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Applied industrial ecology 2009, ENM021

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2009-03-11 - 2009-03-31
Antal svar: 28
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 77%
Kontaktperson: Ulrika Lundqvist»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Chalmers
Klass: Övriga
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.

28 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»7 25%
Around 20 hours/week»6 21%
Around 25 hours/week»9 32%
Around 30 hours/week»3 10%
At least 35 hours/week»3 10%

Genomsnitt: 2.6

- I would have liked to spend more time but I had so many other things this period.» (At most 15 hours/week)
- Assignment 1 toke long time compared to the rest of the elements» (Around 25 hours/week)

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

28 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»4 14%
50%»4 14%
75%»14 50%
100%»6 21%

Genomsnitt: 3.78

- I didn"t attend the two first weeks » (50%)
- Many lectures were at the same time as other courses, a shame. Would have liked to attend all.» (50%)

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?

28 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»4 14%
The goals are difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»8 28%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»16 57%

Genomsnitt: 3.28

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»4 15%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»22 84%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.84

- I don"t know the course goals, but I accidentally clicket the box and can"t unmark it.» (No, the goals are set too low)

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

In this course, the examination has been divided into two parts: assignments and written exam.

24 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»11 45%
Yes, definitely»13 54%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.54

- It was a lot to learn by heart and not so much to figure out by your self. » (To some extent)
- Definately not the Exergy part of the exam. It rather tested previous physics knowledge obtained during the first years of the Bachelor degree in thermodynamics. Which has very little to do with Applied Industrial Ecology from my point of view...» (To some extent)
- The exam was good, except the exergy question, which felt more like some kind of check on general knowledge in physics.» (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

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

28 svarande

Small extent»4 14%
Some extent»12 42%
Large extent»11 39%
Great extent»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 2.32

7. To what extent has assignment 1 (about industrial metabolism) been of help for your learning?

28 svarande

Small»1 3%
Some»4 14%
Large»15 53%
Great»8 28%

Genomsnitt: 3.07

- I am sorry, I didnot attend the seminar» (Small)

8. To what extent has assignment 2 (about technology assessment) been of help for your learning?

28 svarande

Small»0 0%
Some»4 14%
Large»16 57%
Great»8 28%

Genomsnitt: 3.14

9. To what extent has seminar 1 (about the concept industrial ecology) been of help for your learning?

28 svarande

Small»6 35%
Some»6 35%
Large»4 23%
Great»1 5%
Did not attend»11

Genomsnitt: 2

10. To what extent has seminar 2 (about indicators) been of help for your learning?

28 svarande

Small»3 15%
Some»11 55%
Large»5 25%
Great»1 5%
Did not attend»8

Genomsnitt: 2.2

- I think a lecture about indicators is necessary to get a better understanding.» (Some)

11. To what extent has seminar 3 (about technology assessment) been of help for your learning?

28 svarande

Small»1 6%
Some»8 50%
Large»5 31%
Great»2 12%
Did not attend»12

Genomsnitt: 2.5

12. To what extent has seminar 4 (about multi criteria analysis) been of help for your learning?

28 svarande

Small»0 0%
Some»6 33%
Large»8 44%
Great»4 22%
Did not attend»10

Genomsnitt: 2.88

- Could have been more theoretical and explanations » (Some)

13. To what extent has seminar 5 (about characteristics of tools) been of help for your learning?

28 svarande

Small»1 6%
Some»3 18%
Large»8 50%
Great»4 25%
Did not attend»12

Genomsnitt: 2.93

14. To what extent has the lectures given by Ulrika Lundqvist been of help for your learning?

28 svarande

Small»1 3%
Some»14 53%
Large»6 23%
Great»5 19%
Did not attend»2

Genomsnitt: 2.57

15. To what extent has the lectures about exergy been of help for your learning?

28 svarande

Small»10 38%
Some»11 42%
Large»3 11%
Great»2 7%
Did not attend»2

Genomsnitt: 1.88

- The lectures are not of advanced level quality. it is that simple.» (Small)
- Too hard. First time that I have done exergy.» (Small)
- In my opinion, the exergy part was difficult to connect to the rest of the course in that it was to much focus on the physics behind exergy and almost nothing about the exergy-based tools that can be used to analyze energy systems. This is something that I think definately should be changed til next year.» (Small)
- Hope the ansewrs of exergy exercise can be hand out on the website.» (Some)
- Don"t get why it is a part in this course» (Some)

16. To what extent has the lecture about multi criteria analysis and cost benefit analysis been of help for your learning?

Please observe that there is a separate question about the seminar about multi criteria analysis.

28 svarande

Small»3 13%
Some»5 21%
Large»11 47%
Great»4 17%
Did not attend»5

Genomsnitt: 2.69

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

28 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»7 25%
Large extent»13 46%
Great extent»8 28%

Genomsnitt: 3.03

- But it was a little to much to read» (Large extent)
- The slides were good but it would have been good with a book to get a more detailed picture that the articles did not always cover (and they were sometimes too detailed and too scientific). » (Large extent)
- However if it is possible to make it into a booklet next year that might be a good idea» (Great extent)

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

28 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»0 0%
Rather well»8 28%
Very well»20 71%

Genomsnitt: 3.71

- Hope the ansewrs of exergy exercise can be hand out on the website.» (Rather well)

Study climate

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

28 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»10 35%
Very good»16 57%
I did not seek help»2 7%

Genomsnitt: 3.71

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

28 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»1 3%
Rather well»8 28%
Very well»19 67%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.64

21. How was the course workload?

27 svarande

Too low»1 3%
Low»2 7%
Adequate»16 59%
High»8 29%
Too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.14

- Varied a lot, the houres of lectures and seminars where the same all throu the course. But durring the first weeks it was har to prepair for the assignments. I purpose that the load of lectures were higher in the begining of the course and when the assignments started there would be less lectures. This is also to fit in better with the other course, policy instruments. » (?)
- It was more to do during the periods with the assignment, but since the number of lectures was low the average impression is that you didn"t have to put too much effort into it.» (Adequate)
- But I think it is necessary.» (High)

22. How was the total workload this study period?

27 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»4 14%
Adequate»16 59%
High»7 25%
Too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.11

- Varied» (?)
- Both courses had quite few lectures - a lot of day-time to read.» (Adequate)

Summarizing questions

23. What is your general impression of the course?

28 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»4 14%
Adequate»9 32%
Good»15 53%
Excellent»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.39

- It is a good course but, the lectures are of low quality and the exergy part is quite honestly ridiculous.» (Fair)
- The usefulness of the different parts of the course is very differentiated. Some parts, like for instance the part about technological assessment I found very interesting but other parts like the exergy I found hard to relate to the rest of the course contents.» (Fair)
- It is very useful to give you a overview of how do these approaches work.» (Adequate)
- It is an interesting course» (Adequate)
- It helped me a lot with the grasping of what some of my options are post graduation.» (Good)

24. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- Hope there will be more literature like thesis, which give examples how to use these approaces, for example MFA, IOA. And it will better the thesis are master thesis. the example the easier the better.»
- The seminars, but the students would need a greater pusch to read through the articles. »
- The assignments and the presentation of the assignments.»
- Assignments were really good»
- The assignments, good that you get individual points for the assignments and that the bonus credits really matter if you did a good job.»
- The assignments and presentations. It is very good not having to write a report and instead present the results orally.»
- The seminnars but in an other way. Might be good to have questions that need to be answerd before the seminar then everyone has to read the literature.»
- seminars»
- The assignments, they were wonderful. It was great that the focus didn"t go on a report, but also sad in a way since we knew so much more than we could show.»
- The assignments and the supervision that were really helpful and and the seminars.»
- Seminars»
- About criteria for good assignment, because some groups didn"t get any points. They did a lot of work for that assignments, but no bonus point for them.»
- The course gives a good overview of many different tools in industrial ecology and in doing so it is a valueable part of the industrial ecology programme. The assignments were no doubtly the best part of the course where I felt I learned alot, maybe there should be even more assignments. Perhaps a bit smaller ones though.»
- Assignments and discussion about the tools.»
- The assignments.»
- The assignments really makes understanding of the concepts easier.»

25. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- Add exergy exercise class. We attend to do excercise together with teachers guidance.»
- A more linear workload»
- Remove the exergy part, we have already eard about that in the science of environmental change and Sten is a really poor teacher in teaching that stuff. Either get rid of the wxergy part or exchange Sten for someone who can present it.»
- I don"t find exergy part of the course so relevant.»
- Take away the exergy part»
- Exergypart did not really maked sense in the course.»
- The exergy part don"t fit into the course, it should either be removed or changed so that it only covers the part on the actual tools. The calculations are well covered in Science of environmental change.»
- REMOVE THE EXERGY CALCLULATION PART!!! It cannot be justified to have that in this course. First of all, since it is not relevant and second of all since we did that in the Science of Environmental Change course. It"s just frustrating repetition. I can understand that it is important to understand the difference between exergy and energy, but having to, again, caluculate on heat flows is ridiculous. Seriously, not even 10 percent of the class have even tried to understand Stens messy and complicated lectures and slides, and I"m guessing that quite few even wrote a single sentence on the exam question. Shouldn"t that be a hint that something is wrong..?»
- That thing with the seminars and also the ergy part, it does not belong in this course. The deadlines for the hand ins. The first one could be presentated earlier so that we had more time for the second one.»
- the exergy - I honestly do not see the point of even including it in the course - does it even have anything to do with AIE except from the extra article we read about different methods related to exergy which could be used in the industry?????»
- The exergy part feels misplaced. Either remove it, or let it be more linked to reality (like when, how and why to use the knowledge) and the rest of the course.»
- Why is the exergy part there?»
- The way to examinate the exergy concepts»
- I think enough»
- put all exergy into one course.»
- The exergy part must be made smaller and also shifted towards focusing on the tools related to exergy. »
- Exergy should be left out.»
- Connect the part on exergy more to the rest of the course.»
- It does not feel as if the exergy part fits into the course.»

26. Additional comments

- Useful course! Hope will have more lectures and seminars.»
- I have studied at the Master program Industrial Ecology for one and a half semesters, almost one year that is. And now, after all this time, I"m getting questions about what the field of Industrial Ecology stands for. Something is not right with that. I have full respect for the emerging properties of the field but basic understanding should be given and tested in the very first course. Has anyone considered changing the name of the master program to Sustainable Development? That way, people would immediately understand what it means, and it would be rewarded with the popularity it deserves.. // Johnn Andersson -Who would love to express these thoughts more thoroughly.. »
- It felt like Ulrika just read from the slides, might be good if the lectures were more free. »
- Remove the exergy part completely or change it dramatically until next year»

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