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Instructor: Raghu Srinivasan

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ME331, Spring 2015
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ME331, Spring 2014

Raghu Srinivasan: ME331, Spring 2015

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Mechanical Engineering
Course: ME 331 - Materials Science and Engr Crn (Section): 87380 (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  
2.85 33 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 8 (24%) 22 (67%) 3 (9%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 32 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 32 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 35 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (11%) 31 (89%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 35 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 7 (20%) 26 (74%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.34 35 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 3 (9%) 11 (31%) 19 (54%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 34 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (12%) 29 (85%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 35 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (6%) 15 (43%) 17 (49%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 35 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 11 (31%) 22 (63%)
9. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 35 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (14%) 30 (86%)
10. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 35 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 10 (29%) 23 (66%)
11. What did you like best about the course?
Professor Srinivasan explained the material very clearly and was very organized.
I liked how the professor taught making it easy and interesting enough for students to stay awake so early in the morning.
Clear cut, easy to follow, ample notes and no tricks.
He was very specific on what would be covered on the tests, and he worked through problems with us in class. He also took the time to relate the topics to the real world applications. He also showed the need for future development and ongoing work in the related field
The course was interesting. It showed me real life applications of things.
Thank you for always being willing to help even if it was not during office hours.
Material and topics covered.
I could get a lot of help outside of class
The topics covered was interesting. I really liked learning about this subject and Professor Srinivasan did a good job teaching and explaining the concepts. His jokes were funny and relatable. Like the one about Newton and Pascal playing hide and seek. Because of that joke, I remember the relation between Pascal and Newton.
I liked how he made the material easy to follow along.
He writes all the notes in the whiteboard instead of just going through ppt sided
It was interesting to go indepth about materials and applied chemistry
I liked that he supplemented his whiteboard notes with powerpoint slides.
Use of whiteboard for lecture; additional PPT resource, prompt grading and communication, overall enthusiasm for the material, thoughtfully planned lectures.
The overall subject was interesting to learn about.
Solid basic concept of material properties.
Stress/Strain
The interesting concepts learned that will carry over to future classes and how well the professor teaches the material with good explanations and many examples.
The grading was extremely fair and the course was broken up into manageable sections.
The best thing I liked about the course is that the material I learned will be relative to my major and future. The course presented topics that are relatable in engineering and Raghu made it a point to his students that they are important. I also liked that Raghu was very well organized and prompt with homework and exam grading.
The subject is very interesting and Raghu was very knowledgeable and was able to answer difficult questions. I liked that he explained and worked on problems that were directly related to the homework. He broke down complicated concepts and made the class more understandable and less complex.
Professor Raghu was very knowledgeable and explained the material in a way that was easy to understand. I particularly liked all the examples that were provided and how Professor Raghu took the time to work problems out on the board for every new concept. I also like how receptive Professor was with questions from the students. He seemed to really understand the material and care about how well his students understood it as well.
i liked how he clearly explains the problems in his lecture
I personally liked the subject being taught. Our instructor taught the course in a way, that I am highly considering specifying my degree in more of the materials side. The class was well organized. This aided in providing clear and concise information needed to do well in the class.
Homework and exams were turned in on time.The curve was good.
Raghu was very interactive as instructor of the course. Most professors are the equivalent of robots, lecturing in monotone, not really interested in their students' understanding of the material.
He was funny and knew students needed help
12. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Handwriting on board was difficult to read. Rushed through examples sometimes.
Sometimes i can't understand some things he writes so if he could take his time and write more clearly he should be fine.
Would be nice to have the lecture slides available before hand so that we can print them and bring them to the lecture.
The Material seemed to be presented very quickly. It was had to keep up, but I guess that's the nature of the course. His handwriting could have been better
If he could write more legibly on the whiteboard, that would be fantastic.
His lower case "r" looks like gamma which can be confusing.
He needs to slow down near the end of class. He needs to find a way to use the board and slides together instead of disjointedly doing one then speeding through the other. His exam material should be more aligned with the class examples and homework, or make homework harder so it will prepare us for the exams.
N/A
Slow down at some points. Sometimes I can't finish writing the notes down.
Maybe write some of the equations a little bit bigger. It is sometimes hard to read the tiny writing.
If he explained concepts clearer/slower when reviewing for the midterm. If he highlighted what he wants us to understand. Give us a wider range of questions.
His teaching is VERY information dense. Notes are written down fast, there is many diagrams with several parts to them and it all happens very quick.
Handwriting is rushed at times and hard to read.
Go over important topics more in depth and not speak so fast.
A bit more comprehesive explanation on what will be on mid terms.
When writing on the board allow more time for students to take notes. A bit fast.
None. He can teach it very well already.
Raghu can improve the teaching of this course by incorporating more class participation and discussion. Also, Raghu writes fairly quick and the class moves at a fast pace, therefore keeping up with the notes is a bit difficult. Since the class is early in the morning, acknowledging the class every now and then to see if his students are on pace would help.
The class can be very fast paced at times and we cover a lot of information quickly. Sometimes it is difficult to keep up and the previous whiteboards are covered up before I can write the information down. Also, sometimes his handwriting is difficult to read.
Professor Raghu could incorporate his PowerPoint presentation slides into his lectures more rather than skimming through them quickly at the end of the lecture. It was good to see the slides but it was sometimes difficult to follow what the slides meant and how they pertained to the written notes that were given. In addition, it would be nice to see the written notes online at some point as well.
nothing. it's perfect. He can write a bit bigger
There is not much i can say when it comes to improving teaching this course. The course is well taught and should not change anything.
Write much clearer on the board because it was hard to see the examples sometimes regardless of where I was seating.
An issue I had with the course really was the time. Class at 7:30 AM can be taxing for a college student, so I would recommend either changing or adding a different time for the course.
Just keep being funny and take the time he does to answer questions
13. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.37 35 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (6%) 15 (43%) 17 (49%)
14. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.53 34 0.86 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 8 (24%) 23 (68%)
15. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 34 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (12%) 20 (59%) 9 (26%)
16. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 35 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 6 (17%) 12 (34%) 16 (46%)
17. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 35 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 7 (20%) 27 (77%)
18. Other comments:
Good class, learned a lot and Professor Srinivasan did a great job presenting material.
Pretty great class, I'm hoping that i am able to take another class with professor Raghu since i like his teaching methods and exams were okay.
Well done, I've thoroughly enjoyed the class and I'd definitely refer to another student.
I wish we could have covered composites.
He speeds through review session to quickly. Somethings that appear on the exams are glossed over. He goes over exams in a condescending tone, and make you feel bad for not knowing and implies that everything was "reviewed" in the the review session. He should not mark down homework when you hand draw a graph. Homework should not be marked down just for the sake of given the student a non-perfect score. Also, he gets upset when homework in emailed in.
Enjoyed the class with a good professor! Thanks for making this class enjoyable and teaching us about this subject! I wish you all the best!
I enjoyed learning the material from this professor. He is funny from time to time.
Your test are hard.
His lighthearted passion comes out through corny science jokes and interesting facts relating what we are learning. I enjoyed having him as a professor this semester.
7:30 am is too early for course offerings. 6:00 pm in my opinion is also too late in the day for course offerings. After a semester of trying to avoid it, I finally had to schedule myself for both a 7:30 am course and a 6:00 pm course on the same days. Many ME majors are in the same position. This is a very tiring experience, with class attendance and learning outcomes being compromised.
He speaks too quickly. Sometimes his writing on the board is illegible. I do like how he goes over examples that help with the homework.
Overall, interesting class and great instructor.
keep up the good work! thanks so much. you're a really goo teacher and m glad i took your class.
None

Raghu Srinivasan: ME331, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Mechanical Engineering
Course: ME 331 - Materials Science and Engr Crn (Section): 71914 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.15 27 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 21 (78%) 5 (19%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.93 28 0.26 Freq(%) 2 (7%) 26 (93%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 28 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (25%) 21 (75%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 28 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 7 (25%) 20 (71%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 28 0.84 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (36%) 17 (61%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 27 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 6 (22%) 20 (74%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 28 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 10 (36%) 16 (57%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 28 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 3 (11%) 23 (82%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 28 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (21%) 22 (79%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 28 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 8 (29%) 19 (68%)
11. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 28 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 6 (21%) 20 (71%)
12. What did you like best about the course?
he is a really understanding professor
I liked that the course was able to relate to real world applications and wasn't a purely theoretical class.
The little real-world/trivial information inserted here and there that are relevant to the topic, which help retain interest and attention.
I found the powerpoint lectures to be useful in studying for exams. Lectures explaining the topics were good, much better than most Professors.
The material
Professors passion for the subject was evident in his enthusiastic teaching style
Prof. Srinivasan provides lots of examples and notes that help with homework and the exams
Gave many examples to help with the homework problems, took the time to answer everyone's questions
Course material as very interesting and was also taught in a very effective manner.
Prof communicates well, and provides very good information and notes for you to be able to succeed in this course.
The course covered interesting material and assignments were pretty straight forward.
Very organized, powerpoint presentations were thorough while still making it worthwhile to attend class. Great at tying the lectures and concepts to the real focus of the class which are the applications of certain materials. Homework was time-consuming albeit very fair and extremely helpful for the exams. Review of the concepts at the end of the lecture topic was helpful as well.
The way he taught things was good. He showed examples on the board and also through powerpoint which made things more understandable. The examples he gives was very helpful with understanding and doing the homework and preparing for the exams.
Dr. Srinivasan was very helpful for asking questions regarding homework and exams! Also, he always gave clear and thorough explanations.
The course was very well-organized and at a good pace.
I just found the material interesting and the homework was closely related to the lecture for the most part
I like how Professor Srinivasan does not just read off the slides and actually works out problems and explains what is going on. Also by trying to use examples that we use in everyday life helps to understand certain concepts.
I liked his teaching method of writing on the chalkboard which made it easier to make notes for the different lessons. Then he would review the same concepts again for clarity on power points which really helped a lot. Was always available to see about grades and course materials.
The professor was ready and willingly available
13. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Improve writing. Pi was sometimes not readable
maybe write notes on the chalkboard neater so it is more legible. he kind of scribbles
Professor Srinivasan can improve the teaching of the course by better organizing the material he writes on the board so that he isn't jumping all over the board.
None
I found the exams to be far more complicated than what I was prepared to do, I would rework the homework several times, but the problems were complex and usually, the homework would only have one question relating to an exam problem, it made solving problems very difficult even though I felt I understood the concept. Maybe offering examples of problems worked out, to study, may help to improve problem solving skills. I usually need to see something a variety of ways to be able to quickly solve complex variations. The only thing a student is evaluated on is their problem solving ability, yet, the idea of a series of math problems type of test, does not equate to a good engineer, or a good scientist, it only demonstrates the ability to answer 10 questions in an hour. It's not a reflection of the professional world, or ability to function in a professional environment, which is why I wonder we are evaluated in such a manner. However, I do find the class extremely interesting, well executed and very relevant to working in an engineering environment, which I cannot say for other classes I am taking.
Offer the course later in the day. Speak loudly throughout the lecture and don't speak to the board. Better penmanship would be appreciated. Homework should reflect lecture example or lecture example purpose or goal need to be stated clearly. I need to know what you're looking for when doing examples. Also if the book is not required, the slides should be more comprehensive.
I don't think he could. He is very knowledgeable and thorough.
Professor Srinivasan should take the time to go over concepts at a slower pace so that students can grasp the concepts better. Sometimes topics are covered so fast that students have to ask to go over certain areas. Writing on the chalkboard works very effectively for me, but reusing parts of the board or going back to old diagrams or securing of the board to add additional information makes note taking difficult for this class. Also, I would recommend using MSB 114 as a better class room as you can use the white board and projector in parallel.
I have a Prof for EE 211 Aaron Ohta that records and posts his lectures online. This is an extremely valuable resource. If possible, record and post the black board lecture online for students to use as a study resource.
Sometimes his writing on the chalk board was a bit unclear.
Spend less time at the beginning of class going over material from previous lectures, and perhaps save it for the end of the topic presentation. Perhaps just write the relevant equations on the board in the beginning of class. This way the lecture can move forward and each topic will take less time to cover.
Review sessions was a little fast. It would be better to explain how the exams are going to look like before we take them. So that we can better prepare ourselves when we do take it.
It would be nice and helpful for students if we wrote more legibly. Sometimes, it was hard to read what he wrote.
Sometimes homework questions arent clear and LOTS more times for exams. They feel too long for an hour and 15 minutes
Professor Srinivasan could try and put some of his example problems in his PowerPoint slides because some times it can be difficult to read on the board because we need to get a lot done but there is not enough time to go back and rewrite it.
Sometimes his handwriting for certain letters were hard to read. And he tends to speed up really quickly towards the end of class even though there is still time left.
Prepare the students better for questions on the exam.
14. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.43 28 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (11%) 7 (25%) 17 (61%)
15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.5 28 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (7%) 7 (25%) 18 (64%)
16. The instructor is friendly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 28 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 7 (25%) 20 (71%)
17. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 28 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 7 (25%) 19 (68%)
18. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 28 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 8 (29%) 18 (64%)
19. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 27 0.88 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (15%) 21 (78%)
20. The objectives of the course were clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 28 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (14%) 8 (29%) 16 (57%)
21. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
this question was already asked. im not answering it again
Professor Srinivasan can improve the teaching of the course by better organizing the material he writes on the board so that he isn't jumping all over the board.
None
I really enjoyed the course, I wish there was more time spent on truly understanding the concepts as opposed to trying to algebraically manipulate equations. I feel that about almost all of the engineering courses.
Offer the course later in the day. Speak loudly throughout the lecture and don't speak to the board. Better penmanship would be appreciated. Homework should reflect lecture example or lecture example purpose or goal need to be stated clearly. I need to know what you're looking for when doing examples. Also if the book is not required, the slides should be more comprehensive.
I don't think he could. He is very knowledgeable and thorough.
This question was already asked.
Specify what type of problems will be on the exam.
Possibly slow down the pace. Some lectures felt very rushed.
Make homework less confusing
By not rushing through the PowerPoint at the end of class will save some time by not going through everything and just stick to writing on the board or going through the PowerPoints
22. Comment on the instructor's professional attitude and behavior.
he is a good professor
Professor Srinivasan was very professional and always had a positive attitude while teaching the class. He was also helpful during his office hours.
Enthusiastic and caring
Professional.
Classes seem to be rushed 7 times out of 10
He is a five-star professional. It's refreshing to see a professor prepared, dressed properly, alert and ready to go every single morning.
Very professional. Enthusiastic.
He is very on top of things.
Professor Srinivasan reached very well and also make class interesting by giving us real world applications and also science jokes.
Very professional and maintains a light atmosphere.
Good attitude while teaching seems genuinely interested in the class material.
Very professional and easy to speak to.
He has a very professional attitude and behavior.
He is an awesome professor! He occasionally tells jokes in class and makes learning the concepts and material more enjoyable and memorable!
Always laughing with the class and smiles
He has a passion for what he teaches. Trying to relate the subjects in a positive attitude makes the class seem less stressful.
Always arrived to class on time, with the material for the day prepared. Was always friendly during and after class. Could always meet after class to discuss course topics and grades.
His professional attitude and behavior was excellent.
23. Comment on the instructor's concern for the students.
he always allows us extra time on homework if we need it
Professor Srinivasan was very fair with the class and was concerned with the students. He had a very fair grading scale that allowed students the opportunity to pass as long as they studied.
He is very concerned for the students' well-being and interest in the course material.
Good.
I can prove Raghu has the utmost concern for how his students do.
Does reviews before exams, which helps us decide where to focus when studying. Allows students to take exams later than class time if necessary. Allows students to turn in homework late. He makes sure students have enough time to finish their assignments.
He helps all of his students.
Professor Srinivasan seems to be fairly concerned with his students and makes sure that everyone has the opportunity to see him when questions arise.
Willing to meet after class and extend office hours as necessary
Always accessible in office hours and responds quickly to emails, which is a rarity among teachers! He seems to really care about teaching the students the material and puts forth a lot of effort to do so.
He cares for the students. Always encourages questions. Makes sure we understand whats going on before he moves on to the next thing. Let's us know how we are doing in the class and encourages to seek him for help fi we really need it.
I feel that he is concerned for us and wants us to succeed by providing solutions to the homework and exams and arranges extra office hours prior to exam days.
The professor was always available outside of class and offered additional office hours before the exams.
Always willing to answer questions
He really wants all o the student to get the most out of the class as we can.
Always gave extra time for those that needed it for homework. Gave very helpful review sessions before every test.
He was very concerned with the students.
24. Examinations cover the important aspects of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 28 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (7%) 12 (43%) 13 (46%)
25. The exams cover the lecture material well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 27 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (7%) 10 (37%) 14 (52%)
26. Other comments:
I notice that sometime when class is getting close to finishing. He will start to increase his speed or pace through the material he is teaching that day.
Sometimes the concept trivia on the tests were quite unexpected. They little things in the power point that were worth quite a fair amount of points on the tests.
Some exam questions seem to have no context, like they don't relate to the homework or the lectures. Studying slides are near useless for exams. Homework problems have clear prompts while lecture examples are randomly thrown in and glossed over. The class needs to be offered at a later time!
This semester with Professor Srinivasan was very good. A lot of material was covered for a fundamental/ introductory class. He should consider teaching ME341 as well.
Raghu is an awesome teacher and hope I have a chance to take courses with him in future semesters.
Exams and homework are very fair, topics are explained thoroughly and in detail, and makes students excited to learn about materials. A+ would take this instructor's courses again!
Overall, this class is good. Just like any other class we got to study well to make sure we understand whats going on. Even though this class is 730 in the morning, Raghu makes things good for us to learn the material. Sometimes its hard to function that early in the morning but through the way he teaches the material is good.
Wonderful professor! I would highly recommend to others and would take a class from him again if it wasn't at 7:30 in the morning. :)

Raghu Srinivasan: ME331, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Mechanical Engineering
Course: ME 331 - Materials Science and Engr Crn (Section): 88608 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.24 31 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 20 (65%) 3 (10%) 2 (6%) 1 (3%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.93 31 0.26 Freq(%) 2 (6%) 27 (87%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 31 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (19%) 25 (81%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 31 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (39%) 18 (58%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 31 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 14 (45%) 15 (48%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 31 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (29%) 22 (71%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 31 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 13 (42%) 16 (52%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 31 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 12 (39%) 15 (48%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 31 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (29%) 22 (71%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 31 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (26%) 23 (74%)
11. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 31 0.94 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 10 (32%) 16 (52%)
12. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 31 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 4 (13%) 24 (77%)
13. What did you like best about the course?
Office hours are right after the class and the office was nearby. Homework coincides with the lecture and textbook. Examples were done in class which also greatly helped in homework when the textbook failed to communicate as effectively on an example.
It was interesting to be able to look into the tiniest structures of a material and see how that effects its properties. Raghu seemed interested and knowledgeable in his subject, which showed in his lectures. This, mixed in with some humor, made for a comfortable and welcoming learning environment.
Homework and tests were related directly to his lectures. We always had a review in the beginning of each lecture. I think the PowerPoint really helped because we would discuss the material twice.
It explained everything you need to know about materials at this level.
Straightforward teaching & clear expectations
The class had given me insight into another focus into what i could do for a future career.
Professor Raghu's willingness to help students and being patient. I LOVE how the class is not bassed off of the slides, but there are still slides fhat are helpful. some teachers tend to just read off the slide.
I enjoyed learning how metals behave differently
Professor was always readily available and was always willing to help students and answer any and all questions about the course. Willing top explain deeper in detail if students did not understand.
I enjoyed learning about the structures and behaviors of metals and materials at different temperatures and compositions.
Very interesting and professor was very helpful:)
The depth of information is plentiful.
Learning about how materials fail and their stress limits.
Learning about the differences in materials
The lecture presented was concise and directly related to the homework assignments and the examinations. The lecture complimented the textbook by introducing supporting concepts which allowed better understanding of course material. The professor offered concern to students question and clearly explained the question. I liked how this course covers a broad range of topics concerning engineering concepts, ranging from Chemistry and Thermodynamics to Mechanics of Materials
The topics covered in this course were very interesting. I especially found the crystal structure and "geometry" useful. I also liked that the exams weren't just the standard "plug-and-chuck" math rigmarole. The exam questions really made you think and apply concepts.
Very knowledge instructor. Knows subject matter very well and is still able to communicate main topics and their underlying details very effectively.
What I liked best about the course is that Dr. Srinivasan did many example problems in order to help explain difficult concepts and was always available for help if students had any questions.
Raghu
he is at this time one of the best teachers in the department of engineering.i may not pass due to my own fault but probably the only teacher that truly cares that his students do well in there classes not just the one he is teaching them. would sit down and go through every problem during and even after office hours. deserves a raise!
Very knowledgeable in the subject and gave plenty of examples in class.
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Handwriting was a bit hard to read sometimes and writing near the bottom of board makes it hard to read for people in back which causes them to stand up and then a whole domino effect happens.
Sometimes his handwriting was hard to read, even from the front of the class, which could sometimes add to the confusion of morning grogginess.
It would benefit students if he slowed down when talking/writing/changing slides on PowerPoint.
Great professor! Maybe give this class a chance at a latter time. 7:30 am was challenging to wake up.
Improved handwriting
For some parts of the class the pacing should be slowed down since it feels like we're rushing it, and were not able to completely take it in before we move onto the next topic.
power points be alittle better
Professor Srinivarsan is a very knowledgable professor. Sometimes in class however he spoke relatively soft. I think it would only benefit him if he were to use a microphone. Also, while taking notes to professor erases the board as soon as he writes down material. I know there is a lot of content in the class but I still need time to copy down the material written on the board. Sometimes the professors handwriting is not legible. This makes note taking strenuous and a painful process at times.
Professor Raghu was very good. However, some small criticisms would be to not speak so quickly/mumble and improve handwriting (e.g. distinguish r from gammas).
Write a little bigger and talk a little louder.
Handwriting got a little hard to read, but he answered if asked about it.
You cannot improve on the best!
I did want more in-depth coverage of specific topics but I'm aware this is a 300 level course. The visuals were a good teaching tool for this course. I did think that you babied the students when it came to homework questions. More manipulation of math concepts/equations questions on homeworks would have been appreciated. Instead of straight out of the book questions, more "project"- like questions would have been exciting.
When he he covers material quickly his handwriting becomes illegible.
Dr. Srinivasan can improve the teaching of this course by moving through the material a little slower, if possible. He does move at a very fast pace, but I guess that should be expected in order to cover the material on time. He still does an excellent job.
Nothing
Really good professor, maybe just write more clear.
15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.52 31 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 13 (42%) 17 (55%)
16. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.68 31 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (32%) 21 (68%)
17. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
It is a requirement and a prerequisite to my courses that I have to take.
It was a requirement for my major.
Required course
I wanted to be more familiar with materials and also take an elective which interested me.
Mechanical Engineering requirement
The class is required to move onto the following courses ME 341, and ME 342.
major requirement
required
It was required for my major
This was a major requirement.
Major requirement
It was a required course.
Required for major.
Major requirements
The course is a Major requirement in the BA in Mechanical Engineering, however; the course offers a broad spectrum of related course material like Chemistry, Thermodynamics and Mechanics of Materials. This approach offers a general and critical introduction to the following 300 level engineering courses to follow.
Fulfills grad credit. :D
Required for Mechanical engineering major.
It was a requirement for my Mechanical Engineering major.
Requirement
i have to take it to fulfill my engineering requirements
I need it for my degree
18. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 31 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 7 (23%) 23 (74%)
19. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 31 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 9 (29%) 19 (61%)
20. The exams cover the lecture material well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 31 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 8 (26%) 17 (55%)
21. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 31 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 10 (32%) 18 (58%)
22. Other comments:
Excellent professor, very understanding and available for his students !
Great professor. Makes me wish there was a chemical engineering branch at this school or that the professor taught more classes. Very good professor. Would recommend to everyone
Thanks Professor Raghu, I really enjoyed your class. I learned a lot from you. You made the class engaging and very interesting. Best of luck in the future.
Really fun and interesting class as well as professor was very well:)
Whoever you have grading your home works should be fired for not being able to think outside of the answer key. Thank you Raghu!!
Find more teachers like Ragu!!!!!!! seriously no one likes wasting there money taking classes with teachers that only talk and don't actually teach. find more teachers that are TEACHERS not talkers.
Really good professor and explained things after class if you needed more clarification. Was willing to help with subject matter even if not during office hours.