eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Brian Szuster

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GEOG324, TIM324, Fall 2013
GEOG622, PLAN622, Fall 2013
GEOG101, Spring 2012
GEOG412, Fall 2011
GEOG412, Fall 2010
GEOG622, PLAN622, Fall 2010

Brian Szuster: GEOG324, TIM324, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 324 - Geography of Global Tourism Crn (Section): 78671 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Travel Industry Management
Course: TIM 324 - Geography of Global Tourism Crn (Section): 79644 (002)    
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  
3.59 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 6 (46%) 11 (65%) 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  
1.24 17 0.44 Freq(%) 13 (76%) 8 (62%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 10 (59%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (65%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 13 1.17 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 9 (69%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
8. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 1.13 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
9. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 11 (85%)
10. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 1.0 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
11. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
12. The objectives of the course were clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 1.13 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
13. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
14. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (65%)
15. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 1.13 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 9 (69%)
16. 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  
4.41 17 1.0 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 6 (35%) 10 (77%)
17. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 1.0 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
18. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I like how we are required to present our own presentations on tourist destinations of our choice.
The main objectives of the class were to learn about tourism on a global aspect. I loved learning about the different cultures and their tourism system.
Presentation on destination is fun way to know the classmates and different places. lecture power point are very clear and easy to use for study for exams.
The course integrated components of the environment and socio-economic issues. The subject matter linked together problems and offered solutions. The course textbook was only a supplement as Professor Szuster provided slides and extra readings as the majority of our education. The last assignment, trying to get us to think critically and apply what we learn was a great end to the semester.
He actually has good power points that aren't boring and he stays on top of posting them on Laulima so we can follow along or catch up if we missed.
Love how incorporates photos from different countries and cultures that I may never experience. Also appreciate your understanding that we have lives outside of UH and not making attendance mandatory.
relevance of the key driver of Hawaii's economy; diversity of tourism based on location; reviews for exams
interesting lectures
Material was clearly laid out and discussed.
The course content was informative as well as challenging. The info was extremely important to me and my academic journey. I am really grateful to have been able to attend his classes. Mahalo nui loa Prof. Szuster !!! Gary
I liked they way he presented the information as well as how he prepared us for the tests.
Everything!:)
Everything
I enjoyed the presentations that each student had to do on a destination of their choice.
It was interesting, since I got to learn about different types of tourism
the course materials were really interesting to me that i could learn a lot of new things.
Lecture
Learning about the different destinations around the world and effects of the tourism industry at each of theses destinations.
No attendance
Very fair. Organized and doesn't try to screw you over. Very understanding.
 presentations
19. What changes would you make in the lectures?
I would include videos as much as possible. Some people are more visual learners.
I would make the lectures more engaging and interactive.
I did not feel 50 minutes/3 times in a week class schedule is good for this course. longer class period may be better for this course. it would be more interesting and easy to remember if student presentation organized to connected to the current lecture subject.
As a 300 level course, the material and goals were sufficient.
His reviews for exams can be a little more organized.
Nothing comes to mind. Love how power points are online. Great class structure.
more group interaction
none
None !!!
None! They were very compelling and were available on laulima for us to review at anytime.
NONE
none the system work learned a lot.
Lectures were fine. I liked that they were interesting and not boring.
Nothing
Already fun
n/a
Nothing
guest lectures
20. Other comments:
I learned much more than I expected, and the course has changed the way I see tourism. Thank you!
Great teacher, very positive and seems to really enjoy his work and passing on his knowledge to students.
Great semester. Thanks!
overall, very enjoyable and enlightening course taught by a passionate, knowledgable instructor
solid class
greatest professor ever!!!
Mahalo Prof.!!!
Great job teaching this course! Would definitely recommend it to other TIM students looking for another elective!
Great class! Brian is an awesome teacher and made the class a lot more fun and interesting! Highly recommend him
Merry Christmas!
During exams, professor should have tables clear of everything. I saw a student with her phone out using it during all 3 of the exams. Very disappointed with that student.
I liked this class. it was easy going and he made class atmosphere fun. and I really learned new subjects. I would recommend the class to my friends.
Professor was extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the material which made it easier to learn
fun class.
We need more professors like this perhaps at the TIM school. Professor Szuster embraces the learning aspect of education rather than having students memorize a bunch of random nothing for an exam and totally forgetting about it. He also makes you think about concepts that relate to real world. Awesome class.

Brian Szuster: GEOG622, PLAN622, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 622 - Environmentl Impact Assessment Crn (Section): 79996 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Urban & Regional Planning
Course: PLAN 622 - Environmentl Impact Assessment Crn (Section): 80051 (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 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (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  
1.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 2 (50%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 2 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 3 (75%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 2 (67%)
7. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 2 (67%)
8. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
9. 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 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (50%)
10. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (25%)
11. I developed more confidence in myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 1 (25%)
12. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
13. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
14. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (67%)
15. The course made me think hard and carefully.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 2 (67%)
16. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Doing the case study made me appreciate the course more. It's an excellent way of applying what we have learned in class into real projects.
Comprehensive overview of EIA process
The real world application of the environmental review process.
The instructor led discussions were excellent. I will use the powerpoints for my future reference. I really enjoyed the case study presentations as well.
Being able to choose an EIA and share my analysis of it with my classmates
17. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A
None.
18. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (50%)
19. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
20. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
21. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%)
22. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 2 (67%)
23. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%)
24. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 3 (75%)
25. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 1 (33%) 2 (50%)
26. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 3 (75%)
27. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
28. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
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Enlist more examples of recent EAs/EISs rather than sticking to the general topics.
Brian is an excellent professor. He is very easy to approach and talk to, enthusiastic about teaching, and an obvious subject matter expert.
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29. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.67 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%)
30. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 4 (100%)
31. The reading materials were relevant to the course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 4 (100%)
32. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 4 (100%)
33. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (67%)
34. Other comments:
I think the class is really good, and I learned a valuable tool that I may be able to use in the future.
This is one of the most useful course I have taken as a DURP student. It is very applicable to my future professional goals. I am so happy I was able to take this course.
This course should be mandatory for all DURP students

Brian Szuster: GEOG101, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 101 - The Natural Environment Crn (Section): 85299 (001)     81289 (002)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 56 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (16%) 47 (84%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 56 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (27%) 9 (53%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 56 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (5%) 15 (27%) 9 (53%)
4. I generally understood the material presented in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 56 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (5%) 3 (5%) 20 (36%) 30 (54%)
5. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 56 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (5%) 7 (13%) 46 (82%)
6. The instructor's voice was clear and understandable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 56 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 0 (0%) 15 (27%) 40 (71%)
7. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 56 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (9%) 13 (23%) 38 (68%)
8. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 55 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (5%) 11 (20%) 41 (75%)
9. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 56 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (14%) 48 (86%)
10. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 55 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 7 (13%) 23 (42%) 24 (44%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 55 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 15 (27%) 38 (69%)
12. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 56 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (5%) 5 (9%) 16 (29%) 32 (57%)
13. The TA is effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.67 56 1.01 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 6 (35%) 3 (18%) 5 (9%)
14. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.6 17 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (53%) 15 (27%) 3 (18%) 2 (12%)
15. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.73 17 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (5%) 5 (29%) 6 (35%) 15 (27%) 2 (12%)
16. Assignments require a reasonable amount of time and effort.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 17 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 5 (29%) 7 (41%) 5 (29%)
17. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 17 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 1 (6%) 14 (26%) 6 (35%)
18. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were an asset to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 56 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 18 (32%) 10 (59%)
19. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 54 0.92 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 7 (41%) 8 (47%)
20. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I really appreciated the videos hat were one along with the lecture. It really helped me to understand what was being taught.
I really enjoyed learning about volcanoes and earthquakes.
lectures & videos :)
Great professor and interesting material. The visuals the professor used really helped the class understand the topics. It was my favorite course this semester!
I liked Professor Szuster's enthusiasm for the course and the large use of examples.
I liked the videos a lot because it helped me understand the concepts and it was engaging.
He has a very Good teaching style. He is good at knowing where students are confused and he uses that to explain some topics with more detail. So it's as though we have questions but he answers them in his lecture. If there are any questions he is really good about explaining the answer.
his concept of teaching
The lectures
volcanoes and earthquakes.
I think certain parts of geography are quite interesting. I liked when Professor Szuster discussed concepts as they related to Hawaii in particular; I'm glad I learned more about possible problems we may face with earthquakes and hurricanes, for example. This course was definitely informative, and I think I will remember some concepts for a while.
I enjoyed learning about the specifics of Hawaii's climate.
The lectures and the videos
The steady rate of learning was extremely helpful. I always knew what to expect, so no terrifying surprises.
Pro S, passion and off hand knowledge.
Friendly environment, easy to understand lectures.
that the power points were posted on laulima because then my attendance wasn't very necessary to pass the class.
slides were provided online
He was very energetic and kept interest high.
That we would do a brief review of what we covered in the previous class.
Mid-terms focused on the last section of lectures covered and were not cumulative.
no comment
The way he is enthusiastic about teaching this course. He comes in a happy mood and sets the mood for the whole class. Also, it's great that he shows animation to show greater understanding on the topics he teaches.
Brian Szuster was an effective, engaging teacher with passion for the material. Complex subjects were explained thoroughly and I came out of the class with a solid knowledge and foundation of material I did not go in with.
videos and documentaries
did not grade on attendance
I enjoyed the course as a whole. Brian Szuster is an awesome professor.
Power points
great professor. i love his character and enthusiasm.
I liked that Brian Szuster uploaded the Power Points before hand so that you could follow along while he lectured. Also, all materials covered sparked a general interest and good to know for common knowledge rather than being super boring and having to take it. Love that he grades on a curve. Without it, I'd probably fail or close to fail the class.
I enjoyed going to Professor Szuster's lectures. Some days he would show us very interesting videos. My favorite ones were the tsunami and volcano ones. These videos were great in that they gave me a much better understanding of the material we just learned.
The powerpoints were online if we forgot some information or wanted to review
The enthusiasm of professor Szuster.
I enjoyed coming to class and learning everyday!
He made it interesting.
Mr. Szuster's enthusiasm and love for geography really showed. He also was very clear and knowledgable about the subject. Love the pre test review. Challenging course because of the amount of material, but well worth it. Learned so much.
I liked the whole course.
I liked that he did such good review sessions, those are what made me understand the best.
I liked that there was no homework and that all the lectures were posted online. I really enjoyed the videos.
That he had powerpoint presentations to help us visualize what he was talking about.
Well done PowerPoints, and it was helpful that they were posted online also.
Power points and the videos/pictures that demonstrated what we were talking about in class.
I liked everything about the course. Professor Szuster was very enthusiastic about the material and always explained difficult to understand concepts in a simpler way so I could better understand it.
The videos and animations in the slides.
n/a
Love the teacher! Awesome Class! Awesome content!
EVERYTHING
Some movies that are related to the subject. I could see the actions happening and how would that affect people all over and how we can't predict when it will hit us.
Teachers enthusiasm.
The course was very informative and I enjoyed learning the various geographical and geological concepts of the Earth. I am very glad I took this course, even if it was simply an introductory one.
The videos were very engaging. The Professor was energetic and friendly (always a smile on his face). I appreciated not being rushed during exams and having the time to think each question over.
21. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
There was nothing that I really didn't like. It was a good class all in all.
I did not really like climate changes.
n/a :)
Good course, liked all aspects.
I did not like the test because the first two exams seemed to be a little bit too hard in my perspective. Although, it is a little better that he curves the scores.
It was a fun class to go to everyday. He loves what he does and he makes that very apparent. So there wasn't any specific thing that I didn't like about this course.
Attending classes is almost pointless because Szuster moves through his powerpoints too quickly during class for me to keep up and the powerpoints can be viewed online anyway.
nothing, all was good
Reading
climate and weather patterns.
Although I do appreciate Professor's efforts to make things easier on us--by grading tests on a curve--I think that they made the course a little too easy. I think he can continue to curve grades, but he might consider doing it a little differently; I think he should generate the curves in the more traditional way. I don't want to necessarily spoil it for later Geography 101 students, but I sometimes don't appreciate that a person who actually got a much lower numeric score than I did is able to get the same A grade that I did. I don't think it's fair for students who would do well without the curve. Again, I do appreciate that there is a curve, though--it provides a good safety net.
The curved grading system, although fair, dissuaded me from doing my very best work.
The class size...
only lectures. There were no other teaching methods, sometimes is got boring,
It was really boring and a lot of material to cover when very little of it was actually on the test. Also, the grading on the curve may not be as fair as it should be.
final grade was based off of four exams. no extra credit
The lectures.
The Tests, just for the fact that those were the only assignments counting towards our grades. Also that attendance was not mandatory and I felt since he did post the lectures online that some credit should have been given for attendance.
no comment
The least that I didn't enjoy was the inconvenient times that study sessions were held on.
some of the lecture
nothing
The tests. And long lectures, sometimes too much info for one day of class but I understand that we needed to cover a lot of material.
Lectures. The lectures didnʻt really help that much because he didnʻt really give us examples of what he was talking about in class. When TA was asked a question, she couldnʻt answer straight forward.
nothing
I didn't like that we are only graded on exams. There's no room for error or to make back your grade at least a little because no extra credit is given.
I really enjoyed this course and can't find anything negative to say about it.
it was fine
The tempo of the classes was a bit too high and ometimes much information. The exams were pretty hard for being a 100 level class.
none!
Taking tests; not the tests themselves, just taking them.
Learning about wind.
too much slides
Too much to memorize for each test.
The TA. She's supposed to be there to help us, but the study groups did not make any sense. She should help us and no expect us to come with questions.
N/a
Some questions on the test were worded a little strange.
I disliked that we only had exams to depend on for our grade.
It can get confusing with all the different aspects.
the 150 people in one class gets annoying with people randomly talking and being inconsiderate
None!
NOTHING
Maybe too long but I wasn't very interested in physical geography.
The course in general... Geography is terribly boring... I am forced by the school to take these classes that don't help me in any way towards my major and degree...
Professor Szuster does not upload the presentation slides to Laulima on a timely basis, but it is understandable due to his work load. Please take care of yourself, Professor.
The PowerPoints are far too wordy and individual slides often have information overload - overwhelming.
22. Other comments:
I really appreciate the humor. It made class more interesting
This was a very challenging class, but I really enjoyed it.
highly recommended! :) he is an awesome teacher! explains material well!
Overall, the class was decent. It was a good course to learn the overview of the world and natural occurrences.
Professor Szuster is likeable and good-humored. He is good at narrowing the focus of the topics, as well--the textbook was very detailed, and the chapters were a little long. I also appreciate that right before we had a test, he would tell us exactly what concepts we should know. This practice was very helpful, and I think it helped reduce the strain on the students.
I feel a better review of the exams are in order. I felt somewhat hashed at during the exams.
Thank you! This really helped me in my lab and I learned a lot.
no comment
Great professor for geography. Happy and very enthusiastic. Knows the content well and teaches with great passion.
overall great course
good class, i learned a lot about everyday life
Brian Szuster is a great teacher and I would recommend him to anyone interested in the class. He makes it fun and his personality shines through. Sometimes the lectures may seem boring, but that only depends on the students' initial effort and state of mind; positivity! Fun class, just wish there was some extra credit!
I wish all my professors could be like Professor Szuster!
Mr.Suzster was very helpful and effective. He helped a lot during office hours.
Professor Szuster was very fun.
Great class.
Highly Recommended! Please let Brian teach all GEOG 101 classes.
Teacher is absolutely great! But I feel that students shouldn't have to take other courses that are not directly related towards their majors... Such as this one...
Geography is not my passionate, but this class has made me look at the world in a different way. I think the class would benefit from more student-teacher interaction. The Professor would do well to involve and engage the students more with questions.

Brian Szuster: GEOG412, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 412 - Environmental Impact Assessmnt Crn (Section): 77319 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 14 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 11 (79%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 9 (64%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 10 (71%)
4. I generally understood the material presented in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 10 (71%)
5. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
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%)
6. The instructor's voice was clear and understandable.
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%)
7. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 10 (71%)
8. The instructor treated students with respect.
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%)
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
10. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 10 (71%)
11. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 14 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 11 (79%)
12. Assignments require a reasonable amount of time and effort.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 9 (64%)
13. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 8 (62%)
14. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 10 (71%)
15. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were an asset to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 9 (64%)
16. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
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%)
17. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The powerpoints were helpful in communicating the content of the class. The course is a clear way of learning about EISs
Dr. Brian Szuster really made this course as great as it was. His personal expieriences and his vast knowledge of the topic helps him teach the important material. He is cool, very approachable, and willing to help out anybody who needs it.
Understanding a very important process in land use and development.
I like that he often refer concepts to real life case studies to provide examples
His teaching. He was a great teacer.
The powerpoint lectures given by Szuster are the best part of the course. The EIA group project was a good intermediary break. The powerpoints had good visuals that kept the student's interest.
szuster keeps lectures entertaining and interesting.
Lectures were informative. You could definitively tell that Prof. Szuster had lots of professional experience in field of Environmental Assessments. Questions and Comments by students during the lecture were always welcomed.
18. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I didn't like the research portions in some aspects as the materials are a bit much and narrowing it down to certain points are a bit vaque.
none
None.
The superferry paper. I wish that it could have been on any project of our choice. I felt tempted to summarize and discuss the policy and judiciary side of environmental assessment than the process of EIA's. I would prefer an assignment that lets us try to do a mini EIS instead.
not many.
19. Other comments:
good class!
Thanks Brian!
great prof.
It is good to know, that Szuster will likely teach GEOG 412 in future semesters as well!

Brian Szuster: GEOG412, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 412 - Environmental Impact Assessmnt Crn (Section): 78494 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 31 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 31 (100%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 31 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 28 (90%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 30 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 26 (87%)
4. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 31 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 10 (32%) 19 (61%)
5. I generally understood the material presented in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 31 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 11 (35%) 18 (58%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.97 31 0.18 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 30 (97%)
7. The instructor's voice was clear and understandable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 31 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 29 (94%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 30 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 27 (90%)
9. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 30 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 30 (100%)
10. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 30 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (33%) 20 (67%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 30 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 28 (93%)
12. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 31 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (23%) 24 (77%)
13. Assignments require a reasonable amount of time and effort.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 31 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (23%) 24 (77%)
14. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 31 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 9 (29%) 18 (58%)
15. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 30 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 27 (90%)
16. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were an asset to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 31 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 13 (42%) 17 (55%)
17. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 31 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 10 (32%) 19 (61%)
18. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The history and concepts as well as method and techniques in environmental assessments.
I liked the hands on activities such as scoping exercises as well as the case studies.
his powerpoints very well done professor was organized knowledgeable intriguing always willing to help
Classes were well organized and concepts were discussed practically. Information was also available on Laulima for review.
The case studies were interesting (shrimp farming)
videos
I really enjoyed the presentation as we were able to conduct more research into the EIA topic and relate the material with our research for a better understanding. It is a great approach. I also really enjoyed the guess speakers.
Good overall course. I like the way the class was run with everything for the semester known from the start.
Powerpoint class presentations shared through Laulima to study from. In future to have these available during class to write in notes would be beneficial. Case studies, videos & supplemental material supported what was taught in class & very helpful for learning.
The diversity of projects, the relevant nature of the topics, the teacher was an awesome canuck.
his general knowledge and excitement for the class made everyone pay attention!
The paper and the presentation, althought they were extra work I feel they are better then exams
I liked the group project and presentation because it allows students to see examples of what this course was all about. It helped me understand what an EIS is and what it contain, and seeing other group's EIS showed what really worked and what did not work in the EIS process.
I liked that he was really thorough through out the whole course but cut out the stuff that was not needed.
I enjoy the way this class is structured. The paper is a good way to further understand what the course material and our presentations were about.
All
Great content. Szuster is a wonderful teacher.
The topics are great; they are very informative. Writing papers are good, too, because we need to improve our skills. Plus, presentations are a good way to get used to public speaking and improve skills in that area.
19. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Heavy amount of power point information
none all aspects were great
I thought the course was great.
Nothing really bad
Sometimes too much powerpoint. Professor Szuster did a very nice job of presenting & is a great speaker, so the powerpoints were not too overwhelming.
Nothing class was pretty solid
the student presentation, even though it was easy, only because i hate group work.
exams
I liked the 5 page paper the least. Instead of a paper I would have liked another group project like making a short version of an EA/EIS or another case study presentation.
Although Brian was an great enthusiastic teacher some of the material was very dry and hard to conceptualize.
N/A
There are a lot of power points
N/A
Can't think of any.
20. Other comments:
his powerpoints very well done professor was organized knowledgeable intriguing always willing to help tough grader but learned a lot
I really enjoyed this class, Brian's teaching style, and feel like I learned a great deal on the topics.
Interesting course that provided important knowledge about Environmental Impact Statements and the components that they are made up of. I enjoyed this course and learned a lot.
Brian is an enthusiastic instructor and i really enjoyed his class
Great professor, just wish there were more courses offered by Mr. Szuster dealing with undergraduate into the environment and law.
Thank you, I've learned a lot in this course & the material will be very beneficial to my profession & future studies.
Keep this class....its definitely needed
szuster is awesome, i'd love to take another course with him!
great course and a great teacher with a great personality I'm happy I took this class
Great and interesting class. I learned a lot.
Class was very clear, smooth, well paced, and very good.
Professor Szuster portrays enthusiasm for the course material. It's always a plus to see a professor that's excited about his work. As such, he was able to communicate in an effective manner which allowed some of his enthusiasm to rub off on the students. I recommend that he teaches the 413 class as well.
GOOD Class, Great Teacher. Learned concpets that I will use in futurejobs/carreer.
The teacher explained material very well. The Case Studies he showed were also very helpful
Great course...
None

Brian Szuster: GEOG622, PLAN622, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 622 - Environmentl Impact Assessment Crn (Section): 77425 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Urban & Regional Planning
Course: PLAN 622 - Environmentl Impact Assessment Crn (Section): 77470 (001)     1158 (311)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%) 0 (0%)
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%) 6 (100%)
4. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 5 (45%)
5. I generally understood the material presented in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (55%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
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%) 6 (100%)
7. The instructor's voice was clear and understandable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
9. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
10. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (82%)
12. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
13. Assignments require a reasonable amount of time and effort.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 2 (18%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
14. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (100%)
15. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 9 (82%)
16. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were an asset to this 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%) 9 (82%)
17. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 8 (73%)
18. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The organization and clarity of each topic. I left the class understanding each step of the EIA process; or at least the purpose and definitions behind it.
This is really new to me. Through the class, I understand the basic knowledge of EIA in the U.S. and in the world. I will develop my skills on the field of EIA as the important role of it to sustainable development.
The presentation assignment was a good opportunity to examine and analyze actual examples of assessments even though not all of the presentations were fully informative.
Very good instructor.
Comprehensive coverage of the course topic with sufficient detail for an overview course. Dr. Szuster is among the best instructors I've had at UH (and overall); compared with others I've had at UH he was very effective and fair in his teaching and assessment. I would rather have an instructor like him, who will grade critically, and risk not getting an A then the average UH prof (who gives everyone an A because they cannot teach). It was very interesting to get the one day, half-a-class, overview of his PhD research, tied into the course material.
sample case study such as SUPPERFERRY
I liked learning about the different EIS that the class groups presented.
Group presentations,instructor presentations, guest speakers, length, time, location, video...great course.
The case studies/presentations.
Very good info on EIA
I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of the class. I felt that there was enough assignments to supplement and better understand the lectures but not too much such that we would be drowned in work.
I liked the assignment where we studied a past EIA case study. This allowed for a critical understanding of the process and production of an EIA.
Use of slides for teaching was effective and interesting.
I liked that the course was well organized and the goals and objectives were clearly stated. Also having the due date for the final paper be in late november was helpful. The precis were useful because they allowed us to organize our thoughts in a concise manner. Also having the presentations on laulima helped because it is often overwhelming to try and take notes in class and having the ability to double check online was great.
I liked the case study about the Superferry the best.
I enjoyed the student case studies as they provided insight into the variety of issues that can arise in the environmental assessment process. I also liked the practical exercises that we went through in class. Brian was able to relate his own professional experience to the aspects of EIS that we were studying.
Teacher's enthusiasm encouraged my interest in the subject; I really liked his theory on preparing for the final exam (precis assignments)
19. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
There lacked applicability to the every day scene. The group presentations helped incorporate EIA today; however, perhaps a class lecture that focused on more EIA's and how a specific project would undergo an EIA would have helped to better understand the steps. Although this was just an intro level class.
The text was not great.
I would have liked to hear more about EIAs on which Dr. Szuster has worked or knows about. It was great to have so many student presentations on so many EIAs, but more case studies from the prof. would have been good too.
PRESENTATION
The precis articles were hard to understand sometimes because they were repetitive (within one article)
I did not appreciate the way a few students constantly talked while Professor Szuster was talking.
Not much interaction between students
I wish this course could have been more discussion oriented rather than lecture style.
With such a large class it was hard to create a discussion environment. This would hel palot i think.
Nothing.
I disliked the reading. Many of the articles rambled and did not have good focus.
Sometimes the lectures were a bit long and drawn out. There was a lot of content to cover, and a high number of students in the class so discussion was left to a relative minimum.
Size of class made it hard for us to get a "hands on" experience
20. Other comments:
I am excited for future students to participate in the 700 level EIA course that Dr. Szuster is planning.
Good course. I know what is EIA now...:-)
Well worth my time, money, and effort.
He did a good job
The mix of students from different places and disciplines was enjoyable.
It was a really good coure that teeaches the basics of the EIA practice. Very useful in my future development as an Architect.
The course is quite useful and i like to take advance course if it will be available as discussed in the last class.
In class we discussed having a class that would be part II to this class that would allow us to have more hands on experience with EIAs. I think that this is a great idea and something that i would definitely sign up for.
I really enjoyed this class, and hope that the Geography department strongly considers developing some sort of EIS practicum.