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Introduction to Microwave and Photonics Engineering, MCC035, MPMPE, HT2008, MCC035

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2008-10-13 - 2008-11-02
Antal svar: 17
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 62%
Kontaktperson: Sheila Galt»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Chalmers
Utbildningsprogram studenten tillhör: Elektroteknik 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.

17 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»5 29%
Around 20 hours/week»6 35%
Around 25 hours/week»3 17%
Around 30 hours/week»3 17%
At least 35 hours/week»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.23

- Very uneven work load. To much emphasis on things we are already supposed to know, according to the requirements to be accepted to this program, in the beginning of the course.» (At most 15 hours/week)
- Almost nothing in the beginning, more in the end» (At most 15 hours/week)

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

17 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»0 0%
50%»2 11%
75%»6 35%
100%»9 52%

Genomsnitt: 4.41

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.

3. How understandable are the course goals?

17 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»5 29%
The goals are difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»8 47%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»4 23%

Genomsnitt: 2.64

- Goals?» (I have not seen/read the goals)
- Almost never read the course goals.» (I have not seen/read the goals)
- The course goals sound ambitious, but the actual content of the course did not completly match the course description and goals.» (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)
- I saw the goals in a presentation at the first lecture of the course, but I don"t know if that was the "course syllabus". At least I never went back to them, I only used the schedule and the lectures/tutorials in order to know what to read and what to learn.» (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)

4. 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.

14 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»1 7%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»13 92%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.92

- Se last question» (?)
- See last question» (?)

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

17 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»8 47%
Yes, definitely»7 41%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»2 11%

Genomsnitt: 2.64

- the photonic part could have been closer to the lectures» (To some extent)
- The exam was a bit evil specially on the photnics part since the lectures havent been on an equvalent level. And one culdnt then learn how to solve that type of problems.» (Yes, definitely)
- But too long problems. I did know how to solw them but didn"t have time to do them all!» (Yes, definitely)
- There were too many "large" questions - a lot of text, heavy calculations. I felt the time was really too short for this year"s exam, compared to old exams.» (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

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

17 svarande

Small extent»1 5%
Some extent»7 41%
Large extent»9 52%
Great extent»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.47

- The microwave part was really good. But the photonics part didnt give me tools to hand the exam problem. No examples on the same level as the exam and the lecturer didnt want to have tutorials neither lectures on a level which would help ha pass the exam. » (Some extent)
- In the microwave part the lectures and the tutorials have been very helpful but in the photonics part I feel that I did not get the tools needed to handle the exam problems in this area. The lectures and the tutorials did not reach upp to the level of the exam problems by far! » (Some extent)
- Sheila is very good! The tutorials with Hossein were very un-organized and seemed to be poorly prepared, and they often did not end on time. I skipped quite a few of them. Hans"s lectures were too much PowerPoint, and it did not help my learning much compared to Collin"s book. I chose not to attend so many of Hans"s lectures.» (Some extent)

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

17 svarande

Small extent»1 5%
Some extent»5 29%
Large extent»11 64%
Great extent»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.58

- Slides and lecture notes good. Collins book not so good.» (Some extent)
- The potonics book was good but the are bad in specifying units they are using and uses different defintions on different parts which mankes it difficult to follow the book. The microwave book was good combined with the lectures.» (Large extent)
- I didn"t need the collins book so much because the powerpoint slides and the tutorials explained it all very vell. » (Large extent)
- Collins book describes appoximately the same things as the lectures on microwaves. The book by Saleh-Teich is not always easy to follow, and describes things on a far deeper level than the photonics lectures did. I used the lecture notes from the photonics part far more than from the microwave part!» (Large extent)

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

16 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»2 12%
Rather well»11 68%
Very well»3 18%

Genomsnitt: 3.06

- A little to much information to handle. And it is rather mean to excpect us to print out hundreds of papers which we had to pay for usself when we also had to buy books for over 2000 crowns. Im not rich!!!!» (Rather badly)
- scale the big pages that were scanned, let ppl buy the binder because it litteraly took hours to print that thing on the printer system at cth» (Rather badly)
- It"s a little much on the web page and it would be helpful if everything were out there at least two days in advance. I also think that it is very strange that the course demands you to print out hundreds of pages when books for almost 2000 kr has been bought. I does not make any sense!» (Rather well)
- Th recommended problems should be posted on the web IN THE BEGINNIG of the course.» (Rather well)
- The last home assignment was handed out too late and we only had 3 days to do it. I think it was on the web page on Friday 10 Nov, but Hans had written in an e-mail that it should be distributed on Monday 13 Nov. Thus, I did not find it until Monday.» (Rather well)
- Some of the course material on the webpage is distributed in an insanley large resolution A0+ which gives unnessesarly large files and causes problems with some of the schols printers.» (Rather well)
- the handouts and information on web was quite up to date and useful.» (Very well)

Study climate

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

17 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»2 11%
Rather good»2 11%
Very good»13 76%
I did not seek help»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.64

- First of all, we don´,t have access to the teachers corridor. Fix this! Photonics part it was quite easy to get holf of Sheila, but Hans were seldome in his office. Fortunatly Hussein were sometimes available to help.» (Rather poor)
- many fairly basic questions couldnt be answered directly» (Rather poor)
- I like the MUD cards.» (Very good)
- The teachers wer very eager and responsible in both class and in their offices.» (Very good)

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

17 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»1 5%
Rather well»6 35%
Very well»10 58%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.52

11. How was the course workload?

17 svarande

Too low»1 5%
Low»1 5%
Adequate»11 64%
High»3 17%
Too high»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.11

- It was higs since there was no recomended problems in the photonics part and no solutions to the problems.» (High)
- Since it is a new program, master, we did not know witch level was expected of us. Therefor I worked hard.» (High)

12. How was the total workload this study period?

17 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 5%
Adequate»10 58%
High»6 35%
Too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.29

- I had read about 60/ hours a week this peroid.» (High)
- But uneven as stated above.» (High)

Summarizing questions

13. What is your general impression of the course?

17 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»3 17%
Adequate»6 35%
Good»7 41%
Excellent»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.35

- Sometimes unstructured» (Fair)
- Fair but faar to easy» (Fair)
- the general impression is to little focus on to many areas» (Fair)
- I do not feel that I have learned as much as I should have wanted in the photonics part mainly because of the low level on the lectures and tutorials and that the book FoP isn"t all that good.» (Adequate)
- As I have desribed above, some parts of the course are very good, other parts are, in my opinion, pretty poor.» (Adequate)
- The learning process was very good. However, the examination was not well composed. Since the problems are quite extensive the time was not enough! It is a shame that you as a student dont have enough time to show what knowledge you have aquired.» (Good)

14. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- home assignment»
- The homeassigments ! But the teachers should know how to solve themselves first perhaps...»
- The homeassignments! Really good!!»
- The handouts and labs»
- Home assignments»
- The home assigments. You learn a lot by doing them.»
- Homeworks. Recommended excersises»
- Lectures, tutorials.»
- I liked the hand-ins, but I would have liked to get some more credit for doing them. Prehaps just a few bonus points for the exam?»
- hand ins »

15. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- more consideration should be paid to the students from different backgrounds»
- The first problems on the exam should be taken for a list of about say 100-200 small similar problems. Then you would learn all these better and have a better chanse on the exam. How it is now you really dont know what is important in the course.»
- Mabye a list of recomended problems (instuderingsfrågor) for the first part of the exam would me something to add to next year? Mabye a list of about 100 questions or more and then 5 of these are choosen for the first part of the exam. This would enhance the learning of the theoretical part a lot I think!! If possible the powerpoint approach in the microwave part should change!! Very good to read afterwards but lousy as a way to lecture!!»
- Skip lectures on vector fields, speed up the course in the beginning and keep an even pace over the whole period instead of suddenly increasing the pace halfway in.»
- Bonus points for the home assignments»
- Make the tutorials on microwaves better!»
- Homeassignments need a slight change. If you have managed to solve or make reasonable attempt on all homeassginment, let the student skip one problem on the exam with full point on that problem. This is good for time to solve the rest, and it doesnt compromise the learning process. I think everyone would make serious attempts on solving the assignment and hence learn alot. »
- lectures of photonics should be more advanced but the level of tutorials are adequate.»
- The powerpoints...»
- more advanced subjects on the photonics lectures closer to the exam questions»

16. Additional comments

- Raise the level on the photonics lectures and tutorials!!!!»
- The photonics part of the course felt a bit fussy and it was hard to know which formulas to use and when. One should deal more thorough with them and try to understand them together with the teacher.»
- Too much time preassure at examination.»

17. Has the MUD card system been helpful for your learning?

MUD cards were used to give feedback on Most Unclear Discussion during each lecture in the photonics part of the course.

17 svarande

No, not at all»1 5%
Just a bit»7 41%
Yes, quite a bit»9 52%
Yes, very much so»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.47

- Very good system for those who need it.» (Just a bit)
- This is something every lecturer shuld have!!! This was a really good system which should be kept to the next year. But as i sad earlier the level on the lecturs is to low so the system doesn work at the moment but will if the lecturelevel is increased. » (Yes, quite a bit)
- It would have been even better if the level on the lectures were higher! Otherwise it is a very good idea. Something for other lecturers to take after I think!» (Yes, quite a bit)
- An easy way to ask things you wonder about.» (Yes, quite a bit)

18. Were the tutorials in the microwave part helpful for your learning?

17 svarande

No, not at all»1 5%
Just a bit»5 29%
Yes, quite a bit»4 23%
Yes, very much so»7 41%

Genomsnitt: 3

- I only attended a few, as I soon became fed up by the chaotic manner in which the problem-solving was performed. I prefer tutorials where the teacher solves the problems, not the students. It is good that the teacher asks the students to come up with ideas on how to solve a problem or which step to take next in the solution. However, I don"t see the point in letting everyone try to solve the problem in 5 minutes, and then start to solve it on the whiteboard. I also think that the tutorials should be better prepared.» (No, not at all)
- The tutorer didnt always felt adeqvately prepaired and mixed up alot of things» (Just a bit)
- I dont like power points really but having it all printed out later was great! But you dont learn anything on the lectures if you have powerpints, It is really ahrd to follow the lectures then. But as a complement powerpionts is great.» (Yes, very much so)
- After the first course evaluation Hossein changed a lot and I think that he became outstanding!!» (Yes, very much so)
- New concepts in transient analasys and reflection that needs to be discussed.» (Yes, very much so)

19. Were the tutorials in the photonics part helpful for your learning?

17 svarande

No, not at all»1 5%
Just a bit»6 35%
Yes, quite a bit»5 29%
Yes, very much so»5 29%

Genomsnitt: 2.82

- To low level» (Just a bit)
- The level was way to low!! How are one supposed to handle the examproblems when the tutorials are soo much simpler??» (Just a bit)
- Should focus more on explaining the formulas theory.» (Just a bit)
- Same» (Yes, very much so)
- they were quite good but I think they shoud be discussed more in the lectures» (Yes, very much so)

20. Were the microwave parts of the labs helpful for your learning?

17 svarande

No, not at all»1 5%
Just a bit»5 29%
Yes, quite a bit»5 29%
Yes, very much so»6 35%

Genomsnitt: 2.94

- done the labs before» (No, not at all)
- Smith chart with VSWR was good. Other one way to much time preassure. Don"t fill the lab memo with alot of things. Better to let us test some things and so on to help us learn. Good explanation by the lab demonstrators.» (Just a bit)
- preferred to know how the rectangular waveguide works in reality~~~~» (Yes, quite a bit)
- The labassistance was great in both labs! I learned alot on these!» (Yes, very much so)
- The labassistans were very helpful and explained everything in a very good way!» (Yes, very much so)
- The microwave labs really covered core topics of the course and gave a good hands-on experience.» (Yes, very much so)

21. Were the photonics parts of the labs helpful for your learning?

17 svarande

No, not at all»3 17%
Just a bit»8 47%
Yes, quite a bit»6 35%
Yes, very much so»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.17

- The lab demonstrater started by saying "Ok this lab-memo sucks, and i dont really no what we should do. But lets start with looking here.." and so on.... He didnt believe in the product he was "selling" so i´,m a bit dissapointed.» (No, not at all)
- The second lab was very unhelpful. The labassistant who was supposed to show us a bunch of things did not know any of it himself and he was "finished" after about 20 min! It was benneath contempt!!» (Just a bit)
- The photonics labs were only a small part of the lab time. I think it was more like a demonstration, and it did not seem to be that relevant if you consider the material of the photonics lectures.» (Just a bit)
- I think they could be improved. Especially the second lab was quite unclear about what to do. » (Just a bit)
- they felt more like demos» (Just a bit)
- The labassistance didnt know himself what to do. So i didnt learn anything directly on these labs.» (Yes, quite a bit)
- is there more cool stuff to show, like real transmission used in mobilephones, or alike, that will be fabulous~~~~~» (Yes, quite a bit)
- I think photonics part of the lab was not as good as microwave part.» (Yes, quite a bit)

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