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Statistical physics II, MCC010, MPNAN, VT2009, MCC010

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2009-05-20 - 2009-06-02
Antal svar: 15
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 46%
Kontaktperson: Sheila Galt»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Chalmers
Utbildningsprogram studenten tillhör: Teknisk fysik 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.

15 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»1 6%
Around 20 hours/week»2 13%
Around 25 hours/week»3 20%
Around 30 hours/week»5 33%
At least 35 hours/week»4 26%

Genomsnitt: 3.6

- The mathematics in the home problems took a lot of time from studying the main physics of the course. » (Around 30 hours/week)
- the course is very huge» (Around 30 hours/week)
- especially homework» (Around 30 hours/week)
- The hand-ins take all remaining hours of the week. » (At least 35 hours/week)
- THe course is nice and interestting but the material is too much and the time is kind of short. please always remeber we have another courses and projects in the same time.» (At least 35 hours/week)
- The home problems in particular took time.» (At least 35 hours/week)
- The course is quite excellent and in order to get a deep inside in the topics, you need to devote so much time in the concepts and home-works, and dedicated more than 35 hours/week because I really like the subject, for the academic formation it is an excellent course» (At least 35 hours/week)

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

15 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»0 0%
50%»0 0%
75%»5 33%
100%»10 66%

Genomsnitt: 4.66

- I am attending four courses in the same time and some time the lecture are in same time so I have to choose between them which is not good please to fix this problem.» (75%)
- I missed a couple of lectures, but all I could attend, I attend.» (100%)
- You really need to attend the course in order to get the information, during the lesson usually Professor V.S. gave contextual philosophical and physical information which allows you to broad the ideas. » (100%)

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?

15 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»1 6%
The goals are difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»4 26%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»10 66%

Genomsnitt: 3.53

- The problem is that at the end of the course some lectures were added, and not even covered.» (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)
- I actually don"t remember very well, but I think it was quite clear.» (The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn)

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.

13 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»10 76%
No, the goals are set too high»3 23%

Genomsnitt: 2.23

- I think it is a huge amount of information to be studied.» (No, the goals are set too high)

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

15 svarande

No, not at all»2 13%
To some extent»2 13%
Yes, definitely»5 33%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»6 40%

Genomsnitt: 3

- I think the course must be evaluated by both written and oral way. Written exam does not assess your knowledge, whereas the combination of both could give a better criterion to evaluate the quality of the new acquired knowledge. I addition the course would be a starting point for a good school in Theoretical Physics, neither Chalmers nor GU have a course in Many-body Physics, Magnetism and Mesoscopic Physics and their application in Nanotechnology. » (No, not at all)
- Some questions were a little bit confusing.» (To some extent)
- I think even with the allowed material to bring one had to have a good understanding of the course goals.» (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

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

15 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»1 6%
Large extent»7 46%
Great extent»7 46%

Genomsnitt: 3.4

- Its hard to follow all new concepts during the lectures, after reading through the notes was that I could get a clearer picture.» (Some extent)
- only the problem I had to miss some lectures to another lecture for different course.» (Large extent)
- The lectures cover gaps from the lecture notes.» (Large extent)
- Vitaly try to keep the discussion going. However, Jens is among the best tutor I have come across in Chalmers.» (Large extent)
- Vitaly has very good teaching methods.» (Great extent)
- The teaching was really helpful to understand the concepts, but you really need to devote many time in order to search in other source to complement the course» (Great extent)

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

15 svarande

Small extent»1 6%
Some extent»1 6%
Large extent»8 53%
Great extent»5 33%

Genomsnitt: 3.13

- Most was covered in the class, and the lecture notes.» (Small extent)
- The best references were Professor Jari Kinaret lecture notes and Professor Vitaly Shumeiko notes, but there are other good references not mentioned like Schwabl Statistical Mechanics book, it is a good book» (Some extent)
- The lecture notes are well written and in a easy way to follow.» (Large extent)
- I think the notes from Vitaly and Jari were very good, the course book was not really that helpful.» (Large extent)
- The lecture notes are very good.» (Great extent)

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

15 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»0 0%
Rather well»7 46%
Very well»8 53%

Genomsnitt: 3.53

- The lecture notes should not change during the course.» (Rather well)
- Had problems with the homepage for a few days, but was out of the hands of the teacher and he made sure it got fixed.» (Very well)

Study climate

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

15 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»1 6%
Very good»14 93%
I did not seek help»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.93

- Both Vitaly and Jens were very good in answering questions to stimulate and encurage learning.» (Very good)
- Jens and Vitaly are very open to questions. That is very good.» (Very good)
- The e-mail answering times from Jens were extremely short.» (Very good)

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

15 svarande

Very poorly»1 6%
Rather poorly»1 6%
Rather well»2 13%
Very well»10 66%
I did not seek cooperation»1 6%

Genomsnitt: 3.6

- Specially for discussing the HPs» (Very well)

11. How was the course workload?

15 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»5 33%
High»7 46%
Too high»3 20%

Genomsnitt: 3.86

- The home-works were appropriated to get the concepts in the course » (High)

12. How was the total workload this study period?

15 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»3 20%
High»6 40%
Too high»6 40%

Genomsnitt: 4.2

- i took 3 courses» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

13. What is your general impression of the course?

15 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»1 6%
Good»9 60%
Excellent»5 33%

Genomsnitt: 4.26

- Both due to Vitaly and Jens.» (Excellent)
- It is an excellent course, I think more than this kind of courses must be given at Chalmers: Mesoscopic Physics, Many-Body physics, Advanced Condensed Matter Physics, obviously it depends on the focus of each program, but at least in Theoretical Condensed Matter and Nanoscience and Technology these courses will improve the academic level» (Excellent)

14. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- no more comment just keep it up !!»
- Jens recitations are great. He is very pedagogic.»
- In lecture notes it should be more explanation in some parts.»
- the recitation session was very good and helpful. the availability of lecture notes before the lecture was also great advantage.»
- The course is nice and the teaching and recitation is very good.»
- The lecture notes, they were very good.»
- Recitations, Jens does a very good job and is also very helpful when we had problems with the HPs. Vitaly is also a very good lecturer and his knowledge of the field makes it easier to transmit the main messages to us.»
- If possible, person like Jens to keep the tutorial class going.»
- course goal»
- The tight connection between lectures and the study material»
- Lectures Notes The quality of the Recitation, I think here is the precise moment to give a strong congratulation to Jens Michelsen, he really did an excellent job in the recitation, he was very clear, respectful, helpful and responsible for the charge of the recitation, his lectures were excellent, he was very kind to ask question, open-minded and extremely educated person, I really enjoy to work with this kind of scientific and human crew. »
- Vitaly, Jens, homework, course compendium»

15. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- I think, next year the student should choose only statistical physics for the fourth quarter not more. »
- the work load of home problems was a little high.»
- I recommond to reduce the material or increase the time of the course (from Febraury to June)»
- The course should not be compulsory for MPNAN. The lecture notes should not be changed during the period, they should cover what is meant to be covered since the beginning.»
- Change the home problems from being only mathematical exercise.»
- decrease home problems number in each set.»
- Maybe a little more guidelines in the recitation on how to attack the home problems (what can be approximated, what is considered known etc).»
- I think, the lectures notes must include a section in recent applications of the concepts (Quantum qbits and Two-Level systems could be a nice example, also it could be a "good commercial" to inform students about the research at the Department)»

16. Additional comments

- I"m happy that I took this course. Good job!»
- The course assistant in statistical physics is perfect. I think he is the bes choice for this course to be assistant.»
- I recommond the decraesing of the number of lectures per week to two instead of three.»
- the exam is so close if it possible tow weeks after. »
- Good course, good commitment from teachers. Thanks!»
- Heavy course but I do not think there is any reason to change anything.»
- though quite abstract and hard to understand at times, i really enjoyed the course. I have to say i had no time to look at any reference book suggested, which is also hard to get in the library, so I tried to take good notes in class and study on the lecture notes. Maybe it"s possible to copy some material and distribute it (aside from that on BE).»

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