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Science of Environmental Change, FFR166

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2008-10-22 - 2008-10-31
Antal svar: 36
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 59%
Kontaktperson: Sten Karlsson»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Chalmers

Your own effort

1. Which programme do you belong to?

36 svarande

MP Industrial Ecology»23 63%
MP Env Measurement & Assessment»4 11%
Other Masters programme»4 11%
Erasmus student or else»5 13%

Genomsnitt: 1.75

- Hill, though I was registered this course for it is one of complusory courses for me, I did not take it this quater and plan to take it next year at this quater.So, I am sorry that I cannot give my evaluation to this course this time.» (MP Industrial Ecology)
- MP Sustainable Energy Systems» (Other Masters programme)
- I"m a PhD Student» (Erasmus student or else)

2. 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.

35 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»5 14%
Around 20 hours/week»14 40%
Around 25 hours/week»10 28%
Around 30 hours/week»5 14%
At least 35 hours/week»1 2%

Genomsnitt: 2.51

- Around 40 hours the 2 weeks before the exam.» (Around 20 hours/week)
- Working on SEC hand-ins always took longer time than expected - so many things to search by the web and literature.» (Around 25 hours/week)

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

35 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»1 2%
50%»3 8%
75%»14 40%
100%»17 48%

Genomsnitt: 4.34

- I basically gave up attendingthe lectures since they were of extremely bad quality. Send the lecturers to English school!» (50%)
- The English proficience from some of the teachers was to low, which made the lectures unbareable.» (50%)
- Taking three courses and missed lectures due to clashes.» (75%)
- Almost 100%...» (100%)
- missade två föreläsningar för att jag var sjuk» (100%)
- These values shouldn"t be so restrictive. The fact that people have classes at the same time does not represents the fact that the course average attending represents the interest shown on appearing.» (100%)
- Without lectures I won"t be able to figure out the meaning of the graphs myself.» (100%)
- Maybe i missed just two clases» (100%)

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?

35 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»5 14%
The goals are difficult to understand»1 2%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»22 62%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»7 20%

Genomsnitt: 2.88

- Still seems so much to learn, so many details and drawings. Feels like a Med School.» (The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn)

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.

29 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»1 3%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»22 75%
No, the goals are set too high»6 20%

Genomsnitt: 2.17

- But it is a course that deals with a lot of different areas, so they are almost to high for a 7.5 credit course.» (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)
- Anyway I think it should be split into SEC I and SEC II. The chunk was a bit too large for me to chew in just 2 months.» (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)

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

30 svarande

No, not at all»1 3%
To some extent»23 76%
Yes, definitely»5 16%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 2.2

- Jag tycker att tenan var lite väl omfattande för den tid vid hade på oss, många klasskompisar jag talat med instämmer. Fast man stressade från början till slut så hann man inte, många frågor hade man kunnat svaret på om man bara fått tid att tänka lite.» (To some extent)
- Since so much information is covered in the course i thought that the questions would cover more areas rather than being detailed.» (To some extent)
- The questions in the exam were a surprise. Not a nice one.» (To some extent)
- The exam was to long, so I didn"t have time to finish it...» (To some extent)

Teaching and course administration

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

35 svarande

Small extent»3 8%
Some extent»16 45%
Large extent»14 40%
Great extent»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.42

- The slides and the content of the lectures were good, but maybe not always the explanations from the teachers. It seems like teaching in English are holding back some of the teachers.» (Large extent)
- very different, between different lectures» (Large extent)
- Hope I were smart enough to absorb all those lectures *not a cynical remark*.» (Great extent)

8. To what extent has the lectures about by Sten Karlsson been of help for your learning?

35 svarande

Small extent»6 17%
Some extent»14 40%
Large extent»10 28%
Great extent»5 14%

Genomsnitt: 2.4

- Really bad lectures. Language problems. Lack of structure.» (Small extent)
- Great slides!» (Large extent)
- Sometimes a bit fast when lecturing, think more from the students perspective.» (Large extent)
- Tough material to explain, but he managed.» (Great extent)

9. To what extent has the lectures by Evert Ljungström (atm chem) been of help for your learning?

35 svarande

Small extent»4 11%
Some extent»14 40%
Large extent»15 42%
Great extent»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.42

- Really bad lectures. Language problems. Lack of structure.» (Small extent)
- some of the OH are very complicated with tiny letters.» (Some extent)
- Enjoyed it.» (Great extent)

10. To what extent has the lectures by Rod Stevens (fresh water) been of help for your learning?

34 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»13 38%
Large extent»18 52%
Great extent»3 8%

Genomsnitt: 2.7

- Still not acceptable quality but better than the former.» (Some extent)
- Especiallly the article given» (Some extent)
- I liked the article about Hydrology» (Large extent)

11. To what extent has the lectures by Stefan Wirsenius (soils, acidification) been of help for your learning?

35 svarande

Small extent»1 2%
Some extent»11 31%
Large extent»17 48%
Great extent»6 17%

Genomsnitt: 2.8

- Especially the lecture handouts» (Some extent)
- Good lectures» (Large extent)
- I think he needs one more lecture - too much material for only two.» (Large extent)
- Ummm... students hate in-class questions...» (Great extent)

12. To what extent has the lectures by Kjell Wallin (bioresources) been of help for your learning?

35 svarande

Small extent»3 8%
Some extent»12 34%
Large extent»19 54%
Great extent»1 2%

Genomsnitt: 2.51

- Good Lecture!» (Large extent)
- Good discussion and very understandable» (Large extent)

13. To what extent has the lectures by Thomas Backhaus (ecotox.) been of help for your learning?

34 svarande

Small extent»5 14%
Some extent»13 38%
Large extent»13 38%
Great extent»3 8%

Genomsnitt: 2.41

- Jag var sjuk under hans föreläsningar» (Small extent)
- Good lecture!» (Large extent)
- New topic for me, quite interesting.» (Great extent)

14. To what extent has the three hand-ins been of help for your learning?

35 svarande

Small extent»1 2%
Some extent»12 34%
Large extent»14 40%
Great extent»8 22%

Genomsnitt: 2.82

- Räkningarna har varit för enkla men insamlandet av information var mycket tidskrävande för liten vinning. Den nedlagda tiden på inlämningarna representerade inte förhållandet på tentan. Det kändes som ett nollmoment (arbete som ej ger poäng), är det tillåtet på chalmers?» (Small extent)
- Känns som att de har tagit för mycket tid som jag annars skulle ägnat åt att läsa i boken om» (Some extent)
- They have helped me understand some parts of the course better, but the things we learned in the handins wasn"t refelcted in the exam.» (Some extent)
- most of the time was spent on trying to understand the questions. Working with hand-ins left no time for reading other things, hopefully they will provide some points on the exam.» (Some extent)
- The questions was formulated in bad ways most of the time. This made them hard to answer because of issues understanding the questions, not the actual solving. Improvement: Be clear with WHAT is to be answered, and HOW! If one is just supposed to look up a number in a table, than wright it out! Also in what paper/book/lecture note, because one got flooded with different litterature.» (Some extent)
- Men detta fick jag inte visa på tenatan, då inlämningarna visade sig vara på helt annan nivå än tentafrågorna.» (Large extent)
- But TOO MUCH work-load for (in the end) not too much points given» (Great extent)
- There were discussion about the hand-ins. It would be quite helpful to solve additional, similar questions afterwards so we can check whether we really understand the calculations.» (Great extent)
- The part of the soils was specially good.» (Great extent)

15. To what extent was the presentation of a paper a valuable moment?

35 svarande

Small extent»9 25%
Some extent»10 28%
Large extent»8 22%
Great extent»8 22%

Genomsnitt: 2.42

- illa vald tidpunkt. jag uppfattade det som att ingen riktigt brudde sig om uppgiften eftersom den låg såpassa nära inpå tentan» (Small extent)
- We learn how to present in other classes, it felt innessesary and the paper was not very interesting. toghether the papers were a bit more exciting» (Small extent)
- Väldigt bra med slides, men att få dom på föreläsningen är försent. Måste finnas tillgängligt absolut senast dagen innan på kurshemsidan som PDF (.doc är inte möjligt att öppna under alla operativsystem)» (Large extent)
- Enjoy it because the paper was rather digestible. Some other groups seemed to have a hard time with their "heavier" papers.» (Great extent)

16. To what extent was the demonstations etc by Ulrika Lundqvist of help for your learning?

33 svarande

Small extent»4 12%
Some extent»12 36%
Large extent»11 33%
Great extent»6 18%

Genomsnitt: 2.57

- I was not in her group» (Small extent)
- she was great help for the handins» (Large extent)
- I would like to learn more about the tools, but I guess we"ll get more of them later on. Oh no, I mixed this course up with Sustainable Development again...» (Great extent)
- Better Ulrika than the other teacher. Most of the times we were not sure about how to do the exercises, so I think it is necesary that the teacher does all of them» (Great extent)

17. To what extent extent was the demonstations etc by Julia Hansson of help for your learning?

35 svarande

Small extent»11 31%
Some extent»12 34%
Large extent»8 22%
Great extent»4 11%

Genomsnitt: 2.14

- she didn"t explain anything just wrote the answers on the board» (Small extent)
- It was terrible. There were no specific explanations or demonstrations on hand-ins. The lecture finished in only 25 minutes!! Additionally, she mostly didn"t (couldn"t?) answer to questions from students. » (Small extent)
- Her expalanation was too fast and too rough to understand the quastions.» (Small extent)
- I only attended one demonstration by Julia so my opinion in this case isn"t really valid.» (Small extent)
- It was more like the solutions were given rather than explained properly (Julia)» (Some extent)
- Förklarade vissa delar av inlämningsuppgifterna.» (Some extent)
- Couldn"t answer too much questions.» (Some extent)
- It was good and very helpful» (Great extent)
- It would be more helpful if she doesn"t always de-emphasize her explanation (giving the impression that what she"s saying is not really important). But perhaps it"s just the way she talks.» (Great extent)

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

35 svarande

Small extent»1 2%
Some extent»5 14%
Large extent»22 62%
Great extent»7 20%

Genomsnitt: 3

- jag har aldrig använt internet så mycket för att lösa problem tidigare. jag blev verkligen besviken på att kurslitteraturen inte användes mer» (Small extent)
- Många artiklar.» (Some extent)
- The slides were good, and the book contained most of the information that was needed.» (Large extent)
- I would not understand if it was not for the book. The level is too difficult during the lessons.» (Large extent)
- Itressant och bra bok, bra att slides alltid fanns att få på lektionerna» (Large extent)
- The book was not to much help compared to the other material» (Great extent)
- The structure does not really match the course syllabus but the other materials pretty much cover the holes.» (Great extent)
- The book is easy to read, maybe a little bit expensive.» (Great extent)

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

35 svarande

Very badly»1 2%
Rather badly»2 5%
Rather well»20 57%
Very well»12 34%

Genomsnitt: 3.22

- Att få slides på föreläsningen är försent, måste finnas uppe kvällen innan så man kan förbreda sig inför föreläsningen. *.doc går inte att läsa i alla operativsystem, det gör PDF. Kontaktuppgifter saknades till lärare på kurshemsidan, fanns dock i dokument.» (Very badly)
- Julia said she will upload the solutions for hand-ins, but it never be uploaded.» (Rather badly)
- the handouts could maby been handed out all together in the beginning of the course» (Rather well)

Study climate

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

34 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»2 5%
Rather good»17 50%
Very good»14 41%
I did not seek help»1 2%

Genomsnitt: 3.41

- I vissa fall kunde man få tydliga besked om vad som gällde för inlämningsuppgifterna men långt ifrån alla tillfällen. När det känns som att lärarens engelska är den begränsande faktorn är det mycket frustrerande att frågor endast får tas på engelska trotts att alla närvarande är svenskar.» (Rather poor)
- I hope that during the break the Swedish students don"t ask questions in Swedish - and be answered in Swedish - because the foreigners would think twice before joining in the discussion.» (Very good)

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

35 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»0 0%
Rather well»9 25%
Very well»26 74%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.74

- My group members have tight schedule but we managed to get together for the hand-ins. Good job, guys!» (Very well)
- A lot of times we comented the hand ins together.» (Very well)

22. How was the course workload?

35 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»10 28%
High»21 60%
Too high»4 11%

Genomsnitt: 3.82

- hand-ins tog för mycket tid tyckte jag» (High)
- Many hand-ins and a big exam made the workload high through the whole studyperiod.» (High)
- vilket inte är något negativt. Stressigt med liknande inlämningar i två kurser samtidigt» (High)
- The amount of hand-ins was too high, since they didn"t contribute that much to the overall understanding of the course.» (High)
- More than High, I will say that I found the hand ins difficult.» (High)
- The hand-ins was time consuming, and it was not possible to work with them AND read all the litterature.» (High)

Summarizing questions

23. What is your general impression of the course?

35 svarande

Poor»2 5%
Fair»2 5%
Adequate»14 40%
Good»15 42%
Excellent»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.37

- Lousy quality of lectures and material. The course covers too much and lacks structure.» (Poor)
- Mycket spridd kurs, i vissa fall handlade det om specifika kunskaper men i andra fall endast generella. Tycker inte tentan speglade kursen i stort. 18 frågor är för mycket för en 4 timmars tenta.» (Adequate)
- Concerning the exercises, the correction methods should be more explicit and the writing of the tasks should be improved ( hard or not good english).» (Adequate)
- Good with basic environmental science, but the chemistry/phsics part is not really the reason why I choose this mastersprogram.» (Good)
- interensting but the exam today was in my opinion a bit too dufficult... (eg compared to the exam last year some really detailed questions and too long for 4 hours. sometimes the question was also a bit too undetailed questioned (high range of possible annwers» (Good)
- Kursen har varit mycket intressant, tack.» (Good)
- Intresting, gives a broad understanding of the environmental problems and how they are linked with each other.» (Good)
- It covers almost every aspect that has to do with environment, giving the chance to students with diferrent backrounds to follow the programm.» (Good)
- It becomes obvious in this course that it is taken by a wide variety of students with different backgrounds making it difficult to set a level where everyone learns equally from all lectures. I think it was handeled well though.» (Good)
- Really useful as foundation for further learning of environmental issues.» (Excellent)

24. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- Hand ins»
- bra med hand ins men kanske ha lite mindre uppgifter i stället för så omfattande»
- The three handins but less requiring»
- more groupwork»
- Inlämningarna, även om dom skulle behöva kopplas mer till föreläsningarna.»
- the hand-ins were good for learning.»
- handins»
- i wish there would be more connection between contents conducted by discrete teachers.»
- Hand-ins are good as you need to work in groups and can help each other, but the questions should begin a bit easier so we understand how to think and then maybe become more difficult. An example in class would be good.»
- The usual.»
- different teachers is intresting»
- The hand outs but maybe with some changes in the tasks ..and definetely the presentation of the article.»
- As I understand the aims of the course it is supposed to give an overview of environmental change, and it did. Therefore I think it is a good thing that so many different teachers are involved teaching their area of expertise.»

25. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- The exam was to long! I didn"t even have time check my answers before the time ran out.»
- Lecturers»
- använd kursboken mer. det känns inte motiverande att köpa en bok för 600kr och sedan inte använda den»
- There is too much reading material. It should be stated from the course start how many bonus points you could get from the hand ins. To change it at the end of the course as it was made now is disrespectful and unprofessional.»
- Hand out the hadins earlier, so that you don"t only have tuesday-friday to do them, before the weekend is better.»
- in some lectures there were too much graphs and tables showing too much detials and sometimes also the same thing... may be a bit less graphs and tables and instead explaining some topics a bit better! Sometimes the graphs and figures were also too small in the handed out paper (sometimes on the ppt as well) »
- Either more time during the exam OR less questions. Too little time was given!!!!!»
- Assignment questions should be available earlier (not just a few days before hand-in)»
- clear the goal»
- the exam»
- Något som knyter ihop kursen mer. Tentan som med 18 frågor gör det svårt att avgöra var man ska lägga krutet.»
- the presentation of the article. i"ve never experienced that i haven"t had enough time to answer all the questions at an examination before but there were too many questions and too little time. »
- the time on the exam, shorter exam or an 5h exam»
- The book is too expensive. You should use a different method or make a course compendium that could be sold at Cremona.»
- REmove one of the hand-ins, since the other course that quarter has three hand-ins as well, too much time is consumed in doing hand-ins instead of having time to read the book and extra material.»
- Sometimes ppt slides are too much and we get confused about which is more important.»
- Hand-in question formulation. Either use the book or don´,t ask the students to buy it (only necessary for chemistry part). Altogher the course was a bit stressful with all the different parts. »
- Exam questions. Please make it more "conservative". Biological population seems a bit out of context, or perhaps it"s just me.»
- chemistry part could be improved»
- More time on the exam.»
- The article presentation did not teach me much, maybe it should be changed somehow or even be completely removed.»

26. Additional comments

- The lecturers on this school has to learn english if we are to claim that it is an international university!!!!»
- The exam did not reflect the things highlighted in the lectures. 18 questions in 4 hours is way to much, there was no chance of having the time to answer all questions. The bonus points were too little worth compared to the average time spent on them. Many thanks to Ulrika and Julia who spent time on answering questions related to the hand-ins!»
- no»
- Många små detaljer gjorde kursen svår att förstå. Det grundläggande innehållet är bra och viktigt.»
- The content and focus on climate change was good. The workload with a lot to read and the additional hand-ins was a bit too much to digest.»
- Exam was terrible. However it might serve to remind us that there is still much to be learned.»
- The course goes too deep into too many different subjects. It"s quite possible to get an overview of the different parts, but the examination asked for much deeper knowledge.»
- In my opinion, this is a course that could well be taught to the students as an elective course in all bachelor programmes so that the master programmes could focus on more specialized subjects. »

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