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Global Chemical Sustainability 2008, KBT140

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2008-11-03 - 2008-11-18
Antal svar: 21
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 35%
Kontaktperson: Magdalena Svanström»

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.

21 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»1 4%
Around 20 hours/week»6 28%
Around 25 hours/week»10 47%
Around 30 hours/week»2 9%
At least 35 hours/week»2 9%

Genomsnitt: 2.9

- Workload was absolutely OK» (Around 20 hours/week)
- The seminar paper took really a lot of time and there is no feed back. It"s a little bit the same with the project.» (Around 25 hours/week)
- Time consuming course, it"s not the only course we have this study period.» (At least 35 hours/week)

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

21 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»1 4%
50%»1 4%
75%»8 38%
100%»11 52%

Genomsnitt: 4.38

- more than 75%» (75%)
- Except two lectures» (100%)
- Some lectures, Technologies for example, are too centralized on Europe, for an international course is a pity. The guest lecture were very very interesting. I particularly like the one given by the journalist on the Kyoto protocol. » (100%)

Goals and goal fulfilment

According to the course syllabus: After successfully completing the course, the students should be able to:
•, Describe the function and status of the natural systems in the world
•, Explain how the human society, in particular chemical and chemical engineering industry, affects and depends on natural systems
•, Describe international and regional work on environment and sustainable development on governmental and non-governmental level
•, Identify appropriate tools and strategies for sustainable development in society, in particular industry
•, Analyze sectors of society, in particular chemical and chemical engineering industry, and formulate appropriate strategies for sustainable development

3. How understandable are the course goals?

21 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»0 0%
The goals are difficult to understand»1 4%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»8 38%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»12 57%

Genomsnitt: 3.52

- The course was extremely organized.» (The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn)

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.

21 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»3 14%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»16 76%
No, the goals are set too high»2 9%

Genomsnitt: 1.95

- With my background I felt a bit too skilled for this course, the content were to simple and in some cases even misguiding.» (No, the goals are set too low)

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

21 svarande

No, not at all»2 9%
To some extent»10 47%
Yes, definitely»8 38%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»1 4%

Genomsnitt: 2.38

- The examination consists only of reproduction of the teaching material, understanding is not required» (No, not at all)
- The way to examinate students in this course good be way better, however I noticed good intentions from the course constructor. To improve this I suggest that students do more project works by them selves and that they will be graded more on how they present things in class. Student who don"t oraly participate in the seminars should have a harder time passing the course in my opinion. » (To some extent)

Teaching and course administration

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

21 svarande

Small extent»1 4%
Some extent»7 33%
Large extent»11 52%
Great extent»2 9%

Genomsnitt: 2.66

- Specially the class about technological history, that one really needs to be revised and improved. And about Heat and power plants, perhaps mention that we have a High Tech brand new such plant right here in Gothenburg would have been nice. Its an execellent example of how to adjust to a more sustainable living since that plant strives to be run only with biogas, its it not mentioned anywhere in the course.» (Small extent)
- The debates that took place at the end of some lectures were really interesting and useful to make up your mind. » (Some extent)

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

21 svarande

Small extent»1 4%
Some extent»7 33%
Large extent»12 57%
Great extent»1 4%

Genomsnitt: 2.61

- The book is really expensive and I"m not sure it"s worth buying it. Maybe for the preknowledge test but after only some paragraphs can be interesting to give more details (ozone depletion for example)» (Small extent)
- I did not like the literature, it is suppose to be an advanced course and the literature is clearly not.» (Some extent)
- Two parts are outstanding, the easter island and urbanplantation They really contributed to my learnings. » (Some extent)

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

21 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»1 4%
Rather well»8 38%
Very well»12 57%

Genomsnitt: 3.52

- The goals for this course are set high but not realistic. There has to be more reason, planning and logistics around how to manage this course. less gruop activities and more induvidual work, like the world cultural museum, I actually am capable of visit that one by myself, which fits mine and everyone elses schedual better.» (Rather badly)
- I would have liked to have access to all the lecture power points before the lectures» (Rather well)

Teaching and learning activities

9. How useful were the lectures by Magdalena Svanström in your learning?

Frågan är kopplad till lärare: Magdalena Svanström»

21 svarande

Not useful at all»0 0%
Could have been better»2 10%
Quite useful»10 50%
Very useful»8 40%
No opinion»1

Genomsnitt: 3.3 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- There is a very broad span of quality here, like I mentioned before the history class was really bad whilst others were very good. The history class may not by content be the most important but in the sense of this quote it is of extreme importance "To know where you are going you must know where you come from" » (Could have been better)
- Some introduction of lectures are too general and really not interesting in my opinion: people died from harvest for example. It"s discredit the course.» (Quite useful)

10. How useful were the lectures by Morgan Fröling in your learning?

Frågan är kopplad till lärare: Morgan Fröling»

21 svarande

Not useful at all»0 0%
Could have been better»1 4%
Quite useful»15 71%
Very useful»5 23%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 3.19 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- They were fun to lissten to, but could have focused a bit more on what we should learn. A bit unprepared sometimes.» (Quite useful)
- Good lectures» (Quite useful)

11. How useful was the lecture by Marta Bialik in your learning?

Frågan är kopplad till lärare: Marta Bialik»

21 svarande

Not useful at all»0 0%
Could have been better»3 15%
Quite useful»13 68%
Very useful»3 15%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 3 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

12. How useful was the lecture by Hans Theliander in your learning?

Frågan är kopplad till lärare: Hans Theliander»

21 svarande

Not useful at all»0 0%
Could have been better»2 10%
Quite useful»15 78%
Very useful»2 10%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 3 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

13. How useful was the lecture by Thomas Hjertberg in your learning?

Frågan är kopplad till lärare: Thomas Hjertberg»

21 svarande

Not useful at all»0 0%
Could have been better»4 22%
Quite useful»11 61%
Very useful»3 16%
No opinion»3

Genomsnitt: 2.94 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- Not easy to understand his English. » (Could have been better)

14. How useful was the lecture by the journalist, Karl-Johan Bondesson, in your learning?

21 svarande

Not useful at all»0 0%
Could have been better»3 17%
Quite useful»7 41%
Very useful»7 41%
No opinion»4

Genomsnitt: 3.23 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- The best one.» (Very useful)

15. How useful was the lecture by Christer Ågren from the Secretariat of Acid Rain in your learning?

21 svarande

Not useful at all»0 0%
Could have been better»2 11%
Quite useful»10 58%
Very useful»5 29%
No opinion»4

Genomsnitt: 3.17 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- Maybe not enough focus on one thing for example air pollution due to ship: very interesting and not a lot of people are aware of it.» (Quite useful)
- Could not attend» (No opinion)

16. How useful was the lecture by Nardono Nimpuno from ChemSec in your learning?

21 svarande

Not useful at all»1 6%
Could have been better»4 25%
Quite useful»7 43%
Very useful»4 25%
No opinion»5

Genomsnitt: 2.87 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- The lecture in itself was useless because not clear at all. But the debate that comes afterwards was good.» (Could have been better)

17. How useful was the exercise on "Urgent issues" in your learning?

21 svarande

Not useful at all»3 18%
Could have been better»4 25%
Quite useful»7 43%
Very useful»2 12%
No opinion»5

Genomsnitt: 2.5 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- The vast difference educational level on the students makes this exercise less useful» (Not useful at all)

18. How useful was the exercise on "Basic concepts" in your learning?

21 svarande

Not useful at all»0 0%
Could have been better»3 15%
Quite useful»14 73%
Very useful»2 10%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 2.94 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- Good to review the basic notions and definitions, help for a better understanding latter in the course.» (Quite useful)

19. How useful was the exercise on "Multicriteria analysis" in your learning?

21 svarande

Not useful at all»1 6%
Could have been better»2 12%
Quite useful»10 62%
Very useful»3 18%
No opinion»5

Genomsnitt: 2.93 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- Very good exercise to realize how difficult it is to do this kind of analysis. » (Quite useful)
- Did not attend» (No opinion)

20. How useful was the Preknowledge test in your learning?

20 svarande

Not useful at all»3 16%
Could have been better»2 11%
Quite useful»11 61%
Very useful»2 11%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 2.66 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- this is a good exercise. however some of the questions on the actual test were very misguiding and strangly constructed, almost more like word riddles more then direct clear questions. Like the part of hazard and dangerous, I would just skip it. » (Quite useful)
- It was a good way to get us started with reading the book» (Quite useful)
- I already knew most thing so it did not make me learn any new things, even though it made me begin looking through the course material at an early stage in the course.» (No opinion)

21. How useful was the Al Gore Movie in your learning?

21 svarande

Not useful at all»2 10%
Could have been better»6 31%
Quite useful»9 47%
Very useful»2 10%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 2.57 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- its a good execise because you should see this movie for many reasons however the content of the movie are to be debated. » (Could have been better)

22. How useful was the work in the big Project in your learning?

21 svarande

Not useful at all»2 10%
Could have been better»5 25%
Quite useful»10 50%
Very useful»3 15%
No opinion»1

Genomsnitt: 2.7 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- too many discussions but always without conclusion/result» (Not useful at all)
- This exercise litterly gave me nothing, I did a much more advanced work during high school on the exact same subject, this is supposed to be masters level. I also rather do it in smaller groups, due to practical logistics 12 people writing 6-7 pages thats not suitable. gruops of 2 would be much more giving. Students should also be encourged to think outside the box here, like tha plastic and paper bag group, what about textile bags ?! they should have suggested that.» (Not useful at all)
- The organisation of the groups was not clear because of the number of attendants. The groups were too big. It was very hard to coordinate so many people.» (Could have been better)
- No feed back (or very few and too late) so no learning or bad learning.» (Could have been better)
- the groups are too big...It is really difficult to work with 6 and after, even 12 people. In order to have meeting together and to write...I think it could be better to be groups of 4 people» (Could have been better)
- Only complaint with the project was that I felt the groups were too large.» (Quite useful)
- But the way that the projcect was done was not good. It is not good to hav e so bigg groups as in the end. » (Quite useful)

23. How useful was the Museum Visit in your learning?

21 svarande

Not useful at all»4 19%
Could have been better»6 28%
Quite useful»7 33%
Very useful»4 19%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 2.52 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- Not useful, but fun nontheless» (Not useful at all)
- I rather take my own time visit such a place during some quite hours with little company, that would give me more time to do some actual thinking and perhaps write a small report about the experience» (Could have been better)
- we do not have enought time to think before the discussion with the other members of our group!! » (Could have been better)
- It was nice to see something else, but I don"t think it was that useful for learning» (Could have been better)

24. How useful was the Sustainability Seminar in your learning?

21 svarande

Not useful at all»0 0%
Could have been better»3 16%
Quite useful»8 44%
Very useful»7 38%
No opinion»3

Genomsnitt: 3.22 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- It enables to focus on a issue but once again no feed back so difficult to be sure of what you"ve learned. » (Quite useful)
- the peer review is very useful. Really appreciate the comments given» (Very useful)

25. How useful was the Role Debate in your learning?

21 svarande

Not useful at all»0 0%
Could have been better»7 63%
Quite useful»3 27%
Very useful»1 9%
No opinion»10

Genomsnitt: 2.45 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- No idea how it was going on before hand. So, a bit panic during the debate. » (Could have been better)
- we do not have enought time» (Could have been better)
- This is a really good exercise overall. » (Very useful)
- I did not participate.» (No opinion)
- Did not attend» (No opinion)

26. How useful was the individual Bonus activity in your learning?

21 svarande

Not useful at all»0 0%
Could have been better»3 27%
Quite useful»5 45%
Very useful»3 27%
No opinion»10

Genomsnitt: 3 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- However I felt a bit restricted and controlled on what to do here, give more space for induvidual freedom.» (Quite useful)
- I get to read a very nice book recommended by course leader.» (Very useful)
- I did not participate.» (No opinion)
Genomsnitt totalt för detta stycke: 2.91

Study climate

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

21 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»5 23%
Very good»9 42%
I did not seek help»7 33%

Genomsnitt: 4.09

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

21 svarande

Very poorly»1 4%
Rather poorly»4 19%
Rather well»10 47%
Very well»5 23%
I did not seek cooperation»1 4%

Genomsnitt: 3.04

- Some students really don"t talk either english or swedish this makes it very hard to communicate. » (Very poorly)
- Too have this type of project work is not good, because in our group 3 person worked hard and the rest did not care, and we who worked did not receive credit for our work, rather we missed the chance for a higher grade becasue of this. » (Rather poorly)
- In general working with the other students were good. However, in some cases it was difficult to work with other students because of their perception on work ethics and quality of work.» (Rather poorly)
- The big project work was performed in way too big groups. In a group of twelve everyone can"t help even if they want too. We had a lot of problems in our group of six as well, since three exchange students handed in texts copied from the internet and it took until reading week five before one of them handed in something written by herself (which we agreed to do until week 2), the other two never handed in anything they had done themselves and did not help in the project at all. If we had written a contribution report and gotten individual bonus points this would have been more acceptable, but as it was today, I worked very hard to give them "free" bonus points since they did nothing. You need to work out a system that is not as unfair as this.» (Rather poorly)
- Sometimes the discussion for the big project was out of the topic» (Rather well)
- Not all the student have the same implication concerning learning. » (Rather well)
- it is depend of the project... for the big project, some of students did not do anything!! But, for the seminar and other things it was really reat because it was smaller groups..But, is is really good to have the opportunities to compare our idea with other people, other cultures and other nationalites» (Rather well)

29. How was the course workload?

21 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»9 42%
High»7 33%
Too high»5 23%

Genomsnitt: 3.8

- Too many activities.» (Too high)
- The bonus activities took far too much time, especially the big project (who is something you almoust have to do to pass the exam) and the sustainability seminar. It felt really unfair that Magdalena thought it was okay that some of the exchange students copied their texts directly from internet and just could change that afterwards, when I put so much time into doing proper research and working with my text to make it good.» (Too high)

30. How was the total workload this study period?

21 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»9 42%
High»10 47%
Too high»2 9%

Genomsnitt: 3.66

- I was lucky not to have project assessments in my other course.» (Adequate)
- but I took three courses» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

31. What is your general impression of the course?

21 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»2 9%
Adequate»7 33%
Good»9 42%
Excellent»3 14%

Genomsnitt: 3.61

- The aim of the course and the aim of all those preojects are very good but the way it is practically carried out its not working very well.» (Fair)
- It would have been interesting with other lecturers, since this is the third sustainability course where she has been the lecturer and I"ve heard a lot of it before.» (Adequate)
- I really learnt everything I had hoped for and even more!» (Excellent)

32. Do you think that the examination form with the bonus system in this course is good?

21 svarande

No, this should be changed»1 4%
It can be improved»6 28%
The system is OK»10 47%
The system is excellent»4 19%

Genomsnitt: 2.8 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- Reduce the nr of activities, and bonus points. Guest lecturers makes the couse more interesting.» (No, this should be changed)
- The big project is not really a bonus activity, since we need those points to pass the exam. I also think that a contribution report for the big project is needed, since some people worked really hard while others did absolutely nothing. I also think that the amount of bonus point in comparison with the amount of work load was really different between the different activities. To get four bonus points just to watch a movie and sit silent at the discussion (as many did) was very much easier then to get seven points at the sustainability seminar. It also feels a bit unfair with the bonus point lectures which many times collided with mandatory classes I had in another class. Most students take experimental design at the same time, but you don"t have to take these courses at the same time and those of us who took PPD could not attend at many of the bonus point activities. If there is going to be this many collisions in the schedual you should inform about that when we choose the courses for the first time in the masters program so that we are aware of that from the beginning.» (It can be improved)
- To day it consists of werry many parts, to many. » (It can be improved)
- The bonus system reflects the methods of the course very well (discussions, learning by searching, etc.). The exam is just asking facts learned by heart which contradicts the course methods.» (The system is OK)
- This kind of system is excellent however execises could be more reasonable and logically contructed.» (The system is excellent)

33. Did the course improve your ability to change perspectives?

In the course introduction, it was explained that the diversity among the students was to be used in different exercises in order to improve your ability to understand different perspectives related to time, geographical conditions, cultures and disciplines.

21 svarande

No, it did not!»0 0%
To a minor extent it did»3 14%
Yes, in some ways»13 61%
Yes, it absolutely did!»5 23%

Genomsnitt: 3.09 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- These issues have been part of my life since a kid and the way to study is excellent however the exercises needs revising» (To a minor extent it did)
- It wa interesting to see that people from other countries don"t think in the same way as I do.» (Yes, in some ways)
- we aware of the links between every thing» (Yes, it absolutely did!)

34. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- The possibility to get bonus points from different activities.»
- The sustainability seminar and the project work. The guest lectures on forest products, polymers and international agreements (Karl-Johan Bondesson) were also interesting.»
- Course handouts, some of the activity but NOT all, »
- The museum visist, the sustainability seminar, the big project, the guest lectures»
- All of this course is important»
- The movie, world culture museum visit, seminar. »
- The general course structure was great. I would preserve the same course structure. »
- Role debate»
- In my idea the examination didn"t support the goals of the course. also we had to memorize lots of information in order to succeed in the exam. but in my idea, the questions could have been more involved with analysis.»
- debates, guest lectures»
- lots of work in group »
- An Inconvenient truth»
- Guest lectures.»

35. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- The course takes a lot of time, it feels like it should be more than 7,5 hp with this workload. »
- course schedule ( a bit tiring to have 4 hours lecture)»
- The long afternoon lectures. Four hours after lunch is tough, variation would be good.»
- I think we need go industry that use sustainability concept»
- The number of activities and bonus system.»
- I would emphasize to all the students how to write an essay and how to equally contribute to group work. In addition, I would recommend smaller groups in the projects too.»
- Examination and the big project are of most concern. Make me write some papers and essays on the text, that way is way more yielding and the knowledge gained is long lasting. »
- projects and seminars (feed back)»
- nothing»
- A contribution report is needed in the big project, so that it will be more fair. The groups should also be smaller, since even if everyone wants to work with the project it is impossible when you are 12 people on just 10 pages.»
- -Discuss specific examples of how to apply sustainability criteria in industrial practise. -Skip the lectures that only include basic knowledge that most people are familiar with anyway.»
- How paligatis is handeld. The roldebate is not needed.»

36. Additional comments

- The seminar essays should not be corrected by the students (peer-reviewed). It is not fair to have the students deal with copying in the reports when it is people they have to meet in class afterwards.»
- The Bonus system did not motivate one when it came to writing the examn, knowing that you could not get a 5 even if you write full point on the exam. I had almost full points on all exercises except project work and because of that I missed the grade 5. Too time consuming course and soemtimes covering basic subjects.It is supposed to be an advanced course.»
- It was a great course. It was very relevant to present day issues regarding sustainability and engineering.»
- Some thoughts of logistics and practical issues should be included in the course planning for next year. »
Genomsnitt totalt för detta stycke: 2.95

Genomsnitt totalt för alla frågor: 2.91
Beräknat jämförelseindex: 0.63

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