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Instructor: Mikhail Ponce

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

Mikhail Ponce: ACC413, Fall 2013

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?
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 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.
Professor Ponce knew everything about everything. Literally. If a student had a question, there was no doubt that he would answer it.
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.
Contract & Tax.
Contracts Law and Tax Law
Homework assignments are a good way to apply the theory.
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.
Using the Wiley CPA Regulation book as the required book material.
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.
Powerpoint Slides
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.
Guided example problems and assigned homework that draws directly on those example problems are a good way to reinforce class material.
Many cases he mentioned would be helpful in the future too.
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 consistently explained everything very clearly and made everything easy to understand.
Professor explain almost every bullet points by giving us examples
Going over examples, and his logical explanations behind some of the rules.
Professor Ponce used many examples in his teaching!
Professor Ponce made everything easy to understand with great examples. He also tried to help us whenever we had questions or problems.
Professor Ponce was very insightful on the topics he covered. The quirky examples were entertaining and effective in learning.
9. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
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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.
I can't think of anything. Maybe the tax-related article?
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.
Maybe Tort since it is more on criminal study.
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Power point doesn't display the entire examples. Learning is more effective through solution of examples.
I didn't feel like the term paper helped me at all with the class. It was kind of random and procrastinated.
The paper
It is hard for me to take note on the examples from the slides since it's going a bit fast sometimes.
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.
A lot of cases.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
He is one of the best professor at UH Manoa. I think he should keep teaching the same way as he is now.
Homework Handout solutions and practice quizzes so we can be more prepared for the midterm and final.
Give a review for the Final
try introducing some real life case studies.
Study guide and more time to study for exams
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.
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.
Maybe go over more computational tax examples to get more practice.
Continue doing what you're doing.
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.
I think Professor Ponce does good job in teaching.
I don't have any suggestions for improvements in this course.
I really liked the examples, more examples in the dry topics can make it interesting.
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?
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Nothing
None.
Not much.
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.
Nothing
I wish the class has more than 1 breaks.
Upload ppt in laulima. Examples of real life situations help to understand better the theory
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
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None
The lectures were all very informative, and presented all the topics thoroughly.
Maybe incorporate more tax examples.
Include solutions to powerpoint examples in the powerpoints.
Nothing, I liked it.
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22. What changes would you make in the examinations?
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Nothing
None.
Not much. He goes through all types of questions and material.
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.
Nothing
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More practices quizes
provide a review before hand for the final
no cumulative exam
None
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.
Maybe give two essays instead of three.
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Nothing.
It will be better if the final exam is not comprehensive.
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23. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
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Great Professor! Always organized, encouraged questions, and no improvements necessary.
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It can't really be improved by anything.
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.
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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examples, ppt in laulima
Insert the example answers in the powerpoint, so that it is easier to refer to it when reviewing concepts.
Focus less on presentations
I think short, multiple choice quizzes throughout the semester could help students reinforce their learning and gauge how they are doing before an exam.
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.
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I think calling students for asking questions makes students nervous.
The only suggestion I have would be to find more animated or exciting materials.
24. Other comments:
Great class. Thank you!
Best Professor of the semester!
None.
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.
The 20 pages term paper is too much.
The class is very important to understand and prepare for the regulation part of the CPA exam.
this was the most interesting class i took this semester. Great Job Professor Ponce. You should teach more graduate level accounting courses :)
Great Professor
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.
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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.

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?
It was the first course I've taken that take steps in preparing me for the CPA exam.
Receiving the lecture slides through email.
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.
the powerpoint slides plus the notes underneath them were very helpful in understanding the important concepts of the course
What I learned while taking this course.
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
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.
Examples. We need more of them!
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.
I found the lecture slides to be very helpful, and the professor going over it in class.
8. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
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The in-class presentations. However, they were fun just not very helpful.
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 book! it's a pretty informative book but it is somehow difficult to absorb the concepts by reading it
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time crunch but as summer class expeditions go
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.
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.
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?
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.
I don't see any need for improvements.
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 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.
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Give some more example for the topic
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.
Maybe go a little slower, although I don't blame you for going a little fast since this is a summer class
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.
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:
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...
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One of the better courses I took here at UH. Your teaching is great!
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The final exam was really difficult so I am glad that Professor Ponce curved our grades!
Thank you so much.
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!
There were so many things to learn in this class in a short amount of time. I just wish that I had more time.

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:
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 . :)
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.
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.
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.