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Instructor: Heinz De Couet

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Heinz De Couet: BIOL407, Fall 2009

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 407 - Molecular Biology Crn (Section): 75434 (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  
4.64 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 5 (45%) 1 (9%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.27 11 0.47 Freq(%) 8 (73%) 3 (27%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%)
8. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
9. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 2 (17%) 8 (67%)
10. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
12. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
13. The instructor clearly stated at the beginning of the semester the objectives of the course and requirements.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
14. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
15. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
16. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
17. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
18. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 2 (17%) 8 (67%)
19. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I think using simple puzzles as assignments could be used to engage student thinking of the material. For example, you could ask a scientific question, and direct students to devise a hypothetical experiment or series of experiments that could potentially answer the question. This may sharpen the students' understanding of scientific methodology and technology (e.g. when is it appropriate to use qPCR, in situ hybridization, gene knockout?), which was the material most foreign to me, but that I wanted to learn most about. Also, assigning reading and critiquing of research papers, or having students give presentations in addition to (or in lieu of) a multiple choice midterm may engage students in the material better, and would diversify the kind of work done in the class. Some students, for example, may have a knack to do multiple choice tests, while others don't, so an inherit advantage is given to some students and not to others. Having the test questions available before the test is also a bit weird, as some students who keep up with the material, but may not spend a lot of time looking at the test questions could be hurt more by this than those who do nothing through the semester except skim through the lectures and text just in order to find the right answer, and memorize them accordingly. Also, maybe a day to take a field trip to labs to see how a sequencer works, or whatnot, may be beneficial for students.
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I have many more compliments for this course than criticisms. But, if I have to name some then here goes: -Most of the time the amount of information you are trying to convey in a given moment is good and we are able to digest it and write it down, etc. But, there are also times when you present a lot of information on the slides and you are also talking and giving us more information. During these moments it is really hard to digest what you are saying and read the slide and take notes. These are the moments when I feel I'm not understanding/getting it.
Coming to class was an important factor in correctly answering review questions and preparing for exams. The handouts and the slides presented in class are not completely the same. I understand the purpose of doing this since it rewards those who come to class. However, even though I came to class daily, it was still very difficult to answer the review questions correctly. I often had to go to Wikipedia or other references to correctly answer questions. Therefore, it would be helpful if the professor gave hints during class for the review questions, or at least point out or highlight the parts of slides that have the answers for review questions. Doing this for at least some (maybe 30% of review questions) would reward people who come to class. This would probably also increase the number of people who come to class.
I thought that the amount of material covered in the course was reasonable, however I felt that the amount of material covered in each class period was excessive. I had difficulty trying to take notes on the slides and on the lecture the professor gave at the same time. I ended up writing down the information on the slides (because they were not posted online after class) and often just sacrificed the information the professor was lecturing. The slides were either not left up for long enough or I was not given adequate time to take down the important information before the professor starting talking about other, important information. I would prefer to have the slides beforehand (the actual slides, not the reviews) so that I could actually listen and take notes on the lecture. I think my biggest problem was that small parts in the lecture or slides would be tested on and they would often pass us by as we were trying to get down the big picture information and be left out of the reviews as being unimportant. Also, there were a few pieces of the tests that we had not yet reached in lecture yet. (Not all of the questions were from the review sheets.) I felt that Exam Two would have been much easier if given after the two lectures given directly after the exam (these lectures covered info on the exams that we had not seem before). Other than that, a great class with a lot of really interesting information.
Publishing the full power points online rather than just summaries would be ideal. You are an excellent communicator and very enthusiastic about the subject. These are rare combinations for science faculty in my opinion. My only gribe with the course is that at some points I felt like we jumped around in the book slightly and some of the ppt examples were not in the book so it was a little difficult looking them up if i had trouble with them.
The only way that Professor De Couet could improve the teaching of this course is to teach give every lecture himself. He is a gifted lecturer, and does an excellent job of conveying his wealth of knowledge to his students. I have had several very talented teachers, but I think that DeCouet may be the most articulate of them all. This being said, the answers to the test questions are so similarly worded as to make choosing the correct answer rather difficult. However, this does ensure that if a student knows the answer, than he or she obviously knows the material thoroughly.
Not sure what can be done about this, but at times it seemed like we were rushing through material to try to cover it all so it was difficult to take notes and process what was being said.
It can be very difficult to write down most of what is present on the powerpoint and listens at the same time. Perhaps the instructure could post full versions of the presentation for those who attend class regularly?
20. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 7 (58%) 4 (33%)
21. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
22. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 8 (67%)
23. Examinations cover the important aspects of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
24. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
25. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The material covered in class was very interesting, and Dr. De Couet was a very clear, knowledgeable, amiable, enthusiastic speaker. I enjoy the history of science, so covering, for example, the nobel prize winners who did work relevant to what we learn was very worthwhile.
The lectures were really well put together and the professors ability to articulate and explain the content was incredible. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone interested in molecular/cell biology.
This was a very very good course. I'm very pleased with my experience taking this course, and truthfully learned far more than I expected to. Your knowledge and enthusiasm about the subject matter really comes through in your teaching, and I appreciate that a lot. Also, I think you are very good at conveying information, which often times is not easy to explain. I like how for a given topic you explain things from multiple perspectives, often bringing in examples from the field and tying things back to things we learned earlier in the semester. I find this a very effective teaching method. I've also appreciated the amount of time that you seem to spend out of class preparing your lectures and the notes and review questions. I feel that this class was very well organized and I always respect professors that care enough to prepare for their lectures. One other note: I hope that you don't feel that the lecture attendance reflects in any way the quality of this course. This was a VERY good course, and you did a VERY good job teaching it. So, I think it is important that you know that people's attendance does not reflect it. I can't give any excuses for why people didn't show, who knows? But, this course was very interesting, stimulating, and I think you did a very good job at encouraging us to be interested in molecular biology! THANKS!!!
Gert was a very interesting professor and I liked that he really tried to make it interesting for us. I felt that he really has a passion for the class and that really helped make it more interesting for us. He also had a ton of really interesting examples of both procedures used and interesting examples of the topics being covered. I personally really like seeing the real-life examples of how what we're learning is applied and Gert did a great job of showing us these examples. He also provided extra, outside reading that I felt added a lot to the more "real-life" part of the course. It was at one point mentioned that the class might at some point get to go to some of the labs and see some of the equipment we had been learning about. I feel that this would be an invaluable addition to this class. Thanks for the great class Gert!
The review questions were sometimes very difficult and took days to complete in the entirety but reading about the topics while searching for the answers improved my understanding of the material.
By far the best aspect of this course has been Professor De Couet. He has taken what could be a tedius subject and brought out the most fascinating aspects of it.
I liked the good overview that was covered. I also really liked the lectures on current molecular sequencing technology, since that was very up-to-date, something we don't see in our textbooks. The professor was very engaging while lecturing.
Application to the medical field and other biology related jobs.
I thought Dr. Couet did a good job thus far to cover the material in class. In addition, he is very enthusiastic about the material, which makes the them much more interesting! I liked the fact that there were a lot of basic methods and techniques presented. And Dr. Couet would connect them to experiments discussed later on in the lecture. However, it is unfortunate that we don't have a lab to accompany the lecture class.
26. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)