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Evaluation of Masters programme in Production Engineering, MPPEN

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2009-03-20 - 2009-04-30
Antal svar: 22
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 95%
Kontaktperson: Bertil Gustafsson»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Chalmers


1. Where did you study for your Bachelor degree?*

Please comment if you studied in another country than your native country.

22 svarande

Sweden - Chalmers»15 68%
Sweden - another university»1 4%
University outside Sweden»6 27%

Genomsnitt: 1.59

- Automation and Mechatronics (Z)» (Sweden - Chalmers)
- Iran-university of science and technology» (Sweden - Chalmers)
- Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China» (University outside Sweden)
- Industry Engineering» (University outside Sweden)

2. What is your opinion on the information about the master programme when you applied?

Information from home pages, programme administration etc.

21 svarande

Poor»1 5%
Rather poor»2 10%
OK»4 21%
Good»10 52%
Very good»2 10%
I did not seek/need information»2

Genomsnitt: 3.52

- Det uppstod missförstånd för vad som gällde för "tracken" och även minor.» (Poor)
- The homepage is very poor.» (Rather poor)
- more information could be given about the actual courses in program.» (OK)
- As a Chalmers Student I was able to attend an information seminar about the Program. The presentation of lecturers and courses was much appreciated.» (Good)
- The information on the homepage is good enough and easy to be accessed.» (Very good)

Your own effort

3. How many hours per week have you spent studying at this programme?

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 programme.

21 svarande

Around 30 hours/week or less»3 14%
Around 40 hours/week»7 33%
Around 50 hours/week»8 38%
Around 60 hours/week or more»3 14%

Genomsnitt: 2.52

- A few periods were tougher than others.» (Around 30 hours/week or less)
- The workload has been quite varying during the three terms. » (Around 40 hours/week)
- It depends on the courses I selected. But I have to say, it"s not an easy task to fulfill all the assignments from the program.» (Around 50 hours/week)

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

21 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»0 0%
50%»0 0%
75%»5 23%
more than 90%»16 76%

Genomsnitt: 4.76

- Most of the lectures are really good and worthy attending.» (more than 90%)

Goals and goal fulfilment

The programme syllabus states:

The Master Programme in Production Engineering offers an education for future industrial experts. There is great need for production engineering skill in Sweden and internationally. Global market competition has again made production engineering expertise into a core asset. Future production engineers will have a wide spectrum of choices within a company. Skills needed include management as well as virtual reality tools and manufacturing technologies.

Production Engineering gives an internationally competitive education. The programme provides a broad range of topics ranging from production system simulation, to manufacturing tools and production management. The three specialist tracks enable in-depth education and projects. They prepare you for an industrial career or an academic research position. Also, a number of elective courses provide a wide spectrum of choices.

As a leading Swedish university in Production Engineering research and education, Chalmers provides a leading Master programme through combined efforts from four Chalmers departments. Production-based industries are highly concentrated in the west of Sweden and industry is extensively involved in the master programme.

Programme plan

The first two quarters provide all students with a common knowledge platform amounting to 30 higher education credits (HEC). The platform covers a broad field of production engineering, introducing three forthcoming specialisation tracks:

- Production Systems

- Manufacturing Technology

- Production Management

Production systems
The Production Systems track will give you mabilities for production system development and reengineering. You will be able to increase precision and speed in industrial development of productive systems using advanced production development tools. Within the production system track you will acquire:

- knowledge in design, implementation, and operation of advanced production systems, including skills in robotics, automation, and human factors

- understanding of industrial processes for production system improvement

- knowledge of methods, and tools to manage complexity and control of advanced production systems.

- skills in using computer-based, virtual tools (e.g. simulation and visualisation tools) for development and operation of production systems.

Manufacturing Technology
The Manufacturing Technology Track focuses on the machine tool and work piece material, both in reality and virtual reality. With in-depth knowledge of core manufacturing processes and methods in early process planning, successful concurrent engineering in a modern product development chain is assured. By controlling the properties of the manufacturing process, early product design changes may be triggered and quality aspects confirmed. Furthermore, process forces and velocities will become visible, which is vital information when selecting machines and optimising cycle times.

After finishing the Manufacturing Technology Track the Master of Science you will have knowledge of material behaviour in manufacturing, methods of material- and process selection, machine tool control and kinetic manufacturing simulation.

You will also:

- be an invaluable team worker/project leader as a production process expert in any situation of interdisciplinary physical product development.

- be an expert in manufacturing process control and optimisation, often with the purpose to improve production economics and efficiency.

- have considerable knowledge in various simulation techniques and simulation mathematics, which makes the Master of Science interesting for all kinds of assignments in different disciplines.

Production management
The mission of the management track is to provide students with integrated skills in production engineering and management, specialized in design and improvement of competitive manufacturing systems, well prepared to seize a career as production manager.

You will be able to leverage your knowledge and skills in management and control of the production environment and in areas related to production system design and improvement. You will master different methods used to approach and analyze production management problems and possess an ability to cooperate with people specialized in manufacturing engineering, automation, etc.

The four basic learning objectives are:

- understand and analyze how manufacturing interplay with economic, organizational and business issues of the firm, and be able to formulate an operational manufacturing strategy.

- understand relations between customer orders and demand and the resulting shop orders, via the process of manufacturing planning and control

- master modern reengineering and improvement tools in manufacturing, and methods used in analyzing performance of the manufacturing system.

- understand modern production technologies and philosophies and, based on this, formulate and solve operational and strategic problems in design, operation and improvement of manufacturing systems.

5. Have you seen the goals of the Master Programme before?

21 svarande

Yes (several times)»11 52%
Yes (once)»9 42%
No»1 4%

Genomsnitt: 1.52

- Denna är väldigt svag om inte utebliven: understand and analyze how manufacturing interplay with economic, organizational and business issues of the firm, and be able to formulate an operational manufacturing strategy. » (Yes (several times))
- however the previous descriptions were not as comprehensive as this one. This one gives a better view.» (Yes (several times))

6. How understandable are the programme goals?

21 svarande

The goals are difficult to understand»2 9%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»6 28%
The goals are clear enough»13 61%

Genomsnitt: 2.52

- The question is not that of clearity, but of presentation. They might be clear - but I never read them.» (The goals are difficult to understand)
- It guided me to make the decision to choose this program.» (The goals are clear enough)

7. Are the goals reasonable for a master degree?

20 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»1 5%
No, the goals are a bit too low»1 5%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»16 80%
No, the goals are a bit high»2 10%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.95

- ingen aning» (?)
- "- be an expert in manufacturing process control and optimisation" -This doesn´,t seem resonable for someone unexperienced and with mainly theoretical knowledges» (No, the goals are a bit high)

8. Do the programme courses you attended in meet the programme goals?

21 svarande

No, not at all»1 5%
To some extent»6 30%
Almost»8 40%
Yes, definitely»5 25%
I do not know»1

Genomsnitt: 2.85

- Återigen denna är ionte uppfylld: understand and analyze how manufacturing interplay with economic, organizational and business issues of the firm, and be able to formulate an operational manufacturing strategy. » (To some extent)
- Could have been more specialized courses I think» (To some extent)
- the general courses in the first semester were not so organized toward the tracks. e.g. the manufacturing technology course was too detail (asking for solving manufacturing problems, etc), I think it was enough to just introduce the manufacturing methods and real examples of them. However the general content of the courses were good enough.» (To some extent)

Programme layout

Chalmers Masters programme in Production Engineering concist of four compulsary courses quarter 1 and 2 first year. After that two curses compulsary for each track, Production system, Manufacturing technology and Production management. Remainding courses are elective.

9. What do you think of the programme layout?

21 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Rather poor»1 4%
OK»6 28%
Good»10 47%
Very good»4 19%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 3.8

- but could be better, seems was more focused on production system rather than other tracks!» (OK)
- The layout was good, but the information about the tracks was poorly..» (Good)
- -to few courses q5 and q6» (Good)

10. Is there any subject that you would like to add into the programme?

20 svarande

Yes»7 35%
No»13 65%

Genomsnitt: 1.65

- Economics» (Yes)
- Particularly in the manufacturing technology track, Courses in Finite element Modeling, CAD etc.» (Yes)
- Operation management, organizational behaivor» (Yes)
- Economy, Human Resource Management» (Yes)
- Production Economics. » (Yes)
- More of production economy.» (Yes)
- more of financial and accounting issues, which are very important to know, especially for management track.» (Yes)
- Not sure» (No)

11. Are there any courses that you think should either be heavily revised or even removed from the programme?

21 svarande

Yes»6 28%
No»15 71%

Genomsnitt: 1.71

- manufacturing technology, eller göra om den.» (Yes)
- To some extent Modern manufacturing process and definitely Industrial Engineering!» (Yes)
- Risk Management and Safety, which I felt was rather un-focused, un-organized and too heavily shaped towards chemistry students. I Believe the ambition was very good but the execution bordered on catastrophic. I believe there was a course evaluation carried out and it should reflect some of these opinions, Do look it up!» (Yes)
- The course production logistics is very like earlier courses in logistics, and might need to be changed abit in order to be "advanced"» (Yes)
- Risk Management and Safety should not be recommended for the programme. This course is far too targeted towards chemical engineering.» (Yes)

Programme administration

12. What is your general impression of the programme administration?

Programme administration means the programme director/coordinators, study counsellors, student administrators.

21 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Rather poor»2 9%
OK»6 28%
Good»10 47%
Very good»3 14%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 3.66

- -Tar lång tid på sig att svara -Svarar olika Jag går fortfarande till Lilian för där finns det substans» (Rather poor)
- It"s too messy to attend the Master Program if you spend a year abroad.» (Rather poor)
- It"s very easy to get help from the administration.» (Very good)
- Nice initiatives with study visits and such.» (Very good)

13. What is your opinion on the support from the Student centre?

21 svarande

Poor»1 5%
Rather poor»0 0%
OK»6 31%
Good»7 36%
Very good»5 26%
Did not seek their support or help»2

Genomsnitt: 3.78

- Haven"t really been in contact with them that much.» (Good)
- Lilians förtjänst» (Very good)

Study climate

14. Did you feel welcomed by Chalmers and the staff at the master programme during your first days?

21 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»4 20%
Yes definitely»16 80%
No opinion/did not attend»1

Genomsnitt: 2.8

- Svaga på Engelska och då blir intrycket oproffsigt.» (To some extent)
- could be more meetings and gatherings with teachers.» (To some extent)

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

21 svarande

Poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»3 14%
OK»3 14%
Rather well»8 38%
Very well»7 33%
Did not seek cooperation with my fellow students»0

Genomsnitt: 3.9

- as an international student I felt apart from native students. it was maybe because of their previous frendships. » (Rather poorly)
- but still could be better» (Rather well)
- The biggest problem is that students that have not studied at Chalmers before don"t have the same references on how to wright a report. This could be solved by having a lecture in the beginning of the program, similar to the one in the course "Introduktion till Automation och Mekatronik".» (Rather well)
- I enjoyed working with people from very different backgrounds and truly feel that it enriched my student life.» (Very well)

16. How are the opportunities to come in contact with teachers?

General impression of the staff"s accessibility.

21 svarande

Poor»1 4%
Rather poor»1 4%
OK»2 9%
Good»11 52%
Very good»6 28%
Did not seek contact»0

Genomsnitt: 3.95

- Good with the smaller classes then in the first three years at Chalmers» (Very good)

17. Do you think that the student opinions and results from course evaluations have significant impact and are taken seriously?

21 svarande

Not at all»2 11%
Tome some extent»12 66%
Yes, definetly»4 22%
No opinion»3

Genomsnitt: 2.11

- Diskusioner fungerar alltid bra och lärarna är självkritiska men sen ser man aldrig några ändringar direkt» (Tome some extent)
- I hope so, it"s hard to know as the evaluations are taken after the course is finished and the eventual improvements are implemented the next time the course is given...» (Tome some extent)

18. What do you think about the general pedagogic ability of the teachers involved in the programme?

21 svarande

Bad»2 9%
OK»5 23%
Good»10 47%
Very Good»4 19%
Excellent»0 0%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 2.76

- Jag vet inte hur det är på andra skolor men det är så otroligt dåligt. Ska man stå där framme så de enda egenskaperna som behövs, förutom lite kunskap, så är det: -Entusiasmera och engagera. Dessa är det avsaknad av hos alla förutom enstaka få.» (Bad)
- the general climate of the classes were not so attractive. some classes were boring and difficult to tolerate. the lectures could be more exciting and attractive to attend.» (OK)
- All teachers have been very skilled in their topics, but some of them need to improve their English knowledge.» (Good)
- The language skills on some of the teachers were insufficient therefore went the pedagogic ability done.» (Good)
- Some border on excellent and some not so good, it varies.» (Good)

19. How large % of the teachers in the main subject within the Master programme teach with good english?

Comment about differences among the teachers (Please: No names).

21 svarande

0-20»2 9%
20-40»1 4%
40-60»4 19%
60-80»6 28%
80-100»8 38%

Genomsnitt: 3.8

- Det här är verkligen ett problem och det tror jag att lärarna känner på sig.» (0-20)
- I think it"s a shame that there is no option for the students wanting to study in swedish» (40-60)
- The skills mostly vary pronounce wise, which really isn"t that big of an issue.» (80-100)

20. To what extent is your knowledge/competence from your bachelor degree sufficient to attend this programme?

Did you have the prerequisites that you need to start and follow the courses in the programme? If you feel that you lack any knowledge, please comment.

21 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
OK»2 9%
Good»9 42%
Very good»10 47%

Genomsnitt: 4.38

- I felt both that i had the prerequisites and that I was well prepared for most of the subjects. » (Very good)

Summarizing questions

21. What is your general impression of the programme so far?

21 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Rather poor»3 14%
OK»1 4%
Good»11 52%
Very good»6 28%

Genomsnitt: 3.95

- Mest för att lärarna ger ett oproffsigt intryck (engelskan). » (Rather poor)
- I liked the general content of the program and its goals.» (Good)
- I feel lucky that I am in this program.» (Very good)
- I think it"s very competitive within this field, and it"s nice to see that much of what you have learn can be implemented directly in the industry, and that you can come with a lot of improvements based on your knowledge.» (Very good)
- Although it could have had a better connection with some companies. Use the advanced courses to have real life case studies and let the students develope their connection network with people from the industry.» (Very good)

22. Considering your experience from this programme, would you choose this programme if you could turn back time?

21 svarande

No»3 15%
Yes»17 85%
I do not know»1

Genomsnitt: 1.85

- Operational management and quality» (No)
- the term "production engineer" is still vague to many companies. they don"t really know what ability a production engineer.» (No)
- with some more courses in operation and quality management» (Yes)

23. What should definitely be preserved?

- The setting of the compulsary courses.»
- The possibility to mix courses from the three tracks. The courses "Operations managment" and "LEAN production" were probably the best courses during the Master.»
- Lean production»
- Course evaluation should be preserved »
- Project work in courses. The course evaluation scheme. Company visits. »
- lean production + dess lärare»
- Most of the courses was great, but would be better to improve the cooperations with other departments like Management dep. in order to run some courses like Lean manufacturing and the like! since it was not only contains of good materials, but the way of teaching was also great. it was more discussion brain storming and team work than pure teaching which is more demanding these days among any productions.»
- The course of "production project work"»
- Courses»
- The first two quarters were ok in order to be able to choose track..»
- The opportunity for student to choose the best suited tracks»
- LEAN production, and Production Strategy and the course in Simulation of Production Systems.»
- course goals, english lectures»

24. What should definitely be changed?

- I don"t think there is any need for that.»
- MMP»
- NA»
- Compared to production systems and production management,the allocation of subjects to manufacturing technology seriously needs to be revised. Additional substantial courses need to be added.»
- resten»
- would be better to revise some courses mentioned earlier, but at all it is a very good program. »
- The percentage of international students should be more.Swedish students tend to get together and international student lack of information.»
- goals»
- The Risk management course should be revised or removed from the list of recommended courses.»
- The course in Industrial Engineering must be changed in order to be interesting for the students.»
- some lecturers and contents of some courses»

25. Additional comments

- It"s a practical and interesting program. I like studying here. Thanks for all the teachers and the administration of this program!»
- More economics and finance»
- On my personal behalf I would thank each and every professional who are working in the department. »
- Jag orkar inte ens skriva ut allt.»
- Thanks for everything, I really experienced a very good master program!»
- It is hard to get good grades even if you try hard and it is not good for the ones who want to continue their eduacation to PhD or sth.»
- Cheers!»
- Very good program, and I really can recommend it to anyone with interest in Production Engineering/Management»
- See Q. 21»

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