eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Michael Dunn

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FSHN486, Spring 2014
FSHN685, Fall 2013
FSHN486, Spring 2013
FSHN486, Spring 2012
FSHN685, Fall 2011
FSHN486, Spring 2011
FSHN685, Fall 2010
FSHN486, Spring 2010
FSHN785, Spring 2010

Michael Dunn: FSHN486, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Human Nutritn,Food & Animal Sc
Course: FSHN 486 - Nutritional Biochemistry II Crn (Section): 81045 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.2 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (80%) 3 (20%) 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  
2.0 15 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 14 (93%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 8 (53%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 15 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 7 (47%)
6. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.2 15 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 7 (47%) 6 (40%)
7. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.4 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 5 (33%) 8 (53%)
8. 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 15 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 8 (53%) 6 (40%)
9. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 15 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 8 (53%) 4 (27%)
10. I have become more competent in this subject area during this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 8 (53%) 6 (40%)
11. I learned more in this course than I expected to learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.93 15 1.49 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 8 (53%)
12. The course made me think hard and carefully.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
13. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 15 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 7 (47%) 6 (40%)
15. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 15 1.22 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 9 (60%)
16. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 8 (53%)
17. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 8 (53%)
18. The teaching-learning strategies used in the course encouraged active class participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 15 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 4 (27%) 5 (33%)
19. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 3 (20%) 10 (67%)
20. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 15 1.22 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 7 (47%)
21. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
22. The course was a valuable contribution to my education.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 15 1.11 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 9 (60%)
23. The exams reflected the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
24. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 15 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 7 (47%) 6 (40%)
25. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I thought that this was a good class, and Dr. Dunn was able to proficiently teach us his lessons in a way that made everyone think critically. I did wish, however, that the lessons did not always feel so rushed. Although I understand there is a certain amount of material that needs to be covered in one semester.
All aspects of the class were superb.
I think Dr. Dunn could possibly create the handouts in a more organized manner with similar concepts flowing onto one paper. Most of the time we would have to look back and forth to the different papers making it a little confusing.
Get rid of the take home test. Dr. Dunn is an excellent teacher but the students don't read the book just focus on lecture and handouts for the take-home test. I personally would have been compelled to read more if the test was in-class. Format of the test is OK, just make people learn the material. Maybe you would have to make the MC questions a little easier and grade a little easier on the essay, etc. but this would really force people to study and learn the info better. As it is I feel that I missed an opportunity to learn more. Obviously this (student laziness) has nothing to do with Dr. Dunn, but it is the reality.
More interaction with the class and specify what needs to be known on the handouts.
I really enjoyed this class but I feel that we always ran out of time :( Would there even be a way to extend the length of class so we can cover more material in one sitting? I feel the water soluble vitamins and minerals were a bit rushed compared to the fiber and fat soluble vitamins and I wIsh there was more time in the class!
The overheads and handouts were somewhat difficult to see, as were some images on the exams. Using a clearer method of getting information to students would better enable us to retrieve the information. In addition, putting handouts/images/class material on Laulima for the class would help our class preparation.
It would be nice if Dr. Dunn didn't spend so much time going over gen chemistry level concepts, especially since we were having a hard time being on schedule with this class. Dr. Dunn shouldn't show epi studies as proof of causation. Dr. Dunn shouldn't spend so much time on fiber, something that has beneficial effects but has not yet been classified as essential, (first two months of class), at the expense of things we know are essential nutrients (minerals- last 3 weeks of classes, for all of them).
Possibly spend an equal amount of time on all three sections.
26. Other comments:
Dr. Dunn is a great teacher that takes the time to teach complex materials in ways that are easily comprehensible by students. At the same time he asks questions that require students to think critically and form their own judgment.
Dr. Dunn is an awesome professor. He is very knowledgeable and is up to date on the newest trends and hot topics. He is passionate about nutrition and the biochemical aspects of it. The take home exams really challenged me to think about the processes that occur in the body. I learned much more from the take home exams as opposed to memorizing material for a typical in class exam. He really makes learning interesting and I wish we had more time to cover other important topics in this class. :)
Dr. Dunn and his class were awesome! He engaged the class, gave us exam questions we could apply (not regurgitate) what we had learned, and adapted lectures based on class feedback from his in class questions. He was very knowledgeable, available outside of class for questions, and prepared/organized. I didn't feel intimidated to ask questions or attend office hours as I typically am in other classes. His teaching style was very effective and kept me interested and eager to learn. Yes, that's right, biochemistry! I can't get enough of it this semester. Never thought I'd say that. Mahalo nui loa
Dr. Dunn is an excellent teacher. He has a great sense of humor and a knack for explaining complex processes to a level appropriate for this course. His retirement will be a great loss for the department.
Dr. Dunn, you are so cool! I can say I really enjoyed the Fiber part of this course especially after you told us that your last year's class hated it! I guess, that challenge of not falling into the same shoes actually made me like it even more! Can't say I really enjoyed your challenging take-home exams though but they definitely helped me learn a lot so I have mixed feelings with them. Oh, never mind, I liked them either way! I also liked how slow and thorough you went through the topics, with the exception of the last week since we were kind of running out of time! I really feel that when you went slowly, it sunk in my brain more and I was able to understand and appreciate the topic more! I wish classes were taught like how you teach them. I think students would like them more when their professors challenge them to think critically and I feel your tests really tested if you understood the material or not, compared to taking a multiple choice test in a 2-hour time frame that doesn't necessarily test your knowledge at all. You know, honestly speaking, it really feels great when you encourage us to think outside the box. I remember you said "Good Job" to me and though I know us nutrition folks are not on the same level as your biochemistry students, it feels great when you can praise us for thinking outside the box or catching a mistake that even you didn't see before. Thanks for that and though people don't really say it, I wish you would encourage us more! Honestly, your encouragement was key to helping me strive to do well in your class and believing in myself that even I can be successful when I know someone believes in me! So THANK YOU for a spectacular semester! :)
Overall, a very informative class. Thank you
Regarding the above ^, I really enjoyed learning about fiber. It was my favorite of the three sections and I think it was because we went so into depth about it. I gained a strong understanding of the concepts, but due to the time constrains of the class, I must regretfully say that the fiber lecture should be shortened, but only because there are two other sections to get through.
I liked the take home tests. I think they help students learn better because they have the questions for a week and want to make sure they can do the best they can. I learned so much more from these tests than any in class exam that needs to be rushed in an hour.

Michael Dunn: FSHN685, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Human Nutritn,Food & Animal Sc
Course: FSHN 685 - Ntrtn/Disease:Cell/Molec Aspct Crn (Section): 79160 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.45 11 0.52 Freq(%) 6 (55%) 5 (45%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
6. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
7. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.64 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 8 (73%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
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%)
9. I have become more competent in this subject area during this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
10. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
Instead of being all over the place with everything, having some flow through the daily schedule would be good. A powerpoint could help, as it will be a guide for the days content.
Split up the material more evenly. Doing Cancer in two days was very impractical.
Sometimes its hard to follow jumping between papers, notes, etc. Thoughts could be more complete and easier to follow, but overall I have been able to follow and self teach if I get confused.
Present concise summaries of the current literature that we reviewed. While they were often relevant, it was often just a few sections which made it harder to study for the tests and gauge the breadth of information expected of us
I enjoyed the class, but a few times the class went overtime. For the presentations maybe have a timekeeper.
Post handouts on laulima as well as print outs in class
11. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.82 11 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 5 (45%) 2 (18%)
12. I am generally pleased with the materials (texts, handouts) required for this course.
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%)
13. Other comments:
I really enjoyed this class and how it challenged me to think about nutrition in a different way.
I really enjoyed the student presentations. Great format to see the current research being done on diet-induced disease states.
Great course!!!
I really appreciate Dr. Dunn's honesty when he wasn't certain about subject. It made me feel more comfortable in the subject because he showed we are constantly discovering new mechanisms. It's constantly changing.

Michael Dunn: FSHN486, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Human Nutritn,Food & Animal Sc
Course: FSHN 486 - Nutritional Biochemistry II Crn (Section): 81163 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.76 17 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (41%) 7 (41%) 3 (18%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.81 17 0.4 Freq(%) 3 (18%) 13 (76%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 17 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 17 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 3 (18%) 12 (71%)
6. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.53 17 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 4 (24%) 11 (65%)
7. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.59 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 11 (65%)
8. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I really think this course is the best and most interesting course I have so far at UH! The instructor knows the materials so well and Ireally like his teaching style. I learned a lot from this class and really hope to take another class with him again in the future!
Because of time limitation Dr. Dunn had to take the course a bit rapidly. So, If there is possibility of extending the 50 minutes course to one hour or one hour 10 minutes it would provide him some extra time and we can go into depth of understanding.
Some of the handouts were a little unclear, but overall very helpful to have! When teaching the fat soluble vitamins, it seemed like it would have been better to talk about each one continuously and at the end talk about their similarities/ differences. Just noticed it was difficult to go back and find specific info when we had jumped around between vitamins. I just found that it was a little confusing in my mind and I had started mixing up processes with their vitamins. This is really a very small gripe and may only apply to me. Otherwise I really don't have any ideas of how to improve the course since I thought it was great!
Would be good to include some toxicological aspects as well. Toxicology is more related to pharmacology but we can not rule out toxicological interference of our nutritional stuffs when taken in wrong combination or in excess.
Since M Dunn's views sometimes differed with the required textbook, it would be better to have a text/resource more consistent with his lectures. Contrasting views cause confusion, especially during exams.
Topic related to fiber could be lecturing a little bit faster, so that we have enough time at the end of the semester not feeling too rush.
It cant be improved...it is the best course I have taken as far as teaching/learning is concerned. Dr. Dunn is so such a compassionate, knowledgeable, and most importantly, a patient teacher.
9. Other comments:
He is superb, his teaching skill is great. what you know only doesnot matters but how you express it does. He has great capacity of expressing the thing in better way not only better but the best way that even a lay man can get the concept of what he is teaching. he is the best teacher I have ever encountered in my life. I salute him.
I enjoyed the content (even fiber!) and hope to continue my learning in this area. I wish you would have been our instructor for more than just this course.
This course is meant for human nutrition but still if we could include specific different physiological interaction in case of pet and domestic animals which are evolutionarily dissimilar to that of human would add value to the proper understanding of bochemistry in various realm. Also this course is very relevant to animal science students. I feel very glad to get chance to take this course and be a student of Dr. Dunn's class.
M Dunn provided very useful handouts to supplement the text, which helped convey concepts more clearly. They also served as a good direction for the depth of content students were expected to learn and understand.
Dr. Dunn is an excellent instructor. He knows the knowledge very well and very organize.
I know more about fiber and vitamins than I ever did in my life and I will never forget what Ive learned which goes to show that he has successfully completed his job.
I love how Dr. Dunn takes complicated processes explained in the book and makes everything so clear in his cartoons. I am an extremely visual learner, and the fact that he did this helped me to understand concepts and do well in his class. Really enjoyed his teaching style and class and would highly recommend him to other students.

Michael Dunn: FSHN486, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Human Nutritn,Food & Animal Sc
Course: FSHN 486 - Nutritional Biochemistry II Crn (Section): 81258 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 22 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 20 (91%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 22 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (23%) 17 (77%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 22 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 7 (32%) 14 (64%)
4. Other comments:
I like the detail that the class goes into, and that it is very clear what is expected of us if we want to do well. Taken on its own, the exams were very challenging but with a lot of studying it was feasible to do well on them.
I would appreciate it if there were more courses taught like Dr. Dunn's class. I believe we learn more from other people than we do alone. Dr. Dunn's style of teaching is a good example of this fact.
I feel that the material was presented in a knowledgeable and efficient manner. Unlike some classes where the exams are structured to try to be trick questions that test your exam taking skills more than the coursework, Dr. Dunn tested on knowledge of the material and critical thinking in a very organized and educated way. He is thoroughly knowledgeable on the subject and took the time to make it relevant to what was expected of the students at this level. I was a pleasure taking this course.
I really enjoyed the way Dr. Dunn lectured. I appreciated that he went slowly through each topic to ensure that everyone fully understood. I liked the critical thinking he required, although it was challenging, it helped me to gain a better understanding of why things happened.
The course gave me new knowledge that I haven't gained from other biochemistry courses. I liked how Dr. Dunn related the learning materials to topics in health, disease, and common products sold in the market. I would definitely recommend this course to other students. Thank you for the great learning experience!
I enjoyed this class. The format of the exams (multiple choice, short answer) helped me to reinforce the nutritional biochemistry concepts I learned from lecture and the readings. It also allowed me to learn from my fellow students and helped me to develop research skills.
I liked his teaching style!
We consistently got out of class late, which made some students late to their next class.
I like the discussion style of the class room. I feel like i am able to develop a critical thinking skill and apply what i learn in class
Dr. Dunn is a super nice professor, and knowledgable and well prepared in class. He explain things so well and clear, and develop students critical thinking!! I really learn a lot from him.
Course was enjoyable and Dr. Dunn made it easier to understand with his thorough explanations. My only issue was that we were consistently let out of class late, which made it hard for me to get to my next class on time.
Eventhough I loved this class and learned a lot, I wish the pace was a tiny bit faster.
I really liked this class. Dr. Dunn explained materials very precise and carefully. He explained them slowly and again and again to make students to understand them well. Exams were hard, but they made me to think the theories. He is always available for questions, and tried to understand what students have a problem. I like his enthusiastic attitude toward teaching. Thank you very much :)

Michael Dunn: FSHN685, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Human Nutritn,Food & Animal Sc
Course: FSHN 685 - Ntrtn/Disease:Cell/Molec Aspct Crn (Section): 77718 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
6. Other comments:
Very clear and never rushed through material. Made complicated concepts very easy to understand.
The topics covered are so interesting, that I wished there was an additional class meeting. I enjoy learning the mechanisms of nutritional related diseases.
Dr Dunn has a unique way of teaching, I enjoyed the multiple pictures to describe the one process we were discussing in class. I have a greater understanding of nutritional biochemistry with nutrition and disease now.
I really enjoyed this course. I learned a lot of information and was able to better understand at the molecular level behind the reason for the occurence of certain health conditions. The professor did a good job discussing the different conditions such as obesity,diabetes, etc. Hand outs were all provided so that was a plus to this course. However, I would like to note that it was a little difficult in class to follow with the use of the overhead because we were looking at so many handouts all at once and constant flipping made it a little distracting. Despite this, I really appreciate the handouts because I found it very helpful in the learning process. Also, I thought the class was a little too flexible. I do not recall going by the syllabus when it came to timing. We always seemed behind and exam/presentation dates were changing, which I found a little difficult to work around. Overall, I enjoyed the course and learned a great deal of information that will be useful. The professor always facilitated a good learning environment. The professor surely has a passion for teaching!
He is a really nice professor, and I enjoyed his class. I learned a lot.
He explained the materials very clearly, and taught us the difficult concepts as simple as possible. Although we ran out of time to cover some of materials which were initially planned, I would like to take this course with him again if I need to. His way of teaching encouraged me to study, and I liked his teaching that he emphasized contents of the materials and not for memorization of the contents.

Michael Dunn: FSHN486, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Human Nutritn,Food & Animal Sc
Course: FSHN 486 - Nutritional Biochemistry II Crn (Section): 81371 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.73 11 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 4 (36%) 2 (18%) 0 (0%)
2. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
3. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
4. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 0 (0%) 9 (82%)
5. Other comments:
This course is outstanding and Dr. Dunn is one of the best teachers I've had at UH. Dr. Dunn not only makes very complex material very understandable, but also teaches students how to think and how to approach complex material, so they'll be able to learn on their own. I give him an A+.
Other classes should be taught like this.
One of the greatest FSHN teachers. No doubt about it.
The best part of Dr. Dunn's approach is giving COMPLETE understanding of course content. He goes through every topic making sure that all aspects are covered from the molecular to physiological levels. The best lecture class I have taken so far. Because I think best when my thoughts are organized, one suggestion I have is that for each section to give a general outline of topics (i.e., for fiber: 1) types, 2) properties, 3) functions, 4) effects, 5) DRI; simple as that).
Very good instructor. Explains with clarity. Things that I learn stick with me instead of forgetting them.
I enjoyed Dr. Dunn's teaching style and how he puts an effort to get the class involved!

Michael Dunn: FSHN685, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Human Nutritn,Food & Animal Sc
Course: FSHN 685 - Ntrtn/Disease:Cell/Molec Aspct Crn (Section): 79004 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 2 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
4. Other comments:
I would have liked to have spent much more time on the relationship of nutrition and obesity. In reality, each of the three topics addressed in this class is deserving of its own course, one on diet and inflammation/atherosclerosis, another on obesity, and another on cancer.
Excellent teacher. Explained difficult and technical concepts in a very easy and understandable manner. Knowledge base very well. Overall experience, a very worthwhile class where I was able to gain a solid foundation for future classes/research/future endeavors.

Michael Dunn: FSHN486, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Human Nutritn,Food & Animal Sc
Course: FSHN 486 - Nutritional Biochemistry II Crn (Section): 81488 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
4. Other comments:
I learned more in this course than any of my othere FSHN courses. Dr. Dunn explained things in a way that made sense and linked concepts together.
The material and information presented in class could have been presented in a much more interesting, understandable, and memorable manner. The continued use of only overheads was not very effective. Michael Dunn could have engaged the students more by having us do activities/exercises to help us remember the information better. All we did the entire semester was sit in the chair & listen to his lecture. Even though he called on students to answer questions, I think we would have understood & remembered information better if we had more hands on experience. Not all students, like myself, learn through mere lecturing. There are a lot of different types of learners, therefore Michael Dunn and other professors should teach to engage all students.
The way the material was presented; not only made me learn more effiecntly, but made sparked interest and made me want to learn more about each topic. I beleive that this was one of the FSHN core class that i learned the most and had fun in.
I have fun learning in this class! I wish more courses were taught by Dr. Dunn. Nutritional Biochemistry can be very confusing but the use of diagrams and outside material contributes a lot to the learning process. I really appreciate that the classroom format is "open" and that he asks us what we think instead of just blurting information out. I love that he uses ORGANIC CHEMISTRY principles to help explain what's going on, on a molecular/cellular level! Also very approachable.
I like Dr. Dunn's approach to the course. He didn't bog us down with busy- work assignments but also didn't back down from expecting us to know our stuff come test time.
I enjoyed learning about the key points of nutritional biochemistry. The explanations in class are really clear and I enjoyed the topics covered. The exams reflects knowledge and having a balance between really technical biochem stuff along with being easy to explain- I think this is really important. Thanks Dr. Dunn! The only thing of improvement is to clear up some handouts and move along the subject material a little faster.
I enjoyed his lecture, which allowed me to understand complex materials easily. His take-home exam provided me with the opportunity to explain what I have learned in my own words. I think I could not only improve my writing skills by writing in my own words, but also deepen my understanding of the subject matter. Thank you.
I really enjoyed his class. He's a really good teacher and approachable.
Dr. Dunn taught the course in such a way that I could easily grasp the concepts and also apply those concepts to health situations. He is always willing to help students and encourages us to think outside the box and to learn more. I appreciated his supplemental hand-outs which helps those who are visual learners. The course really helped me make connections which things I have learned before. Great professor and great class!

Michael Dunn: FSHN785, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Human Nutritn,Food & Animal Sc
Course: FSHN 785 - Diet and Cancer Seminar Crn (Section): 89020 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
4. Other comments:
knowledgeable about topics but sometimes made comments during discussion to correct students may have discouraged open discussion. I would recommend being more flexible and understanding about students responses. That said this was an excellent course and professor. Very informative.
I thought the quizzes were a little silly/very "high school"; anyone who's in graduate school should know how to take notes by now. And, the grading was ridiculously picky for a quick 5 minute quiz based on a presentation you just saw --a case of point talliers really taking themselves way too seriously.