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For Spring 2004 course: INTA 6003 S - Empirical Research Meth
Instructor: Dion, Michelle Lynn   CRN: 26189   Class Size: 19   Final Survey

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1. COURSE SEEMED WELL PLANNED AND ORGANIZED 2 3 5 0 1 0 11 3.4
2. GOOD JOB COVERING COURSE OBJECTIVES/CONTENT 4 1 4 2 0 0 11 3.4
3. EXPLAINED COMPLEX MATERIAL CLEARLY 1 1 6 0 3 0 11 2.9
4. WAS APPROACHABLE AND WILLING TO ASSIST 2 4 3 2 0 0 11 3.6
5. ENCOURAGED STUDENTS TO CONSULT WITH HIM/HER 3 3 2 2 0 1 11 3.8
6. CLASS ATTENDANCE IMPORTANT IN PROMOTING LEARNING OF MATERIAL 4 5 1 1 0 0 11 4.2
7. NUMBER OF ASSIGNMENTS WAS REASONABLE 1 6 1 3 0 0 11 3.8
8. EXAMS COVERED COURSE CONTENT/OBJECTIVES 1 4 1 3 0 1 10 3.6
9. EXAMS WERE OF APPROPRIATE DIFFICULTY 1 4 3 1 0 2 11 3.6
10. THE INSTRUCTOR WAS AN EFFECTIVE TEACHER 2 4 1 3 0 1 11 3.8
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Student Comments about the Class or Instructor

The use of pop quizes was trivial. If a student does not want to learn and read the material, that is their own fault. I disagree with the policy on pop-quizes. Also, give back the relavent homework with comments and right/wrong on it before the project assignment that is associated with the same topic is due, so that we can learn from our mistakes. Finally, cover less of the math derivation of equations. We trust that you are not lying to us and that certain equations are related. Cover more of the content because I still do not understand much of what we covered. Focusing on content and understanding what things mean, and more importantly how to do things on SPSS and what they mean will make a much better course.

the material is very complex and was taught assuming that we knew what was going on from the beginning. There was too much information and not enough practice. Two hw assignments were meant over to months of lecture, by that point it was useless and did not provide the support we needed to work on our papers. WebCT is a nice supplement to human interaction, but it is not sufficient on its own. I really enjoyed the material that directly related to my project. I think that should be the focus so our papers will be higher quality.

Overall, the class comes together at the end to make more sense then it does during the semester. Dr. Dion was an excellent teacher and did a great job of challenging us, but still giving us explanations whenever we want them. She is easy to get a hold of, but I was not a fan of WebCT. I believe that it can be a tool, but it was too encouraged and almost seemed as a substitute for office hours, although she was always available for those. I feel it might have been better to cover the qualitative in a different manner since our research truly seemed to focus on quanitative only. Overall, she was a great teacher though and it would have been a lot harder of a class without her

Overall, I think that too much time was spent in covering formulas that were in the book and doing algebra on the board. Instead, perhaps you should consider devoting some of that time to hands-on work with the students on their particular papers during the class period. But overall, great job. I certainly learned the basics for the formula on writing social science papers.

It''s really beneficial that this is a required core class-- I would never have taken it otherwise, but I learned a lot, if primarily from doing the final project. I appreciated the use of WebCT, even if I''m not sure that a participation grade should stem from answering others'' questions in the discussion boards, and also really appreciated Dr Dion''s interest in taking suggestions to imporove the class, both for us and for next semester. I would cut out HW 6 (seemed like busywork for the last day of class, when lots of people had lots of work to do) and somehow find a way to get more in-class time on SPSS (even if it''s just 15 minutes at a time). Overall, a good class.

I learned a great deal in the class, however, I had to teach a lot of the material to myself outside of class time. Too much class time was spent going over equations...maybe bring the practicality of stats into the class more. Dr. Dion is a pretty good teacher right now and after a few more years of this she will be excellent.

I think too much prior knowledge of statistics was assumed, which is one of the reasons the class continued to get behind. Maybe the class was too ambitious. More in-class use of the SPSS software would have helped immensely.

Througout the course my realization of the importance of the material increased. I would have felt more prepared if I had focused more on the interpretation of test results rather than how tests are calculated (formulas). Three hour classes of primarily formula listings made it difficult to grasp and retain. However, at the end I felt like I had learned a great deal as evidenced by my realization of the problems my paper had even though it was too late to fix all of those problems by starting over (kind of bittersweet turning in a final paper you know has problems but you only realize it has problems because you finally undertand the material better). I began the project with blind ambition but feel that if I had to do it again, I would understand how to go about the entire research project more effectively being able to take into account considerations that came in the latter part of the project during the investigation in the earlier parts of the project.


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