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Materials Selection and Design, MMK220

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2009-01-07 - 2009-01-30
Antal svar: 37
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 50%
Kontaktperson: Maria Knutson Wedel»
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.

37 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»19 51%
Around 20 hours/week»12 32%
Around 25 hours/week»3 8%
Around 30 hours/week»3 8%
At least 35 hours/week»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.72

- We had less than two lessons per week and spent maximum 4 hours each week on project work. » (At most 15 hours/week)
- Below average» (Around 20 hours/week)

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

37 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»1 2%
50%»6 16%
75%»8 21%
100%»22 59%

Genomsnitt: 4.37

- Not really 100 %, but closer to 100 than 75.» (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?

37 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»6 16%
The goals are difficult to understand»1 2%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»10 27%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»20 54%

Genomsnitt: 3.18

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.

33 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»9 27%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»24 72%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.72

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

34 svarande

No, not at all»2 5%
To some extent»14 41%
Yes, definitely»14 41%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»4 11%

Genomsnitt: 2.58

- I think this should be a project base course with maybee some samll tests during the period. Then the goals would be better reached» (To some extent)

Teaching and course administration

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

37 svarande

Small extent»8 21%
Some extent»14 37%
Large extent»12 32%
Great extent»3 8%

Genomsnitt: 2.27

- No the lectures was very bad so stoped going and studied on my own» (Small extent)
- the lectures didn"t feel thought throug and I thougt that they where really unstructured and with no clear aim. » (Small extent)
- The teacher was sometimes turning to much to the materials science master students, causing the industrial design engineering students to miss fundamental issues. » (Some extent)
- He does not have a continuing theme in his lectures (röd tråd), so it is hard to follow and learn.» (Some extent)
- Some good lectures, worked out well» (Large extent)

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

37 svarande

Small extent»4 10%
Some extent»6 16%
Large extent»15 40%
Great extent»12 32%

Genomsnitt: 2.94

- I think the boook where unnessecary to read since the exam where based on old exams. If we would have had a big project i think the course literature would have been good to have. » (Small extent)
- the book is really bad, so did not really help in the learning. had to find the information in other places» (Small extent)
- The teacher didn"t hand out recommended exercises and answer until last week before the exam. In order to really be able to take advantage of the course luterature, these documents have to be avalaible from day 1.» (Large extent)
- almost all I did learn at the course was read from the book.» (Great extent)
- Ashby"s book was even sometimes enjoyable to read, good illustrations and descriptions, I liked the literature» (Great extent)

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

37 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»9 24%
Rather well»20 54%
Very well»8 21%

Genomsnitt: 2.97

- As mentioned before, the teacher didn"t post essential document until very late in the course, even though we requested them several times.» (Rather badly)
- Powerpoints were not explanatory enough, so they did not help my learning» (Rather badly)
- Program didn"t wok for mac-computers.» (Rather badly)
- since the lecturer didn"t follow any schedule given it was impossible to prepare for the lectures.» (Rather badly)
- There were files on the website that weren"t relevant for this years course which was a bit confusing.» (Rather well)
- Although, it was a bit confusing how the personal assignments could be handed in, there were too many ways. » (Rather well)
- Most thing were put on Studieportalen well before the lectures. Sometimes it was a bit hard to figure out which handouts to bring to which lecture.» (Rather well)

Study climate

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

37 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»4 10%
Rather good»15 40%
Very good»16 43%
I did not seek help»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.43

- tried to get help from the teacher but could nevier get a hold of him, in the exam week we called him 3 times a day to get him to answer a question without any success» (Rather poor)
- the only way to get in contact with Lars has been via email.» (Rather poor)
- I didn"t seek so much help, but the one e-mail I sent wasn"t replied to.» (Rather good)
- Even if Lars is a very busy teacher it felt like he tried to help, but maybe some assistant would be good to have in this course, maybe who could do calculations and answer questions» (Rather good)

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

37 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»0 0%
Rather well»8 21%
Very well»29 78%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.78

- One group assignment is good for understanding and discussing.» (Very well)

11. How was the course workload?

37 svarande

Too low»9 24%
Low»11 29%
Adequate»16 43%
High»0 0%
Too high»1 2%

Genomsnitt: 2.27

- It is very seldom I write this, but I really think we could have learnt some more in this course.» (Low)

12. How was the total workload this study period?

37 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»9 24%
Adequate»9 24%
High»14 37%
Too high»5 13%

Genomsnitt: 3.4

- The other course was more demanding» (Adequate)
- I had a project course parallel to this course which took a lot of time. So the total workload was quite high. But the proper credit distribution would have been more like 3 credits for this course and perhaps 10 or 12 for the other one.» (High)
- The other course we had during the same time took about 98% of our capacity, causing us not to be able to put the wished focus on materials selection.» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

13. What is your general impression of the course?

37 svarande

Poor»10 27%
Fair»7 18%
Adequate»5 13%
Good»12 32%
Excellent»3 8%

Genomsnitt: 2.75

- Didnt feel i learn anything new. Remake the whole course and dont go so much on the CES program» (Poor)
- I really don"t see why it"s a separate course and really not at "advanced level". I felt like the course contained "science" based on one single program and method and I have a hard time believe that this is used all over in industry. » (Poor)
- This was the worst course I have ever taken on Chalmers. Not that the topic is uninteresting or anything, it just seems to me there is too little content to fill up 7,5 credits. Lars also seems most keen not to get too much to do himself. There are few lectures (1-2 each week) and small assignments.» (Poor)
- worst course I"ve taken on chalmers» (Poor)
- Some aspects of the course were very interesting and I think it was great that we learned how to use CES. However I think the cousre did not contain enough material for 7,5 credits.» (Fair)
- A whole course based on one software feels a bit thin, I think we could have learnt at least one other software as well.» (Adequate)
- But as I said before project istead of exam. » (Good)

14. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- The course book»
- The project.»
- The project work and the assignments.»
- One group assignment»
- The book»
- The project work»
- Hand-ins and project »
- study project was really good and should preserve next year»
- The material chart and ces software are good to have learned, but it would"ve sufficed with a week to learn that»
- the tight correlation between the lecture slides and the book.»
- The non-mandatory assignments The project work»
- The literature»
- Giving out one year CES licenses to everyone. »
- the material selection project»
- group study or project»

15. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- I think we should have a lab in how to use and understand the CES software early in the course. »
- Timely Correction of the assignments by having the deadlines reasonable earlier.»
- The assigment desprictions were too vague, it was difficult to understand what was expected of us.»
- The usage of the premade slides could be less.»
- More practical work»
- It would have been good if the teacher told us to start with the project in the later part of the course. Now, we were told to start with the project right away even though we hadn"t learned that much. So a lot of time was wasted. »
- everything»
- Final exam could be divided into many parts i.e 04 reports (one report in half month). »
- Missed practical classes. The evaluation should be faster.»
- There was not enough in-depth knowledge to actually learn anything»
- the rest.. include other methods of chosing materials and more projects. »
- We should receive feedback on our reports and assignments. The presentations of the projects should be longer than 5 minutes.»
- The course should be made in to a proper course. Today the course is almost a joke. The only real analogy I can make is to a balloon, bloated and just full of air.»
- The confusion about the assignments, it is a good idea that they are voluntairly and they could give us bonus points, but please tell us that from the start!»
- The two parts on industrial design and the environment were far too shallow. They should either be improved or skipped.»

16. Additional comments

- I think to many got the highest grade and that zero non passed is not really ok. A course at Chalmers should not be easy to pas and I think it was to easy to get a hihger grade in this course. Otherwise i think the course where interesting and after learning CES by my self I think it is a good software for the students.»
- I"m afraid I took the course since I knew that the workload would be very low. It is hard to get a serious impression of the course when the number of lessons is so small. I haven"t learned that much in the course I"m afraid. »
- CES 2008 3rd edition is effective, teacher can give a task to the student to write summery about similar chapter(s) which may help student to understand the literature itself. »
- I think it would be more useful if there is some practical classes as well, which help to guide the student in this computer program CES Edupack. At the moment everybody learned as much as the wanted, but nobody checked whether it"s enough for this course. If the computer program is there to help to learn the course material and practically use the knowledge, then some practical classes should be introduced.»
- I didn"t learn anything. But I got a 4 anyway.»
- it would have been nice to have a lecturer that had time to teach.»
- Like I stated before. The worst course I have come across on Chalmers.»
- Why didn"t we have any laborations with the software CES, we used it, right, but couldn"t there have been some kind of laboration with an assistant?»
- maybe divide group randomly to enhance team work in an international atmosphere»
- The exam was very poor made, the worst made exam I have done in all my years. Hard to interpret with strange questions. »
- Feels like I could have learned the essence of the course in one day. Should it really be a course of it"s own and not only a smaller part of another more relevant course?»

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