eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Baybars Karacaovali

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ECON321, Spring 2014
ECON362A, Spring 2014
ECON321, Fall 2013
ECON362, Fall 2013
ECON362A, Spring 2013
ECON660, Spring 2013
ECON362, Fall 2012
ECON460, Fall 2012
ECON321, Spring 2012
ECON460, Fall 2011

Baybars Karacaovali: ECON321, Spring 2014

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 handouts helped a lot when studying for exams
Problem sets, and answers to check my work
Hypothesis testing
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!
all of it
The formulas helped a lot.
The amount of problems given for practice were very helpful in understanding concepts better.
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 lectures
Problem sets and problem set reviews
Everything, I learned a lot from this class about statistics.
I liked that he goes over the homework problems.
Problem set was helpful for the quiz and test
Homework
he applied real-life situations to help understanding
Learning how to do statistical analysis that will be important later in my science career.
The problem sets helped I understand the material. Baybars was always willing to answer questions and help whenever needed.
i did not find this class valuable
completing and being done with the course for good was probably the most valuable part.
I really like how the professor demonstrate how to do a problem with the formula with an example.
The handout materials.
Showing multiple examples of how statistics is applied to the real world was interesting and helpful.
The typed handouts
Going over the different problems.
I really liked the class format. Enough resources were available to help us understand the material and pass the class.
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.
The principles of stats and how to apply the equations
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.
finding the chances of the three doors
The tools that statistics provides.
I felt that the videos he showed were exciting and made the material more interesting
Absolutely nothing.
I believe the home works were very helpful
Lectures were good. Quiz's were reasonable and to the point.
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.
The problem sets
The homework were really helpful in understanding the concepts.
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.
The first part of the course was valuable because it is information that I can take on to other courses.
Practicing a lot with many resources such as problem setes.
The worksheets and iclicker questions really helped me understand the content.
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.
Hypothesis testing is very applicable to Biology.
The handouts and practice problems.
In an economics, everything is based on stats, so this class definitely is a good step into economics.
I think that it was a good survey course to get a foundational overview of a lot of other concepts.
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.
Formulas and tables
I really enjoyed the latter half of the course (after the mid term exam), especially the ones focusing on hypothesis testing.
Topics in the first half seemed most useful to a TIM major
Presentation of material in realistic ways or examples.
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.
INTERVALS AND RELATING THEM TO HOW INSURANCE COMPANYS PROPOSE THEIR PLANS
Learning about conditional probability was really eye opening to me on what the statistics actually mean.
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.
learning the basics of stats.
The worksheets, the I clicker questions, the videos
going over the problem sets during class
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.
Learning statistic is fun
learning to gather necessary data needed to answer specific questions.
I really liked the handouts with the new additional problems to work on.
Probability
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 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.
He gives handouts which kept us awake and focused on the lectures. Plus I like how attendance is mandatory.
Understanding the concepts instead of just using the formula to solve a problem Homework Class Exercise
The homework because It allowed us to practice doing the problems and understanding it better.
I like the problem sets. They help me understand the chapter better.
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.
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.
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.
He prepares the material very well.
The practice examples that relate to real life experiences.
In the begining the subject matter actually pertained to real world expereinces. But as the course went on it became amusing.
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.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
quizzes
learning about histograms and pie charts. That should be assumed knowledge for this course, in my opinion.
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.
none
Understanding certain concepts.
I can't think of any.
The exams
the one-question quizzes :P
Nothing!
He can be a little long winded
The test is way too harder than quiz
NA
The video clips did not relate to me
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.
very monotone professor, strong accent which made understanding/paying attention extremely difficult
The content and the final should be multiple choice since the content is so hard.
I would say, the class is grading is too heavy on exams.
N/A.
Sometimes went quick through the slides which was hard to keep up with
Nothing.
Super complicated formulas.
none
the more recent material since it is so dense and difficult to understant
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.
None
-iClickers, total waste of money. -The size of the class. -The teachers expectations and attitude towards people not understanding content.
The quizzes straight from the homework may not seemed very helpful. They were too easy
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 unclear lectures
I found everything valuable on this course.
I'm not sure
The second part of the material that was taught.
None
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
The beginning with the lengthy introduction.
unsure
The iClicker2 was by far the least valuable.
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.
Learning statistics in a lecture hall with more than 100 people sucks. I wish the course was more individualized through use of the internet.
N/A
The beginning, while valuable, I felt was knowledge that shouldn't have to be taught; it was very redundant.
Second half of the course was more complex and complicated than what I will likely ever use in my life
Cannot think of anything
ALL THE DIFFICULT VARIABLES
none
N/A
nothing
having quiz questions come straight from the homework, they should be completely new questions
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 i clickers
Nothing. Majority of the information given was pertinent.
Nothing really
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.
It can be confusing sometimes. He seems to explain solutions/equations in a rush way. It would be better if he teaches us shortcuts.
Slow pace of the class
None, I found all aspects helpful in understanding the content.
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
None.
The quizzes could have been more useful if they did not come directly from the homework.
n/a
I hope he could make the material more intriguing. Sometimes I feel the material is important but it's a bit dry.
The notes were good just had a hard time look back at it because it has to much words.
the subject matter was really confusing.
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:
Wouldn't recommend teaching a mathematics course in a large setting like in PHYSCI217
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.
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 :)
He is a great teacher but the subject is not interesting
None
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.
Excellent teacher, just wish exam wasn't so heavy in the grade.
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 would recommend the course and professor to other students.
Some lessons are difficult to understand and explanations can be unclear. Test questions and grading are fair
none
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.
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.
None.
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.
None
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.
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.
I'm excited to take International Trade with Baybars in the fall in a much smaller class setting.
Thank you for the semester.
Would definitely take a higher level course from this professor.
Made difficult concepts fairly painless to get through.
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!
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.
Good class.
Baybars Karacaovali is very approachable and a really good teacher.
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!!!
Great and humble professor!
Regression and correlation are two of the most used tests in research. I was hoping to learn them.
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.
Great teacher. He shouldn't change anything.
I am glad that I take this class. Professor Karacaovali does a good job! :)
Great class
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.
Enjoyable class

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?
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.
Videos, handouts, final project.
Better learned how trade happened internationally.
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.
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.
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.
How he shows current events/videos that relate to the topic's he is discussing in class.
The 20 minute presentation. That does a really good job in giving us experience public speaking, which i think is very valuable.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
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.
Could have used a few more in class quantitive examples.
Some of the math equations I did not find necessary.
I think all the aspects of the course were valuable.
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.
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.
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:
I would take his class again. He is a great professor.
Great teacher, It was my second class with this professor and I think he is great.
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?
The problem sets and examples done in class. This helped a lot with understanding the material.
The handouts, formula sheets, and computer assignments were helpful.
Hypothesis testing because it will be useful for lab and in the future!
I appreciated the availability of solutions for review.
Understanding that statistics you see in the media don't always accurately depict the feelings of the public.
everything
Hypothesis testing and probability
The handouts helped me follow along with his lectures
The professor was very well organized. The most organized professor I have ever had.
Going over the different theories of statistics.
Homework assignments
The homework and lecture handouts.
The handouts
Learning the math and theory behind statistical tests was very valuable.
The applications of mathematics in economics and in real world situations.
The problem sets and quizzes helped me gain comprehension of the material and helped me prepare for the tests.
statistics
It is well organized.
Probability
It was really helpful be able to go in for help and to have practice exam questions for the midterm and final.
Professor Baybars is a great professor and knows what he is talking about. He is willing to help when he is available.
Problem set explanations
everything from the homework, lectures, computer assignments were well planned out. looked forward to going to lectures, very fun class.
Content
I liked how the assignment were posted online
I enjoyed the handouts to follow the teachers teachings.
all
I think that the in-class lectures were most vital in my learning, especially the in class examples with the i-Clickers.
understanding what statistics is and the importance of it
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.
His notes and lectures are very informative and clear.
Applying what was learned in class to homework assignments, quizzes, and exams.
First half of semester on basic stats
Graphs Problem Sets Sample midterm and exams
The homework assignments with the solutions were the most valuable to my understanding of the course
we are able to take the knowledge learned from this course and apply it to real life statistics
The notes and the handouts provided by professor karacaovali really helped me understand what we were learning.
doing quizes, homework and computer assignments.
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.
I noticed that a lot of the things I learned related to scholarly biology journals.
That the information can be used in real life
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 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.
The problem sets are pretty useful because it let me understand the topic by doing this and at least I get some practices.
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.
I like having homework and participation/attendance points available to help cushion the overall course grade.
The computer assignments were a great idea but we could have done more to learn about statistics through excel and other programs.
His examples were of situations i could see using in the future.
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.
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.
I really thought learning probablity was very helpful
I love Professor Karacaovali's accent. Very soothing.
The detailed explanations of how things work and why we are using certain tets versus others.
Going over the problem sets in class and using them for studying for the quiz(s).
I really appreciated the solving of problems on the screen so we could visually and mentally follow how to work problems out.
Certain lessons.
the new skills i learned
The problem sets were very helpful in understanding concepts covered in lecture.
learning how to use excel was valuable
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.
Good teaching skills and friendly
Homework, iclicker, and lectures
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.
Hypothesis testing and confidence intervals
I liked the handouts, they were super helpful
probability of actions
the handouts and the equation sheet for the test
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
There was no aspects of this course that wasn't 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!!!!!
Computer Assignments
Some of the concepts of confidence intervals were hard to understand.
none
Computer assignments; while the assignments were relatively simple, they did not deepen my understanding of the statistical concepts covered in class.
The computer assignments
N/A
N/A
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.
Computer assignments
The beginning part of the course was a little too easy and it did not seem necessary to spend so much time on it.
The harsh penalties for missing a class.
nothing.
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.
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.
Computer exercises
nothing, everything was valuable and fun at the same time.
Teaching methodology
I thought everything went fine. Everything was important.
N/a
none
I did not learn that much from the computer assignments. The assignments were essentially how well I could follow instructions.
N/A
All was valuable.
None
Computer assignments iClicker questions Quizzes
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.
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.
n/a
Not really.
I don't think there was anything least valuable.
nothing
I thought all aspects of the class were valuable.
n/a
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.
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.
Everything taught in the class is valuable!
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 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.
Things that I could grasp.
none
NA overall was a very good course
N/A
The computer assignments
z scoring
the 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:
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!
I recommend this teacher to my friends
n/a
Great teacher that uses real life, interesting examples in homework and lectures.
I love the formula sheets on the exam and quizzes. Really great way to test material, not just looking for memorization, but rather understanding.
Great class overall.
TA was barely present.
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.
it was a great class to take. really enjoyed it.
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.
Overall great teacher!! Course was very challenging and stressful but the teacher made taking the class worth it.
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.
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.
Professor was always fair and effective in his grading and ways of teaching.
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.
Great class I had a very smooth experience
Thank you professor Karacaovali! your a 10
n/a
good grading system. maybe be more communicative :)
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.
great professor who knows his material but goes fast.
Dr. K and Huixia are very nice and were approachable when I had questions
n/a
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.
The pace of the class was a bit too slow and caused some students to lose interest of subject matter.
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.
Keep it up! Doing great! Teaching method is fantastic
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.
I like the use of the iClicker, and I highly appreciate that the textbook is not required.
Thank You!
it would have been helpful if the professor posted the slides online after each class, or used a book.
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.
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
one of the best professors Ive every had give this guy a raise
TA was okay

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?
International wide-view lectures by the International Doctor
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!
The books and writing assignments were very valuable and informative giving unique perspectives into the topics discussed.
The coverage of ethics broadened my insights to different trade and globalization topics
Straight forward and to the point on his expectations from the students.
Discussing ethics and global issues.
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.
Every lecture was a learning experience.
The readings and presentation assignments were most valuable.
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.
Notes and examples used in class, readings and assignment workload not too great
I liked the simple, easy-to-understand lectures.
The background knowledge of the professor helped greatly in his teaching ability.
Discussion each other and essays closely related to course materials.
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.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Nothing to find at this point...
I thought that the problem set was not as valuable since there is no test on those topics or information.
Attendance. However, I do understand why it is done so I cannot complain too much about it. It is completely reasonable.
None
Some lectures got kinda boring, butyou can only spice up so much about trade policy.
none
N/a
They all seemed valuable. Individual presentations could have been more structured/in depth?
More feedback for assignments welcomed
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.
Class was scheduled too late in the day
Everything in class was valuable.
None, the assignments were all relevant to class and were doable.
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:
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!
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.
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
Overall a great teacher!
Fair teacher and class
Great prof, great class.
He is the best professor.

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?
Professor Karacaovali's lectures were always very thorough, informative, and interesting!
The quality of knowledge that Baybars was able to share with us, it was a mix of real world experiences and real life examples.
I really enjoyed the discussion of environmental effects of globalization.
The presentations were an interactive method of learning that I very much enjoyed. The videos also helped.
The amount of information provided as well as the small class size made for a very good learning environment.
The books that was used were very interesting and relevant to the topics discussed in class.
Lectures were very informative, and writing assignments definitely helped me organize my thoughts.
Writing and presenting were the most helpful.
Lectures and essays
learning about other countries trade regulations and productivity. Also gain a lot of knowledge from the readings he required.
Ethics
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Although it this was a writing intensive I felt there was a lot of reading.
The books, while interesting were either too lengthy or too difficult to understand (too much jargon)
Location of the classroom
none
Presentations are instructive on an individual level, but not nearly as much on a group level I don't think.
The homework assignment was applicable but because we won't be tested on it I didn't learn much.
n/a
Depends on the student presentations
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.
Great Teacher.
Great professor and a great class! :)
Excellent course. The professor shows he is dedicated to students learning.
Very fun class to take for any major. I would defiantly take another class from Professor Baybars.
Baybars is a boss.

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?
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.
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.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
None that I can think of.
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  
4.67 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?
videos readings presentations
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.
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 way he taught the class and the information i gained
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.
class discussions and presentation
Suggested readings and assignments
The assignments were relevant and enjoyable
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.
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 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.
the powerpoint slides
The topic of the course is very relevant and interesting
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 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.
Real-world examples
The ability to be creative and apply trade theory to topics of our own interest. (For presentations) Relating Trade theory to world issues today.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
powerpoint blanks some readings
Some readings were excessive.
n/c
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
The project was rough because I do not care to speak in front of people
None.
None.
It was all good!
None.
none
Less discussion and class engagement
I felt that mostly everything about the course was valuable.
Nothing ;) Everything was great!
n/a
Some students' presentations were not very informative.
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:
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.
Great instructor, helped to engage the class in discussions and encouraged and fostered critical thinking skills.
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.
professor K is my favorite teacher he's the best :)
None.
Definitely one of the better, if not best, Economics professor at UHM.
I like Baybars, he is very personable and easy to approach.
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...
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!
I would suggest if this class has group discussion besides presentation
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.
An understanding and patient instructor and acknowleges the fact that not everyone is an economics major. Encourages growth and accepts diversity from students.

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?
Studying international trade models.
Lectures
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.
Powerpoints used interactively (filling in certain words on slides)and problem sets helped to aid learning.
Welfare concepts.
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.
His lecture is so knowledgeable and helpful for me to understand concepts.
learning about international economies and how the trade.
Learning about the different policy's of trade and whether it makes countries better or worse off.
all of them
Problem sets, lectures
Problem sets and review them very well after graded
N/A
The detailed explanations and real life examples given to help us to better understand the concepts presented.
His lecture is easy to understand.
homeworks and quizes
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.
It was a very consistent pace and there were incentives for a student to master the subjects and go above and beyond.
everything
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.
He really encourage students to study and archive their Academic goal through this class
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.
Video, PPT, Quizs and Homeworks
The 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.
Everything done in the course was valuable.
Looking at real world situations
learning about trade and welfare
Lecture notes provided good information.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
n/a
Nothing
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.
More opportunities for extra credit since there are only 2 exams.
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
Nothing.
n/a
A little bit of the history, but history is always good to know and I'm biased since I don't like history.
i think that they where all valuable
None
N/A
N/A
None
His pronunciation is hard to listen a little bit.
none
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.
notes were hard
Nothing really. Everything was presented appropriately and in accordance to the topic and course.
Nothing in particular - a couple instances of un-organization but that was about it (quite minor).
None
The homeworks.
Nothing was unliked. Everything was interesting and taught me something.
N/A
The two-three week long review session at the beginning of the class.
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 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:
Good teacher and knowledgeable about trade economics
Good professor who knows his material and who knows when students might need a break from lecture.
I would love to take more classes from Professor Karacaovali!
I like his class and I want to take his other class again.
n/a
I would not hesitate to take another class from him again.
really liked this class!
Excellent professor. Very knowledgeable and moves at a pace that is suitable for students.
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
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TEACHING!
professor k is my favorite teacher he's the best :)
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.
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!
he is very clear
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...
Amazing individual and thorough with his teachings. Very generous, and very knowledgeable. Would recommend to take him!
Great, fair class. I would definitely take another class with Professor Karacaovali. Sincerely, Troy Thompson
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.
Was a great professor and was very effective at teaching his students and instructing them.
great teacher!
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.
Great professor. Would take another class.
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.

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?
The problem sets and the lecture handouts really helped.
Being able to determine percentages for the numerous different problems we were given.
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 hand-outs gave me a good idea of what was expected and also provided useful information.
Depends on major
The applied statistics. Mostly Probability.
how the very basics were covered before going into the harder stuff
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.
Probability.
i especialy liked the confidence intervals of normal distrobution.
applying all the equations to real situations.
His explanations were very good.
Examples used and handouts given. The formula sheets also really helped during the exam.
I think that finding probabilities would be helpful for the future.
The pace of the class was great. It gave me time to review the materials and understand them better.
He went over all the assignments to make sure everyone understand the concepts and the problems.
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.
Class lecture notes
Just statistics in general
study in groups
The homework assignments helped me understand the material more. Thanks for explaining them.
Probability and Standard Deviation
The lecture handouts for every chapter were incredibly helpful. They laid out everything we needed to know without the often bulky wording of textbooks.
Although math is not my strong point. I learned a lot from each chapter.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The computer assignments felt useless.
The beginning of the course started off a bit slow. A lot more content could've been easily covered in the amount of time.
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
Not too many students showed up to class.
depends on major
everything else
computer assignments
There have been no aspects of this course that have not been valuable to my student career.
N/A
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.
Computer assignments
not much
lectures
N/A
All were valuable.
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?
Friendly, understanding.
organized, prepared, available
informative and helpful
Helpful and understanding.
turkish teacher today
freindly, foreign, distracted
Calm Friendly Knowledgeable
Professor Karacaovali is helpful to students with questions, knowledgeable in the field of statistics, and makes learning statistics interesting.
Enthusiastic and knowledgeable
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
Motivated, enthusiastic
Thorough. Easy to understand
Friendly, enthusiastic, intelligent
He was very helpful. Always encourage students. He knew course content very well.
Fair, well organized,
Generous, Smart, and Kind
Smart, fast
competent, professional
Smart, Nice, Awesome
chill consistent
Nice, smart, friendly
Genuine, Helpful, Kind
Friendly, accommodating, likable
Caring, Smart, On time
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:
It was a very pleasant environmented class.
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.
ta wasnt there hardly
It would be a good idea to have students do even more group work and daily presenting
He was an excellent professor!
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 :)
I think you should make attendance mandatory if you want more people to come
Good job.
I'm glad I took this class with Professor Karacaovali. I learned a lot and it was a great experience.

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?
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.
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.
Understanding the ins and outs of trade between two countries and how it affects the world market.
The reading assignments and the problem sets as well as the practice exams greatly helped in preparing for the exams.
Clear examples and what was covered in class was put in exams
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.
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.
Professor Baybars was very thorough in his lectures and went a pace that everyone could follow.
reading assignments
The lectures were useful and easy to understand.
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.
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.
I enjoyed learning about contemporary issues in trade
Materials are pretty good. Easy to understand even if you are no native students.
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
example problems and lotsa of extra resources
Probably my favorite class this semester due to the practical application of subject matter.
power points explanation
All models covered Thank you Baybars!!!
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
nothing
Probably the reading assignments. I don't feel like I gained much from doing those assignments.
N/A
Class general interest
None.
None.
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.
problem sets were too hard i wasnt prepared well enough for them
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.
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...
all were beneficial to the application of the subject
Did not enjoy the extensive math and technical application of theory
Nothing
some lengthy lectures
book
NONE Thank you Baybars!!!
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?
interactive
knowledgable, approachable, easy-going
Knowledgeable, intelligent, organized
Hardworking, enthusiastic
Helpful, cheerful, encouraging
Helpful, knowledgeable, compasionate
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.
Thorough. Conscientious.
Thorough, approachable, and fair
nice knowledgable
professional
Wastes no time
Organized, Intelligent, and willing to help
Understanding, passionate, caring
Kind
Intelligent, careful, understanding
organized, thorough, considerate
prepared, helpful, encouraging
SMART
Understanding Patient
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:
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.
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
I would take a class from this instructor again
Prof. Karacaovali is very enthusiastic in teaching, although the material is challenging his demeanor never falters and always comes to class with a smile.
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.
Professor Karacaovali is a great professor and addition to UH Manoa. Very happy to have taken a course from him.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
good teacher, great knowledge
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.