 (36%) 16 (57%)
14. The instructor is friendly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 28 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 7 (25%) 20 (71%)
15. The instructor acknowledges all questions insofar as possible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 28 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 7 (25%) 20 (71%)
16. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 28 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 7 (25%) 18 (64%)
17. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 28 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (21%) 22 (79%)
18. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 28 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 6 (21%) 20 (71%)
19. The instructor was willing to help.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 28 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (21%) 21 (75%)
20. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 27 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (22%) 20 (74%)
21. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Understanding Patient
Wastes no time
Thorough. Conscientious.
Helpful, knowledgeable, compasionate
Organized, Intelligent, and willing to help
Knowledgeable, intelligent, organized
nice knowledgable
Kind
organized, thorough, considerate
Baybars was motivated, committed, and dedicated to provide a quality course for his students; he cares about his students learning the material.
Helpful, thorough, eager.
Understanding, passionate, caring
Intelligent, careful, understanding
Helpful, cheerful, encouraging
Thorough, approachable, and fair
knowledgable, approachable, easy-going
professional
SMART
Hardworking, enthusiastic
interactive
prepared, helpful, encouraging
22. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.46 28 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 11 (39%) 15 (54%)
23. Assignments are returned promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 27 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 8 (30%) 18 (67%)
24. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 28 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (7%) 6 (21%) 19 (68%)
25. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 28 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (18%) 22 (79%)
26. Other comments:
Most of the students were not at a high enough level to begin to understand the material which prevented some students from enjoying the class. It was fun. It was easy. I sympathize with the professor because he wanted us to learn and appreciate the material but students enrolled in the course just for a passing grade which is a real shame, but I did sincerely enjoy ALL material covered and was a bit disappointed that other students didn't care, I look forward to your other classes here at UH.
Lectures sometimes felt like they were draggong on and on, but maybe this is because we only meet two days a week so the material has to be "crammed" Idk, but having to jot down notes from the beginning to the end of class hurts my brain. Maybe we could have breaks or something...or you can switch to just verbal teaching or switching to powerpoint.
Professor Karacaovali is a great professor and addition to UH Manoa. Very happy to have taken a course from him.
This class, i must admit was a little challenging for me. I believe Baybars should write more legibly on the board, and notes would be more understandable. Otherwise the course became more and more interesting. Im glad i took this course, it really is something we should all learn since we go through trade and globalization everyday. Dont worry Professor, even though our class doesnt speak much we still appreciate your teaching methods. Most of the econ classes I have taken have been like this. I found that after your first evaluation, you were able to make the class participate more. Thanks professor for an interesting semester.
I would take a class from this instructor again
i wasnt well enough informed on due dates for assignments so i ended up not being able to turn in assignments that i wanted to. extra credit presentation i also had no knowledge of how was supposed to do it wether sign up for a day or if we were assigned a day i cant find sign up sheet anywhere also i think my midterm was graded far too harshly and his office hours are always when i have class
Baybars is an excellent professor. UH Economics Department needs to find more Baybars to teach at our Economics Department. Perhaps UH can develop an International Economics curriculum for students to graduate, just like at other prestigious schools.
Very fair professors, punctual and eager to teach. It is really encouraging as a student to have a professor that cares. Makes you feel comfortable to ask questions and participate. Lectures can get a bit dry sometimes but lack of student interest does that to you. Constantly relating models to real examples would help connect the material. Material is understandable and examples are too but being able to compare the bigger picture is helpful for visualization.
The class was great. The reading assignments were a great complement to the topics covered. The student presentations were also a good change up. Trade theory is fairly bland, but the class seemed to go by pretty fast for what it was. He asks some questions that are too easy, so most people don't like to answer those.
Baybars is a very good professor that comes to class prepared and on time. He is very knowledgable about international trade and welfare and is able to teach it in a clear way. He is always willing to help a student with any questions. I think the class would benefit if he slowed down when writing notes on the board. Overall, I would recommend other Econ majors to take his classes and believe he is a valuable asset to the Econ department
good teacher, great knowledge
Prof. Karacaovali is very enthusiastic in teaching, although the material is challenging his demeanor never falters and always comes to class with a smile.
This class gives all the relevant information without too much extra too confuse us. I think the size of the classroom was too large which makes it feel more like a lecture. If the classroom size was smaller, I think it would make the class more interactive but the professor does well in trying to engage the class in discussion.
Powerpoints very very helpful. Always wanted class participation but really shouldn't take it personally if no one wants to speak up. Class presentations and reading assignments were a good way of helping us broaden our view of the subject.