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Fundamental structural dynamics, MME062

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2008-03-27 - 2008-04-11
Antal svar: 14
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 70%
Kontaktperson: Peter Folkow»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Chalmers
Utbildningsprogram studenten tillhör: Maskinteknik 300 hp

Your own effort

1. How many hours per week did you spend on this course?

We mean total time, that is, it comprises the time you spent in class and the time you spent on your own work. Try to estimate the average time over the entire study period.

14 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»2 14%
Around 20 hours/week»7 50%
Around 25 hours/week»2 14%
Around 30 hours/week»2 14%
At least 35 hours/week»1 7%

Genomsnitt: 2.5

2. How large part of the teaching offered did you attend?

14 svarande

0%»1 7%
25%»1 7%
50%»2 14%
75%»4 28%
100%»6 42%

Genomsnitt: 3.92

- Due to overlapping schedule.» (0%)
- I didn"t feel I had time to attend the final lectures. Instead I had to learn that part of the course during 2.5 intense days. I didn"t attend any problem solving sessions since I have a hard time following such without being familiar with the problems first. The problem solving notes were excellent though.» (50%)
- Outstanding!» (100%)

3. What was your priority of this course compared to the other courses you follow?

14 svarande

Much lower»0 0%
Somewhat lower»1 8%
Equal»7 58%
Somewhat higher»4 33%
Much higher»0 0%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 3.25

- I highly enjoyed both courses, and this one maybe a bit more. I definitely wanted the grade 5 in both.» (Equal)

Goals and goal fulfilment

The course syllabus states the course goals in terms of learning outcomes, i.e., knowledge, skills and attitudes to be acquired by the student during the course.

4. How understandable are the course goals?

14 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»5 35%
The goals are difficult to understand»1 7%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»3 21%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»5 35%

Genomsnitt: 2.57

5. Are the goals reasonable considering your background and the number of credits?

Answer this this question and the succeeding one, only if you do know the course goals.

9 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»9 100%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2

6. Did the examination assess whether you have reached the goals?

9 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»4 44%
Yes, definitely»5 55%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.55

Teaching and course administration

7. To what extent has the teaching been of help for your learning?

14 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»1 7%
Large extent»10 71%
Great extent»3 21%

Genomsnitt: 3.14

- The lecture notes and the problem session notes were highly helpful! The only problems with the lecture notes were that the formulations could be a bit unclear sometimes and that the squares of the paper they were written on made them a bit hard to read.» (Great extent)

8. What is your opinion of the lectures?

14 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Rather bad»1 7%
Rather good»9 64%
Very good»4 28%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 3.21

- The close correspondence between lectures and lecture notes were very helpful.» (Very good)

9. What is your opinion of the problem solving sessions?

14 svarande

Very bad»1 9%
Rather bad»5 45%
Rather good»5 45%
Very good»0 0%
No opinion»3

Genomsnitt: 2.36

- I understand that it is hard do make good problem solving sessions for this course since the problems are quite long and of course you want to show some solutions. » (Rather bad)
- Honestly, they were pretty boring. Maybe the reason was that everything as on overhead, we are used to take notes as the teacher at the problem solving sessions writes on the blackboard. Bearing in mind that the calculations are often very extensive, and most of the students in a masters class know how to do calculus, I think these sessions should focus on what method to use to solve certain problems, why this method is the best and why other method will not work. For example why modal analysis work, but not lagrange and so on.» (Rather bad)
- Personally, I can"t follow problem solving sessions that well without already being familiar with the problem. For me, it is ideal to just get the notes and work on my own with their help.» (No opinion)

10. Would it help your learning process to "force" you to attend these sessions by not handing out all problem solutions?

14 svarande

Yes»2 15%
No»11 84%
No opinion»1

Genomsnitt: 1.84

- Definitely not. I didn"t attend all sessions, but I solved all the problems by myself and with help from the solutions at home. That really helped me in getting an understanding of the course.» (No)
- To some extent yes, but with the phenomenal lecture notes all problem solving session became unnecessary.» (No)
- Terrible idea. Having to write them off the black board yourself is always a total waste of time. I, for one, learn absolutely nothing while slavishly copying what the teacher writes.» (No)
- You probably learn something on these sessions I guess... But on the other hand there will be much less time to spend on the assignments ans I think you learn a lot when working with them.» (No)

11. Would you like more time for student solving at these sessions?

14 svarande

Yes»5 50%
No»5 50%
No opinion»4

Genomsnitt: 1.5

- For me, handing out the solutions and dedicating both hours to student problem solving with consultation is ideal.» (Yes)

12. To what extent has the the course literature and other material been of help for your learning?

14 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»2 14%
Large extent»8 57%
Great extent»4 28%

Genomsnitt: 3.14

- The lecture notes were great, but the book were a little hard to find your way in when you just wanted to look up something. Is was a good book to read though. The examples in the book was often too specific and not very general so sometimes there could be problems when you wanted to apply a method from the book on a problem that differed a little from the example in the book.» (Large extent)
- These lecture notes were phenomenal. Sometimes it was hard to find the equations that the text referred to but in total they were great.» (Great extent)

13. What is you opinion of the compendium?

14 svarande

Very bad»1 7%
Rather bad»1 7%
Rather good»12 85%
Very good»0 0%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 2.78

- I found the text to be to short and I didn"t like that almost all derivations were lacking. You learn really alot of reading and understanding the derivations. In total, I find the compendium to be almost useless since the lecture notes were so good. The only reason I tried to use the book was the fact that it was the only permissible aid on the exam. » (Rather bad)
- More figures and more examples. It would help to provide solutions or at least guidelines for how to solve the problems. The solutions are very long and it"s not uncommon to spend an hour or two for one problem. It"s really a waste of time looking for some small calculation error..» (Rather good)
- Inconsisten layout between chapters. Many chapters could have followed similiar layout, but didn"t.» (Rather good)
- Boströms compendium was good but sometimes left a bit to be desired. I feel more figures are needed, such as figures signifying assumed positive directions of forces for each problem. Also, sometimes the derivation of the wave equation and related equations for the different models was a bit too brief. The lecture notes were necessary to fill in the gaps here.» (Rather good)
- See above.» (Rather good)

14. What is your opinion of changing the literature to a more comprehensive (and expensive) textbook?

13 svarande

Very bad»6 50%
Rather bad»2 16%
Rather good»4 33%
Very good»0 0%
No opinion»1

Genomsnitt: 1.83

- I like the compact form of litterature. It might be harder to read, but everything you read matters. In especially american textbooks you just get lost in the great amount of text.» (Very bad)
- Complemented with the lecture notes, the compendium is sufficient.» (Rather bad)
- An alternative would be to print the lecture notes in a new compendium. But if so, please keep the large amount of drawings and figures. They really help» (Rather good)
- Could be good if it is more general and better as a "look up methods and things fast" book.» (Rather good)

15. What is your opinion of the assignments?

14 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Rather bad»0 0%
Rather good»4 28%
Very good»10 71%

Genomsnitt: 3.71

- Really good to be forced to learn everything as the course goes on» (Very good)
- Keeps you in pace with the lectures and makes you do some problem solving well in advance of the exams.» (Very good)
- Very interesting and instructive.» (Very good)
- Learned a lot and they did not require too much time.» (Very good)

16. Would you prefer simpler problems (and less bonus points) to concentrate on other course issues?

14 svarande

Small extent»11 84%
Some extent»2 15%
Large extent»0 0%
No opinion»1

Genomsnitt: 1.15

- Nope. They weren"t to hard. » (Small extent)
- Why can"t i chose "No" ?» (Small extent)
- No, I really like the course the way it was.» (Small extent)
- The system with assignments works very well and is fun.» (Small extent)
- The calculations in the problems were extensive, and most of us already know how to do that. In a perfect world the problems should focus more on the methods themselfs (modal analysis, lagrange,...) how to make the correct choice + boundary conditions.» (Small extent)

17. How well did the course administration, web page, handouts etc work?

14 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»1 7%
Rather well»5 35%
Very well»8 57%

Genomsnitt: 3.5

- Didn"t assignment 6 come out a bit late on the homepage? I had no ambition to solve it, though.» (Very well)

18. What is your opinion of the written exam?

14 svarande

Very bad»1 7%
Rather bad»4 28%
Rather good»7 50%
Very good»2 14%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 2.71

- Much harder than what I expected.» (Rather bad)
- The level of the problems were good, but they were to many. I know we had an additional hour but I were still very stressed. I realize that you wanted to cover the whole course on the exam. In most courses this is note how the exam is designed and I think that you should rethink this.» (Rather good)
- Difficult...» (Rather good)
- The exam was a tremendous challenge. It seemed the assignments in all old exams as well as ours were all more or less unique. Therefore, the exam required a very solid general understanding of the course contents. Personally, I liked this about the exam, but maybe this is because I got my desired grade!» (Very good)

19. Do your course grades (Fail, 3, 4, 5) reflect your knowledge in your opinion?

14 svarande

Small extent»3 21%
Some extent»6 42%
Large extent»5 35%

Genomsnitt: 2.14

Study climate

20. How were the opportunities for asking questions and getting help?

14 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»1 7%
Rather good»3 21%
Very good»10 71%
I did not seek help»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.64

- Very helpful, both Peter and Carl. Thank you both!» (Very good)

21. How well has cooperation between you and your fellow students worked?

14 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»1 7%
Rather well»2 14%
Very well»10 71%
I did not seek cooperation»1 7%

Genomsnitt: 3.78

22. How was the course workload?

14 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 7%
Adequate»7 50%
High»6 42%
Too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.35

- High and therefore adequate.» (High)

23. How was the total workload this study period?

14 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»5 35%
High»8 57%
Too high»1 7%

Genomsnitt: 3.71

- I took some additional courses besides the courses within the master programme.» (High)
- High and therefore adequate.» (High)

Summarizing questions

24. What is your general impression of the course?

14 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»1 7%
Good»10 71%
Excellent»3 21%

Genomsnitt: 4.14

- One of the best!» (Excellent)
- This is a course that I will recommend to my friends. » (Excellent)
- Very interesting course.» (Excellent)

25. To what extent have you been able to understand the teachers presentation in English?

14 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»0 0%
Large extent»4 28%
Great extent»10 71%

Genomsnitt: 3.71

26. What is your opinion of inviting a lecturer from industry?

14 svarande

Very bad»1 8%
Rather bad»0 0%
Rather good»6 50%
Very good»5 41%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 3.25

- Nice to see what this stuff is used for.» (Very good)
- Always interesting.» (Very good)

27. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- The assignments»
- The extra hour during the exam.»
- The lecture notes, in some form.»
- The bonus assignments»
- The examination form with bonus points.»
- The study layout, assignments throughout the period and, in the end, old exams. The handing out of solved problems.»
- Assignments in some form.»
- the assignments»

28. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- Maybe one session of assignment assistment, but that might be unecessary du to the open door policy.»
- The last part about fluids were very difficult bearing in mind the short time period we had to absorb and work with it. It was hard to understand. Should be a completely different course?»
- the problemsessions»

29. Additional comments

- Great course! Interesting and fun. »
- Interesting course»
- my background in differential equations was very poor and i had a hard time catching up. an overview over ansatzes and solutions would have been great (at least on paper).»

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