eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Benjamin Bystrom

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FIN341, Fall 2013
FIN625, Fall 2013
FIN635C, Fall 2013
BUS313, Summer I 2013
FIN341, Spring 2013
FIN430, Spring 2013
FIN641, Spring 2013
BUS314, Fall 2012
FIN625, Fall 2012
FIN635C, Fall 2012

Benjamin Bystrom: FIN341, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Financial Economics & Institns
Course: FIN 341 - Financial Aspcts of New Vntrs Crn (Section): 77454 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.91 22 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 20 (91%) 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  
1.7 22 0.47 Freq(%) 6 (27%) 14 (64%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 22 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (9%) 19 (86%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 22 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (14%) 18 (82%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 22 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (23%) 16 (73%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 22 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 5 (23%) 14 (64%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 22 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (18%) 17 (77%)
8. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 22 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 4 (18%) 16 (73%)
9. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 22 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (14%) 18 (82%)
10. The objectives of the course were clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 22 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (23%) 16 (73%)
11. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 22 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (18%) 17 (77%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 22 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (9%) 19 (86%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 22 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (18%) 17 (77%)
14. 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  
4.18 22 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (23%) 5 (23%) 11 (50%)
15. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 22 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (23%) 16 (73%)
16. Other comments:
I really enjoyed this course and I felt that professor Bystrom was an excellent teacher. I really learned a lot and was able to follow all of the material that was given to us. The final project was a great way to apply all of the concepts we learned in a realistic scenario. Although there was a great deal of work involved in the group projects, I felt that it was absolutely worth it. Overall, great class!
Excellent professor.
He is a great professor that has an extraordinary amount of knowledge about finance. Thank you professor.
Originally, I thought this course was going to be for small entrepreneur businesses, not IPO potential businesses. I think more relevant information on small business Finance, would be more helpful. But it is closely related, regardless.
Professor Bystrom was the best lecturer I've had. It was easy to see that his experience in this field shone through during class, which was a huge benefit. I felt this course was extremely relevant for life, compared to classes I have taken in the past. I would recommend any finance major this class.
Solid all around professor.
Mr. Bystrom is a great professor. His lectures are so informative. I didn't even need to use my textbook. I just wish I didn't purchase the book.
Sometimes it's hard to understand Prof. Bystrom because he's too brilliant for my brain to handle. It would be helpful to turn it down a notch or two so that I can understand the financial concepts he's explaining.
Great class, and great teacher. Intelligent and enthusiastic. Interesting course topic, I wish there were more case studies though instead of made up cases. There are so many great entrepreneurial ventures, I would have enjoyed other teaching methods besides PPT slides. Online videos, case studies, news articles, etc. Overall the best class I've taken from Shidler.
Great Class!
This was a great course! I feel this course should be required for all business students in Shidler and that the skills gained will benefit every individual in their careers and lives. Ben Bystrom has a great understanding of finance and the financial performance of companies. It was very helpful learning from Mr. Bystrom because I feel he effectively presents the material that allows students to follow along and enhance their understanding. I would have liked to go over certain concepts a bit more because I feel we covered the material fairly quickly. Overall GREAT course with an awesome instructor!! Thanks Mr. Bystrom

Benjamin Bystrom: FIN625, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Financial Economics & Institns
Course: FIN 625 - Int'l Mon Sys & Global Fin Mkt Crn (Section): 75063 (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 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (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  
1.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 8 (100%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
8. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
9. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
10. The objectives of the course were clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
11. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 7 (88%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
14. 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  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
15. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
16. Other comments:
It would have been nice to have supplemental reading materials to accompany the lectures, especially since the course covered a broad range of topics.
Ben is very well-informed and has a teaching style that encourages understanding and appreciation of finance concepts. I really liked this class for its relevance to my preferred field (Finance) and it provided different avenues of learning - class discussions, practice quizzes, excel exercises, group reporting etc. Overall great class!

Benjamin Bystrom: FIN635C, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Financial Economics & Institns
Course: FIN 635C - Japanese Financial Management Crn (Section): 75064 (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 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (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  
2.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
3. 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%) 6 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the 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%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
6. I learned a lot in 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%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
7. 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%)
8. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
9. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
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 objectives of the course were clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
11. In general, the course was well organized.
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%) 5 (83%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
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. The instructor sets high standards for students.
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%) 5 (83%)
14. 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  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
15. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
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%)
16. Other comments:
Very supportive, helpful professor. It was great to learn this subject from him given his background and comfort with the material. He is one of the only professors at Shidler in my year and a half that is not only great at the subject but also great as an instructor - clearly explaining topics in vernacular we can understand. My only feedback would be to hold students to being on time. Many days we waited for late students which wasted time and discouraged any of us from being on time.
Great class! I learned a lot
I really enjoyed this class. The teaching style suited me very well. I always prefer practical examples and repetition that different sections together. Explanations were also very thorough and clear. I've definitely came out knowing a lot more than coming into the class. The only criticism is to not tolerate tardiness. If a student is late, don't wait. Every other student that showed up on time is missing out on minutes of lecture time, questions, etc. Other than that, I wish the class was longer. I feel I could have continued learning a lot more.

Benjamin Bystrom: BUS313, Summer I 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Financial Economics & Institns
Course: BUS 313 - Econ & Fin Envir of Global Bus Crn (Section): 91436 (601)     91560 (602)    
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  
3.44 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 10 (40%) 9 (50%) 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  
2.0 25 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 17 (94%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 25 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (20%) 16 (89%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 25 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (32%) 15 (83%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 25 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (32%) 16 (89%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 18 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 10 (40%) 14 (56%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 18 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 17 (94%)
8. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 18 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (6%) 16 (89%)
9. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 18 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (28%) 12 (67%)
10. The objectives of the course were clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 18 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (33%) 17 (68%)
11. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 18 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (89%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 18 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 17 (94%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 18 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 12 (48%) 12 (67%)
14. 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  
4.72 18 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (32%) 16 (64%)
15. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 25 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (28%) 18 (72%)
16. Other comments:
I am surprised about how knowledgeable professor Bystrom is, He is so far the best professor I have ever had at the University. He uses all the minutes, seconds of his time to deliver in a time matter as well presenting a strong and good material for the class. Great person, Powerful mind, inspiration for future generations. Professor Bystrom is the best.
Bystrom is a great teacher and tied real life examples to the curriculum to help students grasp economic concepts.
Professor Bystrom did an extremely good job of relating course material to current and relevant events, situations, etc. His class was well organized and easy to follow along because of the notes that he provided, and it was especially helpful to have printouts ahead of time to focus my notetaking more on the lecture and details rather than the basic fundamentals. He definitely showed enthusiasm and a knowledge for the course content, and I would happily take another class from this instructor.
Excellent Work.
Thank you for teaching over the summer.
Professor Bystrom is a great teacher and he offers great insight to the students. He also shares his professional experience, which makes the class enjoyable.
Excellent professor. One of the best in Shidler.
Though this subject was a bit hard for me to fully grasp, I enjoyed Ben Bystrom as a professor and thought he was very excited about what he was teaching. He is approachable and funny during class time and explained things fairly well. Maybe its just that my understanding of this subject is fairly sparse. The curve that he provided helped a lot!!!
Professor Bystrom has helped me tremendously during this summer session. I have been very busy with 3 classes along with athletics and he took extra time to help explain concepts to me. A great help and a friend and supporter of student-athletes.
I enjoy hearing his experiences when he applies it to the lecture. His handouts and teaching manner are very helpful.
The textbook was unnecessary. Professor Bystrom did very well to communicate all important material and therefore rendered the book unimportant. This occurs very often with classes; textbooks are relatively pointless when the professor is good because they can communicate effectively. The only instances where texts are important is when the professors are lacking in the teaching and communication skills.
I think this is a great class, and Mr . Bystrom did an excellent job.
He has a lot of knowledge in this course and I believe that he explained everything well. It seemed like he really liked to teach this course. He is a great teacher.
Great summer, very knowledgable on the subject and used great examples to tie things in. I also enjoyed the sense of humor Ben has. Great class.
BEST PROFESSOR EVER! He is so smart. He really knows what he is talking about and makes it easy for us to understand it. I wish all the Professors were as smart and passionate in their subjects as he is.
Best, most useful econ class I've taken in university so far. Bystrom's notes style is great.
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Benjamin Bystrom: FIN341, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Financial Economics & Institns
Course: FIN 341 - Financial Aspcts of New Vntrs Crn (Section): 86469 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
4.0 19 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 16 (84%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.67 19 0.49 Freq(%) 6 (32%) 12 (63%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 19 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 17 (89%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 14 (74%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 19 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (32%) 13 (68%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 19 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 10 (53%) 8 (42%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (37%) 12 (63%)
8. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 19 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 6 (32%) 11 (58%)
9. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 19 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (21%) 15 (79%)
10. The objectives of the course were clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 19 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (42%) 11 (58%)
11. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 19 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 6 (32%) 12 (63%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 14 (74%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 14 (74%)
14. 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  
4.47 19 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 8 (42%) 10 (53%)
15. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (37%) 12 (63%)
16. Other comments:
The In-Class exercises help me to better understand the financial material covered in class. I really enjoyed doing the final project, guidelines on what should be in the presentation would have been helpful. I know we went over it in class, but maybe a powerpoint or word doc would have been helpful. Overall, I would recommend him to other students. Shidler needs more teachers like Ben.
The book was not necessary. And far too expensive
Great class informative always love having you as a professor in finance. Always clear and informative during lecture. And very helpful if questions arise.
Professor Bystrom is a very helpful finance teacher and knows his stuff. A lot of the times I am lost in class but if you see him during his office hours, he helps you until you understand the material.
Professor Bystrom is fantastic in terms of being available to help out his student. I have seen Professor Bystrom work both within and outside office hours in order to insure students succeed. I do feel that the course provided enough supplemental material to be ready for the exams. The areas of improvement include finding a more relevant and interactive textbook. This textbook was hardly used and we paid $224 for it new at the bookstore. That is a lot of money for something that is only going to collect dust on top my bookshelf. The course should also find some real entrepreneurial cases. The Healthy to Go example is good, but how about making the assignment based on an actual start up with real figures. I also want to disclose that although you do collect the exams back. There are students that have managed to still find ways to cheat on the exam. For example one student hardly showed up to class and she manages to get a 100% on the exam. It is really unfair that this student who cheated will manage to get a better grade then the rest of us who do come to class everyday and don't cheat. And this student will get recognition for scoring a perfect. You should dock additional points for frequent absences, do not assume that the class work is enough punishment. Make a clear mandate (e.g more then 3 unexcused absences is subject to deduction). You should also provide a formal group eval paper, rather then just email. All the teachers at Shidler that I have had have an actual evaluation template. The email eval format is just not sufficient and an actual document would be preferred.
My favorite professor at UH! I took almost every class professor Bystrom taught. FIN 341 was very intense and I have struggled a lot. It was worth it, I learned a tremendous amount of helpful financial tools that I can now apply in real-life situation. I really liked the group project, because we had to come up with an idea, be creative, and at the same time apply all the methods that we learned in class. The excel projects were especially challenging for me, although it was not the first or second times that I have dealt with spread sheets. The in-class assignments were also very helpful because they applied the course material and prepared the students for the exams.
now I get hot and bothered looking at p/e ratios
I wish there were more in class exercises to practice the formulas and theories. Sometimes it felt we moved too fast through the material. As a finance major it wasn't too difficult but it is probably much harder for an Entr. major. I learned a bit more and reinforced m previous knowledge in finance.
Outstanding class. I wish I could have taken more classes with Professor Bystrom. He really understands how to teach the material in a way that gets students to learn and retain all the information.
Strongly Agree on every button doesn't really help, however I really enjoyed the class and Professor Bystrom's knowledge of the subject is vast! I would recommend him to anyone trying to learn about finance. Great instructor, with great knowledge!

Benjamin Bystrom: FIN430, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Financial Economics & Institns
Course: FIN 430 - Bank Financial Management Crn (Section): 85426 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.95 22 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 19 (86%) 1 (5%) 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 22 0.44 Freq(%) 16 (73%) 5 (23%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 22 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (18%) 18 (82%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 22 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (36%) 14 (64%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 22 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 7 (32%) 13 (59%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 22 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (45%) 12 (55%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 22 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 7 (32%) 14 (64%)
8. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 22 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (45%) 11 (50%)
9. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 22 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 8 (36%) 13 (59%)
10. The objectives of the course were clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 22 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (36%) 14 (64%)
11. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 22 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (32%) 13 (59%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 22 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (32%) 15 (68%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 22 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (41%) 13 (59%)
14. 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 22 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 10 (45%) 11 (50%)
15. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 22 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 7 (32%) 14 (64%)
16. Other comments:
One of the best teachers/professors I have ever had. Extreme passion for banking and was displayed when lecturing, getting others, including myself passionate about banking as well. By far the best professor at UH.
The exams are given to much weight in the course. You could divide the course content into various other percentages. The allocation of points need to be reconsidered. For an exam 25% is significant, a lot of diligent students under-performed. One day determined a lot for some really diligent students. Also the project entailed a lot of work for some of us. You could give extra points to the students that did extra work. I also felt there could have been more materials given to us before the midterm.
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First of all, thank you very much for being a such helpful, knowledgeable and wonderful teacher, I am very happy for learning from you again, you have provided us not only the knowledge from the textbook, but also valuable insight and perspective from financial industry. Hopefully I can learn some more from you in the future! Remember, teachers or professors are always undervalue, your contributions to the society are way more valuable than the privacy practice in the finance industry. Thank you again for all your contributions and I will work my-self up to the top and treat you dinner in the future!
Some of the concepts that we went over were sometimes difficult to grasp. Overall great subject and learned a lot about the bank industry.
Professor Bystrom was very knowledgeable in the subject taught and I'm glad he had experience in the banking industry so that he could relate a lot of the course material to real life. Looking into different scenarios of the banking world from consumer, corporate, lending, and real estate opened up my mind to what banking deals with. By taking this course I had learned far more than I expected and hope to gain more knowledge in other courses taught by Professor Bystrom.
Great teacher! I wish that he taught every finance course in Shidler. Not only is he enthusiastic about the material, he has great experience in the industry. I have recommended him and this course to friends.
I am grateful for the in-class assignments, as I feel I learned a lot from such hands on learning.

Benjamin Bystrom: FIN641, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Financial Economics & Institns
Course: FIN 641 - Entrepreneurial Finance Crn (Section): 85985 (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 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (89%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 8 (89%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
8. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
9. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
10. The objectives of the course were clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
11. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
14. 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  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
15. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
16. Other comments:
Usually, I like to start by providing a recommendation of something that can/should be changed in the course before highlighting the positive aspects of the course, but I can't think of anything that was wrong. First, I liked how the assignments and exams were very objective. Nothing is worse than being evaluated based on subjective material where you know the evaluation is biased and based on favoritisim or "butt-kissing". In this course, however, the grades/evaluation was strictly objective, with right/wrong answers and right/wrong methods and procedures to doing things. This makes it easier to believe that you are being fairly evaluated, which motivates one to work hard, because if they work hard, then they will succeed. Another thing I liked about the course was there was a lot of inclass excel problems that we worked on. This was really beneficial not only because it allowed us to practice what we were being taught, but it also allowed us to make mistakes in front of the professor and learn from them. I felt that the number of assignments and exams for the course was adequate. Admittedly it was a little intense during the last half of the course because everything was due at that time, but I dont feel there is any way around it. After all, we have to learn the material before we can do the projects. The lectures and material were all clear and he taught in way that made things easy to understand. Even more importantly, if there was something that was unclear, the professor made himself available all day, more-or-less, to help. For those of us who work during the day, we could call him on his cell and get help. Now that I am done with the MBA program, I can say with certainty, this is one of the best professors in the program. He's definitely in the top 4. You know a professor is great when his passion for the subject is passed on to the students, and I must say, his passion for finance has rubbed off onto me to the point where I'm considering a career change and going into finance. I cant stress enough that if the Shidler MBA program wishes to become a world-class program, they need to do everything they can do in order to retain Professor Bystrom.
Professor Bystrom is passionate about the subject matter and did a great job laying out the expectations for the assignments and exams.
Interesting subject and very well covered.
I really enjoyed his class.
Needs to to a better job of explaining the calculations. Uses too many acronyms and abbreviated concepts. I have no idea if EV means equity value or enterprise value. I don't know what pre-money or post-money is. I don't know what levered and unlevered is referring to. The handouts are not enough. You need to actually show us what to do at least once, instead of giving us a a worksheet and telling us to get to it.
Professor Bystrom is always enthusiastic about finance which made it fun to learn. With his lessons and real life experiences that he shared, I learned a lot! This is one of the most valuable classes offered.

Benjamin Bystrom: BUS314, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Financial Economics & Institns
Course: BUS 314 - Business Finance Crn (Section): 76044 (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  
3.83 25 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (20%) 18 (72%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 25 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 21 (84%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 25 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 4 (16%) 20 (80%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 25 0.92 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (20%) 18 (72%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 25 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 6 (24%) 18 (72%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 25 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 8 (32%) 15 (60%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 25 0.85 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (16%) 20 (80%)
8. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 25 0.87 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (36%) 15 (60%)
9. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 25 0.92 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (24%) 17 (68%)
10. The objectives of the course were clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 25 0.92 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (20%) 18 (72%)
11. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 25 0.86 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (20%) 19 (76%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 25 0.84 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 21 (84%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 25 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 21 (84%)
14. 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  
4.56 25 0.92 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (20%) 18 (72%)
15. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 25 0.88 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (24%) 17 (68%)
16. Other comments:
Great Class best teacher at Shidler.
I think it would be beneficial to go over a problem step by step before we are asked to do it individually. I felt lost many times because I didn't kow where to start when we were given a problem to solve in class.
Great finance teacher. Loved the pace of the course and the lecture was very appropriate it elaborated on the textbook which only allowed us to understand content even more.
He is really good at explaining a complicated subject. He creates a comfortable learning environment.
I learned a lot.
Great teacher!
Very good professor. I am generally not very good at finance, and was worried how I would do in BUS 314, but with Bystrom I am able to follow along and do well. He is very knowledgeable and takes the time to explain. I would highly recommend to anyone to take this class from him.
This seems like a challenging class for most people, but Bystrom did a good job of passing along his immense knowledge to us. His in class lectures were great and the exercises were a good way to learn this stuff. He is very excited about this type of stuff and was able to make us understand it as well (for the most part). One thing I would say, if possible, it would be better to give out the group assignments earlier. Its a little stressful getting them this late in the semester.
No issue with this class. I enjoyed the entire semester. If there was any thing I would nitpick on is the group projects. My group was so useless... I had to complete the project by myself. I feel that there should be some sort of accountability of a group member's actions in a project. Why should I get a lower grade due to doing all the work and not having input. On top of that, why should the group get all the same grade when the weight of the work clearly lies with 1 or 2 people out of 5. It is sad to admit, but sometimes you just have to be really stern on group cooperation and teamwork.

Benjamin Bystrom: FIN625, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Financial Economics & Institns
Course: FIN 625 - Monetary Systems & Fin Markets Crn (Section): 75486 (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 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (92%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 9 (75%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%)
8. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 6 (50%) 5 (42%)
9. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%)
10. The objectives of the course were clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%)
11. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 12 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 2 (17%) 7 (58%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
14. 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  
4.17 12 1.27 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 2 (17%) 7 (58%)
15. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%)
16. Other comments:
He was always very helpful and explained finance in simple terms, which I appreciated because I am not financed focus.
An excellent teacher and lecturer. He is extremely intelligent but retains humility while communicating effectively.
I have had professor Bystrom for many classes in the past. He is an outstanding teacher. I like his methodology practicality when it comes to teaching. He always has time to help students out when asked. I'm sad that this will be my last class with him.
I will admit, during the first class, I was a little worried about the class/professor because for some odd reason, I had trouble understand what he was trying to say during his lecture. It wasn't a language issue or the words he used, but for some reason which I can't explain, I just had a difficult time following him. The second class was a little better and from the third class on, he has been a remarkable instructor. First, my only recommendation to him would be to get rid of the ppt presentation project, and instead, have two excel projects. I think the students got more out of the excel project than the ppt project. Otherwise, he was VERY knowledegeable about the topics that he teaches, but at the same time, knows how to "dumb-down" the concepts so even non-finance majors can follow him. This is very important because many of the MBA candidates are not business majors. Also, the workload was adequate. I also liked the fact that he covered a lot of different topics in finance and didnt just focus on only banking or only equities or debt. He was more than willing to help out the students which is also very important in a complicated subject like this. Probably one of the best things about this class was that the grading appeared to be more fair as the exams were multiple choice and so there was a right/wrong answer. Ive had classes where the grading was very subjective and you get the sense of unfair grading. The fact that this course's grading was done fairly motivates students to try their best because they know that if they try their hardest then they are more likely to get great grades. Overall, a great experience and if the Shidler College of Business wishes to become a world-class institution, it needs to retain and reward professors like Benjamin Bystrom.

Benjamin Bystrom: FIN635C, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Financial Economics & Institns
Course: FIN 635C - Japanese Financial Management Crn (Section): 75487 (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%) 3 (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  
2.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated 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 (67%)
6. I learned a lot in this 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%) 2 (67%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
8. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
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 (67%)
9. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
10. The objectives of the course were clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
11. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
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 (67%)
14. 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  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
15. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
16. Other comments:
Prof. Bystrom has been very helpful and has made himself available whenever help was needed. His real-world experience in the subject matter makes the learning material relevant and very interesting. Given the complexity of some of the topics such as real estate and credit analysis, perhaps more examples (i.e. handouts, classroom examples, etc.) might help reinforce some of the more difficult aspects of these topics.
Dr. Bystrom is very professional and understanding. I think I would like him to connect the financial calculations more to managerial decision-making skills in his class.