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Instructor: David Ching

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ECON130, Fall 2010
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ECON321, Spring 2010
ECON131, Fall 2009

David Ching: ECON130, Fall 2010

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 130 - Principles of Microeconomics Crn (Section): 74983 (002)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 52 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (8%) 17 (33%) 31 (60%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 52 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (10%) 20 (38%) 27 (52%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 52 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 6 (12%) 16 (31%) 29 (56%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 52 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 8 (15%) 19 (37%) 24 (46%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 52 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (6%) 12 (23%) 19 (37%) 18 (35%)
6. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
He relates things to real life with real examples that are fun so it makes you think about things differently so that when you finish with it all the important concepts are drilled in your brain and you are able to take that knowledge and use it
learning about how businesses work
The aspects pertaining to real life situations were the most valuable
the content of the class(ppt, instructor's personal; experience)
The four market structures
When he gave us personal input to better undersand material.
aspects I could relate to my own life and involvement with economics/purchasing goods
The graphs/material that Dr. Ching put up on the board were most valuable. It helped me gain a better understanding of the chapter and also touched upon essential key points. When he related econ to real life situations, the concepts became more tangible and easier to understand.
I pretty much found every aspect of the course to be useful, because all topics tied in with each other.
Real world, relatable examples
every time he used examples to explain the concepts being taught were helpful
Homework
The in depth learning and chalkboard diagrams he used really helped.
Opportunity costs
Economics is a very useful subject and I'm glad that I took it. It taught me a lot about the way that the economy works. I also liked his stories; made it more interesting and easier to understand the concepts.
The lectures
examples given in the class
We can learn basic of Economics in our daily life.
I felt that all aspects of the course were valuable because it help with everyday decisions.
The examples and the homework.
I did enjoy the explanations to the diagrams in class although I never took a econ course previous to this class so i had a very difficult time. I also enjoyed that the powerpoints were always available for class; that was very helpful. The best part is that he was a very friendly professor and he does take the time to read his email everyday and respond faster than any of my other professors. He is ALWAYS available for help and asks the class if they need more of an explanation on his powerpoint examples.
Everything!
Everything.
the explainations to terms and how they effect one another.
I think the homework and quizzes were the most valuable because they were the most effective in helping me learn.
Visual examples that were put up on the board. It was discussed along the way after going over with the powerpoint slides, so it was a lot easier to understand each chapter.
Hypothetical examples on the board. Comparing different models/graphs.
Doing examples on the black board are very helpful in understanding materials covered in the chapters.
7. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
There wasn't anything everything was important
it was hard to learn with so many people in the class
None were of little value.
Labor Union
None. Learning is always valuable.
The myeconlab quiz that we took wasn't valuable. It would have been better to take a quiz in class.
none
nothing i can think of
Tests
Nothing.
I felt no real need to read the book.
the jeopardy quiz
can't tell
HIS TA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! she was NEVER available. EVER.
lecture is quite fast.
None.
I had such a hard time following his lectures, he moved at such a fast pace i couldn't keep up. But it's most likely due to the fact that I have a hard time understanding the terms in Economics. I wish i had a further background in Econ because I would have probably understood him more. Unfortunately I fell behind and I'm having a hard time recovering in time for the final...
None!
Nothing.
the lack of class discussions.
I think the lecture part of the class was the least valuable to me since I would already read the text and the class was mainly an overview of the readings.
N/A.
Strict definitions of terms could have had some notation.
Unnecessary information that are not valuable to the lesson.
slow down, too much info at one time
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 50 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 5 (10%) 21 (42%) 23 (46%)
9. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 52 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 7 (13%) 15 (29%) 29 (56%)
10. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 52 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 21 (40%) 29 (56%)
11. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.42 52 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (12%) 18 (35%) 28 (54%)
12. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.3 52 1.01 Freq(%) 2 (4%) 6 (12%) 17 (33%) 13 (25%) 5 (10%) 9 (17%)
13. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.37 52 1.0 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 7 (13%) 16 (31%) 13 (25%) 6 (12%) 9 (17%)
14. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.37 51 1.07 Freq(%) 2 (4%) 6 (12%) 14 (27%) 13 (25%) 6 (12%) 10 (20%)
15. The TA's oral speaking was clear and effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.27 52 1.04 Freq(%) 3 (6%) 6 (12%) 15 (29%) 16 (31%) 4 (8%) 8 (15%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 52 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 5 (10%) 23 (44%) 22 (42%)
17. Other comments:
Prof ching is an AWESOME PROFESSOR!! I would and have recommended him to many of my friends and he is a fun guy and his grading is good, he isn't super hard and his homework is perfect so it gets the concepts into your brain
I didn't really get a chance to talk to the TA so I don't really have any ratings for her.
none
not bad
The only time we saw the T.A. was during the first day of class, exam days, and on one post exam review day.
Confusion of quizzes was detrimental to my grade, and quite bothersome overall. I wish we were compensated more fairly on the grading as a result of this, but I felt we weren't. Some questions could have been answered in different ways but this was not accounted for, even when mistakes were made in the design of the quizzes.
the material was pretty heavy but i think he did well as far as teaching it
I gained an interest in economics through this professor, David Ching.
none
Good class
the TA did shown each class so I don't know if she is good or not
Please keep MyEconLab. It is an extremely useful tool for students.
the TA was never in class or came after class which was unfortunate because i needed her help although she did respond to email within a couple of days which was good for me. David Ching is a good teacher and is always available I feel that he was the best kind of professor when it came to the fact that if you needed help he was always willing to explain the material.
I don't think I saw the TA more than one time during the class session.
Instructor is always well prepared which makes the class more enjoyable.
I really enjoy David Ching's lectures.
As a note, I put neutral for the TA just because I did not meet with the TA throughout the semester. The course overall I thought was a lot easier than understanding the Macro view of economics. The text provided everything I needed to know to help me understand the principles.
TA never did study sessions, and was never in class.....

David Ching: ECON131, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 131 - Principles of Macroeconomics Crn (Section): 71006 (001)     71008 (003)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 21 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (19%) 27 (77%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 21 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 9 (43%) 19 (56%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 21 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 3 (14%) 6 (18%) 9 (43%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.95 21 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 4 (19%) 11 (52%) 5 (24%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.86 21 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 4 (19%) 9 (27%) 6 (29%)
6. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Everything. It is a general course which covers a broad spectrum of topics.
Explaining effects on the economy by certain events through the use of graphs had a strong visual appeal.
The professor himself.
All aspects of this course were valuable if you have an interest in pursuing a career in this field. Ching seemingly knows everything there is about economics.
The teacher has a lot of knowledge and experience about the course.
Being able to learn material from the chalkboard instead of the powerpoint presentations. It was easier for me to understand and follow.
I felt that the information given was adiquit and inspiring.
I think the lectures were the most valuable because they helped my understanding of the concepts.
The subjects explained on the chalk board gave me a better understanding of the material versus the powerpoint slides.
real life examples easy to relate to
everything
Professor Ching is always willing to explain his examples in further detail. He also is available when ever you need him. His powerpoints are sent out before the class day and are fully detailed and provide importatnt information for the tests.
he gave very good explanations that made sense to a regular student who didn't know anything about econ.
Learning part of it. Professor Ching explains the course well.
The examples done on the board and the break down of concepts were very helpful.
MyEconLab ended up being more of a teacher to me, I would have failed without the explanations and practice problems on that website.
The basic concepts to the economic perspective was most helpful in understanding what the government must consider and their incentives when enacting certain policies to strengthen our economy. Moreover, it was a great experience to see the complexity of the cause and effects of such policies because I had no knowledge on the subject prior to taking this course.
Chalkboard lectures.
Well its economics, to understand our own economy
Learning a lot of the terms and seeing how the information applied to real life was pretty valuable.
The text and myeconlab was the most valuable to me. I would learn the most from myeconlab because it provided practice quizzes and a study guide. The study guide provided me with the different sections I still needed work on, which helped me to focus on what principles I did and did not understand. It helped me with the actual quizzes.
Towards the end about understanding how our economy causes fiscal and/or monetary policies which effect interest rates.
Having that powerpoints before class made it way easier to follow along
The powerpoint presentations online.
the general concepts that we can apply to the real world.
* Mr. Ching going through examples on the chalkboard was enlightening. * Extra credit assignments were great practice for exam topics and there was little stress if I couldn't do a great job on them. * Questions on MyEconLab helped me practice calculations and learn vocabulary.
The homework and online quizzes.
The understanding of economics itself is valuable. Knowing how the government/Fed ties in was especially interesting.
The homework assignments with explanations for each question if you got it wrong.
Most of the material taught this semester is applicable to the real world.
Explains the graphs thoroughly.
everything. it gave me knowledge about how things in the world are done and why things happen and how other people are dealing with problems
I liked learning about compound interest because it directly applies to me.
I had never taken any econ courses before the few of them that I'm taking this semester, and Professor Ching's course is the first one that's related to the macro field. I've been interested in our nations economy and reading articles in newspapers about it for the last couple years, but it's totally different after having learned about everything else that's involved in the macro economy. It's a valuable class, especially for people studying outside of the econ field.
The tutoring sessions at Sinclair.
His work on the board made the material easier to understand because I could have a visual aid along with his lecture.
Everything. It was very helpeful because it was hands on and he made sure that we understood the material.
7. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Education is never valueless.
none, it is an excellent course.
On the other side of Ching's knowledge, his teaching style was a little fast for a 100 level course and it weeds out people who aren't ready, rather than going a little slower to reinforce interest in the subject. The online portion of the course was least valuable. I didn't sign up for an online class and it seems as if 3/4 of effort into understanding the subject is put outside class because of the fast-pace teaching style in class may be a hard to grasp.
It is very hard to catch-up with the teacher with his lecture presentation since he talks too fast and the course is a bit unorganized. In addition, there is no review session after any test.Moreover, the grading system is very confusing.
The powerpoint presentation that contained graphs because I learn better when I see things drawn out, step by step.
I disliked the online quizes i felt that it did not portray my knowledge compleatly.
The powerpoints did not fully give me the needed information/explainations of the subject matter.
TA lectures kind of silly, i know how to read a powerpoint
nothing
Understanding economics. I wish i took a econ course previous so that i could understand his examples better.
I cant think of any.
The teacher.
The material covered within the course were all essential to the bigger picture of what economics is all about. Although some were small, it is agreeable that each step (regardless of how small) interplay with one another to create our society's economic standing as we know today.
MyEconLab assignments were beneficial; however, online quizzes were not.
The way he was teaching did not help me at all to learn the material. he went through it fairly quickly and only briefly. he draws these graphs so fast, and i'm trying to copy it down, while i copy it down, i miss what he says because he goes on and on.....
Like every class it seemed like we covered some meaningless topics.
The least valuable to me were the class lectures just because I am a visual and hands on learner, the lecture part was not as effective as myeconlab and the text.
Probably the beginning of the class since modern economics donʻt use them (so we pretty much have to forget it to understand it).
The board work was helpful but drawing those graphs all over the place made note taking kind of difficult.
* Using MyEconLab feels icky -- perhaps homework questions could be distributed and collected through Laulima, hard-copy paper, or some university-operated website? Using a 3rd-party website with a financial tie-in to the textbook feels inappropriate. * The publisher rep talking to the class early in the semester was offensive. Their product will stand (or fall) on its own. The presentation felt like a distraction and an advertisement. Again, this feels highly inappropriate. * The bring-your-own-binder textbook wasn't good. It's too hard to turn the pages, the holes tear, it doesn't fit on a shelf, it doesn't feel permanent.
Nothing.
Sometimes he powers through the slides really quickly. Also, we covered so much and so fast it's hard to really gain an understanding about certain things.
i think everything was quite valuable
We went too far in-depth with some things.
I feel that I've been able to relate all of the material that I've learned so far to the real world, so I don't thing there's anything that's not valuable.
Macroeconomics alone is a tough course, as a freshman I would have understood the concept material a little easier had things been explained a little more thoroughly. However, I cannot expect the teacher to change his ways due to my own individual learning speed.
I didn't like having to take quizzes online. I felt too rushed and frantic trying to finish.
N/A
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 21 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (15%) 8 (38%) 16 (47%)
9. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 21 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 9 (26%) 7 (33%) 14 (41%)
10. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 21 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 10 (48%) 19 (56%)
11. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.12 34 1.09 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 2 (6%) 1 (5%) 8 (24%) 10 (48%)
12. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.33 21 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 11 (52%) 5 (24%) 1 (5%) 3 (14%)
13. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.61 21 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (38%) 9 (43%) 9 (26%) 3 (14%)
14. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.21 21 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 11 (33%) 3 (14%) 1 (5%) 7 (33%)
15. The TA's oral speaking was clear and effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.8 34 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (19%) 10 (48%) 3 (14%) 3 (14%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 21 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 11 (52%) 8 (38%)
17. Other comments:
TA took way too long to get back to me at times.
Professor Ching can be forgetful, but he does fix his mistakes. Overall, he's a nice guy and seems pretty straightforward about the material we need to know.
By far, professor Ching is the best instructor that I have ever had. He knows the material extremely well, is extremely fair, and he is very enthusiastic about his course. Never have I had a teacher persuade me, through there teaching, to change my major. He makes economics extremely interesting, relating basic economical concepts to real-world current events, and explains everything very well. He encourages questions, and does not make you feel unintelligent or intimidated. I learned more in this introductory class than I have ever learned in any other course. He is also very helpful. A+++
I would have enjoyed subject/learned more if more time was taken to go over concepts
Would like to have more extra-credit assignments.
The material is pretty difficult but I feel that the teacher helped explain it in easier terms. He challenges your thinking which is good but can sometimes be frustrating when you're just plain not understanding. He is available for help before tests and is always open to questions. His class is a comfortable learning environment and I feel that the scoring is fair.
I really enjoyed this class I found the information to be valuable and very interesting. I also thought that David Ching is a great teacher because it's easy to tell that he is passionate about the subject and sharing his knowledge.
The TA never once replied to me by email. I emailed him serveral times and never got any response. That was the worst. My Microecomics TA anna was much more helpful. Also Professor ching said to email the TA regarding MEL issues; he was never available and never even responded late to me by email. Even if hes at his office hours email was important for me to try and reach him since im working 3 jobs and don't have the extra time to always stop by for a chat with him.
great professor...need more of them like him at UH!!
Great class! I learned a lot. Professor Ching knows the course very well.
Overall, a very good course. The teaching style is also very effective and helpful.
He teaches this subject like we already know everything about economics. He goes really fast over everything, and doesn't answer questions efficiently.
Great instructor with thorough lectures and powerpoints that organize necessary information from the units. Also, the choice in using My EconLab was incredibly beneficial to me, personally, because it offered an extended explanation in the case I could not understand the material in class.
I had taken economics 130, and LOVED IT. ever since i have taken this economics 131 with ching, I will never like economics like i did before.
Didn't care for the essay.
This course was very hard. I was taking both Econ 131 with Econ 130 so it was even harder for me since each course requires a lot of study time and I would sometimes get mixed up with the concepts of which was macro and which was micro. I really did not like the final paper just because it was very confusing and was hard to choose just one topic since they all relate to each other and the information was spread out throughout all the chapters. As a suggestion to students who want to take this course, I would recommend they take it alone and not with Econ 130. This course requires a lot of your attention since you need to know the concepts thoroughly and be an expert to do good on the exams and final paper.
Powerpoint presentations and MyEconLab assignments were very helpful, so I such doing them more in the later half of the semester like in the beginning.
In the future, please reject course materials with "access codes" or other artificial limitations. Please use carefully-selected textbooks that are available both new and used and whose previous editions are as helpful and relevant as the current edition.
I disagree with some of his grading methods. Unlike him, I don't believe that the speed at which you can recall something is directly related to how much you've learned. I believe that someone can be just as smart and know the material as much as the next person, but may not be able to do well on an online quiz with a very short time limit. I think that this should be changed to having quizzes only in class, so that he doesn't have to use a short time limit in order to prevent cheating. This would reflect people's knowledge/learning much better in their grading.
I enjoyed having Professor Ching as my Macroeconomics teacher, he is friendly and easy going yet knows what he's talking about.
i wish i had a better understanding of the things in this class. I am interested, but you do go quite fast in my opinion with the material. If it was free, this class, i would definitely take it again in my spare time when i dont have any hard classes. thats how interesting it was to me
It was a good class but moves fast at times and can be confusing.
Great professor! He really knows what he's talking about, and he's excited to teach us what he knows. I'm very glad I took this course.

David Ching: ECON131, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 131 - Principles of Macroeconomics Crn (Section): 80976 (003)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 31 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 12 (39%) 16 (52%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 31 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 2 (6%) 14 (45%) 13 (42%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.97 31 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 6 (19%) 14 (45%) 9 (29%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.74 31 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 7 (23%) 12 (39%) 8 (26%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.32 31 1.17 Freq(%) 3 (10%) 3 (10%) 11 (35%) 9 (29%) 5 (16%)
6. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I think the tutoring available outside of the class was fantastic and complemented the lectures which together made the program fantastic.
I think that understanding how the shifting of the the graphs that we learned is very helpful in my life because it shows how one aspect of the purchases and supply can effect how I personally live my life.
teacher was very knowledgeable
NA
the lecutures and most of the quizes.
Professor Ching chose an amazing textbook this semester. His method of lecture followed by well- mapped question/answer, scenario/solution on the board is helpful for visual learners like me. His notation system is also valuable to a learner like myself who can get lost when trying to learn and translate macroeconomics by reading theories in a book. Our TAs offered weekly study sessions were helpful for students who may have missed a class or need more time to digest more complex concepts.
Those of monetary policy.
Real life tools
Walking through the material of what was expected when it came to the paper, quizzes, and test made going to class worthwhile. Specifically the process of writing a paper and analyzing it.
Actually, this being the economics class, all the aspects were most valuable. It seemed that it could be applied to all economic situations that existed today. It did broaden my knowledge a great extent, though I still don't find it interesting.
Having to notice the differences between micro and macro aspect of economics.
examples and models on the board with explanations
Nothing.
One aspect that I thought was most valuable is when the course talked about the recession and how it affects everyone all over the world.
Class interaction and participation with diagrams
The most valuable aspects of the course was almost everything. Everything we learned he relates to real life, and real articles about things that are happening in the world's economy right now. It makes it easier to understand when related to real things.
The way he delivers the material of Fiscal and monetary policy is really good and i can learn it easily.
7. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Aplia online homework. While I can now say after having completed the entire online course work that it was helpful. I also feel it was far more confusing and in some cases down right frustrating compared to the actual context that the class and its relative tests covered.
In the beginning of the course I didn't really care for the material. About a month into the course is when everything was making an importance of learning.
hard to understand the material
The assignments weren't very helpful.
the online homework.
The online assignments that were consolidated with the textbook were valuable, but on some rare occasions overwhelming in length and fostered confusion rather than comprehension. I suppose this is more of the program developers' mistake and not as much as the professors.
Review of general economics topics
The online homework
I felt like the review of micro and the first 10 chapters were of little value because they were brushed through and easily forgotten.
i think all the aspects were valuable. You need everything to understand everything about economics.
aplia
This class was completely confusing and nothing made sense. Half the time the professor forgot what he was talking about and I could not link the concepts together if you paid me.
I thought everything in the course was valuable because it explains how it affects the market.
Hardly any power point presentations The use of chalkboard too much, causing ineffective learning.
I think all the graphs we learn are valuable to visually show us effects of different economic changes, but some are unnecessary to me. Graphs of supply and demand just doesn't seem to me like I would ever use it again.
The materials when course almost done were not fully presented so it was not really clear for me.
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.94 31 1.09 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 4 (13%) 12 (39%) 11 (35%)
9. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 31 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 15 (48%) 12 (39%)
10. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.77 30 1.04 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 5 (17%) 14 (47%) 7 (23%)
11. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.97 31 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 8 (26%) 13 (42%) 9 (29%)
12. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.65 31 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 10 (32%) 10 (32%) 7 (23%) 0 (0%)
13. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.19 31 0.95 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 5 (16%) 11 (35%) 14 (45%) 0 (0%)
14. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.97 31 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (35%) 8 (26%) 10 (32%) 2 (6%)
15. The TA's oral speaking was clear and effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.42 31 1.2 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 7 (23%) 9 (29%) 6 (19%) 8 (26%) 0 (0%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.84 31 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 11 (35%) 11 (35%) 8 (26%)
17. Other comments:
I feel that Professor Ching was easy to understand and way more helpful then any economics teacher I've had in the past. Though his TA would really use some help in presenting his knowledge to the class. I am assuming that English is his 2nd language and just by being able to present to the class in such a manner is impressive but I feel for him to be able to teach his own classes in the future he could use practice and perhaps help in communicating his ideas in a more direct and fluid manner.
I really like this course because even though I really don't care for economics the professor made it easy to learn and interesting. I wish my other professors could sit in his class because I never seen so many students willing to ask questions and participate in class. I can also see that people are more willing to be engaged, not sleeping, than my other classes. His ability to make the students understand the material is astonishing when comparing this class to my other classes.
very difficult course. seems like if you cant or have a hard time understanding the concept of macroeconomics then youre gonna struggle a lot in this class
Having the essay was kind of annoying, but helped because it helped me learn some new concepts better.
it is a good class, but could really do without the paper at the end of the semester.
Professor Ching and our TAs were very approachable. I appreciated that Professor Ching would tell students what level of understanding he was expecting them to achieve when dealing with a particular concept. He is sensitive to students' difficulties, but is always challenging students with critical analysis assignments as opposed to rote and memorization. He encourages questions and is very thorough. Even if he hadn't verbally expressed his passion for teaching, any student would see his passion. Professor Ching is dedicated to helping students grasp the material. Even if multiple students ask the same question, Professor Ching repeats himself and is polite. He is dedicated to helping students grasp the concepts put forth in class and he understands that different students learn differently. He approaches repeat questions in different ways to cater to different learning styles.
Felt informed of class structure and grading policies
The professor's teaching style was really hard to adapt to.
I was surprised that the instructor apologized to the class for some of his lectures. He seemed very unprepared for some sessions. Made it hard to take him seriously.
the aplia homeworks are ridiculous..
i think writing this economy paper is kinda tough and not necessary.
Was a good teacher, and he wasn't boring. Although the subject seemed boring, no matter how tired, or sick Professor Ching was, he still was very enthusiastic about the subject. This made class somewhat fun, and it kept me coming to class every day.
Having a final paper is difficult for an introductory course. I really liked how Professor Ching explains things on the chalkboard rather than just reading off powerpoint slides. He also made sure everyone understood the concepts before moving on.

David Ching: ECON321, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 321 - Introduction to Statistics Crn (Section): 80980 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 43 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 14 (33%) 27 (63%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 43 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 1 (2%) 22 (51%) 18 (42%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 44 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (7%) 1 (2%) 22 (50%) 18 (41%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.05 44 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (9%) 5 (11%) 20 (45%) 15 (34%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.64 44 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 6 (14%) 11 (25%) 16 (36%) 10 (23%)
6. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The board work.
how each of the statistical formula's worked and what they were trying to prove. I also realized how it applies to everyday life rather than just in textbook problems
Getting it over with.
The information we needed to learn was valuable..
The problems that he showed on the board helped me learn the materials better.
The homework and the lecture.
The part that he referred all of the tests we have been doing back to our daily lives.
Stats! Important in all areas of study. Even mine: biology.
hw assignments
i learned a lot
The chalk-board examples were very helpful.
Although the course is taught under the economics department, I felt that statistics encompasses both the social and biological sciences. Since I am majoring in the biological sciences, I felt that I learned valuable statistical concepts and tests that would elucidate the significance of the data I would gather either in the laboratory or on the field. Also, I enjoyed the quizzes. Although we had 9 throughout the semester, I felt that not having midterms took off some stress in the class. Thus, it was highly possible to read the chapter on the morning on the quiz and still excel on them.
The examples done on the board.
The concepts of the statistical details and functions. He explains very effectively and simply the reasons of why stats are taken and how the information is interpreted.
the instructor's patience
the content and the application of the content in everyday life
the variance and standard normal deviation
i'm not too sure.
The quizzes after each chapter were helpful because I was able to check my understanding of the material. The notes and everything he wrote on the chalkboard was helpful.
The chapter quizes were useful to wrap up the sections and test our understanding.
7. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The Powerpoints.
Being in class to learn the subject. The class lecture brought no additional insights to the book, which was pretty watered down to begin with. It was like listening to the book on tape version of Statistics for Dummies, only more expensive.
There wasn't anything least valuable.
I felt that the tests where really hard.
I do not think that there were unvaluable aspects.
powerpoints
quite fast paced
The multitude of quizzes were rather distracting. It would be better to have two midterms and a final exam.
Although I still find it valuable, the least valuable aspect of the course would be the chapter on probability. I found that most of its applications (based on the problems we solved) revolved around gambling and cards, social events for which I do not care. Nevertheless, I still find probability to be valuable, since it does have its applications in biological sciences.
Power point slides
nothing
i'm not too sure.
The powerpoint slideshows were not helpful because he would go over them too quickly for me to grasp the concepts. Writing on the chalkboard was much better than the powerpoint slides because as he was writing I would be able to think about the material and understand it.
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 44 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 2 (5%) 22 (50%) 18 (41%)
9. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.05 43 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (9%) 8 (19%) 13 (30%) 18 (42%)
10. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.91 44 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 5 (11%) 4 (9%) 21 (48%) 13 (30%)
11. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.12 43 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 5 (12%) 22 (51%) 14 (33%)
12. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.62 43 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (9%) 13 (30%) 13 (30%) 7 (16%) 6 (14%)
13. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.74 42 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 12 (29%) 17 (40%) 5 (12%) 7 (17%)
14. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.71 42 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (12%) 10 (24%) 14 (33%) 9 (21%) 4 (10%)
15. The TA's oral speaking was clear and effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.26 43 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 10 (23%) 13 (30%) 10 (23%) 5 (12%) 5 (12%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 42 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (7%) 4 (10%) 18 (43%) 17 (40%)
17. Other comments:
No comment.
I enjoyed Professor Ching's class. I feel it was one of the classes where I learned a lot and had to work for my grade. I also found it to have a lot of real life applications.
It is somewhat ironic that someone who claims to enjoy teaching doesn't seem to want to show up for class. It is evident that he knows his stuff, but not evident at all that he enjoys teaching intro classes.
David ching would often go off subject easily... also sometimes it was hard to keep up with class. as college students sometimes we have to miss a class or two because of work or family emergencies... his class does not allow for emergencies. once you miss a class you become lost and you get left behind.
He is very knowledgeable in his area of study and it shows in class!
overall great class and teacher
Although English is not the first language of the TA, I could very much understand her. She was very helpful when asked questions through e-mail or in person, so there was clearly no language barrier. It helps that she was also approachable and nice.
TA had a tendency to rush out of class before questions could be asked.
Great class!
Professor Ching tends to make the class interesting and he has the passion to teach this subject. TA is very nice and helpful. She teaches you till you know the material.
Would have liked a project but I understand given the class size.
good course.

David Ching: ECON131, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 131 - Principles of Macroeconomics Crn (Section): 71098 (003)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 45 0.86 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 0 (0%) 5 (11%) 14 (31%) 25 (56%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.16 45 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 2 (4%) 4 (9%) 20 (44%) 18 (40%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 44 1.19 Freq(%) 3 (7%) 2 (5%) 5 (11%) 13 (30%) 21 (48%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.77 44 1.33 Freq(%) 3 (7%) 7 (16%) 5 (11%) 11 (25%) 18 (41%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.69 45 1.43 Freq(%) 5 (11%) 6 (13%) 6 (13%) 9 (20%) 19 (42%)
6. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
For me, since I already took Microeconomics, the material after the first midterm was the most valuable. I like to think of everything in terms of graphs, so I really liked that the instructor took the time to draw and explain the graphs, and how one affected the other.
The real life applications in this class seemed to be the most valuable. The understanding of macroeconomics and its effect on oneself was clearly made evident and the importance thereof.
I really liked the online quizzes thought I nearly didn't do one because I almost forgot about it. The instructor could tell that he had to fight to keep the class engaged in the material and compared to my 130 class he did a much better job in appealing to students. I thought he was a knowledgeable individual and a great instructor, but I didn't think his teaching style suited me particularly well, but I could tell it really did for others.
I think all the instructor said and taught were most valuable.
Learning things that you can apply to the real world when dealing with savings gives you a good idea of what to look out for in the future. I liked it when we could apply what we learned to things in life.
The graphs that were illustrated and explained on the boards.
Teacher's explanation about concepts were very good.
When he explained in detail by drawing graphs & demonstrating the calculations on the chalkboard.
powerpoint notes
understanding the economic matter as a whole
He made sure that we learn everything that he taught us.
Lectures were really useful, homework helped albeit
I like that Professor Ching is always available to help and explains the material very well.
The way in which the professor conveyed the material. He would repeat things many times and go over them again in following lectures before starting new material. He was very enthusiastic about teaching and I looked forward to going to class every day. Too bad I'm not an econ major and will never have him again =(.
His in-class lectures were very effective at teaching the subject matter. I barely even needed the text book, because coming to class was enough to learn everything he taught. He was particularly effective at teaching the most complex concepts, making them very easy to understand. He gets an A++.
None whatsoever.
The online homework, power points, and his examples inn class on the chalkboard.
Everything.
The MyEconLab homework REALLY helped... assign it more.
Real-world analysis
alot of information
None, this was the worst course I have ever taken in my college career. Economics is already a difficult subject to grasp and Mr. Ching just put the concepts all on slides and barley explained into detail. Yet for the tests you needed to know all of the details, which he failed to go over. When I asked for help he told me to see the T.A. who then couldn't work around my school or work schedule so that was pretty much useless. I am proud to say that I have NEVER failed a college course before, although this course ruined my great GPA. I would NEVER recommend this teacher or course to anyone.
The lectures itself, having the instructor go over graphs on the board is very helpful.
Supply/Demand Fiscal policy Banking
the lectures and books
nothing
The powerpoints really helped me prepare for class.
Everything; the repeated material, although annoying, probably helped some. Powerpoints and board notes were especially helpful.
learning about interest.
7. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
For me, because I already took Microeconomics, explaining supply and demand was not so valuable, but in general, I wouldn't say that anything is invaluable, because each one builds on the other, and each one can be applied to thinking about society.
None
While the instructor always tried to do a little review before starting the class to make sure everyone was warmed up on new topics, overall, I thought the flow of material was a little unorganized. While it was clear what was being covered, the materials and instruction did not seem linear. Some topics were skipped and for anyone who wanted to refer to the text (as I often do) it was not immediately clear what to take away from each chapter. The text I thought was ok at best, and the website had many other things to do on it but it was way out-shined by the Mankiw website that goes along with that book. (This is to no discredit to the instructor, personally I learned better in 130 by reading the whole chapter, the lecture covering the whole chapter and then a weekly homework assignment that covered the chapter presented that week. I felt like that was very clear and uniform in its presentation and that worked well for me. I can tell it did not work well for many freshman in that class however.) The homeworks were great and fair but if I personally had a problem completing all of them not because I was not prepared but because they were assigned infrequently. It was always my responsibility to do them, however the Mankiw website would send out emails a day before or the day an assignment is due. As a student taking 5 other classes that saved me on multiple occasions.
None.
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figuring out how to establish the difference between micro n macro
There wasn't much least valuable aspects.
Final paper
Definitely the textbook. The lectures explained things easily, while the textbook made it more confusing.
Everything was valuable.
His analysis paper at the end was a little unnecessary, but because he taught so well it was a piece of cake.
All of it. Ching needs to learn that this is an INTRO course. Not all of us are going to grow up and become economist. And please have your material on your exam fulfill your "exam review". This class itself is better self-taught. Ching did not help students prepare for exams, and he expects us to be full bred economy-ready beings at the end of the coarse.
Did not like the online quizzes.
The intrusctor did a good job focusing on only necessary terms and concepts, therefore everything was valuable.
n/a
The quizzes, the questions seemed too hard.
the online assignments
everything
Online homework
Day when professor was absent. (Not Midterm 2 Review day)
not sure right now..because i like to this i wont use any of this material again. But as a business major i know i need it.
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.93 45 1.19 Freq(%) 3 (7%) 2 (4%) 9 (20%) 12 (27%) 19 (42%)
9. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.93 44 1.07 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 4 (9%) 8 (18%) 15 (34%) 16 (36%)
10. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.16 43 0.92 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 6 (14%) 17 (40%) 18 (42%)
11. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.0 45 1.07 Freq(%) 3 (7%) 0 (0%) 7 (16%) 19 (42%) 16 (36%)
12. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.59 45 1.11 Freq(%) 2 (4%) 6 (13%) 9 (20%) 18 (40%) 9 (20%) 1 (2%)
13. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.95 44 0.97 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 3 (7%) 6 (14%) 20 (45%) 13 (30%) 1 (2%)
14. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.02 44 1.01 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 3 (7%) 6 (14%) 17 (39%) 16 (36%) 1 (2%)
15. The TA's oral speaking was clear and effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.25 45 1.37 Freq(%) 6 (13%) 8 (18%) 9 (20%) 11 (24%) 10 (22%) 1 (2%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.84 44 1.2 Freq(%) 2 (5%) 5 (11%) 8 (18%) 12 (27%) 17 (39%)