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5 surveys for POLA51

POLA51H: Critical Issues of Canadian Democracy
Instructor: Wittenbrinck, J. Course Enrollment: 242
Session: Winter 2007 Section: 1 Percent Response: 39.7%
Questions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Mean
Communicates 00719422475.05
Evaluations 00423392495.12
Organization 113223721155.15
Explanations 0311262919134.88
Enthusiasm 3411222622114.73
Teaching 036213620145.04
Workload 01156311014.51
Difficulty 0025731914.50
Value 02441242434.74
Retake Yes: 64.6%   No: 35.4%
calendar, timetable Comments
Students found Professor Wittenbrinck to be very good and well-organized. They appreciated his use of examples and liked the fact that the material was covered in great detail, aiding in their understanding. However, a few noted that readings were quite long and breaks were infrequent in this course. As well, it was suggested that the professor work on his speaking tone, volume and pace in order to be more engaging, although some students noted an improvement as the semester progressed.


POLA51H: Critical Issues of Canadian Democracy
Instructor: O'Connor, D. Course Enrollment: 241
Session: Winter 2006 Section: 1 Percent Response: 55.6%
Questions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Mean
Communicates 371035261274.38
Evaluations 04429312574.90
Organization 441824252054.43
Explanations 251634241554.37
Enthusiasm 6111526191574.15
Teaching 561426281744.31
Workload 0286518524.23
Difficulty 03115719554.27
Value 125392816104.78
Retake Yes: 54.0%   No: 46.0%
calendar, timetable Comments
Many Students noted Professor Denise O'Connor to be extremely knowledgeable, however students felt Professor O'Connor's lectures lacked enthusiasm and that she could have used more expression to make the class livelier. Some students felt that overall organization of the lectures, could be improved thus being beneficial to the learning experience. Overall students felt the course load to be manageable for an A level course.


POLA51H: Critical Issues of Canadian Democracy
Instructor: Pilon, D. Course Enrollment: 256
Session: Winter 2005 Section: 1 Percent Response: 57.0%
Questions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Mean
Communicates 00092241285.88
Evaluations 10172734305.83
Organization 00241831446.11
Explanations 00042032456.17
Enthusiasm 00041425576.35
Teaching 00131933456.18
Workload 01363211014.39
Difficulty 0065427764.52
Value 124312721145.00
Retake Yes: 76.6%   No: 23.4%
calendar, timetable Comments
Students felt Professor Pilon was an engaging and effective lecturer, and note especially that he adopted PowerPoint as a new aspect of his lectures and used it to good effect. Several note that he made otherwise dry aspects of politics comprehensible and even interesting for them. Some comment that the value of the tutorials was not as high as the lecture.


POLA51H: Critical Issues of Canadian Democracy
Instructor: Peters, J. Course Enrollment: 248
Session: Winter 2004 Section: 1 Percent Response: 49.0%
Questions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Mean
Communicates 01319452575.11
Evaluations 10510443185.25
Organization 019203426105.07
Explanations 013203133125.30
Enthusiasm 00282546195.71
Teaching 103143727195.42
Workload 11348261564.68
Difficulty 10344331364.72
Value 122223422185.23
Retake Yes: 69.3%   No: 30.7%
calendar, timetable Comments
Unfortunately, no comments were available for this course.


POLA51H: Critical Issues of Canadian Democracy
Instructor: Manzer, R. Course Enrollment: 158
Session: Fall 2002 Section: 1 Percent Response: 71.5%
Questions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Mean
Communicates 000163237135.37
Evaluations 001133337135.33
Organization 005172732165.22
Explanations 002113040145.38
Enthusiasm 001101935305.58
Teaching 00242544225.65
Workload 0047213514.02
Difficulty 0056421614.19
Value 02235272564.77
Retake Yes: 78.0%   No: 21.0%
calendar, timetable Comments
Professor Manzer is very knowledgeable. Students found that the use of overheads in the lectures was excessive, that they took away from the interest of the lectures, and made it difficult to concentrate. It is suggested that different methods be used for presentations such as Powerpoint without a great deal of charts and tables. It is strongly suggested that the professor posts his lecture notes and outlines online. At times, students felt that the lectures were too fast and at times the professor needed to be more assertive in controlling the class. The course text was good but at times concepts were confusing. Also, more definitions and more thorough review of those definitions would be helpful when studying for the exam.


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