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Instructor: Gerard Russo

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ECON130, Spring 2010
ECON130, Fall 2009

Gerard Russo: ECON130, Spring 2010

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 130 - Principles of Microeconomics Crn (Section): 80972 (002)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 82 0.82 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 0 (0%) 5 (6%) 19 (23%) 56 (68%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 81 0.85 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 0 (0%) 7 (9%) 26 (32%) 46 (57%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 82 1.05 Freq(%) 3 (4%) 4 (5%) 10 (12%) 27 (33%) 38 (46%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.99 81 1.12 Freq(%) 4 (5%) 6 (7%) 9 (11%) 30 (37%) 32 (40%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.54 82 1.33 Freq(%) 8 (10%) 9 (11%) 24 (29%) 13 (16%) 28 (34%)
6. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I think online homework is most valuable because we can understand the content.
The lecture classes....
The lectures gave me a thorough understanding of the material because he supplemented it with real world issues and examples. The online homework assignments were also a big help.
The cost and revenue functions of running a business
Lectures, practice midterms and posting lectures on laulima.
The best part of the course was the way he explained things. I don't like economics; honestly I think it's kind of a bore. However, his sense of humor and relations to real life made the material easier to take in rather than just a bunch of business terms and graphs that need analyzing.
Relating the economics to real life situtations
The interpretation of the economic models, and the explanation and examples of the economic concepts.
The information was presented in a clear, understandable fashion.
I believe that I learned more of a respect for economist through this course. I thought it was easy and it wasn't all that important. I was wrong I found that the material through this course was more difficult and takes a deeper understanding of behavior through the environment, people, and business' of the world.
Graphs and Math
Everything he said...
Professor Russo had a great way of explaining the concepts by putting them into real-life scenarios. His lectures are definitely where I received the most valuable information.
Study Sessions Power Point slides given Attendance taken
great teacher! funny!
prof. russo moved through the material slowly so that it would be easier to understand
i liked how the teacher used the powerpoints. It helped me when i was studying to remember what went on in the class, also it organized my notes. The old midterms were helpful also. It was nice to look back and study off of the midterms.
Lecture notes are available ahead of time. Also practice midterms helped a lot.
online homework
the power point hand outs
aplia practice hw/exams exam review
The instructor's knowledge and practice exams
None at all
All aspects and concepts learned in the course were valuable.
Dr. Russo did not rush through the class & made sure to take his time going over everything.
Handouts and study sessions
Both lectures and homework/reading helped me grasp concepts of economics
having old midterms online was extremely helpful, it made it so i could avoid doing badly on the first exam before i got a chance to get used to his testing style. Also, it was very helpful that he printed out the power point presentations so we could follow along with his lecture.
Professor Russo is extremely knowledgable on the subject of Microeconomics. He was entertaining, answered any and all questions, provided relevant supplemental materials and examples, and was extremely helpful during his office hours. Although the subject can be considered somewhat dry, I truly enjoyed the class thanks to his exemplary teaching skills.
The online homework gave me a better understanding of the concepts and principles.
It was helpful to get help from the instructor and from both of the teacher's assistants both in and out of class time. I found review days were extremely helpful, let alone the TA's made themselves available even on holidays! =D Professor Russo is very firm but fair on attendanc; making it an incentive for the students to attend class.
Learning the more technical terms of Economics.
I thought it was nice how a lot of the course material was clear and how the important concepts were covered in class. It was also nice how the professor was very respecting of students, yet easily related to students.
Powerpoints and homework
Learning more about economy.
All of it.
The examples and anecdotal stories that Professor Russo provided us with were help in regards to understanding the concepts.
Text book.
Everything you really get a feeling that this professor knows his stuff.
What causes business to suceed and fail. How customers affect the economy
Besides the fact that this class was required to apply to the College of Business, I think the most valuable thing was that I was able to actually understand the concepts and apply it during the exams (even though I may not have gotten it during the lectures)
Prof. Russo related current events to the material, and that was very helpful
The lecture notes and the Aplia online homework assignments were very beneficial. The practice exams on laulima were also very useful to study.
The practice tests and aplia homework were the true teachers in this class. It would be nice though if the aplia homework assignments allowed you to work different versions of the same questions (an option youre given when doing the homework assignments) after the homework has been turned in so you can use them to study for the exams.
handout
practising many assigned homeworks helped me more undersanding and interpreting the principle of economics. the instructor taught very well.
I really liked how the powerpoint was printed out every classtime. I appreciated that.
Course content, specifically the law of supply and demand as other concepts learned in the class are somewhat relatable and similar. If law of supply and demand is understood, then other concepts can easily be followed. Lecture worked concurrently with the textual material. A thumbs up to the book&homework system. A good choice. Last but not least, thank god for this professors willingness to hand us past semesters exams. Everyone, please take the time to do them, if not, at least look through it, I cant stress enough the importance of those past exams and how the questions on the past exams are HEAVILY similar to the ones you will find on the current exam.
The way he explains and puts the concepts into a more understandable way, also with the combination of apia and his pratice exams, it made the class easier to learn and understand.
The real life examples
His ability to think up interesting examples relative to the concepts learned.
the review sessions and the practice midterms were extremely helpful. Professor Russo knew the material throughly and was delivered it to us clearly.
I liked the Aplia homework, because I easily learned the material from it.
i enjoyed the lectures because there was a lot of information that was useful and professor russo related the material to things that are going on today, which helped me apply what I was learning to everyday life.
The old midterms and finals were hands down the most valuable materials in this course.
APLIA, the practice exams, and the powerpoint handouts
I loved how brought real world application and examples into the lessons. Prior to this course, my view on economics was very limited in money, but now I have a better idea of its applications.
The aspect that I found most valuable is when he would go over certain topics that the textbook just grazed by. He talks a lot and enjoys going in depth about everything, which is good when one doesn't understand the concept, but bad when one already does.
powerpoint and online reading
7. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
none
Some of the Aplia...but overall Aplia was valuable!
Some of the early graphs and charts were not to useful
All aspects of the course were good, and the subject matter is important especially in today's society. He was able to deliver the information effectively, I'm just not meant to do economics.
N/A Everything in the course was fine
I didn't really care for the very long stories that came with each graph.
His funny jokes
N/A
NONE
none
however, sometimes he moved too slow, which made lectures a little boring. i also dont like the attendance policy. i feel that if the student is able to complete the work and take the tests, then that should be alright. students shouldnt be penalized for not attending all the lectures.
I felt that it would be easier if we had a study guide. I know that there were old midterms but i studied them and when i took the test it wasnt a good score even though i had felt i answered all the questions correctly (what was on the midterm examples). Also the teacher kidn of went way into detail about each slide to where it was confusing what i needed to remember for the tests.
Russo was very hard on attendance. If you go to the bathroom he makes statements about tracking you down out loud in class. I bit rude.
the homework never had anything to do with the test
the online homework.
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I lost the interest in economics after taking this class.
Could be boring at times, which made it hard to follow sometimes.
n/a
N/A
Nothing.
aplia
It's not fair for me to say, I'm pretty sure any Economics major would need to know all of the things this course taught.
Aplia. Not necessarily that it wasn't helpful, but I just felt that some of the assignments (mostly the news analysis) was just meant to keep students busy.
n/a
going over just graphs to explain the material makes it a little harder to understand
The Aplia homework was very convoluted and a waste of time.
going to class.
I didn't enjoy this course that much. The lectures never grasped my attention. I personally attended every class; however, I feel that it is extremely unnecessary to take attendance before and after class. I am a very active student and I understand if students can't stay for an entire hour and a half lecture. Student's shouldn't be penalized for leaving class early if they have to be somewhere else. The lack of attendance will reflect in their mid-term/final grade. Again, I never skipped class but having to sign in twice was a waste of my time.
Some of the stuff he taught was not on the home work but other than i'm good
N/A
N/A
The professor's attitude. He clearly does not care about the students and even boasts about how bad his reviews are and how no action will be taken on them. He should not be teaching students.
review session
It necessary to force students to sign up before each lesson. I think that each student knows clearly their responssibility as long as they can interpret the lecture.
Because this course met my needs as a student, I assume every aspect of the course were equatable in value. That being said, I cant really address anything in the academic sense. However, the use of paper hand outs each course period was unnecessary. Having the slides & presentation online is sufficient alone. Had a hard time not noticing, students not bringing previous hand outs to class then asking for the same one the next course period. We need to instill the idea of going green and helping the environment.
The lack of deeper explanation for equations.
The lecture seemed to drag on a bit.
the online homeworks were completely different from the lectures and exams.
Professor Russo was very boring, and he made it hard for me to pay attention during class.
i didn't think attendance should have been mandatory, especially since there were NO excused absences. you can't expect everyone to come to class everyday, students get sick, have family matters to attend to, and may have important things happening in their lives that may be listed higher on their priority list than their ECON class. I'm just saying that there should be SOME room to breathe before deducting points.
I never did use the Mankiw PowerPoints.
N/A everything we did was necessary
The aspect that I found least valuable was probably the online experiments. It was fun to do as a project, but not much else.
lectures were boring and very hard to sit through.
HIM! He was not a good professor at all
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.96 82 1.15 Freq(%) 5 (6%) 4 (5%) 13 (16%) 27 (33%) 33 (40%)
9. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.71 82 0.94 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 4 (5%) 27 (33%) 32 (39%) 17 (21%)
10. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 81 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 6 (7%) 30 (37%) 44 (54%)
11. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.05 82 1.05 Freq(%) 3 (4%) 5 (6%) 10 (12%) 31 (38%) 33 (40%)
12. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.38 81 0.98 Freq(%) 3 (4%) 8 (10%) 27 (33%) 25 (31%) 8 (10%) 10 (12%)
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  
3.87 82 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 2 (2%) 21 (26%) 28 (34%) 19 (23%) 11 (13%)
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  
3.74 81 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 8 (10%) 18 (22%) 22 (27%) 19 (23%) 13 (16%)
15. The TA's oral speaking was clear and effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.14 81 1.05 Freq(%) 6 (7%) 10 (12%) 28 (35%) 20 (25%) 6 (7%) 11 (14%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.34 80 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (3%) 11 (14%) 25 (31%) 42 (53%)
17. Other comments:
Best Professor for economics I've taken!! made this class very interesting and fun..yet very informational!
He has a very east coast sense of humor; it's hilarious.
The use of pictures in the powerpoint for describing examples could help in grabbing or keeping the students attention.
Professor Russo is a hilarious man. He uses a lot of examples form the real world (The automotive industry, oil companies, steel plants etc.) to make topics clear. He really knows his stuff, and a competent professor is always a plus. Russo also uses a lot of "big" words like truncate, adjudicate and such. It's a bit funny because I don't think many people (including myself) know most of the words he uses sometimes. But with the advanced vocabulary, I myself bring a dictionary and learned quite a bit of words that are outside the norm of regular everyday talk. He gets real excited when talking about economics. When this happens he stares at whoever is sitting in the front row and shakes is head really fast at them lol. I think he tries his best to feel the same way he does about economics. Overall this was an amazing class. I'm glad I took it. I'm thinking of pursuing economics as my major now. Thanks Professor Russo, it's been a fun semester.
I am overall really pleased with this course. I thought that I could get a good grade studying on my own; I was wrong. I would let other students know that going to the review session is necessary to get clarification and it makes it so much easier to understand that material. The first midterm I failed and the second midterm after going to the review session I got a high B.
I would recommend Professor Russo to anyone interested in Economics.
He uploaded previous exams on Laulima. And it was strongly helpful to prepare exams. But the questions of exam was too similar to those of previous exams.
I think the tests need to have something to do with the homework that we have online. Also the homework seemed like there was a lot of it on certain weeks then nothing for a while then 6 assignments due the last week of class. I think his attendance policy is really weird. If i am paying for my college education then i shouldnt have to be required to sign in and out of class. I think that he needs a more efficient way of signing in maybe iclickers??
The instructors tends to ask for class participation but often teases of embarrasses the person who volunteers. Probably the main reason why people remain quiet.
Homework helps understanding/learning the most, exams reach far away from homework, making them much more difficult than expected. Even after reviewing previous year's exams, I still had difficulty studying the right material.
Class is challenging.
Thank you Kohe and Cafe for taking time out to help me. You folks are great. Good luck to you both.
Instructor should run the review sessions, the instructors are getting paid to teach. All the bitch work is not the TA's job. And if the TA is going to run them, have one whose english is understandable. Aplia was a good tool, but the material on aplia was not like what we were learning in class or even on the tests. I do not think it was beneficial for this class.
The exam grading was generous and very welcoming to new students, that was nice. I wasn't much of a fan of having part of my grade being a part of attendance though. Also I wasn't happy that the first 2 Aplia tutorial assignments were worth so much points, I registered late and only realized I needed Aplia the day after the first assignments were due. That discouraged me a little, but overall the course was alright.
Good instructor. excellent teaching methods.
Had to teach yourself the material. Class was just confusing, his examples didn't help me at all.
Attendance Policy with signing in, especially with having to do so twice in one lecture, was a bit over the top and unnecessary
I attended a review session and left after an hour because I couldn't understand the TA's and there wasn't just one main conversation going on.
I had a great time in your class professor!
N/A
I really enjoyed the way Professor Russo taught and I wouldn't mind taking another Econ class if he is teaching it. Aplia homework also made me actually read the book and understand the concepts which lead to easily understanding the exam questions. If he were teaching Econ 131 Macro, I would definetely take his class.
Mr. Russo gets bad reviews for a reason.
thanks
TAs were VERY helpful and very willing to help out. Cafe spent 2+ hours helping me, very approachable and friendly too!
Wrote about this professor in my blog once: Today, I learned that if I make eye-contact with my professor, he will then reward me by making eye contact with me the entire time & I am then posed with that awkward situation: should I give in and submit by giving that corny head nod, knowing fully well that he must know fully well that I am feeling awkward, or should I continue to just stare at him and be stoic, hopefully forcing him to diverge his eyes elsewhere? I have not yet found the best option to this question. I guess Iâ??ll just have to test out these two options, hopefully he does not call out my bluff. He has this way of raising his eyebrows in just a way where you feel prompt to blurt out an answer even if he hasnâ??t even asked you a question.
I believe the TAs' second languages were English, so that was the only hard-to-understand part.
He has an interesting sense of humor and I don't even think he knows this. He's a very stoic person that knows his stuff.
I found it very disturbing to have lost all the points for homeworks and attendance for registering late. It would have been much helpful to know that the points could not be make up in anyway before registering.
It's too bad Dr. Russo is going on sabbatical next semester, otherwise, I'd recommend him to my friend who's planning transferring to UHM. The lectures are pretty entertaining, especially when he calls out the slackers. This was a great intro course to Econ.
great class. learned a lot. might minor in business because of prof. russo
I never met with the TAs, so I can't adequately evaluate them.
Russo has great teaching technique. I really enjoyed my time in this course, not because he was leanient and only because he was funny, but because the lectures were extremely informative, interesting, and engaging. I'm hoping to take more classes taught by Russo in the future.

Gerard Russo: ECON130, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 130 - Principles of Microeconomics Crn (Section): 75337 (002)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 80 0.79 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 2 (3%) 3 (4%) 17 (21%) 57 (71%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.34 79 0.9 Freq(%) 3 (4%) 0 (0%) 5 (6%) 30 (38%) 41 (52%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 80 1.09 Freq(%) 4 (5%) 2 (3%) 13 (16%) 23 (29%) 38 (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  
3.84 80 1.11 Freq(%) 4 (5%) 5 (6%) 17 (21%) 28 (35%) 26 (33%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.49 78 1.26 Freq(%) 7 (9%) 9 (12%) 22 (28%) 19 (24%) 21 (27%)
6. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The textbook.
very informative
He was willing to help people whenever they needed, even though many people did not take inniciative of it.
The aspects of the course that were most valuable were the lectures themselves. Professor Russo made the material fun and interesting with real-world examples that I could relate to.
the relation of basic economic knowledge to the application of daily usage
the online homework
professor gave good examples to help us better understand the concepts
The course was required for my major. I have no interest in the subject matter in the least.
The aplia homework. I'm a hands-on learning so to be able to actually practice what is being taught helps me immensely.
The course is related to everyday life and it's very important to know what's going around us in the world.
When the Professor made good examples of what the topic was in class. He provided examples that we college students face with each day.
The instructor makes very good powerpoint and gives excellent presentation.
The lectures are definitely the best part about class.
Mankiw Powerpoints available in Laulima.
All the handouts for the powerpoints were very helpful, and the online book from aplia too.
none
I like how he gave many examples to different principles and concepts of an economic term or situation.
All of it.
Aplia online homework
The hand outs of the power point presentations. I liked being about to take notes on the slide show manually rather then in a note book. I also like his mid-term study guides.
The power points helped me understand the material better and provided as examples to do the required online homework.
understanding the logic behind why businesses, or people in general, make the decisions they do to gain profit. these strategies have helped me to better understand why my realatives talk so intensly about markets and stocks and making wise decisions with the money i have now. i have more respect for the subject and for the people who focus a great deal of their energy on it.
The book is a very valuble tool as well as the practice exams/homework the instructor gives us.
everything
Russo pertained the topics much to reality. Used a lot of real life examples and tried best to relate to his students.
The aspects of the course that were most valuable to me where the aplia homework.
aplia was a TON of work but i felt it really forced me to do the work which, in turn, help with my understanding of the concepts. practice exams and homework were super helpful in preparing for tests.
The instructors personal knowledge of the material was invaluable. His enthusiasm and mannerisms made the course content much easier to learn even though it was dry.
The professor used effective examples to explain concepts in the course that are hard to understand.
The online homework and reading the book, that is how I was able to fully grasp what we were talking about in class.
The basic graphs and the economic logic are the most important things that I get from the class.
I thought that the lectures really helped me to understand the material. However, the practice midterms and homework examples were what ultimately helped me prepare for the exams.
This was an introductory class but he got real in depth and I feel that I have come out knowing a lot more than I expected. The work was difficult but he explained how do to it very well.
The aspects of the course were most valuable to me were the powerpoints handout for us to put notes. Although the Aplia online assignments were numerous and time consuming it was a great benefits to my studies. Another great valuable is doing assignments in class with the Professor.
The lectures were excellent- although I sometimes struggled with the exams and the online homework, the material was presented differently during lectures which allowed me to gain a better understanding of the subject matter, even if my grade wasn't good. Also, I enjoyed the fact that concrete examples, often related to the state economy and local markets, were given.
The powerpoints and the practice homework and exams.
The way economy works with prices, supply and demand, equilibrium, etc.
The aspect of the course that were most valuable is learning the theories of economy and apply them in daily life.
the power points and the practice exams were extremely important and helpful and the aplia was good
The lectures really helped along with the powerpoint presentations he would always show. He really explains everything well and really seems to know what he's talking about. Very Knowledgeable.
Lectures
The examples he gave were relative to what is going on in the world.
The understanding of the market economics that I have learned
The only things I learned in this course were from the book. The only reason I passed the test were because I read the books and used that information. The book was my only source of knowledge in this course.
The notes that the professor provided. It helped to follow along with the lectures smoothly and understand the material easily.
Principles of economics
Online Homework and PowerPoints
Elasticity of demand, and Profit maximization.
The poerpoint slides helped out a lot.
Being able to use the old exams in order to study for the mid-terms.
Slideshows, math problems in homework
Learning the concept of economics and how to manage business principles.
Online Homework
the lectures
The handouts given for each class definitely helped when it came time to studying and understanding the material.
7. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The sarcastic graph-heavy lectures.
Sometimes i got so lost in the lectures and confused because of his examples.
I do not think that all of the online homework was relevant.
The aspects of the course that were least valuable were the sign-in sheets for attendance.
technical aspects of graphs, matrices, and formulas were not explained in full and in laymen terms.
tests were all multiple choice
should do more experiments. maybe give hand outs with more room for notes on the side
The instructor had many instances where he performed calculations incorrectly, and this confused many of the students taking the course. After so many mistakes, students stopped coming to classes because it was more efficient when learning through the textbook instead.
Lectures.
I can really think of any. The online homework was valuable, the book was valuable, the instructor was valuable, the PowerPoint handouts in class were valuable. That about sums it up. Nothing was least valuable.
The course is very detailed. There were a lot of information that I thought weren't really important that would relate to everyday life.
Sign in for attendance.
Purchasing the physical textbook for class was not needed because the online version worked just as well if not better.
Aplia. It was not made clear at the beginning of the course that if you opt to use the online version of the book that you only have access to the chapters for a limited time. He did not make it clear that if you pay for Aplia you will still need an actual concrete copy of the book and that is a lot of money to spend on one course!
the teacher. he pretty much just taught from the book. he was also a jerk.
None of it.
None. Everything was valuable.
I did not like the fact that the mid-term study guides were only given ONE class period before class. That is not the purpose of a study guide, it should be a lengthy period of time for a student to make use of the study guide rather then scramble to use the study guide with out the option of seeing the professor or TA before the mid-terms. I also do not care for the teachers sexual, and alcoholic innuendos that he uses to engage students. Its offensive that he thinks he needs to related to students with sexual comments or alcoholic comments to get our attention. And he clearly does not like answering questions he thinks are stupid. He will outrightly tell you the question is dumb and make you feel dumb for asking the question. NO teacher should make a student or students feel like they can not ask a question in class. Especially since this class was about 100+ students. No one is going to want to ask a question knowing that he may or may not make you feel like a retard in front of the whole class. I would never take a class from this teacher again. he is an asshole. I've never had a teacher that i have disliked this much since i've been at UH
The online experiments did not help me as much as I thought it would.
being shot down for having the wrong answers didn't have the most positive affect, but the instructer knows he rsponds this way and encourages students to not be afraid and to rise above the challenge and become a stronger learner.
The powerpoint presentations.
n/a, I am fortunate to have an instructor like Professor Russo. Thank you.
Criteria is personally not an interest to me. Microeconomics, I'll say it, is boring and I have no willingness to want to learn more.
The review sessions with the T.A, it was very hard to understand his reviews with his english speaking being poor.
the huge class size made learning difficult.
I found that the review sessions were the least valuable because the Teachers Assistant was hard to understand and I only fully comprehended him one on one.
The professor tended to jump topics when explaining/talking.
The TA's review sessions before the tests. His English was terrible and he was horrible at explaining what the problems were and how to go about solving them.
I think all of the stuff is useful and the instructor did a good job.
I didn't think the online homework was very valuable. It didn't help my knowledge or understanding of economics and seemed to be more a hassle.
I feel that the online homework wasn't as good. Sometimes would be different from what we have learned.
The aspects of the course were least valuable was probably the experiment things.
I didn't find the printouts of the PowerPoint lectures very helpful. Since the PowerPoints were posted online, it might be more helpful to save the printing budget for the course for handouts like practice homework and sample exams- I found those very useful. Since the practice exams were fairly long, it was annoying to have to print them on my own for the second exam and the final, which also made it harder to attend review sessions, since we were supposed to print the exams and take them with us.
Information that is very confusing to students taking their first economics class, such as the MPL or VMPL.
APLIA
Everything in this course is valuable.
the lectures and the book
Having the homework online
everything was valuable
Russo's lectures are entirely too confusing, the book explains it way better. Going to his class is a complete waste of my time. I didn't learn a thing from him reading off of his power points. I don't think anyone in the class understands him. No one asks questions, because when I tried to ask questions, he just confused me more. I think going to his class will always just be a waste of time.
During lectures the amount of examples the professor used. It often times slightly distracted me from the main point about what the lectures was suppose to be about.
Lectures
I think this question is asking for something "invaluable" and there was nothing in this course that I would consider completely without value.
It was a little difficult to understand the TA for review sessions.
Some of the lectures because the professor would try to provide examples in order to help us understand the material, but it only confused me more.
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None, however the intructor was very sarcastic when it came to questions of the course.
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8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.01 80 1.07 Freq(%) 4 (5%) 3 (4%) 12 (15%) 30 (38%) 31 (39%)
9. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.97 78 0.97 Freq(%) 2 (3%) 2 (3%) 19 (24%) 28 (36%) 27 (35%)
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 80 0.82 Freq(%) 2 (3%) 1 (1%) 2 (3%) 31 (39%) 44 (55%)
11. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.14 78 1.02 Freq(%) 2 (3%) 4 (5%) 11 (14%) 25 (32%) 36 (46%)
12. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.1 80 1.09 Freq(%) 7 (9%) 9 (11%) 32 (40%) 14 (18%) 8 (10%) 10 (13%)
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  
3.62 79 0.84 Freq(%) 2 (3%) 2 (3%) 24 (30%) 33 (42%) 8 (10%) 10 (13%)
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  
3.46 79 1.15 Freq(%) 5 (6%) 4 (5%) 31 (39%) 11 (14%) 17 (22%) 11 (14%)
15. The TA's oral speaking was clear and effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
2.9 79 1.21 Freq(%) 10 (13%) 16 (20%) 27 (34%) 9 (11%) 10 (13%) 7 (9%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 79 0.86 Freq(%) 2 (3%) 0 (0%) 8 (10%) 29 (37%) 40 (51%)