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Fundamental structural dynamics-09, MME 062

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2009-03-26 - 2009-04-09
Antal svar: 34
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 77%
Kontaktperson: Peter Folkow»
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.

34 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»5 14%
Around 20 hours/week»5 14%
Around 25 hours/week»8 23%
Around 30 hours/week»12 35%
At least 35 hours/week»4 11%

Genomsnitt: 3.14

- I did spend at least 40-60 hours each week.» (At least 35 hours/week)

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

34 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»3 8%
50%»6 17%
75%»8 23%
100%»17 50%

Genomsnitt: 4.14

- Often too slow lectures but not always. To big differences between different days.» (50%)
- except the last lecture» (100%)

3. What was your priority of this course compared to the other courses you follow?

34 svarande

Much lower»0 0%
Somewhat lower»0 0%
Equal»11 33%
Somewhat higher»14 42%
Much higher»8 24%
No opinion»1

Genomsnitt: 3.9

- With the weekly assignments I felt take this course took more time.» (Somewhat higher)

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.

4. How understandable are the course goals?

34 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»4 11%
The goals are difficult to understand»1 2%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»6 17%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»23 67%

Genomsnitt: 3.41

5. 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»1 3%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»29 87%
No, the goals are set too high»3 9%

Genomsnitt: 2.06

- I haven"t read them, so I don"t know.» (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)
- they are ok but the time is a little bit too compact for them.» (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)

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

33 svarande

No, not at all»2 6%
To some extent»6 18%
Yes, definitely»23 69%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»2 6%

Genomsnitt: 2.75

- the exam was totally according to the goals of the course, but I am not satisfied with the result.» (No, not at all)
- The validity of the models could be discussed more.» (Yes, definitely)
- Same answer here, I don"t know!!» (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

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

33 svarande

Small extent»3 9%
Some extent»7 21%
Large extent»13 39%
Great extent»10 30%

Genomsnitt: 2.9

- I really think that the course could be improved if the lecture notes are made as part of the course litterature, they are great and describe things better than the book. » (Large extent)

8. What is your opinion of the lectures?

Any suggestions for improvement?

34 svarande

Very bad»1 3%
Rather bad»3 9%
Rather good»17 53%
Very good»11 34%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 3.18

- Jävla påfund att köra föreläsningarna på overhead, helt jävla värdelöst» (Very bad)
- They were quite boring, to much over head slides. Maybee more varying teaching stratgies would be good.» (Rather bad)
- För mycket OH undervisning, ger inte så mycket tyvärr» (Rather bad)
- Written lecture notes on before hand is both positive and negative but mostly positive.» (Rather good)
- Could have done examples on the black board instead of having everything on slides.» (Rather good)
- Peter is a good teacher and he wants everyine to understand :)» (Rather good)

9. What is your opinion of the problem solving sessions?

Any suggestions for improvement?

34 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Rather bad»1 3%
Rather good»15 50%
Very good»14 46%
No opinion»4

Genomsnitt: 3.43

- The sessions were good but i find it hard to get much out of this kind of teaching.» (Rather good)
- They are very good, but it would be good if there would be self solving problem session. With assistans from the teacher. » (Rather good)
- Focuses mostly on the right parts. Explains how to think. Very good!» (Rather good)
- Bra övningsledare, men han tog det lite för oexplicit ibland» (Rather good)
- Problemlösning ger alltid mycket, synd att en del av det gjordes på OH.» (Rather good)
- I don`t like the problem solving on overhead projector.» (Very good)
- Jonatan is a rock!» (Very good)

10. Would you like more time for student solving at these sessions?

34 svarande

Yes»7 24%
No»22 75%
No opinion»5

Genomsnitt: 1.75

- It"s not of great importance but it would be nice to have every second problem session have one hour of personal problem solving where it was possible to get help from a tutor.» (Yes)
- Definitely!» (Yes)
- Or some time, an hour or two each week for questions and guidance.. » (Yes)
- We have the assignments» (No)

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

33 svarande

Small extent»2 6%
Some extent»5 15%
Large extent»14 42%
Great extent»12 36%

Genomsnitt: 3.09

- Kompendiet va skit, gamla tentorna va bra» (Small extent)
- The lectures were very good. They include every thing we need in the written exam and assignments. The lectures could be a better source for referring in the future in comparison with the book.» (Some extent)
- Mostly the lecture notes» (Large extent)
- Good handwritten summaries.» (Great extent)
- Good litterature!» (Great extent)

12. What is you opinion of the compendium?

34 svarande

Very bad»3 9%
Rather bad»7 21%
Rather good»17 53%
Very good»5 15%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 2.75

- The course book was not satisfactory at all, and it was too brief. This book was not useful for the exam as well, and maybe if you allow students to bring the lectures in the exam it could be better because we used the lectures in the assignments and we were more familiar with them.» (Very bad)
- På tok för ogenerellt» (Very bad)
- In some section is the theory somewhat briefly described» (Rather bad)
- The lecture notes was much more helpful, the book was hard to read. Sometimes difficult so understand which part was an example and which one was general. » (Rather bad)
- För "tunn". Förståelig och bra men inte tillräckligt omfattande.» (Rather good)
- The book and the lecture notes complement each other.» (Rather good)
- Needs more explaining text in some places.» (Rather good)
- Compact but that"s the strength of it.» (Rather good)
- if they be typed computer rahter hand-written it will be better.» (Rather good)
- Good book from Boström, compactly written, but it becomes clear once you work through it.» (Very good)
- But the Lecture should more follow the compendium. » (Very good)

13. What is your opinion of changing the literature to a more comprehensive (and expensive) textbook?

34 svarande

Very bad»10 31%
Rather bad»8 25%
Rather good»7 21%
Very good»7 21%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 2.34

- Keep it like it is, maybe just some more figures in the compendium, we have enough expensive books of which only a part is needed.» (Very bad)
- The compendium together with lecture notes are sufficiant aids. A lot of books seem to cost more than they are worth.» (Very bad)
- A book with more explanation would be great, but I think this can be made by using the material in the lecture notes and made rewrite them so that they form a compendium that can be used as an aid in the exam as well. » (Rather good)
- A more compressive book is useful because it eases the deep understanding and we can refer to it when ever we do not understand something. » (Very good)
- Bra, det drabbar ingen fattig, de har ändå inte råd att köpa den» (Very good)

14. What is your opinion of the assignments?

33 svarande

Very bad»2 6%
Rather bad»2 6%
Rather good»9 27%
Very good»20 60%

Genomsnitt: 3.42

- Tog hela torsdagseftermiddagen att skriva av dem» (Very bad)
- Maybe too hard, I think if you do them all on your own the exam must be a piece of cake.» (Rather bad)
- I learned much doing them but maybe some fewer more comprehensive assignment would be better. This way you would have more time to study what really happens instead of just writing down some formula. » (Rather good)
- The really eased the exam for me I could remember everything in the exam days, and they resulted in reducing study time for the exam. Also, they had been designed cleverly in order to make us think about the theories and not only memorize them.» (Rather good)
- They were hard but I learnt alot. » (Rather good)
- The best assignements ever! I learned a lot from them. The only bad thing was that they took a lot of time to do. » (Very good)
- But very demanding.» (Very good)
- They gave a very good understanding of the course material.» (Very good)
- Det är här man lärt sig absolut mest» (Very good)

15. Would you prefer simpler problems (and less bonus points) to concentrate on other course issues?

34 svarande

Small extent»21 70%
Some extent»7 23%
Large extent»2 6%
No opinion»4

Genomsnitt: 1.36

- Absolutely not!!» (Small extent)
- I think it"s mostly good even if it takes alot of time.» (Small extent)
- Its good to have homework assignments that reflect the material on the exam. The homework is where I learned the most.» (Small extent)
- I think time were sufficient to dedicate for both courses and the assignment were very useful. They not only made us to follow the course gradually but also they were enough bonuses to reduce the stressful situation of the exam day» (Small extent)
- No, its better to keep the assignments and bonus.» (Small extent)
- The level of the problem was good. Much work but you learn very much from doing them» (Small extent)
- Variera, gör varannan vecka tyngre (som årets) och de övriga ngt lättare men inte för små.» (Some extent)
- It"s good to have bonus points but some asignments just took too much time. Last period was the worst I"ve had during my 4 years at Chalmers.» (Some extent)
- Yes that sounds good.» (Large extent)

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

33 svarande

Very badly»1 3%
Rather badly»0 0%
Rather well»12 36%
Very well»20 60%

Genomsnitt: 3.54

17. What is your opinion of the written exam?

34 svarande

Very bad»1 3%
Rather bad»0 0%
Rather good»18 58%
Very good»12 38%
No opinion»3

Genomsnitt: 3.32

- Too much to do in the time.» (Rather good)
- Reasonable with regard to the assignments.» (Rather good)
- the questions were very much following the goals of the course but too much work at the exam.» (Rather good)
- Kanske lite för svår» (Rather good)
- Great!!!» (Very good)

18. Do your course grades (Fail, 3, 4, 5) reflect your knowledge in your opinion?

33 svarande

Small extent»3 9%
Some extent»10 30%
Large extent»20 60%

Genomsnitt: 2.51

- Not at all. I did"nt get good grade but I am sure that my knowledge is MUCH MUCH more higher than the garde I got and it makes me sad.» (Small extent)
- I should have done better on the exam. I was a bit overwhelmed.» (Some extent)

Study climate

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

33 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»5 15%
Very good»27 81%
I did not seek help»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 3.87

- Jonathan is the best assistant at Chalmers so you always get get all your questions answered. Also Peter Folkow was available for quastions all the time. So fantastic!!» (Very good)
- Good with the opportunity to go to the institution and ask quenstions.» (Very good)
- Lots of + to Peter and Jonathan for "always" beeing at hand.» (Very good)

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

33 svarande

Very poorly»1 3%
Rather poorly»1 3%
Rather well»8 24%
Very well»23 69%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.6

21. How was the course workload?

33 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»9 27%
High»18 54%
Too high»6 18%

Genomsnitt: 3.9

- I don"t wanto to be a bitch, but the work load was incredible high at some moments compared with other courses you get the same credit points for. I mean, you can take a course down at GU and get the same amount of points for doing nothing. But I guess thats what Chalmers is all about and that I just have to deal with it.» (Too high)

22. How was the total workload this study period?

33 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»7 21%
High»14 42%
Too high»12 36%

Genomsnitt: 4.15

- I haven"t hardly have time to sleep eat or anything. So litte to high workload maybee. But on the other hand I have learned alot!» (Too high)
- See above.» (Too high)
- too much work for both courses together.» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

23. What is your general impression of the course?

33 svarande

Poor»2 6%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»3 9%
Good»16 48%
Excellent»12 36%

Genomsnitt: 4.09

- except the result that i did"nt expect this grade as I studied very hard.» (Excellent)

24. To what extent have you been able to understand the teachers presentation in English?

33 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»1 3%
Large extent»15 45%
Great extent»17 51%

Genomsnitt: 3.48

- Skulle varit lättare för mig om föreläsningar och övningar varit på svenska men det fungerar.» (Large extent)

25. What is your opinion of inviting a lecturer from industry?

33 svarande

Very bad»1 3%
Rather bad»2 6%
Rather good»17 54%
Very good»11 35%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 3.22

- Maybe another company» (Rather good)
- Intressant att se vad det används till i verkligheten. Får mig att vilja lära mer.» (Very good)
- Did not happen in the course.» (Very good)

26. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- Inlämningsuppfifterna, fö och rö»
- assignments, lecture notes»
- The assignments»
- The system of assignments which give bonus points»
- Assignments»
- The assignments and Jonathan!»
- the evaluation method, it makes you make a big effort and improvement each week.»
- Assignments, keep the same helping aids at the exam.»
- the lecture notes.»
- Homework assignments.»
- Assignment and bonuses since they make students follow the course gradually. In addition grading system were reasonable and should be preserved. »
- The hand-ins. »
- The course, jonatan and peter»
- the course structure and content,assignments,problem solving sessions»
- Bonus system.»
- lectures, assignements, problem sessions.»
- The assignments»
- Lecture notes»
- Jag bryr mig inte, ska ändå inte ta kursen då»

27. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- litteraturen»
- the overhead based lectures»
- Not spending that much time on hyperbolic functions etc, more on the unique material in the course.»
- The textbook should be replaced by the handouts giving during the lecture. In the assignments, the part of numerical use should be decreased.»
- Problem solving sessions»
- The teaching strategy. »
- Maybe reduce the number of assignments to 4 giving the other courses more time.»
- A new textbook.»
- NA»
- The course book was not good and maybe it is better to provide something better. Also aloowing the student to bring the lectures to the exams would be proper.»
- Donät introduce new material days before the exam week. I myself didn"t bother going to these lectures since I needed the time to prepare for the exams.»
- it would be better if a comprehensive reference book is considered for the course»
- More comprehensive text book is needed.»
- compendum style»
- Do theory on slides but some examples on the black board.»
- Compendium»
- Jag bryr mig inte, ska ändå inte ta kursen då»

28. Additional comments

- Thanks for a great course!!!»
- Thanks for teaching excellence and all the help »
- Could have been a great course, but I have already studied Fourier analysis and would have liked it if the level of the course would have been higher / more demanding. But generally a good course »
- Bra övningsledare»

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