eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Samir Khanal

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BE410, Fall 2013
BE491, Fall 2011

Samir Khanal: BE410, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Molecular Biosci & Bioengr
Course: BE 410 - Biomass Conv to Biofuels/Bioen Crn (Section): 78898 (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  
4.42 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (67%) 3 (25%) 1 (8%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.17 12 0.39 Freq(%) 10 (83%) 2 (17%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 2 (17%) 8 (67%)
6. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 12 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 2 (17%) 7 (58%)
7. What did you like best about the course?
Good overview of bioenergy field. This course should be offered every year.
The field trip to Hilo was cool!
Being able to visit an actual Biodiesel plant and see first hand what goes into making a biofuel.
It teaches biofuels in great detail.
The course was very good at giving an overview of the biofuels and the processes involved. I enjoyed most the field trip I felt it gave a first hand look at a state of the art system that is employed in Hawaii. It gives a good idea of what is out there for us as we are entering the work force.
I like the applicability to the current world energy crisis
Very interesting information, the teacher was very nice, and the field trip to the Big Island.
Having guess speakers from different fields.
The out of class example we all got to learn with by visiting the big island and going to pacific bio diesel.
-The fieldtrip -Bringing items like agricultural feedstocks to class -Lots of pictures in his presentations
8. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Instead of offering Team project, offer individual project.
Try to focus more on what we would be tested for on an exam.
Possibly have a more hands on project where student can participate in making some type of biofuel.
None the I can think of.
Add some quizzes or something that can offset the points from one midterm. this was the first time taking a test from this professor and it would have been good to have some way to offset the fact I did not do as well as I hoped on the midterm.
Increase use of interactive videos/animations and resources to explain long complicated conversion techniques
More examples for the homework.
-Visit more companies! -Give graded homeworks and exams
9. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%)
10. I developed a set of overall values in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (50%) 6 (50%)
11. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
Overview of the bioenergy field was presented very well.
The subject matter is actually pretty interesting. More interesting than certain classes I have taken at UH.
Having power points of the lecture available on laulima.
The course focus on the biofuels in great detail. If the student would like to pursue a career in biofuels, the course would prove very helpful and informative to him/her. It covers not just the processes, but also the economics, feasibility, and feedstock components.
the information contained in this course was current and informative. I liked the group project because it forces the student to look up what is most current in a certain field.
The breadth of information it covered
The amount of effort it takes to create biofuels.
FIELD TRIP!!!
It also had many guess speakers so we could gain more knowledge from other resources
-Learning from not only our knowledgeable professors, but also from a variety of other people like Pikky, Devin, Dr. Kuehnle
12. The course was a valuable contribution to my education.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
13. The course has significantly increased my knowledge and interests.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 10 (83%)
14. The field trips were useful learning experiences.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
15. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.91 12 1.14 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 4 (33%)
16. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Good overview of the bioenergy field.
The field trip was good and I really like the idea of using biodiesel in cars even though it's expensive.
Having different experts come in an present their work.
The field trip was a refreshing and informative way to understand and see the biodiesel concepts and processes in real time experience. It was a good change of pace after a long academia work schedule.
I liked the fact he brought in other professors and other experts in the field to teach sections they are experts in.
The use of guest lecturers who were were doing current research in the area
Learning about biofuels.
Field trips and guest speakers
17. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Team project. Individual projects are better.
Just the midterm and O-chem. I feel that more examples should have been done in class to understand certain concepts, and not having taken O-chem before in a review lecture was pretty intense and hard to grasp. The midterm didn't exactly cover what was covered in class.
A more specific project would have been more manageable.
After the midterm, there was not much incentives to show up to classes.
only one midterm, would have been nice to have other opportunities to improve your grades.
The homework seemed a little irrelevant to the course
Sometimes it was not clear on how to do the homework.
The cold room
One big midterm
18. Other comments:
Please, offer more courses in Bioenergy and Biofuels. Not enough courses at UH Manoa.
Other than that, he's a very nice guy! He's very enthusiastic and I enjoyed listening to some of his lectures!
Wish there was at least one more midterm, and it would've been nice if the homework was part of grade.

Samir Khanal: BE491, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Molecular Biosci & Bioengr
Course: BE 491 - Biological Engineering Topics Crn (Section): 79568 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 8 (47%) 8 (47%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 17 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 6 (35%) 9 (53%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (41%) 9 (53%)
5. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 17 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 11 (65%)
6. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (41%) 10 (59%)
7. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 17 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 5 (29%) 10 (59%)
8. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
This is a broad and new topic. To learn even a small bit of what this field has to offer just isn't practical. Instead, I feel that Dr. Khanal helped to foster the development of a different perspective that would help us to consider or reconsider the various aspects of the engineering design process.
Taking this course was a great opportunity for me in understanding the basic concepts and principles of sustainability. Moreover, I learned to apply sustainability tools such as Life Cycle Assessment using SimaPro in developing product and designing process. In addition, this course has stimulated me to think critically about current global issues of energy security, climate change, and natural resource depletion.
We learned how to do life cycle analyses, which will help with my future career in renewable energy. Also, being in this course helped me to realize how important it is to be sustainable.
Better understanding of how everyday decisions affect the world around us.
Especially our last guest lecture from the founder of Roth Ecological Design, I realized there are so many ways to support sustainability in energy, water, etc. and that there are some amazing, applicable ideas out there right now.
Life cycle assessment/analysis turned out to be a very useful tool that i learned in this class and can definitely see the applications and necessity of it in the real world, no other class that i took covers this topic. also learned lots of definitions and terms that are used in the sustainable engineering field.
I will always have sustainable concepts as a foundation to build my career engineering designs off of. I also gained an understanding of current sustainable initiatives to model in the future.
I have a greater outlook on todayʻs issues and how engineers are important for the sustainability of human life.
This course will help me to be more aware of sustainability and the effects of humans on our earth.
I am definitely more conscious about the processes behind products now. Before, it was just a face-value evaluation (Paper v.s. Plastic, for example), but now I have a better sense of how complex such decisions are.
I gained a greater understanding of current events and goals of the renewable energy movement. Before this class I was not as attached to what was going on and aware of the current situation as I am now that I have taken this renewable engineering class.
A realistic perspective.
I learned how engineering has a big impact the the environment and different techniques and practices to may the world more sustainable.
I learned a great deal about sustainability that I can take with me and apply throughout my future career as an engineer. I orignally took this class because I wanted to go into the renewabel energy industry and this class has helped me to solidify my interest.
9. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 15 (88%)
10. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
11. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 17 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 17 (100%)
12. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
13. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
14. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 17 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 10 (59%)
15. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
I still have doubts about the value of the social factor of sustainability. I acknowledge that without social acceptance of a product it has no chance of making a positive impact on the world. However, I feel that if engineers continue to sacrifice the enviromental-friendliness of a design in order to produce their product that it can cause a larger social problem because the population will perceive the product to be environmentally friendly when in fact it is not living up to its potential. This could lead to a "good enough" attitude which would be detrimental to the overall welfare of the world. That would have to be the one think that hasn't sat well with me this semester.
Friendly environment in the class and frequent guest lectures from the experts in different fields were very helpful in understanding the subject matter.
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I found a lot of the slides unnecessary and uninspiring with regards to sustainability. Too little connection to practical reality.
could have posted lecture notes before class more frequently (used to post before hand and then as semester progressed posted after class) it would be more helpful to have the notes so i can print them out and come to class with them but i understand since its the first year this class has been taught that the notes might not always be ready, im sure there is a lot of adjustments to the slides that goes on
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Least Valuable? As far as lecture content, I felt some of the material was redundant. We would dip into LCA at one point, then it would come back later..in a way that seemed accidental.
The home work assignments were a little too open ended. Also some of the class material and lectures were not as focused as I would have liked to further specific learning goals.
Maybe there could be more specific timelines on the syllabus.
Sometimes the homework and project assignments are don't have many boundaries therefore the tasks become daunting challenges. But this might not be such a bad thing, because I allows for us, students, to expand to overtake great challenges. It's just there were a few cases where it was a little overwhelming.
This was an experimental course so maybe not all the components were outlined as well but I'm sure as it develops more, it'll become more structured with set objectives for the students.
16. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
This course is based around a new topic but I would like this to be more quantified in terms of homework and projects. Some values might be difficult to obtain or proprietary, but if some environmental factors are not well quantified then it's just shooting from the hip and the result is no longer objective.
Some more assignments/project works on analyzing sustainability features of existing products/processes and designing more sustainable products/processes could be helpful.
Should fcous more on the LCA aspect earlier on in the course. LCA is very useful and we were not given ample time to learn Sima-pro.
I would love it if the lectures were more exciting about current events of sustainable engineering, how we can get involved, etc. Dr. Khanal is great but he is soft spoken, so getting more enthusiasm would help us get engaged, too. Touch briefly on the real heavy aspects of the course, but spend more time inspiring the students to really bring sustainable engineering to life in their own practice!
possible study guide for the tests. was a lot of information to go over for the midterm and it was hard to pick out some of the more important stuff.
Perhaps probe the class for more in class discussion to grab attention of students who may have strayed off.
I felt that a lot of the assignments were very open ended and not always clearly defined. Although this could be a part of the the teaching method to incorporate deeper thinking of the subject matter.
More examples in class implementing any math or numbers if possible. A lot of this class is concepts, but more implementation of concepts to real life might have helped to solidify the knowledge.
The group projects pertained to interesting concepts/topics...but they were executed poorly. I am still waiting for replies from my group regarding their share of the research and work for HW #5. This particular assignment, for example, was completed by only two people. I really like the idea of working in groups, but the range of students in the class makes it difficult to coordinate. I also feel like each student thinks their own time is more important than any of the other team mate's. I am also still waiting for a group member to submit their contribution to the FIRST presentation we did (the analysis of renewable energy options on the Hawaiian Islands). This type of work ethic and overall disregard for other people is surprising -- especially since these people in question are in senior standing (or older). I know I am not the only one frustrated with the group dynamics. Other students have commented to me similar stories.
A little more structure on different topics is needed
Maybe there could be more specific timelines on the syllabus.
Maybe future students could see example assignments were completed in relation to HW and project assignments.
I think that since most of the topics discussed in this course are social topics as well as environmental and economic topics a discussion based class should be adopted as opposed to a lecture based class. With the discussions, students could bounce ideas off from one another and could learn a great deal more.
17. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
I like this class and I like the instructor. Definitely one of the better instructors throughout my college experience. He has a difficult topic to clarify and has done what he can out of it.
I found Dr. khanal a very friendly and highly motivated faculty who is always eager to share new ideas and concepts.
A great professor who is passionate about sustainability!
Great professor who is definitly very passionate and knowledgeable about sustainability.
He is an awesome professor, very kind, caring, and helpful. He is also very knowledgeable, just needs more enthusiasm in class and passion to really get the students into this extremely important and potentially exciting material!
great professor, learned a lot, would definitely recommend his class to others. glad he is very enthusiastic about this topic and is teaching it because in a few years i'm sure there is going to be an even bigger interest in sustainable engineering.
He is a very great passionate professor and I admire his subject knowledge and commitment to sustainability
Professor is a very enthusiastic on the subject matter. Has great knowledge in his field which all shows in his lectures and topics.
Wonderful teacher. Patient and willing to discuss ideas, concepts, etc...willing to take time to clarify or entertain student's curiosities. I find this is rare for a professor. Most (especially in the Physic's department here) only became professors to do research. They could care less about the students, and they don't try to keep it a secret, either. (See: Fred Harris, who put a Calculus 3 / Calculus 4 based problem on his Phys272 Final Exam despite the co-requisite of the course being Calculus 2. COMPLETELY out of touch with the needs of the class AND the needs of the students!)
Great teacher and he is very interested and knowledgeable in his subject. I would like to have him again as a teacher for a class.
Has an impact on his students due to his enthusiasm for the subject and its importance.
Good teaching and I actually learned some facts about sustainability that I didn't know could be useful in the real world.
Samir Khanal is enthusiastic about the course material and it shows. He wants the students to be interested in the subject as well. It also shows that he does put a lot of effort into this class and welcomes student feedback. If help is needed, Dr. Khanal is gladly there to help and email responses are prompt.
18. Overall, the TA is an excellent teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.35 17 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 4 (24%) 10 (59%) 0 (0%)
19. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 17 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 9 (53%) 7 (41%)
20. Class projects are related to course goals and objectives.
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%)
21. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 17 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 10 (59%) 6 (35%)
22. The exams gave students an opportunity to demonstrate what they had learned.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 17 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (65%) 6 (35%)
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I liked this course, perhaps for the novel nature of the content, however, I enjoyed it nonetheless. I recommend that this course continue to be offered.
Overall, the course is well organized and delivered to train students to think critically and act creatively in dealing with current and future global problems.
great
I would recommend the course to others. Great introduction into a very complex topic.
It has so much potential but was not completely utilized this semester. The final project should come to life more in the class and we should discuss in class more of the local effort of sustainability to give us better context for our lives and projects. So much potential to get students inspired! Just need to have a lot of passion and really engaging examples of current sustainable events and also about the tragedies that our world is a part of now with climate change and waste.
great class, i find the material very useful and i can see how it would be applied in the real world. I can see companies hiring an engineer to do work related to what we learned in BE 491.
It was fun and ineresting, I am glad I took it.
Very good class to introduce students to the very broad topic of sustainable engineering. In that sense, it is sort of hard to grasp an entire understanding since the class feels like it is an introduction to a large topic.
A good concept of a class that will get better with more implementation.
Everyone should have to take a course like this as a UH core requirement. Why shouldn't everyone be required to learn about the impact they have on the planet? And, more importantly, what they can do to mitigate that impact? It would be a great way to show that the University is committed to a path towards sustainability. Knowledge is infectious; spread it.
I feel that being given the island of Oahu, the final project was not really balanced or fair with degree of difficulty. The amount of work and research and planning needed to be done for my project is a lot more intense and complicated than a simpler island. The Class overall was very good and I feel like I learned a lot conceptually as well as from research from projects.
Very educational, a "must take."
A good course
I enjoyed this course and would reccommend it to others
24. Other comments:
Good Job!
The initial semester-long project given by Dr. Khanal was far more interesting than the one we ended up with (Hawaiian Islands). While the Hawaiian Islands presented interesting constraints, they were too broad and vague for the scope of the material. I felt the initial projects were more hand-picked to deal with the types of things we were learning (such as LCA analysis, etc).