eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Ruben Juarez

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ECON355, Spring 2013
ECON470, Spring 2013
ECON301, Fall 2012
ECON606, Fall 2012
ECON301, Spring 2012
ECON470, Spring 2012
ECON301, Fall 2011
ECON606, Fall 2011
ECON420, Fall 2010
ECON420, Spring 2010
ECON651, Spring 2010
ECON606, Fall 2009

Ruben Juarez: ECON355, Spring 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 355 - Network Economics Crn (Section): 88555 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.42 19 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 7 (37%) 8 (42%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.35 19 0.49 Freq(%) 11 (58%) 6 (32%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 19 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 6 (32%) 12 (63%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 19 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 8 (42%) 10 (53%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 19 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (16%) 6 (32%) 9 (47%)
6. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 19 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 4 (21%) 11 (58%)
7. 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 19 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 6 (32%) 11 (58%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
It was a very fun class, especially with the games on participation points. There was a lot of activities to involve us, not just coming to class to get lectured to every time.
How networking works, and how different types and ways of doing it are incorporated into the real world.
The quizzes and homework assignments after each theme is a good repetition, and you can make sure you have good knowledge of what we went over. Sometimes the pace in class can be a little fast, but these excersises help you keep up and get more control of the material.
I could combine math and economics. And I could think in various ways.
I think the most valuable aspect of this course is the group activities, because it allows the students to get to know each other and work with each other effectively to discuss different theories learned in this class.
Game Theory
in class experiments meant to model theories
I liked how he went over problems on the board, showing us step by step how to solve it, and how to apply it to real life. Also, his experiments helped to gain a better understanding of the theories we learn in class
Applied theory and related games
Lectures and application of the material to real world use
networks in relations to economics/real-world entities
Everything
The games and in-class discussion of the exercises.
It's hard to pick one. Most of the course was on the same level.
He did a good job of answering questions if students were confused. The content is a bit difficult but that's not the professor's fault. He is very knowledgeable and was very available if students needed help outside of class I also like how he offered extra credit participation points to fill in gaps in our grade where we did not do so well in other sections
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Some of the games were way too one sided, but there's not much that can be done in some cases.
Some of the chapters I felt didn't completely fit into the course as well as others did, or I saw them as less important.
Would like a better overview over what theme we're going to cover/have covered each class. Preferably in a written form on laulima. Whis would make it easier to keep up if you miss a class, or didn't really keep up in class.
I could think and learn in various theorems and knowledge.
None
Marriage and Mating section
n/a
The textbook didnt seem very appropriate outside of occasional reference and some homework problems
n/a
Nothing
Some of the material was misunderstood by other students and I think there was an excess of time devoted to reexplaining some very simple concepts.
I think the homework was a bit too difficult to do outside of class on our own since the subjects were very abstract. However it was nice being able to go over the homework in class before turning it in.
10. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 5 (26%) 12 (63%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 5 (26%) 12 (63%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.32 19 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 9 (47%) 8 (42%)
13. Other comments:
Fun class. Thanks!
Interesting class, there was a lot of miscommunication and misunderstanding throughout the semester, but that was mostly due to the annoying people that kept overthinking it.
No
In the beginning of the semester the professor told us that this class was a relatively new course that is only available at handful schools. It was a very unique experience and I feel privileged to have been able to attend it.
He's very helpful and is more than willing to help each student gain a better understanding of Economics. I would definitely take another class with him!
Although at first difficult to understand, the professor shows strong knowledge of a relatively new subject in the field of economics. Material can sometimes be difficult to grasp, maybe once a better textbook comes out it will be easier to understand.
n/a
Ruben is an intelligent and disciplined economist. He was able to facilitate lively discussion in the class on some of the more subtle aspects of the curriculum.

Ruben Juarez: ECON470, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 470 - Industrial Organization Crn (Section): 86520 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.8 15 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 4 (27%) 9 (60%)
6. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
7. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 3 (20%) 9 (60%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The papers helped me to better understand the industry
The continuous reference to empirical examples as well as Prof. Juarez's deep insight made the class stand out compared to other 300 and 400-level courses.
I really enjoyed learning about the concepts within the economics of industrial organization.
I found all of the papers to be really enjoyable, especially because I picked topics that were relevant to my interests. Even though writing papers can be really long, the top and the flexibility of the papers assigned made me almost enthusiastic about doing my papers. The problem sets were a huge help as well.
I enjoyed the three sets of presentations because they were a nice interlude between course sections and forced students to know something well enough to teach it.
The writing assignments helped me gauge my understanding of the matirial and were at times enjoyable. Though they did tend to be long and I don't think any student really enjoys writing assingments. Still it was good experience in writing economic papers.
Although the subject matter for this course was itself very interesting, the professors interpretations and explanations were imperative to properly understanding the material. Professor Juarez was very accessible for discussion outside of class and I enjoyed attending his lectures.
I will all aspects because we can see how firms operate in the world and the kinds of strategies they use to become more valued or bigger than other firms. It was a good course that should be included for business.
Class discussions
The quizzes and homework assignments were very valuable to help make the material covered in class easier to learn.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
the quizzes were tough to relate to the homewards
Everything was important. I honestly did not go by one day thinking: "there is no way this would not used in some career in economics" Everything was valuable.
I always take notes in class because that's what keeps me awake and stuff (not that I had trouble staying awake in this class, and I really didn't). So for me, the whole note-taking thing didn't really work out much as far as motivation goes. I think I might have missed turning in a few assigned note-taking things.
The quizes seem a bit out of place. Most of the course is concepts, and testing us on the math and the proofs that arn't covered extensively seems odd. Either more time needs to be spent on these things or the quizes should focus on our understanding of the concepts.
hmm... tough choice to say... i do wish there was more lecture on certain topics such as the game theory, but there is a class for that already..everything was fine.
Lectures
N/A
10. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 2 (13%) 10 (67%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.36 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 7 (47%) 6 (40%)
13. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 2 (13%) 11 (73%)
14. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 8 (53%)
15. Other comments:
Continue with connecting the class material to empirical data and examples. More projects, or even continuous projects (projects that relate to previous ones) can help strengthen the class.
Opposed to all the quizzes that are math based I would rather demonstrate my knowledge through projects. I think that it is beneficial in the learning process, because instead of focusing on memorizing equations and processes I can focus on learning the process while applying it and trying to come to a valuable outcome.
I really loved this class. It was the real world, and the things I learned actually stayed with me! That usually doesn't happen for any of the econ classes I've taken before. I'm not sure if its the topic or the professor or the assignments or just everything but this class works for me; it's my only econ favorite so far. I hope this class will be offered again, I already recommended a friend of mine to absolutely take this awesome econ WI course (WI, that's a winner). Thank you, Professor Juarez, for this wonderful class. Good job!
i guess to help the students, you may want to show examples of what their paper should be targeting. it is good that there is a criteria to follow, but there are cases where people don't exactly follow the goals as well as they should
Professor Juarez is a great professor, he is very smart and is able to communicate well with the class. Overall his knowledge of the subject is comprehensive and I gained a lot from taking this course.

Ruben Juarez: ECON301, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 301 - Intermediate Microeconomics Crn (Section): 70849 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.44 18 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 8 (44%) 7 (39%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.67 18 0.49 Freq(%) 6 (33%) 12 (67%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 18 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (17%) 14 (78%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 18 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 5 (28%) 11 (61%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.28 18 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 7 (39%) 8 (44%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 18 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (11%) 5 (28%) 10 (56%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.28 18 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 0 (0%) 7 (39%) 9 (50%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 8 (44%) 9 (50%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The concepts which were put on the midterm (and probably the final) are the most valuable.
The quantitative aspects were most valuable because it strengthens the students' analysis skills to better understand the economics concepts. The in-class problem solving prepared students well for the homework.
The realization of how math skills is extremely important in my future success in economics. The homework and the answer key.
I enjoyed the graphical portions of the class because i felt as though that was the most useful tool we gained from the course for real life scenarios.
The lectures and the homework solution sheets. I really learned a lot from the lectures and I typically tune out most of my professors. And the homework solution sheets were really great. You rarely have a class where after a homework assignment is turned in, that you get to see exactly how every problem is supposed to be done. Those in particular really prepared me for the midterm and final.
learning about the optimal price to charge and quantity to produce in different markets.
I think one of the important aspects I thought was the most valuable is when he makes us, the student, do homework problems on the board. A lot of other people might feel differently, but to me it was a great way to understand the material. Another thing I think was valuable was the homework problems that were chosen. They are very similar to what I feel will be useful to use in the real world.
Having the problem sessions on each homework was valuable because it gives us a chance to see the solutions and understand where the solutions come from and why they make sense. Earning extra credit for doing a problem correctly at the board is also a plus. Having the quizzes is also valuable as we are assessed on all of the major concepts and we can check our understanding before the midterm and the final.
Homework, forces you to go over material. The curves!
I found it really convenient that majority of the material was posted online and that the professor really seemed not only dedicated to the study of the course, but also to the students as well.
All of it was valuable. Going from the ideas of supply and demand to profit making and when you should be cutting your losses when you are not making a profit.
Learning the applications of calculus and applications that i might use in my future career
I learned 80% of the course by referring to the HW Solutions given out and the remaining 20% from the class discussion, so I felt like I was always behind.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Tedious problems.
I think everything was pretty necessary for the course.
Going over the homework in class. Most students used it as time to do the homework, instead of having it prepared, and the pressure of having to show your work to the whole class was a nerve wracking situation. Also, it ate up a lot of time.
N/A
N/A
I think there should be two midterms just to off set bad grades more. haha
I liked all aspects. if anything i think some would not like the review since he does cover material from econ 130, but i feel it is necessary.
NA
I thought having students going to the board to do HW assignments was a waste of class time. I would rather see an instructor do the HW in half the time.
11. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 18 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 5 (28%) 11 (61%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 8 (44%) 8 (44%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.33 18 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 8 (44%) 8 (44%)
14. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 18 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 6 (33%) 9 (50%)
15. Other comments:
Incorporate discussions about current real world news that are related to the concepts to keep the students interested.
Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Good class, hard to follow at many points. Gained a lot of knowledge from the course.
I don't like it when the professor sometimes confuses himself.
Taking him again next semester... Looking forward to it.
Perhaps having a stronger math background or preparation would be good for students enrolling in 301 - in 300, we were discussing partial derivatives in class, and a lot of students didn't even understand regular derivatives. I saw a lot of the same type of confusion in 301.
He's a very smart man, but sometimes the way concepts aren't presented in the clearest ways. Notes were hard to understand when I went back for homework help. Maybe give it in more simpler ways? Maybe I'm the only one that's confused?
Great teacher.. wish i discovered him sooner.
I had to get used to the accent but other than that i learned a lot and telling us that this was the most difficult course in economics was intimidating but it made me try harder in this class than my other classes.
The book is not great for students that learn from a book at their own pace. It is frustrating trying to learn from a chalkboard presentation with lots of numbers unless there is a reference. I would rather have a better book or no book and lecture notes written by the professor available to make comments on during class. 90% of my energy in class was used trying to copy notes down and then often getting lost if I incorrectly copied a number, as a result, I often missed the most important part of class which was listening to the explanation or the economic parts. I had no desire to use notes submitted by students because there was no uniformity in quality. The HW problems were much more difficult than what was covered in class and the book was not a good reference. Class could be more organized by making printouts of problems that will be solved or at least referencing HW problems by mentioning the similarities and then pointing out the differences in how the HW assignment asks the questions or involves some other insight beyond the basics covered inc class.

Ruben Juarez: ECON606, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 606 - Microeconomic Theory I Crn (Section): 70855 (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  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.73 12 0.47 Freq(%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (50%) 6 (50%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
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%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The homework sets were very difficult, but I think that they helped to prepare for the exams as they required that I go back and read the text, review lecture notes, and seek help from the instructor or TA.
All aspects of this course was valuable. All information given was helpful in many ways to be prepared for the tests and for just personal knowledge on the matter.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The length and pace of the course. It was a shortened course, so there was not a lot of time to absorb the material presented. There was so much material presented that the time to completely understand it was short.
I personally feel that there were not any least valuable aspects in the course. Things were given in a balanced matter.
11. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.55 12 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 6 (50%)
14. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 1 (8%) 9 (75%)
15. Other comments:
Prof. Juarez has handwriting that is sometimes difficult to read. It's probably necessary in order for Ph.D. students to get ready for the qualifying exam in time, but having only abstract theory courses in the first semester is extremely difficult. Having two midterms and that much homework in an accelerated course was a bit much, especially given the unscheduled review session.
More in class examples would be more helpful..
I think that for being a compressed schedule, the instructor did a pretty decent job of conveying the information and attempting to get students to the point of comprehension and prepare us for the next course in the topic.
The speed of the class makes for quite the challenging experience. So much can be learned and yet it always feels like there is much more material to be learned in the book.
I feel the class was great and I truly enjoyed coming to class and learning.

Ruben Juarez: ECON301, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 301 - Intermediate Microeconomics Crn (Section): 83883 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.42 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (42%) 6 (50%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 5 (42%) 5 (42%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 6 (50%) 5 (42%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
the homeworks were helpful as well as the class discussions
Profit maximization and consumer choice.
This course evaluated a more microscopic view of a potential firm and their outcomes in different scenarios. the math in detail along with the graphs gave a visual understanding that has broadened my knowledge in the subject.
Homework assignments and take home quizzes helped to aid in understanding of material.
Step-by-step demonstrations of calculus based questions.
The learning style was very hands on. He would also require his students to solve problems on the board, so no one could fall behind in the course.
The office hours The homework assignment and having each person in class go up to board and do a problem
The group problems plus the lecture.
The nature of how points were assigned for taking notes and for doing the homework problems in the class were valuable as I believe this helped increase the number of students that would constantly attend the class.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
i didnt find the student note taking and posting too helpful
Producer/consumer surplus.
I don't believe anything was of low value, for everything I attained will and has previously been used for other classes.
N/A
Typed class notes.
There was a week and a half long period where the professor had a substitute teacher that was not very helpful in learning new course material.
N/A
Would probably be more beneficial to learning if the homework was handed in before being gone over in class.
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (67%) 4 (33%)
11. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
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%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
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%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
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%)
14. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (55%) 5 (45%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
17. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I enjoyed the concepts of the class
Profit maximization and consumer theory. They seemed like they would have the most practical use.
I liked the active engagement in class, and the different examples that were somewhat life-like in regards to potential scenarios. I also liked how, as many questions as I asked, there was always a good answer and an example to follow. Made for a clear understanding of the course.
Things listed above
Relaxed class atmosphere.
I liked the real life examples, and having to solve the problems. The class had a very good learning environment because of the size as well.
I like that we would go over the quiz and homework.
I like how Prof. Juarez tries to get the entire class involved and helping each other.
18. Other comments:
#11 is neutral because I made no effort to do so.
I may be a little more on the louder side, but the professor did well with his sense of humor and patience to constantly try to make the students understand the curriculum. My best and most entertaining class of the semester. :)
I would recommend handing out problem sheet, so we can follow you. I think it would allow the slower student to understand word problem a bit better. Perhaps a classroom with a whiteboard to make it easier to understand and read what is on the board.

Ruben Juarez: ECON470, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 470 - Industrial Organization Crn (Section): 87458 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.46 13 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (54%) 6 (46%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.42 12 0.51 Freq(%) 7 (58%) 5 (42%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the 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%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 13 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 8 (62%) 3 (23%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (38%) 7 (54%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 13 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 5 (38%) 6 (46%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The writing assignments allows you to use what you learned and was different from other economics classes where only pure theory is learned but no application of the theory was used.
writing the final project research paper was helpful in gaining knowledge about a particular industry. The homework was difficult, but I learned a lot through completing the assignments
Some of the homework questions were somewhat different than what was covered in lecture, forcing you to analyze the problem and work out a solution instead of just repeating what was done in class. This was helpful in strengthening my analytic skills and learning to look at problems from multiple angles and will probably help in future economic courses/problem solving.
learning about the logic and reasoning of industries and firms.
Lectures
The class was not just formulas on a board, there was lots of practical application in the real world. I enjoyed learning about different industries and how economics can apply. It made studying tangible.
quizzes and homeworks helped explain which aspects of the course were most relevant to know
Learning more subtle models that explain business behavior. the real world is not so simple and the introduction of numerous models offers new and more sophisticated tools to analyze industries.
Class lectures were very good and he used class time well.
Applying formulas to economic concepts for a better understanding of the way firms react in various situations. The variety of coursework really helped put material into perspective.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I wish there was more writing and less math homework. I took the class because I thought it was going to be a writing intensive, but most of the hard work was learning new theories and long homework assignments
The industry reports were somewhat tangential to the course material. Maybe a better integration of what was learned in class to the industry reports themselves might strengthen this connection. It might mean more work for the papers/reports but I think it would be more useful.
The math.
typing out the lecture notes
Homework/tests/quizzes were more difficult than expected but there was plenty of opportunity to ask questions or seek help from others.
industry reports
i dont know
I feel like all of the homework was worth while. Some of it was cool and I liked knowing, but some of it I felt was just busy work.
N/A
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.15 13 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 5 (38%) 5 (38%)
11. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
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%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
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%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
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%)
14. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (38%) 7 (54%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.62 13 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 8 (62%)
16. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 13 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 8 (62%)
17. The writing assignments helped me develop abilities to solve problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 13 1.17 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 8 (62%)
18. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 13 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 7 (54%)
19. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The final project, a lot of flexibility was given in this so you could do whatever interested you.
Writing the research paper and giving my presentation about the industry. I also learned a lot about new models and theories in industrial organization
The homework. It was difficult enough that it really made you think and analyze it instead of just regurgitating models or equations.
none.
lectures
I liked the writing assignments the best. Working with other people helped too.
i like going over the homework because i almost always needed some explanation on how to do some of the problems
I liked covering the product differentiation and I liked that we covered almost the whole book.
Research on an industry or firm, and applying the course concepts to real world business.
20. Other comments:
This course was dominated by math equations and not much writing at all. I felt like I was taking a math class instead of a writing intensive class. I had difficulties grasping all of the math concepts.
don't like typing out the lecture notes, people should be forced to come to class and take their own notes.
I wish we would have done more homework like examples in class before the homeworks were due, because the homework took forever.

Ruben Juarez: ECON301, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 301 - Intermediate Microeconomics Crn (Section): 70921 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.08 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 7 (58%) 3 (25%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.5 12 0.52 Freq(%) 6 (50%) 6 (50%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 1.06 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 2 (17%) 7 (58%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 12 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 3 (25%) 4 (33%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 12 1.08 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 2 (17%) 6 (50%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 11 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 3 (27%) 4 (36%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
learning about analytical tools in economics while incorporating critical thinking, and applying those concepts to current issues. learning about producer, consumer, and market strategy (i.e. cost functions, individual & market demand, production, profit maximization and competitive supply, etc.)
He is brilliant.
It helped me tie business and economics together.
The way the class is set up is very proper. If one studies they will know all the material.
The quizzes were good indicators of if student's understand the material. The homework problems were good practice for quizzes and the exam. Bonus points for participation is helpful in maintaining a good grade.
I learned some interesting math components that deal with economics.
The strong math basis will be use for the future
The homework and tests.
the homeworks, going over them in class...also lecture was comprehenive and crucial to the class, if you go to lecture you do well on the homework and quizzes
NA
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A
Content is far difficult from other 301 micro classes.
It was all pretty valuable.
Maybe it is just Microeconomics, but information is sometimes vague and not readily available. This makes learning the material even that more difficult and maybe impossible.
The amount of homework problems assigned were excessive, especially if only two are going to be graded.
His organization was not very good and his lecture notes seemed scattered at best.
N/A
Making student write notes made the notes confusing and almost useless.
nothing, everything was done the right way
NA
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 12 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 5 (42%) 3 (25%)
11. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
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%)
12. Talking to the instructor during office hours was helpful.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 12 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 3 (25%) 5 (42%)
13. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 12 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 3 (25%) 6 (50%)
14. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 11 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 7 (64%) 3 (27%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.08 12 1.08 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 2 (17%) 6 (50%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 1.06 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 2 (17%) 7 (58%)
17. Other comments:
Knows material extremely well. In fact, his intelligence is to fast for a few students.
Class is rather hard. Quiz are out of 100 points but there are only 4 problems. So if you get one wrong your already at a 75%, and if you get two problems wrong you get a 50%. Homework is good and helpful, but maybe too much problems.
He has a strong and unique accent/persona, but at the end of the day he is very helpful and an excellent professional.
nope

Ruben Juarez: ECON606, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 606 - Microeconomic Theory I Crn (Section): 70926 (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 12 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (92%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (75%) 3 (25%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 12 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 4 (33%) 3 (25%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 12 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 4 (33%) 3 (25%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 5 (42%) 3 (25%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 12 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 6 (50%) 4 (33%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The course as a whole was very valuable
Theories of Microeconomics, which are helpful in developing our own research agenda in the future.
His explanation is clear.
Microeconomic theory1 is great and what I really want to take. Prof.Juarez has enough knowledge about this course and he has enough experience to teach graduate students.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Everything is valuable, thus far.
Compression of the course into (approximately) seven weeks.
I would like him to explain about difficulties of homework in class.
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10. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 5 (42%) 4 (33%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 12 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 7 (58%) 3 (25%)
12. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 5 (42%) 4 (33%)
13. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 12 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 4 (33%) 3 (25%)
14. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.73 11 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (55%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.83 12 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 5 (42%) 3 (25%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 12 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 4 (33%) 5 (42%)
17. Other comments:
I think this course could be better coordinated with ECON 627. Ideally, ECON 627 would introduce concepts a week or two prior prior to their being needed in ECON 606. In this way, the two courses would serve to reinforce each other, as well as distrubiting the material of the courses more evenly over the course of the semester.
It is hard for me to keep up with this class.
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Ruben Juarez: ECON420, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 420 - Mathematics Economics Crn (Section): 78522 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
6. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
All of them.
The formal math elaboration in the beginning, as well as his availability to help with homework and quiz preparation.
Constraint optimization.
7. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Not much.
All content was valuable.
The time for Game theory is bit long.
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
9. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
10. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
11. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.25 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
12. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.0 4 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%)
13. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.0 4 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%)
14. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.67 4 1.15 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 1 (25%)
15. The TA's oral speaking was clear and effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
16. Assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
17. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
18. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%)
19. Other comments:
None.
One of my best classes at UH!
The pens for white board were often dilute so it was difficult to read what is written. (and I want the instructor to write a bit more neat.)

Ruben Juarez: ECON420, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 420 - Mathematics Economics Crn (Section): 87408 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 12 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 3 (25%) 6 (50%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 12 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 1 (8%) 6 (50%) 3 (25%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 12 1.21 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 4 (33%) 5 (42%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 12 1.31 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 5 (42%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 12 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 6 (50%)
7. This course was helpful in developing new skills.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 12 1.19 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 6 (50%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Mathematics in economics. More undergraduate economics classes should include similar math techniques as demonstrated in this class.
The homework. It really helps to prepare for the final. Final would be a little bit easier if students do their homework.
problems
Dr. Juarez worked on many examples in the class to demonstrate step by step how optimization theory, game theory etc can be applied. His approach was very appropriate for beginner students trying to grasp the economic theory, and was very helpful. He also gave us many problems to solve as homework, which greatly enhanced our understanding of the course content.
They were all valuable.
His lecture was not boring but very interesting, understandable, clear, and resonable. Whenever i need a help, I visit his office lots of times. He is always available. After I meet him, I could understand all math problems which are tricky. He is not only good instructor but also good adviser. I asked him about admission of graduate school. His advice played a critical role in my decision. I have loved math since middle school, I love math more than before through taking his class. I like homework although sometimes it is very difficult for me. There is about 10 problems in the homework. Some problem is so tricky. To solve the problem, usually I spent 5-7 hours. It tortured me but I think that kind of problem should be in the homework because students must deeply think about that kind of problem by using mathematical mind. They must also apply mathematical formula and idea, which they learned, to solve problem. If they do not use tools which they learned, lecture is meaningless. Therefore, homework in this class is very important. I like quiz also. I think the timing of quiz is very nice because the day of quiz is same day to homework due. For finishing homework, students should work it hard. Just after they finish homework, they can test themselves how much they are understanding what they learned.
The problem sets were the most valuable. A lot of optimization practice. I initially thought this class would just be a review of basic calculus and linear algebra, but I liked that we went into different areas and focused on certain topics.
the class discussions were very helpful since the material was very difficult for me to understand. he also was available to assist students with questions and did not seem to mind helping outside of the classroom.
It was a good blend of economics and math. I like the way the course was structured with the technical stuff in the beginning, then applications at the end.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The homework also. Since only one question on the homework is graded, students have no way to know whether their works are right or wrong. They could have spent the whole week doing the homework but their answers were wrong and then got a zero. It would be good if the professor can give us the solutions to the problems.
none
They were all valuable.
none
The content was very good. It was just really difficult to learn sometimes because it was confusing. He would make little mistakes fairly often, and it was distracting sometimes. I didn't like how the study materials we were given were from other Universities. I would rather have study guides made by the professor.
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 12 1.11 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 2 (17%) 4 (33%) 4 (33%)
12. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
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%)
13. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 5 (42%) 4 (33%)
14. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.92 12 1.08 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 2 (17%) 5 (42%)
16. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
2.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (91%)
17. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
2.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (91%)
18. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
2.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (91%)
19. The TA's oral speaking was clear and effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
2.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (90%)
20. The exams cover the lecture material well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 11 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 4 (36%) 5 (45%)
21. The exams are returned in a reasonable amount of time.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 6 (55%)
22. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 11 1.26 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%) 5 (45%)
23. Other comments:
Consider changing the course requirements listed in the course catalog to include math 242 and 243. Perhaps also recommend linear algebra prior to taking econ 420.
This class is a little bit over my expectation but I think it would be okay if students know more about this in the beginning of the semester. The homework and the solution part is the only part that I can think of to improve the class performance.
There is always a trade-off between covering as many topics possible and explaining thoroughly and giving students some time to absorb new ideas and to be comfortable with applying new techniques in practice. While I did appriciate a wide range of topics covered in the course, I also noticed some students were having difficulty keeping up with the pace of the course. For many students this is the first math econ class, so it is important that students are not discouraged by the demand of the course and that they will be confident and comfortable in approaching math problems in their future study. I am of the opinion that students should be allowed to try out new techniques and make mistakes without feeling too penalized for it; since this is an undergraduate course. Dr. Juarez did accomodate this by giving student extra points toward their grade in advance; however I also noticed quite a few students were struggling, receiving lower grades. One of the possible ways of encouraging these students may be to give them extra credit assignments so that they can have more practice, at the same time do not feel too penalized by their initial difficulty in learning these new economic techniques. I very much enjoyed learning math econ from Dr. Juarez; and I hope he can continue to improve the class arragements and to encourage students in this regard.
The course was very intensive. There were 7 very hard homeworks where some have more than 10 questions and complex. There are a lot of textbooks used, some are taken from very advance textbooks as compared to other 400 level textbooks we have used, some are not in the course outline. This is by far the hardest course in Econ 400 levels I have taken. Time spend solving homework really takes up time for our other subjects. It is like a graduate course in its setting and content. We also had 5 quizzes overall and lot of readings. Some problems we cannot solve in groups as they were so complex. The way he grade us is not fair in my opinion. For all the homeworks, he only graded from one question he choose himself and not the rest, so if you were able to do by yourself or in groups at times like 11 questions out of the 13 questions, and he grade 1 of the 2 complex ones that you did not do, he will grade you zero out of hundred, without taking into account the number of hours you spent struggling to finish the others. However, he do not provide solutions for homework, of which we expect as he only grade one problem only, so how can we know that what we did in homework that he did not mark are correct or not. For the quizzes, he marked us in 25 points, so you either have 25/100, 50/100, 75/100 or 100/100 which is not fair. Even if you attempt half of a given question in the right way or did it the right way with minor errors, he will mark you zero anyway. The class was very huge be4 and now its only a around 10 left, sometimes it sounds rude when once he said that if you got below 80% in the mid-term you do not belong in his class. However, Professor Ruben is a very smart, young and active and he force you to go beyond your limits if i may say, which is very good but getting a bad grade due to this kind of grading is not very nice, since we put his subject as priority compared to other courses because if you don't fully solve them and do noknow them crystal perfectly he can easily give you zero. I have spend/allocate more than twice for this course compared to others which may jeopardize my other course grades. Nevertheless, Professor is a good Professor and very intelligent, maybe he wants us to do our very best but it is too intensive especially with the complex homework given our other priority courses that we have spend less time on and concentrate on his demanding course. Furthermore, Professor is very smart and thanking him for his teachings. Thank
I want to say, "Thank you very much." During a semester, I learned lots of math stuffs from you. I hope to see you next semester. Whenever I have a mathematical question, I will rush to you. Please don't run away. It's just kidding
This isn't really a comment on the professor but more a comment about the class itself... I don't know how possible this is, but maybe a changing of the course prerequisites. I think a calc 3 class (differentiation in multiple variables) would make everything go really smoothly for everyone. Also, the class is meant for people preparing for graduate school and since that math class is commonly recommended by a lot of graduate programs, it seems like it would work out well. I think there is enough of a focus on specific material in this course that a general multivariable calc class wouldn't have a lot of overlap.
even though i did not do well in the class, Professor Juarez did more than what was expected of him and I appreciated it.
It would be really helpful if we were given copies of the answer key for the homework. Even on the problems that weren't corrected. I feel like I did a lot of work for not much credit, and I don't even know if I did it correctly.

Ruben Juarez: ECON651, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 651 - Thry of Pub Finance - Revenue Crn (Section): 87415 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
2. 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%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 4 (50%) 3 (38%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
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%)
6. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Open discussion and I like that you always ask questions while teaching, this help students learn actively.
Student presentations (research topic) were helpful. Instructor is good at explaining concepts, especially mechanisms.
The method and the material that profesor used in the class.
7. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Sometime you left a questionable problem unsolved and move on so it's a bit confusing.
Implementation of the student presentations (course material) could be better.
None
NA
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
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 is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
10. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
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%)
11. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.43 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
12. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
13. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
14. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
15. The TA's oral speaking was clear and effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
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%)
17. Other comments:
The materials covered are all very interesting. The instructor was very helpful and knowledgeable.
Thank you for being very open minded.

Ruben Juarez: ECON606, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 606 - Microeconomic Theory I Crn (Section): 71108 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 15 1.36 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 8 (53%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 15 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 7 (47%) 6 (40%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.87 15 1.3 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 7 (47%) 5 (33%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 15 1.31 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (47%) 6 (40%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 15 1.2 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 6 (40%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 15 1.36 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 8 (53%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The method is used to approach of this field.
bad..bad..bad...
The whole course.
I think I like Ruben the most amongst the 3 teachers we have this semester. The aspect I think most valuable is that he always gives us a big picture of lecture, which keeps me on track of where we are going and the point of proving something. I like it when Ruben always goes over the previous meeting during the first 5 minutes to recall what we were doing during the last lecture so that the lecture goes very smoothly. Just a bonus, he once came to the class with a giant hole on his jeans and the whole class could see ... well, some part of the teacher that no other teachers would be willing to show to students. (neither will Ruben, it was an accident). He was very embarrassed about that and apologized in the following lecture too. :-)
Especially, in the begining of the class we cover the properties of utiliyt functions and how to proof these properties hold. These aspects are very helpful for my future research fundamentals.
The abstrct generalization of the microeconomy principles in terms of maths is very important.
The teacher was very confident in the subject matter & it helped in the class a lot
It is VERY fun to take this course even though it is required for me! that means everything for a first year phd student. Ruben is very interesting. He is familiar with the course materials even though sometimes he stumbles on some parts but that made him closer to us!
I thought that Dr. Juarez did a great job in applying the Theory to areas that would be useful in our PhD research, etc.
Problem sets
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A
bad..bad..bad...
No comments.
so far I haven't had any complaints about this course
There is nothing special which is unvaluable.
no.
The teacher sometimes go with the speed of couple of students in the class and not the majority
Well, choosing to be a phd student means i have to accept everything laid ahead, like it or not. Fortunately, I still can find some fun in it!
N/A
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 14 1.27 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 7 (50%)
10. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.93 15 1.16 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 7 (47%) 5 (33%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.13 15 1.19 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 7 (47%)
13. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.86 15 1.1 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 6 (40%) 4 (27%) 1 (7%)
14. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.0 15 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 7 (47%) 4 (27%) 1 (7%)
15. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.21 15 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 5 (33%) 6 (40%) 1 (7%)
16. The TA's oral speaking was clear and effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.21 15 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 7 (47%) 5 (33%) 1 (7%)
17. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 6 (43%) 6 (43%)