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Programme evaluation Structural Engineering and Building Performance Design, MPSTR

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2009-05-06 - 2009-05-25
Antal svar: 56
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 61%
Kontaktperson: Björn Engström»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Chalmers
Utbildningsprogram studenten tillhör: Väg- och vattenbyggnad 300 hp

Your background

1. Where did you study for your Bachelor degree?

Bachelor degree or corresponding level


Fördelat på olika grupper:

Sweden - Chalmers: (0 st)

Sweden - another university: (0 st)

Univeristy outside Sweden: (0 st)

2. How do you follow the programme?

Students can follow essential parts of the master"s programme without being admitted to and registred at the programme


Fördelat på olika grupper:

Admitted to the programme: (0 st)

Exchange student who follows part of the programme: (0 st)

Student from Chalmers not admitted yet: (0 st)

3. Do you follow the first or the second year of the programme?


Fördelat på olika grupper:

Student in the first year: (0 st)

Student in the second year: (0 st)

Information about the programme before the start

4. What source of information was decisive for your choice of master"s programme?

54 svarande

Friends who had studied at Chalmers before?»4 7%
Programme director and teachers at Chalmers»21 38%
Chalmers web site»21 38%
Written information from Chalmers»3 5%
Other sources (please specify)»5 9%

Genomsnitt: 2.7

- none. Choosed by interest» (?)
- ---» (Friends who had studied at Chalmers before?)
- The area was the one that attracted me the most.» (Other sources (please specify))
- Jag ville bli konstruktör» (Other sources (please specify))
- interest in the subjects» (Other sources (please specify))
- I knew what I wanted to do.» (Other sources (please specify))
- My interest» (Other sources (please specify))

5. What is you opinion on the information you got from Chalmers before your application?

56 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Rather poor»8 14%
OK»24 42%
Good»20 35%
Very good»4 7%

Genomsnitt: 3.35

- Some of them were far from reality.» (Rather poor)
- It felt like a lot of planning still was left when we applied to the programme. » (Rather poor)
- We should have got more and earlier information before the application.» (Rather poor)
- I did not seek information from the programme director and the teachers, so I am sure I would have gotten more information if I would have.» (OK)
- ---» (OK)

6. Could you easily get answers to further questions before the registration day?

Perhaps you needed more information when you knew that you were admitted

56 svarande

Yes, at Chalmers" web site»11 42%
Yes, through staff at Chalmers»10 38%
I found answers but it was difficult»4 15%
No, I could not get the information needed (Please, specify)»1 3%
I had all information needed»30

Genomsnitt: 1.8

- Especially with the deadlindes dates, which were only indicated in english for students outside EU, nobody could give me the dates for EU students.» (No, I could not get the information needed (Please, specify))
- I had all information but they were not realistic.» (I had all information needed)
- ---» (I had all information needed)

Introduction of the programme

Information and introduction during the first weeks

7. What is your opinion on the information you got?

Introduction of the department, of your master"s programme, of the study environment and facilities, of the Student Centre.

56 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Rather poor»1 1%
OK»24 42%
Good»25 44%
Very good»6 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.64

- After studying the bachelor at Chalmers I had alredy had good knowledge in this.» (OK)
- There was no one from the department to talk to after the first introduction meeting at Runan» (OK)
- No web info site» (OK)
- Because of visa problems, I arrived late. The program director was very supportive and helped me to gather this information.» (OK)
- Student på chalmers sedan tidigare, så mycket var redan» (Good)

8. What is your opinion on the information you got about procedures for students?

For instance of how to use the Student Portal to find information, to register for examinations etc.

56 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
OK»23 41%
Good»24 42%
Very good»9 16%

Genomsnitt: 3.75

- After studying the bachelor at Chalmers I had alredy had good knowledge in this.» (OK)
- No web info site» (OK)
- Student på chalmers sedan tidigare, så information av detta slag var inte nödvändig för mig» (Good)
- Program director provided all the essential information needed about the procedures. Also the Master"s student booklet and Chalmers homepage provide all the necessary information.» (Very good)

9. Did you miss some information in the beginning (Please specify)?

Information that you could not easily find at the web site

- Information on how examinations work could be better.»
- no ,i haven"t»
- About visa extension About minor programmes About elective courses About examination structure About advance date sheet»
- No»
- not really»
- no»
- There was no real web info site»
- nej»
- no»
- ---»
- Everything was ok »
- Don"t remember»
- During the application phase I had some difficulties but in the end, as soon as I found out who the responsible coordinator was, I got a lot of help from her.»

10. What is your opinion on programme activities encouraging contacts between students?

For instance social events, organised presentation rounds, mixed student groups in project work, guided tours etc.

56 svarande

Poor»1 1%
Rather poor»4 7%
OK»22 39%
Good»20 35%
Very good»9 16%

Genomsnitt: 3.57

- Very few social activities for both international and Swedish students. Foreigners are not invited to V-committee events but only invited to events organized by CIRC (which is for the whole school not specified for Civil engineer). The study trips organized by the department were though positive.» (Poor)
- i am an "outsider", dont fit in :(» (Rather poor)
- The project work was good and the study trips were very good. The social activity of the V department is more for younger students and not appealing to older students in the masters program.» (OK)
- Mixed student groups was a very good way to get the students to interact, but besides that there was nothing really that made a better contact between the students.» (OK)
- There must be a swedish familly assigned to each international student so that he finds a familly over there in sweden so that he may not feel home sickness and depression and this is of utmost important so that he gets invlove in swedish life as soon as possible.» (OK)
- It may not fit everyone with mixed student groups. We aim at different grades, i got a 4 in structural system but had a 5 in the dugga, the rest of the group was not aming at higher grade.. It can be a problem, but in most caeses good.» (OK)
- Mixed student groups with students from other countries was very good in the beginning since we had to speak english.» (Good)
- I think it was one of the strong points of the program and it should be continued and emphasized.» (Good)
- The excursions in the beginning of the master programme are very good to meet other students.» (Good)
- Especially for the new students, the mixed student groups is a great way to get to know people. Otherwise it can be quite hard entering a class where most students already know each other. » (Very good)

11. To what extent have you been informed about the Master"s Students Committee at the Dapartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering?

56 svarande

Not at all»13 23%
Small extent»20 35%
Some extent»17 30%
Large extent»5 8%
Great extent»1 1%

Genomsnitt: 2.3

- I don"t really know what this committee does. Is it the master"s programme teachers?» (Small extent)
- My sources of information were the comments made by program director and the university homepage.» (Some extent)

Mandatory courses

The first semester consists of mandatory courses that should form a common basis for further studies in the programme

12. Did the programme start at an appropriate level with regard to your previous knowledge?

56 svarande

Yes, the level was appropriate.»38 67%
No, the level was too low. (Please, specify)»15 26%
No, the level was too high. (Please, specify)»3 5%

Genomsnitt: 1.37

- But some of the courses where extremely bad. (Material Performance and Heat & Moisture)» (Yes, the level was appropriate.)
- The project in course of Structural Systems even though it seemed to be very wide open at the beginning creating a feeling of chaos to prepare it, finally it ended with the best result combining cooperation, work experience and lots of knowledge. Very good impressions from this course.» (Yes, the level was appropriate.)
- In some courses it felt like a lot of repetiont since some of the exchange students did not have the same background as the swedish students.» (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- At least I had two of the four mandatory courses in my bachelor degree and they were too amateur and basic.» (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- Material performance was too similar to byggnadsmaterial» (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- Material performance very much repetition on basic course.» (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- I had already studied the contains of Structural systems and Material performance. But it was almost better for me, because it gave some time to adjust to a new school and also to learn how you build in Sweden.» (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- Heat and moisture var inte bra alls, kändes som en utfyllnadskurs, och sämre engagemang från de kursansvariga har jag helt ärligt aldrig varit med om. Gästföreläsare som staplas på varandra ger ingen kontinuitet alls.» (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- The heat and moisture course was pretty useless for swedish students, because almost the entire course was about already known material. » (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- building performance design part was to low level from the bigining» (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- Första terminen var mycket av repetition. » (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- NO, just repetition all atum. Exept the FEM - basic, no need for basic level in the start, you must have higher demands on the students. » (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- Framför allt "Material performance" men även delar av "Heat & moisture" hade väldigt mycket innehåll gemensamt med tidigare kurser från grundutbildningen. Övriga kurser var på en bra nivå.» (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- That would be good with more structural engineering courses less material and moisture knowledge. However, structural system is a good introduction course.» (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- In the course material performance it was to much repetition.» (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- The courses "Structural systems" and "Finite element-basics" hade an appropriate level but the courses "Material perfomance" and "Heat and moisture" had a very low loevel, to much repetition » (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- In the first semester students must be enrolled in social courses regarding universitty life and swedish culture and swedihs langauge course and english course and computer courses required for further courses. And in first semeter students must get optional subjects» (No, the level was too high. (Please, specify))
- No preparing english coure. No real preparing over-all construction course» (No, the level was too high. (Please, specify))

13. To what extent were the mandatory courses a valuable basis for your further studies in the programme?

56 svarande

Not at all»4 7%
Small extent»13 23%
Some extent»26 46%
Large extent»11 19%
Great extent»2 3%

Genomsnitt: 2.89

- It felt like some of the mandatory courses were just put in to fill up the amounts of credits for "master". Since I alredy knew which diretction I was interested in some courses felt unneccesary.» (Not at all)
- I had studied structural systems and material performance in my bachelor degree and they were very very basic and they were not in the level of master studies. In addition, I already had decided about my major of study and courses related to building physics engineering like heat and moisture did not make any sense for me.» (Not at all)
- Too "research focused" courses. Very little practical information.» (Not at all)
- heat and mousture and material... could be improved alot!» (Small extent)
- Se ovan.» (Small extent)
- FEM was only good course during the autumn. The topics in the other courses was good, but the courses was not good organized and thought trough.» (Small extent)
- Inte mycket. bara "FEM-Basics" följdes ju åt av en fortsättningskurs egentligen.» (Small extent)
- Structural systems, Material performance and FEM-basics were rather good courses and valuable for all students regardless of future specialisation. The course in Heat an moisture engineering was completely useless and gave a very poor impression of Chalmers for the external students and was very dissapointing.» (Small extent)
- The Heat and Moisture course was not well prepared from the teachers » (Small extent)
- Did not take FEM» (Some extent)
- "Structural systems" and "Finite element method" felt valuable. I would have liked "Heat and Moisture" if it had been organized. But since I do not think it will ever be organized, I think it would be better if it is not mandatory. » (Some extent)
- The courses in FEM and Structural system formed a great basis. The Material Performance and Heat and moisture didn"t really learn me much of interest for a structural engineer.» (Some extent)
- I don"t like that I had to read courses about construction even though I"m just interested in Building physics and HVAC. I think the students should be able to choose there own courses in the fourth year.» (Some extent)
- But some of the courses where extremely bad. (Material Performance and Heat & Moisture)» (Some extent)
- I followed the Structural engineering branch. I think the course on heat and moisture engineering was not of much of help for my further studies.» (Some extent)
- "Structural systems" och "FEM-basics" gav en mycket bra grund att bygga vidare på. Däremot har jag inte haft mycket användning av "Heat & moisture" och "Material performance".» (Some extent)
- Structural system and FEM basic was good. Material performance was poor and heat and moisture was worst course ever.» (Some extent)
- The heat and moisture course does not seem to have a lot of influence on my later studies but I admit that structural engineers should know about it.» (Some extent)
- The course Structural Systems was very good. The courses Material Performance and Heat and Moisture Eng. were not as good. They were more or less a repetition of "Byggnadsmaterial" and Byggnadsfysik" and could have been replaced by more useful subjects at least for students attempting to take a Structural Engineering master.» (Some extent)
- Heat and moisture was a big joke!! The same course as in the bachelor programme but in english..Heat and moisture!!!!! Do not include this as a mandatory course!!! NOT GOOD!!» (Some extent)
- in my opinion, most of them are perfect except heat and moisture» (Great extent)

14. What topics did you miss among the mandatory courses? (Please, specify)

- More structural engineering courses.»
- Extra Abaqus introduction»
- Some introduction or a short lecture about Project management or design management. Some good tips on how to work efficiently in groups»
- The name of structural engineering implies that we should learn about structural mechanics more than every thing else, but unfortunately we did not have any course regarding this among mandatory courses. Mandatory courses were more related to building physics. I missed courses like theory of elasticity and plasticity, design and loading of slender structures, advanced engineering mathematics and many other courses wich are common all over the world except Sweden for structural mechanics. I think we could have the course material mechanics in the second semester instead of heat and moisture in order to be able to take the advance material mechanics in following year. Also I think we could have the course steel structures in the first semester rather than structural systems.»
- i didnt like the examination form (bonus points) in the intr. F.E.M course, I failed...»
- nothing»
- Seismic performance of stone masonary structures Seismic performance of brick masonary structures Seismic performance of conrete strucures»
- Should have been less fem, perhaps another constructional course with fem in it if fem now is that important.»
- No topics were really missing.»
- no,»
- ---»
- Structural engineering courses More knowledge of how to model sections in,for example, abaqus or ansys. »
- Hard to answer about something you have not faced. »
- I would rather see that the course structural systems (or somethong similar) would be given throughout the entire semester. Either divided in a project part and a theoretic part consisting of load calculations and introduction to EC. Heat and moisture could be removed as a course but subjects could be introduced in this 15 credit course.»
- Installation»
- A course in ABAQUS since it took alot of time from other courses where we were supposed to use the program to try to learn it. A course in 3D modelling could have been useful as well (but maybe not mandatory)»
- General and practical information about different building materials, their properties and suitable combination.»

15. What topics included in the mandatory courses are not relevant according to you? (Please specify)

- Heat and moisture. Material performance - felt like taking "Byggnadsmaterial" again but in english.»
- It would be great to even have possibilities to choose 1 or two of the mandatory courses»
- They were all interesting and relevant.»
- firstly, heat and moisture engineering is a basic course not a master course all over the world except Chalmers. Secondly, if it is a master course it is not related to structural engineers at all. In addition, having three basic course like structural systems, heat and moisture, and material performance as mandatory courses of a master program is ridiculous. It means we can take the degree of structural engineering by passing such these courses but a structural engineer the course concrete structures is not mandatory for the program. »
- Material performance, Heat and moisture»
- The courses Material performance and Heat & moisture must be better!»
- Structural engineering»
- Material performance och Heat&Moisture Engineering skulle sättas ihop till en kurs i och med att båda kurserna påminde väldigt mycket om byggnadsmaterialkursen dom ingår i grundprogrammet»
- FEM basics for students that will choose Building Performance Design.»
- I think all the topics are relevant.»
- nothing»
- Material perfomance The knowledge needed for structural engineering is covered in the bachelor degree courses»
- too much fem, and those fem courses are not good. They were too theoretical. I wanted them more linked to reality. »
- Well, the topic of Material Performance and Heat and moisture could have been valuable if it concentrated on the right stuff, but the content of the courses felt sometimes irrelevant.»
- heat and moisture»
- "heat and moisture engineering". 10% av innehållet var nytt, typ.»
- Construction. I don"t want to work with that so it"s a bit stupid that i have to read so many courses about it, there is a lot of courses about construction during the first three years and I think that"s enough...»
- Please review my answer to Q.13»
- The heat and misture is not a good course for Structural Engineers. And should not be mandatory»
- I och med att vi från chalmers redan har läst kurser liknande "Material performance" och "Heat & moisture" känns mycket av det som ingick i dessa kurser överflödigt, i alla fall för oss som har valt structural engineering-inriktningen. Jag förstår och håller med om att kunskap inom dessa kursers områden är nyttiga även inom konstruktionsgrenen, men de gav inte mycket nyttig kunskap och var riktigt dåligt utformade och genomförda.»
- heat and moisture engineering.»
- I think the course of FEM seemed to be a bit irrelevant, but I can not say that for sure since it might be useful for the students of the other brunch. (i.e. I follow the Building Performance Design branch)»
- Although I belive that the HAM-engineering course is a relevant subject it is not an appropriate course as it is given now which showed by the ammount of knowledge gained compared to the time required to do detective work to understand the theory the teachers refused to describe or explain.»
- many topics in the heat and moisture course were so much in deep .»
- Material Performance and Heat and Moisture were to closely related.»
- if your only interested in one or the other of the two "main lines" in the programme one could maybe think it was unnecessary to read two courses from one or the other "main line".»
- Material performance.»
- the heat and moisture course, if basic courses in building physics have been given before (which is the case for almost all students when they have studied about 3 years)»
- Material Performance, Heat and Moisture Engineering. At least they could have been compressed into one course.»
- The course Building Material was on too detailed level to suit the structural part. A more practical knowledge about material choices should be more appropriate at this level. Detailed building material course should be included in only Building Performance Design part of the program.»
- Heat and moisture!!!»
- except Heat and Moisture Engineering»

16. To what extent was the programme able to uniform the group of students during the first semester?

For instance by even out differences in knowledge and skills and prepare for further studies in the programme

56 svarande

Not at all»1 1%
Small extent»7 12%
Some extent»29 51%
Large extent»17 30%
Great extent»2 3%

Genomsnitt: 3.21

- Foreign students very far behind in materials and building physics» (Not at all)
- Because the courses were nor relevant to the following courses.» (Small extent)
- För mig ligger det tyvärr inget värde i att kurserna anpassas för att passa ett större urval av studenter. Detta leder till att en allt för stor del av flera kurser startar med en stor portion repetition vilket förvisso kan vara bra till en viss utsträckning, men sedan räcker tiden inte till fullt ut till att behandla de nya delar av ämnet som man ska ha med sig från kursen. » (Small extent)
- Tanken att blanda studenter med varandra i grupper är god, men detta är någon som studenterna faktiskt klarar själva, och dessutom bättre. Studenterna lär ju självklart känna varandra utan att de placeras in i olika grupper. » (Small extent)
- I think the first semester is a result of students from other countires, and its very sad for chalmers students.» (Some extent)
- Som nämndes tidigare var mycket av innehållet ur "Material performance" samma som kurser från grundutbildningen. Det kanske kan uppfattas som positivt ur den ovan nämnda aspekten, men för mig känndes det bara som slöseri med tid.» (Some extent)
- ---» (Large extent)
- The influence from the foreign students knowledge have been very positive.» (Large extent)
- Some parts were repitition for me, but I also learned a lot.» (Great extent)

17. To what extent was the programme able to create a good social atmosphere among the students during the first semester?

56 svarande

Not at all»0 0%
Small extent»4 7%
Some extent»25 44%
Large extent»25 44%
Great extent»2 3%

Genomsnitt: 3.44

- my feeling is that many students are egoistics, only focus on their own result.... doesnt even say "hey" when meeting them» (Small extent)
- The study trips were good and the project in structural systems was a good opportunity to make the first friends» (Some extent)
- Bra med studieresor! Behåll dem!» (Some extent)
- ---» (Some extent)
- I do know if there was a target of the programme to do such a thing but it didnt seem to be in its targets. To say the truth the students in this programme do not seem to have great social feelings. I have followed courses from the master programme Design for Sustainable Development and the students there, both international and swedes, are much friendlier and sociable.» (Some extent)
- Good with pre-determined groups in the courses.» (Large extent)
- Grupparbetet i "Structural systems" hade en bra social inverkan. Jag umgås väldigt mycket med de nyfunna vännerna därifrån.» (Large extent)
- Although I understand the economical restrictions, there would be a good idea to have a "class room" similar to the ones the students in the architect programme have. » (Large extent)

Elective courses

18. What is your opinion on the information you got about selection of elective courses

56 svarande

Poor»1 1%
Rather poor»13 23%
OK»19 33%
Good»17 30%
Very good»6 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.25

- Very hard to find courses within other programs and to find out if they are suitable or not. In the Building Performance Design part you need extra courses and some from other departments are appropriate, but they are hard to find. Also, when searching for courses it should be possible to search by category (not master program name) as Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering etc. Sometimes it is not obvious from the master program name what type of engineering it belong to.» (Poor)
- Within the programme good. But since there are not enough courses in Building Performance, the information about other suitible courses was poor.» (Rather poor)
- In general VERY bad info about course elections and such» (Rather poor)
- There should be better info about how to apply to courses that are not within the master"s programme. There should also be information about who to consult concerning what courses could be relevant for the degree.» (Rather poor)
- More information about the ability to choose courses not recommended by the program. Like more encouragment to choose courses regarding leadership - we have a high education and many of us will in the future operate as leader in some way. Communication skills will be invaluable. » (Rather poor)
- The information on how Erasmus students that change over to "real" master students shall select courses was quite confused, but I guess it´,s normal since the rules changed only 2 years ago. Students though should exactly know whom to ask about such things.» (OK)
- Very good from the structural department. As always a bit confusing from the Building performance team.» (Good)
- ---» (Good)
- The FEM caurses, timber and concrete caurse is exelent. The other courses are most repitition.» (Good)

19. Do you miss some elective courses or topics that you think should be included in the programme? (Please specify)

- No»
- the program should be able to suggest courses for the building performance branch so it is full time studies. »
- Bridge Engineering»
- Earth quake engineering and a good practical course on the use of FEM programs»
- Advanced Bridge Engineering Advanced Concrete Structures Plastic Analysis of Structures Fatigue Design Advanced material Mechanics. ..... »
- bridge engineering»
- Energy on more societal level, environmental issues»
- I would have liked to have a more practical course in Building Physics. Where you understand the subject on a deeper and more concrete level.»
- nothing»
- The students of this programme must be allowed to take courses in international project managment and also in constructiuon project management as civil and structures engineers are good project mangers also and this is of utmost importance»
- i wanted too learn constrution courses. there was really no election possibilities. could have been more courses to choose from.»
- it was only one elective course in the 4th period»
- Continuum mechanics»
- It would be good if more elective courses in the field of structural engineering are available. Like bridge engineering and composite structures.»
- More courses on the structural engineering track, more co-work with applied mechanics. (would be better if we worked together with them instead of Building Performance)»
- Bridges and offshore/coastal structures»
- bridge engineering, commercial software used by consultant companies»
- Maybe again more knowledge and practice in how to model structures. In group of maximum two students. More analysis, both create and check results.»
- In the branch of Building Performance Design there was a lack of elective courses in comparison to Structural Eng. one. There has been a removal of some elective courses from last year showing the lack on this field. Furthermore, from my point of view there should be more than 2 elective courses per quarter in order to have the possibility to chose among a variety of courses and fields of interest. I think the branch of Building Performance is a wide open field and cannot fit only in 2 courses per quarter.»
- A course in modelling and application of FEM. It could be in Abaqus or some other commonly used software.»
- Bridges design and their construction analysis»
- I would have liked a course in composite structures and/or bridge design.»
- Yes. Right now the compulsory and recommended courses are ALL technical. I think, and a lot of research show, that communication skill and the ability to work effectively in teams will be a vital ingredient to become a sucessful engineer. If Chalmers would like to graduate more successful engineers, have at least one course like that either compulsory or strongly recommended! I red a course called "Uppskattande ledarskap" as for example which I strongly recommend. »
- 3D modelling»
- In general, more courses are needed in the part Building Performance Design. To fulfill the units needed for the program you need to take courses about quite different subjects. This means to little specialization in this part of the program.»
- no»

20. What do you think about the possibility to select courses from other programmes at Chalmers?

55 svarande

Poor»6 10%
Rather poor»8 14%
OK»20 36%
Good»13 23%
Very good»8 14%

Genomsnitt: 3.16

- Känns som något som ser bra ut på papperet men fungerar dåligt i praktiken.» (Poor)
- Very hard to select courses from other programs. SOme courses are not open to other programs or some others are already full with the number of people in their program.» (Poor)
- Not easy, almost as u said dint do it.» (Poor)
- it didnt seeem like that was a good option for us as construction engineers. We didnt now if employers would like that. We thought we "had" to take the courses pointed out for us to get a job.» (Rather poor)
- I don"t really know how to do (maybe easy to find out though)» (Rather poor)
- I was trying for next semester, but the answer from the teacher takes very long. However I think it will be ok in the end.» (OK)
- It will be nice to give several possible related information of our programm» (OK)
- We had courses in computational mechanics that were common with the mechanical engineering program. They generally worked very well, but I think the structural dynamics course could be tailored to be more useful for us as structural engineers.» (OK)
- The selection is OK, but it is hard to find available and suitable courses.» (OK)
- good but the problem is that the related departments like applied mechanics and structural engineering have intersections in time schedule.» (Good)
- I have selected three courses that is included in the MP Sustainable energy systems. I think they are better than construction since I will/want to work with energy efficient solutions for buildings. I may be importent to have knowledge aboute the entire energy system to be able to choose the best alternative.» (Good)
- Jag har inte valt några kurser från andra program, men när jag har undersökt möjligheterna har de verkat bra.» (Good)
- I got 4 elective courses (2 of them extra - just to gain knowledge on this field) from the master of Design for Sustainable Development since I was always attracted by architecture and the combination of it and building engineering. It is very important to involve these two fields and here in Chalmers I think this is one of its best advantages.» (Very good)

Programme administration

21. What is your opinion on programme information, schedule and general support during the study periods?

56 svarande

Poor»2 3%
Rather poor»4 7%
OK»15 26%
Good»21 37%
Very good»14 25%

Genomsnitt: 3.73

- Poor, to many examinations to early in exam-periods., and in my case, at the same day in period 3. That should not happend in this level of education. Sound and vibr and timber eng, Program information was ok! Good. But again, how could it happend that two courses in the same master programme are examin on the same day ? and in monday in exam week ? » (Poor)
- It was hard to find information about courses and the master thesis» (Rather poor)
- NO web info site» (Rather poor)
- In my opinion, the program should have their own web page with all extra information, where all registered students have access with they Chalmer"s login ID. There should also be a mail list for the department so all registered students do get important information, which unfortunately is not the case. Students taking courses in the department but belonging to other departments should then be able to choose if they want to be on the mail list or not.» (Rather poor)
- Beror mycket på vilken kurs det gäller, men generellt har byggnadsfysik-avdelningen mycket att lära från konstruktion. Att som t ex i kursen heat and moisture inte vilja dela med sig av de lösta exempel som finns att tillgå på institutionen av den enkla anledning att de inte finns översatta till engelska duger inte, översätt dom då! schemamässigt har flera kurser valt att starta på en slö sida, och sen brakar fan lös på slutet, jag kan inte förstå varför, men det kan till viss del kanske förklaras med att de baserar sin start på repetition.» (OK)
- In the structural engineering courses the information is very good. In the performance part the information has been very bad.» (OK)
- The problem as every body knows is the exams dates .. more than one occasion that we had to do two courses exams during very short period (half day only)..otherwise the administration was really good» (OK)
- The administration has been good, with one exception. Anders Lindvall"s course was really bad. He wasn"t capable of handle the course.» (Good)

Goals and goal fulfilment

If you are a student in the second year, you should think about the whole programme including the master"s thesis project when you answer the questions in this section.
If you are a student in the first year, you should consider your experience from the programme so far.

22. To what extent has the programme met the expectations you had when you applied for it?

55 svarande

Not at all»0 0%
Small extent»8 14%
Some extent»9 16%
Large extent»25 45%
Great extent»11 20%
More than expected»2 3%

Genomsnitt: 3.81

- I expected more related courses not such a basic courses » (Small extent)
- I lost a lot of the trust in the program during the autumn because of MP and H&M.» (Small extent)
- There are too much repetition in the courses about building materials, building physics and HVAC. About 40% of the time is spent on subjects that the swedish students already know.» (Small extent)
- An extra semester to call it a master"s degree without really planning the courses that are added. » (Small extent)
- Too many courses had unacceptably quality regarding teaching, reading material and context. Knowledge from several courses is hard to recollect later in life when needed, since there are no books or any organized reading material with table of contents and index. Also, the overall ambition level of the department is too low in my opinion.» (Small extent)
- When I started I was thinking to study only Building performance design. However, through the courses (mainly because how they were presented) I got more interested in Structural Engineering. So from how I thought from the beginning the programme has met my expectations to a very small extent. But since I did not expect to like the Structural engineering the programme has met my expectations with a great extent!» (Some extent)
- konstruktionskurserna har generellt varit bra, men jag anser dock att konstruktionsuppgiften i timber var för omfattande och därmed stal tid från building physics, advanced course. Tyvärr har inte kurserna från byggnads-material och -fysik levt upp lika väl till förväntningarna.» (Some extent)
- Bad courses in the first semester.» (Some extent)
- Wish I had a better grasp of FEM application.» (Large extent)
- Jag var mycket besviken på "Material performance" och "Heat & moisture", så den första terminen kändes inte så rolig. Utöver dessa har det varit bra och framför allt FEM-kurserna och "Structural concrete" har bidragit till att helheten är positiv.» (Large extent)
- Många kurser har varit mycket bra. Känns som att allt man tar med sig från Chalmers är från dom sista två åren.» (Great extent)
- The last 2 years were so much better than the first 3. It was tougher, but I´,ve learnt so much more. Almost everything I know now is from the last 2 years.» (Great extent)

23. To what extent do you feel prepared for a professional carrier? (Second year student). To what extent do you feel that you are beeing prepared for a professional carrier? (First year student)

54 svarande

Not at all»0 0%
Small extent»5 9%
Some extent»22 40%
Large extent»24 44%
Great extent»3 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.46

- As an engineer yes I am being prepared but as an academician the way we are following in Chalmers is awful.» (Small extent)
- se ovan.» (Some extent)
- As a second year student I still have no clue how the everyday work of a structural engineer is like.» (Some extent)
- Would be great with more examples from reality where you have to form the problem your self. I think this will be the greatest challange when working as professional engineer. It would also be great to see the picture of what you do in front of you. It easily become very theoretical. It could be for example to show a real model of a house we are about to design. Show also models of different typical connections and so on to make it more near reality and not too theoretical » (Some extent)
- The master thesis have helped a lot to collect previous knowledge and strengthen my self esteem regarding my academic knowledge. Many courses could though have been much more helpful and prepare me better for the future. » (Some extent)
- Don"t feel too self-confident about it, but it will probably work itself out» (Large extent)
- what I am studying now can give deeper understanding so that it helps a lot when I meet complicated case in real life.» (Great extent)

24. To what extent have you been informed about engineering practice?

For instance through study visits, guest lectures, case studies, excercises and tasks from "real life", master"s thesis project within or in close contact with a company

55 svarande

Not at all»2 3%
Small extent»14 25%
Some extent»24 43%
Large extent»11 20%
Great extent»4 7%

Genomsnitt: 3.01

- "Engineering practice" handlar ju väldigt mycket om kundkontakt och vikten av ekonomiska konstruktionslösningar, ämnen som inte alls berörs under utbildningen.» (Small extent)
- In the course "structural systems" it might be appropriate to have a study visit at the engineer"s office whom the gruop already has a relatively close relation to.» (Small extent)
- There were some guest lectures, Seminars, course projects and study visits that during the courses in which some information on engineering practice was given.» (Some extent)
- We have got to little information about future career possibilities» (Some extent)
- Structural systems, structural concrete and geotechnics combine theory and practice in good way.» (Some extent)
- I would appreciate more of this» (Some extent)
- It is excellent since I learned from exercise and the projects I did are related to engineering pracrtice. expecially in concrete structure and timber engineering» (Great extent)

25. To what extent have you been informed about current research related to your programme?

56 svarande

Not at all»7 12%
Small extent»19 33%
Some extent»25 44%
Large extent»3 5%
Great extent»2 3%

Genomsnitt: 2.53

- They are not even speak about their own research and they do not offer enough theoretical courses only too practical courses without enough profound theory.» (Not at all)
- we need more current research of teachers" research field, corresponding to the course » (Not at all)
- Detta har jag saknat. Vore intressant med mer information inom framför allt konstruktion.» (Small extent)
- Mostly one-sided info ads.» (Some extent)
- Föreläsarna nämner ju självklart forskning inom deras respektive områden under föreläsningarna men detta mest i förbifarten, vilket är synd.» (Some extent)
- information about current research was given through courses and master"s thesis:» (Large extent)

Summarizing questions

26. What is your opinion on education given in English instead of your native language?

56 svarande

Bad»6 10%
Rather bad»3 5%
OK»17 30%
Good»13 23%
Very good»17 30%

Genomsnitt: 3.57

- I don not learn as much in English as I would have done in Swedish.» (Bad)
- Easy for missunderstandings and more bigger explainations» (Bad)
- I know i "loose" much of the information, and must focusing on the language instead of the subject....» (Bad)
- One miss a lot of small details when it is in english + the tempo is lower » (Bad)
- Vad är vitsen egentligen med att läsa på engelska? Majoriteten av (de svenska) studenterna kommer ju jobba i Sverige största delen av sitt yrkessamma liv och ifall de kommer i kontakt med engelskspråkiga kunder och länder så lär de sig ju den engelskan som krävs ändå. Dessutom, föreläsarna måste vara väldigt duktiga på engelska för att kunna undervisa och lära ut på ett för de främmande språk, på ett naturligt och okrystat sätt. Visst, en del föreläsare är mycket duktiga med många är rent ut sagt dåliga. Visst, att ha undervisning på engelska innebär ju så klar att Chalmers blir attraktivt för studenter från andra länder, men det viktigaste är väl ändå att de svenska studenterna ska få en bra utbildning snarare än att Chalmers ska få ett gott rykte internationellt?» (Bad)
- The teachers are pretty bad at english. The language works much better at Sustainable energy systems where the teacher"s english is better.» (Bad)
- Some teachers need to practice their english skills considerably. There might be a risk for problems when you come into a working situation and don"t know the swedish word for something in the future.» (Rather bad)
- Att få träna på sin engelska är aldrig fel, problem uppstår snarare vid missuppfattningar studenter emellan och även då lärarnas engelska är otillräcklig. Ett annat problem är också att man inte alltid lär sig de svenska ord som trots allt används på de flesta arbetsplatser.» (Rather bad)
- In some of the compulsory courses in quarter 1 and 2 there was very bad literature. Some were even not translated to english. I think it is very important to have the course material complete before starting a course. » (Rather bad)
- It"s ok, but it would be preferable to have some of the courses also in Swedish. Too much important information might get lost. But maybe it´,s just my opinion on the language development in general.» (OK)
- The language skills varies a lot between teachers.» (OK)
- Most of teachers could be understanded well. However, I really need to common it that some of teachers could speak aloudly and some of teachers should speak slow down.» (OK)
- maybee missing some words in my native language that is needed for my professional carrier. Have to learn words again.» (OK)
- Some teachers need to change their materials from Swedish to English.» (OK)
- as a non swedish» (Good)
- Man blir dock lite handikappad när man skall gå över till svenska igen, blir lite svengelska. Man blandar in engelska fackord i talet när man för en diskussion på svenska. Men som helhet är det helt rätt att vi läste på engelska, känns på nått sätt mer proffisionellt.» (Good)
- The only thing I see is bad is not knowing some technical terms in Swedish.» (Good)
- it varies pretty much from teacher too teacher. but I like the fact that it is in english and have no problem caused by the language» (Good)
- It is very good and most of the time it works very well.» (Very good)
- I think it is very good. It opens up the borders both for studying and for working.» (Very good)
- It prepares me better for work and communicate in an international work environment.» (Very good)
- Some course leaders (e.g. Björn Engström) are good at telling the swedish expressions as well. Others never bother and after a while people no longer ask.» (Very good)
- I think all lecturers speak very good english and the language was never a problem to me» (Very good)

27. What should definitely be preserved in your master"s programme?

- The general structure is good and introducing FEM in steel, concrete and timber courses is good. The emphasis on understanding basic concepts in engineering like the difference between elastic and plastic and linear and non-linear is good.»
- Cooperation with applied mechanics department»
- Björn Engström»
- The material subjects»
- Structural systems, Steel, Timber and concrete.»
- The project in structural systems»
- The good courses, especially concrete and steel courses.»
- I think most of the things. The Structural engineering part is very good organized, and I had a positive opinion about all the teachers.»
- The important courses»
- steel timber cocnrete and FEM courses»
- even more courses like the timber, concrete and steel courses. »
- Education in English. Great teachers! Open communication.»
- Fem basics course»
- Kurser från Tillämpad mekanik.»
- the dugga during each quarter which give me force to understanding more»
- Teamwork spirit of the design tasks is a good opportunity for students to practice working as a member and/or leader of the design team. the labs and study visits are very good learning tools that in my opinion should be kept. the courses material and workload are more or less adequate and reasonable and should be preserved.»
- Allt har varit bra förutom det som nämns under nästa fråga.»
- The welcome spirit of the teachers towards the students.»
- Coordination provided by the structural engineering department.»
- The courses: Structural Systems and Finite Element method(basics). Quite good courses in many aspects, even though improvements are always possible »

28. What should definitely be changed in your master"s programme?

- The FEM teaching should be revised, the gap between the basic theory in the FEM Basics course and then applying Abaqus in projects is too big. Use the FEM applications course to bridge that gap.»
- Mandatory courses in addition to too many basic courses like heat and moisture engineering, structural systems, material performance, geotechnics and so on. Furthermore, theoretical courses should be increased. »
- Material performance,Heat and moisture»
- the first semester in year one»
- Material performance, Heat & Moisture»
- Heat and moisture engineering»
- FEM basics only mandatory for structural engineers. A big restructuring in the course Heat and Moisture»
- There should be another way of doing the FEM analyses.»
- Some work has to be done on the Building Performance part. »
- nothing»
- mandatory Building performance design courses»
- less of the other ones, which didnt feel like it gave me that much.»
- Reconsideration of the courses Material Performance and Heat and Moisture.»
- Create a clear web environment for the master"s programme! Clear up the course litteratures - messy!»
- HVAC behöver sätta ihop ett kompendium som behandlar precis det som tas upp på föreläsningarna, ta gärna björn engströms kompendium som exempel på hur det kan göras. building physics behöver ses över, fler räkneexempel ska till.och gå igenom dom korrekt, d v s, först problemet, sen lösning, konstigare är det inte. stryk heat and moisture, jag är fortfarande upprörd över att jag lurades ta studielån för den kursens skull. och dra ner på konstruktionsuppgiften i timber, en kurs ska trots allt ta 3,5 veckor, och en uppgift av den storleken hade inte kunnats lämnas ut om vi bara hade haft den tiden på oss. Inte undra på att folk inte klarade building physics när alla satt dagarna igenom för att räkna på timbern.»
- heat and moisture course»
- language»
- Bättre engelskakunskaper hos föreläsarna.»
- teaching method , nearly 50% fail in building physics! is it really all fault of students?»
- It would be good if more selective courses are available in the field of structural engineering.»
- Better information about the elective courses from a view of future career plans.(e.g the difference between what a future practicing structural engineer and a phD student should choose)»
- "Material performance" och "Heat & Moisture" borde definitivt bytas ut eller förbättras avsevärt.»
- The variety of the elective courses. »
- The compulsory course HAM-engineering.»
- Add comunication/leadership courses in all civil engineering programs, we will all be leaders in some way. »
- The choice of mandatory courses»
- Higher ambition level in general and more strict requirements for choice of teachers. The two courses: Building materials and Heat and moisture engineering were of extremely bad quality and should be changed dramatically or even reorganized entirely»
- Heat and Moisture!!!!!!!»

Master"s thesis project

This part is only relevant for students in the second year.

29. What is your opinion on the information you got concerning the master"s thesis project in advance?

Concerning learning outcomes, requirements, organisation, procedures

31 svarande

Poor»5 16%
Rather poor»6 19%
OK»15 48%
Good»3 9%
Very good»2 6%

Genomsnitt: 2.7

- Please give the information earlier.» (Poor)
- I did not even get email about the "information lecture" held by Björn in November/December. It was only by coincidence that I heard about it and could therefore attend. All information was then put on the Master course web page, which you do not get access to until you have registered to the course, which often is a while after you have started the thesis.» (Poor)
- All information kom väldigt sent. Tycker att sådan information som inte var färdigt utarbetat central borde haft högre prioritet så att vi fick information om examensarbetena i god tid» (Rather poor)
- No methodology course.» (OK)
- glöm punkten ovan, kunde inte ta bort den.» (OK)
- The information given was comprehensive, but came rather late. I was thinking about a topic since summer but the suggestions came somewhat before christmas.» (OK)
- The program director provided us with comprehensive information both before starting the project and after that when we were doing the research.» (Very good)

30. How were the possibilities for you to find a relevant master"s thesis project that was interesting for you?

27 svarande

Poor»2 7%
Rather poor»5 18%
OK»10 37%
Good»7 25%
Very good»3 11%

Genomsnitt: 3.14

- A list with some subject ideas and with titles of old thesis in the department would have been a great help to start the search. It was very hard in the beginning to get an overview of possible subjects and interesting matters in the field.» (Poor)
- Maybe a bit late» (Rather poor)
- Did find one but was kind of the only option..» (Rather poor)
- rather difficult to know what to do since the most companies wanted us to figure out what to do.» (Rather poor)
- Information about possible project came too late.» (OK)
- When searchin at Chalmers it was ok, but feedback from industry was bad.» (Good)
- Man styrde ju väldigt mycket själv vad man ville syssla med.» (Good)

31. What is your opinion about supervision and other support that you get?

27 svarande

Poor»2 7%
Rather poor»0 0%
OK»8 29%
Good»11 40%
Very good»6 22%

Genomsnitt: 3.7

32. What is your opinion about the organisation of master"s thesis projects in the programme?

27 svarande

Poor»1 3%
Rather poor»1 3%
OK»14 51%
Good»9 33%
Very good»2 7%

Genomsnitt: 3.37

- Mitt generella intryck av programmet som helhet är dock att det är väldigt bra, bara så att ni inte tror någon annat. men jag har valt att skriva om det jag inte tycker har varit så bra eftersom att det är det ni vill veta av oss, antar jag, för att kunna göra förbättringar i framtiden.» (OK)
- Could be a little bit more about preserving and maintain existing buildings.» (Good)

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