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Advanced Quantum Mechanics, FUF070/FIM425

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2009-11-06 - 2009-12-18
Antal svar: 12
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 48%
Kontaktperson: Gabriele Ferretti»

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.

12 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»1 8%
Around 20 hours/week»4 33%
Around 25 hours/week»5 41%
Around 30 hours/week»2 16%
At least 35 hours/week»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.66

- Differed from the weeks when we had hand-ins and not, but even the "worst" weeks it probably wasn"t over 25 hours, class included.» (Around 20 hours/week)
- In the first part the workload was reasonable, but the second half it was too much.» (Around 25 hours/week)

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

12 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»1 8%
50%»1 8%
75%»3 25%
100%»7 58%

Genomsnitt: 4.33

- 65% isn"t among the options... I had a colliding lecture once week were attendance was mandatory, otherwise I would have been present at at least 90% of the lectures.» (50%)
- I attended all of Gabriele"s lectures and most of Stellan"s» (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?

12 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»5 41%
The goals are difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»1 8%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»6 50%

Genomsnitt: 2.66

- I have only glanced at the goals, do not remember much.» (I have not seen/read the goals)
- I really have not found any course goals. I have been looking on studentportalen for the GU students.» (I have not seen/read the goals)
- They aren"t found on the teachers" individual course pages, but I guess that"s OK. One can find them on Studieportalen at least.» (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.

6 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»5 83%
No, the goals are set too high»1 16%

Genomsnitt: 2.16

- I cannot judge this» (?)
- The goals ("Lärandemål") are fulfilled I think ("A working knowledge of relativistic quantum mechanics" - I don"t know about that one, we had one lecture with Ferretti that wasn"t really part of the course that treated this (Dirac eq etc), but maybe I don"t interpret "relativistic QM" correctly). However, the content ("Innehåll") doesn"t reflect the course anymore since we didn"t treat the WKB approximation this year (nor the Berry phase, and I don"t remember if we treated coherent states in AQM. We did however look at coherent states in the previous QM course). Klein-Gordon"s and Dirac"s equations were treated very briefly.» (No, the goals are set too high)

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

7 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»3 42%
Yes, definitely»2 28%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»2 28%

Genomsnitt: 2.85

- With the reservation of the same remarks as above. We also haven"t received the last Take Home Exam, so that one"s hard to review.» (To some extent)
- in the first part the examination did check the goals. the second part examination is not done jet» (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?

12 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»3 25%
Large extent»7 58%
Great extent»2 16%

Genomsnitt: 2.91

- the teaching of Prof. Ferretti was very good and helpful, the teaching of Prof. Ostlund was rather confusing and more to some extend helpful.» (Large extent)

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

12 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»3 25%
Large extent»6 50%
Great extent»3 25%

Genomsnitt: 3

- there was not so much literature except for the lecture notes. very good were the different links to chapters in ebooks on chalmers library.» (Some extent)
- Sakurai"s book is good.» (Large extent)

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

12 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»0 0%
Rather well»8 66%
Very well»4 33%

Genomsnitt: 3.33

- Gabriele"s part was good. Stellan"s was less well handed.» (Rather well)

Study climate

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

12 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»5 41%
Very good»5 41%
I did not seek help»2 16%

Genomsnitt: 3.75

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

12 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»0 0%
Rather well»3 25%
Very well»8 66%
I did not seek cooperation»1 8%

Genomsnitt: 3.83

11. How was the course workload?

12 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»9 75%
High»2 16%
Too high»1 8%

Genomsnitt: 3.33

- At least for me I found it to be a lot more manageable than the last QM course. Not least the fact that we didn"t have hand-ins every week (and not in the parallell course either) led to the concept of "free time".» (Adequate)
- in the first part it was high but adequate, in the second it was too high» (Too high)

12. How was the total workload this study period?

12 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»7 58%
High»4 33%
Too high»1 8%

Genomsnitt: 3.5

- Compared to the last study period it was a welcome change. I find the tempo reasonable. In the gravitation course on the side we often got the hand-in problems more than a week in advance which led to the ability to plan one"s week more freely. In this course we got them a week in advance (sans Gabriele"s Take Home Exam, which was planned, and we had a say in when we wanted to recieve it) which is also OK.» (Adequate)
- But that"s to be expected when you"re taking courses at 150% and work some on the side.» (High)
- since both courses are examining during the period it is really stressful» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

13. What is your general impression of the course?

12 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»1 8%
Adequate»3 25%
Good»7 58%
Excellent»1 8%

Genomsnitt: 3.66

- Again, Gabriele"s part was great. Stellan"s was hard to follow, not as structured, and homework was harder/not as clear. Also, the fact that deadline changes and hints regarding homework were published on the webpage just a few hours before original deadline (when most of us were asleep) is not good.» (Adequate)
- It"s hard too know what parts will be useful in the future, but the subjects treated are interesting and I can without any troubles imagine applications. A more solid base of superconductivity/fluidity is also very nice to have since it is such a fascinating phenomenon.» (Good)
- first part better than second» (Good)

14. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- the kind opportunity to ask question»
- Scattering theory.»
- The subjects are good. I wouldn"t cram in more material without increasing the number of lectures, the subjects that are present contain enough material to fill the current number.»
- Prof. Ferretti can preserve almost everything. The ebook links and references from Prof. Ostlund.»

15. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- maybe the motion of the problem we do could be more clear, like the usage of the method to calculate»
- Stellan"s part needs to change. Would be good with a text book, and not so much statistical physics!»
- Course literature for Stellan"s part.»
- For some of Stellan"s hand-in assignments it felt as if we just didn"t have the tools to solve them until we received a hint or two the day before the dead-line, or sometimes the same lecture as the dead-line, which led to him postponing the time for hand-in. This isn"t optimal from the student points of view since it pretty much wrecks the planning to accomodate the other course"s workload and assignments.»
- the panel of Prof. Ostlund could be better. It would be good to stretch out the examination into nonlecture time.»
- Stellans part of the course is a bit problematic. The lectures are hard to follow due to no clear structure, lot"s of errors and skipped details. This wouldn"t be all that bad if we had references where the same thing is done, but we don"t have that. Hence, I suggest two alternative improvements: 1) Adjust the content of the lectures to match the literature we have/add literature to match the lectures. When the lectures are this hard to follow and take reasonable lecture notes from you really can"t deviate from the way things are done in the references. 2) Make clear, self-contained, lecture notes and follow them strictly. (I.e not improvising without a clear line of argument, doing calculations on the board that often get"s wrong with at least some details.)»

16. Additional comments

- the teacher is so nice»
- It would be better lectures at 10am instead of 8am. »
- The name of the course makes people outside of the F building go "Ohh" and "Ahh".»
- Maybe Stellan should type out his lecture notes»

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