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Kursutvärdering - Material performance, BOM065

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2007-11-08 - 2007-11-23
Antal svar: 33
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 62%
Kontaktperson: Björn Engström»

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.

32 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»14 43%
Around 20 hours/week»8 25%
Around 25 hours/week»6 18%
Around 30 hours/week»4 12%
At least 35 hours/week»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2

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

32 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»3 9%
50%»7 21%
75%»9 28%
100%»13 40%

Genomsnitt: 4

- Some lectures were easy to study thru the slides given on the website for the course. » (50%)
- The lectures were not good enough. Bengt Dellmings lectures were better than the others. It was hard to understand Tang Luping and Anders L. only read what was on the slides so it was better to read it yourself. » (50%)
- was on holiday for 1 week» (75%)
- ~90 %» (100%)
- Nearly 100%» (100%)

Goals and goal fulfilment

The course syllabus states the course goals in terms of learning outcomes.

3. To what extent did you reach the follwoing goal?

After the course the student should be able
- to dexcribe structures and properties of commonly used construction materials in both micro and macro scale

32 svarande

0-20%»0 0%
20-40%»1 3%
40-60%»14 43%
60-80%»16 50%
80-100%»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 3.53

- I did not learn much from this course. Most of it I had learned in previous courses.» (60-80%)

4. To what extent did you reach the follwoing goal?

After the course the student should be able
- to explain materials behaviour under environmental and mechanical loads

32 svarande

0-20%»0 0%
20-40%»0 0%
40-60%»10 31%
60-80%»16 50%
80-100%»6 18%

Genomsnitt: 3.87

5. To what extent were there connections between the two courses in he quarter?

After the course the student should be able
- to explain usual deterioration of a given material under given conditions

32 svarande

0-20%»3 9%
25%»1 3%
40-60%»13 40%
60-80%»13 40%
80-100%»2 6%

Genomsnitt: 3.31

- The project connected the courses but in the end most of the project was based on the structural systems course.» (40-60%)
- I only took this course.» (60-80%)

6. To what extent did you reach the follwoing goal?

After the course the student should be able
- to apply certain models for describing materials behaviour and their deterioration

32 svarande

0-20%»2 6%
25%»2 6%
40-60%»13 40%
60-80%»14 43%
80-100%»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 3.31

7. To what extent did you reach the follwoing goal?

After the course the student should be able
- to critically evaluate a material or a combination of materials for its functional properties and durability

30 svarande

0-20%»0 0%
20-40%»6 20%
40-60%»8 26%
60-80%»10 33%
80-100%»6 20%

Genomsnitt: 3.53

8. To what extent were there connections between the two courses in he quarter?

After the course the student should be able
- to apply the achieved knowledge in a performance-based design of buildings and civil engineering constructions

31 svarande

0-20%»1 3%
20-40%»6 19%
40-60%»9 29%
60-80%»13 41%
80-100%»2 6%

Genomsnitt: 3.29

- I only took this course.» (40-60%)

9. How understandable are the course goals?

32 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»3 9%
The goals are difficult to understand»4 12%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»17 53%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»8 25%

Genomsnitt: 2.93

- Could be more precize. Kind of gives the impression of that the student should learn everything there is to learn about buildings.» (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)

10. 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.

29 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»2 6%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»23 79%
No, the goals are set too high»4 13%

Genomsnitt: 2.06

- See above. In some sence the goals are good, but a bit to "fluffy".» (No, the goals are set too high)

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

30 svarande

No, not at all»2 6%
To some extent»20 66%
Yes, definitely»7 23%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 2.23

- a few questions were just about the capability to remember slides in detail, completely idiotic» (To some extent)
- The exam included more of the parts i thought the course should have as major parts in the lectures.» (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

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

31 svarande

Small extent»11 35%
Some extent»14 45%
Large extent»4 12%
Great extent»2 6%

Genomsnitt: 1.9

- All of what the teachers say, is on the powerpoint, so it was not necessary to attend the classes. I also think that the teachers should have other ways to teach. It"s hard to stay awake four ours in front of powerpoint.» (Small extent)
- The information in the slides was often very good but i found it hard to understand it in the lectures since most of the four our sessions involved the same teacher. At many occations the low knowledge of english from some teachers was disturbing the flow of the lectures, understandable since it´,s the first time for them but perhaps not acceptable.» (Small extent)
- I think it would be better to have some other way to teach other than just lectures.» (Small extent)
- Hard to understand the speaking language. Very bad pedagogy.» (Small extent)
- Some teachers hard to understand.» (Some extent)

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

32 svarande

Small extent»10 31%
Some extent»10 31%
Large extent»9 28%
Great extent»3 9%

Genomsnitt: 2.15

- Without any book and just pp-slides it´,s nearly impossible to study before the exam. So a book should be very good to have!» (Small extent)
- course book required!!» (Small extent)
- The handsout are sometimes hard to study at. Literature would be good. Always handout handouts in class or make a compendia of it and sell it in the beginning of the course. Printing is a large workload aswell as a large additional cost for us students.» (Small extent)
- Very difficult to learn with only power point slide as the only course literature» (Some extent)
- Only powerpoint-slides was"nt enough. Hard to understand some slides.» (Some extent)
- The slides were nice to read » (Large extent)
- If only slides are handed out, it would be great to put them on the website at least one day (or better two) before the lecture is held.» (Large extent)
- But not any good literature. Better with a book» (Great extent)

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

32 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»8 25%
Rather well»16 50%
Very well»8 25%

Genomsnitt: 3

- Often course literature was not on the web before the lecture» (Rather badly)
- Too many slides from the teachers. Maybe about 3000, better to find one or two books which the students may follow.» (Rather badly)
- There was no information on when to hand in project works etcetera.» (Rather badly)
- Always handout handouts in class or make a compendia of it and sell it in the beginning of the course. Printing is a large workload aswell as a large additional cost for us students.» (Rather badly)
- But a lot of the information came much too late» (Rather well)

Study climate

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

32 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»2 6%
Rather good»11 34%
Very good»15 46%
I did not seek help»4 12%

Genomsnitt: 3.65

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

32 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»0 0%
Rather well»15 46%
Very well»15 46%
I did not seek cooperation»2 6%

Genomsnitt: 3.59

- Mostly invidual studies in this course.» (Rather well)
- The most positive experience with this course.» (Very well)

17. How was the course workload?

32 svarande

Too low»1 3%
Low»5 15%
Adequate»21 65%
High»4 12%
Too high»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 2.96

- Very low in the beginning and later on becoming more and more, which didn´,t feel motivated since a whole lot more work could be done in the three first weeks to make the workload less in the later weeks when the structural systems project work took a lot of time.» (Low)

18. How was the total workload this study period?

32 svarande

Too low»1 3%
Low»2 6%
Adequate»20 62%
High»8 25%
Too high»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 3.18

- between adequate and high» (Adequate)

Summarizing questions

19. What is your general impression of the course?

32 svarande

Poor»10 31%
Fair»9 28%
Adequate»9 28%
Good»3 9%
Excellent»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 2.25

- It didn"t fulfill my expectations. I would have wanted examples from the reality, how to build to avoid these problems.» (Poor)
- I was really disappointed with this course.» (Poor)
- The worst course, for the present, on Chalmers.» (Poor)
- Some timed low quality and some really boring lectures. Lack of literature makes it harder. A bit to much repetion from basic course. A bit to much about strange models and research methods...» (Poor)
- to much in detail. I don´,t feel that I need this sort of knowledge when working on a company.» (Fair)
- Depends a lot on the lectures. I think the subject can become more interesting if the teachers could use powerpoint in another way.. » (Fair)
- in the beginning i didn´,t see any difference between material performance course and the swedish course "byggnadsmaterial" but later on there were differences though a lot were the same» (Adequate)

20. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- knowledge about durability.»
- The guest lecturers»
- It is important to keep teaching this material because it has such a big connection to the structural performance»
- The guest lecturers (except the AAR)»
- Kopplingen till "Structural systems" genom projektarbetet i "Structural systems"»
- Laboratories are important for the comprehension of the course »
- nothing»
- Study trips, lab exercises, guest lectures»
- ...»

21. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- less description of different measurement methods»
- better lectures, better course literature, better connection between the courses.»
- The lectures - some were much too detailed and some repeted a little too much from the earlier building material course. It would be good to avoid having the same lecturer for 4h.»
- The materials choiche task have to be handed out much earlier so it will be more easy to plan the work, not one week before final hand in of both projects in the period»
- calculation of some examples otherwise it"s getting too abstract and students won"t enter that many lectures cus it can be studied by own hand! »
- The connection to the other course should be better and the calculation methods for chloride and co2 ingress should be practiced more.»
- Have a book to read and have something else than just lectures.»
- Lectures sometimes boring. Try to get students more involved into them.»
- it"s better to give less than 3 ooks to let the students read. and all the lectures should come from those books.»
- Start with the other materials. Then we will learn more about all of them, since concrete is the most complicated one the others fell in it"s shadow»
- The number of slides!»
- Nån kurslitteratur hade varit trevligt. Att bara ha powerpoints att plugga på på egen hand är inte optimalt.»
- Kurslitteratur i bokform, och lärare som kan prata engelska så man förstår vad dom säger.»
- Better teaching»
- Try to have more links with Structural Systems Too many powerpoint presentations (a lot of very detailed and maybe not always useful informations to learn) »
- Do some litterature because just reading from PP. slides does not give me any knowlage.»
- The lectures, the literature, the exams»
- Definitely some kind of literature, not only slides...»
- Less information on the slides, but additional handouts with the left information.»
- The teachers, or changes from the teachers. Maybe some course litteraure»
- Litterature, better lectures... Hard to come up with sucestions for topics. Maybe course is unnec»

22. Additional comments

- You should consider giving rethorical lectures for the teachers. »
- the slides should be more explaining, cus sometimes you just see pictures and don"t know how they are related to the topic!»
- if using slides teaching no books, the exam maybe could choose write reports instead of writing-exam.»
- Keep all the slides but skip some during the lectures.»
- This cours has been a waist of time and only a repetition of previous courses. »
- Hard to come up with sucestions for topics for next year. »

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