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Instructor: Dulal Borthakur

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MBBE601, MICR601, Fall 2014
MBBE601, MICR601, Fall 2012

Dulal Borthakur: MBBE601, MICR601, Fall 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Molecular Biosci & Bioengr
Course: MBBE 601 - Molecular Cell Biology Crn (Section): 79302 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MICR 601 - Molecular Cell Biology Crn (Section): 79437 (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 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 16 (94%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.4 15 0.51 Freq(%) 9 (60%) 6 (40%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 1 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (41%) 1 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 17 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 9 (53%) 1 (100%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 11 (65%)
7. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 17 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (53%) 6 (35%)
8. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (41%) 10 (59%)
9. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 17 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 5 (29%) 1 (100%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
11. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 11 (65%)
12. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (76%)
13. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
14. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 11 (65%)
15. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 17 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 8 (47%)
16. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I think this course covers a lot of material and the grading system is well set.
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed the photosynthesis chapter. Previously I have not found interest in plants; however, I was amazed to learn how complex the reactions are. Even though I learned glycolysis, Krebs cycle, and ETC in other classes, I appreciated how much in detail we studied these processes. Other chapters I enjoyed learning about were cell reproduction and cell signaling & signal transduction.
The professor's positive attitude and thorough knowledge of the subject matter. It is obvious that he enjoys what he does, and he creates an atmosphere in the classroom that promotes enjoyable education. He also responds quickly to emails. Additionally, the course covered a broad range of concepts with a logical flow and in an easily understandable way.
I think the course is very good course. the knowledge is very useful and I get a lot of new knowledge from this course. I like the course use many textbooks to introduce the molecular cell biology. The textbooks are very important to me.
The course content was very interesting and provided a detailed/in-depth examination of many cellular processes that were only briefly examined in undergrad courses
good lectures, clearly explain, good exams
Went over a lot of material within a semester. Figures were very helpful when reviewing the material.
Dr. Borthakur is extremely well versed in the subject. He knows what he's talking about, and has well-prepared slides. My favorite part of the course was when we talked about the biochemistry of various pathways. He is extremely fair in that he allows make ups for his exams.
Slide diagrams are very helpful, often more so than just the textbook alone. This is because you can see different representations of the same material from different authors. Right now at the last few chapters of the course, I am enjoying the most.
Dr. Borthakur is skilled at incorporating humor into his lectures, which helped me focus on the subject. He also goes through the trouble of remaking figures from textbooks to make it easier to understand. I really appreciate his efforts.
I liked the powerpoints that Dr. Borthakur provided. They were very informative and utilized multiple textbooks. THANK you for not making us purchase all the other textbooks:) Also, it was nice that he referred to the Leninger Biochemistry textbook that I used when taking Biochem from Dr. Bingham. Seeing some of the figures for a second time make remembering some of the facts less difficult. Also, when going into office hours he was very helpful in explaining concepts that I had difficulty grasping.
He went along well with the slides, and the order of the slides was well put together to set up the foundation of the subject and built upon it. Some courses I notice they jump around so you don't get that solid foundation of the topic. I like all the images in the powerpoints, helps to picture the mechanisms better.
cytoskeleton/cell motility and cell interaction with the environment was particularly useful and relating to my research so I appreciated the addition of these two chapters. i also appreciate the make-up exams that dr. borthakur offered everyone. he didn't need to offer them but his concern for our sucess as students is truly evident and his best character trait as an instructor. it's always a pleasure to take classes with dr. borthakur.
17. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Sometimes Dr. Borthakur had to go very fast through some of the content because the time was limited. We were almost all the time behind the schedule.
The chapter I enjoyed the least was chapter 7- interactions between cells and their environment. I didn't find the material to be as engaging as other chapters.
I feel like the occasional random signing in was unnecessary, but not really an inconvenience.
the summary
While in information was interesting, it was presented in such large quantities that it was hard to digest and appreciate everything that was being presented. This course presented me with more material than I have ever been presented in any other class Also, the slides were posted online before they "ready". They frequently had errors (grammar/spelling) that made some of them confusing or sometimes only included a subset of the slides, with additional slides either uploaded separately or omitted during class. It would have been nice to have one file that included all the necessary slides in one place.
That the class went over - had difficulties making it in time for my second class after.
nothing
Pacing of the course constantly changed (felt rushed at points)
This class is extremely detail-oriented. It is difficult subject matter, and should probably be split up into two courses, rather than just one. There simply is not enough time to cover everything the course attempts to offer without having to cut out important details. The make ups should have a 10% penalty instead of a 20% penalty. Getting 100% on a make up exam should constitute an A, not a (low) B.
33-34 questions per exam may have been too much?
The fact that there is so much content to be covered in such a short amount of time. However, Dr. Borthakur did an excellent job keeping to his syllabus and explaining the major concepts.
There is a lot of content that must be memorized for the tests. I can understand remembering the the main topics and the various points of those topics, e.g., cellular respiration and all the enzymes, etc., but some of the things that are on the test aren't as important as the bigger picture.
18. Other comments:
I have enjoyed attending Dr. Borthakur's MBBE 601 class. The material is interesting and challenging.
I put 'neutral' in response to the professor's availability outside the class only because I did not ever need to see him outside of class time. However, if I did need to, I believe he would be readily available and more than happy to accommodate me or any other student.
Class required a lot of studying outside the classroom
The exams are very very specific. I felt like I had to literally memorize all of the slides (of which there are sometimes hundreds per chapter) in order to succeed. It would be better if the exams covered broader concepts, rather than extremely specific details.
Dr. Borthakur is a great professor and I would recommend this class to future students.
Thank you for a challenging and fruitful semester!
Bonus questions on the exam would be nice. In order to improve the grade. An outline of the lecture is very beneficial for the students. Everything is important but a lot of the material is mostly background information for the important key points. Should mention to students that there is a lot of critical thinking involved. You need to read the through and distinguish what is key information and what is detail. You shouldn't just memorize everything. It is very important to understand the concepts.
Great course, must be taken by all graduate students in MBBE, especially those seeking biomedical fields.There is even aspects of plant molecular biology that even plant specialists could find interesting.

Dulal Borthakur: MBBE601, MICR601, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Molecular Biosci & Bioengr
Course: MBBE 601 - Molecular Cell Biology Crn (Section): 79400 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MICR 601 - Molecular Cell Biology Crn (Section): 79398 (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 26 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.25 4 0.5 Freq(%) 3 (75%) 16 (62%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 23 (88%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 20 (77%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (25%) 1 (25%) 16 (62%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 26 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
8. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 26 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 8 (31%) 15 (58%)
9. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 26 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (31%) 4 (100%)
10. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 26 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (15%) 3 (75%)
11. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 26 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 26 (100%)
12. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 26 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 23 (88%)
13. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
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%) 18 (69%)
14. The instructor is friendly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 26 (100%)
15. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 26 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 23 (88%)
16. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 26 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 23 (88%)
17. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 26 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (19%) 2 (50%)
18. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 26 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 6 (23%) 2 (50%)
19. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 26 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 4 (15%) 19 (73%)
20. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 26 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (25%) 21 (81%)
21. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 1 (25%) 16 (62%)
22. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 26 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%)
23. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 4 1.15 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%)
24. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I liked the way Dr. Borthakur explained the material. He made it enjoyable and fun to understand the different mechanisms of cell biology.
I enjoyed the energy of Dr. Borthakur which allowed me to engage the material.
In this course, I enjoyed the professionalism and quality of teaching that I received. Dr. Borthakur displayed a strong knowledge of the materials presented and was very encouraging. He was more than fair in dealing with issues reguarding grading and helping outside of class time. Great course.
I appreciated the detail in explaining concepts. Repetition helped with comprehension, and a lot of the material covered in the class was very pertinent to my studies and has overall helped me in my labwork. Dr. Borthakur is clearly very knowledgeable of the subjects at hand, and it is impressive that he is able to remember small details in the lecture material, and makes it much easier to understand new concepts.
The course material is very comprehensive. It is a wonderful course for a first year student because you can get a broad view of the subject and find a good direction to go in. I like the examination style. It is tough but it makes you learn all of the material really well.
I enjoyed the amount of details given for each section and the connections shown between each section as well.
I truly enjoyed the enthusiasm Dr. Borthakur brought to class every lesson. Too many times I've had professors whose main objective is research while teaching falls by the wayside. Despite how busy Dr. Borthakur is he still managed to bring a smile to class every day and answer any questions students might have.
Very in depth and excellent examples. The Power points were superb tools for studying the work.
I liked how the exams were fair and straightforward.
I thoroughly enjoyed learning from Dr. Borthakur. He's probably the best lecturer I've taken classes from. He makes the material easy to comprehend and learn. I find that he's engaging and because he teaches well, I learn and retain information better than usual. I enjoy his off topic advice in the beginning of each class and his anecdotes that sometimes come randomly in lectures, it's a good way to redirect our attention back to him when the material gets dry. Overall a very good course made better by an excellent professor.
throughout the course, I have been learned a lot in molecular cell biology such as cell biology, cell signalling, cell nucleus and control of gene expression, cancer, immune response.
I liked that there was no homework and that the exams weren't cumulative. Dr. Borthakur's examples were also memorable.
- I liked how Dr. Borthakur followed the textbook and gave powerpoints before class was held. I liked the option of the make up exams. I also liked how he would reiterate his points from the Lehninger textbook. Helped me understand concepts better.
Use of figures
25. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Towards the end of the semester it was hard to follow the materials being covered. He seemed to try and cram lot of material in not enough time. But he did a good job making up by going over some materials that were more confusion. All in all I enjoyed this class.
Unfortunately, although I found many of the concepts particularly engaging, I feel there was a major communication barrier. It seems that students are discouraged from asking questions because when they are asked, Dr. Borthakur doesn't answer the question that was asked. More specifically, there was a time when Dr. Borthakur was asked to clarify whether he said GDP or GTP, but instead he began talking about the function of a protein (and did not answer whether he said GDP or GTP). Although not dealing with the material of the course, I found it extremely difficult to balance labwork with this course. I work off-campus, and the commute in the middle of the day makes it nearly impossible to start most experiments before class. In essence, 3 days of the week are literally half-days when they could be full days if the class was held in the morning (8:30 or 9:30 am) or in the late afternoons (4:30pm). I can confidently say my research has been significantly impeded because of the class time (which would have been prevented if class was at the aforementioned times).
I think it could easily be expanded to a two semester course. This would give more time to cover some topics in more depth.
I think that the extra credit was a little too much. For people who do good on exams it is not fair.
I thought the amount of material covered could be lessened a bit.
The class left little room for student participation.
I enjoyed the course. If I were to pick something I did not like, it would be that the lectures run by so fast because and some topics that I have interest in were not covered in detail. This is understood however, since the class contains a very broad and extensive course content.
I would prefer the class to be earlier. As a graduate research assistant, some of my experiments require time and monitoring, so I would put off experiments until the afternoon instead of missing class. But the time change is a personal preference.
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I did not like the amount of slides provided for each chapter. There was too much.
Cannot cover everything, and so he asks for us to read it ourselves
- Most of the powerpoints were in color, especially the text. It would be easier to print in black with just the diagrams in color. Took a lot of my colored ink :( I also did not like that WITH ALL THE INFORMATION WE HAVE TO KNOW, the exam had only 25 questions, which were worth 4 points each, which is kind of ridiculous. So, if we didn't have those make up exams, I would definitely not like this course.
Too much information/specifics covered in class compared to the nature of the information on the tests
26. Other comments:
Thank you Dr. Borthakur for helping me throughout the semester. It may not seem like it, but I did learn a lot in your class. Thanks for your patience with me!
Thank you for a great class and semester; I greatly appreciate all that I've learned over the past semester.
I like it when Dr. Borthakur uses schemes, models, or figures to explain the topics rather than text or lengthy discussion without figures. It is much easier to follow. I understand though, that a figure is not always available. Very nice course. I am glad I took it!
Great course. Very comprehensive!
Dr. Borthakur simplifies hard concepts, making them easier to understand. He is fair in his examination and is always willing to help students out.
Overall a very comprehensive overview of many topics in molecualar biology. This class did a great job highliting basic concepts of many topics. The amount of infomation covered did seem jammed into the semester, and Dr. Borthakur has to lecture at a very fast pace to cover all the info. The most pertanent information in my opinion came after test one, so perhaps the class could omit this info and then some time would be gained to cover the more difficult and important topics in more detail.