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Experimental design 2009, KBT120, KKR031

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2009-10-12 - 2009-10-26
Antal svar: 61
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 57%
Kontaktperson: Claes Niklasson»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Chalmers

1. What is your general impression of the course?

60 svarande

Poor»2 3%
Fair»7 11%
Adequate»12 20%
Good»34 56%
Excellent»5 8%

Genomsnitt: 3.55

2. Do you think the course content will be useful in your future career?

61 svarande

Definitely not»1 1%
Probably not»3 4%
Probably»32 52%
Definitely yes»25 40%

Genomsnitt: 3.32

3. What type of student are you?

61 svarande

Master student»24 39%
Biotechnology student»31 50%
Exchange student»6 9%
PhD student»0 0%
Other»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.7

4. If you are a Master student - are you?

28 svarande

International»17 60%
Swedish»11 39%

Genomsnitt: 1.39

5. Gender?

60 svarande

Male»36 60%
Female»24 40%

Genomsnitt: 1.4

Your own effort

6. 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.

61 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»11 18%
Around 20 hours/week»19 31%
Around 25 hours/week»17 27%
Around 30 hours/week»8 13%
At least 35 hours/week»6 9%

Genomsnitt: 2.65

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

61 svarande

0%»1 1%
25%»0 0%
50%»6 9%
75%»21 34%
100%»33 54%

Genomsnitt: 4.39

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.

8. How understandable are the course goals?

Course goals:

After the course the students must be able to:

Plan experiments according to a proper experimental design. Choose the appropriate experimental design for different circumstances.

Analyse and evaluate experimental results properly according to different methods (ANOVA, regression ...)

Describe and apply fundamentals (in statistics and exp design) such as hypothesis testing, degrees of freedom, factorial design, and regression and so on according to course material.

Master students (KBT120):

Understand and apply fundamentals in multivariate data analysis (PCA and PLS).

58 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals before now»3 5%
The goals are difficult to understand»2 3%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»15 25%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»38 65%

Genomsnitt: 3.51

9. Have you been trained according to the goals of the course

60 svarande

No not at all»3 5%
To some extent»7 11%
Adequate»18 30%
To a large extent»23 38%
Definitly»9 15%

Genomsnitt: 3.46

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

59 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»2 3%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»55 93%
No, the goals are set too high»2 3%

Genomsnitt: 2

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

59 svarande

No, not at all»3 5%
To some extent»19 32%
Yes, definitely»13 22%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»24 40%

Genomsnitt: 2.98

Teaching and course administration

12. How was the subject coverage of the lectures ?

60 svarande

They covered too little material»6 10%
About right»35 58%
They covered somewhat too much material»12 20%
They covered much too much material»6 10%
Don"t know/did not attend»1 1%

Genomsnitt: 2.35

13. How large part of the lectures offered did you attend?

61 svarande

0%»1 1%
25%»0 0%
50%»5 8%
75%»22 36%
100%»33 54%

Genomsnitt: 4.4

14. To what extent did the lectures help you learning?

59 svarande

Small extent»7 11%
Some extent»33 55%
Large extent»16 27%
Great extent»3 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.25

15. What do you think of the lectures of Claes Niklasson?

59 svarande

Poor»2 3%
Fair»7 11%
Adequate»11 18%
Good»28 47%
Excellent»11 18%

Genomsnitt: 3.66

- Too much a copy of the book...» (Poor)
- To much text on the slides. There is a movie on youtube, "How NOT to use Powerpoint". Start with those suggestions.» (Fair)
- Maybe you should use less powerpoints and instead do more examples on the blackboard. The powerpoints were a bit to complicated to understand before we had done any real calculations...» (Fair)
- a little less material and more clarity in what type of analysis and when it"s applicable» (Adequate)
- Some unnecessary slides, sometimes it went too fast.» (Adequate)
- Sometimes went through importan stuff to fast, and therefore it was hard to understand the rest of the lecture..» (Adequate)
- Very good with handouts with references to the book. It would though have been appreciated with more demonstrations of how formulas are used.» (Adequate)
- try to cover a small portion of the course in a single lectuer.otherwise its too heavy to cover it» (Good)
- I would like the course to go a little slow. I learned a bit about experimental design. But still lack the basic knowledge of statistics, so becomes a bit harder to understand certain concepts.» (Good)
- good lecturer, but lousy notes.» (Good)
- Väldigt bra, men högt tempo på grund av powerpoint.» (Good)
- speaks loud and clear » (Excellent)

16. What do you think about the lecture by Magdalena Svanström

51 svarande

Bad»7 13%
Fair»4 7%
Adequate»13 25%
Good»23 45%
Excellent»4 7%

Genomsnitt: 3.25

- Did not attend» (?)
- wasn"t there» (?)
- Did not attend hers» (?)
- Did not attend» (?)
- Unnecessary, waste of time.» (Bad)
- It was completely unnecessary, since we had kind of the same lecture with her while reading "biokemisk miljövetenskap"» (Bad)
- The lecture seemed generally pointless in relation to the course goals.» (Bad)
- Not very interesting... It should"ve been more of a lecture, providing information about the subject.» (Fair)
- subject of sustainability is very interesting but sometimes I feel bored for discussion» (Adequate)
- Not really covering the course goals, little outside the box so to say.» (Adequate)
- Eventough the things she said was things most people already knew, its always refreshing to hear them beeing said again.» (Good)

17. What do you think about the lectures by Carl Johan Franzen

52 svarande

Bad»3 5%
Fair»8 15%
Adequate»11 21%
Good»27 51%
Excellent»3 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.36

- Did not attend» (?)
- wasn"t there» (?)
- I didnt understand about anything, he kept saying that it was all "pretty straigth forrward" but I cant really agree...» (Bad)
- A bit unorganized» (Fair)
- Like a bit focus on the basics. Please» (Adequate)
- First lecture a bit to fast and to much information» (Adequate)
- The first lecture was rather confusing. More references.» (Adequate)
- good» (Good)
- really teacher» (Good)
- in some parts of his lectures the pace was a little to high. » (Good)

18. What is your opinion about having a discussion-lecture concerning Sustainability in this course in experimental design

- no opinion»
- its very much necessary discussion-lecture inorder to understand the application of that course»
- It"s a good idea to integrate different parts of the education and also very important that a engeneering student is allowed to discuss and reflect on her own.»
- Not really enough..should work on it longer!»
- it"s good enough but let make it more interest with interest topic»
- It was nice, but as mentioned not in the course goals. »
- I think the discussion is good enough, it is give me a new look for the sustainability perspective for the industry.»
- Never, I"m not from this program. So if any student from different program is interested in this course,then by considering thus kin of discussion-lecture he or she has problem.»
- Excellent. It complement the course some how.»
- Not very good, mostly a waste of time. People already have thought about what was brought up, and gave little new insight.»
- not relevant»
- Could be interesting»
- A good why to learn more of the interational students thoughts»
- Good, It was important»
- I believe we get enough of left-wing propaganda in the media. =)»
- don" know»
- More practical examples. Intergrate it in the project. For example: add an variable which has to do with the envoirement. »
- It will be a good addition because many of us are also taking Global sustainability course, so it will surely have a positive affect.»
- not bad..»
- Unnecessary, waste of time.»
- Take it away, it was a waste of time.»
- Helped alot in completing the final report.»
- Good»
- There have been alot of different courses that have already done this. Good for the students that maybe haven"t got any experience from this kind of discussion otherwise it didn"t add anything new.»
- It"s reasonable to incorporate it in this course.»
- I think its hard too get a good discussion in such a large class. I think that the subject is very important but mayby discussions in smaler grupps would work better? »
- It must be a part of this course.»
- it is a very good idea to have a discussionaout sustainability in the experimental design course »
- While the idea has some merit, the format and execution in general rendered it pointless.»
- The questions had were obvious answers, they were almost a little bit silly. »
- Quite interesting. It raised the connection to reality.»
- The lecture wasn"t very nessecary for the course.»
- Very good.»
- I dont think that this is a good idea.»
- If the course is sustaiable?»
- it was a very good lecture to balance the things we have learned about otimization processes and goals overall for companies. social, environmental and moral responsibility are such important aspects, more of a basic point of view that can"t be emphesised enough to students. »
- Intressant, men inte jätterelevant för kursen.»

19. To what extent has the lectures been of help for your learning?

59 svarande

Small extent»6 10%
Some extent»33 55%
Large extent»16 27%
Great extent»4 6%

Genomsnitt: 2.3

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

60 svarande

Small extent»1 1%
Some extent»5 8%
Large extent»34 56%
Great extent»20 33%

Genomsnitt: 3.21

21. What do you think about the tutorials/calculations?

59 svarande

Poor»7 11%
Fair»13 22%
Adequate»15 25%
Good»21 35%
Excellent»3 5%

Genomsnitt: 3

- as usual, i can"t understand what the teacher is saying or writing. maybe powerpoint slides should be prepared instead so that less time is spent understanding him and trying to figure out what he is writing..» (Poor)
- Not enough help from the tutors.» (Poor)
- No one could hear what Jan said! But he is a good teacher when you come to his room to ask questions..but not in the classroom among other students!» (Poor)
- Jan Rodmar is barely audible when lecturing is Swedish, but when speaking English (a language of which his grasp is tenuous, at best) he is all but incomprehensible. » (Poor)
- It"s rather difficult to follow because Jan is not clear about what the question is (except for what is printed on paper) and how to interpret the assignment» (Fair)
- Very difficult to hear what Rodmar was saying, his english was rather poor and he just kept on mumbling by himself. He could explain man-to-man but not in front of the whole class.» (Fair)
- Calculations / tutorials seemed to be very direct on some instances. Calculations should be a bit more elaborated. » (Fair)
- Tutorials are good, unfortunately Jans english isnt» (Adequate)
- Bra grundlig genomgång, men lite för sakta plus svårt att höra föreläsaren.» (Adequate)
- all times same calculations» (Good)
- I suggest, how if every student solve some number of problems, which are diffent among them and then present/explain it each of them in front of class. It would be more interested in encouraging to study,and many problems can be done also» (Good)
- May be we need to put some written instruction for what we have to do in each tutorials sections, so it will not confusing the students.» (Good)
- Thorough analysis, although slightly too time-consuming. At times difficult to discern what was being said.» (Good)
- It would be good if the calculations were presented at studieportalen as well. » (Good)
- Hard to follow some times but that is partly my own fault » (Good)
- Without the calucaltion lectures the course would hav been very hard do manage. It would also be good if you can give Rodomar a micropfone for next year so its easier to hear him. Becous he was a very good teacher for teaching how to calulate.» (Good)
- Some calculations could be explained more detailed» (Good)

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

60 svarande

Very badly»1 1%
Rather badly»1 1%
Rather well»34 56%
Very well»24 40%

Genomsnitt: 3.35

23. What kind of project did you do?

60 svarande

Biotechnology»26 43%
Chemical Engineering»34 56%

Genomsnitt: 1.56

24. What do you think about the optimization project?

- very good»
- its good project and astudent learns a lot from this. but it describe a little about industrial application»
- Tedious at first, we got introduced to the project without any real means to handle it. It got better.»
- Perhaps it should be changed to fit the international master students since their preknowledge is limited.»
- it would have been better if we had gotten more information about how to use reduced factorials and such. it was the same thing over and over again. the reports were very time consuming»
- Interesting but the guidelines are often not really clear for each session»
- Great..interesting and useful..wishing become chemical engineer to run plant»
- It was very learning. But the force to work with an international student should be omitted. They do not posses a adequate level of understanding for this topic, not in MATLAB nor in statistics. They limit my own effort when I must work for 2 or ore people, and do not contribute to the advance of the project. »
- The project is good enough to practice the experimental data in the "real world", but may be I need to learn more about the optimization since the optimization chapter was given at the end of the project.»
- Please include more knowledgeable assistants for this part. The people we had were so hard to understand.»
- Great and should maintain this method.»
- I wanted to use the new one»
- It was very good and helpful. Somewhat better explanation of the methods would have been useful.»
- The project was really challenging and interesting. Thanks»
- Good way to learn»
- It was very interesting to see the use of experimental design in a (almost) real life application. I believe however that the matlab routines could have ben left out or perhaps introduced later in the project. The use of steepest ascent and other methods could otherwise have been tried and learnt from.»
- very good, interesting and useful. »
- Interesting project. You get a feeling of how it would be to work in real life.»
- The "learing-by-doing"-thing was really good, thou it was next to impossible to get any help from the teachers.»
- Good»
- interesting, but i can"t understand what the teacher is saying, spent most of the time finding out what i"m supposed to do instead of understanding what i"m doing»
- Good»
- Very interesting and I learned a lot!!»
- It was very good, felt real. I learned a lot from the project.»
- optimization project was a good project esp in matlab. »
- Very interesting and fun! Learned a great deal doing it. »
- A really fun project. Really self learning project which put the pressure on us students to understand what we are doing. Fun part with the "The game". In the algorithm in the game does it take into account the different profit maximum etc? Otherwise a really nice project!»
- It was really good to get the opportunity to practice what you learn in the course in some kind of "realistic" case.»
- I thougt that it was interesting and challenging. I do think that we could have recived a little more knowledg before we started. »
- Project optimization gave me understanding about a lot of things related to Experimental design concepts. The only thing which sort of confused or you may say worried was that whenever in the group we had to do project lab assignment the background about that was not clear. It was only once we had gone through the experiments a lot of time, we realized, ok this is what we had to do. Course supervisors really did their level best to make us understand the whole thing but due to large number of students in project lab either a group"s turn would come after hours or a group wont get enough time. I think before going for a lab, the task or assignment must be uploaded on course homepage, with a little bit of background. So that students can read the task before coming to the lab and thus have clear cut idea right from 0800Hrs what they are upto not somewhere at the end of lab. »
- we need to know how to optimize the process »
- Very good. Learned a lot from it even though it was kind of frustrating in the beginning. Maybe they could give out some more information in the beginning beacuse it"s not that clear what we are supposed to do in this projekt when the coarse starts.»
- good»
- It was a quiet good idea to have such a project, but much more time is needed to spend in the begining of the project to understand what we are actually going to do. »
- The difference between pilot plant and projection plant wasn"t well explained by the tutors. Otherwise it was a good way of learning.»
- 1: It"s clearly not okey to develop a project for the bt students and then not letting everyone attend it! 2: It"s very contradictory to advise people to use the trial and error method, and then have a game where you win if you have done everything correct from the beginning.»
- Gives some knowledge of how it can be conducting a real optimization, though a little too time-consuming from the self-study.»
- Very fun and exciting!»
- Really good.»
- It took a lot more time than the amount of knowledge it gave, otherwise good.»
- I loved it! A very fun way of learning some basics in exp design.»
- it was a very good way to understand the course. a bit frustrating it the beginning, as we were told=) but in the end contributed alot to the course and was fun.»
- Jättebra, man var ganska vilsen i början. Fick mycket kunskap innan det gicks igenom på föreläsningen.»
- It came too early in the course and was confusing. It was stressing to not have enough knowledge.»

25. How well do you think that the optimization project supports your learning about the course content?

60 svarande

none»1 1%
some»5 8%
adequate»3 5%
good»15 25%
very good»30 50%
excellent»6 10%

Genomsnitt: 4.43

26. What do you think about the supervision of the project?

60 svarande

Bad»9 15%
Fair»4 6%
Adequate»11 18%
Good»26 43%
Excellent»10 16%

Genomsnitt: 3.4

- i did project but, that was not teached well.in every class we were not told what to do, not even myself, whomever i asked in class, they said we dont know what to do,then everyone ask john rodmar individually what to do, and he told.. i stayed confused throughout the project.» (Bad)
- To few tutors. Approximately five minutes help per tutorial at best. During several tutorials some groups got help several times up to 40 minutes. Others had to manage without. Even if there were a cue list for the tutors to follow. The tutors followed this list but forgot it after a while.» (Bad)
- it is hard to understand what Jan says. Because of the way he speaks.» (Bad)
- Completely worthless to have to wait for four hours and still not get any help!» (Bad)
- too litle time for help. the information of how one should continue in the beginning of the lectures was poor and one had to wait hours to get assistance» (Bad)
- Took a really long time if you wanted to ask a question.» (Adequate)
- Some were better than others.» (Good)
- They are patient and friendly,thank for them» (Good)
- Sometimes it wasn"t at all obvious how we where supposed to do.» (Good)
- Very helpful!» (Excellent)
- Jan Rodmar is very willing in helping understanding» (Excellent)
- Väldigt bra, men de hade svårt att hinna med att hjälpa alla.» (Excellent)

Study climate

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

61 svarande

Very poor»4 6%
Rather poor»6 9%
Rather good»33 54%
Very good»13 21%
I did not seek help»5 8%

Genomsnitt: 3.14

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

61 svarande

Very poorly»3 4%
Rather poorly»3 4%
Rather well»18 29%
Very well»37 60%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.45

29. How was the course workload?

60 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»30 50%
High»20 33%
Too high»10 16%

Genomsnitt: 3.66

30. How was the total workload this study period?

61 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 1%
Adequate»23 37%
High»27 44%
Too high»10 16%

Genomsnitt: 3.75

Summarizing questions

31. Do you think the course should cover more or fewer topics?

61 svarande

more»2 3%
reasonable»47 77%
fewer»12 19%

Genomsnitt: 2.16 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

32. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- basic knowledge with little advance application of the course»
- the projet is really good.»
- experimental project»
- the whole stuff, but unfortunately the topics were not mentioned in details. That was just an overview.»
- All»
- Optimization project»
- The lectures and the factorial design»
- the project»
- the project»
- The projects.»
- The project!»
- the projects, mvda and optimization.»
- The project!»
- The project! »
- The project»
- the project »
- the optimization projekt»
- The biotech project.»
- Discuss fewer topics but deep enough .»
- the project»
- Boken»

33. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- more emphasize on problem solving»
- reduce the amount of course and also decrease the number of lectures.»
- The project. Its not fun to work with two persons that cant contribute to the project.»
- the lectures are notreally good in the way that we study a method after using it in the project... it should be the opposite to avoid a waste of time and to be more aware of what we do...»
- student are given some exercise or homework»
- Nothing, »
- nothing»
- More exercises.»
- Lesson time for calculations - should be clearer.»
- More coverage of the topics in the lectures.»
- Jan´,s exercises»
- More about regression.»
- don"t know»
- MVDA should be removed.»
- More tutors per students. "Maximum" two students per project group, its hard to learn/finish something while you have two other team members with low attendance and qaulifications. It makes an unreasonable work load for some of us.»
- Introduce scheduled time to have an opportunity to ask questions as the course is proceeding. »
- There were to many problems in the exam. Also the exam didn"t feel right for the course, sections that had been covered a lot in exercises and lectures didn"t show up in the exam.»
- more exercise questions as questions.»
- Nothing I can think of at the moment.»
- the tutorials »
- Jan maybe can wear a microphone so everybody hears»
- Jan Rodmar.»
- There shoul"d be more time for questions and consultation»
- it should be good with some lectures were you are abel to ask questions.»
- It is unacceptable to have calculation seminars with a teacher that can"t speak the language. It is hopefully not intended as an exercise in understanding worthless English!»
- More demonstrations of how calculations are done, not just show us the formulas. It is not obvious how the formulas are used and which values that are supposed to be included and how. There should also be more solutions for the exercises available, and they should be a lot more explaining. Yes, it is good to try and think on your own, but with these exercises it was too much. The classes did not inform enough, so many exercises was very hard to solve.»
- Maybe Claes could add som calculation lectures, since Jan didnt have a quiet moment at his room for the last two weeks before the exam.»
- Discuss multi variate data analysis as a compelete dourse.»
- The exam task should be less time consuming, I hadn´,t enough time to show what I have learned. And the course goals are a bit fuzzy. Quite much included in exams are not included in the lessons but. It would be better if the goals were more detailed so there would´,t be any doubt. It would be great if watch was included, perhaps one every week or one at the end of the course, where you were guaranteed that teachers were available to answer some questions.»
- It felt like the robust design entried very late in the course, so you didn"t have much time at learning steepest, nested, and robust in the end. Especielly when it was very hard to ask questions during lecture time since everybody wanted to ask their questions then. Try to translate more exam solutions so people have more old exams to study. »
- perhaps some counting excersize hours»
- Fler fullständiga lösningar»

34. What is your general impression of the course?

60 svarande

Fair»6 10%
Adequate»10 16%
Good»35 58%
Excellent»9 15%

Genomsnitt: 2.78

- in my humble opinion, the course material given during the lectures are really substandard. more than 50% of the time, i"m trying to figure out what is written. the past year paper solutions were also confusing. steps were skipped and it is very difficult to understand.» (Fair)
- We should get some more time for this questionnaire, the exam-week is barely over before the last day of evaluation.» (Fair)
- its a tough course because too much is taught by the teacher in a single lectuer and therefore its difficult to dealt with. » (Adequate)
- The resources are not sufficient. Some Swedish words: SNÅLT och SNIKET.» (Adequate)
- You might want to add a 5th option to this question, for those who found the course to be lacking.» (Adequate)
- I wonder why it"s part of the biotechnology programme. And why you can"t have a bad general impression of the course.» (Good)
- Nice to join this» (Excellent)
- This course I feel like I could could implement on any job in the future.» (Excellent)
- Intressant och rolig» (Excellent)
Genomsnitt totalt för detta stycke: 2.16

Questions about the Multivariate (MVDA) part

These questions are only for those of you who participated in the MVDA part.

35. How well do you think that the MVA (Multi Variate Analysis) project supports your learning about this subject?

Only for those who attended this part of the course.

30 svarande

Poor»3 10%
Fair»1 3%
Adequate»8 26%
Good»14 46%
Excellent»4 13%

Genomsnitt: 3.5

- try to explain a little bit more for beginners about the project» (Adequate)
- It was very interesting and simple.» (Adequate)
- Really good teacher. To low ratio teacher/student. "Maximum" two students per project group, its hard to learn/finish something while you have two other team members with low attendance and qaulifications. It makes an unreasonably high work load for some of us.» (Adequate)
- good» (Good)

36. What do you think of the lectures by Carl Justin Kemp?

32 svarande

Poor»2 6%
Fair»1 3%
Adequate»2 6%
Good»12 37%
Excellent»14 43%
Did not attend.»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 4.18

- lec were very away from aur project. we were given just 3 lec and were exposed to so many topics, this made every thing unclear, fewer is better. should teach in those things that are digestable to students who have first expossure to MVDA» (Poor)
- To much text on the slides. There is a movie on youtube, "How NOT to use Powerpoint". Start with those suggestions.» (Adequate)
- good» (Good)
- Speak slowly and clearly,please..» (Good)

37. Did you learn something about MVDA that will be useful in your future career?

31 svarande

Definitely not»2 6%
Probbaly not»3 9%
Probably»15 48%
Definitely yes»11 35%

Genomsnitt: 3.12

Genomsnitt totalt för alla frågor: 2.16
Beräknat jämförelseindex: 0.58

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