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Material performance, BOM065 2008

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2008-10-28 - 2008-11-17
Antal svar: 38
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 62%
Kontaktperson: Björn Engström»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Chalmers
Utbildningsprogram studenten tillhör: Väg- och vattenbyggnad 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 per week over the entire study period.

38 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»0 0%
Around 20 hours/week»14 36%
Around 25 hours/week»12 31%
Around 30 hours/week»6 15%
At least 35 hours/week»6 15%

Genomsnitt: 3.1

- most of the hours in the last weeks!» (Around 20 hours/week)
- Less at the start, but much more in the final weeks when completing the project and preparing for the exam» (Around 25 hours/week)
- It was more like 40 hours a week the last two weeks» (At least 35 hours/week)

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

38 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»0 0%
50%»9 23%
75%»15 39%
100%»14 36%

Genomsnitt: 4.13

- No time for lectures at the end of the course due to the project in structural systems» (50%)
- Didnt have the time because of the large amount of work that had to be done» (50%)
- Jag gick på alla föreläsningar i början, men de var inte särksilt givande. Därför valde jag att läsa på egen hand mer och mer senare i kursen.» (50%)
- Lectures where the textbook was simply read out (metals) were of little use, especially when compared to the animated, involved and broadly informative lectures not dependent on textbook material (wood)» (75%)
- I attended all courses the first half of the quarter, but since I didn"t like the teaching I stopped going regularly.» (75%)

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. To what extent have you reached the following goal?

The student should be able to:
- describe structures and properties of commonly used construction materials in both micro and macro scale.

38 svarande

0-20%»0 0%
20-40%»1 2%
40-60%»5 13%
60-80%»25 65%
80-100%»7 18%

Genomsnitt: 4

- In this course we almost only learned about concret, but a lot of other materials are common in structures as well.It should have been more about other materials.» (40-60%)
- I can describe concrete very well, less on other materials that were mentioned during the course.» (60-80%)

4. To what extent have you reached the following goal?

The student should be able to
- explain materials behaviour under environmental and mechanical loads.

38 svarande

0-20%»0 0%
20-40%»0 0%
40-60%»6 15%
60-80%»24 63%
80-100%»8 21%

Genomsnitt: 4.05

5. To what extent have you reached the following goal?

The student should be able to:
- explain usual deterioration of a given material under given conditions.

38 svarande

0-20%»0 0%
20-40%»0 0%
40-60%»9 23%
60-80%»18 47%
80-100%»11 28%

Genomsnitt: 4.05

- Very much detail in chlorides and not so much in other aspects (sulphates, etc)» (60-80%)

6. To what extent have you reached the following goal?

The student should be able to:
- apply certian models for describing materials behaviour and their deterioration.

38 svarande

0-20%»0 0%
20-40%»3 7%
40-60%»10 26%
60-80%»20 52%
80-100%»5 13%

Genomsnitt: 3.71

- Most for concrete.» (20-40%)
- I don"t think we mentioned this? The DuraCrete model is the only thing that comes in to my head.» (40-60%)

7. To what extent have you reached the following goal?

The student should be able to:
- critically evaluate a material or a combination of materials for its functional properties and durability.

38 svarande

0-20%»0 0%
20-40%»1 2%
40-60%»13 34%
60-80%»14 36%
80-100%»10 26%

Genomsnitt: 3.86

- I have understood it for concrete, but not for other materials or combinations of materials.» (60-80%)

8. To what extent have you reached the following goal?

The student should be able to:
- apply the achieved knowledge in a performance-based design of buildings and civil engineering constructions.

38 svarande

0-20%»1 2%
20-40%»2 5%
40-60%»16 42%
60-80%»14 36%
80-100%»5 13%

Genomsnitt: 3.52

9. How understandable are the course goals?

38 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»1 2%
The goals are difficult to understand»4 10%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»22 57%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»11 28%

Genomsnitt: 3.13

- Maybe a good introduction could be useful. There is a lot of different moments (labs, assignments etc.) and maybe they could mention those in the introduction and explain why we will do them?» (The goals are difficult to understand)

10. 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.

35 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»5 14%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»26 74%
No, the goals are set too high»4 11%

Genomsnitt: 1.97

- I think most of the goals were reached to the same extent already after the basic course: "Byggnadsmaterial".» (No, the goals are set too low)
- Kursen innehåller väldigt mycket som vi redan har lärt oss i "Byggnadsmaterial".» (No, the goals are set too low)
- To many moment in the course. » (No, the goals are set too high)

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

The examination consists of two "duggas", project work and final exam.

37 svarande

No, not at all»1 2%
To some extent»16 43%
Yes, definitely»19 51%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»1 2%

Genomsnitt: 2.54

- Exams are just to memorize each and every thing like graphs and comparison tables and comments.instead of exams throughout in each course there should be projects and home assignments» (No, not at all)
- Multiple choice is never a good way to test knowledge» (To some extent)
- The final exam were more representative for the learning goals, compared to the duggas. Especially the second dugga did not follow the guidelines or types of questions that was mentioned before.» (To some extent)
- Engelskan blir ett problem vid flervalsfrågor, iblan svårt att ursklija vilken skillnaden är på alternativen.» (To some extent)

Teaching and course administration

12. To what extent have the ordinary lectures been of help for your learning?

38 svarande

Small extent»7 18%
Some extent»18 47%
Large extent»10 26%
Great extent»3 7%

Genomsnitt: 2.23

- I think many lectures were just a mess, hard to follow the teachers.» (Small extent)
- I didn"t find the teaching helpful. I had difficulties to understand the teachers and the organization seemed quite messy. For example maybe teachers should hold lectures within their specialties? I didn"t really see the reason why Ingemar Segerholm had to talk about the, for me, most difficult part of concrete. I had difficulties to understand creep and shrinkage and maybe it would have been helpful with a good lecture on it.» (Small extent)
- It was mostly the three final days of studying time before the examination that gave me the knowledge. » (Small extent)
- Föreläsningarna har varit alldeles för långa. Jag tycker även att power point-presentationerna har innehållit för mycket text och saknat struktur. » (Small extent)
- Mostly repeeting the information given in the text book» (Some extent)
- Some sections more than others- see note above» (Large extent)

13. To what extent have the guest lectures been of help for your learning?

38 svarande

Small extent»5 13%
Some extent»22 57%
Large extent»9 23%
Great extent»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.21

- Some guest lectures were good but some felt out of subject, and very little of the content were actually in the examination.» (Small extent)
- They where maby not so very much usefull for the examination but they where interesting» (Some extent)
- I think the guest lectures have been really good. But put to some extent, because again it was not perfectly organized. Maybe they should come when we actually talk about that matter? Once, after the lecturer, we were told that we will understand this lecture in 2 weeks. Why not have it in two weeks then.» (Some extent)

14. To what extent has the laboratory work been of help for your learing?

37 svarande

Small extent»3 8%
Some extent»18 48%
Large extent»11 29%
Great extent»5 13%

Genomsnitt: 2.48

- I don"t really know what I have learnt from the laboratory. To make a concrete mix design was already done in the basic course. Mixing it was like baking a cake. I already knew how to test the strenght and the workability, we did that at "Färdig betong" in the basic course. It was good to see some ways of testing concrete in-situ though.» (Small extent)
- Good way to learn, but use fill-in form reports instead, because of the lack of time.» (Some extent)
- We did not get that help we needed in one laboration. This because the teacher, Ingemar, did not have enough knowledge about the laboration or the materials we used.The laboration was the CTH test.» (Some extent)
- Labbarna var ganska lärorika, men de var helt eller delvis lika labbarna i "byggnadsmaterial".» (Some extent)
- Good to see the phenomenas in reality» (Great extent)
- The laboratory work has been very good and helpful! All teachers has been very available and good at explaining. It was great to be able to make concrete and then test it. I also found the last laboratory very interesting.» (Great extent)

15. To what extent has the project work been of help for your learning?

38 svarande

Small extent»11 28%
Some extent»14 36%
Large extent»10 26%
Great extent»3 7%

Genomsnitt: 2.13

- As i didn"t follow the Structural Systems course, the project work was frustrating as i wasn"t completely involved with group decisions. Why do the two need to be so joined? Or perhaps all students only doing the one course could be in the same group» (Small extent)
- Because that the details of what we were supposed to hand in were described so late, we had to split the group into 2, half the group worked with material performance project, and the other half worked with the other course. Because of this, half of the group never got to work with the project. It is therefore crusial that the tasks will be given in the start of the course next year.» (Small extent)
- Well, because Tang uploaded the guidlines for the project work less than a week before the project should be handed in and gave us the date for the deadline (which were on mondag) on friday, the entire project work was a mess that was composed in a hurry. I can"t say that I learnt much from it.» (Small extent)
- We only had a weekend to do it, and had only learned about concrete so even if it was good maybe it could just be involved in the structural systems project.» (Small extent)
- Presented for first time friday at 16.30 the week before hand-in, not much time to work with it. » (Small extent)
- Should have been introduced ealier, now it was to late to do a good work in examining the problems» (Some extent)
- Because of bad information and a lack of time for the project work, this was most a parantese in the other work in this course.» (Some extent)
- Bra med en projektuppgift, men den kunde ha varit bättre utformad. Fokus verkar enbart ha legat på betong, vilket gjorde att de som valde det materialet behövde göra mycket mer arbete än de som valde exempelvis stål.» (Some extent)

16. To what extent have the study trips been of helf for your learning?

1)Introductory trip, 2)timber structures, 3) deterioration of buildings and bridges.

37 svarande

Small extent»8 21%
Some extent»12 32%
Large extent»10 27%
Great extent»7 18%

Genomsnitt: 2.43

- Didnt attend, because I didnt think it would give me the knowledge back for the time it costed to attend.» (?)
- I were only attending the first one, and that didn"t concern MP much.» (Small extent)
- unfortunately I could not attend 2nd and 3rd trip because of project group work » (Some extent)
- The trip to Derome was to some extent useful but it was wery much to do then so i dont think it is nesasary to have that study trip» (Large extent)
- Greater understanding of how the problems affect real structures» (Large extent)
- It"s been very interesting! But I didn"t really like trip number 3.» (Great extent)
- Alla studieresor var mycket lärorika.» (Great extent)

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

38 svarande

Small extent»1 2%
Some extent»15 39%
Large extent»13 34%
Great extent»9 23%

Genomsnitt: 2.78

- Both lots of slides and a book, hard to have time to go thrugh everything. The study questions was good. Easier to know whats important then.» (Some extent)
- Det har helt saknats hänvisningar till kursboken under kursens gång. Jag tycker att boken är bra, så detta är synd. Det fungerar dåligt att behöva sitta och bläddra igenom flera hundra sidor power point-slides, särskilt när de är röriga, vilket är varit fallet här.» (Some extent)
- Slides on web page very helpful, should have been more textbook references though as the one chosen was somewhat irritating in the nature of its examples.» (Large extent)
- I used it for the concete part. » (Large extent)
- Very good book and lecture notes on the homepage good» (Great extent)

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

38 svarande

Very badly»2 5%
Rather badly»5 13%
Rather well»24 63%
Very well»7 18%

Genomsnitt: 2.94

- The course wasn"t planned at all, information about study trips, laboratory, project work, deadlines and duggas was provided too late.» (Very badly)
- Very bad information about what we were expected to do and what will happen next.» (Very badly)
- It was to much» (Rather badly)
- It was to much power point-slides. too little to read and too many unexplained pictures.» (Rather badly)
- Bra att alla föreläsningsslides har kommit upp på hemsidan. Däremot har information om inlämningsuppgifter med mera varit dålig. Instruktioner och liknanade har kommit upp på hemsidan alldeles för sent.» (Rather badly)
- Maybe you could put out all the lessons and information about trips and labs a bit earlier?» (Rather well)
- Would like to have the power point presentation before» (Rather well)
- Everything easy to find» (Very well)
- without web page handouts and lecturers it was impossible to understand even a single thing» (Very well)

Study climate

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

38 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»2 5%
Rather good»16 42%
Very good»18 47%
I did not seek help»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.52

- I came with one question and walked away with three.» (Rather poor)
- one assignment required mathCAD software and i didnt studies this software ever before in my undergraduate studies. so arrangment must be made to teach it» (Rather good)
- Always someone available» (Very good)

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

38 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»4 10%
Rather well»19 50%
Very well»15 39%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.28

- Hard to know what the foreign student are capable of, how educated they are..» (Rather poorly)
- I have ticked poorly due to the project problems, but that aside cooperation went very well (revision, assignments etc.)» (Rather poorly)
- group members not very productive.» (Rather poorly)
- i learnt mathCAD from my classfellow» (Very well)

21. How much of your available time for studies in this study period did you spend on this course?

It is assumed that 50% of the time is used for Structural systems and 50% for Material performance.

38 svarande

less than 20%»0 0%
20-40%»11 28%
about 50%»16 42%
60-80%»9 23%
more than 80%»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.05

22. How was the course workload?

38 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 2%
Adequate»15 39%
High»14 36%
Too high»8 21%

Genomsnitt: 3.76

- It wasný the work load that was the problem, the problem was that much of the information were given to late.» (Adequate)
- The workload was adequate. It felt like we always had things to do since there was a lot of things coming at the same time. The assignments didn"t feel necessary.» (Adequate)
- Too many different tasks!» (Adequate)
- To low in begining and to high in the end!» (Adequate)
- It was hard determining how much the group needed to perform.» (High)
- Very short time before hand-in of assignments and to little information on what to do in project work» (High)
- Too high in the end of the course.» (High)
- Det har varit väldigt många delmoment, vilket har gjort kursen rörig. Många småuppgifter som bara har tagit tid utan att ge särskilt mycket kunskap.» (High)
- The worload was to high due to the lack of structure in the course. This made it very hard do plan your time and work in an efficient way.» (Too high)
- Everyone, including me, thinks so.» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

23. What is your general impression of the course?

38 svarande

Poor»4 10%
Fair»7 18%
Adequate»13 34%
Good»13 34%
Excellent»1 2%

Genomsnitt: 3

- For me as a swedish student I have to say that I feel ashamed to start the master program with this course. I know that the courses at chalmers uses to be much better than this one, but for the foreign students it must feel like a big disapointment that they have traveled around the world for this! If the course can"t be improved significantly I think it should be replaced by another one, or at least it should"t be compulsary.» (Poor)
- Mestadels repetition av tidigare kurs vilket känns som slöseri med tid. Rörigt med alla småuppgifter, vilka det dessutom har varit dåligt med information om.» (Poor)
- Too much of everything. Doesn"t seem to have a clear goal.» (Fair)
- I think the course has got a good potential. The teachers have great knowledge and are all nice and helpful. But it need to be more organized. So I would like to put "Poor" here, but since the laboratory exercises has been good the grade is going up one level.» (Fair)
- Much repetition from previuos courses, and lots of new things preseneted in a quite unorganized way.» (Fair)
- Big focus on concrete in general, not so much about designing connections and details in a good way..» (Adequate)
- Could be more about steel, less of chlorides in concrete» (Good)

24. What is the remaining value of the course in the future

36 svarande

Very small»1 2%
Rather small»15 41%
Rahter high»18 50%
Very high»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.58

- dont understand the question u asked» (?)
- to much repetition from earlier courses...» (Rather small)
- Don"t understand the question...» (Rather small)
- I have big problem with the language, both in speaking and understanding, and so have some of the lecturers.. not a good combination» (Rahter high)
- Important field to study as it effects everything beeing built» (Very high)

25. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- the 2 test»
- The study trip, the guest lectures.»
- trip to sawmill»
- The duggas»
- the laborations»
- lab and study trips»
- The labbs where very nice and the guest lectures. However, the reports on the labs didn"t help so much except for the last one.»
- Laboratory exercises.»
- the project work»
- Duggas, pre-reading questions»
- All the course content is good and useful,the laboratory and exercises also help a lot»
- The laborations and the study trips.»
- The course book»
- The duggas and study trips.»
- study trips, labs, final project.»
- Duggas with multiple choice question The lectures about wood were very interesting»
- Studieresorna»

26. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- it was a lot of labs and study trips, mayby you should have just 2 of each»
- The competiton. I understand that you want to have us competing, but the jury cant get an idea of how much work the group has spent on the project when they havent read the report. I suggest that the other groups also can vote for another group and their result along with the jurys result will decide who wins.»
- Nature of project for those not following SS. Metals lectures»
- Assignments and project work. To little information and to short time to work on them»
- read comments above»
- the project work. it was presented on friday and should be presented next monday. Why such a short notice?!»
- Keep the project work and skip the assignments and put it entirely into the project instead. Reduce the number of laboratories and study trips. Don"t base the course content on what the lecturers have been doing research in themself (chlorides). There is too much repetition of old content which really makes the students lose interest in the course. There are really too many things that you have to do in this course: 2 duggas + 3 labs(with lab reports) + 2 assignment + 1 project + 3 study trips + 1 final exam = 12 things »
- Lower the workload until next year. And try to get it more strukturated.»
- Organization.»
- Less mandatory assignments and moments. Clearer instructions on what should be done and when it should be done.»
- The planning of the course»
- The course material.I did not open the book after week two. The information have to be better.»
- 1) Projektarbetet är en för stor del av eximinationen, väldigt otydligt definerat och svårt att veta vad vi skulle ha med. 2) Helt galet system att ställa samma frågor på två duggor och en TENTA, varför är det mer värt att ha lärt sig en sak i början eller i slutet av perioden. Men den som lärde sig det i början får två extra poäng. Saknar logik. ==> Onödigt med två duggor, tar tid och kraft (Om man ändå ställer samma frågor som på tentan)»
- less time spent on concrete, not very much time devoted to other materials.»
- Make it less similar to the course "Byggnadsmaterial"»
- nothing»
- I would be good to have access to multiple choice questions about each chapter in order to evaluate ourself easily. The correction of the duggas were very usefull. Old-exams to practice on.»
- Mer utnyttjande av boken. Information i inledningen av kursen om inlämningar mm (datum, uppgiftsbeskrivningar etc.).»

27. Additional comments

- If a try to remind me of what I have really learnt during the course it would be: 1. chlorides, 2. Something about CRM, 3. Some more about detorioration of concrete and how fatigue occurs. The rest is more or less only repitition.»
- exams must be finished and learning must be made through presentations, project work, assignments, home exercises»
- no»

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