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Applied Structural Dyanmics. COURSE EVALUATION, TME140

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2008-10-28 - 2008-11-28
Antal svar: 31
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 68%
Kontaktperson: Thomas Abrahamsson»
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.

31 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»6 19%
Around 20 hours/week»16 51%
Around 25 hours/week»7 22%
Around 30 hours/week»2 6%
At least 35 hours/week»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.16

- The other course took (too) much time the last few weeks of this period.» (Around 20 hours/week)

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

31 svarande

0%»1 3%
25%»0 0%
50%»2 6%
75%»10 32%
100%»18 58%

Genomsnitt: 4.41

- Didn"t feel I benfited from the lectures (even though the lectures were very good) since I got left behind early of. The excercise lectures on the other hand were a bit easier.» (50%)

Goals and goal fulfilment

The course syllabus given by the Course Poster gave the course goals in terms of learning outcomes to be acquired by the student during the course.

3. How understandable are the course goals?

30 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»9 30%
The goals are difficult to understand»1 3%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»7 23%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»13 43%

Genomsnitt: 2.8

- I never read them» (I have not seen/read the goals)

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.

26 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»25 96%
No, the goals are set too high»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 2.03

5. Did the examination (assignments + written exam) assess whether you have reached the goals?

28 svarande

No, not at all»6 21%
To some extent»14 50%
Yes, definitely»6 21%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»2 7%

Genomsnitt: 2.14

- En tenta där det handlade mer om tur än om att bevisa sin kunskap där alla uppgifterna är hundra gånger svårare och där metoder ska användas som inte ens har diskuterats. Det enda ordet för tentan är fiasko. Har aldrig laggt ner så mycket tid på tentaplugg på någon kurs och varit så säker att jag ska klara den innan tentan. Även om jag hade pluggat 2v till till tentan så hade jag inte fått ett bättre resultat.» (No, not at all)
- the written exam was terrible.» (No, not at all)
- On the exam I had the feeling that I could not proof my knowledge/skills gained in this course. Due to long calculation times (and my too basic calculator)» (No, not at all)
- Apparently the exam was too hard.» (No, not at all)
- bad exam!» (No, not at all)
- The written exam as WAY to hard It tested in total somewhere around 20% of the course contet.» (No, not at all)
- Too much numerical calculations on the exam that took a lot of the time on the exam. The assignments where really good. » (To some extent)
- The written exam was way out of our league. There were questions that I´,ve never seen before. The level of difficulty was much higher than on the older exmans that we praticed.» (To some extent)
- The assignment was very much in line with the course, but the exam was taking up some parts that weren"t discussed as mych as other parts» (To some extent)
- Assignment was somehow extensive and demanding. It covered several topics taught during the course. But it was not graded and had not any effect on the final grade.» (To some extent)
- The adjustments of the grade limits were appreciated, but it is still unfortunate when an exam is too time-consuming.» (To some extent)
- Far too difficult calculations. The concents were good though but I guess you already knew...» (To some extent)
- Tenta var väldigt svår. Teltatalen kändes ganska konstruerade för att just vara svåra och behandlade saker som knappt hade gåtts igenom på föreläsningar och övningar.» (To some extent)
- The exam was a bit out-of-scope from the lectures. Pretesting analysis and COMAC would have been better to included in the project work instead. Also a bit frustrating that two other questions on the exam included damping which had not really been handled in the exercises I attended.» (To some extent)

Teaching and course administration

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

31 svarande

Small extent»2 6%
Some extent»5 16%
Large extent»19 61%
Great extent»5 16%

Genomsnitt: 2.87

- the method of calculating simple things like eigenvectors and so on was not explained very well. only MATLAB gives and then the answer, but on exam it is required. much work was spent on this» (Small extent)
- I concentrated on reading the book.» (Some extent)
- Good lectures!» (Large extent)
- Great lectures in this course.» (Great extent)
- Good lectures!» (Great extent)
- Both Thomas and Johanna were great! » (Great extent)

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

31 svarande

Small extent»1 3%
Some extent»10 32%
Large extent»13 41%
Great extent»7 22%

Genomsnitt: 2.83

- First half of the textbook were great, second part quite bad. The authors must have been in an accident after the first half were written...» (Some extent)
- The book and the extra copies/article contain some mistake as noticed on the exam solutions, this is very annoying, maybe an erratum for he book is needed and a corrected version for the article» (Large extent)
- Coures bok is very good, but the extra compendia could be more clear.» (Large extent)
- Bra bok!» (Great extent)

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

31 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»1 3%
Rather well»12 38%
Very well»18 58%

Genomsnitt: 3.54

- There were no answers to the exercises in the book, and I wish that you could hand out the answers of the questions from the led exercises» (Rather badly)
- Not too much junk in the course (in the webpage, etc)» (Very well)

9. How well did the teaching using english work out?

The teachers native language is not english. Did that cause difficulties in understanging the lectures and exercises?

31 svarande

It caused me big problems.»0 0%
Sometimes it caused me problems.»1 3%
It did not cause me problems.»30 96%

Genomsnitt: 2.96

- the teachers "performance" in english was excellent» (It did not cause me problems.)

Study climate

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

31 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»6 19%
Very good»21 67%
I did not seek help»4 12%

Genomsnitt: 3.93

- As always» (Very good)
- Love Applied Mechanics dynamics division!» (Very good)
- ery helpful teachers and assistents. thanks for that!» (Very good)

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

31 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»0 0%
Rather well»9 29%
Very well»22 70%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.7

12. How was the course workload?

31 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»3 9%
Adequate»17 54%
High»10 32%
Too high»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 3.29

- High and adequate» (High)

13. How was the balance between lectures and assignments?

31 svarande

Poor balance»0 0%
Balance was acceptable»10 32%
Good balance»21 67%

Genomsnitt: 2.67 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

14. How was the total workload this study period?

31 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 3%
Adequate»6 19%
High»13 41%
Too high»11 35%

Genomsnitt: 4.09

- As mentioned before, the other course (Steel Structure) took too much of this study period"s time.» (Too high)
- I had "Advanced material mechanics" plus this course and it was really too much, especially the material course.» (Too high)
- Took the advanced material mechanics course» (Too high)
- The other course were quite demanding» (Too high)
- Several students including myself where really "on the edge" of what we could take this period (MSc Structural Enginnering) » (Too high)
Genomsnitt totalt för detta stycke: 2.67

Summarizing questions

15. What is your general impression of the course?

31 svarande

Poor»1 3%
Fair»3 9%
Adequate»2 6%
Good»15 48%
Excellent»10 32%

Genomsnitt: 3.96

- På grund av tentan» (Poor)
- Do not see so much connection to civil engineering. This makes it less interesting for me as a civil engineering.» (Fair)
- Seems more adapted to the Mechanic engineering students. As a civil engineering student I did find it very interesting.» (Adequate)
- Pedagogic, understanding and competent teachers, both of them.» (Good)
- The learning outcomes from the course is very good and it is interesting» (Good)
- Very good, both the content and the teaching.» (Good)
- I think it is a bit problematic to have a combined course with students from applied mechanics and from structural engineering because we bring with us quite different background knowledge. Most of the structural enginners have not had any course in dynamics before which makes even the "intro" -lecture to sth. new whereas lots of things probably are repetition for the applied mechanics students.» (Good)
- Good course! Thanks!» (Good)
- Only the written exam that was not so good.» (Excellent)
- Very interesting course. Very good lecturer, very good problem solving teacher.» (Excellent)
- A very interestingand well performed course!» (Excellent)

16. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- The most of the course.»
- The assignments.»
- The assignment is excellent! Should defenetly be preserved.»
- The Assignment»
- the model building»
- The assignment is very good and gave the most of the understanding»
- The experimental part of the course.»
- Det mesta, projektet är riktingt bra där man verkligen kan få en förståelse för hur dynamik fungerar»
- design-build-model... assignment»
- The project.»
- The project is great.»
- the assignment»
- Everything»
- The assignment task»
- the project including building the model and testing it. For me, this was a practical link to the theory studied in the course and the most interesting thing too»
- Experimental Model Analysis»

17. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- Perhaps clearer instructions for the assignment.»
- The exam»
- The theory behind EMA should be placed in the middle of the course instead of in the end.»
- You should develope the home page»
- I suggest that consider a contribution from the assignment in the final grade of the course.»
- Vad var det för tenta???? Och att du har mage att säga att resultatet var sämre pga att det var längre beräkningsgång. Jag kan berätta för dig att anledningen till det dåliga resultatet var att uppgifterna var på en helt annan nivå på tentan än vad som gavs på räkneövningarna samt på samtliga gammla tentor.»
- The course book was not really useful. It was expensive with a lot of useless pages, and for the second part of the course there were some difference between the book and the course materials which was confusing. Also not enough examples was included in the book. I am not sure if the exam should be changed or not. I guess the main problem was the sample exams that made us go in the wrong way... But I would say the sample exams were a little silly! and they did not cover the whole course. If I hadn"t seen the sample exams, I would spend more time on the lecture notes... The U72 compendium was not really clear, since there was not enough examples in it, a lot of description which I could not understand because of the lack of example. »
- The exam was really frustrating. Less calculations (but not conceptual more easy)would be nice. 1 instead of 2 iterations for newmark, 2x2 instead of 3x3 matrices, ... If it is impossible to do the exam with a basic calculator like a TI30 this should be mentioned before!»
- Make a proper exam. »
- The exam has to be made sure to be finishable in 4 hours. A calculator able to handle matrices was absolutely necessary. This requirement should be removed by modifying the exam tasks or it should be more heavily emphasized that such a calculator is necesary.»
- an exam should match what we have learnt»
- The exam of course...»
- Mycket bra att man får bygga en modell som man sedan gör strukturdynamiska analyser på. Dock tycker jag att för mycket tid lades på att bygga och testa modellen, tid som annars skulle lagts på att plugga teori och lösa problem. Lite otydligt formulerade "assignment"- uppgifter och varför vi skulle använda oss av modförskjutningsmetoden (en kort motivering skulle ge bättre försåelse). »
- Maybe have more problems for students to solve on their own, while there were no facit in the course book.»
- Easier exam.»

18. Do you think the course outcome will help you in your job career?

31 svarande

Not at all»2 6%
To little extent»4 13%
To some extent»17 58%
To large extent»6 20%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 2.93

- The course name and the grade may look good among the study results, but application of the knowledge seems unlikely for a civil engineer.» (To little extent)
- Hard to say, but I really like this science and perhaps I will work with something similar in the future.» (To some extent)
- for structural engineers, the course is maybe a bit too theoretical, more "practical" hints and construction advises would be more useful to us... but after all,the theory knowledge can never hurt, and I still considered the course to be good! » (To some extent)
- Grateful for the increased focus towards structural engineering.» (To large extent)
- » (To large extent)

19. Additional comments

- Det går ett rykte att tentan var svårare i år än föregående år pga att folk klagade på att tentan var för lätt? Om detta är sant så kan jag bara säga att du lyckades med att göra den svårare, grattis och hoppas att du är nöjd....»
- Overall the course was really a good course and especially the design-build-model assignment was a great experience. The teacher was really cool, and I enjoyed the lectures.»
- Great lectures! Excellent teacher. »
- Very interesting course but the exam was a bit out of the main focus of the course.»

Genomsnitt totalt för alla frågor: 2.67
Beräknat jämförelseindex: 0.83

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