eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Paul Patek

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Paul Patek: MCB461L, MICR461L, Fall 2012

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MCB 461L - Immunology Laboratory Crn (Section): 79209 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Microbiology
Course: MICR 461L - Immunology Laboratory Crn (Section): 72197 (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 14 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 12 (86%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.5 14 0.52 Freq(%) 7 (50%) 7 (50%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 14 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 7 (50%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 14 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 2 (14%) 7 (50%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 14 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 5 (36%) 5 (36%)
7. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 14 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 4 (29%) 6 (43%)
8. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 14 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 4 (29%) 5 (36%)
9. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 8 (57%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 3 (21%) 9 (64%)
11. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 7 (50%)
12. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 14 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 3 (21%) 7 (50%)
13. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 6 (43%) 6 (43%)
14. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 3 (21%) 8 (57%)
15. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 4 (29%) 7 (50%)
16. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I liked my t.a. Xin. He was approachable and encouraging.
Learned interesting immunological lab techniques and their application in biotechnology, microbiology, and biology.
pretty neutral about this class
I enjoyed the lab experiments.
Paul Patek and Teaching assistants were readily available. I asked them questions about the lab and received clear feedback.
Use of mice for certain experiments to illustrate concepts.
Hands on explanations of various lab procedures that built off of previous labs without feeling like a monotonous repeat of them.
immunology!
All of the experiments were relevant to procedures and techniques needed in biology.
17. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
The lab course for immunology was unorganized and difficult to follow at times. Explanations from the TA's weren't always clear, but could be clarified during office ours. Would recommend how to interpreter data for certain labs, such as ELISA, because some people did not know what the data meant.
My T.A. Kent knows his material very well, but hes a bit sarcastic at times and has a self righteous attitude. He could be a bit more encouraging to student undergrads.
Groups were much too large. For a class like this, 2-3 students per group is ideal, not 5-7 students per group. When groups are this over sized, some students get hands on experience with lab techniques, while others don't. It is difficult for visual students who learn by doing and seeing to learn when a group is this overcrowded. This is a lab course, not a lecture course, so students should not be expected to know procedures they have merely read in a manual or heard their lab partners explain, yet they themselves were not able to participate in (5-7 people huddled over and trying to pipette reagents into one 96 well plate is just a ridiculous sight to behold).
Not enough lab material for number of students enrolled in the class
The lab notebook.
Some experiments were quite lengthy but that is something that cannot be helped.
Lack of examples of good lab notebooks and journal entries (in the beginning)
people who didnt know how to pippet
I didn't like how the schedule changed multiple times throughout the class. It made it difficult to be prepared for certain labs.
18. Other comments:
The syllabus had many of the labs projected to go over time. This should be planned out better so it fits in the class time. Many students have other obligations and cannot stay beyond what is schedule and should not penalized as such. One on such occasion, we stayed for over an hour after class should have ended due to long incubation.
This survey was regarding my t.a.s as a team, not dr patek
Videos or detailed cartoons of techniques and how to interpret results could be provided if there is no resolution to the over-sized groups problem. The structure of this course is difficult for highly visual learners.
I would have liked to do more lab reports and no lab notebook. Or make it just worth less. Just oberservations and discussion.
Some of the labs were difficult to understand. It would be helpful if the TA's gave us worksheets to complete about each lab instead of doing a lab notebook.
It would be helpful if there was perhaps a visual aid such as a powerpoint for a small lecture before class for some of the topics. And I feel it would be more helpful to have the quiz be on the material covered in the previous lab, to make sure we have retention of the material.
275L should be made a requirement for the lab. On many occasions where insufficient lab techniques from students who have not taken 275L before messes up lab data. very VERY frustrated in how simple lab techniques can prevent hours of work from being wasted.