eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Sean Callahan

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MCB475, MICR475, Fall 2013
MCB475L, MICR475L, Fall 2013
MCB314, Spring 2013
MICR671, Spring 2013
MCB475, MICR475, Fall 2012
MCB472, Fall 2011
MICR475, Fall 2011
MICR475L, Fall 2011
MICR314, Spring 2011
MICR614, Spring 2011
MICR671, Spring 2011
MICR475, Fall 2009
MICR475L, Fall 2009

Sean Callahan: MCB475, MICR475, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MCB 475 - Bacterial Genetics Crn (Section): 77811 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MICR 475 - Bacterial Genetics Crn (Section): 72090 (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  
4.07 16 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (75%) 1 (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  
1.73 16 0.46 Freq(%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (94%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (81%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 11 (69%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 10 (63%)
7. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 11 (69%)
8. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
9. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 16 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 4 (25%) 9 (56%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
11. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 10 (63%)
12. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 10 (63%)
13. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (31%) 10 (63%)
14. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 4 (25%) 10 (63%)
15. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 2 (13%) 11 (69%)
16. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Sean did a great job instructing this course throughout the semester. It was a hard topic filled with lots of new terms but Dr. Callahan did an awesome job introducing everything at a comfortable and helpful pace. Nothing in this class was rushed or obscure at all. He made sure that every student was all on the same page when it came to new materials and when test dates where approaching. Top-tier professor right here!
test method
The down-to-earth personality of Dr. Callahan always made the class feel welcoming in, what sometimes became heavy/dense with material to learn; made class feel like there is no such thing as a bad/stupid question.
Readily answered questions no matter what, he'd go back several slides to help clarify, never seemed put off.
The lecturer himself. Slides are very informative.
Dr. Callahan really took the time to cover every topic in depth and I didn't feel rushed during the lectures. I also feel the open book/note policy was very helpful. And that the final is NON comprehensive.
-Course objectives are well established at the beginning of the course. -The fact that there is problem solving homework every week.
All slides online and open book exams.
Interesting lectures and problem sets that helped me understand difficult concepts. Open environment for questions to be asked.
It was challenging and a new way to look at classes, it was also very practical in the explanations of how these various advances in bacterial genetics came about and what there is still left to be learned and where research is currently heading.
The teacher asks students questions during class time. The atmosphere of this class is similar to the atmosphere of MICR 490. It is pleasant. I complete the fall 2011 and fall 2012 tests, which the teacher posts on Laulima.
The pace. The answers to the problem sets were so helpful after having tried to work them out.
I really enjoyed the class due to the professor being very engaging and knowledgeable. Animations were helpful (though some times a bit crude) and concepts were well explained.
17. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I wouldn't have changed a thing, but that's just me.
Once-a-week study sessions.
Going to class at 10:30. Rather be sleeping.
N/A
-Most of the power-points have "repeat slides" which I personally find frustrating because I like to print out my slides (I find it easier to annotate a lecture this way). -There is a lot of "jumping around" in the book. At times the amount of discontinuity made me uncomfortable; but this wasn't a big deal.
n/a
Sometimes it felt as if the instructor was not enthusiastic enough about the material which led to some dull classes. It could just be the one way lecture format that gets a bit boring. I would suggest making participation mandatory for a small fraction of the grade so that students will be subject to more points of view, and will feel more encouraged to speak up.
It was difficult to get everything right away when he goes over it in lecture and the book was hard to really get into because sometimes it seemed like the book and lecture were talking about different things. It would be helpful to try and link (w/ page numbers or sections) to the book.
Not applicable
The reading, but necessary.
The material went into great depth and were sometimes hard to grasp.
18. Other comments:
I strongly encourage any MBBE or Microbiology student to take this course. You will not be disappointed.
In reference to possible restructuring next year, having to review lectures at home seems like a bad idea, I can see a lot of people not doing it, or being really confused and not finishing. I'm not sure how the computer part will work, but I, personally, prefer having things that confuse me explained by the teacher. If everyone needs the same thing explained it could just turn into a lecture anyway.
Callahan is an amazing teacher and has a VERY good rapport. Outside of class he doesn't talk to me as a professor, but more so a regular person. Very humble and doesn't hold himself higher than others. One of my favorite professors.
The professor is also pretty easy on the eyes.
Great class, great teacher. Had a lot of fun, and think this class will go over really well "flipped". I would also highly recommend trying to link the readings and the "lectures" for the flipped classroom, because it would make it much easier to get the sections (of reading) organized.
This class requires a student to have perfect attendance. I discovered that each lecture builds up from material from a previous lecture. I read the textbook. I pay attention to the bold-faced vocabulary words in the textbook i.e. cotransduction frequency
Thanks for the energy, enthusiasm and openness during the lectures.
I think the concept of having animations as the teaching material may be difficult for some students to learn with, but as long as it is thoroughly explained, I think it may work well.

Sean Callahan: MCB475L, MICR475L, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MCB 475L - Bacterial Genetics Laboratory Crn (Section): 77812 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MICR 475L - Bacterial Genetics Laboratory Crn (Section): 72091 (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  
4.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%) 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  
1.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
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 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
7. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (86%)
8. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 6 (86%)
9. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (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  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
11. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
12. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
13. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
14. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
15. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
16. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Pat and Orion are fun people
Teaching assitants Pat and Orion have done a great job of teaching the class. Kept class fun and they were very enthusiastic and willing to help.
GREAT TAs--great enthusiasm for the most part, and extensive knowledge of experiments, helping to guide along students with problems. I liked the fact that there are a few experiments that we were doing throughout the entire semester rather than a whole different lab every class. Helped to more fully grasp concepts rather than jumping all over the place. Patrick was really helpful concerning writing papers and teaching about how to write scientifically. I found his meticulousness when it came to reading rough drafts very very useful.
TA's Orion Rivers and Patrick Videau were extremely understanding to the abilities of students within the course, and were always willing to make time for outside-class help with material, quickly responsive to emails, and would work out problems/concepts with students regarding course material. Also, the feedback on how to improve.
Pat and Orion are very easy to talk to and extremely helpful
Patrick and Orion are amazing teachers. Please pay them more as many students would be blessed to have them. Drilled aspects into our minds and I can honestly understand what he talks about when he explains it.
17. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
none
none.
N/A
The grilling. I don't want my money paying for a losing football team that I don't even watch. Please suggest that students be able to choose where their money goes. I want my money going towards new equipment such as microscopes, pipettes and centrifuges. Thanks.
18. Other comments:
All I can say is that more visual aids, and power points would be helpful. You guys talked a lot and didn't always write stuff down. I am more of a visual learner
Patrick and Orion are awesome TA's! I have learned a lot from them!
If either of the TA's (Orion Rivers &/or Patrick Videau) were to teach a Micro475 course again, I would highly recommend them. Individually, highly intelligent, thorough, and easy-to-talk to instructors that are always willing to help. Together, great teamwork with coordinating the class and assignments. I would take any course from either of them again.
Best teachers.

Sean Callahan: MCB314, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MCB 314 - Research Ethics Crn (Section): 88710 (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  
3.64 14 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 10 (71%) 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  
1.57 14 0.51 Freq(%) 6 (43%) 8 (57%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (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 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
7. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
8. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
9. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
11. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
12. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
13. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
14. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 0 (0%) 11 (79%)
15. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 1 (7%) 11 (79%)
16. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Class Discussion
Stories from personal experience as a researcher, conversational tone of classroom, topics covered (present-day implications of research and technological advances in the biological field). Forced students to think about issues by playing "devil's advocate"
Very interesting to see the different perspectives. I like the discussions on gene therapy the most and on stuff like animal testing the least.
The discussions were pretty much all we did. They were pretty enjoyable and it was fun and interesting listening to what others had to say and what Sean Callahan had to say.
Fun discussions
That we discussed many aspects of how research works in the real world and the ethical problems that may arise while doing so. Also we discussed how graduate school works.
The open discussion was a very nice change from the standard lecture style. I felt it was an opportunity to bring up potential issues in science and identify the problems, legal and moral, in a way that fostered a greater understanding of the work environment around research.
I really liked that Dr. Callahan made it discussion-based. He asked a lot of questions and was very open to our thoughts. I liked that he did not rely on any visuals. It was like a casual and comfortable talk about all sorts of great topics. He respected our opinions, questions, and beliefs. He had great examples ready to share with us. Super cool guy, I would totally take another class of his.
Discussions and critical thinking.
Class was easy. just had to show up.
The lectures made you aware of many things that go unnoticed in society, unless you think about it.
17. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
The other teacher gave us a rough sketch syllabus of what we were going to discuss each day - Maybe try to incorporate this as well.
Other students hogged conversation
It would have been nice to have a handout or worksheet with notes so that we could fill out some of the topics that we discussed in that days class, but it's not necessary I suppose because students can just take notes in a notebook. Nonetheless, a handout of terms or topics of discussion would have been helpful.
n/a
I feel if we provided assigned reading of news or cases that pose ethical issues it would have encouraged participation from more of the students.
Forgot to say this in Dr. Patek's eCafe survey--but this class is a bit too short! We definitely need to extend the class time into the full hour instead of just 45 minutes (a.k.a. 30 minutes of real talk)! :)
There wasn't much to do except sit there and listen to the professor and peers discuss similar topics every lecture.
none
18. Other comments:
Lenient on attendance, very good lecturer overall, makes me want to know more about their research life
Sean Callahan did a good job of directing the discussions. It was always funny when he played devil's advocate. Overall, I learned about the ethics of scientific research and other related and applicable topics (like graduate research) and enjoyed the class.
n/a
Sean Callahan was a great instructor!
I believe that this course should be taken while in your freshman year. The reason being is because this course discuss many aspects of paths that can be taken in science field such as: how grad schools work, different career opportunities , how research labs work , how to publish papers and it's importance and many other things. I wish I had taken this class in my freshman year because it gives you a very good overview of how grads school works and career paths in the biological- science field. Also students were encouraged to participate in class. Also the class brought up some very interesting ethical issues that may arise while doing research. I really enjoyed the class.
I fell this class provided a great insight into what a professional research career would entail and what it would require. Learning the importance of having a mentor, I wish I had taken the class a year or two earlier and began working on a project. At the same time I feel that the information I've learned since then was necessary in order to participate in a meaningful discussion. The Marine Option Program offers an interdisciplinary class that is basically a discussion of how to write and submit a research proposal. I feel a similar class for Molecular biology and Microbiology would enhance the learning opportunities of students and provide the department an opportunity for greater research. It will also enhance the program by giving graduates of the program necessary experience for work post-graduation.
Cool class. Awesome topics. I'm glad I took this course. While many people might think it is common sense, there are still people out there, especially in the sciences, who do not think of this stuff--which the field of science cannot afford. Very pleased with the class. Thank you, Dr. Callahan!

Sean Callahan: MICR671, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MICR 671 - Bacterial Genetics Crn (Section): 89198 (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 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (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  
1.43 7 0.53 Freq(%) 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
7. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
8. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
9. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
11. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
12. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
13. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%)
14. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
15. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
16. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The class was informative and the instructor took a realistic approach to deciphering other peoples research and methodologies. He gave us a new perspective on how to interpret other people's data, insight into what questions should be asked in research, why the questions was asked and how to answer the question. We also gained another perspective on how to present findings.
I thoroughly enjoyed the discussions as a form of active learning. This really contributed to my understanding of Bacterial Genetics on a higher level.
I enjoyed the class discussions and gaining a greater understanding of the concepts and experiments that were discussed.
I really enjoyed how the class was set up in a discussion-focused manner. I believe talking about what was done and why for each paper we read helped me understand what was really going on. I'm glad it was not just a straight lecture.
Dr Callahan enhances a very unique and integral way of teaching, I think is a great class.
I really enjoyed this class. Dr. Callahan is one of the few professors that has required me to think outside of the box and to think of the deeper meaning behind why a method/procedure is done. I'm used to memorizing concepts but Dr. Callahan got me to look at research articles more carefully and showed me how to start breaking the articles down so that I could potentially perform the experiment if I was asked to. This class is one of the most challenging courses I have taken but it is also one of the courses I've felt I've benefited the most from.
17. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Too much reading....lol.
Class presentations could become a bit chaotic in terms of personalities when Dr. Callahan wasn't the leader. That may have been part of the lesson, however.
I wish there was some way to get more people involved with the discussion. Sometimes I felt there were only three people talking in the class while I clearly saw other people with notes all over their paper so they must have something to say about it. Also if we could have a seating arrangement where we could all sit closer (like in a circle) I think that really helps with discussion.
Dr. Callahan asked us to tell him what we learned and to walk him through the papers as if he were someone who was unfamiliar with the subject. This really helped because by answering him rather than him telling us everything, we were able to confirm whether or not what we were originally thinking was correct.
18. Other comments:
This was a very good class that gave us an extended knowledge base in bacterial genetics, as well as a realistic look into research and how to design experiments to solve a problem, and then how to correctly interpret and present the data.
Dr. Callahan is a truly gifted professor. He has a special talent for making complex concepts accessible to all of his students. I would not hesitate to enroll in any course aught by him; he s my favorite Professor at UH Manoa.
I actually would have liked it if we were given the opportunity to select a paper for the class to read, but not just stand up in front of the class and present it but to have a good group discussion about it.

Sean Callahan: MCB475, MICR475, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MCB 475 - Bacterial Genetics Crn (Section): 79210 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MICR 475 - Bacterial Genetics Crn (Section): 72198 (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  
4.19 16 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (88%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 1 (100%) 10 (63%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (94%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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 (13%) 14 (88%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
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%) 13 (81%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 10 (63%)
7. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 13 (81%)
8. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
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 (13%) 14 (88%)
9. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
11. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
12. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
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%) 0 (0%)
13. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
14. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 14 (88%)
15. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (100%) 12 (75%)
16. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The lectures were interesting.
Probably the fact that everything was focused on understanding concepts instead of memorization. I can't even begin to imagine how much harder for me this course would be if exams weren't open- book ... the way you have it now, I can just focus all my efforts on actually understanding the way things work!
I enjoyed the lecture material and willingness to spend whatever time it took necessary for us to understand a difficult concept.
The practice problems were really helpful.
open note exams
Made concepts taught in class as easy as possible to understand. Was Extremely reasonable with regards to difficulty of materials presented on tests with respect to the time frame in which students had to learn them.
I like now that we have gone through foundational understanding of the subject he is challenging us to use our knowledge to begin to attempt to apply this information to real world situations.
I liked the videos and the supercoiling demonstration, it was easier to visualize/digest the material when you could see it. also found that sometimes when you drew something out on the board, it helped or somehow related it to something in real life, like a cartoon or something. so yea if you could find more animations for other concepts that'd be really awesome, but if not, the demonstrations shown were adequate. the problem sessions were helpful though i dont know if having it on a monday was the best choice as most of the time, people might be busy on the weekends and might not have time to attempt the problems before the problem session. prompt in uploading lecture slides. I appreciated the fact that you were always willing to go over a concept again until everyone was on the same page. also liked that exams were open book/open notes, although most of the time still needed to study as didnt have time to flip through the book or notes. overall good instructor and enjoyed the class.
He is a great professor, I enjoyed his class very much. I was very interested in the concepts covered, and enjoyed asking questions and deliberating over may new concepts in genetics and finding out there are scores of new research that can be done to further our knowledge of genetics and the world around us. However, I think some parts of the course could be trimmed down a bit so we could go into more explanation of general concepts.
Short summary of material covered at the end of the previous class before starting lecture. When explanations were repeated to ensure understanding. Answer keys were provided for the homework.
Use of illustrations in powerpoints and open book and open notes exams.
Dr. Callahan was very detailed on concepts that would be important for an exam. Therefore he spent a lot of time on these particular concepts during the lecture to the point of redundancy, which for me is one of the things that really help me to understand a concept
It is very informative and very good at pulling old resources and studies to life especially from Organic Chemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology. Made those classes seem actually useful.
Professor Callahan was always prepared for every lecture (uploading slides before class and uploading practice problem sets with solutions every week). I really appreciated the level of difficulty of the tests and the level of difficulty of the lectures. The lectures were difficult in terms of the vocabulary (it was heavy on the details of biological processes) yet they were always interesting because Professor Callahan was able to connect the relevancy of the material in today's world. I think our high class attendance is an indicator of the excellent lectures. My favorite part of the course was the video clip of dna replication!
The practice problems that required use of the material to solve problems helped reinforce the subject. Also having all the notes available on laulima was very helpful.
17. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
the difficulty of the material
Exams were not hard, but felt like I didn't have enough time sometimes. I still did fairly well on all my exams, but the fact that each question was worth so much on a 100-point scale made little mistakes quite expensive as well.
There was nothing I did not dislike
No graded homework. This would motivate students to attend class and study materials. This would also help buffer test grades so that a less generous curve would be given.
Occasionally missing lecture. He is a great teacher.
perhaps cut out a little more text from some slides. also seemed like there was a lot of material covered on each exam. I felt that the first ~5-10 lectures were sort of review and could probably be covered quicker, leaving more leeway for later lectures if there is a need to slow down for difficult concepts. i wished that there was more to it than just lecture? like some kind of interactive activity or something might be interesting.
I felt like I was swimming through too much detail at times and could loose focus of general concepts. I might have gotten bogged down in the details too often, and it may have inhibited me from obtaining a higher grade.
Certain times throughout this course, I found myself lost...
Weekly problem sets should have some weight in grading.
I really loved his analogies on concepts. Very relatable.
The Open book is a trap. Despite having open book exams, it actually hinders you more than helps. His exams are very thought and process based making studying and understanding quite a task.
I was disappointed that I couldn't make it to discussion sessions because of my schedule. This is not a complaint - but it is what I enjoyed least because I would have enjoyed the discussion sessions. The textbook was okay for the course - it was much easier to see what they were talking about when Professor Callahan went over the subject in class.
18. Other comments:
One of the best lecturers at UH.
I learned a lot in this class. It has been a really helpful class, it has made me extremely interested in genetics and biochemistry. Professor Callahan makes sure to take his time with the students which helps us understand the material.
there were times when i felt that something wasnt real clear and I wish that I stopped you. dont know if there's enough time, but perhaps having short quizzes (5-15 mins max.) in between exams (based on hw or perhaps the last lecture) might help reinforce concepts and/or ensure that the reading is kept up with. the use of an i-clicker might also be beneficial for this class, as you could make sure that people understand what was covered rather easily. i dont think the lecture should be done away with since sometimes the reading can be difficult to understand
Still one of my favorite professors; he is nice, organized, and not afraid to say when he is unsure of the answer to a question I have. It helps me to understand where there are opportunities for research. I felt like I have been more inherently inquisitive in this course than I have been for most any other course I have taken and I did not realize I had such an interest in genetics before this class. He has enlightened me to many new concepts and understanding of genetics, and for that I am appreciative and thankful.
I liked your class overall, although at times your lecture was a bit dry :(
i did feel that his second exam was a bit of a curve ball which i didnt feel we were prepared for.
I really appreciated the way Professor Callahan treated the course and our class. I thought the material was appropriate for a 400 level class and I really respect how knowledgable Professor Callahan is on the subject of bacterial genetics. It makes me wish I had majored in microbiology!

Sean Callahan: MCB472, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MCB 472 - Biology of Cancer Crn (Section): 79274 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 3 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 3 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%)
4. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 3 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%)
5. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 3 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%)
6. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 3 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%)
7. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 3 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%)
8. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Dr. Callahan explained things well during the class. Drawing pictures on the blackboard helped understand concepts.
9. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Sometimes his voice began drifting off.
10. What changes would you make in the lectures?
No survey responses were found.
11. What changes would you make in the readings?
No survey responses were found.
12. What changes would you make in the discussion sections?
No survey responses were found.
13. Other comments:
Most of the concepts were understandable however, the exam questions were confusing.
It was a great course, I learned alot!

Sean Callahan: MICR475, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MICR 475 - Bacterial Genetics Crn (Section): 72420 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 30 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 10 (33%) 19 (63%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 29 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 11 (38%) 16 (55%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 30 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (13%) 13 (43%) 12 (40%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 30 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 5 (17%) 9 (30%) 13 (43%)
5. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 30 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 2 (7%) 12 (40%) 13 (43%)
6. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 30 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (27%) 10 (33%) 12 (40%)
7. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 29 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 10 (34%) 18 (62%)
8. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 30 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 13 (43%) 15 (50%)
9. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 30 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (50%) 15 (50%)
10. Examinations cover the important aspects of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 30 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 14 (47%) 12 (40%)
11. The exams concentrated on reasoning and applying concepts.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 30 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 11 (37%) 16 (53%)
12. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Problem sets and powerpoints
Professor Callahan's knowledge of Bacterial Genetics combined with his sense of humor made a rather difficult subject more accessible.
I liked Professor Callahan's use of slides to complement his lectures, as it made it easy to follow along. The lectures were well thought out and well delivered. Additionally, Professor Callahan's knowledge of the subject matter and his ability to clearly explain concepts made the material easier to understand. As a result, I was able to learn a lot from attending lecture. The weekly problem sets helped me to keep up with the lecture material and were a good way to prepare for exams. The exams succeeded in testing one's critical thinking skills rather than one's ability to memorize.
I learened a lot about bacterial genetics and the principles with which to study bacteria.
The pace of the lectures was spot on - never felt rushed or filling in time.
The exams were open book but not too easy
slides were interesting
- Dr.Callahan is very good at teaching. - His powerpoints are very useful and very straight to the point. In other words, they are much better than reading the book. - His examples and demonstrations are very easy to understand and elegant. - He has a changing voice/tone during lecture, making it hard to fall asleep even on some of the boring topics. - He has soft voice, yet not too soft, thus making it very pleasant to listen to (saying from a student always sitting in the back of the class. - The course combines of what I learned from the previous microbiology/biology courses and builds up from there, making it really interesting, yet at the same time, giving me a much better and deeper understanding about many of the topics that I learned about before. At least they were not something totally "falling off from Mars" because we would have very hard time learning and I am glad it did not happen. - The amount of readings required for each exam is pretty much reasonable for a full time student, well except for exam 2. Nevertheless, I really enjoy reading both from the book and the powerpoints, but my point here is that they are sometimes too long, thus making it kind of frustrated to read sometimes because you are limited by the time of a semester. In summary, I like everything in this course. You should continue what you have been doing this semester, Dr.Callahan.
understating the material and its applications.
I liked the fact that old exams, powerpoint notes and page reading were available at all times.
Open note and open book exams.
i think having the extra exams to practice with was helpful
Open book exams!
Open note examinations gave students somewhat of an advantage, but the exam material required the student to make connections with material and exam quesitons
That one could ask a question at any time in the lecture. That a study session was offered once a week. Felt that grading was fair regarding exams.
Topic was very interesting, professor is very knowledgeable and knows the material. Approachable, professional, and fair. Excellent lectures (just hard to hear since the professor's voice isn't very loud).
I like that since it is an open book test... you are not focused on memorizing the information, but thinking about it in a different kind of way that made you apply what you knew and how to solve applicable problems. this wasn't just a learn the key terms and answer multiple choice questions. we actually learned something that i will remember and am able to take something from the class.
13. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Sometimes it was hard to hear when he trailed off at the end of a sentence, but for the most part he was very audible
Phage. (Although Dr. Callahan tried to make it interesting).
There weren't really any aspects of the course that I did not like.
I didn't like that sometimes the notes wouldn't be posted till late the day before class, as I do not have a printer at home.
The figures used in the powerpoints are taken directly from the book: listing the actual figure numbers (where they come from in the book) would be helpful for studying.
lecture style
the tests were hard
- The amount of readings for exam 2 was ridiculously long =_= That's all I have for complains.
none. that is what I like to think about it.
There were no answers available for the old exams. I worked on them but sometimes I didn't have the time to ask if the prof. could look over them. Having only three grades suck. I studied for months on the exams; going to class, doing the old exams, and readings. I didn't even get a 60 on either of the exams. More grades to prove I actually learned something would be nice.
That grades were based solely on exams.
n/a
Tons of readings!
The book and corresponding Power point slides were boring and visually dry. Too much specific, mass quantities of confusing information were given in the book. That the course was laid out is such a way that the reading jumped all over the book with every topic, instead of one chapter/one topic progression. The book was very difficult to read,and much of the reading wasn't even applicable to the lecture. Reading assignments were full of junk that wasn't discussed in class and had no bearing on test material. It was useless info, especially painfully long exposes on historical ways of how thing were discovered;Material, yet had to be trudged though anyway(just in case). Absolutely hated open book/open notes tests. Teacher needed to use a microphone when lecturing but didn't.
- I found the topics covered in this class interesting but many concepts were difficult to understand because explanations of many cellular processes were ambiguous and not explained clearly enough. The powerpoint slides for each lecture should have had detailed captions or descriptions of the steps/cellular processes (in addition to the summary explanations). - Professor needed to speak louder or use a microphone.
I do not like that the class was just a dry lecture. i realize that there is really no other way to teach a class like this. there should be more student interaction. - maybe the lab should be more mandatory for everyone.
14. Other comments:
I am glad I waited until the end of my studies to take this course, as there was a tremendous amount of information presented. I strongly recommend taking the Lab section along with the lecture as it helped reinforce concepts covered.Dr. Callahan's Bacterial Genetics course is one of the most useful courses I have taken at UH Manoa.
This is a pretty challenging course - I would suggest asking for help when concepts aren't clear because Professor Callahan is very willing to help. The open book, open notes exams made things easier but knowing how to apply the concepts is critical to success. I enjoyed the challenge that this course offered.
Volume was sometimes a little low. A couple of lectures felt rushed, though some other classes did go slow due to student questions.
Too much info on the second test compared to first and final.
Tests are good, but tend to be lopsided on what topic is tested on, compared to the variety of subjects covered in lecture.
I really enjoy your class. In fact, I love the course very much. Before I took the class, I always thought "oh my god, it is going to be very hard blah blah blah", but after I took your class, I start to see that is not the case anymore. And if you ask me what one thing I would compliment the most on and it would be your teaching ability and the passion to teach. Many other professors they have the knowledge but sometimes they lack either the teaching ability or the passion to teach or even both. Thus, that makes learning very boring and as a student who experienced such situation before, I honestly admit that I can't get anything out of such classes. I hope you teach more other microbiology courses in the future and if you do, of course before the time I graduate, you can sit back and be assured that there will at least be a student registering for your course, even if no one signs up for it. Final words: Happy holidays to you, Dr. Callahan! :D
it is a great course.
Thanks for an enjoyable semester!
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Overall very informative class
Dr. Callahan lacks in stage presence which causes students to lose interest in the material
Get a better book with better artwork and corresponding power point presentations. Design the course in one topic/one chapter manner. Dump all the historical discovery material. Though at rare times it was interesting, it almost never had any bearing our personal learning about bacterial genetics and how it all works. It was basically an utter waste of our precious study time on totally useless information compared to what we were tested on.
Should use microphone
Great professor. one of the best at UH... definitely learn a lot from him and would recommend him to all other students.

Sean Callahan: MICR475L, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MICR 475L - Bacterial Genetics Laboratory Crn (Section): 72421 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 1 (14%) 4 (57%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 7 1.21 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 4 (57%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 1.13 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%)
5. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%) 0 (0%)
6. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%) 0 (0%)
7. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%) 0 (0%)
8. The TA tells students when they have done a particularly good job.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%) 0 (0%)
9. The TA sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%) 0 (0%)
10. Other comments:
Pat and Orion were both excellent TAs. Both presented information in a clear and understandable way. I am particularly impressed with how well they worked, both independently and as a team, to answer students' questions. Lectures were well presented. Discussion was encouraged; no topic was ever closed until the students had a thorough understanding of the subject. M475L has been the best lab class I have taken as an undergraduate. Orion's skill at approaching a student who was confused about a topic is notable. He was able to tell who needed help and stepped in to offer his assistance right then and there. His lectures were well presented. I think next year's students will be very fortunate to have him lead their Lab. Pat Videau is by far the best TA I have had at UH. His passion for the subject is obvious and his enthusiasm is contagious. Pat is a gifted lecturer. He is able to make even the most dry topics understandable and entertaining. Pat encouraged participation, and made even the more shy students in the class feel like members of the group. He is extremely approachable and is always available for help both in and out of class. Pat continually emphasized the big picture in terms of how this course relates to our education and eventual career or further study. I think he made a difference in several students' ability to believe in themselves. I don't know what Pat's career plans are after Graduate School, but he would make an amazing professor, should he stay in academics. I can't say enough positive things about Pat and Orion. They rock.
The TAs were awesome!
Great class.
Most fun I've ever had learning so much thanks to Pat, an incredibly gifted teacher and an amazing human being.
Patrick and Orion are excellent TA's and are very good at communicating complex concepts to the students. But I do wish that Pat wrote more things on the board than do smart word barf.

Sean Callahan: MICR314, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MICR 314 - Research Ethics Crn (Section): 84222 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 16 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 15 (94%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 16 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 16 (100%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 16 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 15 (94%)
5. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
6. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 16 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 15 (94%)
7. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
I wished to have actual information about RCR courses, maybe he can provide some samples for grant proposal, paper tips and so on.
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It was good, he is a very engaging teacher
hold students more accountable for speaking up during class.
nothing really he's a good lecturer, & well knowledgeable about the course subjects
Dr. Callahan was an excellent professor. He was very knowledgeable and led the class discussion in such ways that allowed the students to consider opposing views.
8. Course material was effectively presented with the team teaching approach.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 13 (87%)
9. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
This class is valuable class. No pressure about homework but great topic to discuss in class which is crucial as a student who studies science.
I liked that he did not go in with a strict schedule set for every lecture. He presented a topic, gave some information and made some comments to help get thinking about the topic, then let us take it where we wanted; the free flowing structure encouraged participation in the discussion.
Subject was interesting. Intersting topics involving genetic research.
Genetic engineering, discussions were engaging and interesting
The discussions on publishing, grad school, and human cloning/stem cell ethics
I really enjoyed discussing what will happen in the near future.
I liked that all sides of the issues were presented fairly, not just the "favorable" views.
Participating in interesting and controversial group discussions and learning more about how research/publication is done.
the small class size and the very interesting and controversial topics covered.
everything really intresting
I loved that the course talked about applying to graduate school and working in a lab. The admission process for graduate school in the sciences is very different from that of undergraduate admission. I was also appreciated the lecture and discussion on the primary investigator's responsibilities to the students and vice versa.
The fact that this course is mainly discussion based. Hearing other people's opinions is a learning process.
I like the fact that the class was open to discussion with the students during lectures.
10. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
various topics and case study for discussion
The course was great, however I do not recommend the same classroom setting. I believe that a smaller class that can have the chairs arranged in a circle would be helpful in engaging every.
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none, all topics were relevant and expected
Everything was interesting
The case studies used as examples seemed like more trouble to explain than the lessons we learned from it.
nothing really
Every topic that was covered in the class was interesting and necessary. I liked the entire class.
11. Other comments:
overall, a very interesting class.It stimulated my mind on different outlooks of current research topics.
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Maybe we should role play some of the ethical issues in class.
Dr. Callahan was a wonderful professor to learn from. He had a lot of entertaining stories to supplement his lectures and he led the class discussions in such a way that the students came to their own conclusions without too much influence from the professor. He is also very approachable which encourages student participation. He is a great asset to this school.

Sean Callahan: MICR614, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MICR 614 - Research Ethics Crn (Section): 85269 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
5. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
6. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
7. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
Hand out a case study for students to read before each class and have people group into pro and con sides and have regular debates in class to examine different issues.
8. Course material was effectively presented with the team teaching approach.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
9. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
content
No homework.
10. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
No survey responses were found.
11. Other comments:
interesting and relevant.

Sean Callahan: MICR671, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MICR 671 - Bacterial Genetics Crn (Section): 88976 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
4. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 7 (64%)
5. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 4 (36%) 6 (55%)
6. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
7. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 8 (73%)
8. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
9. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 6 (55%)
10. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
Maybe you could assign one student per paper to research a concept/protein/method that was central to the paper and they could give a short presentation in class of what they learned with references to the articles that they read. For example, if it is a method, the student could talk about the group that first published it, how that method has changed over time and what people use it for. Or maybe a student has already used that method--he/she can talk about his/her experience.
It would be helpful to have a copy of the slides that were used in class for reference later, especially when studying for exams. More analogies and examples would be helpful, too. Class discussions didn't work too well, but maybe small group discussions and then a large group discussion could help students to gain a better understanding of the material.
I pretty like this course. Because Dr. Callahan explaned everything clearly and logically and the articles picked are focusing on the topic.
I regret that the class ended up being mostly lecture. I was looking forward to discussions or at least question answer sessions. I think that it would have been useful for you to pick on students and put them on the spot. That might seem mean at first but would probably be good for us in the end.
Lower the maximum enrollment cap.
Making lecture slides available to utilize for self-study via an online resource (i.e. laulima) would greatly assist in understanding the material more thoroughly (as a review, after being covered in lecture) and for better preparation for exams.
11. The course has significantly increased my knowledge and interests.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 5 (45%) 5 (45%)
12. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.82 11 1.08 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 1 (9%) 5 (45%) 3 (27%)
13. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 11 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 5 (45%) 4 (36%)
14. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I like that the reading material for this class is all journal articles or reviews. It has helped me tremendously in reading other papers and extracting main points and ideas. Some of the papers were a little difficult to understand at first reading, but during the lecture most of my questions were cleared up. Very interesting and useful class.
Learning about the different methods that the authors used and how we might also be able to use those methods in our research (i.e. nuclease protection assay!!).
A lot of information on various aspects of bacterial genetics was presented and I really appreciate the thoughtful manner in which Sean conducted classes.
The course is well organized and the articles we discussed in the class are logically in order. So we learn from simple concepts to hard ones which helps us to fully understand the content.
the open book exam
I liked the variety of topics and having review papers along with experimental papers.
Not only were the concepts of bacterial genetics covered, but the particular lab techniques and strategies used to discover those concepts were examined as well. This would prove greatly beneficial towards independent research endeavors. Additionally, open-note format for exams. Testing concepts rather than fact memorization is more conducive to a course dedicated to the observation of lab research and discoveries.
15. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Reading the older papers. Benzer was difficult to understand, but even so, it was interesting to see the beginnings of molecular biology. Usually science classes don't really address the history of the subject, so Benzer does add a nice dimension, even though it was not easy for me to read.
The depth of information required to answer the questions on the tests is not immediately obvious and being a non-microbiology major, I wasn't ready for the riggers of this course. I would have also enjoyed the class to be more discussion based as was originally intended as I think I missed a lot of insight I would have otherwise enjoyed.
This time, there are to many students in the class. We do not have the chance to discuss figure by ourselives, instead the instructor explaned the whole papers. It is better to put a limit number of students who can attend this class.
sometimes the material is difficult to understand
The classroom.
Temperature in the room became unpleasantly cold nearer to the end of lectures. This made paying attention somewhat secondary to retaining heat.
16. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.36 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 5 (45%) 5 (45%)
17. Other comments:
No matter how many students there are, just force them to participate if possible.

Sean Callahan: MICR475, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MICR 475 - Bacterial Genetics Crn (Section): 72771 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 27 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 7 (26%) 19 (70%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 27 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 10 (37%) 16 (59%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 27 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 2 (7%) 8 (30%) 15 (56%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 27 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 11 (41%) 13 (48%)
5. I developed the ability to solve real problems in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 27 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 16 (59%) 9 (33%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 27 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 12 (44%) 12 (44%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The teacher explains concepts thoroughly.
I am a biology major and I believe that all aspects of this course were valuable. The instructor was also great and understanding.
the problem sets really prepared me for the types of questions that would be on the exam, and to the instructor's overall style.
It was a very interesting course. The instructor was very approachable and easy to go to when there was questions to be asked.
The professor thoroughly went over the subject and made sure we understood fully. He also gave a lot of examples/analogies to better understand the concepts.
Open note and book tests saved my life on a few questions
when the teacher used the chalk board
Information was presented well, I understand some things better now than i ever have even though the material was presented in many other classes. I really enjoyed the demonstration of supercoiling. =)
I found that the powerpoint slides and the lectures were the most helpful tool to learn the material. I also learned from being able to use my notes and book on the exam. It helped me to understand the material, rather than memorizing vocabulary words.
You actually learn the concepts and how to figure out the problems on your own unlike other classes where you just memorize everything.
I enjoyed how helpful the instructor was. He definitely put himself out there for the students, and made himself available whenever someone had a concern. I also thought he did a great job of making the lecture interesting through practical application. I really enjoyed how he went beyond the textbook, and taught out of his experience as well. A MUST TAKE CLASS!!! I am a biology major, and never took any microbiology courses, and still found this class interesting and not too overwhelming.
The comcept relative to the molecular technique is the most valuable aspect of the course.
His insight into specific bacteria from experience. For example, his current research is on Anabaena, and so we got a very unique perspective on this bacteria in the context of the course material. Also, he would give us insight on where current science trends had originated, and where they might continue. For example, he explained the history of Plasmid use, and how we can see which plasmids used to be heavily used by their names, and the context that they were used in.
Exams questions involved critical thinking of concepts introduced in class instead of just spitting out information.
Explained a lot of principle related to real experiments.
The 4th hours and the problem sets were very valuable. It would be even better if it was mandatory a part of the class instead of an option.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
the book really wasn't necessary.
There was nothing that wasn't valuable.
I overall like to learn concepts more than every detail especially when i feel this is sort of an introduction to bacterial genetics, so I found it difficult to learn so many enzyme names and having to know little details. With that said, it is nothing against the professor, it is just my learning style and feel that this class isn't what I expected.
The class being close to lunch was sort of bad
the textbook
Jumping around in the text made things more complicated.
You may want to sit closer to the front, because he talks a little soft, so you may not hear him too well in the further seats...
The textbook was excellent, but we only use a fraction of it. It would be really easy to just xerox the pages that the course would require and sell those on the side. The textbook was $150, and for the people not going into bacterial genetics, a $20 printout would be preferable. He was also difficult to hear sometimes.
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The room. Noisy air condition and on the third floor. I was tried from climbing the stairs.
9. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 27 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 7 (26%) 18 (67%)
10. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 27 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 4 (15%) 20 (74%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 27 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 11 (41%) 15 (56%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 27 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 6 (22%) 19 (70%)
13. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 27 1.01 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 8 (30%) 16 (59%)
14. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 27 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 9 (33%) 16 (59%)
15. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 27 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 9 (33%) 16 (59%)
16. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 27 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (19%) 10 (37%) 12 (44%)
17. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
USE THE MICROPHONE! The teacher speaks softly so its hard to keep focused on what he is saying.
During lecture I seem to find myself always straining to hear the instructor. Maybe speaking a little louder would help.
maybe talk a little louder. sometimes it is very hard to hear.
He could speak a little louder, he doesn't use the microphone and sometimes it is hard to hear him. Plus the building we are located at, Kuykendal has so much outside noise due to the generator or some kind of machinery located outside the building. Overall, Dr. Callahan is a great professor and is very knowledgeable and nice.
Obviously more budget cuts would help
I understand why jumping around is necessary but it is easier to read through the text in order. In some sections it refers to things in other chapters or sections that we have not read yet.
Speak Louder.
Maybe just talk louder.
Speak louder so that the student sit in the rear can hear clearly.
There is a lot of lecturing and if you don't mind then you will enjoy the class. Sometimes it gets a little monotone but if you pay attention and read ahead then you will understand and be engaged.
Speak louder.
maybe speak a little louder. i really liked the powerpoints
talk with a microphone so that everyone can hear more clearly
The lectures can be a bit more attention capturing.
18. I am generally pleased with the materials (texts, handouts) required for this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 27 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 7 (26%) 16 (59%)

Sean Callahan: MICR475L, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MICR 475L - Bacterial Genetics Laboratory Crn (Section): 72772 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (55%) 5 (45%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 11 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 4 (36%) 5 (45%)
5. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%)
6. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
the daily handouts
Journal articles.
Having knowlegable TAs was great! They are willing and able to explain any concept and are readily available to provide assistance as needed.
The helpfulness and committments of TAs to the course were most valuable.
All the techniques and the concepts are all very useful! Thank you!
The course allowed students to actually take part in experiments that may contribute to the science community and not a simple cookie-cutter task. Additionally, the help of the teacher-assistants were extremely valuable in making this course a success.
learning techniques
The actual lab experiences and being able to perform the experiments were a key aspect to understanding what was going on.
7. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
the science journals weren't the least valuable, but because they were so difficult to understand at times, it wasn't very helpful
the 'lab manual' was useless and outdated about 3 weeks into the course.
Running three experiements at the same time is very difficult. It is hard to follow along and know which experiemnt each thing you are doing belongs to and what it is for.
The long waiting and limited supplies were annoying. Also the contaminations is a problem along with the same space in the fumehood.
The organization of the class should be improved next time. Please update the schedule when it changed!
Although the lab reports were beneficial, it may have been more valuable if given instructions on it earlier during the semester.
quizes
The down time. It seemed as though there was at least an hour out of every lab session that was dedicated to sitting around and waiting. Maybe in the future something useful could be done during these times.
8. Assignments (papers, problem sets) seem carefully chosen.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 11 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 6 (55%) 3 (27%)
9. Assignments require a reasonable amount of time and effort.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 11 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 4 (36%) 5 (45%)
10. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 11 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 7 (64%) 3 (27%)
11. The writing assignments helped me develop abilities to solve problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.82 11 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 6 (55%) 2 (18%)
12. The assigned readings significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 11 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 6 (55%) 3 (27%)
13. Assistance was available throughout laboratory sessions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
14. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.73 11 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 4 (36%) 3 (27%) 3 (27%)