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Biotechnical Physics, 2009, TIF040

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2009-04-07 - 2009-05-07
Antal svar: 14
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 41%
Kontaktperson: Sarunas Petronis»

Background information

1. To which program do you belong?

14 svarande

PhD, GU»0 0%
PhD, Chalmers»0 0%
Masters, GU»2 14%
Masters, Chalmers»11 78%
Other (please specify in a comment bellow)»1 7%

Genomsnitt: 3.92

- Physics of Materials and biological systems» (Masters, GU)
- Applied Physics» (Masters, Chalmers)
- Chemistry and Biosciences» (Masters, Chalmers)
- Applied Physics» (Masters, Chalmers)
- Applied Physics (master"s programme)» (Masters, Chalmers)
- Applied Physics» (Masters, Chalmers)
- exchange student in the ERASMUS programm. I"m studying for a diplome degree in physics at my home university» (Other (please specify in a comment bellow))

2. What is your background?

14 svarande

Physics»8 57%
Chemistry»2 14%
Biotechnology»0 0%
Biology»0 0%
Medicine»0 0%
Other (please specify in a comment)»4 28%

Genomsnitt: 2.57

- BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING» (Other (please specify in a comment))
- Chemical and Physics» (Other (please specify in a comment))
- Electronic engineering» (Other (please specify in a comment))

3. Have you had any biology-related courses at university level in your previous education?

14 svarande

Yes, one or two courses»6 42%
Yes, many courses»2 14%
No»6 42%

Genomsnitt: 2

- Biological Physics» (Yes, one or two courses)
- Biological Physics» (Yes, one or two courses)
- anatomy» (Yes, one or two courses)
- neurophysics (home university) Biological Physics (chalmers)» (Yes, one or two courses)

Your own effort

4. 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.

14 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»5 35%
Around 20 hours/week»7 50%
Around 25 hours/week»1 7%
Around 30 hours/week»1 7%
At least 35 hours/week»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.85

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

I attended the lectures:

14 svarande

never»0 0%
sometimes»0 0%
often (>50%)»0 0%
most of the times (>75%)»4 28%
always»10 71%

Genomsnitt: 4.71

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.

6. How understandable are the course goals?

14 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»3 21%
The goals are difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»5 35%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»6 42%

Genomsnitt: 3

- more examples can be given like drug delivery, etc.» (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)

7. 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.

10 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»10 100%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2

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

12 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»8 66%
Yes, definitely»4 33%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.33

- The grading system was not clear from the beginning.» (To some extent)

Teaching and course administration

9. To what extent were the lectures helpful for your learning?

14 svarande

Small extent»1 7%
Some extent»5 35%
Large extent»6 42%
Great extent»2 14%

Genomsnitt: 2.64

- Sarunas lectures are often too confused. He has too many slides and does not always make sense. The text size of the handouts are often too small - not readable. Also, since there is no course book the handouts need to be much clearer and spell out the most important parts of the lecture.» (Some extent)
- Sometimes confusing, because they included very much without any details.» (Large extent)

10. To what extent were the quizzes helpful for your learning?

14 svarande

Small extent»1 7%
Some extent»1 7%
Large extent»8 57%
Great extent»4 28%

Genomsnitt: 3.07

11. To what extent were the lab exercises helpful for your learning?

14 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»2 14%
Large extent»4 28%
Great extent»8 57%

Genomsnitt: 3.42

12. To what extent the report writing based on literature study was helpful for your learning?

14 svarande

Small extent»1 7%
Some extent»2 14%
Large extent»8 57%
Great extent»3 21%

Genomsnitt: 2.92

- For me the topic was very helpful and I really enjoyed it. But in my opinion 70% for a literature report was way too much, especially for a course like this. Since this course supposed to be an introduction course for several bio-physical areas and focusing on one report (which is based mainly on previous knowledge) is not good, since then we are not pay much attention to the rest of the topics.» (Large extent)

13. To what extent the report presentation and attending of mini-seminar was helpful for your learning?

14 svarande

Small extent»1 7%
Some extent»7 50%
Large extent»3 21%
Great extent»3 21%

Genomsnitt: 2.57

- I couldn"t understand all of them but I think even understanding one presentation is beneficial. » (Some extent)
- If the time limit is set for 10 minutes then the presenting student should be warned after 9 minutes and asked to stop after 10 minutes! Longer presentations should lower the grade, even if they are good.» (Some extent)
- But all presentation in two days was very boring (although I attend all of them) Maybe putting the presentations along the course could be helpful. 10 or 15 minutes in the beginning of some lectures. But in that case the work load for the project should be less and the topics can be introduced by lecturers through out the course time.» (Great extent)

14. The course content was arranged in a logical and helpful way

14 svarande

Strongly disagree»0 0%
Disagree»1 7%
Neutral»3 21%
Agree»8 57%
Strongly agree»2 14%

Genomsnitt: 3.78

- too many guest lectures» (Disagree)
- It might be beneficial if teacher dedicate short time in the beginning or end of some lectures to describe how can we use the presented subject in conjunction with the other methods and subjects taught in the other lectures.» (Agree)

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

14 svarande

Very badly»2 14%
Rather badly»2 14%
Rather well»5 35%
Very well»5 35%

Genomsnitt: 2.92

- The examiniators did not seem to agree on the structure of the course. The deadlines should be set at the beginning of the course and it should not be pushed forward during the course. It took almost two weeks for Sarunas to answer that the mini-project topic choosen was ok, and in that time I could have started writing.» (Very badly)
- - lab organization: no meeting point was mentioned, the format of the report and deadline was not known until the very end. - must of the communication was through email and there were nothing about them in the webpage which sometimes (specially for long term notices) made it difficult to follow.» (Rather badly)
- The course felt rather unstructured. Deadlines for different tasks were not given in time and then changed afterwards.» (Rather badly)

16. Would you prefer to have a course book/compendium in addition to the lecture handouts?

14 svarande

Yes, it would be very helpful»8 61%
No, it is enough to get lecture notes»5 38%
No, I had to much to read already»0 0%
I have no opinion»1

Genomsnitt: 1.38

- As for this kind of course I think compendium would be very helpful» (Yes, it would be very helpful)
- It would be great to have!» (Yes, it would be very helpful)
- Make the lecture notes better: more text, larger text, important things written on handouts and not only briefly said on the lecture.» (No, it is enough to get lecture notes)

17. Would you prefer to have more site visits / tours during the course?

14 svarande

Yes, I would like to have much more site visits»5 38%
No, I think it is already right number of site visits»5 38%
No, I would prefer lower number of site visits»3 23%
I have no opinion»1

Genomsnitt: 1.84

- We had two tours which both of them was very short and the groups was very crowded. I can say that almost no one can remember anything about the tours after them.» (No, I would prefer lower number of site visits)

18. Would you prefer to have more laboratory excercises during the course?

14 svarande

Yes, I would like to have much more lab excercises»6 42%
No, I think it is already right number lab excercises»8 57%
No, I would prefer lower number of lab excercises»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.57

- They were very helpful. So! The more laboratory exercises, the better.» (Yes, I would like to have much more lab excercises)
- The lab was definitely helpful» (Yes, I would like to have much more lab excercises)

19. What did you like best about the course?

- It was very good on covering a lot of bio-applications and some essential concept of them.»
- the combination of course and lab exercises»
- it almost covered all fields in biological physics»
- The quizes, they were very helpful and I learned a lot!!!»
- The topics covered in the lectures were very interesting and gave a broad introduction with quite good coverage. I also liked my project topic. »
- The topic is very interesting and relevant.»
- Introduce too many kinds method for research, it is so nice»
- it doesn"t have a written exam , and most of it is on the base of research»
- the labs»

20. What things were less successful?

- The collaboration between lecturers.»
- the course time table which needs to be revised»
- No complaints, I liked the course.»
- The structure of the course needs to be improved. Hopefully it will be better planned until next year.»
- if it is possible, tell more detail of those method»
- The administration.»
- the way of evaluating for grading.i think it was better if you put more emphasis on the quizes they took most of my time and i got a good results from them but unfortunately ,the final result of this course was not satsfying for me . »
- during the lectures for my opinion to many topics were mentioned but ot descussed with much detail. »

Team teaching

Several different teachers were lecturing specific parts of the course, which is called team teaching.

21. What is your impression about having several teachers during the course?

14 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Rather bad»1 7%
Neutral»2 14%
Good»9 64%
Very good»2 14%

Genomsnitt: 3.85

- It really depends on the lecturer and how they interact with the supervisor before the lecture, some of the lecturer had no idea what we had learned and to what extend they should tell us.» (Neutral)
- A restrictwed number of teachers can help the students to focus more deeply» (Good)
- It is good! But sometimes confusing! » (Good)
- Good, just make sure that they don"t overlap too much.» (Good)

22. Would you prefer to have more invited teachers during the course?

14 svarande

Yes, it would be great»3 21%
No, it is about the right number of teachers»8 57%
No, I would prefer lower number of teachers in the course»3 21%

Genomsnitt: 2

- To many is not good! E.g. It is hard to know where to go and ask...» (No, it is about the right number of teachers)

23. Exposure to different teaching styles is an advantage of team teaching

14 svarande

Strongly disagree»1 7%
Disagree»2 14%
Neutral»3 21%
Agree»7 50%
Strongly agree»1 7%

Genomsnitt: 3.35

- One can regard it as an advantage only in the case that all teachers and teaching methods are acceptably good.» (Disagree)

24. Exposure to different areas of expertise or opinions is an advantage of team teaching

14 svarande

Strongly disagree»0 0%
Disagree»0 0%
Neutral»4 28%
Agree»6 42%
Strongly agree»4 28%

Genomsnitt: 4

25. Exposure to larger number of faculty members is an advantage of team teaching

14 svarande

Strongly disagree»0 0%
Disagree»1 7%
Neutral»3 21%
Agree»6 42%
Strongly agree»4 28%

Genomsnitt: 3.92

- Very good for making contact with researchers from different parts of Chalmers.» (Strongly agree)

26. Course content is continuos without obvious interruptions in team taught courses

14 svarande

Strongly disagree»1 7%
Disagree»2 14%
Neutral»6 42%
Agree»4 28%
Strongly agree»1 7%

Genomsnitt: 3.14

- there must be some one who tell us how these subjects are related together and explain why we need to know about it !» (Disagree)

27. Over all, I would like more of my courses to be lectured by multiple teachers

14 svarande

Strongly disagree»1 7%
Disagree»4 28%
Neutral»6 42%
Agree»2 14%
Strongly agree»1 7%

Genomsnitt: 2.85

Study climate

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

14 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»3 21%
Very good»10 71%
I did not seek help»1 7%

Genomsnitt: 3.85

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

14 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»1 7%
Rather well»6 42%
Very well»7 50%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.42

30. How was the course workload?

14 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»4 28%
Adequate»8 57%
High»2 14%
Too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.85

31. How was the total workload this study period?

14 svarande

Too low»1 7%
Low»1 7%
Adequate»7 50%
High»4 28%
Too high»1 7%

Genomsnitt: 3.21

- High for me, because I took three courses» (High)

Summarizing questions

32. What is your general impression of the course?

14 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»1 7%
Adequate»3 21%
Good»8 57%
Excellent»2 14%

Genomsnitt: 3.78

- The subject of biotechnical physics is extremely interesting in my opinion (not to mention biological physics). Especially the human body is a fascinating thing!» (Good)

33. How can we make the course better next time?

- the course can be improved if some efforts are taken concerning handling of exercises on student portal and if the allocated assignment of the course are well described from the beginning of the course to help the student aware of the workload.»
- more homework»
- Have the slideshow avalible on the web before the lessons.»
- Better administration, deadlines, planning in advance, keeping the presentations short.»
- explain more clearly about the way of examination and preparing the report for the final exam and how to evalute it, it was completely strange for me the system of grading in this course and i found it ,after the final presentation. another point which was intresting for me about the result, was :the subjects of the final projects which are not related to the course or the teachers have less knowlege about them to ask about them in final presentation they got better grades in comparison with the subjects that are more related to the subject of course.and i think this is not fair. »
- More reading material - not all answers could be found in the slides.»

34. Any additional comments

- The questionnaire is quite long. I think it will cause lower number of participant in the pol.»
- If time permits, rigorous lab exercises with a written report at the end in order to make all students participating more involved.»
- Interesting and good cours!!!!»
- The main teacher did not always seem to take the course seriously as he was often late for classes and did not seem to have thought in advance about how he wanted things to work»

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