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Programme evaluation - Design and Construction Project Management, MPDCF

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2009-05-07 - 2009-05-25
Antal svar: 37
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 43%
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?

37 svarande

Friends who had studied at Chalmers before?»7 18%
Programme director and teachers at Chalmers»3 8%
Chalmers web site»19 51%
Written information from Chalmers»3 8%
Other sources (please specify)»5 13%

Genomsnitt: 2.89

- Good explanation about the program contents and topics. » (Chalmers web site)
- No fees for tuition are free » (Chalmers web site)
- the fame of this program» (Other sources (please specify))
- Excluded those I did not like and left were VoV» (Other sources (please specify))
- i was told about the program by one lecturer from my previous education in denmark» (Other sources (please specify))
- website» (Other sources (please specify))
- Friends who had studied the corresponding swedish "master" before (Management i Byggsektorn).» (Other sources (please specify))

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

37 svarande

Poor»2 5%
Rather poor»10 27%
OK»15 40%
Good»8 21%
Very good»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.94

- The courses are very good. However, when the time that I applied for the programme, I was kinda vague about the courses content. It would be better if there are some courses descriptions about the learning content and outcomes.» (Rather poor)
- nobody in china knows chalmers but almost everyone knows KTH since the later markets itself as the best technical university in Scandinavia.» (Rather poor)
- I contacted Göran Lindhal to get more information and I got everything I needed very quickly and very accurately. Perfect!» (Good)

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

37 svarande

Yes, at Chalmers" web site»8 28%
Yes, through staff at Chalmers»8 28%
I found answers but it was difficult»12 42%
No, I could not get the information needed (Please, specify)»0 0%
I had all information needed»9

Genomsnitt: 2.14

- the description on the website that is just one page doesn"t give any concrete idea how this program can it be. » (I found answers but it was difficult)
- For better arrangement, I suggest a checklist for all students. In the checklist, students can follow the instructions and the important dates for the activities during the registration period.» (I had all information needed)
- I choose the program since no other program within civil engineering felt interesting for me, so this was the only one left.» (I had all information needed)
- Atleast I though 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.

37 svarande

Poor»1 2%
Rather poor»1 2%
OK»23 62%
Good»8 21%
Very good»4 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.35

- It would be a good idea to tell students what is this pathway they"ve just started in order to know for what reasons they have to pass provided courses. » (Poor)
- But as I have studied at Chalmers before I did not needed that much iinformation.» (Rather poor)
- As the final stages of the programme was not finalised at the point of start it was not able to get all requested information, which was a bit anoying.» (OK)
- Nothin was set yet, because we were the first year and so on...» (OK)
- i like this program especially the teachers and my dear classmates, i will miss you no matter where i am in the future.» (Good)
- the introduction was warm welcoming» (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.

37 svarande

Poor»3 8%
Rather poor»5 13%
OK»15 40%
Good»10 27%
Very good»4 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.18

- But then, I don"t know if it was because I didn"t listen since I had already spent three years learning the procedures or if it was in fact poor information. It wasn"t aimed at informing me anyways, and I didn"t need it.» (Poor)
- this is a big problem here at Chalmers that newly arrived students, specially international ones, are treated like their Swedish counterparts. they are supposed to know everything as well as Swedish students and absolutely no visible special support is visible for international students. Besides every thing on campus, even the signs, are in Swedish and for this reason a series of introduction session, not only one single session, plus information booklet should be provided like any other universities around the world who has dedicated office for international students.» (Rather poor)
- Been studying here for three years befor I started the Master, so I was pretty familiar with the procedures.» (OK)
- took some time to find out and still abit confusing when trying to choose course from ohter dept.» (OK)

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

Information that you could not easily find at the web site

- Concerning all the student associations, there is no real centralised information on. But concerning the master program, no problem.»
- no»
- How to study abroad and do not fall one semester behind»
- no info missing»
- no»
- yes »
- not that I know of. »
- Not really, I got the important information on the website and during the introduction day»
- some basic information is hard to know for international students»
- don"t remember»
- Yeah, like what courses/modules we were able to take.»
- No»
- I didn"t miss so much because I myself had curiously founded required information on the net, but not everyone is like that. information such as health care, emergency situation, life style, socialization, legal issues for foreigners, immigration laws, etc. are absolutely necessary for anyone who comes to a new country, and as long as Chalmers is the main reason we are here it is of its responsibility to provide us with such information that is clear in Swedish but is hard for foreigners to find, since no one knows Swedish before coming here besides lack of life experience here.»

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.

36 svarande

Poor»3 8%
Rather poor»5 13%
OK»15 41%
Good»9 25%
Very good»4 11%

Genomsnitt: 3.16

- very very poor in the beginning, but Göran made a nice roundtrip after one-two months that was amazing. But no real get to know each other activities the first days... it was very poor...» (Poor)
- one city tour in the beginning of the program and a little party after Building in society was over was a very goo idea but and nothing more offered afterwords. we, international DCPM students start to run parties ourselves, but even in these social activities our Swedish classmates were unlikely willing to participate! lack of site visits for this program is also obvious. for Construction management program just two whole day site visits and one interview course is not enough at all. Construction management students needs to touch what"s happening in the real world and feel it.» (Poor)
- Should be organised also at the later stages of the programme.» (OK)
- but in fact, there is less activities within the program. however, thanks to swedish classmates"kindness and warmheart, foreign students never feel lonely.» (OK)
- motivation is needed from the lecturers to make students work in mixed student groups in project works» (OK)
- It was organized good in the first week, we had a guided tour of the city. We were almost promised a second class activity (a small trip), but we have never heard of it again. Bad to not mention anything about it, just hoping we have forgotten.» (OK)
- The beginning of the year was really good, especially the Building in Society course. There, we had the chance to work with swedish students and other international student. It has been very good for the coming months because students knew each other and a lot of friendships started from there. The "Top of Göteborg" event was a brilliant idea that everybody enjoyed!» (Good)
- in the courses it has been a good mix, it could have been more outside of the school ion the beginning but I guess that is up to us.» (Good)

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

37 svarande

Not at all»11 29%
Small extent»9 24%
Some extent»14 37%
Large extent»2 5%
Great extent»1 2%

Genomsnitt: 2.27

- what"s that!!?» (Not at all)
- In recent weeks I have got an email invitation to a evaluation lunch, this was the first information recieved about them.» (Small extent)
- Göran introduced it during the first sessions.» (Large 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?

36 svarande

Yes, the level was appropriate.»20 55%
No, the level was too low. (Please, specify)»15 41%
No, the level was too high. (Please, specify)»1 2%

Genomsnitt: 1.47

- The course BS was at a very low level and felt meaningless. The feedback from the teacher regarding grades etc was at a minimum, I did not even recieve information about what my grade was based on even after asking once. The other course in the first period, PM, I believe was at a proper level and it was well organized.» (?)
- the level was a good step up from my previous knowledge» (Yes, the level was appropriate.)
- The workload was high - many assignments» (Yes, the level was appropriate.)
- I have a background in construction (Architectural studies) so I had no problem» (Yes, the level was appropriate.)
- it was a lower level then on the bachelor program for me.» (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- our first course, Building in society, was a disgrace to chalmers and the swedish students who took their bacheleor there» (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- I was a bit surprised by the level of the essay required. In my home university I was used to have more essays to hand in and the number of hours of courses was quite high. I think that the level asked for each assignment can be higher. The knowledge teach in Project Management could be a bit more as it is the basis of DCPM. It is too much general. The second quarter was much better in terms of acquired knowledge.» (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- more concrete knowledge needed» (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- Repeatative from other courses» (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- The course building in society must be reorganizedd. We, the students coming from VoV, had a similar cource during our first year. It does not really provide any good information. Otherwise, the level has been accurate.» (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- Same as the earlier three years» (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- the load of work was bad allocated, first quarter is was so boring but the second it was too much to do » (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- building in society is really not in related topics» (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- Since there were students with other backgrounds, the courses were adapted to give them a basic knowledge. For a student who already had this background, the level became to low and you easily lost motivation. » (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))
- Building in Society was not a useful course specially when you know Swedish students have passed such a course before. this opportunity can be used to give platform of thinking about what"s happening in the real construction business world, and therefore instead of sitting and listening to boring lectures we could be provided with site visits and practical issues. project management course had absolutely nothing to do with project management. going to series of lectures and reading a big text book for the final exam gives no knowledge of real project management specially when it comes to project control. managing organizations in the construction industry has an overcrowded schedule with too much work load and irrelevant text book in the end. the teacher doesn"t have any practical experience and therefore she is not able to manage what kind of knowledge such a course should bring to its students. having this course in parallel with Construction contract relationship brings about an overwhelming situation in which just getting rid of assignment will be in students" minds and no real knowledge will be learnt. Construction contract relationship is the only course that had a fairly good schedule and smoothly handled subjects to be taught. however, having a big text book in parallel with group assignment and the other heavy course is not a good idea at all. » (No, the level was too low. (Please, specify))

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

37 svarande

Not at all»3 8%
Small extent»4 10%
Some extent»16 43%
Large extent»11 29%
Great extent»3 8%

Genomsnitt: 3.18

- To much of repetitive theory. Alredy learned a lot the first three years» (Not at all)
- Some information was ggod. Bu I do not see the knowledge gain as a good basis for future studies in the programme. That is one of the weaknesses in this programme, it feels like the different teachers has no idea of what the other one is doing in his/her cource. So there is very little connection between the different courses.» (Small extent)
- It was not firstly the courses in the programme that worked as a valueable basis.» (Small extent)
- Only Construction contract relationship had real practical touchable issues with experienced lecturers to offer. Human resource management seems to be an interesting issue.» (Small extent)
- Since the subjects were new to me, as well as the way to work/study, it took a while to get in to the rythm. Therefore I unfortunately have forgot some which I have needed to known later.» (Some extent)
- Having knowledge in Project Management, contract relationships and organisation was really important to start. Very good!» (Large extent)
- I think they have been very useful» (Great extent)

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

- none»
- Economics»
- economics, would also liked more law eventhough the course we got in "law" tought me alot»
- Computer aid construction management software . Like Ms-Project , Premarera and so on . »
- Further teaching in project management.»
- more practical data. »
- As always, Economic and Financial related coarses, everything in the society revolves around economy.. Should be a much larger propotion within all education!!!!!»
- What does a manager in the construction sector usually do? What separates being a manager in the construction sector from other industries? etc...»
- "Environmental management"»
- Innovation in construction»
- Economics more applied to reality. How to d a project budget/planning»
- almost no...»
- missed few but lecturer slides the where sometimes with good info to catch up when you go through and do some further reading.»
- nothing I can think of. »
- Construction Scheduling »
- some calculations to calculate building costs (quantity surveying/building economics calculations)»
- the basis in construction management and processes.the project contrling»
- I think that the course leadership and communication could be a mandatory course, since this is a important saubject for a manager to know.»
- control project, »
- read answer 12&13 plus not so much practical issues from the real business world has offered for us, as management students!!»

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

- Building in society was not relevant but on the other hand it also lacked a topic»
- None»
- company histories . »
- "Building in society"»
- Building in Society, Project Management if not the content is changed. »
- i think one course called "managing organizations in construction industry" seems not relevant to this program because it tells lots about management skill but less related these skills to construction sector.»
- all are relevant to me»
- I think they all 4 are important, and more can be added like, health and safety in construction»
- managing architectural and constructional firms was very very poor...»
- building in society and the construction contract »
- I think all courses where relevant, the problem was that the material used in one course was sometimes in a whole different course. Therefore, instead of learning new things, you got information repeated. »
- The BS was to much of a introductory course spread out over way to long time. This maybe can be put as some introductory lectures in the beginning of the PM course instead?! I dont think I learnt anything of importance in that course!»
- Managing organisations in the construction industry»

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

37 svarande

Not at all»3 8%
Small extent»7 18%
Some extent»18 48%
Large extent»7 18%
Great extent»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.94

- If the aim is to for example "even out differences in knowledge", than more "individual control" is needed. There has to be a garantee that the students are somewhat in the same level, so that not other students get affected negatively by this when having group assignments.» (Small extent)
- we became unified in small groups not the whole class together.» (Small extent)
- High differences of levels exist between students. Differences in the use of the english (some students are not able to write a proper text in english), but also concerning educational skills and knowledge. At the end of the first semester, some gaps have been removed for some students, but still high differences are existing between students.» (Some extent)
- groupworks and bus trip» (Some extent)
- some groups were formed by students themselves.» (Some extent)
- the level was so low that all of the students understood everything...» (Great extent)

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

36 svarande

Not at all»1 2%
Small extent»6 16%
Some extent»18 50%
Large extent»8 22%
Great extent»3 8%

Genomsnitt: 3.16

- we were placed in different groups, otherwise nothing happend in the social front. It was up to the students (us) ourselves... a bit of a lack unfortunately... The live project was amazing, and there when we were forced to work together we learned to know each other...» (?)
- It is really hard that the Swedish students at the beginning accept the international students, this might be because they are shy, but after they get trust. Swedish people is so really nice » (Not at all)
- Think it is hard for the programme to create a good social atmosphere among student, that kind of things usually comes naturally.» (Small extent)
- during the first week the activities were good, but then nothing further.» (Small extent)
- Good with mixed-group activities. » (Some extent)
- To big classes and little time with teachers giving response» (Some extent)
- Working in groups selected by the teachers to mix every nationalities was really good to create a good social atmosphere. A DCPM party organised by some students was also a good vector of socialisation.» (Large extent)
- during the first semester, all project groups are allocated by the responsible teachers, i think this pattern makes us easy to make a few friends, but at the same time miss more chances to others. » (Large extent)

Elective courses

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

37 svarande

Poor»7 18%
Rather poor»7 18%
OK»18 48%
Good»4 10%
Very good»1 2%

Genomsnitt: 2.59

- The information was very, very poor. Göran did just mention them very quickly at the end of a lecture. Then, some courses presented was no longer to be elected, and the cource administrators did not know why... strange. Anyhow, the information we got this spring was much better.» (Poor)
- Our supervisor. In my opinion didn"t make a good work. » (Poor)
- we were forced to look at the student portal for our selves... o information and when it came it was too late so they had to extend the optional time for choosing courses...» (Poor)
- according to the portal, when I registered there were no course with the name of Knowledge Management. I t was introduced late.» (Rather poor)
- The information came a bit late and could be more precise. Hard to figure out what options that really existed.» (Rather poor)
- we should be told about how we can take courses form other departments.» (Rather poor)
- somes courses looks that much good as mandatory. » (OK)
- apart from inforamtion regarding the reccomaded elective courses its difficult to get more info for other elective you can choose outside your program» (OK)

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

- Risk management»
- no»
- Perhaps some economy course (which however is available in year 2). More about how to manage the planning processes, (ÖP and DP) as a complement to the project processes: samhällsplanering, planupprättande, relations between municipality, city planning office and construction companies.»
- HRM»
- No opinion. I think the program is good. However the knowledge really taught in some elective courses is a bit disappointing.»
- the courses offered lack quality, otherwise they are good in subject»
- Management in the construction sector. How do they work, what problems do they face, what separates the construction sector from other industries etc. »
- Environmental management and corporate social responsibility»
- More courses linked to reality»
- advanced project management etc. »
- yes i think so»
- Building permits could have been good to learn more about»
- not that I can think of. »
- Construction safety management Estimation and bidding Construction schedule and i think much more could be added.»
- computer programmes for Project Management»
- Strategic Management and International Management»
- poor»
- in the second year the options for the elective courses are really poor. No risk management, No logistics.»
- Project management courses or planning courses aimed at anything besides housing projects. What about road projects? Anything...»
- More business oriented topics. »
- somthing more about the process of early stages in the construction industry, how the process of "bygglov" etc. is. I think we had one lecture on this, but I think it can be elaborated. Some more economical parts maybe, like inköp och kalkylering.»

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

37 svarande

Poor»5 13%
Rather poor»6 16%
OK»8 21%
Good»10 27%
Very good»8 21%

Genomsnitt: 3.27

- No one knows what courses you might benefit from. The only option you have is your "gutfeeling" from the titles of the courses on the student portal» (Poor)
- impossible» (Poor)
- no information available on selecting courses and the information provided is late in presentation. » (Poor)
- we should be told about how we can take courses form other departments.» (Poor)
- It"s difficult to combine your schedule to other courses which in turn lead to that you choose between the elective courses.» (Rather poor)
- as mentioned above» (Rather poor)
- Difficult to recieve coherent information about other courses. » (OK)
- not much easy actually» (OK)
- But again without information, how supposed to know what to do. » (OK)
- But could have been provided more info on what was allowed to choose and not.» (Good)
- I did it on my own...» (Good)
- it is very good that this is an option, but still the program should offer enough courses to fill up my needed credits! » (Good)

Programme administration

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

37 svarande

Poor»6 16%
Rather poor»7 18%
OK»10 27%
Good»11 29%
Very good»3 8%

Genomsnitt: 2.94

- It the first quarter it is ok, but then in the second is the level more than twice as hard and then in the third it is relatively low.» (Rather poor)
- I have friends in other departments that their courses are exactly the same as portal time edit,but ours is updating every week by teachers.» (Rather poor)
- It feels like the course administrator (before we got another one) had too much work to do. Hard to get a hold of him and he did not feel very informed.» (Rather poor)
- The schedule is often wrong due to teachers not updating them. » (OK)
- The student portal is used very well by the teachers. Information are well provided to the students.» (Good)
- all teaching and administrative staffs at chalmers do a very good job in my opinion. i appreciate what they did for international students, thanks all!» (Good)
- sometimes when the Time Edit is not valid it can be hard to find what schedule to follow. » (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?

35 svarande

Not at all»5 14%
Small extent»4 11%
Some extent»13 37%
Large extent»10 28%
Great extent»3 8%
More than expected»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.05

- I would never choose the program again if I had the possibility to remake the choise, and this is for one reason: The language problems. For me, it feels lika a large smack in the face when you a grouped together with people with almost no english skills or previous skills of writing a report. Seriously, what are the requirements regarding english skills to get accepted? I studied on undergraduate level in Sydney last year and I needed at least grade B or better on an addvanced english test from cambridge to get accepted (typ betyg 4a i avancerad engelska på universitetsnivå) and I stress, this was on undergraduate level. Starting of your fourth year of university studies by helping others in the group with spelling, grammar or how to write a small report is not acceptable, not in my oppinion at least.» (Not at all)
- I wanted to get a lot of feed back and possibilities to discuss. This is not the case. I also wanted to learn more precisely what a construction manager does and how to do it, budget, human resource management etc.» (Not at all)
- The programme gave me knowledge in project management as I expected. However I expected much more knowledge in Project management and the courses related to it such as strategic management or concstruction processes management. » (Some extent)
- See Q19. It is generally what I expected, but I could use additional courses that are more related to how work is done in "real life". CCR is one of those courses, relevant for our future work life.» (Large extent)
- i like most courses at DCPM and expect some can be improved better in the future.» (Large extent)
- I didn´,t really have that much expectations » (Large extent)
- It has overall been good, but still the level of many courses have been much below what I though a master course level should be.» (Large 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)

36 svarande

Not at all»2 5%
Small extent»3 8%
Some extent»18 50%
Large extent»8 22%
Great extent»5 13%

Genomsnitt: 3.3

- I am not sure of being really prepared to be a project manager and to really master the main project management theories. I have got some knowledge in it, yes, but I have the impression that these are not really deep knowledge. I have the feeling of having just touched the surface of Project management in the construction industry. However I think that I will be able to adapt in a team project.» (Small extent)
- I learned a lot more during my first three years at chalmers than I have learned during this masters. Everything is very vague and there are not really any answers. It feels like we are being prepared to stay at chalmers writing articles and doing research, not entering the construction industry. The programme needs to have some teachers with experince from management within the construction industry. Not only researchers.» (Small extent)
- see Q19 and Q22.» (Some extent)
- Some of the coarses have been related to the construction industry in a good way, especially those which have been "down-to-earth" related to actuall project in the industry. But I mean, you will never sit and write litterature studies in your professional life, exept if you go on with further Phd studies. So why the large focus on this?» (Some extent)
- The things we learn in school are only used to 5% of the time in the work» (Some extent)
- More practical applications are needed.» (Some extent)
- This is my background formation if for 5 years, and the master represents for me the 6 year of study and besides I have professional experiences, maybe.. sometimes can be boring» (Great extent)
- Already working for 9 months....» (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

35 svarande

Not at all»0 0%
Small extent»9 25%
Some extent»9 25%
Large extent»15 42%
Great extent»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.28

- A lot of guest lectures have been really good to understand the real engineering practices. This was really good!» (Large extent)
- Very impressed with the many guest lectures from the industry! well done» (Large extent)
- good in the course... construction contract relationship in our masters programme...» (Large extent)
- It is very good that the connection to CMB exists and that in almost every course we have been in contact with companies etc.» (Large extent)

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

34 svarande

Not at all»4 11%
Small extent»9 26%
Some extent»12 35%
Large extent»7 20%
Great extent»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.82

- really no contact between teachers and student about the researches in department.» (Small extent)
- I believe that I only have been infomred about this in one course, CPM (Per-Eriks course)» (Small extent)
- Some teachers gave us to read research papers related to our programme. There we have been informed about current research related to our programme.» (Some extent)
- Could increase this and incorporate it into courses in wider extent.» (Some extent)

Summarizing questions

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

37 svarande

Bad»0 0%
Rather bad»3 8%
OK»10 27%
Good»15 40%
Very good»9 24%

Genomsnitt: 3.81

- I do not see the benefits from using the english language, and especielly since having exchange student here reduces our (swedish students) possibilities to learn about the swedish market and its condisition. All information is very vague, not precise, since it needs to be applicable on a global market.» (Rather bad)
- It"s ok, but some times I have wondered if it would be better in Swedish?» (OK)
- Mainly very good, different experiences gives us a widened perspective! It is an advantage to study with people with different backgrounds. Some courses might however be more relevant if given in native language (specific courses about how it works in Sweden for instance) and at some times it is difficult to express exactly what we think in English. Group work is sometimes very uneven since the knowledge in English varies between students. This leads to an uneven workload that teachers need to be aware of.» (OK)
- There are many sides on this issue. I mean, the Swedish construction industry does not use english at all, but on the other hand it opens up possibilities of working abroad which is very good! Most of the teachers and lecturers have had adequate english skills, but some have not been able to reach out with their oppinion due to language problems, which is a shame. I have just left some lectures only because you have not been able to understand anything.» (OK)
- The problem with studying in another language is that its difficult to talk about the subjects in your own language.» (OK)
- The teachers are quite good in english, so no real problem there.» (Good)
- But miss the mix of using Swedish.» (Good)
- Good to have in English but many Construction companies want interviews and report in Swedish» (Good)
- very understandable, thanks for all teathers" efforts!» (Good)
- If the lecturer master the language properly it has been very useful, I feel that I have developet my english skills very much. However som lecturers do not master the language, im not saying they have to be perfect but sometimes the language feels like a barrier for them. » (Good)
- Consider good, because i never had education in my native language.» (Good)
- It is good! It makes the study more fun, since it becomes a new thing after studying 3 years at Chalmers before. But I think that the program courses have had to much international focus, to the extent that some important issues regarding the Swedish construction market has been removed. It is good to know what they do in Chine to compare, but I cant compare if I don"t know how they do in Sweden. Not everybody has been workin in the industry every summer so they know everything on how it works here.» (Good)
- it is great to have a common language and everybody has improved since we started.» (Very good)

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

- no comment»
- Bröchners courses »
- connection with industry, but more with their managers not just company"s new staff.»
- The mandatory courses and the elective courses are quite good for the programme. The subjects are interesting and important for project management.»
- contracts , organizational management, writing methods and research methods, strategic management, international projects»
- I think the program as a whole is very good, some impovements in the coarses are needed, but otherwise I think it is good.»
- The interrelationship between students and representatives from the construction industry.»
- The co-operation with industry and business representatives.»
- The teachers are good, they just need to spend more time with students»
- no»
- The assignments because you learn more from them than studying for an exam»
- Most of the teachers has been really good. »
- Difficult question. I think, the aspect of purely international people is very good.»
- Compulsory courses should be preserved»
- ccr and the project management course...»
- the international atmosphere »
- The focus on organisational management and strategy.»
- The courses given by Anna Kadefors and Jan Bröchner, all of the courses from their institution have been well organized and thought through. It has been in these courses that I have learned the most. »
- answered previously»

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

- the courses "managing organizations in construction" and "construction contract relationship"»
- The Programme coordinator(it"s already been done to some extent). There is also a problem with the programme being the only programme where you dont have to have any prior knowledge requirements ==> people take the programme not because they want to but because its the easiest way »
- Some guest lecturers were not good for the master level.»
- However, the educational level of some courses closely related to Project Management must be increased.»
- project management, building in society »
- Most important is to separate the IPM:s from the DCPM student, we do not benefit from taking the same courses. For example international projects, a cource that gives nothing of value for us DCPM students. We also need to get more feedback on WHAT we write instead of HOW we write it. Most of us will never again write another article, so why is so much emphasis put on it instead of feedback about the content in our reports/articles? »
- Better communication between faculty and students concerning general information and course evaluations. »
- Mandatory courses, smaller classes»
- distribution of elective course choices»
- almost no...»
- There are to many students in the class and it decreases the quality of the education. The teachers do not have enough time to give proper feedback.»
- I think there is a need to even out the work load»
- May be some more basic and elective courses should be added. Further more, collaboration between companies and Chalmers should be more active.»
- The age of the participants has to be inform... is really difficult to fit in a group of very young people »
- social activities between students the first days...»
- some courses should change and the program should have more courses like the other top universities" in this field. »
- Lecture material! »
- The course Building in society. I did not learn anything new here. It was at way to low level, almost elementary school level...»

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

21 svarande

Poor»7 33%
Rather poor»3 14%
OK»5 23%
Good»5 23%
Very good»1 4%

Genomsnitt: 2.52

- non-existing until we found on our own made contact» (Poor)
- The whole autumn we only heard rumors about the thesis work, and everybody was confused and annoyed. we would have wanted to recieve information about the the idea that everyone should finnish at the same time in the beginning of june, then we would have been more keen on finding a thesis subject earlier in the autumn. » (Poor)
- Came very late.» (Rather poor)
- Not so well planned. The requirment changed during time.» (Rather poor)

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

20 svarande

Poor»4 20%
Rather poor»3 15%
OK»3 15%
Good»7 35%
Very good»3 15%

Genomsnitt: 3.1

- from the programme? Found my own» (?)
- Due to the economical recession, construction sector is facing a bad time. also construction is mainly in swedish, and as a foreigner student I think it would be ready hard to get a thesis in a company. » (Poor)
- I think it was good that the institution presented some subjects that companies wanted help with. This is important to offer to the exchange students that might have difficulties finding companies to cooperate with.» (Good)
- Found it myself» (Very good)

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

18 svarande

Poor»4 22%
Rather poor»2 11%
OK»2 11%
Good»4 22%
Very good»6 33%

Genomsnitt: 3.33

- Future concern» (?)
- Got all help I needed» (Very good)
- i give great gratitude to my supervisor Jan brochner and other staffs at DCPM who helps me a lot during my thesis process.» (Very good)
- Jan Bröchner is the best professor that I"ve had. He was my examinatior, and helped alot and explained many things... Big eloge to him...» (Very good)
- I am happy with my supervisor, Anna Kadefors. The information we recieved in the lecture in the first week can be skipped.» (Very good)

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

20 svarande

Poor»4 20%
Rather poor»4 20%
OK»4 20%
Good»8 40%
Very good»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.8

- please consider better lectures and more planned courses. » (?)
- The idea with the oponing discussion is very good. I got alot more out of this then just a presentation of what an oponer thinks of my work (like it used to be). Bad with the poor information regarding dates and deadlines, and also information of the different activities (ex. oponing, final presentation). » (OK)
- The opposition and presentation structure is really good. next year the requirments and guidlines will be more consistent and well planned» (Good)
- maybe there are some communication problems once a student writes thesis in a company. i hope some people in department should especially are responsible to coordinate the work between two sides.» (Good)
- International students should be helped to get companies to write master thesis with, it"s a bit hard to get a company» (Good)

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