eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Dulal Borthakur

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Dulal Borthakur: MBBE601, MICR601, Fall 2012

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  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 26 (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  
1.25 4 0.5 Freq(%) 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 26 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 4 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 26 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (23%) 4 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 26 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 20 (77%)
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%) 2 (8%) 2 (50%) 15 (58%)
9. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
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%) 18 (69%)
10. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (15%) 20 (77%)
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%) 3 (12%) 23 (88%)
13. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 26 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (27%) 3 (75%)
14. The instructor is friendly.
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%) 3 (75%)
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%) 1 (25%) 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  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (50%) 20 (77%)
18. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 6 (23%) 16 (62%)
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%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 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%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 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  
4.56 26 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 7 (27%) 2 (50%)
22. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%) 22 (85%)
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%) 2 (50%) 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.
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 liked that there was no homework and that the exams weren't cumulative. Dr. Borthakur's examples were also memorable.
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.
Very in depth and excellent examples. The Power points were superb tools for studying the work.
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.
- 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.
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.
I enjoyed the amount of details given for each section and the connections shown between each section as well.
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 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.
I enjoyed the energy of Dr. Borthakur which allowed me to engage the material.
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.
I did not like the amount of slides provided for each chapter. There was too much.
I think it could easily be expanded to a two semester course. This would give more time to cover some topics in more depth.
The class left little room for student participation.
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).
- 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.
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.
Cannot cover everything, and so he asks for us to read it ourselves
I think that the extra credit was a little too much. For people who do good on exams it is not fair.
NO comments for this question
I thought the amount of material covered could be lessened a bit.
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!
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!
Thank you for a great class and semester; I greatly appreciate all that I've learned over the past semester.
Dr. Borthakur simplifies hard concepts, making them easier to understand. He is fair in his examination and is always willing to help students out.
Great course. Very comprehensive!
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.