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Instructor: Tung Hoang

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Tung Hoang: MICR351, Spring 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MICR 351 - Biology of Microorganisms Crn (Section): 84814 (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  
3.97 29 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (17%) 22 (76%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.67 29 0.48 Freq(%) 9 (31%) 18 (62%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 29 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 10 (34%) 17 (59%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 29 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 3 (10%) 11 (38%) 13 (45%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 29 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 2 (7%) 16 (55%) 9 (31%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.97 29 1.09 Freq(%) 2 (7%) 1 (3%) 2 (7%) 15 (52%) 9 (31%)
7. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.59 29 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (17%) 7 (24%) 12 (41%) 5 (17%)
8. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 29 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 2 (7%) 16 (55%) 8 (28%)
9. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 29 0.98 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 2 (7%) 12 (41%) 12 (41%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 29 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 7 (24%) 20 (69%)
11. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 29 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 2 (7%) 12 (41%) 13 (45%)
12. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.03 29 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 5 (17%) 12 (41%) 10 (34%)
13. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 29 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 14 (48%) 12 (41%)
14. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 29 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 5 (17%) 8 (28%) 13 (45%)
15. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 29 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 8 (28%) 5 (17%) 14 (48%)
16. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The first review session was pretty helpful. The following review sessions weren't as helpful, but were still appreciated.
I liked subjects covered during the latter part of the semester; immunology, pathogenesis, viruses, etc. I realize, though, that topics covered at the beginning of the semester are somewhat necessary.
Multiple choice exams
I just really enjoy microbiology, Professor Hoang was a good professor but sometimes his explanations were to fast. Perhaps he can slow down when something is a little more complicated and out of the unusual for people who have never taken microbiology before.
Lecture
Professor Tung was nice and willing to answer questions and help whenever I needed. The class material was interesting. Also the reviews before the tests were the only thing that saved me, to flunk the class.
Emphasizing key points.
he's very knowledgeable about subject area
I appreciated Dr. Hoang's perspective on teaching the course from a broader standpoint, as opposed to having us memorize every detail of a particular concept. He was definitely knowledgeable in the field of microbiology.
Linking of material being covered to personal experience - I.E. experiences in learning the material as a young student as well as experiences in the lab. Also the material was often very much linked to the real-world impact or an explanation of how the concept has been seen in not only the history of Microbiology but in the history of human progress. Powerpoints were useful to study from and follow.
Gives out lecture before class, allows students to study ahead of time. Review sessions stress important points to study for. Gives time to look at old test and see where improvements need to be made. Has a passion for the field and tries to convey that to students.
I especially liked new material that I didnt learn from previous biology classes like the lecture on Viruses. I really liked how the professor would go in depth on subjects he thought were interesting because they were, in fact, generally interesting.
Dr.Hoang really tries to help students out who are willing to learn and do good in the class. Dr. Hoang is always open to students opinions and accommodate as much as possible. His lectures are interesting with lots of examples and he asks students questions and lead us to answers.
The course is challenging and does a good job in teaching students good study habits along with the material.
The lectures on diseases
The course material was very interesting and it helped to review previous knowledge that I had picked up from other classes in the past. It talked a lot about various disease, spread of microbes, etc.
17. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
The content on the exams were unexpected. Concepts that Tung Hoang emphasized in class weren't on the exam, and concepts only mentioned briefly or not explained in more detail were on the exam, which did not seem fair. It was as if Tung Hoang was trying to mislead us.
8:30am is really early; many of the seats in the lecture hall are broken/uncomfortable. This is all probably outside of the professor's control.
Early morning time
NA
Exams
Sometimes hard to understand
The structure of the tests are very tricky. The questions are not very clear and there is a lot of emphasis in small details. Even though that you may understand a concept, sometimes the questions can make you "confused". Especially considering that micro 351 is an introductory course. A lot of the slides and material are very "scattered". I believe that the slides should have better "flow" and be more structured-organized. Also the averages of the tests were very low, therefore indicating that the material was confusing for most students. Also that grad students grade the tests, the professor should do that.
I tend to do poorly in any class that is simply exams and a final. I know that homework and quizzes are more work for the professors, but I really could have used them in this course especially.
time of class, too early
The multiple choice questions on the exam were very challenging, especially the style of the questions, which were confusing at times.
Lots of material, does not seem really clear at first what would be useful to know for exams or take home messages.
Early in the morning, exams are hard due to have to take into account many things before being able to answer. Explanations could be clearer, has some tables which later tells what you should know from them, but hard to study for and focus on.
The fact that there was little use for the required text book was slight discomfort, however the professor provided the necessary information to study in his slides.
because many students leave far from the campus, a lot of people walked in late. only available class time is 8:30 for micro351 is the least I liked about this course.
Some of the lecture slides are unclear or hard to understand. The lack of descriptions make it difficult to learn or get the main point. The format of the exams is also very difficult.
viral replications
The explanations were not always the most clear. Sometimes, it would make things more complicated then they needed to be.
18. Other comments:
The exams were inconsistent in terms of formatting. For example, the first had short answers, the others did not. Also, the majority of the lectures felt pretty rushed and we almost always were released late. It was nice to have a bit of extra time for the exams, though. Tung Hoang seemed to want to explain any questions his students posed, but during exams, I think he gave some an unfair advantage giving out hints.
Professor Hoang is a really good professor, especially in comparison to other professors on campus who don't really care about their student's education. Other students may give Professor Hoang bad ratings because they're angry about the poor grades they may have received. My own grades aren't that outstanding, but I feel this course gives me a good idea of what to expect from future microbiology courses.
This should be offered as an online lecture course. It could still be for the early morning time slot, but no one would have to attend lecture in-person, and would only have to go to the classroom on the day for exams (or just have online tests/homework). I felt I would have done better in this class if I could attend it at a later morning or afternoon time. It felt like I was being tested more for "did you show up to class?" versus "did you learn the material?" And which of the two is the point of having class? Sometimes, I felt the multiple choice questions were trivial. Giving out a study guide on what would be tested would be good. It's not like it's cheating. Study guides tell students what professors would like them to focus on (because it's important). With study guides, students are more likely to learn because they know where to spend their efforts, versus cursory study of everything because it might pop up (but doesn't come up) on an exam. Why do you think students dread studying sometimes? It's because they're efforts might not be rewarded; it's as if they didn't study at all. Not all students will learn at the pace the professor sets. It's better to give students many options for success rather than selecting a narrow group of students who do well under certain forms of instruction.
Have homework or outside assignments that will help with overall score
Overall interesting class, would be nice to see slides that are more "flowy" and tests should be structured differently- not easier but also it should not try to confuse students. I believe the tests in this level, should cover the overall knowledge not the small details.
-I think it would be helpful to provide the students with a sample exam. -It would also be helpful if the midterm exams were passed back so that we check which questions we answered incorrectly. -To engage class participation, I think he should have iClicker questions or a worksheet that can be made available on laulima.
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Exams are manageable as long as some time and effort is taken into studying. May seem difficult to listen to at first, but really a humorous guy who seems to always be under a lot of stress. Gives hints in class and emphasizes what needs to be known so going to class is really beneficial.
Good teacher, would take another class from him.
I think this was a really interesting class. Its a shame that not many students came to lectures or were not very motivated to learn what the professor had to teach.
If I need to take another microbiology course , i'll definitely take this course from Dr.Hoang. He makes microbiology more fun! I enjoyed the class despite of amount of study needs to be done for A :D!!
Adjust the exams to make them easier to understand.
none
In this class, he don't use textbook. Use textbook, please..
Dr. Hoang is seems very knowledgeable and experianced in the subject matter and he is open to helping people but his explanations are often not clear and gives us more information then we need to know which complicates things. It takes a while to digest the material.