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Introduction to communication engineering, SSY120, ht2009

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2009-10-12 - 2009-10-26
Antal svar: 64
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 67%
Kontaktperson: Madeleine Persson»

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.

64 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»14 21%
Around 20 hours/week»19 29%
Around 25 hours/week»19 29%
Around 30 hours/week»11 17%
At least 35 hours/week»1 1%

Genomsnitt: 2.46

- I haven"t taken the course» (At most 15 hours/week)
- Rather calm first half of the course then with projects last weeks are more intense...» (Around 20 hours/week)
- The project took most of the time. » (Around 25 hours/week)

2. How many of the following course parts did you attend?


- The lecture is good, but it"s not so systematically given. The exercises are very well designed and have strong systematicness. But actually, we don"t have enough time to review the lecture and exercises until the last week.»
- Lectures by alex were good. Exercise sessions were also very helpful.»
- i think, if exercise sessions with lotfolah were after every sessions, then resualts were more efficient because lotfolah surmised, students learned the topic now and try to make topic clear during exercise sessions.»
- The exercise problems are designed very good. I enjoyed them a lot.»
- I haven"t taken the course»

63 svarande

0%»2 3%
25%»1 1%
50%»2 3%
75%»22 34%
100%»36 57%

Genomsnitt: 4.41

Exercise sessions
63 svarande

0%»2 3%
25%»3 4%
50%»6 9%
75%»14 22%
100%»38 60%

Genomsnitt: 4.31

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?

64 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»7 10%
The goals are difficult to understand»2 3%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»19 29%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»36 56%

Genomsnitt: 3.31

- I haven"t taken the course» (I have not seen/read the goals)

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.

61 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»3 4%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»57 93%
No, the goals are set too high»1 1%

Genomsnitt: 1.96

- I haven"t taken the course» (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)

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

61 svarande

No, not at all»2 3%
To some extent»30 49%
Yes, definitely»22 36%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»7 11%

Genomsnitt: 2.55

- the exam was too easy and even weak students could pass it with a high point» (No, not at all)
- The exam was on a very basic understanding level» (To some extent)
- I guess rather than examination the project may assess each individual idea (basic knowledge) about the total course. What I mean, its better to give an individual projects rather than a written examination.» (To some extent)
- I haven"t taken the course» (I don"t know/have not been examined yet)

Teaching and course administration

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

62 svarande

Small extent»1 1%
Some extent»24 38%
Large extent»24 38%
Great extent»13 20%

Genomsnitt: 2.79

- I haven"t taken the course» (?)
- some more time could be spent on concepts» (Some extent)
- Its good, but still I expected more interaction. » (Some extent)
- Teaching should be more interactive. Student participation should be more. Further the Teacher should try to take every student with him as not every student is with a very strong background» (Large extent)
- Alexander is very pedagogic.» (Great extent)

7. To what extent have the following course elements been of help for your learning?


- Book is not really easy to work with.»
- Lotfollah is very pedagogic.»
- Exercises and the project are very good.»
- As per my opinion, there shoud be more exercise hours in order to understand the theory a way better»
- I haven"t taken the course»

Course book
63 svarande

Small extent»21 33%
Some extent»31 49%
Large extent»10 15%
Great extent»1 1%

Genomsnitt: 1.85

Regular lectures
63 svarande

Small extent»3 4%
Some extent»13 20%
Large extent»32 50%
Great extent»15 23%

Genomsnitt: 2.93

Guest lectures
61 svarande

Small extent»19 31%
Some extent»30 49%
Large extent»11 18%
Great extent»1 1%

Genomsnitt: 1.9

Lecture slides/Transparencies
62 svarande

Small extent»4 6%
Some extent»12 19%
Large extent»28 45%
Great extent»18 29%

Genomsnitt: 2.96

Exercises sessions
63 svarande

Small extent»3 4%
Some extent»6 9%
Large extent»29 46%
Great extent»25 39%

Genomsnitt: 3.2

Exercises lists
62 svarande

Small extent»6 9%
Some extent»19 30%
Large extent»25 40%
Great extent»12 19%

Genomsnitt: 2.69

8. To what extent did the project help you learn about ...


- The real-life aspect, unfortunatly, was not taken seriosly by the staff, except for deliveries.»
- The TA"s or project supervisor should see the team work in the each teams besides the work done.»
- the project was mostly based on MatLAB skills, so if you dont know it very well, then you dont get at least 50% of the project.»
- Its really amazing. Please keep this continuing for forth coming batches too...!»
- Project was great! Interesting challange, nice team members and helpful TAs!»
- I haven"t taken the course»

... designing a communication system?
63 svarande

Small extent»1 1%
Some extent»7 11%
Large extent»31 49%
Great extent»24 38%

Genomsnitt: 3.23

... teamworking?
62 svarande

Small extent»2 3%
Some extent»14 22%
Large extent»28 45%
Great extent»18 29%

Genomsnitt: 3

... running a real-life development project?
62 svarande

Small extent»4 6%
Some extent»13 20%
Large extent»31 50%
Great extent»14 22%

Genomsnitt: 2.88

9. How useful were the following project elements for your learning?


- Experience workshop has not happened yet.»
- I haven"t taken the course»
- first part of the experience workshop was boring. a workshop should be dynamic, not a lecture. i think the second part was much better, but still not a workshop. it was a Q&A session.»

Document "Working in projects"?
63 svarande

Not useful»6 9%
A little useful»16 25%
Useful»21 33%
Very useful»18 28%
Did not read/attend»2 3%

Genomsnitt: 2.9

Guest lecture?
63 svarande

Not useful»7 11%
A little useful»17 26%
Useful»27 42%
Very useful»11 17%
Did not read/attend»1 1%

Genomsnitt: 2.71

Experience workshop?
60 svarande

Not useful»0 0%
A little useful»7 11%
Useful»25 41%
Very useful»16 26%
Did not read/attend»12 20%

Genomsnitt: 3.55

10. Did you postpone most of the project work until the last week before delivery?

63 svarande

No»52 82%
Yes»10 15%
Don"t know»1 1%

Genomsnitt: 1.19

- I haven"t taken the course» (?)
- :(» (Yes)

11. If you answered "Yes" to question 13 above, what were your reasons for doing so?

16 svarande

I didn"t know how to begin»3 18%
I didn"t know how hard it was»2 12%
I needed more theoretical knowledge first»6 37%
The instructions were unclear»1 6%
Other reason (please explain in comments below)»4 25%

Genomsnitt: 3.06

- I haven"t taken the course» (?)
- the question reads: 11. if you answered "Yes" to question 13 above. [...] The question above is #10, not #13 ,)» (?)
- I really don"t know where to start? what to start? By the end of first week after reading some many books for different topics I got some idea for the initial stages. Then by continuous interaction and sharing of ideas with my teammates I successfully done the whole job.» (I didn"t know how to begin)
- also didn"t know how to begin» (I needed more theoretical knowledge first)
- Actually I finished my parts in time, but I"ve to help others to get through their parts. The responsibilities are not quite clear in the project.» (Other reason (please explain in comments below))
- Didn"t really postpone... but it took more time then we expected before that and we needed to hurry up last week» (Other reason (please explain in comments below))

12. The project was defined through a set of requirements to fulfill, with some freedom to choose your own working style and methods. Which type of project do you prefer?

60 svarande

The type of project used in this course.»44 73%
A traditional lab project with step-by-step instructions.»13 21%
Don"t know.»3 5%

Genomsnitt: 1.31

- I haven"t taken the course» (?)
- I have seen "the traditional lab project with step-by-step instructions" first time in here Chalmers. My opinion that it is totally meaningless since it is just read&click.» (The type of project used in this course.)
- labs are usually to short to actually learn something good.... unless all labs are connected somehow in the same topic.» (The type of project used in this course.)
- a student get much knowledge more when he follows teacher"s step by step instructions» (A traditional lab project with step-by-step instructions.)

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

62 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»0 0%
Rather well»21 33%
Very well»41 66%

Genomsnitt: 3.66

- I haven"t taken the course» (?)
- The transparencies were hard to read (sometimes impossible for me)» (Rather well)
- perfect» (Very well)
- Its really well organized home page. Thanks for the support.» (Very well)
- Everything was absolutly clearly described in the handouts!» (Very well)

Study climate

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

63 svarande

Very poor»1 1%
Rather poor»3 4%
Rather good»17 26%
Very good»40 63%
I did not seek help»2 3%

Genomsnitt: 3.61

- I haven"t taken the course» (?)
- It was really very good!» (Very good)
- Lotfollah was very friendly and glad to help» (Very good)
- Help for the Project was great.» (Very good)

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

63 svarande

Very poorly»1 1%
Rather poorly»3 4%
Rather well»30 47%
Very well»28 44%
I did not seek cooperation»1 1%

Genomsnitt: 3.39

- I haven"t taken the course» (?)
- The environment was very well, but we have problems in dividing jobs and working styles. Some people favored working in group, but actually it turned out efficient-less.» (Rather well)
- I had some problems with 2 team members: one disappeared and the other didn"t take any kind of initiative, never tried to be part of the group, never tried to really help us in the project. » (Rather well)
- Exchange students seem to like to work alone and not used to work in group as swedish students which can be quite difficult sometimes. They tend to go home and fix everything at home instead of discussing it in group.» (Rather well)
- I was lucky to find some new friends!» (Very well)

16. How was the course workload?

63 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»2 3%
Adequate»36 57%
High»23 36%
Too high»2 3%

Genomsnitt: 3.39

- I haven"t taken the course» (?)
- High, but not too high. It is a course at advanced level at Chalmers...» (High)
- Considering the project it is high.» (High)

17. How was the total workload this study period?

64 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»2 3%
Adequate»20 31%
High»32 50%
Too high»10 15%

Genomsnitt: 3.78

- Because of the projects.» (High)
- The actual workload is not too high but I came late to Chalmers by 2 weeks and that"s why I felt somewhat high workload. But as far as I see, this workload is OK for quarter1» (High)
- Actually as I never had an experience of a quarter based study, the work load was high for me. sometimes I had to attend university on weekends. But I think that for the next quarter, I will be better» (High)
- I haven"t taken the course» (High)
- Did not have time to solve any exercise problems at home. Not a single one.» (Too high)
- i spend most time for the project and therefor had problems with another class.» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

18. What is your general impression of the course?

63 svarande

Poor»1 1%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»14 22%
Good»33 52%
Excellent»15 23%

Genomsnitt: 3.96

- I haven"t taken the course» (?)
- The project helps a lot of understanding the communication system.» (Good)
- I had studied Most of the things which was presented in this course but I get a practical view of those things through project» (Good)
- I like project in this course.It is very useful for teamwork cooperation. It is more practical for subject learning.» (Excellent)
- A very good introductory course, well managed.» (Excellent)

19. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- The project helped understandning a lot.»
- project for teamwork»
- the project, it is a great fun»
- Johnny and alex! Great guys»
- our lecture"s book..»
- The project.»
- Project should be preserved. Web site is very nice and teacher is wonderful. Lectures are also is the most important part of course.»
- Fair relationship towards students. Informal way of teaching,more accessible to students»
- Project, exercise tutorial»
- The concept and the aim of the course.»
- Give us more example about each modulation or what is the application of each one.»
- Having a project. »
- the project since it"s very helpful for understanding the course goal.»
- The structure of the lectures, with prepared slides and further explanations using the blackboard and transparencies. A very good approach!»
- project»
- Do not put large amount of course in a single quarter. And Lectures should be more detailed and well discussed in the class.»
- consultation hours, and the humble excellent teaching style.»
- Project and Exercise sessions. While team grouping, clubbing people from different cultures»
- Alex teaches in a very friendly environment which encourages students to ask questions during lectures and hence learning. Although he was unable to answer in class some times but he did not miss any question and provided its answer in next lecture. So, I guess that Alex Alvrado should be the teacher for next time as well.»
- excercises, still it is the best way to understand "dry" formulas. Young course staff.»
- Challenging projects, Exercise sessions, lecture slides, handouts, Ericsson workshop.»
- Working in an international Team, working in a "real-world" project!»
- I haven"t taken the course»
- The project.»
- Slides and transparencies, interaction with the teacher.»
- Project, exercise sessions»
- keep the project»
- Project should be kept as a mandatory part and could get a little more challenging.»
- course project»
- everything»

20. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- the number of students in a group should be fewer, preferably two or three»
- maybe try to group the student by nationality, it will work more efficiently»
- Johnny should take a breath ore two inbetween the solving of problems so that everyone can finish writing. Other than this, he is probably one of the best TA"s I have ever had in Chalmers (after three yrs here). »
- teaching slowly..»
- The course book, it was very hard to read and understand, atleast for someone with out previus knowledge.»
- I think since most of students participate in both exercise sessions I think solving different problems by different TA"s will be more efficient. apparently students should join both exercise sessions. In project, giving the final files which should be tested can be very useful to find the weak points of our project. this file can be with the same specification of final file but with other messages. for lectures I think it is better in first session the teacher shows the road map of course which means what student will learn in this course and in how many steps. besides, what they learn in each steps should be clear in this road map. sometimes the symbols which book has used are different from lectures, I think during the lectures these differences should be mentioned.»
- Less transparencies,or at least put them at the end or at the beginning of the lecture.»
- Randomly grouping by teachers. In this case, maybe some people works the most time, while the others contribute little.»
- Maybe the project can be a little bit more complex, like qpsk as the default and 8-psk for bonus.»
- Random groups for the project could be a problem. I just can give you an example: i worked really hard on the project, many hours to do what my team mates didn"t do, and in the end i get a good grade. In other groups, where all the members worked together for the project, the single-member workload was very lower than mine and in the end they also take a grade better than mine. NOT FAIR! It"s not my fault if you gave me team members without any kind of will to do a good job in the project. You are stuck in the situation.»
- Let all of transcription as the hoandout, it well more easily to study.»
- The book»
- ---»
- coures book»
- The Course data.»
- 1) Text book is not so good. The topics are very good in the sense that they give an overview of the problems in communication but this book didn"t give me adequate information needed. 2) Team Grouping: Definitely, clubbing people from different cultures is very good but because students come from different background, some people are not very confident that they can work with us. Particularly in my team, there were two exchange students who said that they don"t know the basics, even when we said that we"ll help them , they didn"t turn up to most of the times. We"ve reported this matter to TA"s but in vain (they have been working for solution).»
- Lotfollah had a clear vision about what he is going to teach during lab sessions and students were encouraged to ask questions but Johnny Karout although teaches good in class but stuents have less oppurtunities to ask questions. So, he should encourage students for asking questions.»
- During the lecture, there should be more practical examples, e.g. how to use this formula and so on»
- Nothing»
- Please make the lectures and exercise sessions more interactive. I mean, Keep telling more real time examples, ask students to search for latest updates in the market and compare the lectures with current technologies and make them imagine how the future...! :)»
- Testing the with hardware in the labs.... the admission is only in the evening, maybe also a possibility to work in the morning.»
- I haven"t taken the course»
- More examples in the Lectures session»
- Lectures could improve a bit (adding more examples) and the experience workshop should be a real workshop and not a 2hr lecture.»
- How the projects are formed? At least there should be one competent student in every project group who can help the group along the way. And also students from different programs can have difficulty adjusting their time schedule. Also separate transparencies used in lecture could become a part of lecture slides then it would be good.»
- course material can be extended»
- nothing»

21. Additional comments

- Thanks very much to the lecturer and TAs, you"ve done excellent job»
- the course book is not so easy to understand, and the course lasted too short»
- The course staff was very fair and correct. »
- Thanks for the lecture.»
- just an advice. Lotfollahs and Johnnys exercise sessions are extremely different and seem to cater to different audience (Lotfollah for beginners and Johnny for people that know more before the course. He has less explanations of why things are like they are) if you want to keep it like that be more clear about that in the beginning so people can pick the one they prefer :)»
- ---»
- The course was good and it help me alot to learn basic communications things»
- Perhaps a clearer statement of the goals at the beginning of the period would be very beneficial.»
- Alexander and Lotfollah are great. Johnny seem to have a hard time taking criticism and need to practice on pedagogy.»
- On the whole, I enjoyed this course. The project gave me an opportunity to see the some of the problems in the communication channel and also how to overcome that.»
- I do appreciate Alex"s and TA´,s contribution »
- I like Alex, he is a fine instructor»
- In the whole, everything is good. Thanks a lot for your help and guidance. »
- I haven"t taken the course»
- The course contents were good. Teaching was ok. Exercise sessions were good. But lab sessions for this subject were not great.»
- good»
- good course»

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