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MPRSS: FAS010 Astrophysical Dynamics Sp2, 08/09

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2008-12-15 - 2009-01-16
Antal svar: 6
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: ?%
Kontaktperson: Arto Heikkilä»

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.

6 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»3 50%
Around 20 hours/week»2 33%
Around 25 hours/week»0 0%
Around 30 hours/week»1 16%
At least 35 hours/week»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.83

- The course is very important part of Astrophysics and wide I spent more time and the instructor also spen´,t more time to help students too.» (Around 30 hours/week)

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

6 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»0 0%
50%»0 0%
75%»3 50%
100%»3 50%

Genomsnitt: 4.5

- Probably more 90%» (75%)
- In my teaching and learing life, I have got the most interesting part of course and attractive teaching method. Not only I learn the course but also pedagogics from course instructors. I have never miss the class.» (100%)
- Only missed one lecture since I was ill. The lectures was very compelling, it certainly was fun to attend them.» (100%)
- Great lectures which I prioriticed if they collided with my other course.» (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.

3. How understandable are the course goals?

6 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»1 16%
The goals are difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»0 0%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»5 83%

Genomsnitt: 3.5

- I usually do not read the course syllabus» (I have not seen/read the goals)
- Except shortage of time, the goal of the course is clearly descibed and method of teaching also focused on to how achieve the goals. Really we acheived.» (The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn)
- The goals of this course were very clear from the beginning. lectures were structured in a very clear way and the exercises also helped a lot to apply the theory we learned in class.» (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.

6 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»6 100%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2

- The goals are set reasonable but from the importance of the course it is better to add time for the course.» (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)
- Oops, read it to late» (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)
- even though the topics covered are very broad.» (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)

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

5 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»2 40%
Yes, definitely»3 60%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.6

- We had examination in the form of PowerPoint presentation (20minutes) about some hot topics in astrophysics.Perhaps I cannot demonstrate my knowledge about fluid mechanics but its very good for us to get started in this sort of talks and presentations.» (To some extent)
- If the teamwork-problem was taken into account for the final grade I would say "Yes, definitely" but otherwise "only" having a presentation felt a little bit too little.» (To some extent)
- The examination was real indication of the understanding of the course and how to apply in real situation.» (Yes, definitely)
- The examination together with the exercises» (Yes, definitely)
- The examination was in the form of a seminar about one topic related to the course. A deep understanding of both theory and methods taught in the course was essential to succeed.» (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

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

6 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»0 0%
Large extent»0 0%
Great extent»6 100%

Genomsnitt: 4

- Once again i had been teacher at higher instution in Ethiopia. Preparation of the course, pegagogy of the course gave me another atmosphere.» (Great extent)
- Really good. The teacher was always available for us.We could ask questions via email having answer whitin one day or less.» (Great extent)
- I have almost gained a whole new view of our universe. I did really not think that galaxies could be so well described by fluid dynamics» (Great extent)
- Excellent teacher» (Great extent)
- Lectures were awesome.» (Great extent)
- The teaching was very effective and focused on both general concepts and mathematical methods. We also had some simple experiment about fluid dynamics in the classroom!» (Great extent)

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

6 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»2 33%
Large extent»0 0%
Great extent»4 66%

Genomsnitt: 3.33

- the papers we had from the teacher worked very well. they form a good summary of the course.» (Some extent)
- Alessandro made sure that you understood everything during the lecture. Of course you looked through the lecture notes anyhow, but you could have made it on your own notes» (Some extent)
- Lots of examples, experiments, illustration.» (Great extent)
- Great extent because it was the lectures notes, nothing else to point out.» (Great extent)
- The teacher gave us very good handouts that covered all the topics in the course. » (Great extent)

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

6 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»0 0%
Rather well»2 33%
Very well»4 66%

Genomsnitt: 3.66

- We did not use the web page.All papers we need were already printed for us each class. It is great.» (Rather well)
- Did not use the web site very much, but information was mailed on a regular basis» (Rather well)
- The hand outs, worksheets and problems and lecture notes were well organized.» (Very well)
- Informative webpage, good teacher, good lecture notes, good problems and "guide".» (Very well)

Study climate

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

6 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»0 0%
Very good»6 100%
I did not seek help»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 4

- The opportunity of asking questions and getting help was always open and free.» (Very good)
- Alessandro really encouraged us to keep the lectures more as a discussion than a lecture. That was very good» (Very good)
- The teacher was always pushing us to inerrupt the course in case of questions. Always ready to help, illustrate and explain more.» (Very good)
- Again, lectures were awesome, teacher was awesome.» (Very good)
- The lectures were very interactive, the teacher always asked comments or opinions about what was going on on the blackboard.» (Very good)

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

6 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»0 0%
Rather well»0 0%
Very well»6 100%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 4

- It was nice and we were done the group works and others.» (Very well)
- Very well. We had teamwork every monday to discuss about the hot topics and problems.» (Very well)
- The excercise classes were really funny, much because of all the nice fellows» (Very well)
- Once a week, exercise session with all students to discuss about problems and exercises.» (Very well)
- Very friendly students, easy to talk with. Teamwork-sessions worked very well with establishing contact.» (Very well)
- The collaboration between students was great. We dedicated one day per week to a group study to solve the exercises the teacher was giving us. These meeting always led to stimulating debates.» (Very well)

11. How was the course workload?

6 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»2 33%
Adequate»4 66%
High»0 0%
Too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.66

- The load should be increased.» (Low)
- Felt like there could"ve been something more. Perhaps a kind of homeproblem to turn in to the teacher, linked with the subject of the teamwork-problem.» (Low)
- Workload is adecuate. It would be nice to have 3-month courses to fix all main goals and knowledge» (Adequate)
- As I mentioned, Alessandro made sure that we knew what we needen to knew before we left. But there was some work for the exams. That was nothing but good, because you got to read up-to-date research of your topic of interest» (Adequate)
- But could be slightly higher.» (Adequate)

12. How was the total workload this study period?

6 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»4 66%
High»2 33%
Too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.33

- workload is adecuate but it is concentrated in two works, either power point or project reports.It would be nice get some points along the course.» (Adequate)
- I attended only one course this study period though.» (Adequate)
- Actually between Low and Adquate, other courses tend to have too much workload instead so it was a bit or relief.» (Adequate)
- I took the Gravitation and Cosmology course with Martin Cederwall, which really took a lot of time. But it worked nicelly» (High)

Summarizing questions

13. What is your general impression of the course?

6 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»0 0%
Good»1 16%
Excellent»5 83%

Genomsnitt: 4.83

- Very good course but perhaps a bit too introductory, but that"s due to the short time so there"s probably nothing to do here.» (Good)
- Since the course is very important part of Astrophysics and teaching methodilogy was interseting. So I have excellent impression of the course.» (Excellent)
- Excellent¡ teacher takes easy to explain fluid dynamics and kept us awake all along the class» (Excellent)
- It was a relly interesting course and really encourades to study more astrophysics» (Excellent)
- Very interesting topic and great teacher.» (Excellent)
- The course was excellent in both contents and teaching. The teaching was mostly focused on giving a method to aproach an astrophysical problem and providing important concepts rather than sterile math. Mathematical methods were expalined in every detail together with their implication for the development of science.» (Excellent)

14. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- The conent of the course and the instructor.»
- Schedule in general»
- The excercise classes in this course were perfect, where we could discuss our way to the answer. This made us really understand the principles»
- The experiments, practical examples, course content and chosen solution for examination (a seminar).»
- Teamwork-sessions with those problems and the oral presentations.»
- Definitely the exercise about galaxy formation has to be preserved. We also liked a lot the interaction between teacher and students and the practical experiments.»

15. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- The time allottement for the course per week should be increased.»
- The course should be longer. Fluid dynamics is a huge subject.»
- Hard to tell. Maybe the teacher could show a few more pictures to illustrate the covered topics?»
- Not definitely, but perhaps having the oral presentations in week 8? If it doesn"t risk colliding with other exams. Thus getting an extra lecture. And/or perhaps having an extra homeproblem for the grading.»

16. Additional comments

- When I back to myhome country, Alessoro" teaching methodololgy. his ethics and devotion for course never earsed in my mind. Please I thank very much and you also pass my thanks to him on the behalf of me.»
- nice course given by an excellent teacher»
- This was one of the best courses ever. I really wish that fellow student will have the possiblity to take this course next year.»
- The course as a whole has been really great. Thanks to Alessandro Romeo for this.»
- A great course in overall. Shouldn"t be changed much at all, if change at all.»

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