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Instructor: David Frederick

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PSY250, Summer II 2012
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David Frederick: PSY250, Summer II 2012

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Psychology
Course: PSY 250 - Social Psychology Crn (Section): 4022 (241)    
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  
3.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%) 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 11 0.5 Freq(%) 4 (36%) 7 (64%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (64%) 4 (36%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (55%) 5 (45%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 11 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%) 6 (55%)
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 11 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 7 (64%) 3 (27%)
7. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 4 (36%) 6 (55%)
8. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 11 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 5 (45%)
9. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%)
10. I participated actively in class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.82 11 1.08 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 7 (64%) 2 (18%)
11. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 4 (36%) 6 (55%)
12. I reconsidered many of my former attitudes.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.91 11 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 7 (64%) 2 (18%)
13. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (55%) 5 (45%)
14. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%)
15. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I loved reading most of the assigned readings and the books I got to read for the lecture portions were AWESOME!
I think that the discussions were great and the lectures that we were allowed to make ourselves, it really helped me understand the material and allowed me to put in my own opinions.
I really enjoyed the fact that there was constant feedback and TAs.
I really enjoyed the last portion of the class! One of my biggest complaints about college is that I never have time to read books and I loved having the opportunity to do so as a portion of the class!
The part where we could choose to read book of our choice from a list he provided. it allows you to choose something that pertains to what your interested in learning.
I feel the online discussions portion is valuable to the course because it allows for exchange of ideas. It helped that we could constantly refer back to the discussions and add to them .
The papers really help organize your arguments and teach you to think more critically about a specific social issue.
16. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 11 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 6 (55%) 4 (36%)
17. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 4 (36%) 6 (55%)
18. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%) 6 (55%)
19. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 7 (64%)
20. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 11 1.26 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%) 5 (45%)
21. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Don't be such a harsh essay grader!
I think that there might be too many requirement for discussions, and if the requirements don't change then there should be may be only 3 discussion questions (it's a lot to do in only a week).
I think he's doing fine. It is appropriate for the type of online course.
choose readings that are more exciting? put up visuals? other than videos... the videos really helped a lot.
I think that it would have been nice to actually have the class meet up in person. Also, I wasn't too fond of the emphasis on discussions over papers and lectures. Perhaps weekly class assignments could be incorporated.
By writing papers, being involved in the class discussions and then having to make presentations, we really covered every method of learning. I can now think critically and present information to make it understandable to others.
22. Assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%)
23. The writing assignments helped me retain the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 6 (55%)
24. Assignments are graded fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.91 11 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 5 (45%) 3 (27%)
25. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (55%) 5 (45%)
26. The types of writing we did were relevant to the field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 11 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 7 (64%) 3 (27%)
27. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 5 (45%) 5 (45%)
28. The course materials present various sides of issues.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 7 (64%)
29. The course was a valuable contribution to my education.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%) 6 (55%)
30. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%)
31. The course has significantly increased my knowledge and interests.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 5 (45%) 4 (36%)
32. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 5 (45%) 5 (45%)
33. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.45 11 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 6 (55%) 2 (18%) 2 (18%)
34. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 11 1.18 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%) 5 (45%)
35. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 5 (45%) 5 (45%)
36. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Creating the lectures and reading the books.
I really enjoyed the readings and I really enjoyed being able to pick out my own books and do the lecture on something that I wanted to read, rather than something that was assigned to me.
Online course.
Relevant topics and readings. Book list to choose from for second half of course.
I liked the independent reading, and creating powerpoint lectures
I like that the course is online. It gives me the flexibility to work around my schedule while still maintaining deadlines.
I liked creating our own lectures.
37. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Essays suck. I put so much time and effort into my essays and got a C and a D. Ouch.
I thought that the grading was hard (although he told us it was going to be graded hard). I think that the amount of time given for discussions and paper was not enough because of the amount of time and effort that we had to put into them...
Too much message board.
i least liked writing papers
I wish we would have had to do some type of introduction discussion to know who the students are we're talking to. And perhaps requiring a profile picture.
38. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.33 11 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 4 (36%) 4 (36%)
39. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I think David is an AWESOME professor and I always enjoy taking his classes. He really challenges me and you can tell he truly cares for his students and that they accomplish the goals of the class.
I really enjoyed the class for the most part. I am terrified to know what grade I will get in class although I know that I worked hard. I think that this is a challenging course, but a course that I would take again if I had to. I might recommend that people take this course in class because I think that it would be a bit easier, if it was taken in class.
I really liked it. :)
Great course, and the professor who taught it really cared about his students doing well or improving when they weren't doing very well.
I enjoyed taking the course. It challenged me as a far my writing skills, but I feel that it has also improved my writing skills. Also I've never had to make a PowerPoint lecture project for any class before, so it was both a different and great having to get that experience.
I took this course because Dr. Frederick is unbelievably intelligent and admirably passionate about the field of research and psychology. He presents information in the most realistic and relatable manner and I've enjoyed taking both Social Psychology and Human Sexuality with him.
40. Other comments:
David has been by far, one of the best professors I have ever had in my college experiences. Other teachers need to sit in on his lectures and take note. It's important to engage the students and break the content down so it is not only appealing but easier to understand and also remember. David does this very well!

David Frederick: PSY352, Summer II 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Psychology
Course: PSY 352 - Psychology of Human Sexuality Crn (Section): 4026 (241)    
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 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (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  
1.43 9 0.53 Freq(%) 4 (44%) 3 (33%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 1.12 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 6 (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  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
7. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
8. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
9. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
10. I participated actively in class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
11. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 8 (89%)
12. I reconsidered many of my former attitudes.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%) 6 (67%)
13. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
14. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 8 (89%)
15. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The readings we had to do each week were the most informational, I found. It was also interesting to read everyone else's points of view in the discussions.
I found the powerpoint lecture assignments to be most valuable. I enjoyed having the opportunity to choose our own book and create a lecture based on what we learned. This process of communicating what you have learned so that others can understand the concepts helps to solidify the knowledge more so than just studying for an exam. In addition, the persuasive social science essay requirements (which were more demanding than I have encountered in other courses) really pushed me to improve my writing abilities and bring more structure to the story line.
Extremely interesting class. I loved the layout of this class. Dr. Frederick got us involved with class discussion, formal writing practice, and powerpoint presentations. I, especially, loved doing the powerpoint presentations. They are alot of work, but a great way to learn - beyond the formal paper and readings (and creative too).
I loved all of the readings.
I think Dave's feedback was most helpful. I found a lot of the topics very interesting
I liked everything about the course.
Creating persuasive social psych papers in our discussions! It's such a crucial format that only Frederick has taught me! Thanks again.
16. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 1 (11%) 5 (56%)
17. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%) 5 (56%)
18. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
19. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 8 (89%)
20. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 1.09 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 5 (56%)
21. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
In one of the TA's introductions, they mentioned that this course was even better live due to the fact that Prof Frederick gives great lectures. Maybe some of these lectures could be recorded and uploaded to laulima?
I, honestly, think he did a great job. Loved the class. He scared me a bit in the beginning, because he warned us that he was a very strict grader; however, that just kept me focused on my game. This is my very last class to complete my BA requirements at UH Manoa. Now. on to grad school.
If he continues to do online he should be better with emails.
I dont have suggestions
He can improve his course by being more clear with instructions and respond quicker to emails.
Come back to Hawaii. We'll miss him.
22. Assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
23. The writing assignments helped me retain the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 8 (89%)
24. Assignments are graded fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
25. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 7 (78%)
26. The types of writing we did were relevant to the field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
27. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
28. The course materials present various sides of issues.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
29. The course was a valuable contribution to my education.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
30. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
31. The course has significantly increased my knowledge and interests.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
32. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%) 6 (67%)
33. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 1 (11%) 5 (56%)
34. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
35. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
36. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Being able to choose some of the content.
I enjoyed the variety of literature presented in the course. Rather than just having one textbook, we covered many different journals and excerpts from topic-related books and also got to choose our own reading. I learned quite a bit and had fun in the process. I found much of the literature to be written with a great sense of humor which made it easier to follow and not so boring and dry.
I really enjoyed the class. I loved the last two assignments -- the powerpoint presentations. Dr. Frederick is great, willing to help, and very supportive.
I liked the lectures.
I really enjoy learning about why we behave the way that we do. Dave provided very interested assigned readings that challenged my thought processes.
I liked the powerpoint presentations the best.
I liked the challenge of the discussion questions. It required us to digests the right amount of information and give our own opinion regarding the topic.
37. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
It felt like a writing intensive course without the credit at times.
I have no complaints.
It would have been great to take this class LIVE, but other than it was a great class.
I did not like the discussions.
N/A
I disliked the online discussions.
The presentations came up a little quick, I wish I had more time to read the texts so that my presentations could have been more full.
38. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Very interesting course. Good materials.
Wonderful!!! I wish I had the opportunity to attend the on-campus version of the course it was so good.
Excellent!
I liked it, but I think that his writing expectations should be in a WI course, not in a regular one.
I would recommend it to a friend
Excellent! Highly recommended!
It's amazing. Dave is so organized and a great resource of information. It makes learning so much easier when you can clearly see what is expected of you and it's explained how you will achieve your goals for the class.
39. Other comments:
Any chance you get, if are willing to work hard, Dr. Frederick is an excellent professor.
We'll miss you out here in Hawaii!

David Frederick: PSY352, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Psychology
Course: PSY 352 - Psychology of Human Sexuality Crn (Section): 88963 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 110 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 12 (11%) 97 (88%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 111 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 21 (19%) 89 (80%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 111 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (4%) 4 (4%) 17 (15%) 86 (77%)
4. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 111 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (3%) 15 (14%) 93 (84%)
5. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 110 0.69 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 4 (4%) 25 (23%) 79 (72%)
6. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 111 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 17 (15%) 92 (83%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 111 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 16 (14%) 95 (86%)
8. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 111 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 3 (3%) 18 (16%) 89 (80%)
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 111 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (13%) 97 (87%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 110 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 9 (8%) 100 (91%)
11. The instructor is not confused by unexpected questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 111 0.61 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 3 (3%) 24 (22%) 83 (75%)
12. The instructor helped me understand how writing is used in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 110 0.85 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 2 (2%) 8 (7%) 25 (23%) 73 (66%)
13. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 109 1.04 Freq(%) 3 (3%) 5 (5%) 18 (17%) 27 (25%) 56 (51%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 110 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (5%) 27 (25%) 77 (70%)
15. The instructor has an interesting style of presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 111 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 26 (23%) 83 (75%)
16. The instructor is friendly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 111 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 21 (19%) 89 (80%)
17. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 109 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 21 (19%) 88 (81%)
18. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 110 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 18 (16%) 91 (83%)
19. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 108 0.89 Freq(%) 3 (3%) 0 (0%) 11 (10%) 27 (25%) 67 (62%)
20. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 111 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (4%) 23 (21%) 84 (76%)
21. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 110 0.92 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 4 (4%) 10 (9%) 31 (28%) 63 (57%)
22. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 111 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (4%) 19 (17%) 88 (79%)
23. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
He is a nice and funny guy who knows what he is talking about.
He was tough but for a reason we pay to get more knowledge and sees that we do it. His presentation/powerpoints were always interesting and you could never be bored in there because he always had some way to engage the students. He was an awesome teacher..one of the best that I had this year.
He is definitely a great teacher. I was able to learn a lot about sexuality through different perspectives. The writing assignments really challenge your ideas on very controversial topics. A lot of information to take in, but always very interesting and beneficial.
Great! Definitely one of the better professors here at UH. He really challenged me not only to learn the material well, but to create my thoughts and opinions. He challenged us to develop original ideas based on given theories and to write about it in our papers. He is a really great teacher and helped to make the class interesting and fun for everyone!
He is a wonderful professor! He has a lot to teach and the material is extremely interesting.
Fantastic! Very demanding, but extremely helpful with study guides and materials. Open to meeting with students.
He is one of the best professors on campus! He really knows how to make the class interesting and keep everyone entertained! He really goes into detail about the information he covers and makes sure that the class understands concepts. He truly wants all of his students to gain something out of the class which is a plus and because his teaching method is awesome, remembering something from class is fairly easy. His exams were fair. I never really liked fill in the blanks and always liked multiple choice exams better but after taking his class (for two semesters now) I am really liking fill in the blanks over multiple choice. Filling in blanks makes me study even harder because I would have to know the answer to get the question right. The debate papers that we have are also really good. I have improved my writing from the first time I took his class until now. I have seen a change because my papers are getting better grades every time! Over all, David Frederick is a really good professor who really knows what he lectures. There is never a dull class or moment!
good teacher
This class was a very nice change. I really enjoyed the style of this class. I like how papers and exams were all once a month. I felt this class challenged me to be a better writer and I learned a lot along the way. The fill in the blank exams really help you focus in and study to learn the material.
Very good professor. Open to students talking and asking questions in class. Gives enough chances to make up your grade with extra credit, gives a study guide that is all you need to prepare you for the class. Expectations for papers are kind of high, but welcomes you to come in for help. He teaches with humor, and is very interested in what he's teaching. Seems a bit jittery in lecture, but I guess it shows his enthusiasm.
He reminded me of the guy who played Sabers Tooth in Xmen origins, but, he was very knowledgeable of the subject he was teaching and the group discussions made me learn things easier. Though his exams and papers are hard, I was thankful it wasn't the typical multiple choice exams that we learn and forget the moment were done with an exam. Friendly guy and very helpful indeed.
an amazing instructor! Throughout my career, I will always consider him one of the most influential professors I ever had. His knowledge of the course material is awe-inspiring. He just made everything so interesting. If you're going to stand up in front of a huge class of students and talk about sex, first of all, you need to be completely comfortable with what you're talking about, and secondly, you need to make sure the information you're presenting is completely accurate. He was great at making the class very educational, but also extremely enjoyable. This was one class I never had to drag myself to. Such a pleasure! I'm only disappointed he won't be here after this semester. Shame on UH for letting him go!
Prof. Frederick was a good professor, who made the class interesting. He made great use of his powerpoint presentation and the photos/videos he showed in class were very entertaining. I learned a lot in his class and it challenged me to study in a way where I actually know the material and learned how to write more concisely and effectively. However, I think he and his TA graded too harshly on papers.
Good.
His lecture is very interesting and he is helpful.; but I think exams are very hard.
He is a great teacher. He challenges you, his coursework is hard, but there's so many opportunities to do well. He should grow back his beard though. I would've probably paid more attention. Still love him.
This class was a great learning experience -- the reading material was very engaging and interesting. However, the tests and the reading material were not really connected and test expectations were not clearly explained. Also, the grading system used for evaluating papers seemed arbitrary and subjective -- again, expectations were not clear even though students were given clear guidelines on how to write a social science paper, the grading did not seem to follow the guidelines.
Dave is a great teacher. He is very knowledgeable with the material and he is very open to ideas and questions that students pose to him.
He's a good professor.
He is a nice person, but is also a great teacher. He is easy to approach and ask questions, especially when there are problems. He tries to be generous by providing multiple extra-credit opportunities, but is incredibly fair with grading.
great professor.
excellent!
Dave had his TAs grade the papers way to harshly. What makes a TA even qualified to grade my paper and affect my GPA? And Daveʻs tests are ridiculous, completely fill in the blank complemented by a 20 page study guide for 40 questions.
great teacher, extremely challenging though. but he loves his students to succeed.
Dave is an exemplary instructor. Among his many positive points, he is extremely organized, incredibly knowledgeable about the subject matter (as well as many other subjects), and he has great enthusiasm during his lectures. Dave's organization is evident in his well-structured lectures, reading materials, study guides, and the way in which he collects and administers grades. I appreciated his breakdown of the feedback he gave for our grades, such as the percentage of people who received Aâ??s on the exams and essays. It gave me a good idea of how well I was doing in the course. I also appreciated that Dave shared a lot of his own research with us, as well as a lot of other great studies in the area of human sexuality. Itâ??s nice to know that my instructors are well experienced. Daveâ??s attitude and overall performance during his lectures were very positive. He shows enthusiasm for the subject, he would get really excited when we did well on assignments and exams, he was humorous and would joke around with us on occasion. He also seemed to have genuine interest in the students and our opinions. Overall, Dave is a great instructor, I feel very fortunate to have taken a course from him, and I think that any university is extremely lucky to have him.
He is a great professor. He challenges us intellectually with his high standards which pushes us to become better students.
very challenging. really got to know your stuff to do well in the class there is no easy way out. like to push students to full potential.
He was awesome; very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about each topic.
AWESOME
David Fredrick is a really great teacher in all aspects. He presents the subject in an interesting way, knows a lot about his subject, explains concepts clear and effectively, and answers our questions. However, his exams are very difficult, but if you throughly study and know the information extremely well you can excel. With my personal experience, I feel that I have always been an excellent researcher and writer, yet his papers are very difficult for me. I do not agree with his grading scheme.
that he is the best professor I've had. The way he did lectures were interesting and kept my attention. He was able to answer almost every question asked and when he didn't know, he researched and let us know the next class. Professor Frederick was super enthusiastic which I feel got rest of the class excited about learning. The examples given were great illustration and really helped me understand the materials more. Professor Frederick was easy to approach with questions because he was very relaxed and made students feel comfortable (by making jokes and offering to have coffee with anyone). I learned about a lot of theories in this class and it helps me explain things because there was a theory that could always be used. He was taught me how to write better essays and I know that I will be using this format for my other classes. What I learned the most from Professor Frederick was how the course ideas applied to my life and other people's lives. The theories I learned in class helps explain why some people have a certain sexuality. I also learned how biological and social construction factors influenced our human sexuality. If there was another course I could take with Professor Frederick again, I would definitely take that class.
Dave is a helpful and knowledgeable teacher. However, I think his grading for papers are too harsh and there should be more exams than papers.
My overall evaluation of David Frederick is that he is really knowledgeable, friendly, and organized. I feel that he is really knowledgeable about this subject because whenever we had a question about something that we did not understand, he was able to provide an answer right away. Not only is he knowledgeable but he is really friendly. He always stressed to us that if we had a problem we could always email him or come to visit him during office hours. He made himself available to the students if we needed extra help. Lastly he is extremely organized. I like that post his powerpoints online, because it is helpful for those like me who write slow. He starts class on time and ends at the appropriate time too. Overall professor David Frederick is an excellent teacher and I would recommend his class to my friends.
that he is a well-educated, helpful, and knowledgeable professor--which is a rare creature to be found at UHM. He is easy to talk to whenever problems arise with grades (which do happen often). I found talking to him to be a little intimidating because of his background and experience with the topic. I felt like he was the gateway to my future in the psychology of human sexuality! However, after a few minutes, he proved to be easy to get to know and very open with resources and his knowledge in how to get a good grade in his class and proceed onto a future career in the field. When questions are asked in class, he is wonderful at paraphrasing student's questions so that everyone in the class can understand. He is also very energetic and fun to listen to during class, which helps time pass quickly.
Great teacher. Organized class information well. Where I always knew when test/papers were due and what upcoming info was going to be covered in lectures. Class discussion in class was very helpful because we got to talk about topics that were on our exams in person to get a better understanding. He really does give you all that you need to succeed in the class and get an A. I loved the test format becasue we really had to have a clear understanding. Topics were interesting and made you relate your life to what was being taught. A good amount of info but focuses on each topic for a good amount of time and makes sure to put some exciting fun slides in to make class a little better.
One of the best Professors I have had. He greatly encourages his students to participate in class discussions as well as our groups. His presentations are well prepared with great visual aids that greatly enhance the class. He uses humor appropriately to help maintain a good atmosphere in class. He is a very understanding teacher that goes well beyond what is expected of him.
Awesome, friendly, entertaining teacher who knows his material and knows how to relate it to the kids in class
He does a really great job at keeping the class entertaining. His teaching methods are unbelievably constructive and he's respectful and understanding. I'd like to be a professor someday and hope to run my class in a similar manner!
Overall, Prof Frederick was an effective instructor who emphasized understanding of the material rather than simply memorization. Everything on the test was covered in class and explicited indicated as being material to expect on the test, no surprises. His presentations were clear and outlined, also helpful was that they were posted before class. He was engaging, especially in his choice of examples and topics, they were tailored to fit pop culture and incorporated current events and well known people of interest. Though, I noticed a recurrence of the use of Twilight characters. LOL
David Frederick is a has been a great professor (this is the second class of his I have taken) because he's honestly just a fun person to be around. He always comes into class with a good attitude, he is always making us laugh, and he seems as if he actually wants to be there, which is nice to see!
Has good intentions to have students learn about the material. I enjoyed the class and the lectures although some class lectures I do not necessarily want to go.... but it is definitely worth it when I show up because I know that I am learning something, and Dave has definitely made the class worth attending, which is hard to say for UH classes.
He is a great instructor. He certainly puts an interesting twist to the course and makes it easy to understand. He is however a very strict grader and i understand why he does so. His only intention is to better your education and yourself.
Amazing. Really great guy, but challenging as hell. Totally worth taking any course he teaches.
He is a very good instructor in the sense that he enjoys what he teaches us, therefore we enjoy being there.He's actually funny, which was a motivation to attend his class. Participation points are also a great motivator to attend class regularly. I didn't expect him to be a very hard grader, he gave me my first F on a paper. I would definitely take another course he was teaching. Overall I believe he is a great instructor and we're very lucky to have him at UH.
Dave Frederick is a great professor, the papers were a bit confusing though I had gone through him and the TAs and did everything right and still ended up with a C
Good teacher that provides oppurtunity for questions, discussion, and extra credit. Like how class is not boring and we have many chances to participate.
One of the most involved professors I have met in my (almost) four years of being here. He took powerpoint based lectures to a new level, incorporating videos, research studies, pictures, statistics, etc. Plus, he actually knows his lecture instead of just reading it. He makes a sincere effort to catch and maintain the class's attention and really get them involved in his subject.
He is extremely challenging. He's got high expectations when it comes to essays but I think it was a good way to challenge his students into giving their all. The exams were only challenging if you didn't know the material. In order to pass this class, you have to actually try hard! Overall I really enjoyed his class. Stressful but still interesting.
a great professor!
He is honestly my favorite reached so far at this institution. He really pushes his students and makes sure that you understand what is expected. The class was hard but after receiving very high grades, I felt the most accomplished I have ever felt in a class. He makes you work hard but it is so worth it in the end. I feel as if I really understand the concepts now, rather then just memorizing definitions and concepts right before the test and never thinking about it again. He grades hard on his paper but I feel as if I am a better writer now! The questions for the debate papers cannot just be simply answered. You have to really think about what you want to prove and how you will go about it. It is way beyond explaining a topic. You must come up with basically your own view on something and back it up with a theory we had learned in class. I feel this helped me push myself to "think outside of the box." I would recommend him to anyone and would love to take another class from him. You have to work for your grade, but he makes it really fun and easy to understand.
David is a great teacher who really knows what he's teaching. He knows the material very well and his teaching methods make learning fun. I like how he expects great work from all the students. This class really helped my writing. Overall, great job!
He is a very funny and charismatic person, I can just tell that once he enters the room everyone wants to listen to what he has to say and laugh along with him, class is never boring. One of my favorite classes, wish I could take him every semester!
He is a very good teacher and his class lectures are really interesting. Overall, he is a great teacher and very knowledgeable on the subject being taught.
This man is amazing. Not only did he change my perspective on college, he made me understand the time and effort that is needed to do well in college.
Professor Frederick is great. I took his PSY 250 course and I really enjoyed it so I decided to take PSY 352 this semester since he was teaching it. He always responds quickly to my emails whenever I have any questions regarding any of the materials in class. This is definitely most important in my mind because it shows that he is willing to take the time to help his students. As a psychology major, he is one of my favorite psychology professors that I have had at UH Manoa. The material in class was hard to understand at times but he does his best to explain it well. I enjoyed having him as my professor this semester!
Dave is the most amazing professor that I have had in my four years of college. His class was one of the most challenging and interesting classes that I have taken. He is an incredibly positive and friendly person. During lectures he is incredibly enthusiastic and the class is always enjoyable to attend. Even though it was a large lecture class, we had discussions each class and got a chance to express our ideas. My writing improved dramatically in his class. The debate papers were graded very harshly but I admit it forced me to step my game up. I used to get Bs on papers in all my classes but now I am getting all As thanks to the writing method he taught us (thanks Dave!). The lectures on intersex identity and sexual orientation and sexual assault and evolution definitely challenged the way I had thought about sex and gender. I loved his class and wish I could take all my psych classes with him.
a wonderful teacher because he is fun to listen to and everything he says really sticks with you. I now know why chimpanzees have huge balls and why relationships work the way they do. This was a very knowledgeable course that helped with real life issues.
I loved the class and Prof. Frederick's teaching style. I didn't think the writing was too difficult, but I did not agree with the teacher aid's grading. Grading was too harsh and inaccurate. Especially, when students talked to Prof. Frederick regarding the grade, he usually changed the grade. Tests were challenging, but I think challenging is good. Study guides given prior to the test were very helpful.
Professor Frederick really did a good job with using lots of graphics in his presentations that really kept my attention, his examples during lecture, relating to modern day themes was also very interesting. He taught with a sense of humor which made his topics easy to relate to and made the atmosphere less awkward. He was easy to contact when I had questions which I find very key to understanding the material and carrying out assignments. Placing the powerpoints online was extremely helpful for me, I have disabilities and have a difficult time sometimes keeping up by hand with notes. Having it readily available was less stressful for me and also helped me analyze the material. The study guides were also extremely helpful, I have a difficult time honing in on important topics to study for during tests and having them outlined and recapped before the test was what I believe helped me to succeed and get really good scores on his exams. Until this semester I truly believed I was terrible at exams but taking his class helped me gain confidence in my test taking abilities and help to overcome my test anxiety.
He's a great teacher and a good person.
He is a good teacher, however his essays are graded unfairly.
He does a great job presenting information in a way that is interesting. He is very helpful and understanding, I like how he updates laulima frequently-- it makes assignments and extra credit opportunities very clear. He is enthusiastic and has great examples, and a good sense of humor which is a plus.
he is an excellent professor, much more difficult class then any previous class i have taken which had challenged me in a good way.
Dave is a great teacher. Usually when I'm not interested in a subject I'll tend to fall behind, but Dave managed to present the course in an interesting way that kept me intrigued. He made the class fun by providing examples that were relevant to our lives and throwing in the occasional joke to lighten the mood. I'm not trying to be over dramatic, but I really think this class changed my life in a positive way. Not because of the course material, but because of the work ethic instilled in us by Dave. I'm usually a pretty lazy student, but this semester I really kicked it up a notch and I think it was because I took this class. He really pushed us to do our best by having a really difficult class. He expected us to know EVERYTHING and know it well, and that really helped motivate me to do the same in my other classes. Although I did learn a lot about human sexuality in this class, I don't think that's what's going to stick with me the most. It also helps that he's really nice and he seems easy to talk to (I've never actually had a one on one conversation with him) but you can tell that he's really enthusiastic about his job and is willing to help students in any way possible. Another thing I might add, I hardly ever rate anything with the highest rating possible, "strongly agree" in this case, but as you can see, I've given him a strongly agree in basically everything. He's by far one of the best teachers I've had.
Besides being a friendly giant, Dave is a super cool guy who is extremely knowledgeable and really does want to help his students understand the concepts and pass his class. He does have high standards, especially with the debate paper, but he really does keep in contact with his students and his TAs and does an amazing job making sure everyone is on the same page.
This is my second course with professor Frederick, and through both courses he has challenged me as a student. At times i did not like all the work in which i was put though, however without having to work I would not have learned as much as a did, and would not have taken as much away from this class that I have. If it weren't for him leaving i would take him as a teacher for a third class.
He is very knowledgeable about the subject, he expects that you go to class, and if you do you will learn a lot. His standards for paper writing are a little high, maybe set more for graduate level standards. Overall he made the subject fun and interesting.
i believe he is a good teacher, but his expectations for his papers are too high because i noticed that many students in his class were not psychology majors and therefore are not familiar with the APA format or writing a social science paper. I disliked how he put so much emphasis on the papers, but did not correct them himself. His TA's correcting of my papers was not up to par. They corrected my grammar when it didn't need to be corrected and when i brought this up to David he replied with " i totally agree with you, your grammar did not need correcting in these instances." If he is to put so much pressure on all of us to write these magnificent papers then i believe he should be the one correcting them. I understand this is impossible for a class this size, but having the TA's grade our paper is a flawed concept and needs to be overhauled. I can't think of a solution to to remedy this dysfunction in this class. Perhaps having the graduate Psychology students correct them would help ( if it was a Psychology graduate student then shame on them for not knowing how to properly correct a paper!) It is somewhat discouraging in class when you voice your opinion to Dr.Frederick because sometimes he will reiterate what you have said in a very mocking and sarcastic tone. I mean i don't have PhD in Psychology.....im not even a psychology major! What i am trying to say is that you shouldn't be mocked for expressing your opinion when he is asking for it.
great! This is the second course I've taken from Frederick and I am pleased to have him as a professor. He is a great teacher due to his organization, ability to take constructive criticism, and communication skills. Since I love to be organized a teacher like Frederick is perfect for me. He uploads his powerpoint presentations, lecture and reading study guides, and writing assignments online in a timely manner. He organizes all of his material by exam folders and everything is easily accessible. Secondly, I enjoyed how he is able to take constructive criticism. There was a part of the class where he asked for what we liked and disliked about the course. He took our comments into consideration and made the course even better than it already was. This shows his interest in teaching. Lastly, Frederick has great communication skills. I hate having teachers that I have a hard time understanding or have a hard time getting their point across in a lecture. Frederick is very eloquent in his speech and is able to get his points across in more than one way if possible. He uses examples that easily relate to his audience. Overall I believe that Frederick challenges your academic career without making things impossible. He is a great professor and I am very glad I took not one but two courses from him.
Although he is a very busy individual, he is very attentive to student needs. Though the class was over 100 students, he was able to quickly respond to any questions that I had, reviewed essays, and maintained a very friendly personality. I would suggest my class for someone who is even slightly interested in Psychology as a field, because Frederick was very enthusiastic about the course material, but had high expectations from his students; I would not suggest this class for someone who is looking for a fun elective and they have no interest in Psychology.
An excellent teacher that presents the material with great examples for easy comprehension of the material.
Dave expected his students to pay attention and participate in class, and pushed them to challenge themselves, especially in writing papers, and thinking more broadly and academically. It helps that he is friendly and funny, and sympathetic to student's concerns without being a push over. I would recommend his courses.
I thought this class was very fun and interesting. He knew the topics he was teaching very well. He had students engage in group discussions and would explain the topics over as many times as ones need until we understand. I thought he had a very fun way of teaching and engaged with his students. The slides were very informative. The videos were also very helpful to understand the material that is being taught in the class. The class was fun. I mean usually I would be tired by 2 in the afternoon, but sitting in this class was fun and engaging. The topics were interesting and informative and made me wake up from being sleepy.
A charismatic and interesting professor. The course was in equal parts intellectually stimulating and academically challenging. He provides an incredible number of easily accessible resources and is always prepared to answer questions.
A very enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher who is willing to help and encourage students to think critically to advance themselves in the field of psychology.
Dave is a great teacher. He is very enthusiastic about the course material which makes learning this subject fun. He does a good job at keeping the material from getting awkward. I like the fact that he adds humor to his lectures. It's not just a bunch of information flying at you full speed.
that class was hard. hardest class i have ever taken.
He is a great teacher that expects the most from a college student. He challenges us to think outside of the box, especially in terms of writing his papers.
Professor Frederick is very enthusiastic and I could definitely tell that he's passionate about what he teaches. He cares about his students and he wants them to participate as well as succeed in his class.
Super fun and very approachable. Is willing to help his students and knows his subject. He keeps class alive and having the students participates always keeps us on our feet. He is a great professor.
He is a very thorough professor who has a unique way of presenting himself. He has a good sense of humor which keeps students interested in the material presented while maintaining a high degree of professionalism and authority on the subject. Not an easy balance to achieve but he does so with a great deal of subtly and humility. He has an easygoing disposition and sets high standards for student achievement.
that he is a very great teacher! He presents class material in a way so that students can easily remember them. While his course is difficult, it is very fun, interesting, and informative.
He is an amazing professor who helps his students develop their views of the world without influencing them. He seems to know what he's talking about, and he makes all lectures and presentations easy for his students to understand in terms of concepts and explanations. His teaching style works well in getting students to participate and think actively instead of just sitting there while he talks at them.
He is a very challenging professor who actually wants to see his students succeed. His curriculum is very challenging, and fluid. it seems as if he tries to be flexible with the course to the benefit of the students. His papers are very challenging, even though they are only a few pages in length. They take much longer to write than it seems. His exams are very challenging, in that they require you to actually know the material pretty well, instead of just being able to recognize seemingly correct answers. As I said before the course is very challenging. He as an instructor is well equipped also. He seems to genuinely care for his students and want to see them succeed, but just not to the point where the integrity of the course will be affected. Overall he is very challenging, and attempts to get the best out of each and everyone of his students.
Professor Frederick is by far the best professor i've ever had! The way he presents his material in his powerpoint presentations makes difficult information easier to remember. He's super funny and knows how to make class very enjoyable. This is the only class that I looked forward to. He made it well worth it. In addition to being super smart, he was sensitive to each students feelings and truly cares about each and every student and wants us to do well. His study guides that he posts ahead of time are extremely helpful in doing well on his exams and comprehending the reading material. I loved how we didn't need to spend a couple hundred dollars on a book that we looked at a few times, compared to other professors. He simply uploads all the reading material to Laulima and all you have to do is download it and read from there. Did I also mention that Dave made me possibly the best writer ever!? I always got A's in my English classes, and in my first writing assignment in Dave's class I got a C. I'm not going to lie, I was really bummed, but I had been writing just an ordinary essay all these years. Dave really taught us how to write compelling essays with hooks, theory, thesis, roadmaps, topics from our roadmap, supporting details, and how to write a conclusion that actually links back to the theory and thesis, rather than just a boring recap conclusion. Let me just say that I can't wait to WOW my other professors in upcoming semesters with my new paper writing skills. Dave is by far the best and I am extremely sad that Manoa is not keeping him. What a shame!!!!!!!! I would've loved to take more courses from him.
Professor Frederick was not only extremely passionate and demonstrated expertise in his field, he was also very accommodating to students. He always made himself available for whomever and went out of his way to help in anyway possible.
I was very impressed by Dave's professionalism and knowledge of the material. At first, I was put off by the high level of intimidation set by him and the course, but I truly think that it served as a fair warning to students not to slack off and to put forth their best effort. That is to say, our overestimation of this course resulted in our efforts to do well. However, the intimidation of this course was offset by Dave's friendly and personable demeanor. He has a way of making boring Evolutionary theories really interesting, and it's evident how much he wants us to learn. I believe UH would benefit tremendously from more professors like Dave. I was surprised to hear that he will not be returning Fall semester. No disrespect UH, but you guys made a huge mistake.
He is a very good professor but his papers are way to hard to do well on.
hands down the best teacher/prof. I've ever had in my 14 year schooling career. He demonstrated VERY CLEAR knowledge in the field and could tell that he was 1000% confident and enthusiastic with his field. He really worked with students trying to get us to not only understand the material but be able to relate in in our daily lives which is something teachers scarcely do. His knowledge and relation to the material was the best I've seen yes and he had an awesome, extremely likable personality. You could tell that he was the authority figure and had control over the class but also felt like you were important as an individual and your opinion mattered.
Excellent
He is very passionate about his topic and it comes through his teachings. It was a very fun class and enhanced my learning experience
Great job, David is really friendly and didn't make any subject awkward.... even though it easily could've been with the wrong teacher! Also, he is hilarious and kept me interested in what he said.
My honesty in the above evaluation is the best display of my overall evaluation of my professor. I strongly agreed with all the positive evaluations (: Fredrick is very knowledgeable of his field, and I appreciated how much he allowed us to discuss the material during class. A lot of students in this lecture, Fredrick did a great job interacting with the entire group.
Dave was a very good instructor. He made class enjoyable and interesting. His testes and paper were very challenging but overall it helped me better myself. One thing that was really useful was the study guides that Dave provided. Those really helped to better follow along with the lectures and readings, better understand the material, and help to be better prepared for the exams. Daveʻs papers were hard. One thing that I wish he did more was comment more on why we got the grades he gave us for those papers.
He is very educated and knows everything there is so know about his course. he is also funny and his lectures are very interesting and easy to follow.
he is very knowledgeable on the topic and makes class enjoyable. He shows relevant videos in class that ties into the class material. His class is not easy, and requires a lot of studying if you want an A. But he give extra credit. He is a HARD essay grader. Dave is understanding to students, and if you show improvement he will consider that more than your grade.
24. The types of writing we did were relevant to the field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 107 0.8 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 1 (1%) 6 (6%) 22 (21%) 76 (71%)
25. The course was a valuable contribution to my education.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 108 0.71 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 5 (5%) 26 (24%) 75 (69%)
26. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 107 0.87 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 3 (3%) 6 (6%) 17 (16%) 79 (74%)
27. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The teaching style of Mr. Frederick
I liked how the exams were straight forward what he said would more than likely be on the test was more than likely going to be on the test. I loved his powerpoints the pictures and videos were awesome and interesting because no all people get the connection with words alone you need pictures along with it and he knew to do just that. I also like how he posted the poweroint, studgy guides and readings online ahead of time so we could bring them to class. Awesome teacher!!!
I love that he taught us using videos and real life stories, it made class interesting. I also enjoyed the class discussion because I was able to learn a lot about the different view points of things, also it was quite funny.
I really enjoyed learning all of the material. He gives you the tools in this class you need to succeed. However, it is A LOT of work. But if you do the work and try your best, there is no reason why you shouldn't get a decent grade in the class. The fact that he gives you a study guide really helps with the tests. That was the best part about the class because we were told exactly what we needed to know.
Everything.
Interesting presentations; excellent readings and study guides. Never boring; presentations had good mix of study findings, photos, history, videos.
What I liked best about this course was that it was about Human Sexuality! The name in itself is awesome. We got to learn about the body from genes to the whole being. I really liked the discussion questions that we would answer within our groups because they would end up being very interesting conversations. Also, the debate papers had really good topics for this class because all of the topics were quite controversial which made writing them fun.
David Frederick is an awesome professor and Univerisity of Hawaii is lucky to have him as one of their professors.
Wow, where to begin listing all of the things I liked best this semester... Being a female, you'd think I would have know more about the female physiology, but I found myself ignorant on many basic things. I find that very interesting because it's indicative of the lack of sexual education I and many of my fellow students have been exposed to in our lives. I appreciated learning about the heavy influence of media and advertising on our society's and my own views of sexuality. I feel more equipped to spot sneaky attempts to sway my beliefs and opinions of what is 'normal' and acceptable sexually. Being a female, it was also refreshing to learn more about what men have to deal with, physically as well as emotionally, in our gender conformed society. Honestly, there wasn't one thing within the course that I didn't find fascinating and relevant to my life. I feel that the material in this course was extremely thorough, but would be interested in expanding my knowledge of sexuality. I'm especially interested in the psychology behind sexuality. As a psychology major, I'm intrigued by the thought processes behind all behaviors, but this and other sexuality courses I've taken have shown me that that is definitely the direction I will be taking as I continue my education. While I had an extremely full course-load this semester, as well as working full-time, I never found it difficult to attend this class. The instructor always made me feel very comfortable with voicing my opinions or asking any questions I had. I always appreciate a teacher with this quality because I've definitely found that, not only is does it make the class more interesting for me, but I'm also able to retain the information better when I'm actively involved in the material. I feel it's imperative to respect my fellow students' ideas and opinions, but also that a healthy debate is important in expanding one's understanding. As far as the structure of the course, this was one of the best I've ever taken. The instructor was also very understanding to the fact that life is hectic, and that no matter how hard you try, sometimes deadlines are missed. His leniency when it came to the assignments, actually made me want to try harder and to be a better student for him. I sincerely hope I have the good fortune to have many more instructors like him, but unfortunately I feel he is a rare breed.
I liked his lectures. I thought his powerpoints were straight to the point and he made good use of photos and videos. I also liked how he gave students the chance to speak up in class and state their opinion. We had some interesting discussion topics in class and it was interesting to hear other students' thoughts on the subject.
Interesting way of presenting information with lots of visuals, funny videos, and class discussions.
I dont know
He's funny. He's been on TV (sweet brag). He uses rat sex to explain things.
Lectures, group activities/discussions, films. Research and writing papers -- great learning experience.
I really enjoyed his powerpoints and his examples. He found ways to relate the theories and information to our generation and how they are used in society today.
Atmosphere of class.
His lectures were honestly interesting. Perhaps it was the content material, but he tries to keep the class interested in what we study on a regular basis.
videos
I enjoyed the lectures the best because he made them very interesting by involving us in discussion and then coming back as a class to discuss. He allowed us to talk in our groups, which was very helpful. The lecture slides were very interesting and creative which also kept my attention.
Some topics were interesting.
very intelligent, great lectures and discussions
Class discussions and the group format of the class were very beneficial.
I greatly appreciated that all the course materials and readings were available online. Dave seems to be very conscious of just how expensive college can get, what with all the textbooks we're expected to buy, so I very much appreciated that the readings were from various articles rather than out of some boring, expensive textbook. I appreciated the in depth lectures on how to improve our writing; it was definitely very beneficial to me, and I can imagine that many of the other students feel the same. I liked the way in which Dave constructed the exams. It helped me A TON to be able to ex-nay five of the test questions. I feel like I learn a lot more when the exams require recall, and I can retain the information for a longer period of time (instead of just getting the basic idea of something and choosing from A, B, C, or D.)
group work
the tests were a direct measure of how much you acquired from the course. Frederick taught enthusiastically and was a great professor.
i like how he made class fun and interesting even thought it was hard it kept me focused and willing to keep trying.
I liked when he would show videos because it made things a lot easier to understand and a lot more fun. Even though the test were very difficult, it helped me to learn and retain more information.
Errthang
I liked the lectures because new information was always presented in a really interesting way and I learned a lot of new concepts and changed and developed opinions.
I like the class discussions we had, because we were able to share our ideas and hear other people's ideas. I also liked how the open sharing atmosphere was there, like how everyone could share without the feeling of being looked down upon or looked at weird.
I enjoyed the course as a whole because the content that was presented was very interesting.
The aspects of this course that I liked best was the materials that I could relate to my own life. A lot of the material that we covered from prostitution to having a successful relationship was all interesting and useful.
I loved the fact that going to class twice a week didn't seem like enough. I've never had a class where I wanted to go more than the allotted time. The course material was interesting in itself, but Dave was energetic, funny, and approached the course differently than any other class I've had. He used videos, dance battles, songs, debates, and discussions for students to grasp the concepts. Being in a 6 person group was helpful and helped aide in discussion and forming ties with people in such a large lecture class. I also liked the fact that everything talked about in class could be used in everyday life as well--I don't know how many times gender schema, parental investment theory, and stinky t-shirt studies came up in conversation after i learned about them in lecture. Although the tests and essays were difficult, it was good to have a professor who had high expectations and had a valid background to back it up. It made me strive to work harder and figure out how to get a better grade.
the topics. interesting real life. controversial
Presentations and class discussions
The instructor and his presentation of much of the material
As challenging as it was to write some of the paper's, I feel I am a more critical thinker, and a more organized and creative writer. I also loved working in groups and how engaging the class was.
In such a large lecture class, the groups were the most helpful aspect. Despite some over sharing, it was a more personal atmosphere that promoted clearer understanding. By allowing the study guides to be groupwork, it enabled further clarification for those who are shy about asking the professor for help.
How interactive it was. Frederick presents class material in a fun and interesting way. Lecture hall classes tend to get very boring but this is one class where you never see someone sleeping, he keeps you involved and he keeps the material interesting..through videos..making us think critically about the material..or just by being funny. His tests aren't easy but they are very possible to succeed on if you put in the time and effort. I would recommend him to anyone, he could probably teach a statistics class and I would somehow love it and find it interesting.
I like the groups, it definitely helped to make group study sessions necessary when usually I do not engage in study sessions. The groups helped me stay focused and determined to do well, especially when I have a group that I depend on, and people who depend on me to get work done and to understand the material. The exams were extremely intimidating, but I do really like them. It shows that I can test well, even if I do not think that I know the material. The format of the exams really tested my knowledge, and I really like that when I do study, and I do feel that I know the answers to the majority of the classes, it shows that the lectures and groups and study guides were extremely useful.
I especially like the energy in the class. He also has a great teaching technique that involves the class and some serious thinking.
The study guides and that the papers and tests were challenging. I liked the way the tests worked with the amount of extra credit available and that we could cross out 5 questions.
I enjoyed when we discussed more personal topics, such as relationships or sexual orientation.
The lectures
Groups, and discussions
I really loved the participation in the class. Unlike other classes where the professor's monotonous voice and lecture style put everyone to class, Dr. Frederick made us want to participate in class and pushed us to form our own opinions on issues many of us had never even considered.
I liked how he required groups in the course, It motivated me to keep up with the material knowing that I had 5 other team members who could help me understand concepts.
I really enjoyed the lectures. They were fun and interesting. I also liked the format of the groups.
I really liked the in class discussions. It is a long class and it helps to not just listen to a lecture but to talk about the concepts in small groups. I also really liked the ideas of the groups, it really helped to have a group of people to ask questions and study with outside of class. His lectures were interesting and found ways to explain things that made it easy to understand because it was very relatable. NONE of the experiments used were boring.
Professor Frederick is definitely one of the more interesting teachers, and one that I highly suggest many students to attend. His course will challenge you and make you tink critically about many of todays sexual issues. He gives clear and concise presentations, though at times they moved a little too fast. If you also like videos he will also present many of those, many were very interesting, others not so much. By placing all of the content for each unit before hand it gave me ample time to study and fill out the study guide, which made studying for exams a lot easier. If you want a class that is not only enjoyable, discussion based, thought provoking, and an all around blast to be inm the sign up for Frederick's Human Sexuality.
I really liked in class power points that were interesting, and the examples and pictures really stuck in my head which helped a lot on the exams. I liked coming to class and I liked how we had to be in groups it really helped me make friends, which is probably a big part of why I enjoyed class! At first I really didn't want groups but ended up really liking my group mates! Also liked MOST of the essay topics, not all though some were just hard to elaborate on because so many people had different views of a certain topic, example : Parental Investment Theory.
I liked the lectures because they were very informative yet interesting and easy to follow.
I loved the tests I wish there was four of them.
I liked that we were able to explore many different topics such as pornography, body image, intersex individuals, etc. The study guides for the exams were extremely helpful. I was able to get A's on all my exams because the questions on the study guide were similar to what we were tested on. I dislike how some professors sometimes ask questions on exams that haven't even been covered in class so I'm glad that Professor Frederick's exam questions were all based on materials covered in class. Another aspect of the course I liked best was the group formations. It was nice to get to meet new people and have a group of people that I could talk to about the course. I did like that we didn't need a textbook for this course and any readings we did need were posted on Laulima. Also, I thought the PowerPoints were good because it was clear and concise.
The tests were challenging, but fair. The tests are all short answer, so you really have to know your stuff, you can't guess your way into passing. I really liked that he posted all of the lectures and the study guides several weeks in advance. The group debates were fun - I feel liked I learned a lot from my students. Dave's lectures were clear and interesting and he is HILLARIOUS. This was my favorite class in college. Dave is such an inspiring teacher and makes learning so much fun. It's the only lecture class I've taken where everyone shows up and actually participates.
I liked the lectures. Prof. Frederick is funny and smart, also the material is mentally stimulating.
I really enjoyed the lectures and the in-class discussions, I enjoyed the opportunity to work in groups and make friends and study-buddies in this class. I also found the study guides EXTREMELY helpful, in the sense it gave me an idea on what I needed to study, a lot of times in classes professors just lecture and you take notes but sometimes you have no idea what to really hone on when studying for an exam and I have an extremely difficult time with that as stated above.
The lectures were great.
I liked how the tests were set up: the way we can cross out 5 questions, extra credit opportunities, fill in the blanks. I also really thought it was helpful to have the study guides ahead of time so we could fill them in during lecture. Examples in class were always interesting, video clips we watched were good visuals to help me really grasp a concept, and the groups we are put in were really helpful--its always nice to have people to discuss class material with.
i really enjoyed the in class debates
What I appreciated the most about this class was the fact that he graded our essays so strictly. A big part of the psychology field is writing papers in the proper way and I feel like I really learned how to do that well this semester. I especially appreciate it since I'm looking to continue with psychology in graduate school.
I loved the groups. It made it a lot easier to get my ideas and opinions out during class discussion in such a large lecture class. It also made it easier to take notes on the lectures and the readings and also when it came to studying. The TAs also adding their input during group discussion also helped move and expand our group discussion and sometimes it made the next topic learned in class easier to understand. Also the exam being exactly based off of the study guide made it easier to study and a higher chance of actually passing the exam. I also really did appreciate the fact that all of the lecture notes were uploaded to Laulima but his lectures actually made it worth going to class.
I enjoyed how he placed us into groups were we could discuss concepts of the course
I liked the class discuessions the best because the people in my group had different view points which I would not have thought of before. I also liked how he would give both sides of the arguement so I could understand why some people acted/felt in certain ways
i enjoyed the variety of topics and i feel that he was very neutral and unbiased while teaching these hard topics. He did a very good job of not offending those with differing beliefs or practices. I like that he brought a PRO sex worker in because we were lectured by an ANTI sex worker as well. He was very balanced in his teachings.
Throughout this whole course I thoroughly enjoyed the ending of the semester when Frederick lectured on topics of Human Sexuality that we were allowed to choose from. There is a nice feeling that comes with learning material that one is interested in without the pressure of knowing it will be on a midterm or final. I also enjoyed the small groups of six that we were placed into. This gave me the opportunity to network with a small group of people in class and to bounce ideas or ask questions from. I also enjoyed Frederick's use of media as examples in the course. Like most, I am a very visual learner, so the use of youtube and other forms of visual examples really helped my understanding of the material. I also really liked the fact that there is no final in this course. It allowed me to feel less pressured and able to study more for this course. This showed in my last midterm score because I received an A.
The discussion/group aspect of the class was very helpful for such a large lecture class. Although there were no group projects, it was a great way to network through the class and department, and to be able to discuss the topics relevant to the class. Personally, I was able to make friends and broaden my network, team up with the people in my group to help each other study for exams and help write out our papers, and we were able to supply support for each other when it was midterms and everyone thought they were going to go crazy because of classes. Overall, a great experience.
I really enjoyed the group discussion. being able to voice our opinion in a small group and then to the class.
It was an interesting and fun class. It's helpful knowledge as far as my social life goes.
I enjoyed the discussion and lecture portions of the course the most because students were able to express opinions openly without being attacked, and discuss differing points of view in a civil and collegiate manner. As far as the lectures go: too much hot rat sex, but otherwise informative and entertaining.
I enjoyed this course a lot because all the slides and reading were very informative. I liked how the study guides were structured. It helps to know exactly what we need to study and what types of questions are being asked on our exam. I know that it is very hard for me when a professor gives a broad example of what we will be tested on. I enjoyed how structured and fun this class was.
This class was a very interesting way to fulfill some of my academic requirements as a psych major. The material is not a typical area of academic discussion, so it provided a unique and refreshing experience.
I loved the challenge. We are able to write debate papers, and increase our abilities with every one of our drafts with the help from not only our instructor, but those within our groups. We also were able to discipline ourselves with the challenging exams. It taught me to know every aspect of the concept we learned in class.
The papers and how we choose to pick the topics we were interest in.
It really helped that he put up all of the lecture materials and gave study guides that mimicked the test material.
not much
I enjoyed the readings. I was actually compelled to search out the actually books or articles and read further on than our assigned readings. The readings he chose helped to reiterate the topics we learn in class. The readings were very appropriate to the topics and helped me understand the topics even further than in lecture.
I enjoyed challenging and pushing myself in ways that I didn't expect to. For this class I really had to learn concepts and grasp the knowledge of the subject in advance in order to prepare for the exams as well as prepare early for my papers. The structure of this class allowed me to understand the importance and how starting early and doing things little by little can reduce stress and becomes very beneficial in the long run.
I loved the topics and things we covered in class.
The challenge provided from writing debate papers. It's been a long time since I've had a teacher (in college or high school) that has such strict guidelines for paper writing and it was a great refresher for me, having come from an art background. It was extremely challenging and difficult to write papers for him, but I feel that I have gained valuable skills in writing a persuasive argument using concrete evidence to support it. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed that aspect of the class and now I'm completely grateful for having taken this class from him.
The class discussions were my favorite. You were able to give your input and hear from other people on a subject that you normally would never talk to people about.
I liked the presentations and the papers. The presentations never failed to be entertaining while teaching me at the same time. It was like a college version of Sesame Street; you have fun but you're also learning. The papers were a good way for me to really exercise my knowledge of topics in this class. It was also good practice for me to write a paper that is more than just the cookie-cutter format many professors accept. The papers challenged me to think outside the box.
I really enjoyed the lecture content and the group seatings. The groups make the class very bearable, please do not do away with this!!!! The class would be very very daunting without it.
His awesome powerpoint presentations and how he presented the information to us. He's super understanding and is always willing to help students.
I really enjoyed the interesting topics and the creative way Dave delivered it. I hope he continues this style well into the future.
The exams for this course were the fairest I've ever had. Everyone thinks that short answer tests are so difficult, but they actually work in your favor if you put the time to actually LEARN the material. Completing the study guides helped me review the material, which gave me a lot of confidence when entering the exam. Dave's exams were fair in the sense that if you studied, you'd do well, but if you didn't- you shouldn't be surprised to not. Aside from his extremely fair exams, his lectures were always so informative and entertaining. In other classes, you're just waiting for the 50 or 75 minutes to be over. In Dave's class, you'll look at your watch and wonder where the time went! This course was my favorite psych class thus far, as uncomfortable as the course material sometimes made me feel (I'm a prude at best). Dave's amazing lectures and exams surely helped me enjoy the class more than I would if this were taught by another professor.
The groups
I really enjoyed all the topics that were chosen to discuss. Typically when you think "human sexuallity" you think it's all biology or all sex. This course really opened up doors and foundations way beyond what you would typically think based on the title of it. I really enjoyed that it got into both the biological/fundamentals of human sexuality, as well as controversial topics because let's face it, we live in an opinionated world and it was definitely a good feeling to be free with our opinions in class. What I most liked about this class was that for the first time in my college career, going to it was something I looked forward to, I genuinely enjoyed being present. The fact that it was more set up with discussions, debates and real world scenarios and context made the course as strong as it was/is.
Groups work and the toughness
I liked the use of discussions. It really helPed me to see others views and also enhanced the learning of every topic.
My favorite class of the semester, mainly because it was very interesting and the groups that were assigned kept me engaged throughout the entire semester. I also became a better writer because of the papers which were graded hard but fairly. The papers should stay!
I really appreciated the material in the beginning of the semester. Though it was harsh;I sometimes felt like I needed a debriefing after our two hour lecture. The guest speaker that shared opened my eyes to the sex trafficking (difficult to hear but relevant to our lives as well as the material in class), sexualization and objectification of women, the porn industry and both sides of its argument.
Aspects of the course that I liked best was Daveʻs teaching style. He did a very good job with his powerpoints and explaining the course material. It was very easy to follow and understand what he was explaining.
I actually LEARNED a lot in the class. this class is very different then other lecture classes (which are usually really boring) We get group work and we get to talk in class. He asks questions and engages the class into the lecture. He is a fair grader and gives opportunities to boost your grade if you bombed a paper or exam.
28. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
How strictly he and his TA's grade papers and how friggen hard the exams were.
The aspects i didn't really like was the attendance I felt that that should be optional especially if people do their work, but i guess it was good to get students to come to class.
Nothing. The fact that it's late in the day, but that's not his Dave's fault.
The least "fun" part of this class were the papers. The papers really challenge you to think outside of the box and to form your own opinions about certain issues in regards to different theories. In college, it is very easy to "bs" papers and to come up with fluff. However, in this class.. that really isn't possible. You have to try REALLY hard to do well in his papers. The sooner you start, and the more evidence you have to back up your theories and papers the better.. He is a very difficult grader when it comes to papers, but I guess that's really how it's supposed to be. It's all for our benefit to succeed as a student ... but it sucks.
4 research papers for a non writing-intensive class is over kill.
Paper requirements. Very demanding, esp. for a lecture class that was not WI. I was challenged and the medicine tasted awful going down, but in the end it did make be a better writer. Materials provided re writing skills were really excellent. I thought that I would not like being in a group (from past experience), but it turned out really well.
There wasn't anything that I liked the least.
the papers. They were difficult to meet expectations, until you kind of got the hang of it.
I loved it all!!
I didn't like the papers. For the first two papers, it would have been nice if Prof. Frederick gave us the essay questions 2-3 weeks before the due date since he usually uploaded it a week before and it would have given us more time to prepare for the essays. I also thinks he and his TA grades way too harshly on the papers. I have never gotten a D on a paper and I don't think it is fair to give someone a D on a paper when they've clearly had a clear thesis and read all the materials and used the studies in the essays... I think a C would have been more fair. In addition, I didn't like how he assigned many readings as part of the reading study guide but a lot of those questions were not even on the exam.
The amount of readings were slightly overwhelming. The papers required a lot of time and effort, even though the class isn't a writing intensive.
inter sexual staff.
HIS STUPID TAs GRADING MY PAPERS THAT I RIPPED MY HAIR OUT OVER!
Exams, but it was good to have the last exam during the semester.
I disliked the papers because I think they were too harshly graded considering this class was NOT writing intensive.
Who assigns papers worth 40% of the final grade in a lecture/non-WI class?
The readings were a bit grueling and tended to overflow. The papers were also given to us with pretty vague topics and little room for editing or revising.
papers and exams
I didn't really like the papers because I felt like the guidelines were not very well explained. When I got back my first paper, I was expecting feedback so I could improve my next one, however there was only a C letter grade on it with no comments. It would have been nice to have more feedback so we could improve on later papers.
The papers and the test made my wanna cry. Classes like Daveʻs are the reason college students commit suicide during exam week.
tests and papers are difficult
The readings were repetitive at times. Different and less feminist readings could create a greater variety in material. It would also have been interesting to hear more positive pro-sex speakers. For example, in the sexual psychology classes my friends have taken at other schools they had sex shop owners speak.
test and the way papers were graded
The papers. I felt the papers was graded inconsistently. The first paper I received an A, and then received B's on all the other papers, even though I put more work into the later papers and used the same format. Only complaint was the grading of the papers/
i didn't like test format too much too study especially having a reading and lecture study guide. So much irrelevant info to go over and not test us on.
I did not like writing any of those research papers.
Nuttin
The papers were graded to a very difficult scale.
The debate papers were what I liked the least. It was very very hard for me to get a decent grade. Although this is one of my dislike, overall I feel that it has helped me become a better writer.
I disliked the paper assignments because they were graded too harshly.
The only aspect of this course that I disliked was the debate papers. I do understand his purpose for having them but I wished he posted more example papers. I think that more examples would be helpful for those who had difficulty writing these papers.
The readings given were a bit heavy, although they were useful to describe the class material and gives a little taste of what graduate school will be like. Though there were positive aspects to the tests and papers, I could see why it would be a negative as well. For someone who isn't good at writing, I could imagine that writing these types of essays at a fast pace could be seen as draining instead of helping. I know I've been striving to get an A, and after a C and two Bs, I'm still a little lost as to how to write an A quality paper to these standards.
papers. would have rather had a 4th exam then 4 papers.
Papers because I am not a good writer, however my writing did improve throughout the semesetr
readings
I imagine this will be most everyones response, but probably the amount of anxiety that came with writing the debate papers. They required a lot of creativity and a very specific format of writing. They were graded with great difficulty, but ultimately helped organize my thoughts.
Professor Frederick seemed to rush through Powerpoint slides that were key to our study guide packets. He would have the definition right in front of you, and quickly click to the next slide before anyone could have possibly wrote the entire definition. Since these key terms were always on the his tests, i did not find this fair. He would spend ample time on other slides which did even relate to the study guide. I didn't like his harshness in grading the essays we wrote, although i didn't do too bad on them. I felt that not everyone was taking this class to learn how to write social science essays, and he should be a bit more lenient since this is labeled a Psychology course and not a Sociology course. Also, if were going to write all these papers why not let it count as a writing intensive course?
It is safe to say that a good number of students, including myself, liked the debate papers the least. However the main issue was the time crunch, it was helpful to receive the topic options ahead of time. In regards to the first paper, the lecture up until the paper was due was mostly anti-pornography. It wasn't until after the due date that the lesson balanced out the information which would have helped those that intended to support pornography in their papers.
There is nothing in particular I did not like like about this course. It is structured perfectly in my opinion. Anyone who says the class is too much work is just lazy because I took 18 credits this semester and managed to succeed without every feeling overwhelmed. Anyone who complains about the paper writing is also lazy, it is crucial to understand how to write a decent paper and just because a course isn't writing intensive doesn't mean you shouldn't be expected to write a damn paper.
The papers were a little difficult to keep up with. I do not really think that they helped with understanding the material.
I would have rather had 4 exams then 4 papers. Hes more strict on papers and its a little unfair to those who arent strong writers. I understand his critique and grading is to better your writing but it hurts your grade if you are unable to do so.
That he went through the powerpoint slides fast and that when trying to review the slides afterwards for the tests, it was hard to remember what certain parts were about. The fact that the comments on the papers weren't very helpful for the next paper.
At first, I disliked that we had so many papers, I would have guessed it had a Writing Intensive focus.
The papers
Amount of things needed to know for exam
I disliked the amount of writing, I wish it was either a little bit more (to get an WI credit) or a little bit less to make the class a little more manageable.
The papers were extremely stressful because it was graded really hard.
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The worst part of the class was the study time that went into each test. I spent MANY hours preparing however I think it really benefitted me. It was hard, however I felt very accomplished after every test.
The only problem I had with the course was that his presentations were often very fast, and it made it hard to keep up when taking notes. This of corse is the only complaint since the rest of the class was very interesting and easy to comprehend.
Some of the exam material was unclear, I was not aware that exam would be on basic psychology info. On one of my papers I got a C when I felt that was one of my best papers in his class.
The essays were graded somewhat strictly.
The papers were graded really harsh but it is on myself to improve.
One aspect of the course I disliked least was the exams. It wasn't necessarily that hard but I felt like I was always worried about running out of time to finish. However, I am happy that Professor Frederick did let us have extra time to finish the exam so that turned out alright. Since the whole exam was pretty much fill in the blank and short answers, I felt that I didn't have enough space to answer some questions especially since some of them required a definition and an example. Another aspect of the course I didn't really like was the readings. The readings were quite interesting but we never went over them in class. Sometimes I felt like I was taking two separate classes because I had to try understand the readings on my own. Also, I wish we had more review sessions before the exams. We did have one before exam 3 which was good but I would have also liked review sessions for exam 1 and 2.
The class was difficult but I felt like I learned alot. Don't change the tests or papers... they are kind of rough but I like it that way. I don't think I would have studied as hard if or learned to write as well if he hadn't pushed us so hard.
The second paper. I did not know the topic of the second paper until 7 days prior to its due date. I work 30 hours a week and a full-time student. It was incredibly stressful to write a paper that is graded extremely harshly in that amount of time.
I really did not have anything negative to say about this course other than the occasional period of putting up paper instructions a bit too close to the deadline in my opinion. But other than that it was a really great course and very good for people in KOKUA.
The writing was hard, but a good challenge.
There is nothing in particular that I hated or disliked. I think that the tests were challenging, mostly the part on the reading, so it would be helpful to really express how important the readings are to the class ahead of time. Or maybe have some kind of class exercise for the readings.
some of the videos seemed a little difficult to watch for students not including myself haha
Some of the intersex pictures were kinda yucky and it was really awkward going through powerpoints with a bunch of pictures of dicks while in my dorm room and my roommate walked in with his girlfriend and gave me really funny looks. He already thinks I'm gay because I turned down one of the girls he tried to hook me up with, now he sees me looking at pictures of dicks.
I did not like the debate paper. It was very difficult to get an A or even a B.
How the test were structured, however that just challenged me to know the material even better in order to pass the class
I didn't like the papers just because it was hard for me to choose a side on some of the topics since they were on ideas that don't effect me and I have little interest in.
The papers were graded too harshly and by TA's who did not know how to correct them properly. I also thought he could be a little mean and mocking when you answered his questions in class.
There were a few things I disliked about this course. As always the style of this courses tests are extremely challenging, but with a lot of studying they are conquerable! I also disliked that because I am generally a horrible paper writer, my grade on my papers went down throughout the semester while my exam grades were going up. This negative correlation worried me because I obviously understand the material I am just horrible at getting my points across through paper writing.
Needlessly difficult in terms of grading and note taking.
The controversial topics presented in class raised some strong emotions in students and I feel as though there was not an adequate time or space for these students to express these emotions. If there was smaller groups or labs that met on Friday's, I feel that more students would be comfortable to open up about these emotions that came up during lecture. I, personally, didn't feel comfortable to talk about certain things in such a big lecture hall, but in a smaller setting I would have opened up easy.
The writing assignments were intense. They were drastically different than what most students are used to and are the main reason why people stress in the course. But helpful in the sense that I became a better writer.
My least favorite part of the course was the random and lengthy reading assignments. By random i mean that, though they were related to the course material, they were not discussed in the lectures or in class. I think that if they had been more incorporated into the in-class discussion time, etc. then, i probably would've had some incentive to read them...putting them on the test isn't enough. I also disliked the study groups, or maybe my study group in specific. We did not meet once to study, and I think that discussing ideas with the same five people limits the amount of perspectives and different points of view that can be shared and discussed. Also: group projects are the worst, so thank you for not really making those "a thing".
I think the least I liked about the class may be the readings. It was hard to read all of the readings. I know splitting the articles among our group members would be the easiest, but there are times when group members don't do there part. So that was very frustrating trying to finish all the unfinished readings. If there were less readings, I think it would be easier to do on your own instead of trying to depend on other group members to help out.
The amount of material that we were expected to memorize in each unit was a bit overwhelming, and I cannot help but think that there would be much more room for success in this course if the material were covered in smaller units.
I'm not much of a biological science person, so learning about the real "sciency" aspect of the class was my least favorite.
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I didn't like the readings that we needed to do outside of class. Some readings were interesting, and were very helpful when writing the papers, but others were so dull.
the tests, the papers, the TA's, the extra credit. I felt like i was set to fail from the start.
I least liked the beginning writing assignments. I feel like the requirements of the paper (format, content, etc.) should be explained clearer on the first couple of essays. After each essay, you begin to understand what is required and develop as a writer over the semester, but I think a little more guidance or even being able to discuss the topics fellow group members, or something else could be done in the beginning so that way most students don't start out with potentially lower essay grades.
There were some parts of the course where I felt really uncomfortable like the pornography portion of the course. I actually though we were going to learn more about the sexual process and what happens, along with other concepts relatable to different experiences rather than it being research and study based.
How we were tested. I always felt like I knew so much, but once I was tested it was indeed hard.
Sitting in groups. I was lucky to have serious group members, but I doubt all groups were like this. Group discussions were casual and frequently went off-topic.
The exams and papers. The exams were fill in the blank and short answer, no multiple choice, which forces the student to know the information inside and out in order to get a good grade on the exam. What made it difficult for me, was that I am taking five other classes and working 2 jobs. SO preparing for this test was a challenge.
There wasn't really much that I didn't like about this course. If anything, I'd say that the only thing I didn't like was when class discussions would continue on even though some of us wanted to continue with the lecture, but this rarely happened.
I disliked the extremely tough grading on each of the papers. No matter what I did or how long I worked on them, it seemed as if I could not get any grade other than a B... I was pretty much befuddled.
Nothing! Although the material was difficult, Dave is the best professor and therefore it was easier to comprehend.
I have to say that I was very dissapointed with how hard it was to get an A on the papers. I worked extremely hard in every single one but always received Bs. It would've had been a little more motivating if I got specific feedback on how to improve, though I do understand that the class had nearly 200 students.
I'm sure everyone else will complain about this, but I was not a big fan of the papers. Exams = great, Papers = not so great. I felt the defeatist in me when I settled for getting Bs on the papers, thinking that my exams would just carry my grade. I get the point in writing them, but I just don't dig the social scientist aspect of writing, sorry.
The papers
I would have to say the structures of the exams. I'm sure more than half the class will probably give this answer. In a weird way, it was what I liked the least but I still liked it. Oddly, enough I wouldn't change it though because it definitely made us think and really learn to apply the material not through memorization but through genuinely learning the material.
Toughness
I didn't like the amount if time assignments were given out. I am really busy and like to get topics ahead of time so to complete them in a timely matter not just getting assignments a week before they are due
The last couple days after the test where we choose the topics. But other than that everything else was great. I just didn't see the point in going over the subjects we did - mainly because we weren't going to be tested on them.
An aspect that I least liked was the papers. Its not that I donʻt mind doing papers but I think the grading was a bit harsh. I think that if he told us how to improve on the papers or why we got the grades we did on the papers there would have been way more improvement and understanding.
How hard the papers were graded!!
Essays graded so hard!!!
29. Other comments:
If Mr. Frederick was more lenient on his grading and added some multiple choice questions in his exams, he would be the perfect teacher
I enjoyed his class =) it was a lot of fun yet challenging at the same time.
GREAT CLASS.
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Constructive criticism: Re readings online. Please don't scan them sideways; it makes it hard to read and I don't want to print a 30-page reading. As demanding as you are, I would expect that your presentations would be error-free. Too many typos for a perfectionist.
David Frederick is an awesome professor! I would recommend him to all of my friends, regardless of their major because Frederick as a person, is just awesome!
Too many readings....
Overall, great class but challenging. I think Prof. Frederick is a great teacher, who makes class entertaining! :) I actually learned a lot in class and enjoyed his lectures.
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He's awesome. Don't slack off. He's the shit.
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Although it is unfortunate that this may have been his last semester at UH, I hope that his future students at whatever university he teaches also agree that he is a good instructor.
pretty fun class
I really enjoyed this class and the professor Fredrick! He is an amazing teacher who keeps his students involved and interested in the course material. I would definitely recommend this course!
This class should be labeled as a writing intensive since there were more papers than exams.
Dave reminded me of Sheldon from that tv show called â??The Big Bang Theoryâ??; some of their mannerisms and speech patterns are similar. I bet Dave would be able to do a great impression of Sheldon!
For study guides focus only what he is gonna test us on so we don't have all this irrelevant info that we are going over for no reason. I understand he wants us to be familiar with as much of the stuff in the course as possible but we other classes not to mention other tough classes. Its only going to help students if he test us on exactly what u put on the study guide and not have a bunch of reading study guide questions or irrelevant lecture study guide questions.
Great class and I would recommend it to everyone, even if psychology is not their major, because it is really interesting and fun!
I love Professor Frederick's class. I would love to see him teach more classes or different classes, so that I could take more classes with him.
I wish I could have gotten to talk 1:1 more with him and form a stronger relationship because of his knowledge in the field of human sexuality but that was due to my tight schedule. He was very flexible with his schedule otherwise. I'd love to see him teach a smaller (10-20 person class) at UHM in this topic because I'd definitely sign up for it! He really does look like an older version of the guy from Juno!
Good professor, I recommend his class to anyone and everyone. Great insight into how people were sexually
One of my favorite teachers/classes. Thank you!
One of the best professors around!! Awkward that one of the best professors at UH is just visiting...get him to stay! He has been an amazing contribution to the Psychology department and as a Psych major I have encountered many of the department's teachers...I can say his classes are some of the best.
Dave is a great professor. I was intimidated that he was from UCLA. Being a San Francisco native, UCLA was a prime school that was a goal for all of my classmates and finding out that I had registered for a class that was taught by a professor from a school that I did not get into... it was scary. But I am actually really glad that I took this class because I really do believe that I've learned the most in this class over every class that I have taken at UH Manoa.
I like Dr. Frederick's pushing us and not babying us. This was the most challenging course I took this semester and I liked writing the papers even though they were time consuming because the topics were interesting and forced me to think out of the box.
It is a difficult course, when taught by David Frederick, but it is also very rewarding.
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By far, my favorite psychology teacher at UH. Definitely a breath of fresh air and a great way to end my senior year of undergrad. I'm definitely regretting my decision not to apply to grad school now. Maybe if Dr. Frederick would teach some graduate courses I might be even more motivated to apply for spring!
Enjoyed the course!
The essays and tests were great! They were difficult but I learned a lot more from this class than other lecture courses! I will be recommending this course and professor to other students!
I loved this class and this professor and would love to take another one of his classes!
Dave is a great teacher that gets along with all the students. He is respectful, fun, knowledgeable, and expects the best from his students. One of the best teachers I've had at UH Manoa.
I LOVE DAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PSY 352 was definitely a tough course and it's not easy to get an A. I really needed to study a lot more for this class than any other class I have taken this semester. I did enjoy this class a lot and I will miss Professor Frederick. Too bad he is not teaching at UH Manoa next semester because he is really great.His experience teaching at UCLA has made me a better student.
I wish Dave would buy me pasta....
I learned a lot and enjoyed the class! I wish Prof. Frederick would teach another 300+ course, so I could take a class with him again.
Learned a lot from this class.
I really enjoyed this class! It was definitely a challenge, I struggled at first, but in the end I really did learn a lot and my grade improved. I had to work to earn a better grade, and that is how it should be. Good job!
well done sir
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I know i sound like a critic, but i did enjoy his class. he is an excellent teacher who really knows a lot about his field. He is incredibly knowledgeable i don;t think i've ever had a class where the professor could answer almost ALL the questions ask by the students and produced a great answer that he could back up with facts and studies. A very interesting class indeed.
I hope Dave continues to teach at the University of Hawaii at Manoa! I am a psychology major and I believe that he is a valuable asset to the Psychology Department not only because of his past experiences but because of his ability to relate and communicate to his students. I have probably learned the most about psychology through Frederick's PSY 250 and 352 courses. Since his testing style is challenging it really promotes better studying habits. I am challenged to not only memorize the material but to understand it to a point where I can teach the studies to other people. If I don't understand the material Frederick is always available to explain the lecture or concept in a better way. I hope that he is able to teach some courses next semester so I can change my schedule around!
Fantastic instructor, sad to see him go as well as not having the opportunity to take more classes taught by Professor Frederick.
Dave likes to play the devil's advocate a bit during lecture, which opens students to alternative ways to view an issue, but it can also be slightly intimidating and alienating. This is especially the case when Dave summarizes a students point of view and misconstrues or over-simplifies what they were attempting to communicate. This is a minor inconvenience overall, and does not detract form the pleasant classroom environment.
Dave reminds me of my super laid back friend. He's really smart and knows what he's talking about. He has the ability to turn a confusing statement or question asked by a student into simpler, more understandable terms. I don't know how he does it, must come with practice!
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All in all, I really enjoyed the course!
I'm not a really good test taker, so the exams were more challenging for me and I had to try really hard. Even when I did, my grades did not turn out to be what I was initially aiming for, but I realized that sometimes it's more about what you gain from the course and the information that you learn that matters than just a letter grade. A test only determines so much of what you know. I also learned how to stick out through something, even if it's not something that you may enjoy. I was able to stick with it and I'm proud of myself for not taking the easy way out.
Over all, a great class with a great professor.
I was afraid to take this class because I had heard it was so hard, but in the end it turned out to be one of the best classes I've taken this semester because now I feel more prepared to write for higher level classes in the future. I also liked that he provided readings and arguments from several sides of various topics of controversy throughout the semester. Most professors usually either stick to the argument they agree with, but Dave made sure that we understood at least the most basic aspects of the all arguments made. Give this professor a bonus paycheck!
This professor is a very funny guy who makes lecture actually fun. Highly recommended!
It was really helpful that Dave posted the study guides for each unit at the beginning so we could fill them out as we went along. This made it easier to absorb the material and helped to keep me focused in class. It also helped in that I wasn't overwhelmed before an exam to go searching through pages of notes to find the information for it. It made studying for exams easier. Also, I like having a group to discuss and study with. It helped me talk out ideas and concepts and get feedback about how accurate or inaccurate my interpretations were. The groups also helped when it came to completing the study guides because I had people I could share with, making it less daunting. Finally, I just want to say that Dave was totally awesome and I wish I had had the chance to take more classes with him. And he reminded my group and I of Sheldon from Big Bang Theory. He was a total boss with Swag that you can't even imagine. He's one of those professors that makes you step back and say "This is why I'm studying this field. Because someone like you inspires me and shows me that it's not boring and mundane; you can laugh all the time."
DAVE IS THE BEST PROFESSOR EVER!!!!!!!
UH, HIRE DAVE WILL YOU STILL CAN.
I really didn't know what to think of this topic or Dave as a professor. I had heard mixed reviews. I heard he was a super chill person who really connected with students on a personal level, but that the work was wild. To be honest, I contemplated the class based upon the work load. I took a step back, realized it was college and obviously hard work and decided to take it. I don't regret taking this class at all, it was the most helpful in all aspects. I definitely can say that not only do I have long lasting knowledge about the various topics specifically, but I've ABSOLUTELY become a better writer and more open minded just in general. I would really go so far as to say any student should feel honored to have such a great professor. Any university should jump at the chance of having him as part of their staff. I actually enjoy writing essays now because of him, weird.
Have fun
One of the most enjoyable classes I've had at manoa I would highly recommend this course.
Loved this class! I will recommend it to my friends!
Overall this class was very enjoyable and educational. It wasnʻt what I expected, but it turned out to be great.
Dave is a great professor & lecturer! I laughed in class, and was rarely bored in class.

David Frederick: PSY459, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Psychology
Course: PSY 459 - Social Psy: Advanced Topics Crn (Section): 88983 (004)     88984 (005)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%) 3 (100%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (86%)
3. 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%) 12 (86%)
4. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
5. The instructor gives clear explanations.
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%)
6. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
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%) 3 (100%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
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%) 3 (100%)
8. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
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%)
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (93%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (93%)
11. The instructor is not confused by unexpected questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
12. The instructor helped me understand how writing is used in this field.
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%)
13. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
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%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
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%) 3 (100%)
15. The instructor has an interesting style of presentation.
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%) 3 (100%)
16. The instructor is friendly.
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%)
17. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
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 (33%) 12 (86%)
18. The instructor treated students with respect.
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%) 13 (93%)
19. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
20. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
21. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 14 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 12 (86%)
22. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 3 (100%)
23. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
fun teacher, chooses interesting topics for the course and applies them to real life situations so we better understand
Honestly, David Frederick is one of the best professors I have ever had. Not only is he approachable by every student, but he also cares about thoroughly answering our questions. If we ask him something, and he doesn't know the answer, he will continue to help us find it. He helps motivates us to seek evidence that supports our points of view, and is always throwing down additional information for us to file away under various subject headings. His sense of humor not only makes David someone you want to listen to, but someone you want to keep talking to all day long. The key to being a great teacher is showing an interest in your students and their future. David does this every day, treats us fairly despite our contrasting and often conflicting perspectives, pushes us to be professional writers, and encourages us to explore our specific areas of interest throughout his course.
That he is a very knowledgeable, approachable teacher that sets high standards for his students. His classes do not culture mediocrity. He is very helpful and teaches by example. He is the best teacher I had at this institution.
Excellent. Knowledgeable and a prodigy in the field of psychology.
Great, caring teacher. He is enthusiastic about the course material and clearly cares about how his students are doing in the class. I appreciated his flexibilty as well. Really imaginative class!
I thoroughly enjoy having Dave as a teacher! I first encountered him in a previous psychology course, and he is honestly one of the best teachers i have ever had! so i was very ecstatic at the opportunity to take his class again. I am very saddened that he will be leaving UH Manoa, and he will be dearly missed by many.
I loved this class! The class was set up as a student led seminar for half the time and then discussions and lectures the other half of the time led by Dave. I learned so much in this class that actually applies to my life. We had debates about whether pornography has positive or negative effects on relationships, how science is impacted by social norms and beliefs, and how animal sexuality evolved. The experiments and studies were always presented clearly and the videos were interesting. The class was writing intensive and Dave was ALWAYS willing to meet with me about my paper outlines and give me detailed feedback on how to improve. I can't thank him enough for how much he helped me with my writing. Dave did a good job of making sure everyone participated and class was actually fun to attend. The activities were fun (assortative mating exercise, playing prisoners dilemma game in class, designing an experiment...). I wish all my classes had been like this one. I am so glad I took this class and I would definitely recommend Dave to a friend! He is an amazing professor and it is too bad he isn't staying at UH.
Dave is an amazing teacher. He really takes an interest in the student and their academic progress/plans.
David is awesome. If any of the students are confused with any of the course work, David is available and will patiently explain all aspects of the material until we understand it completely. He is patient, hilarious, and makes learning psych a walk in the park instead of a snooze fest! I would definitely take a course from him in the future.
Really knows and enjoys the material.
This is my fourth year in college and he is by far the best professor I have ever seen. He challenged his students yet encouraged them at the same time. First professor ive seen in a long time that can actually answer your questions on the spot. I am lucky to have had him this year and I cant even begin to say how much I have learned. UHM is losing an AMAZING professor.
David is AWSOME! Seriously the best teacher I had at UH. He is knowledgeable and knows the answers to all of your questions. If not her looks it up for you. He is a MASTER in this field and I learned so much from him!
He is one of the best professors I've had at UH. He has helped me in greatly improving my writing. He has also helped me think critically when presented with new information.
he is an amazing professor, who cares about his student's improving their writing ability. Students do not always understand how to write effectively, and Dr. Frederick willingly takes the time to help students gain that ability. He allows students to get by on their own ability but if they want to excel outside the classroom and within the real world he provides them the writing ability that allows them to succeed.
Great teacher! My only problem is that I wish he would email me back in a timely manner!
24. The types of writing we did were relevant to the field.
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%) 13 (93%)
25. The course was a valuable contribution to my education.
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%) 11 (79%)
26. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 11 (79%)
27. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
sex
I loved our individual presentations because they elicited some of the best group discussions in class.
Discussions on the topics of the course are encouraged and fostered. Every student is given the opportunity to express their opinion in a safe environment and with respect towards others.
Controversial topics
I enjoyed the diverse material covered, and the application to real life circumstances. I also liked how students could express and research materials that personally interested them. I've never taken a class like that at UH and I greatly enjoyed it.
I really enjoyed the writing intensive papers. I am more confident now when it comes to writing academic essays, and this class has helped me improve as a writer greatly, to the point that i feel confident enough in helping my peers with their writing.
The student discussions were great. I liked that he split people up into different groups and mixed them up so that the talkative people weren't always in the same group. I really liked the team presentations. It made the class fun and I liked getting comfortable doing the group presentation before doing the individual presentation. He really cares about whether or not you are learning. He's INCREDIBLY SMART which is kind of intimidating at first, but he is really friendly and outgoing and easy to talk to. For our presentation and final paper he encouraged us to do research on something that really interested us and some of the presentations were really engaging. The INTERACTIVE group presentations were fun and helped me remember the ideas better. The debate questions were usually interesting.
Listening to everyone's opinions
I liked that the course was discussion and student led, which brought a more well-rounded air of learning the material. Our opinions were never stifled and we were encouraged to disagree, as long as we could back it up. If we had questions, David encouraged us to ask, and asked the students to answer before he did it for us. He was readily available to go over topics and to help us with our writing, and was incredibly prompt with replies to emails or even phone calls.
Discussing both sides of controversial topics
Everything
I liked the Presentation, and group presentations. They were creative and innovative. I also found the lectures by David reinforcing.
I really enjoyed the readings. They were so far off from what I would normally read about and research but I'm really glad that I did get to learn more about those various topics.
I truly enjoyed the presentation, and debate portion of the classroom.
The class discussions
28. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I felt that the course readings needed to be discussed a little more on an everey-day basis, to help make reading it completely worth everyone's time.
I don't have anything that I didn't like about the course.
Long readings
I thought the class discussuions ran too long sometimes as students got distracted or went on tangents. I thought a little more structure would be nice, and I also would have enjoyed hearing Dave lecture a bit more.
One aspect of the course that I liked least was the lectures. Let me clarify, I love Daves lectures, however i felt that a lot of the lectures and content that he taught this semester was repetitive of what we learned last semester. I improved as a writer, but felt only slightly improved as a psych major.
Everything was amazing. I guess one problem is that you could get away without doing the readings because there was no weekly quiz or anything, but the readings were pretty interesting. After he started posting discussion questions to think about while reading that definitely helped. There should be a way to grade people individually for the group presentations, because sometimes a few people slacked off. I guess there could have been more lecture time by Dave but I liked getting the oral credit and writing credit in the same class. Some people would try to talk over others at times, but Dave was pretty good at settling them down. Dave gave VERY detailed guidance on how to write effective papers, but not as much on how to give a presentation, so it might help to give the same kind of detailed guidance for the presentation. But.... overall the class was great! He is so positive and encouraging and expects the best out of you, and you just don't want to let him down.
Can't really think of anything
I wish that the powerpoint lectures he made were available on laulima, so if I couldn't remember what he discuss, that information would be readily available. I also wish we had more reading, as it was incredibly interesting!
There was a lot of writing which though I didn't particularly enjoy, definitely improved my writing style and content.
Im not much of a writer but David made writing easier through the format of HOOK, INTRO, BULLETs and CONCLUSION. ALso it was a writing intensive class so cant escape that.
Some weeks, I felt that there were too many readings assigned and it was extremely hard to get through.
Aspects of the course that I did not enjoy were the group discussions that started a unrelated tangent.
Writing papers
29. Other comments:
Thank you for fostering personal growth.
Excellent professor, made the course enjoyable and learned.
Great, creative class.
I wish prof. Dave in all his future endeavors and i sincerely hope that he will be able to return again to UH Manoa.
David Frederick is awesome and should continue working at UH instead of going back to the east coast!
Thank you!
I cant believe he will be leaving UH, this school is extremely lucky to have had him here.
I will miss this professor so much. He has made my college experience that much better. He has helped me develope my leadership skills.
I would have liked to have gained a stronger grasp for the different social psychology theories. I believe an effective way to have done that would have been had groups create their own "fantasy" research projects using main social psychology theories, and have them explain their research to the class. This way students would be able to teach other the different social psychology theories, understand how to generate original research, with made up data from research they have read the students should be experts in what they are talking about. This will also provide the students the opportunity to gain the appropriate communication ability when presenting research.

David Frederick: PSY250, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Psychology
Course: PSY 250 - Social Psychology Crn (Section): 79006 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 100 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (3%) 19 (19%) 78 (78%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 100 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 4 (4%) 31 (31%) 64 (64%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 99 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 8 (8%) 29 (29%) 61 (62%)
4. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 100 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 3 (3%) 28 (28%) 68 (68%)
5. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 98 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (5%) 5 (5%) 32 (33%) 56 (57%)
6. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 100 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (4%) 23 (23%) 73 (73%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 99 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 21 (21%) 77 (78%)
8. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 100 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (3%) 28 (28%) 69 (69%)
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 99 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 21 (21%) 77 (78%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 100 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 20 (20%) 79 (79%)
11. The instructor is not confused by unexpected questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 100 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 7 (7%) 34 (34%) 57 (57%)
12. The instructor helped me understand how writing is used in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 98 0.92 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 5 (5%) 10 (10%) 30 (31%) 52 (53%)
13. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 99 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 3 (3%) 14 (14%) 32 (32%) 49 (49%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 99 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (8%) 35 (35%) 56 (57%)
15. The instructor has an interesting style of presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 99 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 6 (6%) 31 (31%) 61 (62%)
16. The instructor is friendly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 98 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (6%) 25 (26%) 67 (68%)
17. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 100 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 2 (2%) 28 (28%) 68 (68%)
18. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 97 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 3 (3%) 24 (25%) 69 (71%)
19. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.01 100 1.09 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 10 (10%) 22 (22%) 21 (21%) 46 (46%)
20. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.51 100 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 3 (3%) 40 (40%) 56 (56%)
21. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 100 1.03 Freq(%) 3 (3%) 7 (7%) 14 (14%) 39 (39%) 37 (37%)
22. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 98 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 5 (5%) 27 (28%) 65 (66%)
23. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Dave is a friendly and funny guy. He obviously cares a lot about the course material, is enthusiastic about teaching, and likes his job a lot. As an added bonus, he likes geeky things, which is super awesome. Also, I didn't just put "strongly agree" for everything just to be nice, I actually do strongly agree with all of the questions.
I thought he was a good teacher however his tests were way harder than they should have been especially for the level this course is at
he's a great teacher, and made class very interesting. Can honestly say there wasn't a boring moment in class.
Great prof. funny, easy to understand. Sometimes it's hard to get an exact understanding of an assignment, I think he wants us to think for ourselves and be creative. I think this has the reverse effect, it makes the assignments very difficult and made me dread doing them. By the time I did them I was completely uninterested and did most of the writing assignments half heartedly. Clear instructions, expectations, and examples would help a TON.
David Frederick is one of the few teachers at this school who actually seems to enjoy teaching. Not only that, but he understands that each of his students is at a different level of intellect and, therefore, he adjusts his class in that manner. Not to say that he makes the class to easy, but he know how to make it fair. The material is just as challenging as it was day one, yet my grade has steadily improved from a 70 to an 80 to an 85 just like Frederick predicted the first day of class. I like his style and the way he cares about making the class fair because so many other teachers just shove information down your throat and toss you out into the water with a quiz and hope you can swim on your own.
The best psych class I've been in at Manoa. Having groups makes learning very effective in what is a very difficult class. The class is very challenging but incredibly interesting. He makes classes very enjoyable to go to with his examples and clear explanations. He asks group discussion questions that get the students thinking. His study guides give the students an opportunity to study for the test effectively and ample extra credit give those who want to work hard for their grade the opportunity to get an A if they want it.
Overall, Professor Frederick is has an interesting way of teaching that most of my professors in a lecture hall doesn't teach. Though the class is large, he still manages to create an interactive lectures that incorporates the students learning.
Funny tall guy who knew his material well. Expected a lot from the students but were able to make arrangements to meet the students expectations.
Dave takes improvement in to consideration which is huge. he taught me how to study efficiently and my scores demostrated this. He sets each and every student up for success and he is an amazing teacher! he helped improve my writting and test taking skills!
Very good professor. He teaches in ways that students can relate. He make sure students learn material and retain the information. This class was challenging, but he fun interesting and kept me motivated to do well in the class
He is very enthusiastic during a 9 a.m. class, which helps to keep most of the class awake during his lectures. The topics which are taught during lectures are always interesting and relatable. He holds very high expectations and it almost seems impossible to get an A in this course. However, I have realized that it is not impossible to achieve that A, all it takes is a whole lot of work. I do not think this work load is equivalent to a 200 level psychology course, I have worked harder in this class than I have in any other upper division psychology course that I have taken, which I think may discourage students of other majors from taking this course.
Dave is very knowledgable on the subject and is a good professor, still able to relate to students and understand us while maintaining authority over the class and keeping things fun and at a good pace.
he is a very good teacher and tries so hard to get the concepts he explains understood by his students. He's super funny and he loves monkeys and cats. He knows his subject area very well and I would take him again if I could handle the work load, but there were times when I felt that I couldn't keep up. He tries to make learning enjoyable by having us participate in activities, and it did put a smile on my face every time we did something fun. Overall, I really enjoyed taking his class and look forward to taking other classes with him if I needed for my major.
Professor's course work was very overwhelming. There was paper topics that were unclear as far as what was expected in the first paper. not till the following ones were there any type of guidance.
a good teacher. he starts class promptly, he is ready for the class, and he knows his subject really well. I think he gives too much work..mainly the papers. we write too much for the class even though it is not a WI class. But it's good to write things about different topics. I really like this class but i think it's kind of hard because of the test structure.
Great! The thing i appreciate most about Dave is his powerpoint presentations. I love all the pictures, they help me memorize content. For example, the study about the children being praised for their intelligence or their effort was explained on a slide that had a picture of a blue classroom. All these visuals help a lot. Also all the videos really make the material come to life, it shows us actual real examples. Like the little chinese girl being run over, and this showing the bystander effect. David never stays on a slide too long, helping me stay focused and not bored. Dave is very personable and approachable. He never gives off a vibe of i'm better than you, i know more than you, don't ask me questions. I have been very comfortable asking him questions in class and through email, and through email he responds quickly. Dave also spends his own money to have illustrations of material in lecture. Like the ice challenge! When Dave bought ice and brought water to class and the challenge was who could leave their hand in the longest, but two people were told there was a reward, two weren't. It really shows he cares more about us learning than about his paycheck. Great professor, my best so far. And i'm glad he shaved that beard he had before!
He's a really good teacher but he does expect a lot from his students, especially with writing out debate papers. However, his teaching styles override all of his flaws because he was is able to help us clearly understand what concepts, studies, and theories are. His in class demonstrations are awesome as well.
Very knowledgeable and able to grab the attention of the students.
He is an awesome & very challenging instructor-- especially with his papers. But an overall awesome professor!!
He is a nice guy. Quirky, smart, affable. I don't think the paper formats were very relevant for non-psych majors, since they'll most likely type normal English class MLA essays. He's a good man because he is true to his word (esp. with students who volunteer to do mini-experiments in class). White bear.
He was a great teacher and this class definitely challenged me. I enjoyed coming to class knowing that we wouldnt sit in there for a whole hour and 15 minutes listening and going through powerpoints but he mixed it up. Overall I think he did a great job.
He was by far the best professor I have ever had. His use of examples, videos, and relating the concepts to real world made the class interesting. I actually enjoyed going to the class as I was sure to laugh, and actually learn something. I would continue to recommend him to anyone thinking about taking this course.
excellent proffessor and high expectations.
Dave is a swell teacher.
He is a very good instructor.
Wait... Did you hear that? That is the sound of sheer awesomeness coming from professor Frederick. WOW, What a great teacher. Not only did professor Frederick teach the course material with well made PowerPoints and lectures, but he also taught students at a level we can comprehend. For example, class was never a serious strict environment, it was always fun and helpful. Moreover, professor Frederick gave every student the opportunity to talk to him one on one.
a good teacher.
He is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the content and subject of the class. A lot of his material in lectures were easily remembered by his quirky presentations (which made it easy to recall during a test). He seems like an overall understanding professor that would adjust to needs when called for.
It is clear that Prof Frederick is not a full time UH teacher because he's actually good at what he does. In my 4 years at UH the only other teacher equal to his effectiveness is Prof Dewald. Dave presents the material in an interesting manned and uses the student participation effectively. I found I wanted to go to his classes because you never knew what to expect but te course material was always interesting and presented in a manner that we could understand.
He is a very well prepared professor. His lecture style teaching was very helpful in his use of activities, videos, and group discussions.
Dave is a hard, fair, and fun professor. I learned a lot. The writing assignments can be hard at sometimes, due to the fact that sometimes there is not enough sources on the topic. I feel the grading for the papers is kind of hard. The tests require hard thinking as they are lots of fill in the blanks. But the class was challenging, and i did learn a lot in the end
when lecturing about certain studies/experiments dave sometimes quickly and unclearly explains the experiment and then shows graphs and charts and I have no idea what he just said cause he mumbled really fast
Awesome! Dave is incredibly knowledgeable about psychology (PhD to prove it!) and with it comes great responsibility. When we are confused about a certain topic or idea, Dave has the ability to break down complex ideas into bite size pieces that even the most hopeless can digest them effectively. Even better, he does it in a way that makes you either laugh or become interested in the topic later on.
An intelligent, understanding, and friendly instructor who cares very much about how much his students learn and enjoy the concepts in the course. Dave is very knowledgable about the content matter and never stumbles when answering questions. He is calm and collects his thoughts quickly and effectively before answering. Dave is also very understanding as he was kind enough to dramatically reduce the required readings for this course. He understood that there was a lot of readings for a large lecture-type class and chose meaningful and related topics for the readings. Dave is lastly a very friendly professor who will make small talk with his students to help them know he is not a large "giant" and intimidating professor. I enjoyed learning from Dave this semester and will highly recommend courses taught by him. He is a wonderful professor and anyone who takes his courses are very lucky and will not be disappointed.
He is exceptional for all of the above reasons.
He understands what he is teaching and is a very good writer. I liked that he had the TA help with grading becuase he seemed to be very smart and may have graded harsher. I didn't do well in the beginning but now that I understand his teaching better I see that it is effective in getting us as students to understand and actually learn.
David is an amazing teacher who is sensitive to the different ways students learn. He is very hard working and makes the course material interesting for naive learners. He is passionate and willing to help his students in any way he can. His testing method is difficult but insures mastery of the subject matter. I felt I tested better with the short answer tests than I normally do on multiple choice tests. I would of like this class to be a writing extensive class since such a large portion of our grade was based on essays. He is a great teacher who works and thus makes me want to work hard for him. BEST PROFESSOR I HAVE HAD AT UHM!!
He is a great instructor. I was very surprised that he asked for our feedback and used it to make substantial changes to the course. He really seems like he wants the students to learn.
The course contents and teaching presentation are very interesting but there's somewhat of difficulties for ESL student to fulfill the writing requirement that are given.
Pro: He is very passionate in his teaching and material and you can tell he enjoys teaching.
He takes his job very seriously and I would say that he is boderline workoholic! He is extremely eloquent,knowledgeable and clear throughout his lectures. He gives useful examples and lots of visual aid as well as exemplifying studies. Exams are long, but not too hard. I prefer this format than multiple choice, for it makes me feel like I really know the material. After he diminished the reading volume, the course became less overwhelming. I intend to read the material that was not required during my break! ;) I don't like the group dynamic. Too much time is wasted in useless power struggle within the group, especially mine. I would rate this class a a+ if it weren't for the group discussions being so time consuming. I enjoy his class and I hope to take some of his other classes in the near future.
he is a great professor and one of the best I've ever had. I enjoyed going to class just because of how he teaches and makes the class really interesting. His examples of certain theories and explanations of many studies were very clear and easy to comprehend. I leave class everyday with a head full of knowledge and is so interested in what I learned that I share it with my fellow peers. Dave shows so much concern for his students and wants us to succeed in his class. He showed that by changing parts of the courses after our mid year evaluation we had. I am so happy I finally can take so much out of a course because many classes I've had in the past, I'd learn something, then forget it later on. I hope to take future classes of Dave.
David Frederick is an enthusiastic teacher who exerts high energy and a positive attitude in class. His lecture are informative of the material being covered and he uses great examples in class with the help of student volunteers. It is evident that he cares for his students success in understanding the material and doing well in the class.
Prof. Dave is definitely one the best teachers that I have had in a long time. His class was difficult at first to say the least,as the class averaged 56% on the first exam which i though was ridiculous! however, he was responsible enough to go ahead and make reasonable changes to his syllabus and class (not many teachers would do that). He is genuinely concerned for the success of his students and always makes time for them to ask questions. He is a great speaker, not once have i ever heard him 'fumble' over trying to say something, and he always makes his point clearly and easy to understand. His humor is also a great thing as it makes taking his class enjoyable. This class is definitely one i enjoyed as it pushed me to actually master the material, rather then just learn or memorize it. His demonstrations are also really enjoyable. He managed to master his way of teaching by teaching the information from all aspects of how a student would want to learn (kinetically, visually, orally, or just reading material), and that is something that is rare to find and I am happy that I had had the opportunity to take his class.
Well, it was a difficult class for me because of exams and my low grades on papers. I enjoyed his lectures but at times he went over the subject matter too quickly. He is friendly and kind with his students. He made the class a writing intensive one in my opinion. Although my overall grade in this class will probably not be good at all, I enjoyed being in the class and everything except for the workload.was right for me.
He is a great teacher because he is open to suggestions with how to best teach this course. A lot of the students were struggling after the first midterm and I appreciated hus effort to improve his teaching methods and course material. He speaks very clearly and never stumbles over his words. He effectively gets his points across with the use of visual examples. He has a lot to offer as a professor and I would recommend this professor to anyone.
Dave is one of the best profs I've had at UH. I can tell he genuinely cares about his students and their success. When he noticed people were struggling, he offered tips on how to do better the next time (like writing an A paper and offering an in-class study session and offering a list of key terms, studies, and important points of the readings). I also liked that Dave had that group of people come in so he could get a feel of our evaluation of the course and ultimately addressed the class's main concerns (decreasing reading load, giving more time to write papers, decreasing discussion time). Overall, I like that Dave is really flexible with the course material and really tailors the class so that everyone feels as though they can succeed.
My overall evaluation of David Frederick is that he is an outstanding teacher. He is very knowledgeable of this subject and he demonstrates his knowledge through his examples. His examples and games give us, the students, a better understanding of the topics.
He is a great professor, that challenges us as students to expect more and challenge ourselves to learn about Social Psychology. He pushes his class to do well, and expects us to do well. He gives us all the information we need to succeed in this course. And also gives help as to what we need to do to further ourselves for psychology majors.
Good teacher; expectations are communicated well; open-minded to student's opinion;
He means well and is a fair grader. The amount of content he gives us in the beginning was overwhelming at first. The papers could have been handled better, though. Grading is tricky, considering that he expects higher quality writing in one paper (without drafts).
He makes class really fun and interesting. He is very enthusiastic about the material and psychology in general.
He is a great teacher, his lectures' style really encourages us to go to class and his explanations are always very clear and helpful. His tests, once you get used to it, make students think more about the subject and he gives very helpful study guides. I think of him as one of the best psy lectures in Manoa, no doubt. One complaint: I feel the amount of papers we had to write is not fair for the class. The papers were not only a lot to do but also David and the TA graded them so hard that many of us put a lot of stress on those papers and our tests grades suffered. I feel it would have been fair to have an WI on this class, not only because we actually wrote a lot, but also because many people are currently taking 1 or 2 WI classes this semester and if I knew that I would have to stress so much about papers for PSY 250 I would def not have enrolled in it. My grades suffered quite a bit this semester because I could never figure out what was expected from the papers. Even when I followed EVERY LITTLE THING on the rubric I still got a C ( and I have always had really high grades on papers!). So I just think for future reference, students should be aware of how much they have to write and how much is expected from them form the beginning, to avoid a writing overload. Well, this is my only complaint. Overall it was a really fun class and I learned a lot, David rocks!
Dave understands how to make the material interesting and allows students to enjoy the course with how he presents himself and is not unapproachable.
David Fredrick has shown compassion towards student who are challenged with learning disabilities. He also is very enthusiastic when he teaches. His class has become my favorite class to attend. The best part is Dave really pays attention to whats going on in class compared to other educators who are busy with their side projects.
He is great and makes me believe in myself.
I really liked this class. Frederick presented the materials in a real understanding way. I appreciated the time he took to help explain the topics by using examples that included games and student participation. He made learning fun. He used all sorts of examples and he always made sure that we all understood the lecture. He would always ask us if we have questions, and sometimes most of us are really shy, so he would quickly summarize and get the main points across. If not, he would tell us the readings have more background, which they actually did. The readings, though very tedious and overwhelming, were pretty helpful. If I missed class, he was always there to help me get caught up with my work.
He is an enthusiastic professor, who knows the material thoroughly and that is conveyed through his lecture style.
He's a nice teacher. Challenging, but overall good.
His lecture was very clear and interesting, but in the slides, I thought he've better put more explanation about the study, and make it clear to see the slides. Then it would be much easier and nicer.
durnt
Great teacher, uses class time effectively with a good balance of discussion, lecture and video. Keeps the class attention with various in class experiments, including ones with money. He is very energetic, but not to over the top for a 9am class. Takes time to make sure everyone is generally keeping pace with the lecture and slides throughout the lecture.
he is a good teacher but i don't think using studies to explain concepts is the write way to learn certain terms.
very good teacher. knows what he's talking about. He expected the students to know a lot of material in detail which was difficult.
He is very knowledgable about Social Psychology and is very open to suggestions on what he can do better as a teacher which I think is really important. He acted on our suggestions (from evaluation earlier in semester) which shows that he actually cares about teaching and about what we have to say as students.
that he is intelligent, enthusiastic and well prepared for each lesson by incorporating group discussions, video clips, and activities.
David is very encouraging and wants his students to do well. He provides the students with the tools to succeed.
that he is very enthusiastic about the course material which in turn makes the material much more interesting to learn. He has a unique approach to teaching: very interactive, has a lot of group work, etc.
Professor Frederick nailed it! His approachability and understanding make for an easy-going classroom environment and makes the size of the class seem smaller than it actually is, by keeping everyone engaged. I appreciate the fact that not only did he take the classroom survey of his teaching approach into consideration, he actually implemented many of the suggestions! That was a first for me and feel more professors should adopt this concept. As Dr. Michio Kaku says, "We are born scientists, society and the education system crushes curiosity out of us." If we had more professors like Dave, we would all be engaged in learning.
Dave was actually a very excellent teacher. His enthusiasm made the class enjoyable and interesting. I felt the writing assignment were graded a little unfairly as it was subjective since There are multiple different graders. I do understand his attempt to promote excellence in writing because of how vital it will be in the future. Although I disliked the writing assignments I felt that it was for the betterment of myself as a writer. If anything has been taken form this class it is the importance of writing a good essay.
He is a good teacher. Efficient, capable and fair. There should be more teachers such as Prof. Frederick
He made learning the material very interesting and fun. He makes good use of video clips and powerpoint graphs and charts to help us understand the material. It was not a class I was planning to take but it ended up being a good choice.
One thing that I really liked about Dave is that he is really adaptive to students needs. I saw this in both of the courses I took with him this semester. About halfway through he consulted with us to gain a better understanding of what we liked and what we thought needed to change. He was responsive to our comments. It is really nice to have a professor not stuck in his/her way. Dave is the most intelligent professor I have ever had in a psychology course (Im a psych major). He demonstrated proficient knowledge of the field; His intelligence was actually inspiring to me. He really expects a lot out of his students and as a result we come to expect a lot out of ourselves as well. A+ Professor. None Better, Honestly, I mean that.
he is a good teacher that is passionate about his class. He takes into consideration the comments of his class and makes necessary changes. His style of teaching is reasonable for many students because of his use of powerpoint during class lectures.
Great teacher, really smart. Probably learned the most valuable lessons in his class. However, a lot of reading is required, and it is harder than most classes, I consider that a good thing though, but it frustrates many people I know, especially the fill in the blank test, as opposed to multiple choice. If you can step it up to his lever, I believe you will become a better student because of it, however, if your not willing to put in the time and effort, this class might be a GPA buster...
He is a good teacher, who enjoys to teach. At times the due dates were a little confusing.
Great teacher because he really cares about the quality of the course content.
Dr F made class interesting with his concept demos (game show) and easy to understand by choosing current issues and applying them to lecture. All questions presented by students were answered clearly, demonstrating true knowledge/understanding of course material.
This is one of the best teachers I have ever had (and I have had a lot of good teachers). I really enjoy how enthusiastic he is when presenting the material. He has a clear and fun way of presenting his information. He puts a lot of effort into his class and I really appreciate that. When I come into class early, I can hear other students talking about material rather than their weekend activities! It's amazing! :)
One of my favorite teachers. This was my most challenging class of the semester and at the same time it was my favorite class. Being in teams was a great way of making a huge class feel smaller. He is also funny which makes us all pay attention much more. He is very fair and I respect him as a teacher.
Dave was a great professor and I loved his style of teaching! Especially how he is enthused with the material he is teaching, and how he takes real life examples to illustrate the concepts taught in the lectures made the class much more interesting. I would say he is one of my favorite teachers of all time!
Dave is a really good professor who really does challenge you to think a little outside of the box and actively seek to understand, but he is there for every step of the way if you struggle at all. I can honestly say he is my favorite psychology professor by far because he takes all comments and turns them in to something positive. You can tell him that what he is doing sucks, and he'll make it better, or you can tell him it's great, and he will STILL try to improve it. The things that he covered were really interesting and the jokes - comic relief he offered were very great. But the best thing was all the visuals he provided in class. He not only lectured you and covered the auditory aspect of learning, but he really spiced up the visuals. He also did a lot of demonstrations that could cover the semantics of everything and it was insane how much I could honestly recall. I would highly recommend him to my friends; undoubtedly. I would just warn them about his papers... a lot of them and TAs don't offer too much feedback so it's difficult to improve. But again, Dave is once again there to help with that if you actively seek him. He honestly just wants the best for his students and everyone can tell. But he won't lower academic standards for it and that is something that I can truly appreciate.
David Frederick is a great teacher. He involves students in every class meeting and applies experiments to what we learn in class. He also shares true stories and experiments to give the concepts we learn in class a sense of reality.
An intelligent man who knows his Social (and Evolutionary) Psychology. He helps by giving examples that are relatable and sometimes humorous. All of the experiments we learned about were interesting and hard to forget so when the tests came along, we did well. He honestly wants us to succeed in class and responded to our requests from a survey given to us midway through the semester.
Hes a great teacher and compromises for hardships the students go through
I loved both of his classes, they were challenging but very interesting. He is incredibly intelligent and I admire hime greatly.
Professor Frederick is very knowledgeable about social psychology. He always responded promptly to my emails and helpful with explaining topics clearly. I think he's a very caring teacher who does want his students to succeed. He was very understanding that teaching students at UH Manoa is different from teaching at UCLA. I liked that midway through the semester he adjusted his syllabus and lessened the reading load based on how the class was performing.
A good professor. He uses YouTube videos which better explains a concept.
He was a great instructor, educated and highly knowledgable in his field. He was enthusiastic and willing to help and created a class atmosphere that encouraged participation, discussion, and critical thinking.
He's a great teacher and really seems to enjoy what he's teaching. I'd recommend his class to others because of the course material and how he's enthusiastic and teaches it in a more modern way.
24. The types of writing we did were relevant to the field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.01 99 1.03 Freq(%) 3 (3%) 5 (5%) 18 (18%) 35 (35%) 38 (38%)
25. The course was a valuable contribution to my education.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 99 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 6 (6%) 6 (6%) 30 (30%) 57 (58%)
26. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 99 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 4 (4%) 13 (13%) 22 (22%) 59 (60%)
27. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The lectures were very entertaining. Dave teaches with a unique quirkiness that I particularly enjoy (like the "sneaky fact" line in 352). His games in 250 are pretty helpful in demonstrating the concepts behind things like the prisoner's dilemma. Also, Dave was really adaptive to the needs of the class (dropping a bunch of readings because people were falling behind), which is really great. Lots of professors continue on with their formulaic classes even when it's clear that the students are struggling, Dave doesn't do that.
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His use of experiments, and videos to help get his points across.
i liked the material, though the first 1/2 of the class was overwhelming and almost made me drop. I liked the group thing but I'll say why I also didn't like it and offer suggestions on the next questions.
Coming from a community college, I was not familiar with the way universities taught classes and I soon found myself overwhelmed with exams and quizzes. What I got from this class was a way to succeed at the university level. Frederick showed me what I needed to do to take notes, study, work with fellow classmates and do well on exams. That is what I liked most about this class.
small groups is the best aspect of the class because it gets you talking to other people in the class which helps with studying for tests and with papers. A good example of a minimalist group.
Sections of the course that I liked best were the sections where there were videos to clearly explain theories of the subject. The group debate discussion were very helpful in broadening my perspectives.
Learning about how humans communicate with society, why we do the things we do and demonstrating delayed gratification. part of the course I liked was the success principles that I apply to my daily life.
Lectures were awsome and interactive! i also loved the guest speakers, and videos that he showed were relevant and interesting
I loved is demonstrations in class because it put a visual to what we were learning about. He's demonstrations were always relatable and fun for the class.
The videos that were shown in class in order to explain certain concepts were very interesting. Also, the examples that were used in class were easy to understand because they often related to our everyday lives.
the powerpoints and lectures were fun and interesting. dave made class fun and I learned a whole lot.
I liked the fact that he had us form permanent discussion groups for the whole semester. Doing that helped me with my study habits and made me feel a lot more comfortable when asked to participate in class. I like that he follows his syllabus to the date. Some professors are constantly tweaking their syllabus, which is perfectly fine. However, I would prefer to follow the syllabus given in the beginning of the semester to help manage my time when it comes to other classes, and so that I know what to expect when I go to class. I liked that he had presented power point presentations in every class. It helped clear up the material he was covering. I like that he offered many extra credit opportunities. I basically did all of them because I really needed it. I just hope that doing the extra credit boosts my grade at least one letter up.
I truly enjoyed the examples he gives in lecture. and all the student participations he did in the beginning of some lectures to introduce the new lesson.
The examples! especially the interactive ones when he used volunteers. I also really liked the new take on bystander effect study with Kitty Genovese. In every PSY class I've had the same details have been covered extensively and I always wondered about the logic of tracking down people who did not report a crime.
i like his presentations. they were very entertaining and i understand the concept a little better.
As much as others didn't, i like the tests. The fill in the blank forces me to know definitions well.
In class demonstrations were the best. Although they did take up a little time, it was worth the time to have them. He would have little games for volunteers that he would pick at random (or whoever wanted to volunteer) and have them compete with each other. He would do this for concepts that would have been difficult to learn had he not demonstrated. He would also show video clips which were ALWAYS relevant to the topic.
This class is challenging but I have learned many new things. I like how he uses studies to explain a certain concept. This is the only 9am class I have ever enjoyed
Group and class discussions. I also like the videos and class activities done in class to get a better understanding of the concepts.
Exam format was interesting. I think I would have enjoyed the test if it were about 1/2 M.C. and 1/2 fill in the blank questions rather than ALL fill in the blank (makes hand sore).
The lectures because we would do group work and activites which kept me on task and interested in the material.
When we had issues with how the class was taught, he took the time to fix things.
I liked the videos, powerpoint slides, up to date information in research, and in class demonstrations of concepts.
Dave's interactive demonstrations.
I really enjoyed the challenge level of this course. The exam structure was very well designed and allowed students to really know the material in order to pass the class. Although it was difficult, I feel that the exam did an excellent job at testing for assessment.
I extremely enjoyed seeing professor Frederick interact with the students and turn his class time into something more than a boring lecture class. Professor Frederick understands that we are students and comprehend on a different level than dull, boring old people (not to insult anyone if you're a boring old person). Professor Frederick also took in input from students half way into the semester to revise his syllabus to help us out overall.
The opportunity to work in groups as a team.
The lectures were pretty easy to follow and terms fairly easy to remember because of them. The atmosphere of the class felt pretty open to opinions and not intimidating.
The exams, the papers, the lecture style, (most) of the readings
The way he tied course material to activities that we would do in front of the class.
candy money youtube and "group discussions"(free time) best class to be stoned in
I liked the fact that we had 6 person groups and were able to break up into those groups for discussion before going into a large class discussion. In such large classes, individual voices are frequently lost, but with the group system, all voices can be heard, then the ideas stemmed from those discussions can be integrated into the larger class discussions. I also enjoy the class demonstrations. While learning psychology, sometimes the only time to understand certain ideas or methods is to demonstrate them. Dave demonstrates with the students help, but with a flair that makes it so entertaining! Dave also includes videos to help us understand psychology in a fun and exciting way!
The lectures were hands-on, the group work was relevant, and the experiments were easy to understand. Dave made the lecture slides clear and easy to understand and uploaded them fairly quickly to Laulima. He had many lectures where he called up students to demonstrate experiments or concepts. One of my favorite hands-on activities was the reese's pieces self-control lecture, where he had students hold on to a bowl of reese's pieces asking them not to eat any of them because they would be needed later in lecture. Most students had enough self-control not to eat the pieces. I enjoy doing the group discussions and debates because they allow us to research specific topics in the field of social psychology and find useful evidence to back up our claims. Dave made clear rubrics for the writing expectations and was easy for students to go in to talk to him and ask for help. Dave also included various pictures and videos to help make the experiments clear to understand. It was especially helpful to see the videos of experiments and try to catch the IV, DV, methods, and results for practice, and then have Dave place them on the board for us to check our work.
Friends
I liked the group discussion times however I wish that my groups were better at the discussions and thus I feel that the groups should be mixed up
I thought his power point presentations were helpful. I like that he used online readings instead of a text book. I think this feature of the class was important because he shaped the class to fit the subject instead of following a book. I appreciated Dave's willingness to help his students even if the questions were unrelated to his class. I loved the extra credit opportunities.
The in class activities/demonstrations keep your attention and keep you interested. The videos show how the material is relevant to the real world. The group discussions are overall a good way to make you think about the material, but sometimes I felt we were given too much time. It would be better to make the group discussions a little shorter and give more time to discuss it as a class.
The contents and examples he uses to explain are very easy to understand and interesting.
The interesting videos and lectures
I enjoy his lectures the most. I like his visual aids and the fact that he presents at least two major studies to exemplify the material. He is funny and approachable, he is always allowing people to express themselves and ask questions. This class is very interactive, you hardly feel like falling asleep! He definitely keeps you on your toes and makes you laugh while learning a lot of material!
Our groups were really helpful in terms of studying together, asking for any clarification on anything that I wasn't so sure about and I established a few friendships in a big class :)
I really enjoyed the stories Frederick shared with the class pertaining to the subject matter being taught. He had great you-Tube links that conveyed and supported the ideas or terms that he wanted us to understand.
Class involvements.
What I liked most about this class is the group discussions and the demonstrations in class. The group discussions were great because it forced you to interact with your fellow classmates (which is something that is rare to do in a class of 100+). I also really liked the fact that the study guides were available right away which gave us ample time to prepare for each exam. I also really liked that there was no textbook for the class (which shows how dedicated and knowledgeable our teacher is as he is responsible for finding all the readings).
My favorite part of the course was being able to discuss opinions of others surrounding me and throughout the class.
I really enjoyed lectures the best because the power point slides were easy to follow. Although there was a lot of course material, he helped to break down what we should know by sending a study guide. The debate papers, allowed me to improve my use of PsychINFO and to become familiar with studies in the field of psychology. Having group member to work with in the class made the class a little easier. I was able to ask these people for help with the material and study guide.
I really enjoyed the lectures. Dave is a good speaker, never has to read his notes, never stumbles over his words, and covers the material very thoroughly. I like how Dave keeps us really engaged through the activities and videos. The activities and videos allow us to either see an experiment in action or lets us see how the topics we are learning about can apply to the real life situations.
There were several aspects of this course that I liked such as, no textbook required, study guide, and lecture slides. I thought it was very generous of Professor Frederick to provide all the reading materials for this class. It helped me save some money. I also liked that he created a study guide for us. I felt that this helped me tremendously while preparing for his exams. Lastly I liked that he posted all the materials from lecture onto laulima, which helped me to be a little more prepared for class.
Dave did in class presentations to show how studies were evaluated and conducted.
appreciated the organized study guides; lectures were helpful to learning the material; test were difficult but it tested knowledge fairly. i felt accomplished when i starting acing the test because i figured out how to master the study guide and how to study :)
The activities he demonstrated in class were helpful, but I would think it would make more sense after he discusses the topic at hand. He tends to have them at the beginning of class and then goes into the concept he is trying to explain.
I just enjoyed learning about social psychology in general. It was interesting to learn about and fun to try and relate to.
Lectures, the fact that David was always willing to help and respond our emails really fast...giving us reminders of tasks...it was a nice environment.
Having groups in such a big class made the class more enjoyable and engaging.
The course content Dave has chosen is stimulating. Dave's attitude is the best aspect. Its positive , encouraging and very knowledgeable.
Everything
I really liked the examples he used, such as games, videos, student participation games, surveys, questions, etc. It made the course almost hands-on and it wasn't always a boring lecture. Also, he always seemed very excited about the material, which made the topics stick a bit more. You could tell that he took the extra time to set things up to make sure that the lectures were clear and could be easily understood.
I liked the enthusiasm, and that he is a young, modern Professor who can relate to us and see what engages us academically. He has high standards, which may motivate some individuals.
I liked the lectures. He really tried to make case studies and theories as clear as possible using examples that we would understand.
class discussion was the best. We shared our opinions one another and it was so helpful to understand well about the topic we had.
youtube videos
Watching the videos and experiments. There is never a dull moment in which you feel this is pointless.
i liked the groups and how there wasn't much hw.
I liked how he posted study guides for every lecture. Even though they were posted late they were helpful with keeping up with the material in class. The tests were hard but I liked how he gave the option of not answering five of the questions. I felt that was a fair chance to give the students an opportunity to do well on the test
The study guides were very helpful to me when studying for the test. Unlike other study guides, his actually helped to guide my studying and were very specific. I liked that he actually used material from the study guides on the test.
-liked that the lectures were posted online -that the study guides were up -he asks for suggestions half way through the course to compromise with the class
The study guide questions that were provided for the lectures and the readings.
I don't know how he did it, but he someone how made the class fun to go to. I think a lot can be attributed to his good attitude: class goes by really fast when you have a professor who seems to enjoy being there, too.
I loved Dave's fresh approach to the course. I can't stress enough how much his hip in-the-know attitude struck a chord with many of the younger students and engaged their attention. His ability to set real-world examples out of complex psychology concepts really helped me grasp and embrace psychology as a whole. I was particularly fond of the in-class experiments he held on an almost daily basis, involving the students and keeping their attention in a humorous fashion in order to explain some of the critical concepts of the course material. I am not a psychology major, yet I feel I will be taking away an understanding that will stick with me for a very long time.
The class participation.
I liked the video clips as well as the short discussion/debate sessions.
In class discussions and demonstrations
I think the subject of psychology is very interesting, so I was very interested in learning about the subject. What I liked the best about this course was the use of laulima and study guides to prepare for the exams. The powerpoint of lectures and study guides were posted online so students can use their resoureces to better prepare for the test.
Having the power points being online. The demonstrations in class.
the group debates and work. in class activities are also very fun and provide a first hand experience to the concept we are trying to learn. I also liked the fact that he took the time to hire an outside independent review company to critique his teaching and to receive feedback from the class. This to me is something every teacher should do. It shows his dedication to perfecting his craft and to receive valuable insight into making improvements to the class when its needed most. Every teacher should take a leaf out of Dave's book and follow suit. Take feedback during the middle of the semester, NOT AT THE END WHEN IT'S COMPLETELY USELESS TO THE CURRENT CLASS
The readings that were not from Psych magazines or textbooks were the most interesting and easier to apply. It was more enjoyable to read "Blink" and "Superheroes" and write a response than on the journal articles. The group discussions were helpful and broke up the monotony of sitting in class and hearing lecture, it also helped to gather thoughts before writing the papers.
The lectures. I enjoy going to class when the material is clear and easy to understand. What is best is that the professor is so involved with the class. I think that is the secret. He involves himself in the class, so the students learn how to involve themselves in the class.
I liked the structure of the tests. This made us actually learn it. It was also nice that there was a study guide for each class.
I liked how he would do experiments in class to explain the topics covered throughout the course.
I loved the visual presentations and in class demonstrations. They were GREAT. I like that I truly had to master the material to perform well on the exams. I mean, they were difficult and hard to adjust to the first time around, but I can explain this stuff to my grandma as Dave would ask. That's what counts. I can leave this course and apply what I've learned to life, and explain it to an old lady at the same time! :)
I liked that we learned about concepts we experience in our every day lives.
I liked learning about the different research studies and applying them to concepts that we learned in class. I thoroughly enjoyed the videos as well because they were easy to understand and a good break from the lectures. He portrayed concepts using props as well, such as money or candy that really helped me to remember the concepts.
Too much fun
I really liked the discussions in our groups, the examples he presented, and the games he would play with the class.
I liked that the PowerPoint's were very clear and easy to follow. I also liked that Professor Frederick has study guides for each exams based on the lectures and readings. It really helped me to study on the key ideas that will be tested on the exams. I felt much more prepared after completing the study guides and reviewing them.
I liked being in groups. It allowed to me to meet new people and get ideas across easier.
The interaction with class mates and instructor, for a class this size it was barre thing to see class interaction on such a wide scale with such a large class. Group activities helped to make core concepts clear, and readings and videos were highly relevant to subject matter; helped to clarify key points
I really liked how enthusiastic he was about teaching and taught the subject matter in a couple different ways using the powerpoint, comparing to other parts of life and doing demonstrations. What we learn in class can easily applied to the lives of each of us and he took advantage of that which is great!
28. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I really didn't like the essays... I'm improving my skills in writing research papers from this class but dammit I am really crappy at writing them. I did pretty average on the papers in this class because of that and how tough the papers were graded.
The tests were way to hard and set you up to fail
I probably just hated the time of the class.
The groups. I think working in groups is great however it influences your participation and motivation in the course a lot. My group happened to be good, but not great. Nobody wanted to be here, no one wanted to get together for assignments, 2 people dropped, and another almost dropped. The motivation of a few of the members was lacking and made it so the rest of the group cared less overall and, I think, this had a huge negative effect on me and my performance in the course.
I found the essay-writing particularly discouraging. It didn't seem to follow the teaching format that I so enjoyed from Frederick. Each time he assigned a paper, he told us exactly how to write it. And each time I wrote the paper, it came back with a grade much lower than I had expected. After the first time, I simply decided to try harder, but a couple more times and I became frustrated with the results. I was constantly getting poor grades for papers that I felt were very well written. I believe there was some sort of high standard set by whoever was grading these papers and it and it made Frederick think that he was doing something wrong.
The readings for the tests in the beginning were too difficult because there was too much content from both the lectures and readings. That being said he rectified the situation by adjusting the next tests. However, since this is a trend for ALL of the classes he teaches the first test or the worst test of every student should be dropped. This way the grade reflects the students knowledge on the subject and not their ability to take a test.
Aspects of the course i liked least were plain lecture days with no activity or videos to keep my attention up.
Meeting in groups. It took time and most of the members that were in my group hardly showed up.
group work was fun but I dont really think I got much out of it besides comparing study guides which was helpful
The tests. They were very hard, but it challenges the students to know the material well.
The amount of reading that was assigned was ridiculous, even after it was reduced after the first midterm. Considering the fact that many of the readings were not related to the material that was taught in the lectures, nor were there questions on many readings on the test, I thought at least half of the assigned readings were a complete waste of time. I also was not too fond of the four papers that were assigned throughout the semester. Often, the debate topics had nothing to do with what we were learning in class and I felt as though the writing rubric was very unclear for the first two papers. The grading of the papers was also ridiculous, I thought I had written at least two A+ papers, and only received a 94% on them with absolutely no feedback when I got my papers back. The only comments that were written on my paper were positive, which in no way helped me to improve my grade. Although it was nice to know that I did well on my paper, how was I supposed to improve without some constructive criticism?
I wish we got more feedback on our papers, or if there were some sort of grading rubric attached to really show us where we excelled and where we need to improve in our writing would have been really helpful.
I didn't like the format of the exams, I don't think anyone did. Haha! Filling in the blank and memorizing concepts isn't exactly one of my strengths. As much as I studied, I had a really hard time getting through the exams. I would sometimes get definitions mixed up, or just wouldn't remember a lot of things. I only did good on the 3rd exam, and hopefully I'll do better on the final exam. I did fairly well on the debate papers, but it felt like I was taking a writing intensive course. For a 200 level class, I didn't expect to write a total of four debate papers. Two maybe, but not four! There were a lot of readings for the class in the beginning. It was more than most of us could handle. He did make some changes to the syllabus and eliminated a lot of readings in order to help us succeed on the exams, so that helped out tremendously!
The actual work was very overwhelming. I think there was not enough time to complete essays within a week. I had a hard time sitting in myu assigned seat which was all the way in the back.
The groups! It was difficult to interact with zero feedback and flat affect. In my group, discussion time was a short break of silence from the lecture. I suggest mixing the groups half way in the middle of the semester. More social networking will also counter-balance the extra readings (you should offer like during exam 1) &less writing please or WI credit
I dont'r care for the test and the papers.
The readings were hard to keep up with, but interesting.
DEBATE PAPERS! I didn't care much for the debate papers. I didn't fully understand why we needed to debate when all we wanted to do was learn about Social Psychology. Putting us into debate groups was interesting because we gain more friends and become more open in class, but other than that, it seemed a little pointless. The debate papers were also given on random topics and had to have a pros and cons side, which is difficult because most theories have more pros than cons. His grading for them are also extreme. It's like you think you've improved as you write each debate paper, but really, you get the same grade every time.
One area that I am still unsure of is self perception such as self knowledge it seemed rushed.
readings
Stupid debate papers. Dave was very particular about the formatting, even if the paper was well written, we still wouldn't get an A because we didn't follow his format.
I did not like how the tests were set up.
Group work as we often got side tracked and didn't talk about what we were supposed to.
The difficult part of class was the style of the exam. Exam consisted of all fill in the blank (no word bank, and some specific key term or phrase). In comparison to many other class exams, this exam is by far one of the most challenging because it is not a multiple choice exam (almost every other class I've taken in my 4yrs was multiple choice).
Debate papers.
The writing load for this course. I understand that he was trying to prepare us with better writing skills that we will need in the future, but I signed up for PSY 250, not an english course. I feel that having these writing assignments interfered with the lessons (as if we were just writing just to write) and grading was very extreme. This part of the class was not motivating and was a drag.
I understand professor Frederick won't change the format of his tests to a fill in the bubble format but his tests were difficult even when reviewing four hours the week before. I'm not one to complain about studying because I understand every teacher has the right to make up tests to see what students understand, but I also have him for another class along with other upper division courses to keep in mind.
Doing the reading questions, kind of long.
I feel like the four papers that were required during the semester did not really relate to the course overall. They were all debate styled papers and did not make me feel like i was gaining anything from writing them. I did not really see the point in writing a whole paper on my opinion based on information we found. It didn't make sense to me, and it made me feel like it was a waste of time. Another thing I did not like was the gain of course content on social psychology. By now, I usually could recall things I learned during the semester, but I can honestly say I didn't really "learn" anything. It felt like just a bunch of papers to write, a whole load of reading and memorizing terms. I also did not like the whole group layout of the class. I understand that it is a discussion type of learning environment, but I did not sign up for a debate class. I expected the class to be a little more informative/lecture than that.
The group discussions were a bit too frequent. I learned more when Dave was talking rather than when my classmates were sharing their opinions.
The papers seemed useless.
If you take both of your courses, you have everything due on the same day.
on the extra credit part of the exam you have to get them all right to get any credit. he sometimes talked too fast and mumbled on important parts of the lecture. pissed me the fuck off.
I don't really have any negative comments for the class. I feel like after the half semester teacher evaluation that Dave set up, the class has been running much smoother, especially in terms of the exams. Before the evaluation, I was in agreement of the amount of information Dave was asking of us and after when he toned it down, my problems with the class went away. I can't wait to take another course with him and I'm actually grateful my first psychology class was with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher, because I know for a fact that the wrong teacher in an introductory course for a newbie can either inspire or throw away any interest a student has with the subject. Thanks Dave! Next semester I'll bring cookies for teacher appreciation day, it'll be just like grade school all over again!
It would have been better if there was a more productive study session than the online one through Laulima. I thought Dave or Kristine would be answering questions, but it seemed like only students were responding to other students' questions. Having Dave or Kristine checking the answers to make sure they were right would have been better.
Friends
I didn't like being in the same group
the groups he put us in everyday, his tests are unfair because i knew the topic i was being tested on but most of the time i did not understand what words exactly he wanted us to fill in the blanks on the exam. That does not test my knowledge of what i knew and studied for the exam. Some times i dd not know whether he wanted a noun, a verb, the main participants in the study or what. I knew WHAT study he was talking about bc i studied it and i remembered from class but just bc i did not fill in the correct word in the blank, its considered wrong and it affects my grade. His exams are unfair and DO NOT test whether or not I came to class or studied. I strongly believe in changing his exam style.
I felt like there was a lot of readings. The writing assignments were hard to work with and unrelated to class material. The tests were hard and I could of used a word bank for all the terms, I have a terrible memory.
The papers were a bit more than I expected for this class and there wasn't much direction in terms of what was expected for the first paper. Although, he later made it clear that he was more concerned with format than content. The fill in the blank format for the test is too ambiguous and relies a lot on memorization of definitions and experiments. I felt some of the questions didn't provide enough context clues or it was unclear exactly what was being asked.
Too much writing requirement.
Reading material that was not on the test.
The group dynamic. Too much time is wasted in discussing in our groups. It should be reduces to maybe 12 minutes tops! I think it didn't add anything to my personal learning.
That it was 9am in the morning.
I really wish the classes were smaller so that there could be more discussion or time for questions in regards to what's being studied. These large auditorium classes just make me feel lost and possibly interested in just signing up for on-line courses.
Readings.
there is a little amount that i dislike about the class. As much as i enjoy the group discussion, i felt that sometimes it would go on a little to long, or that some questions didnt need to be discussed amongst our groups. I disliked the beginning of the class because he required to much reading (even more than if the a class were to have a textbook) but after he realized this he was quick to change this aspect of the course.
I did not like the fill in the blank exams.
I did not like the amount of readings initially assigned to the class. Before Dave made adjustments to the syllabus, I felt that this class took too much of my time. Since he improved the syllabus midway through the course and lessened the reading load I have no complaints.
I personally did not like writing the papers. I received a wide range of grades on my paper and I am still not sure what I did wrong or differently on each of the papers. I would have liked an explicit rubric at the start of the course so that I could better understand what is expected of me. I understand that they have to grade a lot of papers, but a general comment of how to improve next time would be really helpful. Something as simple as application of an experiment is unclear, hook/thesis could be stronger, organization of paper needs improvement, etc would be very helpful.
My least favorite of this class, I must say was our debate papers. I understand what Professor Frederick is trying to teach us and I am sure it will be beneficial in the future, but I still disliked it. I disliked the writing portion because I felt that with the writing assignments we should be able to get a writing intensive credit for it.
The amount of reading in the beginning was rough, but once he realized it was too much he reduced the material, but still held high expectations.
less reading because the reading load was extensive in the beginning of the course. did not like the topics that we had to do for the debate papers.
The group activities seemed pointless though. Most of the time, we either spent less than half the time provided discussing.
Although it made me study harder, I disliked the fact that the exams were not multiple choice. There were some terms that I would get mixed up, which was frustrating because that didn't mean I didn't study or know the concepts.
The Horribly graded papers with expectations that not even grad students could fulfill.
He expects English class standards in his papers.
The papers are a little much but I understand the importance of them. It would be more encouraging if the course were a writing intensive.
Strict writIng guidlines
I think the group discussions were a bit unproductive only because my group rarely ever showed up. There was always only about 3 of us, out of 6. The debates were also difficult because of this. However, I think starting off with 6 people and ending with about 3 is okay, because if we started with only 3 people then there might have only been 1 person. So, I guess the group system works.
The exams were too vague, fill in the blank is not as effective of a teaching method opposed to other styles. The fact that the Professor prides his course on how difficult his examinations are, are truly a discouraging factor throughout the entire class. Many people take Psychology 250 who are not psychology majors, and I believe that the level of the class is more suitable for a 300 level class. Furthermore I really disliked how the papers were so difficult to excel at.
The tests at first, because having a test that is short answer only is challenging. I think that if he were to have introduced us with maybe an assignment or a practice test, we would have been better prepared to take that type of test.
online readings that are hard to view on your computer because you have to rotate them clockwise 3 times
Writing papers, not a big fan of it.
i didn't think that the essays were vital to the course and it was verging on being a writing intensive class. He should have made it a WI if he was going to make us write that much. I also didn't like the fact that there was no textbook because his slides were a little hard to understand and the studies didn't exactly give definitions.
The tests were extremely difficult and detailed. He would expect specific words (I understand why he was looking for specific words but it was difficult because you could know and explain the answer and give an example but if you didn't know that one word you got it wrong). I also didn't like how the class had group discussions. I know where he was trying to go with it but I felt he did it to waste time sometimes. I feel that if he is going to do group discussions in class that it should be in a smaller class and not in a big lecture class.
I did not like the debate papers only because there are such strict guidelines to follow. I understand that he wants us to become better writers but this was NOT a writing intensive course which is where such strict guidelines would be more appropriate and acceptable. I'm not a very good writer to begin with which was also frustrating that so much of my grade depended on the writing assignments.
-groups because half the time my group members werent in class
The first part of the quarter...the amount of reading seemed to be too much for a 200 level course.
I think the class started off with much to intense of a work load for a 250 class, I think it's fine to do that if it's specifically specified that the class is going to be that much more intense than the usual 250-level class but I very very taken my surprise.
Although I agree with the professors approach to understanding the test, I feel it should be a little bit more diverse. I think sometimes a student actually understands a concept, but could use a descriptive or helping word to remind them of the question at hand. Please consider adding a few concept-matching or word-pool box problems into the format, otherwise, I REALLY like the idea of crossing out a set number of problems.
The writing and reading materials.
The tests were really difficult being that they were only fill-in-the-blanks.
Tests and Papers
The part of the course that I liked the least was the papers. The feedback on the papers weren't what I expected. I would get no comments and an average grade. I understand that as students we can use office hours to talk about our paper, but I feel that there should be at least something little that explains a little about why we got the grade we did.
The readings, and not knowing when some due dates were.
did not like the amount of reading nor the amount of writing. we are just 3 pages shy of being a WI course.
For a 200-level course, I would have liked to see less papers. The amount was comparable to a writing-intensive course. The exam was a little difficult to adjust to, recalling words without a bank sometimes trips you up when you're "stressed." (The study guide and in-class review definitely helped!) PowerPoint slides were not always available the night before class, this would be extremely helpful for note taking
The discussions. I think this would have been better if I was in a different group or if the seating in class was different. Its difficult when everyone is faced toward the front. People in my group were to lazy to turn around to participate or maybe they just were not as involved as the rest of us.
I wish this class was a WI class because I did alot of writings.
Maybe he put too much emphasis on the writing.
The papers suck because there are so many, but honestly, my writing skills are better for it. AND I can honestly argue something that I don't believe in, and still convince someone to believe me. I pretty much learned to see things from two different points of view. As much as I hate it, it's very bitter sweet because I did learn and do better. BUT I was not a happy camper in the process!
Writing so many papers and not getting credit for a writing intensive class.
The debate papers were difficult as I still don't really understand why I got the scores that I did and how to improve my paper.
Too much reading
I did not like having the exams and essays on the same days, i am in both his sexual and social classes and he has the same syllabus for both but with different subjects.
I disliked least that there wasn't an actual textbook being used. However, I eventually started to like using the electronic readings so it wasn't that bad. Also, I wish there wasn't so many papers to write. It almost felt like I was in a writing intensive class.
I did not like writing papers.
The huge amOunts of readings ( which he later reduced)
He can explain things very fast sometimes and all the pictures can actually begin to become overwhelming and distracting. I didn't really like the group idea. I understand that it can be very helpful for some students to be able to discuss ideas and even make some friends but my group didn't seem too interested in the ideas of it and wouldn't really talk. It felt almost like a waste of time.
29. Other comments:
I learned a lot in these classes. I really wish I could take another class from Dave. Also, sorry for copy-pasting this for the 250 and the 352 evaluation.
This is a great class but the workload was exceptionally high for a 250 class. The writing was ok, but the expectations were unclear. I got a few bad grades that I was upset about because the expectations weren't laid out clearly. The tests were absurdly hard. I don't like that the tests were focused on remembering specific terms and studies rather than emphasizing the concepts. I had a great grasp of the concepts and a full (in my opinion understanding) of the course but did horrible on the test because I couldn't remember the names of the people that published a certain study, or the specific term (though I could describe the concept).
I wish Frederick taught all of my classes
Overall Professor Frederick is a very good teacher who uses visual learning skills to keep students focus to the subject manner.
Dave is the best teacher at UH. this university is blessed to have such an inspirational professor on there team. he should win best teacher in the world!
I will look for any other psychology classes he is teaching in future semesters.
I found it very helpful when he posted the study guides up before presenting the lecture in class. Answering questions in the lecture study guide while he presented it made it that much more easier to remember when it came to the exam. I think eliminating the readings to 5 per exam would be much easier. At one point there were so many studies to memorize that I got a lot of them confused with other studies. 5 readings should be a maximum. I like not having a textbook for this class because it was a lot more convenient for me and other students. For all the surveys and studies we volunteer to participate in, I think it should be worth a little more than 0.5/1 extra credit points. Maybe at least 2 extra credit points per on-campus study, and 1.5 points for each survey we volunteer to do. After figuring out my overall grade, I discovered that doing the 1 point extra credit surveys/studies seemed like a waste after calculating my average. Those little points do help, but very very little. What's the harm in making it 2 points extra credit instead of 1?
Elaborating on question 22: He DID have high standards for his students until the second exam after teacher evaluations. The course readings were cut in half which made the exam questions zero in on some concepts that didn't require a detailed understanding. When he lowered the bar I learned less material (comparatively to original teaching style) and devoted much less energy into the course. I think in the future he should continue his original style of teaching and just warn students of excessive reading at the beginning of the semester and add a WI to the course. Also should mix up the groups.
nothing to say. But thank you for your hard work and effort to try to improve the class it was very nice of you do that! have a good winter break! :]
Thanks for a great semester! This course has prompted me to possibly go to grad school, which was never something I had thought of before.
Good class, but extremely high expectations. Yes, he's from UCLA and he wants the best out of us, but some of us aren't those types of students who are able to take on many things at once and excel at all of them.
It was much better when half of the readings were cut down :) The readings took alot of my time from studying the main areas of the exam such as the lectures, and the many different studies.
Overall, the class was fun to go to. Dave isn't afraid to embarrass himself to demonstrate some social psychological concept that we are learning. He will lose at trashcan basketball and drink coffee in front of the whole class to show us the concepts first-hand. He has a good heart and it was gracious of him to change the syllabus halfway through the semester for our sakes.
Honestly, best professor ever! I appreciate getting the chance to learn from him!
Overall, as much as exams are hard for this class. I learned alot and would recommend this class to people. He did compensate for our difficult learning styles and understood students situations. Lastly, through his exams, it taught me that "the more difficult something is, the more I learn from it".
Good Teacher.
Someone once asked me who Professor Frederick was. You know what I told them? U.S.A. Professor Frederick is the American Dream. Not only is he understanding, compassionate, willing to lend any stranger a hand, but he is also a role model to society and democracy. I came into this class with the intention to learn about social psychology and left with the understanding of how to be a real man in today's society. Professor Frederick for President
Thanks!
Dave was a great instructor overall. But I did not gain anything from the course like I had hoped.
Dave's teaching style put the majority of UH professors to shame.
This was a fun class to take. My only issue was the fact that i took your class along wiht your other class. I understand that we are college students, and expected to be able to manage our time, but when you have everythign on the same day, it is hard to deal with sometimes.
only take this course if you are hard working, a good writer, and good at memorizing
Enjoyable professor who really cares about his teaching subject and students.
Friends
He's great! Wish I could have more classes with him!
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He is a real human being! He cares and he goes the extra mile to help and motivate you into learning and trying harder. When I was demotivated about my writing skills, he took the time individually and brought me back to wanting to try harder. He is also not judgmental. For example, I did not feel awkward when asking for his help at all. That is a plus! He is a hard worker. He answered to every single request I had and gave his personal touch to every single one of his responses. I felt like I was dealing with a human! Thank you for all your help! I hope I get to take your other classes in the near future!
I had strongly recommended Dave to my other friends that have transferred into UH :)
Frederick has great positive attitude that makes everyone feel like they can aspire to be the greatest academic students. He actually listens to the needs of his students and want them to learn and succeed in his class. I look forward to taking more classes taught by Frederick.
Dave knew his material very well, he was patient and and detailed. He did not have a bad attitude and was very helpful during his office hours. His humor and motivation really made me strive for better. He is a highly respected professor and is direct with his course.
I would highly recommend this class to anyone if they were to ask. This is class is just the right balance of fun, hard work, and interest. I would consider this class an easy class only because Prof. Dave makes this topic so interesting to learn about.
Overall the class was interesting and opened my eyes to te way people act and reasons behind their social interactions. Dave shows a lot of dedication to teaching and is a great teacher!!
Although many people complain about the difficulty level of the exams, I firmly believe that it should be kept the same format. This is the first class I've had that challenged me this much and I'm grateful for that. For the first time I feel like I thoroughly understand the material and I could teach it to someone else with no problem. An entire exam with a short answer format sounds really intimidating but I really like how it wasn't graded too harshly. For example, with the experiments, as long as you have the general idea, you get the point.
Dave is the best teacher!!!
He has high expectations, that we are fully capable of reaching. Not a "easy" class, challenging and worthwhile.
It was not terribly boring for a lecture class. Many people seem to think that his grading method and tests are too difficult, but I think it seems fair.
Overall the class was really enjoyable and I would love to take a class with Frederick again!
I hope Dave is able to continue teaching at Manoa.
The class was fun. I like social psychology. Frederick made it even more interesting and fun.
Stay cool.
I think that this class should maybe be considered for WI. I understand that were a few writing assignments short of it, but the way he is really insistent about it makes me think it should be writing intensive.
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I really enjoyed the class. i thought that the material was interesting. I wish it wasn't graded so hard and feel that if it wasn't more students would of tried harder because they knew they could get a good grade rather than working so hard on papers and studying so hard knowing that it's almost impossible to get A's.
I voted that it sometimes seemed like Dr. Fredrick didn't have respect for his students because of the way he skews towards the extrovert. From the way he organizes the class into discussion groups, encourages people to encourage quiet people to speak up, and calls out random people by pointing at them, he shows that he does not value the diversity of the student body. I know of some people who dropped perhaps because they felt uncomfortable with this style, and I considered dropping out myself. I know that shy people are not afforded the same equality as handicapped persons or people with learning disabilities like ADD (most people don't understand introverts), but I feel that this is ironic in that Dr. Fredrick is a social psychology professor. People are different, not only in race or gender or social status but also in their measure on the extroversion scale; it's one of the big five personality traits! As a tutor myself, I know it's a fine line between encouragement and harassment, but it seemed to me like Dr. Fredrick never even considered the latter possibility.
I have never had a professor that found so many different ways to offer extra credit in a class, I think it's ridiculous that more teachers don't find a way to do this and I appreciate the offer. Frederick was an amazing Professor, it's a shame he's not here to stay.
My initial impression of the class was: "Wow, our professor is Sabretooth from the Wolverine movie!" I think if he grew his epic beard out, others would agree.
Thanks for being a cool teacher! :)
Without Dave Frederick, I would feel robbed of my college education. This guy in and of himself made college worth it. He is a very intelligent professor and communicated his vast knowledge and insights in an extremely clear manner. I usually do not do these evaluations, nonetheless leave comments, but I felt like I owed it to Dave to let him know how truly wonderful of a professor he was. Please pass this on to him. He deserves to know that he is such an inspiring individual.
refer to #27.
Dr F is an asset, hope to see more lectures available in future semesters. He is available for help outside of class, he is approachable, friendly, and respectful, he makes learning fun - he doesn't read off the powerpoint slides so that you feel coming to class was a waste of time
Thank You!
I really do this he is one of the best teachers I have had in college. He made me want to go to class..and it's a 9 am class.
This class was awesome! I feel so much more comfortable with writing and debating. I loved the visuals, the videos, live demonstrations, everything! This course is something to recommend. If Dave doesn't teach this course again, it's a disservice to other students.
All in all this was a highly enjoyable class full of interesting lessons and concepts.
Over-all he is one of the best teachers I have had at the university of hawaii
An interesting course with a spectacular instructor, I would highly recommend the class or any class taught by professor Frederick

David Frederick: PSY352, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Psychology
Course: PSY 352 - Psychology of Human Sexuality Crn (Section): 79234 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 114 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 9 (8%) 103 (90%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 114 0.65 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 4 (4%) 15 (13%) 93 (82%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 114 0.66 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 2 (2%) 1 (1%) 19 (17%) 91 (80%)
4. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 113 0.58 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 4 (4%) 9 (8%) 99 (88%)
5. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 114 0.75 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 3 (3%) 3 (3%) 24 (21%) 83 (73%)
6. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 114 0.66 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 2 (2%) 1 (1%) 20 (18%) 90 (79%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 114 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 2 (2%) 10 (9%) 101 (89%)
8. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 114 0.68 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 0 (0%) 3 (3%) 17 (15%) 92 (81%)
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 114 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 1 (1%) 15 (13%) 96 (84%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 114 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 10 (9%) 103 (90%)
11. The instructor is not confused by unexpected questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 113 0.65 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 2 (2%) 27 (24%) 82 (73%)
12. The instructor helped me understand how writing is used in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.49 114 0.9 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 5 (4%) 5 (4%) 25 (22%) 77 (68%)
13. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 114 1.04 Freq(%) 5 (4%) 2 (2%) 13 (11%) 26 (23%) 68 (60%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 114 0.72 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 2 (2%) 4 (4%) 23 (20%) 84 (74%)
15. The instructor has an interesting style of presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 112 0.67 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 3 (3%) 26 (23%) 81 (72%)
16. The instructor is friendly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 113 0.6 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 4 (4%) 14 (12%) 94 (83%)
17. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 113 0.69 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 6 (5%) 15 (13%) 90 (80%)
18. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 113 0.63 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 2 (2%) 19 (17%) 90 (80%)
19. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 114 0.95 Freq(%) 4 (4%) 2 (2%) 7 (6%) 27 (24%) 74 (65%)
20. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 114 0.72 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 1 (1%) 2 (2%) 23 (20%) 86 (75%)
21. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 113 1.07 Freq(%) 5 (4%) 4 (4%) 12 (11%) 30 (27%) 62 (55%)
22. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 112 0.61 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 2 (2%) 13 (12%) 95 (85%)
23. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Absolutely wonderful. As soon as I became accustomed to the way he ran class and set up assignments and exams, his class became my favorite. Dave challenged me to understand many concepts within psych of human sexuality in a very effective manner (study guides, interesting and fun classes, group discussions, movies within the lecture and other memorable examples, and debates). I learned a lot in this class, more than others.
Dave is a nice man because I was able to come talk to him on my free time and he went out of his way to help me understand my class standing/rank. I understand that he has a large group of students but he was on top of his emails and gave me a clear understanding of what I was required to do in order to succeed in his class. Sexuality is my favorite subject within the field of Psychology and he definitely made me love it even more because of his presentations and guest speaker presentations. He has a dry sense of humor that everyone in class seemed to enjoy. I hope he ends up teaching full time at UH Manoa as I would enjoy greatly to take another one of his classes.
Good Professor! Awsome!
He is a good teacher who is enthusiastic about this subject. His tests are very different from other psych classes but it challenges us as student to absorb the material and be able to give clear examples because we understand the subject well.
He is great, fun, interesting. He makes the material fun to learn and easy to digest.
a great professor with an interesting way of teaching. AWSOME!!
GREAT WAY IN APPROACHING TO TEACH THE MATERIAL IN A DIFFERENT WAY WITH USE OF CLASS DISCUSSION, GROUP DISCUSSION, DEBATE PAPERS, ETC TO ASSIST IN LEARNING.
Positive but a bit hard.
AMAZING!! Professor Frederick is by far my favorite professor so far! He strives to encourage his students to do well in the class by offering multiple opportunities (assignments, extra credit, participation) for class credit. He also did a great job at making each and every class a lively one, even when the material was more technical and dry(e.g. the sexual biology section). I also appreciated that he really took into account the opinion of his students (like allowing us to determine the material in the fourth section of our class). Also, outside of class Professor Frederick was always willing and available to talk. He even helped me with other academic topics, like giving us a lecture on applying to grad school and what type of options Psychology majors have in terms of degrees and funding. I was amazed at how dedicated Professor Frederick was to this class and his students. On extremely short notice, he even wrote me a recommendation letter for the study abroad program when he was getting ready to take a flight out to LA the next morning. Any other professor would have laughed in my face! HE IS AMAZING!!
Loved it! I think the course content sells itself, but if you have a bad or even mediocre professor, it would probably cause students to lose interest. David Frederick is none of those! His helpful, funny, easy-going attitude makes for a relaxed class atmosphere that helped reduce the tension from the stress of a full course load.
Very interesting class with the way he delivers the material in a "younger" generation mindset with humor. The test are way to hard though.
Excellent teacher. The best I've had at Manoa. He challenges his students to really understand the material instead of just being able to recognize it. Small groups is the best part of his class because it keeps the students engaged in class instead of just sitting through an entire lecture and daydreaming.
WOW, What a great teacher. Not only did professor Frederick teach the course material with well made PowerPoints and lectures, but he also taught students at a level we can comprehend. For example, class was never a serious strict environment, it was always fun and helpful. Moreover, professor Frederick gave every student the opportunity to talk to him one on one.
his patience, enthusiasm, and humor made the lecture material more understandable, so his ability to add his own personality and insight into the course was definitely something to look forward to for each class.
He is very passionate about what he teaches and it's great that he encourages different answers and opinions. There's some humor in his lectures which keeps class alive and interesting.
a very good instructor because he makes the class interactive, encourages and enables students get to know other students in the class, and at the same time is sensitive to the students needs and difficulties and adjusts accordingly.
He is a very good professor who truly cares about the success of his students.
Dave is a friendly and funny guy. He obviously cares a lot about the course material, is enthusiastic about teaching, and likes his job a lot. As an added bonus, he likes geeky things, which is super awesome. Also, I didn't just put "strongly agree" for everything just to be nice, I actually do strongly agree with all of the questions.
excellent, enjoyed every minute, no complaints! Seriously dude
Dave is a good teacher, I learned alot on the the subject.
he's a funny guy with a lot of enthusiasm for his subject
I had Prof. Frederick for 2 classss and both were awesome. He was a very effective presenter and made his lectures interesting with effective use of examples, media, and guest speakers. He clearly enjoys teaching and was a pleasure to have as a professor twice a day.
I think that he is an excellent professor and I would recommend that he stay at the University of Hawaii because they would really benefit from his class. I think that his class is very challenging but you will learn better from actually learning the material than just remembering it and forgetting everything you learned after taking the test. I think that he is preparing us for grad school if we chose to continue our education by the papers that we have to write in his class and its some skill that we need when we write research papers. I think he is a very understanding professor because when people was having difficulty in his class he took what they said into consideration and structured his class in a different way so they werent struggling in the class
A bit too hard compared to what was told to expect in lecture and syllabus
He's a good teacher but the type of work is less than ideal.
Dave makes classes interesting and makes the material easy and fun for the students to understand.
he is an AWESOME teacher. he's so funny, and his class is just so awesome. i liked the energy he had, and his way of teaching added humor which helped us learn the material! 10/10!
Outstanding! My favorite teacher here at UH. He is enthusiastic about teaching and makes learning fun through discussions, videos and guest speakers.
I had David Frederick for two courses this semester and I can honestly say he is THE most organized, interesting, and thought provoking professor I have ever had, at any university. He demonstrates clear knowledge of the content and communicates it in a clear and effective manner. His use of in-class videos or demonstrations, followed by a small group discussion gives meaning to our learning. Dave is a facilitator in the classroom. He prompts and leads engaging discussions in the classroom and always, always challenges us think more critically and dynamically . Dave is a true professional; He is extremely well organized and was always on time for class. He always made himself available for help and promptly responded to every email I sent. I have told many of my friends this already, but Dave is absolutely the best professor I have ever had in my 4 years of college at 3 universities. I simply cannot say enough good things about him; he is both a gentleman and a scholar.
Dave Frederick rocked PSY352 - human sexuality this semester! The overall class exceeded my expectations by far - from the content, teaching style, and the professor's passion for his students' education. Instead of using several expensive textbooks to support the lectures, Dave provided literature electronically. All of the assigned readings were current, relevant, and interesting. In a large lecture hall it is often difficult to keep the interest of the masses, however our human sexuality class seemed to maintain a high attendance and high participation rate throughout the entire semester. Also, the class was divided into groups that were used to facilitate learning the material on a deeper level, by having us debate and create experiments within our small groups. In regards to curriculum, Dave set the bar pretty high. In comparison to other 300 level courses there were more reading and writing assignments. The structure of the exams, required that you have a deeper understanding of the material; simply memorzing names, vocab, and theories would mostly likely not receive a good grade. I personally appreciated the challenge. When students questioned Dave on the amount of reading he assigned, he did not get defensive but was opening to suggestions/feedback from more students. In the end, appropriate adjustments were made. In this case the amount of reading assignments were reduced. I absolutely loved Human Sexuality with Professor Dave Frederick and highly recommend it to all students (psych and non-psych majors)!
he is super cool and a great teacher!!
Professor Frederick is an excellent professor in many ways: firstly he makes class enjoyable and makes the material understandable, secondly he communicates difficult material effectively and seems to have an almost ungodly/freakish talent for knowing everything in his field, finally he is easy to talk to and is very helpful outside of class. I wouldn't hesitate to say that Professor Frederick has been one of the best Psychology professors at U.H. that I have ever had because of these reasons. The added benefit of working in groups made this class extremely enjoyable and helped me become much more knowledgeable about the range of issues. The class is always enjoyable as the material is always very interesting and is presented by someone who clearly likes what they do and this infectious attitude wears off on me and others in class as well. The material is always understandable and presented clearly and cogently with copious PowerPoint slides. The difficult material, like the information regarding genetics (CAIS/PAIS/CAH) and SRY, was always made clear and presented in an understandable manner. His freakish talent is rather startling and he seems to know everything. I am not sure how he does it. Not sure how else to describe that... Finally he is very approachable and answers emails and questions very quickly and makes sure you are clear and know what you need to know, whatever your question may be.
I loved both of his classes, they were challenging but very interesting. He is incredibly intelligent and I admire hime greatly.
Best professor in the UH system. I felt very challenged and enjoyed having Davids high expectancy for the students. Great job creating the exams. I have learned much more because I have to KNOW the information. Unlike standard multiple choice exams you can cruise by eliminating and making educated guesses. I always look forward to coming to class because its always eventful, he keeps each class light and humorous but has an extreme knowledge of the content. He is the first teach that I've had that cares about the students and shows it. He puts in exorbitant amounts of effort to see ALL of his students succeed. He expects us to succeed and but also gives us a clear pathway to success its nice to see a professor not just teach but live and enjoy what they are doing he is so enthusiastic it makes me enthusiastic for the class as well. Definitely the best/challenging teacher I've had at UH. He is the type of professor i'd expect at a private college, so I am very glad he chose to come to UH!
David is a knowledgeable professor who knows and presents his material very effectively. I have taken other Human Sexuality courses and feel as though he made it a lot easier to understand and grasp. He does not boast of his expertise in the field as other professors I had have. I highly recommend this class to others.
He's by far my favorite professor at UH
He is a great professor, because he always tries to make his lectures fun and he seems very interested in the subject, which is good! Also he is easy to talk to. His class is AWESOME, because he posts the Powerpoints on Laulima, even though I have only missed one class this semester.. it still proves helpful!
Excellent Proffessor! Has a way of making the class going and interesting :)!
He is probably the best teacher I've had at UH. He makes information easier to learn through his examples and interactive teaching style. He helps you succeed with study tools and the way he organizes his classes.
AWESOME. He earned his way into my top 3 favorite Psych professors at UH (along with Dewald and Rempala :D). Quirky sense of humor.
9/10
Great teacher but way too much information in such a short period of time.
Enthusiastic and adaptable to different styles of teaching according to the achievements, responses, and feedback from his students. Coursework was difficult in frequency at first, but was reduced and made the class even more enjoyable and manageable with my busy schedule. Would highly recommend his class to friends, and even strangers. Material was unique and incorporates group activities, class discussion despite over a hundred students to manage; a daunting task most professors shy away from. He kept us active in material and engaged, and exam styles helped me solidify course concepts and ideas.
very intellectual professor who is willing to listen to others' opinions.
I am in both his social and his human sexuality class, and I feel the same way in this class as well. "Dave is a really good professor who really does challenge you to think a little outside of the box and actively seek to understand, but he is there for every step of the way if you struggle at all. I can honestly say he is my favorite psychology professor by far because he takes all comments and turns them in to something positive. You can tell him that what he is doing sucks, and he'll make it better, or you can tell him it's great, and he will STILL try to improve it. The things that he covered were really interesting and the jokes - comic relief he offered were very great. But the best thing was all the visuals he provided in class. He not only lectured you and covered the auditory aspect of learning, but he really spiced up the visuals. He also did a lot of demonstrations that could cover the semantics of everything and it was insane how much I could honestly recall. I would highly recommend him to my friends; undoubtedly. I would just warn them about his papers... a lot of them and TAs don't offer too much feedback so it's difficult to improve. But again, Dave is once again there to help with that if you actively seek him. He honestly just wants the best for his students and everyone can tell. But he won't lower academic standards for it and that is something that I can truly appreciate." Also to add to that, he made me much more comfortable with discussing anything along the lines of human sexuality. This class made me come out of my shell and actively engage in conversation and not sit back and keep thoughts to myself. I felt truly challenged and liked the opportunity I had to speak and debate.
He is a great teacher. I may not be doing well in the class but by always giving us feedback, especially on our papers on how we can improve instead of just giving us a grade, it really helps the student out and it is really useful and appreciative.
Hilarious teacher, obviously has a lot of knowledge in this field. Group discussions were a great way for us to interact with one another and apply the course material to our lives.
a very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, humorous, and challenging professor
That he is a very good teacher who enjoys what he does. He always teaches class with a positive attitude and really shows that he wants all his students to understand course material and do well in class. He also offers extra credit which is super generous.
Dave did an excellent job teaching the human sexuality course I really feel like he helped me understand the material by answering any questions in class as well as doing a review session in class before the exam. I appreciated the study guides and the straight forawardness of the exams. I feel like I can apply what I've learned in this psych class to every day life. I enjoyed having Dave as a teacher, he has made me more interested in psychology with his effective lectures and engaging readings.
I thought that Dave was an amazing professor. He had a great way of presenting the information that keeps you interested in the topic because it is not only humorous (if appropriate) but he also engages the class, even though it is large. This is difficult for most teachers in a lot of the psych classes that I have taken. It's not an easy class and as a student who was taking 5 other classes, it really did challenge me time wise. BUT, I feel that the way that the class was taught and structured will help me in the future. The content was interesting and he seemed not only to be knowledgeable in the topic but also passionate about what he was saying and teaching.
Dave is a good and thorough teacher who explained the topics clearly so that I understood.
very enthusiastic and a great teacher
he is one of the best professors I've had here at UH. I'm glad to have taken his class because he shows so much passion in the subject, strives to help students succeed, and shows respect. Usually towards the end of the year a lot of people tend to not come to class, but Dave makes it fun and interesting that attendance is still high even today. He's fun, friendly, and really tall professor.
Good teacher overall but has way to high standards for students, his TA grades completely subjectively gives C's on A papers that follow HIS outline 100%. Very disappointed in the large 75 question all written answer test no multiple choice questions, Tests are graded very roughly considering there is NO BOOK & we get answers from what we INTERPRET via his lectures & slides. Wouldn't recommend this class because of it. very disappointed. EASE UP ON THE WORK & GRADING THS IS NOT UCLA THIE IS UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
Very intelligent, as well as patient; overall, a great professor. Went a little overboard with the readings for the first couple exams but was open to adjustments (bonus). ALTHOUGH, its understandable since this was his first semester here. Also, adds humor and liveliness to his presentations (double bonus). I am glad he responds to his e-mails quickly and is easy to talk to (and negotiate with). In the end, I am glad I stayed in his class [I bombed the first exam and am shooting to maintain my gpa]. I would gladly take another course from him.
I truly loved this class. I learned so much from this course. It is challenging but I learned so much. I came into this class eager from the topic and I wasn't dissapointed at all.
His lectures are very interesting and has a lot of information that help me to better understand what i had not known before. He covers the information in an interesting way that engages the class to enjoy what is being taught.
Although the class is pretty interesting, I hate the way he gave the test and also I think there were too much readings!!!!! I hate the way he gave tests soo bad. I would not suggest this teacher to anyone. If he makes the test easier I would like him a lot better.
He is a very friendly guy. He expects a lot from his students but I feel like it helped me learn more. I had to try very hard in his class but I think it was worth it.
He's a very funny person and a great professor to interact with. He was very into the class. He knows what he's talking about and he gave us ample opportunities to get extra credit and to improve our grades
A -- It is clear that Dave undergoes immense preparation prior to lecture and understands the core values that propel students toward success. His use of humor and student-applicable examples parallels course material to student mindset and thus, follows a pragmatic approach to academia. Dave conveys a strong sense of the material and his mastery of human sexuality reinforces his status as an authority figure.
Best PSY teacher I have ever met.
I really enjoyed the semester and learned a lot. Dr. Fredrick made class fun and it was my favorite class this semester. He is very enthusiastic and has a good sense of humor.
that he was very good at explaining the material to the class and always was enthusiastic when teaching the material which made it interesting to listen to, and David was also very open about helping anyone that needed help, and was willing to communicate with the students whenever needed.
This class was by far the worst class I've ever taken in all my years at UH. Not only was the teacher himself horrible, his teaching style was even worse. He belittled students left and right, throwing rude comments out every lecture. Horrible teacher.
terrible
A great professor who in intelligent, understanding, and helpful. Dave is very knowledgable about the subject content and is always able to answer questions that come up in class calmly and collectively without stumbling or searching for the right words. He is a fun lecturer and I enjoyed going to class. He made the lectures easy to understand, even when the material was difficult. The experiments and videos he showed were also very useful tools to helping the students understand the material. Dave is also very understanding, even allowing students taking social, cognitive, and human sexuality courses to take the human sexuality exam one class period later. It was a very nice opportunity to study hard for all three exams and showed Dave's high levels of compassion for his students. Dave is also very helpful and available for questioning.
Dave is an enthusiastic professor and makes me want to learn more & more about the human sexuality course. I really liked that he made us form into groups in the beginning of class because my group members are my good friends! His exams are pretty tough for me because they're all open-ended and if you can't remember it, you won't. BUT he gives us thorough study guides so you are able to achieve a perfect score.
good teacher, expects more from students than some other instructors. Perhaps he could answer more questions from students; some raise their hands and don't get called on.
He's very passionate about teaching the course and that comes out during his lectures. He was able to answer even the strangest questions thrown at him; the few times he was unsure about certain questions, he would research on his own time and give us an answer by the next class. Even when the material became more complex, Professor Frederick kept us focused, engaged, and interested in learning more. His teaching style is both professional and casual - a hard balance to achieve.
He is a good teacher, overall. Sometimes the content can be a little overwhelming and he expects A LOT for the exams. Even when I studied my butt off I had difficulties at times. Overall, his class is good if you can grasp his style of teaching. He does exams and power points different from any other professor I've had at UH. It threw me off a little.
He is an enthusiastic and entertaining professor. He sets high standards for students and makes his classes compete for higher grade point averages. He is very knowledgeable about the subject and always has evidence in studies to make it more interesting to remember.
David Frederick is a very interesting professor, he is always in a good mood, he seems to enjoy what he is teaching, is jokes was fun they made the class light a fresh. I loved his energy in encouraging you to do better, helped me after making a D on the first test to A's on the rest. The small groups are a good idea for the fact that you can study together for the test. I will admit it was a lot of reading that didn't always get done. All in all it was one of the best classes I've taken.
Super enthusiastic instructor; you can tell he's really passionate about the material. Presents in such a way that it's hard not to be interested in what he's saying. Jokes a lot, which is good because school is so serious sometimes; it's nice to laugh a little. He manages to teach a lot of material (some of it pretty difficult) and make it fun at the same time. As sad as this is to say, you can tell he's visiting from a good school like UCLA; totally not your everyday UH Manoa professor. I really don't have anything negative to say about this instructor. I enjoyed every minute of this class (okay I'm lying I didn't LOVE writing the papers, but I know its super helpful and all). All in all: super good teacher. YAY.
a really great down to earth, relatable, personable intrsuctor. i enjoyed your course and everything it entailed, including the awesome pictures he had on his slides. you had much enthusiasm and i believe that is a very important characteristic for an instructor.
I really liked this class and this teacher because he has an uncommon way to teach which makes it more interesting. He makes hard things easy to understand. I really liked his power points that were entertaining, so were his way to teach. I wish I could take one of his class again next semester.
Great teacher. Loved this class. The topics we covered we fantastic. He did a great job at making you think about how they relate to your own life.
Professor Frederick the epiphany of a outstanding teacher. He is very helpful, kept me mentally engaged, and challenged me enough with course material. How he is helpful is by quick responses to emails, specially when I need help. The responses are very carefully written. He engaged me with his humor, and interesting ways to explain concepts. One interesting way was class demonstration and very weird videos. I like it because everything even the videos connected to the main focus of the lecture. The way he gave the exam kept me challenged through out the course.
material was interesting. i would definity take this class again
A good professor. Challenges the class, but is willing to help if you need it. SOmetimes hard when it comes to understanding, but notes, and readings help clarify.
very knowledgeable, but a little boring. Maybe if he could spice it up more, like add more jokes or dress up in a costume that pertains to the material.
Descent flamboyant teacher, may have expected too much, by not only assigning a overabundaunt amount of readings, but wanted 4 research papers on top of all other course content. While having very demanding written test.
Dave was a excellent teacher. His class was structured to be hard, but the content was interesting so it made it easier to study. Even though his exams were very challenging, he was very helpful outside of class and was always willing to meet and go over the information with me. Dave also offered lots of extra credit and gave people lots of chances to help their grade. Dave was a funny teacher and made class entertaining with his exercises, group work, and guest speakers. The class was fair yet tough, and Dave was helpful and very insightful with the information playing devils advocate to make us think of both sides of a topic.
Tall, great, & an intelligent teacher. Also reminds me of an older version of the main guy in the movie "Juno." He played as the runner & boyfreind of Juno.
Dave is an awesome professor. He's very understanding and easily approachable, He's willing to meet up with students to discuss concerns about the class or about their grades. His lectures were interesting and engaging, although sometimes filled with too much info. His class is very challenging but all in all it's worth taking to learning the interesting material.
He's a great professor! He's very encouraging and a positive role model.
not an interesting professor. I took the class simply out of interest expecting it to be fun and interesting and instead i ended up taking the hardest dullest course in college. The way he presented the subject was clear, yet so unappealing. the subject matter is so interesting but the way he emphasized the statistics and surveys made it terrible. I seriously dislike david frederick as a professor. we are undergrads he treats like graduate students at harvard. and not deserving a WI credit for this course is absolutely absurd.
David Frederick is an excellent instructor, he is able to communicate clearly and effectively and is also excellent at integrating various little movies and guest speakers into the course, furthering my understanding of the field.
Great teacher, but exams are too difficult.
Very good teacher and open to different perspectives.
very knowledgeable of content, funny and enthusiastic
a very knowledgeable professor who cares how students perform in class. He gives a great lecture by showing useful powerpoint slides and examples.
Very good teacher! He's very intresting and helps his students when they need help.
keeps lectures exciting, maybe he can give hints on finding sources for writing their papers, some views had hard time finding articles that were free too look at
He is a fair grader but the coursework is pretty heavy for a non-writing intensive 300 level course. I've had 400 level courses easier and with much less stringent writing than this "lecture" course.
great professor. he taught the course well and really cared about our thoughts as well. very intelligent and expected a lot from the students. enthusiastic about the material which made it fun to go to class.
24. The types of writing we did were relevant to the field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 113 0.79 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 1 (1%) 6 (5%) 34 (30%) 70 (62%)
25. The course was a valuable contribution to my education.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 112 0.87 Freq(%) 3 (3%) 2 (2%) 4 (4%) 21 (19%) 82 (73%)
26. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 112 1.02 Freq(%) 5 (4%) 3 (3%) 5 (4%) 14 (13%) 85 (76%)
27. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
His study guides were VERY helpful because they pointed out the course information we needed to focus on. Most other teachers don't give study guides. I really really really enjoyed how interactive class was because it keeps me on my toes and learn the material better.
I enjoyed the presentations because of the humor added and the illustrations. I am a very visual learner so his presentations were on point and helped me gain understanding within the topics.
All.
The tests, they really test your knowledge. The fill in the blanks is easy, but hard at the same time. it requires you to know your material.
The debate papers and the way the professor teaches the class. I believe the dabate papers and the materials covered in class contribute to my understanding of the course better. The professor uses clear concise examples (clear images) to demonstrate what he was talking about, and he gave out debate topics that relates to what we covered in class so that we can better understand the course materials more better.
TESTING APPROACH WITH USE OF CUES ASSISTED IN INFORMATION RETREIVAL IN COMPARISON TO THE STANDARD RECOGNITION TESTS.
Sex determination
Professor Frederick! He is so funny!
I thoroughly enjoyed the video segments in class. I really think integrating these types of tools into a class is the only way to proceed into the future. Leave those dated high school driver's and sex ed videos in the 70's, this is 2011 and Dave Frederick knows it! I also enjoyed the way the professor walked around during group discussions rather than just sitting at his desk. He's a youthful spirit and he knows how to show it!
The video we watched about men and women with their responses. when he printed us the slides so we could follow along
The small groups were the most effective aspect I've ever seen in a lecture class. They get students together helping each other with tests and papers and make learning much easier and effective.
I really enjoyed having professor Frederick review some of the tough reading in class and examine every question with detail.
I liked the openness of the topics. There seemed to be zero awkwardness in learning about even some of the more personal material because it was presented professionally and smoothly. I liked that we touched upon debatable issues. Those always challenge our moral ethics.
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed being in a group. This is the only class where we were "forced" to form groups, but it actually turned out to be a positive aspect in my learning because I could clarify material with my group members. I could also rely on them for any information I might have missed on a day that I was absent. It allowed me to form friendships both within that class and outside because we quickly realized we were in a lot of other classes together as well. This just added support to the learning experience which was great. The study guides were also a great aspect because it allowed us to put emphasis on specific material and it created structure.
I really enjoyed the fact that groups were formed at the beginning of the semester, working together was encouraged and I like the fact that there was no manual. I enjoyed reading different articles on the topic and being able to see more than one side of a coin. I really enjoyed the amount of work, it challenged me and I feel like I have learned a lot.
The short readings that were given were not only interested but I could retain all the information.
The lectures were very entertaining. Dave teaches with a unique quirkiness that I particularly enjoy (like the "sneaky fact" line in 352). His games in 250 are pretty helpful in demonstrating the concepts behind things like the prisoner's dilemma. Also, Dave was really adaptive to the needs of the class (dropping a bunch of readings because people were falling behind), which is really great. Lots of professors continue on with their formulaic classes even when it's clear that the students are struggling, Dave doesn't do that.
Class discussion, debate papers, and lectures were hilarious!
The class was very interactive power points well planned out great humor that made me remember concepts
the material covered in class
I think the course as a whole was absolutely awesome. This is what a college education is all about. It tested us on our knowledge of the content, our writing skills and our critical thinking skills. The exams were good because instead of the normal multiple choice we ha to recall concepts from memory which was a better way of testing our understanding of the material.
The best aspect of the course was having a guest speaker come in and talk to us because I learned a lot about the topic. I like all the examples and studies presented in the lecture because it helps to see things visually for me it helps to better understand the material when you have examples instead of just the term
Everything.
Discussion
I liked the fact that the concepts had real life examples.
The group activities helped with exploring the material more.
I like how Dave put a lot of emphasis on the important aspects of learning, such as writing ability and test preparation, and kept urging us to do better with each assignment/exam.
I liked the lectures. They had information so we could study out of them, and have all the material we needed and they were funny as well.
I liked the videos, guest lecturers and the group/ class discussions
I really liked how Dave presented the content. He used demonstrations, video clips, readings, writings, everything imaginable to help us master the material. I really appreciate how organized Dave's lectures are.
See Section 23.
the subject matter is very interesting and i like how david was always comfortable discussing the material even when the subjects were sometimes awkward
I especially liked the group work and in working with my group and explaining the material I better learned it myself. I also enjoyed the professor's PowerPoint presentations and his enthusiasm and vast knowledge for the topic.
I liked the discussions with our groups, his examples and the games he played with the class
I enjoyed the content of the course. It was not just very informative but Unlike many classes its the type of knowledge that I can use not just for educational and professional purposes but for interesting conversation with friends and family. As much as a hate writing I enjoyed the little bit coaching that was done to help us improve our paper writing skills.
What I liked the best was that he made topics that are usually uncomfortable to talk about very professional and enjoyable. He does not intimidate his students like many professors of his standing ten to do.
His lectures and the material he presented
The group discussions were good, because I liked to debate with my group. We often disagreed in our group discussions, but we respectfully debated. I like that the groups were able to split up the study guide, because the study guides really help out a lot for the exams. My writing also improved in this class. I feel that I am better capable, because there were 3 research papers. The extra credit opportunities definitely improved my grade and I am SO thankful! :)
Everything!
Definitely not the writing assignments. SEXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.
THE LECTURES WERE FUN AND INTERESTING
Awesome use of Youtube videos!
Learning about how things actually work in life overall (in terms of social and evolutionary perspectives).
The in class discussion. I like that everyone had the opportunity to input and then debate. It made me see things from views I hadn't before. I could see liberal, conservative, and moderate views. I didn't just read about the feminist views, religious movement views, etc. I actually saw a whole spectrum, and not just sometimes. I saw it all the time. It was truly something worthwhile to discuss, and I'm really glad he gave us the opportunities. Calling us out to engage us really helped as well.
I liked the class discussions. Sometimes, people would have a different opinion and instead of it turning it into an argument, David made it so that it could be a learning experience by using class time as debate time so that we could also learn from each other.
I loved discussions, I made friends with everyone in my group and we worked together perfectly.
I enjoyed the lectures, and debate papers/debates.
I liked that class was both lecture and discussion based. Hearing other people's opinions were interesting and helped me to see certain topics in a different light.
I enjoyed lecture every day. I never once felt compelled to skip Dave's class because it was so interesting. Dave taught in a manner that is engaging and had us actively participating in every class.
The lectures.
The discussions helped me because I got to discuss my opinions in a safe environment.
I liked how we covered a lot of things which I previously did not know about such as intersexuals and sex trafficking.
the class discussions
The subject itself, human sexuality. Such an awesome subject because, I mean, who doesn't like learning about sex and everything.
he's funny, and the class was interesting,
The variety in material. He seems well versed in his knowledge.
Discussions, interesting readings, as well as the lecture itself. This is the only class where I was eager to hear lecture. I also loved the fact that he let us choose te topics for the last unit.
I enjoyed his lectures and powerpoint slides as well as the videos that he showed.
I liked the videos...I thought they were very interesting and added to my knowledge of the subjects.
I liked having groups because we had people to work with since the work load was a bit much. It's a great way to split the work load. It's a very interesting subject and i learned a lot
The supplemental material (i.e.: videos, guest lectures) were much appreciated as a break from lecture and assignments. Dave's ability to involve the entire class in group discussions is something which should be viewed as exemplary in other large lecture classes.
Discussions, Papers, Guest Speaker, Humor, Videos
I didn't think I would like having discussion groups in a large lecture but it ended up being the part of class I liked most. It was really helpful to bounce ideas off other people and hear their ideas as well.
the aspects of this course that i liked best was how we are challenged to learn the material and critically think about the topics discussed in class. This class always had interesting examples presented in the lectures that were always relevant to the material we were learning.
There was absolutely nothing I enjoyed about this class. NOTHING.
I enjoyed the group debates, relevant videos, and guest speaker. The group debates give students the opportunities to understand a specific topic and find evidence to support their view. It gave students the opportunity to better their writing skills and helped them learn to find intellectual and compelling evidence from credible sources. The videos that covered the topics were also very interesting and helped students to better understand the material. The video on pornography and the guest speaker also helped reinforce the debates between pro-prostitution and the negative activities that surround it. The most interesting topic we covered was intersex conditions and how people's behaviors and preferences have factors related to both the environment and to their biology. Very interesting course and I have thoroughly enjoyed learning the subject.
I liked the group discussions and hearing what other people had to say about the topic. It was interesting to hear certain opinions. Also, even if it was a pretty long class (since it was T/R), I felt like time flew by quickly because we were always preoccupied with work.
The test format was good. After I knew what to expect, I recieved high grades on the tests. Perhaps he could let the students know a little more about the first test in the future (howe it is presented, what wil be covered, how it will be graded), so they can know how to start out the course doing well.
I liked that we were split into study groups. I feel like if I was on my own in the class, I wouldn't have learned as well. I like having a group I can discuss material with and ask my questions to.
I liked the discussion and that the professor walked around sometimes to listen into what we had to say. It was intimidating but made me want to speak up so I didn't sound like I hadn't been paying attention. I like that he emails back briefly and updates you as soon as he can. A lot of professors fall behind on grading and emailing students back, but he was always on top of it, which is important to feel secure in a classroom environment.
In class groups were very helpful. Instead of lecturing the whole time, we got to communicate amongst ourselves, also promoting study groups for tests. The material was enjoyable to learn about and the class interactment was interesting. I liked how he kept us with the same group all semester because I enjoyed the group I was in and it benefited me by being comfortable in group discussions and study sessions. The amount of extra credit given was really helpful as well. I enjoyed the whole semester.
The lectures, fun, creative, he incorporated the students into the lecture. instead of just stand up there and talking for an hour and 15 mins. The pictures on the slides where funny. David does a lot of small thing to try to improve the class and keep it fresh. You can tell he cares.
Lecture was definitely the best. Very visually appealing lecture slides. College students nowadays are a generation of television, magazine, and video game fanatics (most of whom don't read REAL BOOKS unless it's absolutely necessary for a CLASS). Most professors don't understand that a good portion of students nowadays need visual stimuli to connect to information and to stay interested. The intersex material was most interesting to me, super fascinating stuff. The biology aspect of that unit is difficult for a lot of psych students, but I think it was presented as clearly as possible. The important points were emphasized, and the spiderweb thing on sex differentiation was super helpful. The readings were very interesting and helpful (applied to a lot of what we were covering in class), although I found myself slacking on them towards the end of the semester.
i liked being able to converse within a small group about the topics. i also enjoyed being able to debate about them also. i liked how pornography is negative & positive, body image & objectification, male & female power, sexual orientation, sex differation and sex determination and how we "do" gender.
the way he relates our common knowledges to the course, and his unusual way to teach students and keep them entertained for an hour and half. I also liked the way he write the exams, because it's not multiple choice questions but it's something more like you have to know everything by heart which is harder when you think about it, but that's the way I learned in my country and I prefer.
The power points were fantastic. Professor Fredrick used all different types of media, videos, pictures ect. They were also very interactive and funny. He was great at expelling difficult concepts and relating them to our own lives.
The group structure of the class and how group team working skills where enhanced.
he keeps the class interesting
I really liked having the groups. It gave you an opportunity to know people and if they are willing to, to be an easy access to a study group.
Lecutres were decsent, but liked the clips that helped demonstrate course concepts the best.
Dave's sense of humor.
class dicussions & debates, videos & activites. Pretty much everything.
I like the sitting in groups thing.
in the group discussions talking about how bad frederick is.
I enjoyed the group discussions and the debates after the papers were always interesting as well. I also enjoyed the documentaries and guest speakers. They offered a welcome break from the daily grind.
The extra credit opportunities
Material and lecture
interesting topics covered, teacher kept us engaged
I enjoyed the class discussion as it helped my group and I engage in very interesting topics.
Visuals and activites. Groups.
Class discussions.
the lectures were informative and the written papers had interesting questions.
attitude, excitement,powerpoints
He did put up exam prep work later in the semester which helped focus on materials relevant to the exams, although it was still a LOT of workload for a lecture class.
Learning about the human brain in general. What happens in our brain when sex is stimulated. how we act towards the opposite sex when female is ovulating. the effects of men when they're presented around women. what creates a male or a female. great course!
28. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I did not like the style of writing we were assigned. I think we should have been given different options for writing style because there are more ways to write scientifically.
I didn't like how he constantly criticized students who voiced their opinions. Whenever someone were to speak up in class he would give a look of "your stupid," which my classmates and I didn't really enjoy. I understand that he worked really hard for his degree and is very knowledgable within the field of Psychology, but in order for his students to learn they need to be positively reinforced from time to time.
Tests.
Lots of readings which is difficult to keep up with when you also have other classes to read for.
The discussion parts, our group personally, rarely discussed. Also, we share with the class at the end of discussion sessions. This is good, but the professor does not conclude the discussion, he simply moves on with lecture, leaving me feeling like I have more questions than I started with. Unless that is the purpose of discussion, I think something should change.
I would say the Test Format, however I do agree on why he made the exams the way he did.
DEBATE PAPERS WERE VERY CHALLENGING.
the pornography as the first thing talked about in class.
NOTHING!!
I wasn't too fond of the writing aspect, although I do understand it is necessary. I suggest allotting at least two-weeks time to each report, as it is not easy to complete the research report with a full class load, especially when you have dave for 2+ classes and he follows the same format for each one (which I otherwise don't mind =) )
the test. he spoke super fast and clicked through the slides so i didn't have time to write them down
the first test was far too hard. This seems to be a trend with all of his classes so I recommend not counting the first or worst test for each student so the student's grade doesn't suffer because they weren't familiar with the test format.
I understand professor Frederick won't change the format of his tests to a fill in the bubble format, but his tests were difficult even when reviewing for hours the week before. I'm not one to complain about studying because I understand every teacher has the right to make up tests to see what students understand, but I also have him for another class along with other upper division courses to keep in mind.
I felt that there was not enough time between each unit to complete all the assigned readings.
I honestly don't have a bad thing to say about this course and teacher.
The super lengthy readings and the papers were graded much to harshly.
I really didn't like the essays... I'm improving my skills in writing research papers from this class but dammit I am really crappy at writing them. I did pretty average on the papers in this class because of that and how tough the papers were graded.
Nothin
Tests were difficult but made sure that we really knew the material.... Maybe for the first test have a practice test that resembles how it is going to be set up?
discussion time in our groups was sometimes a little long
I disliked the discussion groups just because I think a bit too much time was spent on class discussions instead of lectures. The lectures were just so interesting and entertaining that I would have liked to learn more from Prof. Frederick rather than talking to my classmates who half time time didn't even care about the discussion.
I did not really like the group aspect of the course because people in my group did not want to participate in certain things and they did not even want to sit where they were suppose too and when other people was trying to talkin the group they did not want to listen to what they had to say and for the papers they only got what they wanted and the other half of the group do not really get to chose the side they wanted. I think we should be able to write a little more of the papers also because its hard to keep the content to just 3 pages when your trying to make your argument
The amount of readings given are a lot but still doable. The 4 papers were a lot but having 3 more pages worth of writing could have made this course a WRITING INTENSIVE COURSE which some students might have found motivating and worthwhile if the course was designated as such. I feel like all the units were thoroughly covered but I think the homosexual section could have been more appealing. I hold strong opinions about the section and it didn't reveal enough about the gay culture, socially. It's a bigger world and so much more different than what was presented, and I don't think it helped much with better understanding of the culture. The intersex portion was amazing though and I think it opened up a lot of eyes.
Tests
The debates and debate papers. I really don't like them.
There were a lot assigned readings.
debate papers...these were hard to get used to but with professor's guidelines...these REALLY helped us!
Writing papers, but that can't be avoided :/
I really enjoyed all aspects of the class and I feel like the class would be incomplete if taught any other way.
you should take attendance!! i wish i would have attended more classes but i don't really feel the need because attendance isn't taken everyday
I don't have any real substantive complaints. I thought the papers were difficult for me, but that may be due to the fact that I am not the best writer.
I took both of his classes and i did not like the he had exams and essays on the same days, he had the same syllabus for both classes but with different subjects.
In group discussions to many times other students were unprepared or didn't have any type of opinion for the discussion
there was nothing about this course that I liked the least. I enjoyed every minute of it.
the debate papers
For the debate papers, I wish we could decide which side we want to argue. Although both sides usually have enough evidence, I just feel that the debates would be better if we were more passionate about the side that we were arguing.
Group.
Group work seemed like a waste of time, my group wasnt as interactive, but I loved the lectures!!
The writing assignments.
THE READINGS
The fact that the test were all based on memorization word for word. There is no chance I was able to memorized that much information in such a short amount of time or or with short answer format. I think that I would do much better if there were more options of multiple choice or a different format.
The amount of readings and material to study for the exam.
I would have to say the papers. There were so many, but as I said in a previous review. I learned so much from writing. It sucked having so many and so little feedback from the TAs, but I can write a pretty good paper now, especially not having taken my english requirements yet. I can argue a side that I don't believe in and still sound very convincing. I can actually see things from two different views now, and that is a valuable life skill. I wasn't happy writing it, but becoming a more effective writer and devils advocate is pretty great.
Test taking.
The format of the tests were very tricky, and the papers were graded a bit too harsh.
I found the some of the readings unnecessary and invaluable to my learning and success in this course.
Sitting down for the whole period. I think it would have been cool to maybe have a portion of class that lasted 5-10 minutes that we could get up from our seat and talk to other groups.
I liked every bit of the course :)
Being stuck with the same group all semester, especially when realizing that half of them did absolutely nothing.
the readings
I can't find anything that I liked the least in this class.
Based on what I've heard from other students Human sexuality courses taught by other professors are not this hard, wish I would have taken it with a professor that didn't have such high standards.
PPT delay and Study guides were a pain...but understandable, first time he taught undergrad
Nothing!! :-)
Group work.
the Tests overall were super hard, there were all fill in the blank. HATEEEEE!!!!
The debate papers.
the tests were really hard but it's college. There's a lot of reading and even with spliting the workload, it's still a lot.
While I appreciate his purpose of creating better, academic writers, I did not feel the intense focus on proper essay format was necessary in pertaining to the field of psychology...While yes, it is necessary for creating further research articles, I felt limited in expressing my knowledge of the course material as I was threatened by how it would fit in with the constraints of "proper essay" format.
I disliked the papers the most. I think the concept of them is a good idea, they did help improve my writing. But i think there were too many, with the difficulty of the tests I think there should has been less papers, maybe just two big ones instead of four smaller ones.
the aspects of the class that i did not like as much were the tests and how they were all fill in the blank without any kind of word bank for each section, because some people get nervous and are unable to do fill in the blank and even if someone knows the material then are unable to become compatible with this type of test even if they know the material. There should be a mix of multiple choice, fill in the blank. Also i did not really like having a road map in the papers because it was telling everything that you were going to do, in my experience road maps are more for an outline of a paper versus being in the paper.
Unfortunately, I only haven't 2500 characters which isn't enough to explain how many aspects of this class I disliked and for very good reasons I might add. 1. Debate Papers: This is not a writing intensive class and it is not an English class. It is a PSYCHOLOGY class. There should not be that much time spent on how to write a paper. I'm a senior in college, I should know how to write a paper by now. And if you are going to assign a bunch of writing assignments, then you petition for it to be counted as writing intensive. 2. Teams of 6: Last time I checked, this was a lecture class...of 150+ students. Being in a lecture hall does not involve breaking up into teams of six every five minutes to discuss the material. I'm not here to learn from other students. I'm trying to learn from the teacher who apparently has no idea what he's talking about. 3. Tests: One word--RIDICULOUS. A complete fill in the blank test should be considered illegal. The amount of information presented in class was overwhelming, let alone trying to memorize not only the term, it's definition and a "clear examample so I know you know what you're talking about." It's like come on now, this is still undergraduate studies. Give me a break! I truly could go on and on about things I didn't like about this class...
exams were way to difficult
Study session before the test should have been better planned. It was slightly helpful to post questions on Laulima, but it would be even better if Dave would go and double check the answers posted to make sure everyone is understanding the material correctly.
Nothing
I did not like the papers. I tried my best and recieved a check plus. i wrote what I thought was a crappy paper and got a check plus. i busted my hump on the third paper and got a check plus. How does one get a pplus with his papers? Does the TA correct them in a bias fashion or just very particular? Did ANYONE get pluses on papers?
Sometimes, the reading load was a bit tedious. I would stress over trying to read everything when I could have been focusing on the lectures and core material a bit more. I appreciated Professor Frederick realizing this was a common worry, however, as he began to tell us what to focus more on, and what to focus less on.
I went into this class thinking it would be easy, which is the only reason I took it, as a filler since my upper level courses still have prereqs. Unfortunately, that was not the case. It ended up being one of my most stressful classes with the most studying. Which is saying a lot if you knew my other classes. The class is interesting but almost has too much information. I also did not like the way the tests were formatted, they are confusing and require an out of the box style of studying that is difficult to really grasp.
The paper topics were challenging to write about. I always felt positive about my papers but never got higher than a C, so my writing never improved in this class, or the T.A. was a harsh grader.
The papers that you had to writing that were judged very critically, it would have been different if it was a writing class. I even tried to get into David's writing class next semester but wasn't able to. Papers written in other classes are just to see if you understand the idea and that you can explain the concept. Not to judge your writing to a T.
Writing papers. I know I benefited (your guidelines and all the slides on how to write were super helpful) and will be able to use a lot of what I learned about writing papers in the future. I'm fairly good at writing too, I just don't particularly enjoy it for some reason. I wish I could give you more to work with, but like I say before, it's really hard to think of anything negative about this class.
evolutionary perspectives on sexuality
readings, wayyyyyyy too many!!!!! and the writings that were hard sometimes
I least liked the participation of group members. Some did not try their best to do their part.
the grading of the papers and the massive amounts of reading we had to do
My main issue is if you take both your classes at the same time. I understand that we are college students, and should be able to manage our time. THere is also the fact that some of us work jobs during the week. It is hard sometimes to deal with the fact that we have everything on the same day. It gets harder when you have 3 other classes to deal with. While this is some what of just my personal griefs, the having everything on the same day is my only problem with the course.
I didn't like the debates. I know it was a part of the curriculum, but I felt that it was unnecessary.
Did not nessecarily enjoy being stuck in the same group through out the whole semester. Hated having 4 research papers do, when the course is not even considered a writing intensive class. Tests were very challengeing, even after studying hard, i left feeling that my results did not reflect on how much i knew and studied. Would have been more benefecial to have a more straight forward test, by letting student know how the test layout will be and having test questions more direct.
Having a long study guide, and after completing all of it, we only needed to know a portion of it.
However, I did not like the readings. There were too many of the readings to begin with.
Didn't like the toughness of the grading and toughness of the exams
the massive loads of information he expected us to know for each test. way too many readings and harsh to grade the papers. really though, i disliked almost every aspect of this course. his halloween lecture took the fun out of halloween for me.
For my part, I disliked the amount of reading that I had to do as well as writing so often, but that is on account of laziness, the amount of work was fair and was to be expected of a 300 level class.
Exams are so hard that it makes the class less fun and interesting.
Too many reading assignments outside of class
nothing
The papers were difficult and something that I didn't find enjoyable.
All the papers without it being a WI.
Debate papers and readings!
the exams were quite difficult and precise... it required intense memorization. it seemed like a writing intensive course.
writing papers
I think there was a lot of work that was not on lecture slides that were on the test and you would have to double check/cross reference a lot of ideas and concepts that were needed for the test. The "fill in the blank" test format is pretty daunting as you need to have a precise knowledge of each individual idea or concept the question is asking and there were a LOT of specific questions.
none. class was very interesting & love to learn about the mind and human body.
29. Other comments:
D-Fed is a hottie fasho :)
Chee!!
Also, readings were a lot and overwhelming for me. Most students have three to four other classes to read for. The papers and the readings are too much for a lecture course. It should consist of four exams and an extra credit paper only. Other options would be to have only three exams and three papers, or something similar. But this coursework combined with other coursework required me to sacrifice my grade for other classes. The paper grading is also very harsh. I am an A paper student and this is the only class that I kept getting consistent B's on. Either I got dumber, or my writing isn't up to par. Or other University professors expect too little.
Keep teaching the course the way youre teaching it.
Good professor but too challenging for a non-grad class.
Please teach other psych subjects, our future generation will thank you!
Overall professor Frederick is a great teacher. Any student is lucky to have him as an instructor or friend in life =]
For the next semester, I suggest that the reading should be kept the same, maybe have a mandatory list of readings and recommended readings for those who want to do more. I just wanted to say thank you.
I learned a lot in these classes. I really wish I could take another class from Dave. Also, sorry for copy-pasting this for the 250 and the 352 evaluation.
i throughly enjoyed this class and the interesting things i learned in it.
The class discussions would be a more effective style of teaching in a smaller classroom setting. Dave Frederick was definitely better than most of the professors at UH. He did a really good job.
I don't think it was necessary to decrease the readings for the semester and shorten the study guides.
The only other comment I have is that I think the debate papers should be taken out. Not everyone likes doing the debate papers.
this course was AWESOME. I liked the professor, i looked forward to class, and all the content was really interesting!
I feel that some of the key readings should be briefly discussed in class, and maybe have quizzes on readings to motivate us too keep up with them.
You can tell Dave is passionate about both his teaching and our learning and you can tell he takes both very seriously. It is really great to have a professor as intelligent, passionate, and down to earth as Dave. Dave sets the bar for professors
See Section 23.
I thought the course was great and would highly recommend it to others.
Over-all david is one of the best teachers i have had at the university of hawaii
Keep doing what you're doing Mr. David! Absolutely the most enjoyable class and teacher. Too bad you're not my math and science professor as well! I'd have a straight 4.0
Best Psychology class ever!
Loved the class! I felt that I learned a lot, but also had fun along the way.
Dave rocks! He made learning difficult topics that much easier by making it interesting!
Writing assignments suck big time. Hard grading on those. Exams were a bit too easy though. I liked the first exam where we could take off 10 question though (vs. 5). Working in groups is cool, but it's hard finding compatible people in a large lecture setting. Overall, awesome class. Interesting material and Dave is super awesome because he listens to the students and gives them what they want.
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I also had a hard time focusing in class when Dave would pace back and forth while he was speaking. I caught myself not wanting to make eye contact and fully pay attention because of that and it becomes very distracting.
Good class because I learned a whole lot! Dave is a very cool professor who knows his stuff. I just wish the amount of material to study for the exams weren't so much because it would give me headaches every time I studied for an exam.
This class was the best. It was very open to ideas and discussions and full of visuals. The best kind of learning is when you're actively engaged, and Dave made sure that happened. He was the best professor I have ever had. He incorporated all types of learning: visual, auditory, and semantic. He needs to teach more classes! Definitely a professor to recommend.
Good job C:
Yayy!! we <3 Dave!
Highly recommend this class and professor! Learned so much and the professor was a great help, it was nice to be able to email a professor and get an actual caring response.
He's great!
I recommend this course and this professor to anyone!:)
LOVE the extra credit opportunities I needed all of them, and will take advantage of any future opportunities
This class is hard but I would take this course over and over again with him if I could.
You should understand which school you are in right now!!! Definitely not in UCLA!!!! Not everyone are like your students in UCLA!!! Make your tests and class easier!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't get discouraged if students complain about the class. You are one of the best teachers I've had and I really learned a lot.
I really liked this class and it's the favorite of this semester. The material we have gone over was very interesting and eye opening. I liked that he made it a fun way and explained things with humor so it would be a lot easier to remember.
An overall excellent teacher. Challenging but learned. Smiling more is encouraged as Dave is an obviously distinguished academic who excels far past his colleagues similar in age to him, not to mention his plethora of research experience. Creating a more approachable professor (i.e.: friendly and not intimidating) would better student's chances in the course. BTW -- no student is going to do a 10 pg research paper for 1.5 max extra credit (its ridiculous)
Overall a really good semester, this was a class I looked forward too and liked to go to class but I still learned a lot of concepts that I will remember and like to share with others.
Dave should work on: 1. his attitude problem (you're really not cool, so just stop trying) 2. his jokes 3. his overall teaching philosophies
Keep up the great work, Dave. You're a really cool prof!
I think in general, he needs to talk more about paper formatting. I felt like I could never get it right because we never had time to fully go into it in class even though it was in the slides. I have NEVER written a paper in that format and it was really difficult, where papers are usually my strong point when it comes to classes.
Good job presenting multiple viewpoints of all the topics we covered in class. A lot of the readings also presented opposing views. Challenged my own opinions (although sometimes left me confused and unsure of what I believed), which I like. We need more thinkers today and college is the perfect place to inspire people to think more. I love it when professors challenge how students think, we need a lot more of that.
Dave is AWESOOOOME!!!!!!
Cant wait to take another class from him
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Teacher + Course= GREAT!! Class was fun & interesting and learned ALOT!!
I'd enjoy taking another class from Dave in the future.
I do not like david frederick, understood.
Papers were very challenging when you were placed with the unpopular side of the debate. Topics should be even in dispute and references. Intersex paper was probably the most difficult paper I had to write in my life because there were no sources available to back up the argument. This caused my paper to be very weak.
The class was a lot easier to keep up with after the readings were cut down.
David's ease of lecturing was very engaging and informational. He really knows the course material and didn't hesitate to stop and explain concepts.
you're a really great teacher but many of us were not used to fill in the blank exams. despite the fact that the exams were challenging, it was a good way of forcing us to know the material well. I can gladly say I know the web by heart. (sex differentation/determination of a male/female) :)