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MPSTR Material performance 2009, VBB065

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2009-10-29 - 2009-11-16
Antal svar: 30
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 44%
Kontaktperson: Björn Engström»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Chalmers
Utbildningsprogram studenten tillhör: Väg- och vattenbyggnad 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 per week over the entire study period.

29 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»3 10%
Around 20 hours/week»11 37%
Around 25 hours/week»9 31%
Around 30 hours/week»4 13%
At least 35 hours/week»2 6%

Genomsnitt: 2.68

- Too many diffrent assignment during the course. The paze was to high and had no flexibility.» (Around 25 hours/week)
- it was too time-costy» (Around 30 hours/week)

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

29 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»0 0%
50%»5 17%
75%»13 44%
100%»11 37%

Genomsnitt: 4.2

- I didn"t attend sometimes because I had to much to do.» (75%)
- Or at least almost 100%» (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. To what extent have you reached the following goal?

The student should be able to:
- describe structures and properties of commonly used construction materials in both micro and macro scale.

29 svarande

0-20%»0 0%
20-40%»0 0%
40-60%»3 10%
60-80%»18 62%
80-100%»8 27%

Genomsnitt: 4.17

- For every type of marterial except for Timber, just some brief knowledge about this one» (80-100%)

4. To what extent have you reached the following goal?

The student should be able to
- explain materials behaviour under environmental and mechanical loads.

29 svarande

0-20%»0 0%
20-40%»0 0%
40-60%»4 13%
60-80%»17 58%
80-100%»8 27%

Genomsnitt: 4.13

- For every type of marterial except for Timber, just some brief knowledge about this one.» (80-100%)

5. To what extent have you reached the following goal?

The student should be able to:
- explain usual deterioration of a given material under given conditions.

29 svarande

0-20%»0 0%
20-40%»1 3%
40-60%»4 13%
60-80%»16 55%
80-100%»8 27%

Genomsnitt: 4.06

6. To what extent have you reached the following goal?

The student should be able to:
- apply certian models for describing materials behaviour and their deterioration.

29 svarande

0-20%»0 0%
20-40%»1 3%
40-60%»6 20%
60-80%»16 55%
80-100%»6 20%

Genomsnitt: 3.93

7. To what extent have you reached the following goal?

The student should be able to:
- critically evaluate a material or a combination of materials for its functional properties and durability.

29 svarande

0-20%»0 0%
20-40%»0 0%
40-60%»7 24%
60-80%»14 48%
80-100%»8 27%

Genomsnitt: 4.03

8. To what extent have you reached the following goal?

The student should be able to:
- apply the achieved knowledge in a performance-based design of buildings and civil engineering constructions.

29 svarande

0-20%»0 0%
20-40%»0 0%
40-60%»3 10%
60-80%»17 58%
80-100%»9 31%

Genomsnitt: 4.2

9. How understandable are the course goals?

30 svarande

The goals are difficult to understand»2 6%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»13 43%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»15 50%

Genomsnitt: 2.43

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

29 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»4 13%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»24 82%
No, the goals are set too high»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 1.89

- It is because I am an Erasmus Student who have already seen concrete material before.» (No, the goals are set too low)
- It not realistic to have 3 labs with hand-in 2 assaignment 1 big project 3 lecture assignment 1 presntation of the project 2 test and then 1 exam.... not resonable to use all forms at once» (No, the goals are set too high)

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

The examination consists of two "duggas", project work and final exam.

28 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»10 35%
Yes, definitely»18 64%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.64

- Better to use "real" questions than multiple choise. » (To some extent)
- The dugga is not so much about understanding as learning by heart.» (To some extent)
- I feel that I did not perform my best at the examination, but that is my on misstake as I had another examination the following day.» (To some extent)
- Excellent, the fact of learning step by step the lectures is excellent (At the first sight, it did seem really hard, but after we realized that it was not insurmountable)» (Yes, definitely)
- Tentan var lite väl lik duggorna. Det var tråkigt men ganska mycket lättare än vad man trott. Sen var det VÄLDIGT dåligt att det var så lätt att fuska på både duggorna och tentan. Det var folk som satt och viskade på tentan. Tenta vakten hade fullt upp med att ta emot några studenter och förklara att alla namn skulle stå på alla papper medan några satt lågt bak och viskade till varandra. Så var det vid inlämning av duggorna också. många frågade varandra om hur de svarat och vissa gick tillbaka och suddade ut kryss och fyllde i nya. Riktigt dåligt att det inte kan vara 2 tentavakter i varje sal så sådant kan bli eliminerat. » (Yes, definitely)
- It is a good thing to have several duggas as it helps us to learn from our mistakes. But then also, the last part (timber) is the part that I know a bit less.» (Yes, definitely)
- The duggas and final exam were sufficient. » (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

12. To what extent have the ordinary lectures been of help for your learning?

29 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»12 41%
Large extent»12 41%
Great extent»5 17%

Genomsnitt: 2.75

- Too much power point. Would be nice to see more pictures and films than just text on power point-presentations.» (Large extent)
- The lectures are a summary of what is written in the book, but sometimes we need to refer to the book to understand better» (Large extent)

13. To what extent have the guest lectures been of help for your learning?

29 svarande

Small extent»3 10%
Some extent»17 58%
Large extent»6 20%
Great extent»3 10%

Genomsnitt: 2.31

- I found some of them to be good, but others did not provide much detail regarding the goals of the course. A few guest lectures are good to put the course in context. Having too many is a distraction from the main goals.» (Some extent)

14. To what extent has the laboratory work been of help for your learing?

29 svarande

Small extent»3 10%
Some extent»4 13%
Large extent»13 44%
Great extent»9 31%

Genomsnitt: 2.96

15. To what extent has the project work been of help for your learning?

29 svarande

Small extent»2 6%
Some extent»12 41%
Large extent»10 34%
Great extent»5 17%

Genomsnitt: 2.62

- The project work was mainly focused on the structural part. For the Material performance part, we had to hurry to send it in time, so we spent much less time on it, and did not go as deep as we did for the structural part.» (Some extent)

16. To what extent have the study trips been of helf for your learning?

1)Introductory trip, 2) deterioration of buildings and bridges.

29 svarande

Small extent»9 31%
Some extent»11 37%
Large extent»5 17%
Great extent»4 13%

Genomsnitt: 2.13

- (I haven"t been able to make it for the 2nd stuy trip)» (Some extent)

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

28 svarande

Small extent»1 3%
Some extent»6 21%
Large extent»13 46%
Great extent»8 28%

Genomsnitt: 3

- The book could be used more or not used at all. I used it once, calculating the concrete recipe (which consisted the UK method for desiging concrete and not the one we should use)» (Some extent)

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

29 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»3 10%
Rather well»17 58%
Very well»9 31%

Genomsnitt: 3.2

- It"s good if the lecture notes is on the homepage before the lecture» (Rather badly)
- Bad organization on the homepage.» (Rather badly)
- lite flummig uppdelning ibland av mapparna. svårt att hitta det man letade efter ibland» (Rather badly)

Study climate

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

29 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»8 27%
Very good»17 58%
I did not seek help»4 13%

Genomsnitt: 3.86

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

29 svarande

Very poorly»2 6%
Rather poorly»3 10%
Rather well»7 24%
Very well»17 58%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.34

- At times it was difficult to arrange time to meet.» (Rather well)
- It would be nice to have some work shop in order for international students and swedish students to get to know each other, and not be shy.» (Very well)
- We had to divide the work and help eachother otherwise we wouldn"t had been able to finish most of the things. 1 did labrapport, 1 assignment, 1 lecture presentation etc» (Very well)

21. How much of your available time for studies in this study period did you spend on this course?

It is assumed that 50% of the time is used for Structural systems and 50% for Material performance.

29 svarande

less than 20%»1 3%
20-40%»15 51%
about 50%»7 24%
60-80%»6 20%
more than 80%»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.62

- I did not study Structural systems and my other course was very difficult.» (less than 20%)
- 40%Building Performance 60%Structural Systems» (20-40%)

22. How was the course workload?

29 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 3%
Adequate»14 48%
High»8 27%
Too high»6 20%

Genomsnitt: 3.65

- The assignments are a good way to practise before the duggas.» (Adequate)
- Too much with lectures, assignments, duggas, project work, laborations, studytrips and other presentations (timber, fundamental...). It was to much, you didnt have time to attend at all things and definetly no time for reading coarse literature and study for the duggas. You need to have less compulsory things. And even if its not compulsory or affect your grade it creates a lot of stress to have all this things. Cooperate with the other coarse structural systems. Make the material coarse more involved in the structural systems.» (Too high)
- It was to much to do some weeks which made it hard to have time to do assignments, projects, seminars, lab reports and attending lectures.» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

23. What is your general impression of the course?

29 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»4 13%
Adequate»10 34%
Good»13 44%
Excellent»2 6%

Genomsnitt: 3.44

- Very much repetition from the course Byggnadsmaterial but I guess that"s necessary when not all have the same background» (Fair)
- Its a really good coarse. Its interesting and you really feel that its important.» (Good)
- In general it was good. I did find that the focus was a little too much on concrete.» (Good)

24. What is the remaining value of the course in the future

27 svarande

Very small»0 0%
Rather small»5 18%
Rahter high»19 70%
Very high»3 11%

Genomsnitt: 2.92

25. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- The exam»
- Everything except the lecture about frost damage»
- The study trips»
- Laborations, project work and the studytrips. Even if the study trips gives rather poor knowledge its good to come out in the real world and the most important thing is that its creating an interest to learn more about the properties that effect the materials, you feel that you have to learn about the material properties to be able of making a good structure and make it durable.»
- the labs where interesting»
- The project, labs and guest lectures should be preserved. The labs are especially are a great way to understand material properties and to visualize fundamental concepts.»
- Labs, study trips, group work.»
- Laborations is fun (can be changed a bit though) Assigmnet with chloride ingression»
- The study trips»
- Good project work »

26. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- The project work»
- frost damage»
- Less concrete and more other materials»
- You need to have less things that you want the students to do. You cant have 2 assignments, 2 duggas, lectures, laborations, project work and other presentations (timber, fundamentals....). It creates a lot of stress for the students and we are not able to make a good work even if we study 24/7. all the things are really good for your understanding but since you do not have the time to really think about what you are doing or sometimes dont have time to go on the lectures because of all you need to do, then something is wrong. You should be able to sleep in the nights and have time to reflect on what you are doing. For this study period a lot of students feelt bad because of all the stress and in my case i stydied all days long and still didnt have time to reflect on what im doing or study for duggas etc but i really think that its a good and important coarse!»
- workload, take away the group discussions»
- The labs and assignments should have bonus points associated with them. They require quite some time to complete. If high quality work is expected then they should be worth points.»
- More labs and visual experiences. Perhaps a tour around chalmers to see examples of good and bad building material and other interesting fenomena.»
- All small exercises took to long time and the focus easily shifted from the group work. »
- no final exam or less assignment during the course»
- Get the handouts of the construction materials first part (part presented by the students in group).»
- To much to do with all assignments, project and laborations etc. »
- a little less emphasis on concrete -at times the course became difficult to follow because of having multiple lecturers. It is hard to focus at times with differences and style and emphasis.»

27. Additional comments

- Congratulation for the different professors and lecturers. I keep in mind a good opinion about Swedish teaching»
- There were some students sitting talking to each other on the exam (they spoke on a language I do not understand) but I think they helped each other.»
- The discription of the project work could be improved, just to know what are expected of you as a student.»

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