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Instructor: Brian Szuster

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GEOG101, Spring 2014
GEOG101, Spring 2014
GEOG324, TIM324, Fall 2013
GEOG622, PLAN622, Fall 2013
GEOG101, Spring 2012
GEOG412, Fall 2011
GEOG412, Fall 2010
GEOG622, PLAN622, Fall 2010

Brian Szuster: GEOG101, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 101 - The Natural Environment Crn (Section): 84112 (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  
2.0 53 1.16 Freq(%) 26 (49%) 10 (19%) 8 (15%) 9 (17%) 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  
1.53 53 0.5 Freq(%) 25 (47%) 28 (53%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 53 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (26%) 39 (74%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 53 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 18 (34%) 34 (64%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 53 0.77 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 0 (0%) 3 (6%) 20 (38%) 29 (55%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 53 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 11 (21%) 41 (77%)
7. The instructor's voice was clear and understandable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 53 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (6%) 17 (32%) 33 (62%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 53 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 4 (8%) 18 (34%) 30 (57%)
9. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 53 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 16 (30%) 35 (66%)
10. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 53 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 10 (19%) 39 (74%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 53 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 18 (34%) 33 (62%)
12. The TA is effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.06 53 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (8%) 9 (17%) 17 (32%) 20 (38%) 3 (6%)
13. 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  
4.15 53 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 11 (21%) 15 (28%) 20 (38%) 5 (9%)
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  
4.45 53 0.82 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 2 (4%) 18 (34%) 31 (58%)
15. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were an asset to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 53 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 7 (13%) 17 (32%) 28 (53%)
16. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Powerpoint presentations with the animations were very effective. Too bad we can't view that part of the slides at home. I like that the course is all about attending class and listening to his lectures and then taking a test. And the exams are noncumulative!
The TA was very funny
The powerpoints had all the information we needed. Some teachers do not have powerpoints full of information.
There weren't many aspects other than the lectures, but that's alright because the lectures were very well done and pretty entertaining.
Powerpoints! Videos! Online text book! Multiple choice exams! Review sessions! No homework! Curved grades! Relation to Hawaii!
The fact that he knew what he was teaching and passionate. It was a good experience in general. I actually learned about Geography
The lectures are supplemented by the powerpoints extremely well.
The course is a little challenging but easy at the same time. I am really glad that the exams are curved.
Class was straightforward and was able to learn a lot.
-The pace of the class, not too fast and not too slow -Spent good amount of time in class to review main topics for the exam -Szuster breaks difficult concepts down into more comprehensible and memorable ways
Volcanoes, Earthquakes
All aspects were interesting.
The organization of the material presented made it very easy to understand what was being taught.
The whole thing.
The info on Hawaii was cool
I loved the fact that this course gave many awareness to environmental issues and how we can improve as a community. I especially was interested when the course went over current event situations and how it relates back to us in the future.
The powerpoints from his lecture were always on laulima which was extremely helpful when studying for his exams. His powerpoints were also straightforward. Before exams, he would have a review session and also the TA would give a review session.
The professor tried making lecture enjoyable. Simplified the course content and tried to give everyone willing to try a chance to earn the grade.
No comprehensive exams.
Learning about volcanoes
I really liked the style of testing, nothing was cumulative so each test was about the material you had just learned about.
I like the videos in the presentations. It gave a good visual and made it easier to understand the processes shown in the videos. I like that the grading system was clear and precise from the beginning. I also liked that grades from midterms were released quickly instead of having to wait weeks.
I like that he posted each power point up on Laulima.
Powerpoints were posted online. It made it a lot easier to study for exams.
The study sessions run by Jaya for each exam were very helpful and enlightening when it came to preparation for the exams; they were a very good reference point.
I liked all aspects of the course. Brian Szuster was very outgoing, fun, and friendly. He explained the materials in such a clear and straight forward manner that it was hard not to understand. He draws his students in and helps the understand the materials with his loud and strong voice.
Colorful power points that had all the important terms to know. Study sessions were very helpful!
all
Easy to follow powerpoints
Dr. Szuster was always cheerful, enthusiastic, and knowledgable. I am nearly done with my degree and this class was one of the finest I ever attended! Slideshow presentations were relevant, current, and extremely well done.
The audiovisual materials used during lectures made the lectures easy to follow and understand. The study sessions were also very helpful for the exams.
The lectures were interesting and engaging, and video resources and visuals were well used.
I loved the lectures about the Earth and its processes, including topics like green energy (solar energy, Wind energy) and weather, as well as earth's processes like volcanism and tectonic movement.
Just going into lectures & listening to the professor. Along with going to the study sessions with the TA made it less stressful when the exams came.
Organization of power points
The fact that he broke down the lectures so that you could actually understand what he was talking about. And the fact that he encouraged questions was also great.
none
The presentations
The notes on his PowerPoint presentations were put on laulima in order for me to study and try to review myself.
I enjoyed learning about the Earth processes.
17. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I can't think of anything.
Too much course material taught each lecture... tons to read
N/A
As cliche'd as it sounds, the tests.
The 3rd exam was the most difficult, too much memorization!
Amount of midterms.
I personally feel like the core info of the class could be a bit more engaging.
The only aspect I like the least is that the study guides for the exams are not very specific. Therefore, the study guides are not a very big help when preparing for the exam.
I think it would help if there were homework assignments.
Humidity
None.
The test multiful choice is tricky
The course was quite fast pace and I guess it would have been better if we were given the chance to go over the power points a little more thoroughly.
The material itself, personally I thought it was boring and I wasn't very interested in it. But, the professor did somewhat help in making it a little less boring.
The material is not my area of interest and simply a requisite for my major.
Little boring during some topics.
Trying to take in all the information at one time
Nothing
the powerpoints were very wordy. Maybe cut down on the words and only put important concepts on the slides that you know will be on the final. I felt like only half the material in the slides were on the midterms.
I disliked how hard the Exam's were. I honestly felt like I was stupid because I was studying exactly what was on his power points yet when I did the exams my answer were not the right ones yet I STUDIED THE HIS POWER POINTS!!! This fustrated me a lot its like none of the answer were even correct on his exams and he was just try to trick us.. Nice teacher but his exams honestly need to be change because they do not at all reflect what he is teaching.
The textbook. I did not use the textbook much
Sometimes I wish that the text readings weren't so compacted into one week; two chapters or so in one week is a bit much combined with readings for my other classes. Additionally, I was caught off guard when the reading schedule in the syllabus was changed because I had already laid out the previous reading schedule in my planner.
I liked all aspects of the course.
None
Plate tectonics
None
I feel like the exams, regardless of how much I've studied, were very difficult.
N/A, good course.
Humidity, condensation processes, and definitely topics dealing with the atmosphere.
Nothing...
The material covered in class and on the study guide did not help prepare me for exams. Exams were not entirely a test of basic material and terms but went dramatically into depth. Questions also would be phrase like: which of the following is an example of(this term)? then the options would consit of a variety of real life examples that were not mentioned in class and that I had never heard of in my life.
N/A
none
Probably the difficulty of the tests, but those were okay
I wasn't sure exactly what would be on the test so I'd have to study everything and end up remembering some details that weren't on the test and forgetting details that were.
I least enjoyed learning about the winds.
18. Other comments:
Professor Szuster is very down to earth and a joy to learn from. I would take another class from him if I could.
Good class, learned a lot. A little too advanced for an introductory course. Too much content material! Too specific information!
Overall a very well put together class.
Great Class to take it is important to attend lectures and realize the situation our world is in as of now.
Overall, I have learned a lot throughout this semester.
None
Very clear and straight forward class.
Nice guy.
I hope the curve is in my favor
Great instructor and TA. Course is excellent.
Loved taking geography from Professor Szuster. He's an amazing guy, who has a clear passion for his work. I am thoroughly glad I signed up for his class. Also he remembers his students and takes the time to email us about our progress, and I appreciate that.
Overall good class.
FIX EXAMS! I don't understand how so much people fail them yet he tells us to study the power point slides that he teaches! Super fucking annoying when your trying your best in a class and it seems like nothing you do helps.
Taken with GEOG101L (the lab), I felt I got a very comprehensive understanding of the basics of geography as the lab could cover some concepts more in detail than Dr. Szuster could alone in lecture. It helped enormously when it came to midterms.
Fun and interesting class. You gain a lot of knowledge about the world around you. Great class.
None
Dr. Szuster is an asset to UHM! I really was impressed with the quality of his teaching style.
Although the exams are difficult, they are still do-able and I enjoyed attending this class.
Dr. Szuster is enthusiastic and always very helpful and understanding.
Overall, I find Professor Szuster's class very enjoyable, but it is sometimes unclear as to what we really have to know for the exams which make up our entire grade. I like the fact that Professor Szuster comes in prepared, organized, and teaches with passion in what he loves. He's very clear at explaining things, but yet again, sometimes it's unclear as to whether some of the powerpoint presentations were worth looking at.
Good professor, but exams, studyguide and help from TA need to be fixed or improved
N/A

Brian Szuster: GEOG101, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 101 - The Natural Environment Crn (Section): 81072 (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  
1.81 29 1.04 Freq(%) 14 (48%) 7 (24%) 3 (10%) 3 (10%) 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  
1.59 29 0.5 Freq(%) 11 (38%) 16 (55%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 29 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 6 (21%) 21 (72%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 29 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 8 (28%) 19 (66%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 29 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (7%) 8 (28%) 18 (62%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 29 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 5 (17%) 22 (76%)
7. The instructor's voice was clear and understandable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 29 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 6 (21%) 21 (72%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 29 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 8 (28%) 19 (66%)
9. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 29 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 9 (31%) 17 (59%)
10. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 29 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 8 (28%) 20 (69%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 29 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (7%) 9 (31%) 17 (59%)
12. The TA is effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.21 29 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (14%) 11 (38%) 12 (41%) 1 (3%)
13. 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  
4.15 29 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 5 (17%) 10 (34%) 11 (38%) 2 (7%)
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  
4.38 29 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 9 (31%) 16 (55%)
15. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were an asset to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.28 29 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 12 (41%) 13 (45%)
16. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
all the powerpoints were up on laulima
The material is interesting, and the professor is engaging.
Brian was a really funny teacher and he was very good at explaining subjects. I woul recommend him to anyone interested in geography.
The power points .
Powerpoints were uploaded to laulima, have them side by side with the notes during class.
I liked all of the aspects of the course.
I most enjoyed how the lectures were structured, they were set up in a nice way that emphasized the important points we needed to take from each lecture.
Multiple choice exams
I liked how common-sense the class was. If I just thought about the materials in relation to the real world, it generally made a lot of sense.
Videos and moving picture diagram things
I like the organization overall. The lectures provide important information that we need to know. The exams are not a surprise, asking questions that we should know the answer to because it was given during lectures.
I liked Dr. Szuster's grading system and the study sessions that are available before the exams which are really helpful.
The powerpoints are a great help to my study.
Nice and enthusiastic teacher that really cares for students.
Brian made difficult concepts more accessible for me, which is helpful because I'm usually terrible at science. I also enjoyed his humor, enthusiasm, and ability to relate to students. He seems to like his job and doesn't come across as a stiff, academic type. The grading curve is also a godsend.
everything
Lectures are always interesting to listen to. Szuster is a great professor and very knowledgeable of the subject. Material was always easy to understand and PowerPoints had great visuals. Szuster connects with his students and is very approachable for help.
Brian and Jaya are both great instructors. Both are committed accessable and generous on top of being enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I really enjoyed this class. The lab was very good, interesting and helped reinforce the material. Nice job, thanks Brian and Jaya!
Overall, this class was pretty interesting and Professor Szuster is a nice and patient instructor. I liked the subject matter and that Professor Szuster throws in a joke or two to keep the class attentive and upbeat.
I liked learning about rocks.
The visuals
17. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
lecture could have been more interesting
The class grade is based only on midterms, and I wish there could be more points to earn other than just on the midterm exams.
I think the class is set up exactly how it should be. I just wish the slides that had videos were easily accessible out side I class.
The animations were unavailable to practice and use.
I found all of the aspects that were taught in this course to be interesting, so I do not have one that I liked the least.
Lots of information to remember, though it is a science course, so that was to be expected.
Sometime there was a confusing question on the exams that wasn't fully covered in lecture. But my overall scores were pretty high, so I can't really complain.
I wish there was extra credit available.
The tests were pretty hard.
I like the grading because the exams are tough. It is fair.
There is none that I could think of.
The course can get boring sometimes.
The power-points weren't too great in explanation should try to make it a little more clear. The power-points were too colorful, a bit distracting.
Cramming for exams is never fun, and it's quite challenging to remember a lot of terms and concepts. Some of the exam questions were worded and/or paraphrased in a way that clashed with my memorization of the PowerPoint slides.
none
No aspect was unenjoyable. I wish the animations used in lectures were available for study outside of the lectures.
I think the grading system is okay, but I don't really like how I can't know my exact standing throughout the course. I only know the "gist" of it. Instead of doing an overall curve, is it possible to have each exam have it's own curve? I don't know. It would just be nice to have definite standings throughout the course.
The time hat the class was at was inconvenient for me.
How full of words each slide was
18. Other comments:
If at the bottom of each slide there could be a small number so it would e easier to take notes.... Just an idea
Dr. Szuster is a great and outgoing professor who is always willing to help students out. He seems to really understand his topic and tries to explain it in an enthusiastic manner even though sometimes the topics are long and tedious. Overall, Dr. Szuster is a great guy and is clear on what is expected from his students especially on the exams.
Overall, it was a decent class. I'm feeling more passionate about geography than I expected to be. To future students, choose Brian over the other faculty for 101.
good professor! i like how he actually looks at his students' score improvements :)
The text book is good. I wish it were hard bound as it is one I will likely keep for reference. I am sure many students prefer the savings. Perhaps the book store could offer both? I wish I had looked online for a hardcover copy.

Brian Szuster: GEOG324, TIM324, Fall 2013     Back to top

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%) 5 (29%) 5 (38%) 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  
4.65 17 1.0 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 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%) 11 (85%)
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%) 13 (76%)
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%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
10. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 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  
4.59 17 1.0 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 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%) 0 (0%) 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%) 1 (6%) 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 (85%)
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%) 10 (59%)
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  
4.69 13 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 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%) 3 (18%) 10 (77%)
18. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
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.
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
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.
Material was clearly laid out and discussed.
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.
I like how we are required to present our own presentations on tourist destinations of our choice.
interesting lectures
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.
I enjoyed the presentations that each student had to do on a destination of their choice.
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.
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.
Very fair. Organized and doesn't try to screw you over. Very understanding.
It was interesting, since I got to learn about different types of tourism
Everything!:)
Everything
No attendance
 presentations
19. What changes would you make in the lectures?
As a 300 level course, the material and goals were sufficient.
Nothing comes to mind. Love how power points are online. Great class structure.
more group interaction
His reviews for exams can be a little more organized.
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.
I would include videos as much as possible. Some people are more visual learners.
none
I would make the lectures more engaging and interactive.
Lectures were fine. I liked that they were interesting and not boring.
Already fun
n/a
None !!!
None! They were very compelling and were available on laulima for us to review at anytime.
Nothing
NONE
none the system work learned a lot.
Nothing
guest lectures
20. Other comments:
Great semester. Thanks!
overall, very enjoyable and enlightening course taught by a passionate, knowledgable instructor
Great teacher, very positive and seems to really enjoy his work and passing on his knowledge to students.
I learned much more than I expected, and the course has changed the way I see tourism. Thank you!
solid class
greatest professor ever!!!
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
Mahalo Prof.!!!
Great job teaching this course! Would definitely recommend it to other TIM students looking for another elective!
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.
Great class! Brian is an awesome teacher and made the class a lot more fun and interesting! Highly recommend him
Merry Christmas!
fun 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 3 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 (25%) 2 (67%)
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%) 3 (75%)
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%) 2 (67%)
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%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
10. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.5 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%) 1 (33%) 1 (25%)
12. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 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%) 1 (33%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
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?
Comprehensive overview of EIA process
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.
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%) 1 (33%) 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 3 0.71 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%) 4 (100%)
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 (25%) 2 (67%)
25. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.96 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 (33%) 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 (67%)
30. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
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  
4.71 17 0.47 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%) 40 (71%)
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%) 1 (2%) 3 (18%) 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%) 1 (6%) 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  
4.65 17 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 11 (65%)
6. The instructor's voice was clear and understandable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 11 (65%)
7. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 17 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 7 (41%) 7 (41%)
8. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 17 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 6 (35%) 9 (53%)
9. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 8 (47%) 8 (47%)
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%) 5 (29%)
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%) 14 (25%) 3 (18%) 2 (12%)
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%) 2 (4%) 9 (53%) 3 (18%) 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%) 1 (6%) 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%) 21 (38%)
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%) 1 (2%) 1 (6%) 8 (47%) 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 17 1.0 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 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%) 16 (30%) 8 (47%)
20. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
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.
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.
The lectures and the videos
his concept of teaching
The powerpoints were online if we forgot some information or wanted to review
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 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.
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.
Power points
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.
The videos and animations in the slides.
The steady rate of learning was extremely helpful. I always knew what to expect, so no terrifying surprises.
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.
Teachers enthusiasm.
The enthusiasm of professor Szuster.
I liked that he did such good review sessions, those are what made me understand the best.
That he had powerpoint presentations to help us visualize what he was talking about.
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.
I liked that there was no homework and that all the lectures were posted online. I really enjoyed the videos.
Pro S, passion and off hand knowledge.
Power points and the videos/pictures that demonstrated what we were talking about in class.
Well done PowerPoints, and it was helpful that they were posted online also.
He made it interesting.
n/a
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.
did not grade on attendance
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.
slides were provided online
I enjoyed the course as a whole. Brian Szuster is an awesome professor.
That we would do a brief review of what we covered in the previous class.
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.
Mid-terms focused on the last section of lectures covered and were not cumulative.
great professor. i love his character and enthusiasm.
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.
videos and documentaries
He was very energetic and kept interest high.
Love the teacher! Awesome Class! Awesome content!
I enjoyed coming to class and learning everyday!
I liked the whole course.
no comment
21. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
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.
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
it was fine
I really enjoyed this course and can't find anything negative to say about it.
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.
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.
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.
It can get confusing with all the different aspects.
The class size...
The least that I didn't enjoy was the inconvenient times that study sessions were held on.
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...
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.
Too much to memorize for each test.
N/a
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.
Learning about wind.
Some questions on the test were worded a little strange.
Taking tests; not the tests themselves, just taking them.
the 150 people in one class gets annoying with people randomly talking and being inconsiderate
NOTHING
Maybe too long but I wasn't very interested in physical geography.
nothing
The PowerPoints are far too wordy and individual slides often have information overload - overwhelming.
final grade was based off of four exams. no extra credit
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.
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.
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.
nothing
too much slides
I disliked that we only had exams to depend on for our grade.
some of the lecture
The lectures.
None!
none!
no comment
22. Other comments:
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 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.
I wish all my professors could be like Professor Szuster!
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!
Great class.
Great professor for geography. Happy and very enthusiastic. Knows the content well and teaches with great passion.
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...
Professor Szuster was very fun.
Mr.Suzster was very helpful and effective. He helped a lot during office hours.
good class, i learned a lot about everyday life
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.
Thank you! This really helped me in my lab and I learned a lot.
overall great course
I feel a better review of the exams are in order. I felt somewhat hashed at during the exams.
Highly Recommended! Please let Brian teach all GEOG 101 classes.
no comment

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?
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.
I like that he often refer concepts to real life case studies to provide examples
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.
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.
The powerpoints were helpful in communicating the content of the class. The course is a clear way of learning about EISs
His teaching. He was a great teacer.
szuster keeps lectures entertaining and interesting.
18. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
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.
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.
not many.
19. Other comments:
It is good to know, that Szuster will likely teach GEOG 412 in future semesters as well!
Thanks Brian!
good class!
great prof.

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?
Great content. Szuster is a wonderful teacher.
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.
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.
I liked that he was really thorough through out the whole course but cut out the stuff that was not needed.
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.
his general knowledge and excitement for the class made everyone pay attention!
his powerpoints very well done professor was organized knowledgeable intriguing always willing to help
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.
I liked the hands on activities such as scoping exercises as well as the case studies.
videos
The history and concepts as well as method and techniques in environmental assessments.
Good overall course. I like the way the class was run with everything for the semester known from the start.
Classes were well organized and concepts were discussed practically. Information was also available on Laulima for review.
The case studies were interesting (shrimp farming)
All
The paper and the presentation, althought they were extra work I feel they are better then exams
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.
The diversity of projects, the relevant nature of the topics, the teacher was an awesome canuck.
19. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
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.
Can't think of any.
N/A
Sometimes too much powerpoint. Professor Szuster did a very nice job of presenting & is a great speaker, so the powerpoints were not too overwhelming.
the student presentation, even though it was easy, only because i hate group work.
There are a lot of power points
Although Brian was an great enthusiastic teacher some of the material was very dry and hard to conceptualize.
Nothing really bad
Heavy amount of power point information
none all aspects were great
N/A
exams
I thought the course was great.
Nothing class was pretty solid
20. Other comments:
Great and interesting class. I learned a lot.
GOOD Class, Great Teacher. Learned concpets that I will use in futurejobs/carreer.
None
Great course...
Thank you, I've learned a lot in this course & the material will be very beneficial to my profession & future studies.
szuster is awesome, i'd love to take another course with him!
his powerpoints very well done professor was organized knowledgeable intriguing always willing to help tough grader but learned a lot
Brian is an enthusiastic instructor and i really enjoyed his class
Class was very clear, smooth, well paced, and very good.
The teacher explained material very well. The Case Studies he showed were also very helpful
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.
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.
great course and a great teacher with a great personality I'm happy I took this class
Great professor, just wish there were more courses offered by Mr. Szuster dealing with undergraduate into the environment and law.
Keep this class....its definitely needed

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%) 11 (100%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 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%) 0 (0%)
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%) 2 (18%) 1 (100%) 3 (50%)
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%) 1 (100%) 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 6 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  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 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  
4.82 11 0.4 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%) 6 (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%) 0 (0%)
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%) 8 (73%)
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%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 0 (0%)
14. Student presentations significantly contribute to this 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%) 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%) 1 (100%)
16. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were an asset to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 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?
Very good info on EIA
sample case study such as SUPPERFERRY
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.
I liked learning about the different EIS that the class groups presented.
The case studies/presentations.
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.
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.
Group presentations,instructor presentations, guest speakers, length, time, location, video...great course.
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.
Very good instructor.
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.
Use of slides for teaching was effective and interesting.
I liked the case study about the Superferry the best.
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 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 assignment where we studied a past EIA case study. This allowed for a critical understanding of the process and production of an EIA.
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?
Not much interaction between students
PRESENTATION
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 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.
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.
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.
Nothing.
I disliked the reading. Many of the articles rambled and did not have good focus.
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.
Size of class made it hard for us to get a "hands on" experience
20. Other comments:
He did a good job
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...:-)
The mix of students from different places and disciplines was enjoyable.
Well worth my time, money, and effort.
I really enjoyed this class, and hope that the Geography department strongly considers developing some sort of EIS practicum.
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.
It was a really good coure that teeaches the basics of the EIA practice. Very useful in my future development as an Architect.