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Antenna Engineering, SSY100, MPMPE, VT2009, SSY100

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2009-05-20 - 2009-06-02
Antal svar: 21
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 40%
Kontaktperson: Sheila Galt»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Chalmers
Utbildningsprogram studenten tillhör: Elektroteknik 300 hp

Your own effort

1. How many hours per week did you spend on this course?

We mean total time, that is, it comprises the time you spent in class and the time you spent on your own work. Try to estimate the average time over the entire study period.

21 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»7 33%
Around 20 hours/week»6 28%
Around 25 hours/week»3 14%
Around 30 hours/week»4 19%
At least 35 hours/week»1 4%

Genomsnitt: 2.33

- Initially I studied about 30 hours/week but due to the lecture environment, I could not continue with this practice. » (At most 15 hours/week)
- In the very beginning I was interested but at last I found that it was a boring course. » (Around 20 hours/week)

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

20 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»2 10%
50%»6 30%
75%»11 55%
100%»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.55

- I loose my interest to attend in the class due to the poor performance of the lecturers.» (25%)
- i didnt attend most of the classes but mostly attended the exercise classes becuase i didnt find the lectures too useful.» (50%)
- I attended almost all the exercise classes. I took more then 50% lecture classes but after analyzing, I came to know that class lecture were monotone and there was nothing interested and all things revolving around a thing namely reverberation chamber. That was the main reason due to which I could not take the last few lectures.» (75%)

Goals and goal fulfilment

The course syllabus states the course goals in terms of learning outcomes, i.e., knowledge, skills and attitudes to be acquired by the student during the course.

3. How understandable are the course goals?

20 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»3 15%
The goals are difficult to understand»4 20%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»7 35%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»6 30%

Genomsnitt: 2.8

- The course organization was very bad.» (The goals are difficult to understand)
- In the first 3 weeks, 3 different teachers taught us. And all of them discussed the same thing with some modification and they repeated the things. After the Easter break, peace of study was very high.» (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)

4. Are the goals reasonable considering your background and the number of credits?

Answer this this question and the succeeding one, only if you do know the course goals.

17 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»10 58%
No, the goals are set too high»7 41%

Genomsnitt: 2.41

- The goals seem reasonable, but when it comes to the actual course, I think the level was higher than expected. It was difficult to understand some parts.» (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)
- They should start from some basic microwave parts.» (No, the goals are set too high)
- Workload is too much, i think there are some topics which can be skipped.» (No, the goals are set too high)
- Because the students from different masters program were taking this course. That is why these goals seem to be different for different students. But I think so, goals should be same. Because I took a course in this quarter, in which students from different masters program were there. But the goals were adjusted in a nice way, no one feel difficulty. » (No, the goals are set too high)

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

19 svarande

No, not at all»1 5%
To some extent»3 15%
Yes, definitely»3 15%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»12 63%

Genomsnitt: 3.36

- The exam did assess if I could understand the book, but as the book is very bad it doesn"t mean anything... Change the book!» (No, not at all)
- There were questions about some part of the course which we according to "reading recommendations" didn"t need to read.» (To some extent)

Teaching and course administration

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

20 svarande

Small extent»8 40%
Some extent»9 45%
Large extent»2 10%
Great extent»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 1.8

- The lecturers need a spoken English course because it was very hard to communicate with them and understand their views. But Yogesh was excellent!» (Small extent)
- How lectures could be helpful when teacher said himself that u have to study the book.The teaching was helpful to decrease my interest in the course. » (Small extent)
- only exercises were the source of learning....the teaching was not so much well managed» (Small extent)
- the staff apart from the TAs are not at all useful.» (Small extent)
- The teaching was not satisfactory.Students background was not so good.Teaching didnt help them to understand the advance things.» (Some extent)
- I havnt got too much from the lectures. Exercises sections were too good.» (Some extent)
- I would have prefer lectures without slides but with traditional notes to take from the blackboard. Probably it would have been easier to understand and remember so many math passages and formula.» (Some extent)
- Lecturers were not fine but the exercise tutor was very nice and we learned a lot of things from the exercises. I think so, If the exercise tutor teach this course then it would be better for the students.» (Some extent)
- Good lectures and exercises, but since they all were at 8 in the morning, I missed many of them. Maybe a spread of lecture times over the day would be to prefer.» (Some extent)

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

20 svarande

Small extent»9 45%
Some extent»5 25%
Large extent»5 25%
Great extent»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 1.9

- The course book should be changed. My choice is Antenna Theory by Balanis.» (Small extent)
- The book was totally scrap.I could not even understand a single concept by reading the book.But when i read the other book of antenna then I became able to understand some concepts.» (Small extent)
- The book is totally a new transformation, even there are no proper figure to visualize the electromagnetic concepts....still some typos....over all just ok» (Small extent)
- the text book is very difficult to understand and is completely different from whatever we have studied abt the subject b4.» (Small extent)
- The book is useless! No structure in it! Hard to find useful information. The name of it is "handbook" but the only difference between this book and a real antenna book is that this doesnt have any structure and all important parts have been skipped. Im very disappointed in the book!» (Small extent)
- The book could be better and clearer. It required a different background than the one I had to understand it.» (Some extent)
- Could have been provided with more examples and a studyguide ("instuderingsfrågor").» (Large extent)

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

20 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»7 35%
Rather well»9 45%
Very well»4 20%

Genomsnitt: 2.85

- studieportalen was down very often (as usual unfortunately)» (Rather badly)
- Course administration was getting personal to group of peoples.» (Rather badly)
- I think the sequence was not appropriate.» (Rather badly)
- the previous course pages were also available, which must not be. Home assignments were not modified.....so they were easily accessible from previous webpages....» (Rather well)

Study climate

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

(compared to other courses at Chalmers)

20 svarande

Very poor»3 15%
Rather poor»1 5%
Rather good»6 30%
Very good»7 35%
I did not seek help»3 15%

Genomsnitt: 3.3

- The lecturers didn"t have a clear idea or they couldn"t express the things.» (Very poor)
- Every one felt disappointment because no one can not ask the questions because it is written in the minutes of meeting with CRS "If any one has a problem then he should discuss in the break or after the class." » (Very poor)
- Infact the lecturer Jian Yang was always available for helping us a lot.» (Rather good)

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

(compared to other courses at Chalmers)

20 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»3 15%
Rather well»10 50%
Very well»6 30%
I did not seek cooperation»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.25

- But the study could be totally individual.» (Rather poorly)

11. How was the course workload?

(compared to other courses at Chalmers)

20 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»8 40%
High»9 45%
Too high»3 15%

Genomsnitt: 3.75

- Good in combination with kanidatarbete» (Adequate)
- In the starting weeks of the quarter, There were no assignment but after the Easter breaks, There were 4 assignments and 3 laboratories. So it was very difficult for us to be with teacher. » (Too high)

12. How was the total workload this study period?

20 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 5%
Adequate»10 50%
High»8 40%
Too high»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.45

- kandidatarbete was intense, though this was of my own choosing» (High)
- the whole book was covered...so it needs a lot of time....rather in one quarter period it is not sufficient to grasp the course fully......its just a rush hour.........» (High)

Course-specific questions:

13. What is your opinion about the labs?

(compared to labs in other courses)

20 svarande

Poor»3 15%
Fair»6 30%
Adequate»1 5%
Good»8 40%
Excellent»2 10%

Genomsnitt: 3

- The Lab instructors except Ashraf didn"t have a clear idea about the instruments and about the goal of the labs. They were failed to answer the questions of the students. » (Poor)
- a bit simple, often a bit confusing at times were the only apparent thing that we did was click a couple buttons and then some magic result appears with no real explanation as to its derivation» (Fair)
- there must be some project...in which we are asked to design an antenna, and we see it practically...there is lot more to do for antenna design....but there was nothing like this....even they must teach ho to design a dipole antenna for practical use for some band.....i must say that...we are proud to have all the equipment in labs....but nothing special benefit has been introduced to students» (Fair)
- I didn"t learn as much in these labs as I usually do. They did not provide much understanding of the concepts behind.» (Fair)
- It was usefull to understand some things and to ask more questions and curiosities.» (Adequate)
- I think u can give more responsiblity to student in labs since the most part of labs is done by supervisors.» (Good)
- The labs were interesting, the staff was accessible and really helpful, helped me understand a lot.» (Good)
- The laps were very interesting and we enjoyed them a lot.» (Good)
- The labs very interesting.But could me more.» (Excellent)

14. What is your opinion about the home assignments?

(compared to labs in other courses)

20 svarande

Poor»4 20%
Fair»4 20%
Adequate»3 15%
Good»7 35%
Excellent»2 10%

Genomsnitt: 2.95

- The home assignments get a very small part of the grade and some required a lot of time to do.» (Poor)
- i already said that they are same as for the last year...so there was nothing new.... i think the TA"s may design new ones so there are less chances of copying solutions from last years....» (Poor)
- a bit hard maybe» (Good)
- They permit to dig into some fundamental aspects of the subject.» (Good)

Summarizing questions

15. What is your general impression of the course?

(compared to other courses at Chalmers)

20 svarande

Poor»8 40%
Fair»2 10%
Adequate»6 30%
Good»3 15%
Excellent»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.35

- This is the worst course among the courses I took in Chalmers.» (Poor)
- Bad book and too much focus on recruiting phd students. Also to much talk about what the antenna group has achieved (I don"t care!)» (Poor)
- Most of the lectures were not satisfactory. It seems that teacher is advertising his work. Most the time when the lec slides contained something useful, they were not told properly rather they were used to be skipped or taught quickly. However, emphasis on other things (like who did what and where he is now) was higher. Exercise classes were rather better than lecture classes. I took that because I had a great interest in this field, but i am now disappointed. » (Fair)
- Sometimes it was hard to follow so many math passages just posted on several slides, without an explanation of the raw math but not of the overview on them.» (Fair)
- I think, this course must include some point based projects (Like simulation or designing of small antennas). and these points should be considered towards final exams» (Adequate)

16. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- labs and study visit»
- The labs»
- exercise, labs, assignments»
- Lectures Exercises and labs and industrial tour.»
- The labs but with good TA like Ashraf. Some points should be allocated on labs.»
- Exercise sessions specially Yogesh»
- Labs,Assignments,Exercise»
- not much.»
- atleast the labs and the assignments.»
- home assignment»
- Labs»
- The labs.»
- The exercise classes and laboratories. The exercise tutor.»
- Home assignment»
- home assignments»

17. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- the litreture could be revised in terms of writting languge because the text has not really written in common english that I deal with in other books so maybe a native english speaker can modify this. »
- - The home assignments - The book could be revised.»
- The teaching staff should definitely change thier attitude in next year.They should try to give the lectures in more practical way rather than just showing thier own results and antennas they have worked on.»
- There should be some project(s) on antenna designing (whether hardware or simulation based)»
- Teaching could be more better»
- The lecture patterns, dependency of grade only on final exam. »
- The way the lectures are delivered.»
- Lecturers,Book»
- atleast a project on antenna design(dipole), so that we must know, how a dipole may be designed for a given bandwidth, range, modulation tech, covered area, gain, etc etc.....as the course name is antenna design...but there is nothing like this.... the book must be in final form...with some more figures.....to understand the concepts in depth, as many students have not studied it in bachelors... lectures may be improved, that is can be made interested. »
- the text book for sure should be changed and a book that is more general and taught all over the world shud be chosen»
- book, use balani instead (better for newbies) this book is more intended for actual design. The weird thing is that even if the book is design-oriented (numerical stuff mostly) the labs doesn"t allow for any design. You could let the students try building their own antenna (simulations etc.) and then do measurements.»
- All material should be revised. The book was very poorly described and there was no pattern.»
- Maybe use more tha blackboard and 3D visualization, if possible, of some concepts: some it is difficult to imagine them and seeing patterns or beams could be more pregnant and more useful to memorize.»
- The book!»
- Lectures.»
- The advertisement of Chalmers Antenna department from the regular lectures because these focused on what the professor or what the antenna department has done and we are interested in how it is done»
- The book»

18. Additional comments

- I think the administration should take positive steps to rearrange the course. »
- I strongly felt that the course is not designed properly. Book is not so good, some other book should be recommended.»
- i appreciate the help of lecturer jian yang. Exercise sessions by Yogesh were also good, it is fair to say that, what we know in antennas, is learned from exercise sessions and self study...»
- Otherwise good.»
- Overall course was very fine and interesting but lectures were unable to create interest among the students.Students took the course with their own interest but due to lecture situation, most of the students lose their interest.»
- This course was not that good ad expected not due to its contents but due to the teaching staff. The teaching staff didn"t coordinated with one another due to which lot of things are repeated in many lectures»

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