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6 surveys for D. Gentleman

CHMA10H: Introductory Chemistry I: Structure and Bonding
Instructor: Gentleman, D. Course Enrollment: 412
Session: Fall 2005 Section: 1 Percent Response: 65.1%
Questions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Mean
Communicates 641828271164.26
Evaluations 75837251264.28
Organization 559232818114.64
Explanations 12520232010104.03
Enthusiasm 1281723181473.99
Teaching 981030271174.17
Workload 203313221114.98
Difficulty 202263323145.13
Value 204282722175.10
Retake Yes: 59.4%   No: 40.6%
calendar, timetable Comments
No students in this class seem to doubt Professor Gentleman's knowledge of chemistry but many have criticisms or had difficulties with the way he went about transmitting it. Various concerns include his quiet speech and tendency to stop entirely to wait out classroom disruptions, an excessive focus on the history of chemistry rather than the core (and tested) material of the course, and a sense that he was deliberately teaching above the level of the class. Several students also noted that turning off the lights for PowerPoint presentations wasn't required to see the screen and only made them sleepy.


CHMA10H: Introductory Chemistry I: Structure and Bonding
Instructor: Gentleman, D. Course Enrollment: 369
Session: Fall 2005 Section: 2 Percent Response: 59.9%
Questions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Mean
Communicates 11613271916104.22
Evaluations 851231251274.23
Organization 859192521134.63
Explanations 1172123151584.01
Enthusiasm 1671225181383.96
Teaching 971224241584.27
Workload 301323118154.98
Difficulty 301213621175.18
Value 403263121155.06
Retake Yes: 53.1%   No: 46.9%
calendar, timetable Comments
Student in this class had trouble identifying important material from the bulk of information presented, including the history of chemistry, biographies of important figures, pictures on the slides, etc. A few students found this extra information interesting, but most felt lost and disconnected. Comments about Professor Gentleman's volume and insistence on quiet in the classroom were repeated (see section one of this course) but several students also appreciated his control over the classroom.


CHMA11H: Introductory Chemistry II: Reactions and Mechanisms
Instructor: Gentleman, D. Course Enrollment: 125
Session: Summer 2005 Lecture: 30 Percent Response: 50.4%
Questions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Mean
Communicates 025123230205.43
Evaluations 035172436155.29
Organization 023123528205.45
Explanations 223143725175.27
Enthusiasm 225172225285.43
Teaching 033142536195.42
Workload 023212528215.38
Difficulty 023113431185.44
Value 023222527225.37
Retake Yes: 40.0%   No: 60.0%
calendar, timetable Comments
Students were very pleased with Professor Gentleman's accessibility and willingness to provide extensive office hours and help out of class time. Although many felt the material was extensive they felt Professor Gentleman handled it well with detailed notes, available quite early in the course, and succeeded at simplifying concepts as far as was possible. Some felt the lab portion of this class was not as valuable as it might have been.


CHMA11H: Introductory Chemistry II: Reactions and Mechanisms
Instructor: Gentleman, D. Course Enrollment: 303
Session: Winter 2005 Section: 1 Percent Response: 43.6%
Questions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Mean
Communicates 045132332245.47
Evaluations 057163024195.18
Organization 023112528315.68
Explanations 033112229325.66
Enthusiasm 01471528456.01
Teaching 02592233285.63
Workload 102132725325.68
Difficulty 002112235305.78
Value 002222629215.45
Retake Yes: 49.6%   No: 50.4%
calendar, timetable Comments
Students enjoyed learning from Professor Gentleman and felt he brought a dull subject to life. Many enjoyed his in-class experiments and little details that kept the material interesting. Students were less pleased with labs and tutorials, and several note that grading on exams was harsh.


CHMA11H: Introductory Chemistry II: Reactions and Mechanisms
Instructor: Gentleman, D. Course Enrollment: 228
Session: Winter 2005 Section: 2 Percent Response: 37.3%
Questions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Mean
Communicates 122152333235.46
Evaluations 122193523185.23
Organization 042103026295.58
Explanations 115101932325.69
Enthusiasm 12271228475.98
Teaching 121122430295.61
Workload 111143327215.45
Difficulty 200172932205.46
Value 115182427245.39
Retake Yes: 48.8%   No: 51.2%
calendar, timetable Comments
Many students repeat that Professor Gentleman's in-class demos made the course far more interesting for them. They appreciated his organization and clear explanations. Several students in this class (as with the other section) were unhappy with grading and made various suggestions aimed at alleviating that.


CHMB16H: Techniques in Analytical Chemistry
Instructor: Gentleman, D. Course Enrollment: 69
Session: Fall 2005 Section: 1 Percent Response: 82.6%
Questions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Mean
Communicates 4711142628114.79
Evaluations 9111418182394.28
Organization 550142530205.18
Explanations 945282618114.54
Enthusiasm 245232325185.09
Teaching 70718303094.88
Workload 00201416686.49
Difficulty 00272325446.02
Value 002211923355.68
Retake Yes: 32.7%   No: 67.3%
calendar, timetable Comments
Students were very impressed with the depth of Professor Gentleman's knowledge and his creative (and CSI-themed) approach to chemistry. Many were very critical of the total workload in the class, however, and felt it was unreasonable in the context of a full course load. Students were also unhappy they did not receive their lab reports back and felt it hindered their ability to learn from past mistakes. With a very low average on the midterm many students seem torn between the interest and challenge of the course and a basic need to survive.


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