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Life cycle assessment VTM081 MPEMA V09, VTM081

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2009-05-15 - 2009-06-03
Antal svar: 31
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 58%
Kontaktperson: Kathrine Jahnberg»

1. Did the course meet your expectations?

31 svarande

Yes, completely»9 29%
Yes, almost»16 51%
Somewhat»5 16%
No, not at all»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 1.93

2. Do you think that the course meets the goals outlined in the course description?

(Course PM and Course website)

31 svarande

Yes, completely»8 25%
Yes, almost»14 45%
Somewhat»5 16%
No, not at all»1 3%
Don"t know/Can"t remember the goals»3 9%

Genomsnitt: 2.25

3. What do you think about the content and scope of the course? Do you think that any sections could be removed or do you have any suggestions about sections that could be added?

- None. But the time for LCA exercise is limited.»
- If we can get more time for the project, it will be good for us to conduct a better study.»
- The project was to big for two persons, especially plus final exam»
- Generally, the course setting is reasonable and scientific»
- More practical examples of how you choose boundaries, what assumptions you can make and what assumptions you shouldn"t use. Ideally some pure "calculation lectures". Less plain repeating of stuff in the book.»
- The project was interesting and we learnt a lot from doing it. Also the guest lectures were good.»
- I think is enough»
- It is fine like that.»
- i think the more practical work shoild be added in the course like some more time on understanding the software.»
- The exam could be removed in favor for an even larger project. A project in cooperation with a company would be preferred.»
- Im pleased with the scope. It covered a broad aspect»
- Maybe more sections with exercises and LCA software in class.»
- The goal about how to read an LCA is maybe not enough studied. It should be more emphasized than the theoretical part about the reglementation about LCA.»
- All sections are right»

4. Please describe your background (educational, work experience, previous environmental courses.)!

- Sustainable energy system master programme»
- My major in my home university is Energy economics and markets and minor is Industrial management. I work within energy consulting.»
- My programme is sustainable energy systems.»
- Sustainable Development, Sustainable energy future, Science of environmental change»
- Bachelor degree Business and management, Master program INdustrial Ecology»
- Undergraduate study in Environmental Engineering, have 1 year working experience in environmental protection, used to take the courses include sustainable development, the science of envrionmental change, Environmental System Analysis, and some other environmental related courses»
- Engineering physics, industrial acology master»
- electric engineering, 3rd year. Have had courses on renewable energy sources, sustainable energy futures, measurement technics with focus on environmental application. have not worked with any LCA related assignments.»
- My background is chemical engineer. My previous environmental courses are waste management, global chemical sustainability, pollution prevention, and environmental policy instruments.»
- here a copy of my CV : Education 2008-2009: First year of Master’,s degree at ENSM-SE First semester: Hydrology, geology, Decision making in an industrial context Second semester at CHALMERS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY : Geographical Information Systems, Multivariate Analysis, Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental policy instrument, Environmental Risk Assessment In addition: Last year of BA in Economics –, in partnership with Jean Monnet University (Saint-Etienne) 2007-2008: Last year of Bachelor degree at ENSM-SE Probability/statistics, numerical research, computer sciences, management, fluid mechanics, mechanic of continuous background, thermodynamic, physics properties of material, treatment of signal, numerical electronic In addition: Second year of BA in Economics –, in partnership with Jean Monnet University (Saint-Etienne) 2007: Admission to Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne (ENSM-SE), France Graduate school of engineering, ranked in the top ten French schools of engineering Entrance through a national competitive exam to prepare a Double Master’,s degree in engineering and management 2004-2006: Two-year undergraduate intensive course at Dumont D’,Urville Lycée, Caen Mathematics, physics & chemistry, engineering and technical science 2004: Baccalauréat with major in mathematics, physics, and engineering science, with honours, at Dumont D’,Urville Lycée, Caen Work experience 2008 –, Summer: Team work in a laundry, University Hospital of Caen –, UHC, Caen (Three weeks) 2008 - February: Industrial placement in a laundry, UHC - Caen (four weeks) Work on a machine »
- graduate chemical engineer,3years work exoerince in oil and gas sector pakistan,have passed one course of enviromental engineering in graduation degree.»
- educational»
- Industrial Ecology Master"s prgramme. Background in Civil Engineering.»
- PhD student (1 year) Master of science in Agriculture 14 year with work experiece in agricultural advising. Some insight in LCA for food industry.»
- I have a bachelor degree on environmnetal engineering and the master I am attending is industrial ecology. Most of my courses have to do with environmental issues.»
- Student from the industrial ecology program.»
- Work in industry. I take master program: MPECO»
- Electrotechnical engineering (3rd year) Previous courses: Miljövänliga energikällor Mätteknik med miljöinriktning Sustainable energy futures»
- I had already heard about LCA in the "Sustainable development" course»
- chemical engineering»
- Part of an environmental masterprogram, previous bachelor degree in environmental subjects»
- Engineering, previous environmental courses, basic knowledge on LCA»

5. How did you find the difficulty level of the course in relation to your background?

31 svarande

To easy»3 9%
Suitable»26 83%
Too difficult»2 6%

Genomsnitt: 1.96

6. Did you find the lectures well-structured and easy to follow?


- Doesn"t really feel like the course includes enough material to fill up an entire course. A lot of the lectures in the end feels kinda pointless, like a full 2 hours discussing the importance of using the methods for them to work (seriously?).»
- A.M.Tillman does not make the lectures interesting and it is often hard to hear what she is saying because she is mumbleing a lot. When I came to her office and asked her a question she treated me very rood which I think is very inappropriate for a supervicer to do.»
- The lectures weren"t hard to understand, but the contents should be changed.»
- The late arrival of Ann-Marie at the beginning of the lecture combined with a bit sleepy lectures lowers the grade»
- It is always nice with student interaction in some part of a lecture. Some of A-M lectures included that and a think it was both appriciated and educative. »
- Did not attend very many lectures, since I hade two courses on the same schedule positions.»
- Maybe Akzo Nobel (in the way it was presented) was to complicated in this early stage of the corse. I think I would understand more of it in teh end of the course.»
- Don"t really remember...»
- Anne-Marie"s lectures were good in the beginning, but too much powerpoint and too little on the black board. And the last lectures were not as exciting...»
- The fact that Anne-Marie is "repeating" almost what is said in the book make the lectures less interesting. Couldn"t it be condensed?»

In general
28 svarande

Yes»15 53%
Somewhat»10 35%
No»3 10%

Genomsnitt: 1.57

Anne-Marie Tillman
31 svarande

Yes»16 51%
Somewhat»11 35%
No»4 12%

Genomsnitt: 1.61

Johan Widheden (Akzo)
27 svarande

Yes»19 70%
Somewhat»6 22%
No»2 7%

Genomsnitt: 1.37

Ellen Riise (SCA)
22 svarande

Yes»14 63%
Somewhat»6 27%
No»2 9%

Genomsnitt: 1.45

Christel Cederberg (SIK)
24 svarande

Yes»17 70%
Somewhat»6 25%
No»1 4%

Genomsnitt: 1.33

7. Were the smaller exercises in the course instructive?


- None»
- More exercises like these»
- Did not learn that much from the software exercise, but i suppose it was good to get a glimps of what it looks like.»
- Software exersise was to fast for me to follow. Maybe some information/instructions befor of the content of the exercise. Definitly one computer per person or maximum two people/computer. Not so educational just to sit beside someone else.»
- Nice with exercises but no answers to them... The software exercise wasn"t good at all, only learned that LCA through software can be done, and then the program crashed.»

Goal definition exercise
29 svarande

Yes»24 82%
Somewhat»4 13%
No»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 1.2

Beginner"s LCA
29 svarande

Yes»25 86%
Somewhat»3 10%
No»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 1.17

Software exercise
29 svarande

Yes»12 41%
Somewhat»10 34%
No»7 24%

Genomsnitt: 1.82

8. The project


- Could be more guide lines on how the report should be structured. »
- None»
- It is an extreamly time consuming project, and when you put me in a group with 2 other people who have no wishes what so ever to perform ANYTHING and that the result is that I have to perform almost an entire LCA ON MY OWN, then I think you should rethink your idea that it is a good think that you divide us into groups. It is an EXTREAM load to put on ONE PERSON and I am pretty sure that you wouldnt enjoy it either! Maybe if you had groups of 5 persons then the chance is that it is at least 2 people who are decent enough to do some work! OR you should think on dividing us into groups depending on what type of grade people want - and then DONT MIX people who barely want to pass with people who stirve for a higher grade. Maybe that is ok on lower level education but I do expect MORE on master level. OR you should demand some sort or english speaking knowledge of the participants! The LCA course is by far the worst course I have encountered on master level and only because of the group you put me in! However I do like the other parts of the course.»
- feedback was insufficient, no answers to posed questions, promised answers by mail were never received by us. had the impression the tutor"s knowledge on the subject was very small.»
- Overall a good exercise. Would be nice perhaps with two projects with a somewhat smaller scope so it"s possible to test how you "should" have done the first one.»
- The project was good, i dont feel we got that much support from our supervisor (christin) but otherwise there was no problem.»
- Christine didn"t give us good answer it was look at the net and when asking a bit more she said that the information couldn"t be found at the net. When we consulted Ann-Marie and Johan the anwers were much simpler to understand and resonable.»
- We needed A LOT of extra time. »
- There were some problems with the project, one problem is when you are in a group with very different levels of amition. I felt like I didn"t learn very much, since most time was spend on explaining and trying to get all in the group to do things. If we can form the group ourselves, or if the groups were bigger so that you"re not so vunerable it would give more learning opportunities. The feed-back and supervising that we got was good for nothing, we got no indication if we were on the right track, and no positive feedback on anything - just comments on headings and small things.»
- It is much better with gruops where the students choose their own groupmembers. Now a lot of time where spend to just make the communication work within the group.»
- I would have liked more support to start with the project: how to organize the calculations etc. It would be good to have scheduled time (1 hour) with the supervisor to see how to organize the Excel sheet, rather than only looking through the goal and scope definition.»
- The background level of other students where below what i belive is accepted at this level»

Did you learn much?
31 svarande

Yes»24 77%
Somewhat»6 19%
No»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 1.25

Were there enough hand-ins and adequate feed-back?
31 svarande

Yes»19 61%
Somewhat»6 19%
No»6 19%

Genomsnitt: 1.58

Did you receive sufficient support from supervisors?
31 svarande

Yes»21 67%
Somewhat»5 16%
No»5 16%

Genomsnitt: 1.48

Did the co-operation within the group work?
31 svarande

Yes»19 61%
Somewhat»7 22%
No»5 16%

Genomsnitt: 1.54

Did you need extra time in addition to the scheduled hours for your course?
31 svarande

Yes»23 74%
Somewhat»3 9%
No»5 16%

Genomsnitt: 1.41

9. What did you think about The Hitch Hiker"s Guide to LCA?

31 svarande

Excellent»5 16%
Good»21 67%
OK»4 12%
Bad»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 2.03

- Very interesting course book, easy to read and follow.» (Excellent)
- Good book but lack of easy found and used list (as thoes in the powerpoint would be good» (Good)
- At some places in the book talking about different use of LCA I would like to have known - what is the situation today? What had happened in the LCA development the last 10 tears scince the book was written?» (Good)
- Easy to follow.» (Good)
- some concepts are mixed, language mistakes that confuse (few but important in a given time).» (Good)
- Easy to understand.» (Good)
- It leaves too much hanging and left unexplained. Many chapters comments things with: you can do such and such, but never tells you how to actually do something» (OK)

10. Did the examination test whether you had reached the goals of the course?

29 svarande

Yes, completely»3 10%
Yes, almost»12 41%
Somewhat»4 13%
No, not at all»0 0%
Not examined yet»10 34%

Genomsnitt: 3.06

- I think that the course could include more subjective discussions about different aspects of LCA.» (Yes, almost)
- Since the goal is to beeing able to perfom LCAs, I missed some kind of calculation on the exam - it feels crucial.» (Yes, almost)
- To less time for me to give full answers on all questions. A lot of "discuss questions". » (Yes, almost)
- The goal of the course is MISSING! Fix that!» (Somewhat)

11. Do you think the course was well-organised?

31 svarande

Yes»10 32%
Yes, somewhat»16 51%
No»5 16%

Genomsnitt: 1.83

- Good course, I like it though it is complicated.» (Yes)
- But not the oposistion where we were supposted to mail the report to the opponent» (Yes, somewhat)
- Well-organised with projects and lectures of the first halv of the course, then more and more boring.» (Yes, somewhat)
- For instance when the teacher got the question if we shouldn"t get the other groups reports first for us to be able to make a written critical review on them, her answer was : "Oh, I didn"t think about that".» (No)
- This was the weakest point. Many times information about group meetings, exams and lectures was either missing or late. I would prefer these details to be informed as early as possible.» (No)

12. Do you feel capable to conduct an LCA on a product that you have good technical knowledge about?

31 svarande

Yes»10 32%
Yes, with some additional studies»19 61%
No»2 6%

Genomsnitt: 1.74

- Whith someone to ask for help whith diffucult questions and discuss problem sulutions with.» (Yes)
- And some support from a more experienced person for discussions on methodological chioces» (Yes, with some additional studies)
- I can"t trust my calculations.» (No)

13. Further opinions, comments and suggestions how the course can be improved?

- The course can be changed into two quarter study. Thus studetns have plenty time to understand and accomplish the LCA study exercise.»
- Restructure the project work somehow! OR make it a lot smaller if you still think it is a good idea to divid the groups on your own! But please make people form their own groups - SO many people would be A LOT happier! I also feel that the own reflections put in the report is a bad idea if you want some sort of honesty in it. It is impossible to write what you really think about your tutor or other group members since everyone will have an opportunity to read it - so instead people only write sweet-talk and nothing on how disfunctional the group was etc (unless it worked well I guess)»
- It is great for students to get oppurtunities to further studying the practical LCA in company under the teachers" favors. It is no doubt that these types of oppurtunities would stimulate the students" passion to learn LCA »
- Preparing of teaching in the class must be well prepared. »
- Remove the exam and enlargen the project, the exam discussed the things you learned in the project. Improve the ppt"s that Ann-Marie presented, there was too much of: here"s a figure, and here"s another one, and as you can see they become... Impossible to follow.»
- Thank you!»
- Let the students choose their own groups!»
- Give Tillman more time to prepare her lectures, she will collapse one of these days.»

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