eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

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Instructor: Mikhail Ponce

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ACC413, Summer I 2014
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ACC413, Fall 2013
ACC413, Summer I 2013
ACC413, Spring 2013

Mikhail Ponce: ACC413, Summer I 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: School of Accountancy
Course: ACC 413 - Law for the Accountant Crn (Section): 96112 (601)    
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  
4.67 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 9 (69%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.58 13 0.51 Freq(%) 5 (38%) 7 (54%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
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%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
8. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
The professor always offered help to us.
Course material was presented in a way that I could understand, therefore I learned more in this class than many other classes I took at Shidler.
I am currently studying for the regulation portion of the CPA exam. I felt as though this class helped enforce some of the critical aspects of the exam.
Having a professor who is knowledgable and enthusiastic about the course topic was very helpful in my learning process for this course.
We were told exactly what was expected of us. Very thorough explanations and always willing to answer questions.
I thought the material from the first half of the class was more helpful compared to the second just because it was new to me. My favorite modules were contract and sales.
Even though the class went class in the summer, professor Ponce makes sure the material is understandable and easy to study.
I found the homework to be helpful to learn and understand the legal/accounting concepts. I also found the extra credit to be quite interesting.
Lecture was very helpful; I like Prof Ponce emphasized certain things in lecture that were later on the midterm, we well as choosing not to cover every single bit of material in the book in-depth.
The Instructor was always willing to answer any questions and stay after class to provide help and feedback. This course is also helpful in preparing for the Regulation portion of the CPA Exam.
Homework assignments explain the concepts very well and are very light, only taking maybe 5-10 minutes to complete. Lectures are to the point and examples are funny and easy to follow.
9. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
N/A
Time constraints of this summer class made it hard to go through all course material thoroughly.
Nothing.
The paper
With the amount of study material, it's hard to remember all of them for the final
This 20-page paper seems a bit much for focusing on only one topic. It's going to be very fluffy.
10. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
11. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
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%)
12. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
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%)
13. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
14. The objectives of the course were clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
15. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 13 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
16. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
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%)
17. The instructor sets high standards for 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%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Maybe he can try something else besides just lecturing.
Great instructor!
I thought Professor Ponce did a great job teaching the course. Sometimes he would go over course material kind of fast, but I understand that it was an accelerated course due to summer school.
Cut out the less important topics so we have time to cover the things we really need to know, especially during summer.
I would suggest a little more emphasis on material that will be on the exam although the text he uses does try to do that. Also, writing a 20 page paper is quite challenging during the summer session since the class moves at an accelerated pace. Perhaps the amount of writing could be broken up over several assignments so that students can meet the 20 page writing requirement.
Maybe lower the page count or possibly make it two 10-page papers (5-pages each for undergrad). Also, more homeworks since those drive the point home better than just reading the concepts over and over...
19. 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  
4.54 13 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (46%) 7 (54%)
20. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%)
21. What changes would you make in the lectures?
Lecture slides with more adequate information.
N/A
Some of the examples discussed in lecture were the same examples from the text. it would be helpful to have additional examples for certain topics.
Going over only the main parts we are supposed to know could make the lectures a bit shorter. Sometimes I felt the lectures would get a little lengthy after 2 and a half hours hit.
Have the slides available earlier, not just the day of.
Because the summer session is accelerated, I would decrease the amount of time for a break. Instead of giving students 15 minutes, I think there should only be a 5 minute break. I'd rather get through all of the material than rushing at the end.
Allocate more time to the second half of class especially for the tax sections. A couple of suggestions to do this are by briefly going over the midterm and discussing just the difficult questions and essays. Also, beginning contracts (module 26) on the first day.
The lectures are well prepared and promote discussion. I don't think they can be improved too much considering how much needed to be covered in the short amount of time.
22. What changes would you make in the examinations?
A better study guide.
N/A
I felt as though the exams were very reflective of the material discussed and the topics that Professor Ponce empashized.
The examinations were fair and were exactly from what we were given in our exam reviews, so I wouldn't change a thing.
My suggestion is for the final he should break down it into 2 part. Part 1 with all the tax formula and calculation should be able to the student to use the book to check. Part 2 with other related problem will be handed later and closed book
I felt the examinations were fair. I like that the professor offers extra credit on the exams.
Open notes or even open book. In today's modern digital age, everyone has access to all the world's information in their pocket. The ability to find information is more valuable than the ability to recall it. Also, I have the memory of a goldfish.
23. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
This course was hard for the short summer so maybe the timing of the lectures could be a little better. Also, more homework questions would probably help.
For a six week summer course a twenty page paper is extremely challenging. I would have liked to spend more time focusing on the course material but instead was focused on the paper. i think the paper number should be condensed for summer.
The lectures could have been a little shorter, by shortening some of the information that we wouldn't be tested on a little more. Also, utilizing the book more for homework exercises would have helped me use the book more than just assigned readings.
Perhaps for the summer session the 20 page writing requirement could be broken up among several writing assignments.
I guess I can summarize my previous points: Lower the page count but possibly assign multiple papers to reduce fluff. More homeworks to reinforce concepts and prevent mental stagnation. Open note/book exams because...
24. Other comments:
If possible, it might be better to take this course during the regular semester instead of summer (unless you are only a student with no full-time job). We go over lots of material in a short 6-week span. It's good because information is still fresh in your head when you take the midterm/final. It's tough because along with all the course material and exams, there's a term paper (20 pages for grad students) that you need to finish at the same time. More time during the semester might ease the work load.
Overall, I think this was a great course. The material is very valuable and Professor Ponce did a wonderful job. I learned more in this six week course then other full semester courses that I have taken.
Overall, this class was very helpful and it has helped me become more prepared for the CPA exam.
While it was no fault of the professors, it was disappointing that there was a water main break which shut down the campus. Because of this, one of our classes was cancelled. I think that UH should provide some sort of extra class time in the summer session for unexpected events that may occur.
This has been a great summer course. I learned a lot (though it was often very challenging) and I'm sure the content will help prepare me for when I want to take the CPA. Prof Ponce is extremely knowledgeable and very willing to assist students, which I appreciate!
The Instructor was very helpful and willing to take the time to explain concepts or examples after class. The Instructor also did his best to make the class interesting.
Great class, great prof. Better organized and taught than most graduate classes. Just... that paper... ouch!

Mikhail Ponce: ACC413, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: School of Accountancy
Course: ACC 413 - Law for the Accountant Crn (Section): 80011 (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  
4.56 16 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (44%) 9 (56%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.69 16 0.48 Freq(%) 5 (31%) 11 (69%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 13 (81%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 16 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 10 (63%)
8. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
The corp. taxation. It is helpful for preparing the CPA exam.
Helpful examples in class. Homework helps the exam a lot.
The examples given during the lecture were very helpful in understanding the concepts.
The way Professor Ponce assigned the homework, really helped me understand the concepts in the class. He made learning about accounting understandable. He also took the time to break up the problems and concepts into manageable pieces. He made the effort to do a step by step break down of the calculations and explained how each value was categorized. He used real life examples in class and didn't try to trick up but presented the information in a very straight forward way. Other then that, I really learned a lot from the course. Prof. Ponce is a very good teacher. He really cares about whether or not his students are understanding the materials. He also always made sure we understood the more difficult classes and made the students feel welcomed and was not intimidating. He was also conversational, which helped a lot.
Before writing this, I have seen one other good evaluation, so I will try to do the same. I found that this course was fairly more interactive that my other courses. Most professors are the "sit back and lecture until the class drops dead", type of professors. Dr. Ponce is definitely a very different character. He likes to lecture, and enjoys sharing his life experiences with the class. I think that because he was able to get the class to talk, it encouraged people stay for his lectures, and actually pay attention.
What a great and helpful teacher Professor Ponce is. He really cares about students, and he treats every and each students very kindly with respect. He is very knowledgeable and explains important concepts very well.
I really enjoy Professor Ponce's teaching method. He is incredibly knowledgeable, and he really made the course material interesting. I found the in-class examples very valuable for this class, as they were always very clear. Additionally, the amount of student interaction is also a plus. All in all, this is a very great course and I had a lot of fun!
All of them are very helpful.
Most valuable: I feel like I got a firm grasp of pertinent law topics that will definitely come into importance in my desired career path in tax accounting. The tax topics in the second half of class are also exactly on point with my interests and are invaluable to my success. As for most helpful: I really enjoyed how Professor Ponce always had an upbeat and energetic approach to the class topics which always held my interest for the full duration of class. While I might not have fully understood some topics at first, he always was available for questions and gave very explicit examples that fleshed out the important points of the lecture.
Law for the accountant is a very informative course that provided an introduction to regulations. Professor Ponce is very knowledgeable about the material and is well prepared for class. His syllabus is easy to follow and his lectures contain examples that help us participate and gain further understanding in his class. I enjoy how the class is structured and how he engages the students.
I really appreciate all the examples and the reviews that helped enhance the lectures.
EG
9. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
Individual taxation since we already took ACC 401.
I did not like the homework that was due the Monday after Easter. I thought it could have been assigned the week before or after. I also did not like the term paper but I understand it is part of the course.
He was very open to his students requesting help. Therefore, I do not have anything to say that may be seen as useless or less than useful to the class.
Monday night is very hard for some students to make.
This course rocked! I have nothing bad to say.
Least valuable: I want to put something here but I can't think of anything. I truly do want to critique here but I can't think of anything. It feels like the second half of class after the midterm has way more important information to remember. Maybe shift some to the midterm? But then again, the final is cumulative, so I'm not exactly sure. Maybe I'm stressing importance on the wrong topics.
N/A
NONE
10. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 13 (81%)
11. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 13 (81%)
12. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
13. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
14. The objectives of the course were clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
15. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 13 (81%)
16. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
17. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 11 (69%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Review before exam. Check! Go over the exam after. Check! Speech speed is good. Check! Explanation is clear. Check! Nothing I can come up with needs to improve.
Use some practice questions that would help us understand the type of questions used in exams. Some of the questions were kind of confusing and only someone who had read the textbook questions would have understood ( I did, so it was all good). And not a fan of true/false ones.
I'm not sure, this was one of the best business classes I have ever taken.
Keep doing an excellent work. See other segments for improvements.
The class has to cover too much concepts for one class. I think the School of Accountancy should adjust it.
The course is already very well taught by Professor Ponce. My only suggestion would be to maintain the in-class examples and student interaction as they were very helpful.
Prof. Ponce did a great job!! He was one of the most excellent instructor I have ever met. He explained the material such well that as an international student I can understand well too. I highly recommend he to teach more classes, such as ACC407, ACC401.
Sometimes it feels like we tend to dwell on less important topics, which causes us to sometimes rush over seemingly more important or complex topics in order to finish the lecture on time. However, this may just be a personal observation that may not reflect the true importance of topics. For the most part, for me, class seemingly goes by fairly quickly due to the mix of Ponce's well-designed process of lecturing about the material and evening coffee.
I would suggest that the time of the course was used more efficiently. I found that sometimes he would have to rush towards the end of the lecture because he spent too much time on the earlier slides.
The paper requirement is too long.
19. 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  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
20. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (44%) 9 (56%)
21. What changes would you make in the lectures?
The structure of the lecture is good. Examples are good. Slides are understanding and organized. Hope he can slow down when explaining the example questions on the slides.
If there were more time in class, I would say to give a few MC questions. Otherwise the lectures are solid and enjoyable.
None.
His lectures were basically perfect. It is difficult to reduce the amount of information needed to study for the CPA exam, and he definitely tried to make it easier.
It is already great.
I enjoyed the lectures, they are very clear and easy to follow. The lectures are also all organized very well.
Perfect!!
I would want more flags of "HEY, you should probably remember this for the exam." This second half of class after the midterm feels like I'm figuratively drowning in a wide variety of topics that seem important which is stressful because I feel like I am going to focus on studying things not pertinent to the exam.
I enjoy the interactive sections of the lecture and hope that you are able to incorporate more examples as this course progresses. I understand that there is a time restraint and some topics may be hard to go through, but I believe that it keeps students engaged (and up) in class since you never know when you will be called on.
N/A
I think it would be better to post the questions that you gonna ask in the example slides, becasue somethig i have to hard time to follow up.
The paper requirement is too long.
22. What changes would you make in the examinations?
I would appreciate if the final exam is not accumulated but I appreciated the extra credit question in the exam.
Maybe give us the topic of the 3rd essay question? Or a "complete any 3 of the following 4 questions"
I would not make the final exam cumulative. There is to much information to cover, plus the term paper, homework assignments and the reading to finish.
The examinations were based on multiple choice, true and false, and essays that were similar to our homework. These exams are perfectly reasonable, however the amount of knowledge that we must retain may be a little overwhelming for people. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be really done for this situation.
Already good.
I personally don't like multiple choice, but I understand that it is a needed part in most tests, like the CPA exam. I found the examination to be completely fair, as there were no surprises. Everything on the exam was previously covered in class.
The first exam was fine. This second one has a lot of possible topics. Currently praying for (excessive) bonus questions.
N/A
no
23. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Hope Prof. Ponce can give more homework exercises to help understand the lecture material.
Extra credit if the whole class completes the eCafe!
Making the semester shorter. Other classes end the week prior.
My management professor mentioned this to me once. She stated that human attention increases when students are not staring at computers, not relaxing in their chairs, but rather actually standing up and listening. Some see that they need to take notes in front of their computer, however (depending on the situation), standing up can increase attentiveness of people, which could be very beneficial, maybe even during class examples. In terms of the course, maybe going over some of the tax portion in the beginning of the class, may be a little more beneficial. As in, allowing students to understand the ramifications of tax in the beginning (but not putting tax on the first exam), and hoping that they retain the knowledge for the final.
I strongly believe more homework will help students to practice and prepare better for exams and to understand concepts better.
One suggestion could be an in-class group assignment, where students break off into groups to work out a problem. I don't know, I found this to be a very solid course.
As I mentioned previously, I feel a little swamped in information for this second exam. I would like for more red flags of pertinent information which will most likely be tested.
Time management of the lectures could be improved.
The paper requirement is too long.
24. Other comments:
It is surprising this law course never make me bored to fall asleep. Examples are helpful. Good job!
None. The class was great!! I would recommend this teacher to anyone who needs to take this class.
This was one of the best business classes I have ever taken. It's to bad I'm not going into accounting and that I work at a demanding job. Otherwise I could have enjoyed the course much more and had the time and opportunity to really dive into the course material.
The course is very polished and does not need improvement.
In my personal opinion, I saw some complaints about how the homework was assigned. For example, the argument about the positive casualty gains when rocks are stolen from the land, the value appreciates. This was clearly explained in class, and the arguments that this was not explained came from students that left during the break, because they found no point to being in the class. Although this may not be clearly observed, as attendance is taken at the start of class, I believe that the student should be punished for leaving on their own accord. I understand that as a professor, you are supposed to be impartial, however, in this specific scenario, it was on the students' fault, and not the professors. It is up to you how you wish to analyze this situation, however you are doing a great job. It is nearly impossible to force change upon a student. It is definitely not reasonable to argue for a change of grade, when the student was not attending class, because they felt that they could do more at home than attend your lecture.
20-pages paper for graduate students is required, but I don`t think it has to be for one topic. Instead of making one topic for 20 pages, assigning one extra 10-page paper for graduate students can be a possible alternative.
I had a great time in your class Professor Ponce! Thank you for being such an awesome teacher, you are the man! I hope you have a great summer, and keep watching UFC! Mahalo nui loa, Clayton Chen Also I'm very sorry for occasionally dosing off in class, the time slot isn't the best :(
I feel like I've learned a great deal from this class. It was enjoyable, interesting, and very on-topic with my eventual career path. Business law is not the most popular of topics but Professor Ponce does a great job of making it seem like it is. His affable personality makes a huge difference and I appreciate his dedication on continuous improvements of his lectures.
I like the current event section because it allows me to hear about different things that relate to class. I genuinely enjoyed this class and found it to be a breath of fresh air!
I really enjoyed the lectures by Professor Ponce! He is a great professor for this course. Very knowledgable and helpful. Also, able to translate the terms into something more understandable terms.
The paper requirement is too long.

Mikhail Ponce: ACC413, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: School of Accountancy
Course: ACC 413 - Law for the Accountant Crn (Section): 70020 (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  
4.36 28 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 16 (57%) 11 (39%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.48 28 0.51 Freq(%) 14 (50%) 13 (46%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 28 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (11%) 24 (86%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 28 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (14%) 24 (86%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 28 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (11%) 24 (86%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 28 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (21%) 22 (79%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 28 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 6 (21%) 20 (71%)
8. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
Guided example problems and assigned homework that draws directly on those example problems are a good way to reinforce class material.
Professor Ponce used many examples in his teaching!
Professor explain almost every bullet points by giving us examples
Powerpoint Slides
Going over examples, and his logical explanations behind some of the rules.
The different topics that we learned in class were most valuable and helpful about the course. Many good examples are provided to explain the laws and concepts which were really helpful too.
Homework assignments are a good way to apply the theory.
Professor Ponce knew everything about everything. Literally. If a student had a question, there was no doubt that he would answer it.
Professor Ponce made everything easy to understand with great examples. He also tried to help us whenever we had questions or problems.
Contract & Tax.
The course helped me learn the material I need and will use in the future as an accountant. Most of the topics were interesting.
I liked all of the examples in the PowerPoint slides. Often the book was confusing; however, Professor Ponce did a good job of clarifying it in the lecture.
Professor Ponce really cared about whether or not we really grasped what he taught. I found him to be one of the most helpful professors I've ever had. He also took the time to go over examples and made each topic interesting.
Professor Ponce would email the lecture slides ahead of time to those students requested them. It was beneficial to have the slides ahead of time so I could go back over the reading and highlight the most important parts. The examples during lectures and the homework were very beneficial to emphasize and learn the material discussed during lectures they were also great study tools for the final exam. By learning how to use the concepts I read about and talked about I would better understand them. also the term paper allowed us to apply the subject matter to the real world.
The concepts were presented in a way that made it easier to understand. The examples in class were really helpful. The homework was a great way to apply and understand everything that we learned in a chapter. Calling on students made me more attentive in class as well, although it was pretty nerve-wracking whenever I was called on.
the examples in the powerpoints were very helpful. Walking through them step by step helped me learn the material better and be able to relate it to something.
Professor Ponce consistently explained everything very clearly and made everything easy to understand.
Professor Ponce tried to engage the class by calling on volunteers and by making the examples fun and relatable. You can also tell that he wants his students to do well in his class...he understands that the material is dense and offers extra credit opportunities. His tests are straightforward; he does not try to trick you, he just wants to know that you've retained the material.
Contracts Law and Tax Law
Professor Ponce was very insightful on the topics he covered. The quirky examples were entertaining and effective in learning.
Using the Wiley CPA Regulation book as the required book material.
Many cases he mentioned would be helpful in the future too.
9. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
The second half of the course focuses to heavily on being a refresher for individual income taxation. I felt like there was a pretty big shift in content covered from a business law perspective.
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The paper
It is hard for me to take note on the examples from the slides since it's going a bit fast sometimes.
Power point doesn't display the entire examples. Learning is more effective through solution of examples.
I can't think of anything. Maybe the tax-related article?
I feel that the book for this course is a little boring, but I don't know if that can be helped because it may be the only decent thing in a certain price range.
Maybe Tort since it is more on criminal study.
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Least valuable was the beginning of class news article and current event presentations. Students were allowed to sit and present there news article or current event that they heard on the radio or saw watching the news and relate it to class material. It was frequently very hard to hear then presenting and to hear how it related to class. If the students would stand up at their seats and present it would be easier to hear them and focus on what they are saying. When it is hard to hear students their peers may zone out or not pay attention to what they are saying and therefore do not benefit at all from the presentations.
I didn't feel like the term paper helped me at all with the class. It was kind of random and procrastinated.
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I found the short oral presentations to be the least helpful. I do think that it's useful to research current topics and see how what we're learning in class applies to the business world. However, I don't think that an oral presentation is the best way to go about it. When people are presenting, most students are not listening. I think a very short write-up (a paragraph or two) would be better.
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A lot of cases.
10. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 28 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 4 (14%) 22 (79%)
11. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 28 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (14%) 24 (86%)
12. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 28 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (21%) 21 (75%)
13. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 28 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (7%) 24 (86%)
14. The objectives of the course were clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 28 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (21%) 21 (75%)
15. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 28 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (18%) 23 (82%)
16. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 28 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (18%) 22 (79%)
17. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 28 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (14%) 23 (82%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I think it would be more helpful to have powerpoint slides posted on Laulima. If a student has computer problems and/or deletes the email with the powerpoints on it, he or she has to contact the professor again for powerpoint slides.
I think Professor Ponce does good job in teaching.
Study guide and more time to study for exams
More homework assignments? I liked the amount of homework assignments that we had this semester, and I thought the homework assignments helped us to understand the content better. I think I learned the most from the second one, where we didn't go over the solution in class. I think the homework assignments help to connect the dots.
The teaching style of this course is engaging the students to learn and pay close attention because students might be called to answer certain questions. However, some students might find this style not helpful.
Homework Handout solutions and practice quizzes so we can be more prepared for the midterm and final.
Maybe a little more homework so that we can apply what we learned to something? I thought it was a good amount that was given, but having more wouldn't hurt.
I don't have any suggestions for improvements in this course.
He is one of the best professor at UH Manoa. I think he should keep teaching the same way as he is now.
I actually liked the way the professor taught the course. If i had to nitpick, I would ask for step by step solutions to the exercises and homework a week after we attempted/completed them. Preferably written on the chalkboard or presented as a PowerPoint slide so that we can see all of the steps and write them down/take notes if we need to. There were some examples explained in class, but the complexity of it still made it a bit confusing.
Professor Ponce has been encouraging students to complete the teacher evaluations so that he could receive feedback and how to improve this class; however, I have no recommendations. The class was very well organized and I don't know what I would like to see improved.
Maybe go over more computational tax examples to get more practice.
He could do more in class examples with more material. I find the examples to be very beneficial and I learn a lot form them. I would also like him to give examples of how the questions on the exam would be aside from the homework questions. He made it very clear that the homework short answer/essay question will be very similar to the short answer/essay questions on the exam. But it was hard to know how the multiple choice questions would look or what they would be like other than knowing they were multiple choice. Their are multiple choice questions at the end of each module in the book if he gave us a few of those to practice before the exam that might help too.
try introducing some real life case studies.
Continue doing what you're doing.
The only thing I can think of is that when he calls on students, he often calls on the same students every class, or even twice in one class period. Then there are students that he rarely calls on. I know it must be hard to try to evenly disburse this, but the students notice who those people are who are getting constantly called upon.
I really liked the examples, more examples in the dry topics can make it interesting.
Give a review for the Final
19. 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  
4.57 28 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (7%) 5 (18%) 20 (71%)
20. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 28 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (14%) 23 (82%)
21. What changes would you make in the lectures?
None
Nothing, I liked it.
The lectures were all very informative, and presented all the topics thoroughly.
Upload ppt in laulima. Examples of real life situations help to understand better the theory
Not much.
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Nothing
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Nothing
Maybe incorporate more tax examples.
Other than maybe giving and doing more examples I would not change the lectures. The lectures are very engaging and it gives me a greater understanding of the material I just read about and need to know. Also sending the slides for the lectures ahead of time allow us to focus on the additional things he is saying to supplement the slides and more notes other than trying to copy down everything on the slides and not getting much of anything else that might be important.
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Include solutions to powerpoint examples in the powerpoints.
None.
I wish the class has more than 1 breaks.
I like the examples that are used in the lectures, when it's creative in using names that is relatable, it helps as a reference to remember the topic
22. What changes would you make in the examinations?
It will be better if the final exam is not comprehensive.
None
Nothing.
I would say one less essay question. But the number of essays that we have now is still acceptable as some are very similar to the homework problems.
More practices quizes
Not much. He goes through all types of questions and material.
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Nothing
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Nothing
Maybe give two essays instead of three.
I don't know. I think the examinations adequately test our knowledge of the material. The multiple choice questions and the essay questions reflect what we learned and practiced in class and with homework. I also like the fact that there is a bonus question included that can help us raise our grade and also tests us further on what we learned in class. I would however make the final exam noncumulative. There is so much information we learn throughout the semester and we have other classes and exams that it seems to be too much to have what we were already tested on in the midterm and add another two and a half to three months of more material to absorb and study and remember for the final.
no cumulative exam
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None.
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provide a review before hand for the final
23. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I think short, multiple choice quizzes throughout the semester could help students reinforce their learning and gauge how they are doing before an exam.
I think calling students for asking questions makes students nervous.
Focus less on presentations
examples, ppt in laulima
It can't really be improved by anything.
The only suggestion I have would be to find more animated or exciting materials.
I love this course. I have learned a lots. In my opinion, I think for term paper, 2.5 pages and 5 pages (single space) are reasonable for undergraduate and graduate students.
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Great Professor! Always organized, encouraged questions, and no improvements necessary.
The only issue that comes to mind is going over a dense amount of material in a short timeframe. Maybe we could move a little slower, especially towards the end of the course. Other than that, I really enjoyed this class and am grateful that I got to take it from Professor Ponce.
More examples during lectures on the material would help to learn more about what we are discussing. Also I feel that a noncumulative final would allow students to focus more on what they learned since the midterm, just like the midterm allows students to focus more on what they have learned since the start of the school year. Also since we don't really get more time to study for the final than we did for the midterm but we have to study and remember twice as much information it may be beneficial to the students for the final to be noncumulative.
Insert the example answers in the powerpoint, so that it is easier to refer to it when reviewing concepts.
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none
24. Other comments:
Great Professor
I enjoyed this course. I liked the first lecture, because I thought it was a really great idea to get everyone warmed up for the course.
The course is very orgainzed, the professor is very knowledge about the subjects as he provided many good examples to help us understand the concepts. He is also very helpful when we ask him about homework problems and response email in a timely manner.
The class is very important to understand and prepare for the regulation part of the CPA exam.
If you can read this, thank you Professor!
Thank you so much for teaching me this semester. I will be sure to vote for you as the best professor this year.
Great class. Thank you!
Best Professor of the semester!
this was the most interesting class i took this semester. Great Job Professor Ponce. You should teach more graduate level accounting courses :)
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None.
The 20 pages term paper is too much.

Mikhail Ponce: ACC413, Summer I 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: School of Accountancy
Course: ACC 413 - Law for the Accountant Crn (Section): 91309 (601)    
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  
4.31 13 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 5 (38%) 6 (46%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.25 13 0.45 Freq(%) 9 (69%) 3 (23%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%)
6. I learned a lot in 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%)
7. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
I found the lecture slides to be very helpful, and the professor going over it in class.
What I learned while taking this course.
Examples. We need more of them!
I liked that he would make us participate in class. Also, if we had a question he would think through the solution with us instead of answering the question.
Receiving the lecture slides through email.
Professor Ponce did an excellent job keeping everyone engaged and involved in the class. His constant reference back to previously taught information helped us retain the information for future use.
It was the first course I've taken that take steps in preparing me for the CPA exam.
the powerpoint slides plus the notes underneath them were very helpful in understanding the important concepts of the course
I thought the power point presentations were excellent! Though the book was helpful, I feel that I learned a lot more in class. I especially enjoyed our focus on individual taxation, as I find the knowledge to be really useful for all of us. The 20 page paper and final exams were both pretty tough but I feel that I gained a much better understanding of the material through both the midterm and the final. Professor Ponce did a great job preparing us for the material on which he tested us! Definitely recommend this class because it takes accounting and law and combines them into really interesting information.
I have learned a lot of basic laws for accountants. It will be really beneficial for my future career.
Using example to demonstrate the issue
the fact that Mr. Mikhail took the time to answer questions and explain things in most digestible manner he could
8. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
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Some of the material was very tough to get through in such a long class period but I think professor ponce did a great job keeping our attention and explaining the material thoroughly.
The in-class presentations. However, they were fun just not very helpful.
The most challenging part of this course was the 20 page paper due at week 5 of a 6 week course. The first week or two was just gaining an understanding of the content of the course and choosing a topic. Then trying to focus on that topic to do the appropriate amount of research (especially with most of us having no law background or understanding) to document a well thought out/written paper was a big challenge. No sure if a shortened paper is the answer or possibly shifting the focus to a presentation (group or otherwise) on a speficied topic to cut down on the time needed to provide the product for grading.
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the book! it's a pretty informative book but it is somehow difficult to absorb the concepts by reading it
Though the paper did help me to gain a much greater understanding on my particular topic, which we covered in class to a lesser extent, I feel that the in class presentations didn't really prepare me. I ended up choosing a completely different topic than the ones that were mentioned. However, my discussion with Professor Ponce helped me to figure out a pertinent topic.
time crunch but as summer class expeditions go
9. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 9 (69%)
10. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 13 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 7 (54%)
11. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
12. The objectives of the course were clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
13. In general, the course was well organized.
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 instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
15. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 13 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 7 (54%)
16. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
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Maybe go a little slower, although I don't blame you for going a little fast since this is a summer class
The paper was rough for such a short summer session. I feel like the material up to the midterm was very long and we went through it all specifically but the material for the final came up really quick, especially because we had our paper due the last day of class. I did not feel like as prepared for the final like I felt for the midterm. I would have liked to go through a lot of problems more specifically that were on the final but I know the course was short for summer so we could not go into much detail. I liked the idea of having a group presentation or even a shorter paper with a more specific topic. I think once I understood what we were supposed to be doing for the paper, it felt very rushed before it was due.
Aside from the examples provided in the slides, maybe the class should be given more complex workout problems during class to practice. This would really help retain the material better.
The only recommendation I would have is when students start asking very specific law questions that do not pertain to the class, instead of being so amazingly patient, just ask the student to come after class to discuss. I think it was sometimes taking away from the learning points by venturing down extremely specific areas that were not beneficial to the class.
I don't see any need for improvements.
I would really appreciate it if you we could have more in-class practices and examples. Towards the final, becasue we were rushing to finish the lectures and plus I was tired, I did not really understand the lectures. Practices and expamles would definitely help a lot.
Give some more example for the topic
Summer classes always feel rushed; it's just the nature of the beast. However, the second half of the class (which covered taxation, various business structures, and property transactions) was EXTREMELY difficult to grasp and I wish we had spent more time on it, or maybe even started off the summer with it. Since Professor Ponce doesn't gear this class toward CPA Exam prep, I would recommend using a different book for the bulk of the class, and maybe adding the CPA Review book as an optional purchase. Our text was essentially 800 pages of rules we had to memorize. Its only redeeming quality was that the book provided answers and explanations to the multiple choice questions at the end of each module. Lastly, although Prof Ponce is a very fair grader and he is very clear about what he expects his class to know, it is still stressful to know that 80% of our overall grade rides on how well we perform on two tests. Although it may not be feasible for a summer class, adding quizzes or homework assignments would certainly help even out the distribution. Anyway, that's just my two cents. The bottom line is that he is a great teacher and both Shidler and its future students would benefit from keeping him as the ACC 413 professor.
17. 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  
3.92 13 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 5 (38%) 4 (31%)
18. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 3 (23%) 8 (62%)
19. Other comments:
There were so many things to learn in this class in a short amount of time. I just wish that I had more time.
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One of the better courses I took here at UH. Your teaching is great!
Professor Ponce has been th best professor I have had thus far at UH. He truly wants to present the information in a clear way and takes pride in making sure his slides have been properly prepped and corrected, if an error is found. He worked very hard to make what can be very dry material interesting- especially for a 3:45 night class!
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The final exam was really difficult so I am glad that Professor Ponce curved our grades!
Thank you so much.
The only prerequisite for this class was BLAW 200, which did a fantastic job of preparing me for the first several modules (sales, commercial paper, secured transactions, bankruptcy, etc.). However, the second half was completely new to me because I have never had a tax class, and I felt very lost the majority of the time. If I had had the opportunity, I would have taken an intro tax class before registering for this class. It may benefit future students if they knew this as well...

Mikhail Ponce: ACC413, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: School of Accountancy
Course: ACC 413 - Law for the Accountant Crn (Section): 80012 (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  
4.67 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%) 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 8 0.58 Freq(%) 2 (25%) 2 (25%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
8. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
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%)
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  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
11. In general, the course was well organized.
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%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
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%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
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  
4.14 8 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 4 (50%) 2 (25%)
15. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%)
16. Other comments:
It was hard not knowing where you stood (grade wise) until so late in the semester. If there was a way to either break up the first test into two parts or somehow have it earlier in the semester, that might help.
Lectures were good because the most important parts of the text were covered and explained thoroughly. Exam format was also good and covered a lot of what was taught in class. The term paper was not very helpful in learning about class material and in my opinion too much work (researching about problem laws and the legislative procedure to enact the solutions). I think shorter papers more related to class material would be more helpful.
Professor Ponce really wants his students to do well and puts in a lot of effort to ensure the material is understood. He expects a lot from his students, but I tend to think that if a professor cares and puts in the time so should we. His exams are challenging but fair. Good professor to learn from!
Considering this was Professor Ponce's first time teaching, he did an excellent job. He's a natural teacher, and I would encourage him to keep teaching.
Great Professor. Intelligent and very helpful. Explains well with examples. Encourage class participation , Pick up student name randomly and ask simple questions about the topic he just covered. I learned a lot . :)
The paper requirement (length of paper 15pages) for only 10% of my grade was a little unusual. But he was flexible with allowing us to meet the requirements, which worked fine for me.