eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations

Instructor: Mark Weisbrod

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Mark Weisbrod: ACC201, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii West Oahu Department: Professional Studies
Course: ACC 201 - Intro to Financial Accounting Crn (Section): 68011 (1)    
1. The instructor taught me methods of analysis for this field of study.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.16 31 1.21 Freq(%) 3 (10%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 10 (32%) 16 (52%) 0 (0%)
2. If this course was taken to fulfill course requirements for your concentration/major, how did this course enhance your personal and/or professional development in your concentration/major?
This course taught me the basics of accounting.
It gave me a better sense of the accounting aspect in business.
It greatly enhanced my knowledge in the field and especially helpful since I work in an office and helped clarify the significance of task done at my job
Throughout the duration of this course, the material I learned allowed me to better understand concepts of accounting and its relativity within the business industry. The material we covered gave me a better understanding on what accountants are required to do on a daily basis motivating me to be more meticulous on my assignments and exams.
This course taught me skills on how to write down journals.
N/A (my concentration is in Marketing).
This course was really useful being that I am a business major and concentrating in finance.
It made me more confident in the accounting portion of my major. Mark Weisbrod explains real life situations for all of his material.
I learned a few things about accounting that I never knew before
this was defiantly key information that will help me in the near future for not only the next course, but my actual business.
It helps me a lot to assimilate my current work circumstances and I was able to apply the course learned at work
It gave me very basic information, however I haven't retained enough to fully understand it.
learning the language of business as well as being able to understand accounting will help me in the future for both personal and professional use.
I'm taking accounting as my concentration right now and I feel that I should change my major because the way that the instructor taught this felt like he didn't show any interest in it. Rather, knew what he was doing. He read straight through the book, based everything (his lecture, powerpoint,examples, and homework) straight from the book.
It made me understand what the basic of accounting is.
Gave me necessary information for accounting purposes.
Definitely learned a lot of new information on the intro of accounting. I started from scratch, not knowing anything about accounting and now I have an great idea of how the accounting works.
This course taught me the basics I needed to know.
I am now aware on how to write an income statement, statement of retained earnings, and a balance sheet which is important in business when doing accounting. I also learned how to write journal entries and how to accrue for assets and liabilities. I also learned the importance of internal controls in the workplace and how to prevent theft. Mark also engaged us in conversation about the unemployment rate and the Federal reserve.
Because I am just begging in my field of study, this class was a good precursor for what is to come and I feel confident I will do well.
I find that this course should mandatory for all business major. It has helped to put in perspective my objective Which is finance.
I feel that this didn't enhance anything, I'm still confused on what I learned in this course. I understand accounting is important and it deals with numbers and such, but I don't feel that I have the necessary knowledge to move into ACC 202
learned language of business which the professor stressed about how important it is, the professor makes sure that the student knows the course before moving on and is willing to make the time in order to make the student understand the material better.
This course taught me that accounting is a very systematic process. Going through this process has taught me that I really am not cut out for accounting. As part of my required course work, I am glad I've learned the language of business, and gained some fundamental skills to prepare me for the next level.
This course gave more insight on financial accounting and prepared with all the skills I need for managerial accounting.
This course allowed me to gain the skills I need in order to move onto higher division ACC courses.
With his vast life experience Mark Weisbrod is able to relate in class material to real life scenarios.
it really help me how to control my money and how to spend it.
3. I would rate the overall effectiveness of the instructor: F=Inferior; D=Poor; C=Average; B=Good; A=Superior.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   F   D   C   B   A  
4.06 31 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 7 (23%) 8 (26%) 14 (45%)
4. How much time did you spend during a typical week working on assignments, readings, chats, emails, etc. for this course?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   0 to 2.9 hours   3 to 6.9 hours   7 to 10.9 hours   11 to 14.9 hours   15+ hours  
2.6 31 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 17 (55%) 10 (32%) 1 (3%) 2 (6%)
5. Please comment on the activities or resources that could be added to this course to improve your learning.
None, he provided extra credit and lecture notes which were very helpful.
Providing students to work in groups would have given me a better sense of understanding the material, as other students may be able to explain in a way easier to understand.
A study guide would be very helpful for upcoming exams since lectures are three hours of material, to study for each one is exhausting
I understand that at the university level, we are responsible for our learning, but perhaps additional worksheets and assignments are more useful than online assignments. The Pearson website is a useful tool that also explains step-by-step how to fulfill different problems, but it would be more engaging going over homework problems in class so that everyone is able to catch on.
He should give us more on hands accounting activity. Like working as a group during class time.
I can't think of any improvements. I love that it is a lecture structure versus forming groups like a lot of the other classes. (I learn so much more from Mr. Weisbrod than I could from other students that don't know what they're doing, like me.)
more group work
allowing a formula sheet on all tests.
Hands on, real life situations.
More study guides perhaps or practice tests or quizzes
Add in group activities and projects that will potentially give us more opportunities to raise our grades...rather than the tests being 85% of our entire course grade.
Having a study guide for the exam would be very helpful. Just the PPT itself is very vague.
Along with doing homework online, maybe adding in some addition paper/pen take home problems to help students further grasp concepts.
Astudy guide would be helpful to help prepare for exams.
I think more comprehension activities after the lesson would benefit the students.
More time... The book is ambiguous at times. Mark does a good job clarifying the material.
Mark needs to not try harder but JUST write better, he doesn't put the effort to write legible. I feel that he should incorporate MORE class time on group work/comprehension than telling us how famous he once WAS. And stories about himself that don't relate to what we're learning.
study session in order to prepare the student during exams
Having a 3hour accounting course is pretty brutal. The amount of information that needs to be retained is too much for one three hour session per week.
We could possibly have study guides to help with the exams as it is a lot of content covered for each section.
The activities and resources used in the class are just right. Nothing else is needed in my opinion.
i work in groups, and always went ot mark office for help
6. I expect my grade for the course to be a/an:
Mean N-Size Std Dev   F   D   C   B   A  
3.55 31 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 9 (29%) 15 (48%) 3 (10%)
7. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 31 1.08 Freq(%) 2 (6%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 11 (35%) 15 (48%)
8. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.94 31 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 2 (6%) 6 (19%) 11 (35%) 11 (35%)
9. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 31 1.18 Freq(%) 2 (6%) 1 (3%) 4 (13%) 8 (26%) 15 (48%)
10. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 31 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 5 (16%) 8 (26%) 16 (52%)
11. The instructor clearly stated at the beginning of the semester the objectives of the course and requirements.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 31 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 9 (29%) 17 (55%)
12. The instructor acknowledges all questions insofar as possible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 31 1.08 Freq(%) 2 (6%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 11 (35%) 15 (48%)
13. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 31 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 9 (29%) 19 (61%)
14. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 31 1.13 Freq(%) 2 (6%) 1 (3%) 4 (13%) 12 (39%) 12 (39%)
15. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.71 31 1.24 Freq(%) 3 (10%) 2 (6%) 5 (16%) 12 (39%) 9 (29%)
16. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
His handwriting could be improved but he already knows this.
We studied 13 Chapters that were slip up into 3 exams and I feel that certain chapters carry so much material to remember that we could have split the second exam that went over Chapter 5-10 into two separate exams. Maybe a one page note could be used during the exam as their were many formulas to remember, especially for classes that you see once a week.
Better Preparations for upcoming exams
Mark does a wonderful job relating the topic we are discussing in class to real life examples. However, many companies that he mentions, no matter how relevant or big of a company they are, is not understood by many students since we have never heard of them before. Perhaps utilize companies that are well-known or even local companies.
Should not be on Saturday. Better activities, such as an accounting game or team work. When teacher is talking, he should move around not only stay in corner. I suggest talking in the middle of the room so our neck won't be hurting looking side ways.
He already works so hard in his lectures that I can't imagine him having much room for improvement. I also LOVE his weekly updates he shares for a few minutes before each class. I'm not up on the news much, nor economy stats, so it's a pleasure getting it in a condensed and entertaining version from Professor Weisbrod. I find it extremely relevant to what we're learning in class and it helps me to apply the material better in my mind and understand it more. This info is invaluable advice for my future outlook, behavior, and endeavors in business and in personal finance.
to make a constant amount of things on the exam: chapter amount
I don't have anything can could help Mark's teaching style. I think he is a great teacher. The only problem is the students. They do not pay attention in class they play around on their computes during the whole class.
slow it down more
I wish there was less material to cover so that I may have gotten a better comprehension of the course.
Break down the chapters, the exams covered an incredibly large amount of information.
Please include more information for study guides or practice quizzes or shorten the midterms there is simply too much material on each midterm and too much information getting an A is almost impossible!
He needs to stop making examples that don't relate to the material that we're learning in class. It takes out our time into understanding the lectures. He also needs to stop reading from the book and provide more "realistic" and "real-world" examples from our lectures...rather than reading straight from the book. Extra credit and group work as well as projects would also be great methods for the students to understand the material more...rather than a straight 3 hour lecture about overwhelming information.
Having a study guide for the exam would be very helpful. Just the PPT itself is very vague.
Along with doing homework online, maybe adding in some addition paper/pen take home problems to help students further grasp concepts.
Professor Weisbrod could split the mid term materials a little more evenly.
Maybe just work on the handwriting issue..
I think that because it is a class that lays out all of the basis for other classes to expand, one day a week and for 3 hours is just too much to take in. Mark did his best to make sure the comprehension was there it was just too much material.
Mark needs to TEACH! the first day of teaching all of us were lost from day one. He obviously knows the business side of this class, but doesn't understand HOW to teach it. Also the class is LONG and he doesn't often give us breaks or allows us to break. He talks down to his students, and when a student is genuinely lost. Instead of slowing down or approaching it a different way, he just tells the students to read the book AGAIN. When the overall test score is 60% for the first test and a 50% average for the second test, there's gotta be something wrong with the teacher. If we all don't understand and we're all failing, then Mark is failing as a teacher! He needs to actually write better, telling us that he can't is just an excuse to not care. He isn't providing us with the right tools to succeed in his course.
a better text book that explains the material more and more example.
Sometimes, it would help slowing down because we would get lost in the midst of all the journal entries and T charts on the board.
More small quizes dealing with just a few chapters instead of 5+ chapters at a time.
For each midterm not having so much material covered in one exam.
17. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Good professor who is enthusiastic and also easy to talk to.
Great professor very helpful.
Great instructor, material is hard but some better preparations for exams would be ideal
He is a very intelligent instructor. He knows the material and is able to convey it to the students in an understandable way. He also takes the time to review key areas where the class seems to not fully grasp and also provides the students with enough opportunities to improve on their overall grade.
He's a very intelligent teacher who have such a strong energy.
I'm just very grateful I was able to have him as my teacher in this course. What would be an otherwise droll and dreaded class was made tolerable and even entertaining due to his teaching methods. When i say entertaining, I don't mean unprofessional, I mean he captures our attention and makes us laugh with his sense of humor when applying methods in this course to true life scenarios. I've also never seen a teacher work so hard in the lecture both verbally and written. He's genuinely interested in the students' success and is very fair to all of them. He talks to his students like they're working adults, not high schoolers. I hope to have him as an instructor again if I continue in my business degree.
effective and a good teacher
Mark is one of my favorite teachers I have every had. I wish I could take the second accounting course he is teaching but there is a conflict in my schedule. He is one of the best professors at this university.
very passionate instructor
he is a good teacher that actually cares about the students enrolled in his class.
He has a fun and diversified way to teach the course to make it very useful
He's passionate and intelligent, however his teaching style is difficult for me to understand.
I think Mr. Weisbrod is a wonderful teacher however the midterms need to be less of the final grade and the course needs to be rearranged so people can pass!
On a letter grade scale...I would give Mark an: F.
a good teacher.
Great instructor. Answers questions thoroughly and ensures students understand the topic before moving on. Uses real world experiences to help emphasis importance of topics learned. Would definitely recommend this instructor to other students.
Great teacher, highly knowledgeable.
Great professor who is willing to help students.
that he is an outstanding teacher. He makes his intentions for us clear consistently throughout the semester: learn about accounting, how it fits into the world, and to get good marks on tests. He explains everything very clearly. If anyone has a bad grade, it's because they didn't study the material.
He is very intelligent and more than experienced on the subject. He was always open to talk to if I wasn't clear on something I just think the amount we had to go over every class made it extremely hard to concentrate.
He is an excellent teacher and I would take him again.
He's a poor teacher that complains about his life too much. He brags and constantly tells us stories that don't barely relate to the content in the book. His writing is horrible, and him not trying shows that he don't care and makes the environment around him feel like we shouldn't care either. When a student is lost, Mark doesn't like when students don't do it EXACTLY how he does it. No matter how confused you are, Mark insists that you learn on your own. I get the vibe that he doesn't care!
Mark makes the course less dreadful accounting is not a fun subject but mark tries to make the class more fun and at the same time more informative than the text it self since the text is not really informative and bare basic.
Mr. Weisbrod is very knowledgeable in the field of "business" be brings a lot of life experiences.
His teaching style is very engaging and he is very helpful whenever we see him during office hours for help.
Great teacher and really knows his stuff. You wont regret taking his course.
He is able to present the material in an understandable way. In such that the students are able to comprehend to a certain degree. He is able to provide various examples and demonstrate each topic to the core.
18. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 31 0.98 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 6 (19%) 10 (32%) 12 (39%)
19. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 31 1.0 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 5 (16%) 7 (23%) 15 (48%)
20. My overall evaluation of this course is...
It was worth taking with Weisbrod.
A lot of material to learn in a short period of time.
Hard and very dull course, I only suggest it to those looking into learning on how to manage money
It is a very informative and useful course that will enable students to have a better understanding on accounting as well as what the expectations are and the duties they have to perform.
Great course. I have learned a lot with accounting.
A little harder than I thought but the book is pretty good and Professor Weisbrod is brilliant so that helped a lot. I liked the opportunity for a once a week, Saturday morning class.
I would give Mark a 10 out of 10 as an instructor. The only problem with the class is that is a one day course and it is a lot of info to take in during one class.
a class that's needed if you truly desire to be a business major
It is my favorite class
Really tough to grasp.
This course has so much material i think the breakdown should be more midterms or quizzes a better way to distribute points so people can pass would help both the students and teacher
I really didn't learn anything this semester...being an accounting major, Mark Weisbrod taught me little to almost nothing about this course. Because of this, I'm considering in changing majors b/c I feel as if I didn't learn anything from this course.
Good course, lots of information.
I really enjoyed learning in this class and will take Professor Weisbrod again next semester
Class is always packed with tons of information, and professor likes to throw in his past experiences to help students understand concepts a little better, and keep us entertained.
that it is very important when it comes to Business Administration. I've learned how to do journal entries, set up a balance sheet, how to adjust it, along with how to prepare income statements and statement of retained earnings. I've learned what are liabilities and assets and how to account for them.
It is a good course to lay out the basis. Again, the amount we had to cover in one day and in only 3 hours was a little rough.
Too much material cover in a short time.
The class needs to be a 2 day ordeal, jamming all this material into a single day and then after 6 days of straight up talking and stories. We are expected to retain over 200 pages of material and ace the test. More days and a better teacher for this course.
the course is okay the professor makes it better since its accounting which is not a fun subject to begin with.
It's a lot of information and it can be pretty overwhelming sometimes, but we learn a lot.
Great course but like I said before more smaller quizes would be more ideal for us students. We are less prone to bombing smaller sized quizes rather than huge chapter tests.
Difficult if you slack, but if you are able to keep a steady routine with dedication into the material you are able to pull through.
21. Other comments:
A three-hour accounting course on a Saturday is too much information to grasp for many students. It is very overwhelming and hard to retain that information when you only have the class once a week. The class itself is useful, not the time.
no comment.
Again, I'm so thankful to have had Professor Weisbrod as my instructor. I only hope that some of his genius rubbed off on me!
no further comments
PLEASE...Don't let Mark weisbrod teach accounting ever again. His lectures gives no relevant information on about the course. However, give Mark a chance to teach finance instead. I feel that he will be a much more effective professor to students than accounting.
Your teaching methods are great and very easy to understand!