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For Spring 2003 course: INTA 3301 A - Int'l Political Econ
Instructor: Dion, Michelle Lynn   CRN: 24125   Class Size: 70   Final Survey

CORE QUESTIONS
ITEM (5)
STRONGLY
AGREE
AGREE PARTLY
AGREE &
PARTLY
DISAGREE
DISAGREE (1)
STRONGLY
DISAGREE
N/A NO. OF
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INTER-
POLATED
MEDIAN
1. COURSE SEEMED WELL PLANNED AND ORGANIZED 31 23 2 1 0 0 57 4.6
2. GOOD JOB COVERING COURSE OBJECTIVES/CONTENT 25 28 4 1 0 0 58 4.4
3. EXPLAINED COMPLEX MATERIAL CLEARLY 20 26 12 0 0 0 58 4.2
4. WAS APPROACHABLE AND WILLING TO ASSIST 41 13 0 0 0 0 54 4.8
5. ENCOURAGED STUDENTS TO CONSULT WITH HIM/HER 39 16 2 0 0 0 57 4.8
6. CLASS ATTENDANCE IMPORTANT IN PROMOTING LEARNING OF MATERIAL 29 20 7 2 0 0 58 4.5
7. NUMBER OF ASSIGNMENTS WAS REASONABLE 27 22 8 0 0 0 57 4.4
8. EXAMS COVERED COURSE CONTENT/OBJECTIVES 22 26 7 0 0 2 57 4.3
9. EXAMS WERE OF APPROPRIATE DIFFICULTY 16 27 10 2 0 3 58 4.1
10. THE INSTRUCTOR WAS AN EFFECTIVE TEACHER 34 18 6 0 0 0 58 4.7
CORE ITEM CLUSTERS
INSTRUCTOR QUESTIONS
ITEM (5)
STRONGLY
AGREE
AGREE PARTLY
AGREE &
PARTLY
DISAGREE
DISAGREE (1)
STRONGLY
DISAGREE
N/A NO. OF
RESP.
INTER-
POLATED
MEDIAN
11. LECT/DISCUSS INCRSD UNDRSTNDNG BEYOND READINGS 24 27 7 0 0 0 58 4.3
12. EXPLAINED DIFFICULT PORTIONS OF TEXTBOOK 20 30 7 1 0 0 58 4.2
13. ASSIGNMENTS WERE CHALLENGING 22 32 3 1 0 0 58 4.3

Student Comments about the Class or Instructor

This was a very challenging class and by far one of my favorites ever. I don''t even like the topic all that much, since I''d never had an INTA class before. But Dr. Dion is an amazing teacher. Not only does she know her stuff, but she is able to explain it to us very well. And I ended up enjoying the material we covered, some more than others. It was very rewarding to be able to write these papers, on crazy hard topics, but I actually knew what I was doing. It was just as satisfying as doing well in a class like physics or CS. Making an A in an impossible topic feels great. So don''t change a thing. The class was great. And typically I''m pretty cynical about Tech classes and profs, so please take this praise to heart because I honestly mean all of it.

The class was interesting and well-presented. So much was put on webct that I found it sometimes too overwhelming to deal with. There is no way that anyone is going to read all of the posts or even be able to keep up with all the discussions. However, it is a great second option for people who hesitate to speak up in class. Thanks for a great semester.

I did not like lectures as much (mostly because it was an hour and a half long and that is hard to sit through for any class) as I should have. I didn''t feel that I got that much out of them because I wasn''t able to pay attention. I also am not super crazy about having such a high percentage of the grade as class participation. Overall, this class was good, but not great.

I strongly feel that this class was well taught and well planned out. It was a great pleasure being in your class. Thanks for everything!

I really enjoyed this class. You have an awesome personality and did an exceptional job of explaining difficult material. If I decide to take more INTA classes, I will defintely look for what you''re teaching. Thanks for a great semester.

I really enjoyed the class. The texts provided a challange, sometimes more so than one would like. But overall I enjoyed my time spent there

While reviewing the exact contents of the text was helpful at times, sometimes it was a bit exhausting. I feel that we should have discussed more that what we had just read. Otherwise, I enjoyed the course.

I thought the class was structured well. I learned a lot, even if lectures were not always about the most interesting topic in the world. Reading was not too heavy, but required thought in order to really understand. Writing assignments reflected exactly what we had been discussing in class.

The intensive use of webct is helpfull, but sometimes creates a loss of time due to the quantity and variety of messages posted.

Dr. Dion did a wonderful job of presenting the material. She offered many opportunities to raise your grade, and was understanding of the fact that her students were often times busy with other classes. She made learning the material fun, and was able to explain very complex material in a way that all understood.

i really enjoyed this class, maybe because i am just interested in the subject matter to begin with. it was tedious at times, since we constantly had readings, but it was okay since we didn''t have that many assignments. i liked how you used webct to interact and as participation, which is especially good for shy people. i don''t think you needed to take up summaries every day though, because i think most of the people who show up to class know they need to do the reading to participate or even understand what is being discussed. i think the class was very fair. my only suggestion is to mix things up a little; the read-summarize-discuss routine can get boring sometimes.

This class was informative and I learned alot from the readings. I thought the little summary things at the beginning of class were a good way to encourage us to do the readings or at least be somewhat familiar with the material before class. The paper assignments and grading, however, were (in my opinion) detrimental to the older students in the class and in general ridiculously regimented for the college writing level. Assigning a format that is, in essence, the basic 5-paragraph essay, undermines independent thinking and encourages mediocrity. The majority of students who reach the level of study at which they take this course write at a level significantly greater than that *required* by the writing assignments, which leads to those students (who in reality are probably superior writers) receivinglower grades on these regimented paper-ettes. Content, independent thinking, and demonstration of an understanding of the material should be the primary basis for the scoring of papers, and such a strict emphasis should not be placed on such minute details of structure (especially at this advanced level). Overall this class has been informative, but frustrating from a writing standpoint.

Prof. Dion did an excellent job of conveying the lessons and class participation made me come to class. the subject wasnt the best but the class was fair.

dr. dion. .i really enjoyed this class. .the readings were interesting. .and like the high class participation and envolvement. . .i look forward to latin american politics with you next fall. . thanks :o) sanaz

I think the whole class attendance thing is ridiculous. If I can understand the material without going to lecture, I see no reason to make attendance mandatory. I feel like I''m in high school again.

This class needs to be taught by someone who a has background in Economics rather than by some semi-random professor in the department. Much of this material is complicated and difficult to understand, especially when a student with no economics experience is being taught by a professor with no background in the topic. Furthermore, I am extremely frustrated with the grading of our papers. I have worked extremely hard on both papers, especially the second one, yet it only made a 3 point difference in my grade. I have attended all but 2 or 3 lectures this semester and have spent several days in groups and office hours trying to understand, yet I get no where. Our book is pretentious and our professor even admits it is written for academics, which we and even she are most definately not. Overall, if this were not a required class, I would have dropped it and run.

It seems as if you really don''t know the material which we were covering in class as well as other things, probably because this isn''t your specialty.

I would like to see a fuller explanation between the justification for domestic monetary policy and the international monetary norms

I really enjoyed professor Dion. She had so much energy and that is really hard to keep with an early class. Hope to have her again....not for the same class of course (because I''m going to pass!)

Though each reading had a concept that you were trying to teach us, I don''t really understand any overall concepts we were supposed to learn. It was as if each reading portrayed an entire new concept or string of conditions that equated to an overall pattern. I found myself struggling to learn a new idea for each and every class and couldn''t really apply any overall concept to the readings. I like the idea of reading articles over just straight lectures, but maybe a mixture of both would be less frustrating on students without a good economic backround. If certain patterns, historical concepts could be taught in between every few articles read, the readings would be easier. They seemed random and without any corelation. Each one seemed to be a new complex sytem I needed to learn all over again. It was a challenge to get through each reading with having no prior lecture on the topic.

Dr. Lion was an excellent professor. Very nice and easy- going. I felt like I could appoach her with any question. I would take her again for another class if I could. The paper assignments were of appropiate length.

I really did not think I would enjoy this class, but I have learned a great deal and It has been much more intresting than I expected.

Thought the grading of papers was a little stringent. Also thought first paper assignment was a little too difficult with the limited amount of information available. I did not like the assigned book, it goes over complex information, but I felt I did not learn basic information regarding IPE. I did think Professor Dion did a great job. She explained complex material effectively and was very approachable.

I think this class was very well run and made as intresting as possible.


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