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Distributed systems, Lp 2 Ht09, TDA596/DIT240

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2009-12-08 - 2009-12-21
Antal svar: 28
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 7%
Kontaktperson: Åsa Samdell»

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.

28 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»9 32%
Around 20 hours/week»10 35%
Around 25 hours/week»7 25%
Around 30 hours/week»2 7%
At least 35 hours/week»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.07

- Need more time for self study» (Around 25 hours/week)
- The first lab took a lot of time to complete. Otherwise, most of the hours were self-study.» (Around 25 hours/week)

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

28 svarande

0%»2 7%
25%»5 17%
50%»4 14%
75%»8 28%
100%»9 32%

Genomsnitt: 3.6

- I went to the first few courses, but I found it uninteresting, so I stopped.» (25%)
- I really think the teacher needs to get better at english and giving presentations in english. This is a more important part for the lectures then that there is put down any work changing the course for next year.» (25%)

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?

27 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»3 11%
The goals are difficult to understand»4 14%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»9 33%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»11 40%

Genomsnitt: 3.03

- Still too much to understand» (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.

26 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»1 3%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»21 80%
No, the goals are set too high»4 15%

Genomsnitt: 2.11

- The goals are not too low, but I just couldn"t mark them as "reasonable".» (No, the goals are set too low)
- too much to study, and a lot of articles» (No, the goals are set too high)

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

27 svarande

No, not at all»2 7%
To some extent»11 40%
Yes, definitely»12 44%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»2 7%

Genomsnitt: 2.51

- I can understand the algorithm, but not in the exam» (To some extent)
- Seemed to be a very big focus on algorithms using synchronized physical clocks.» (To some extent)
- I think it"s wrong to say "after this course you should know these algorithms", and then have an exam that checks your memory for those algorithms. In the future we won"t write algorithms from memory, but rather seek after a good one. It would have been better if we had more focus on different types of distributed systems, pros/cons and then detailed examples of a such. I feel that I just memorized some stuff, but didn"t learn anything really. » (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

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

28 svarande

Small extent»10 35%
Some extent»7 25%
Large extent»6 21%
Great extent»5 17%

Genomsnitt: 2.21

- You really have to learn how to teach. Talk slower and don"t start to babble on about a subject that is not relevant.» (Small extent)
- The teacher didn"t really manage to motivate and put the different techniques and concepts into perspective. That is, it was sometimes hard to understand WHY certain things were good to learn about. What they were used for etc» (Small extent)

7. Did the lecturer give enough information for doing the first laboratory assignment?

27 svarande

Not at all»5 18%
To some extent»11 40%
Yes, definitely»11 40%

Genomsnitt: 2.22

- I wasn"t on the lecture, so I don"t know. The written descriptions were had very poor description on what to do. We had to assume things that wasn"t specified, but got assignments rejected only because of that. Not ok!» (Not at all)
- Have to be better slides / info on the corba lab on WHAT TO DO!» (Not at all)
- It"s always needed read in internet or wherever to be able to do the lab» (To some extent)
- the labs are difficult it requires detailed java knowledge» (Yes, definitely)

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

28 svarande

Small extent»4 14%
Some extent»10 35%
Large extent»10 35%
Great extent»4 14%

Genomsnitt: 2.5

- It felt as the connection between the course book and the course was a bit lacking.» (Some extent)

9. To what extent have you read the course book?

28 svarande

Small extent»14 50%
Some extent»9 32%
Large extent»2 7%
Great extent»3 10%

Genomsnitt: 1.78

- I was searching in it when doing the laborations, but didn"t find much.» (Some extent)
- Read some chapters. The book in itself seemed pretty good. But the reading instructions did not seem to match the lectures all that well.» (Some extent)
- The book don"t contain the datails that are asked in the course, for instance, that 6 passwords are created in SSL handsake, and the slide don"t contain enough information» (Great extent)

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

28 svarande

Very badly»1 3%
Rather badly»2 7%
Rather well»13 46%
Very well»12 42%

Genomsnitt: 3.28

- The web page is a catastrophy. It looks like something I did when I was 10.» (Very badly)

11. Did the lecturer put the lecture notes in the web site in time or was it too late?

- in time»
- It will be better before class»
- It was too late, we talked to him many times but nothing has changed.»
- yes the lectures were on the site on time»
- yes.»
- Yes, good in time»
- no»
- Don"t know.»
- On Time»
- in time»
- in time but not all the time»
- just perfect»
- it was ok»
- In time»
- In time»
- To late.»
- set in time»
- no»
- put timely»
- It would have been nice to get the notes before the lecture.»
- always in time»

Study climate

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

28 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»1 3%
Rather good»7 25%
Very good»14 50%
I did not seek help»6 21%

Genomsnitt: 3.89

- perfect, you could ask to the class or lab teacher.» (Very good)

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

28 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»3 10%
Rather well»16 57%
Very well»8 28%
I did not seek cooperation»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 3.25

- Good labs to work with cooperation.» (Very well)

14. How was the course workload?

28 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»4 14%
Adequate»14 50%
High»7 25%
Too high»3 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.32

- Varied a lot. The first lab took a lot of time while the others were not all that difficult. This was however kind of nice since it really got you started and most other courses have the opposite workload seen over the period.» (Adequate)
- The assignment took lots of time, the lab time was not enough to get the work done» (High)
- Every week there is a heavy assingment, but good to learn.» (Too high)

15. How was the total workload this study period?

28 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»9 32%
High»16 57%
Too high»3 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.78

- with 3 courses» (Adequate)

Summarizing questions

16. What is your general impression of the course?

28 svarande

Poor»5 17%
Fair»1 3%
Adequate»10 35%
Good»11 39%
Excellent»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 3.07

- The subject is interesting, but the course was bad.» (Poor)
- Really dull course. Hard to understand what I was supposed to learn. Slides have to be structured better and contain a whole lot more info!» (Poor)
- It felt as though the course was a lot about learning things that you really can look up in a few seconds using google. I would have liked it to be a greater emphasis on understanding and using different technologies rather than memorizing them step-by-step. » (Poor)
- I am interested in the course content » (Good)

17. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- The teachers»
- mostly all»
- Not sure... The name of the course?»
- everything but more explanation about the labs»
- The labs. A easier corba lab.»
- Labs really helped understand -general lectures scheme»

18. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- The labs could be more oriented to make attacks, or to implement ssl connections , instead of only watch how is made(in the sniffer)»
- more clear in the lab materials, maybe some test cases provided for testing the lab assignments before we handed in.»
- The laboration descriptions _must_ be more specified, and better written. The code that we work with must be better written, now it is both in english and swedish and does not follow any standard at all. Sven-Arne should learn how to hold a lecture (in the end, only about 5 students showed up for the lecture), and how to write (and speak) better english. »
- may be some more variety in the assignments (lab 2,3,4 are more or less the same)»
- Teacher, if he won"t work on his teaching skills!»
- Put more credits on the labs! They really are necessary but are also really time consuming, so why not reflect it on the final note?»
- A nice addition would be to have some non-obligatory weekly exercises to test your knowledge of the material that has been covered during the week.»
- lecture notes can be revised to be more clear»

19. Additional comments

- very high burden, too much with the book and articles»
- none»
- I think it"s sad that this course is so bad, especially because it"s a such a major part of our masters program. I really hope it changes until next year. »
- thanks all!»
- The exam have to be more questions, can"t just be 6 questions with 10 points each. Especially if there are a, b, c questions. How many points are each answer worth? How much do I have to write to get full point etc.. And please, give us solutions to the exams so we know how a answer should look like!!»
- Put more credits on the labs! They really are necessary but are also really time consuming, so why not reflect it on the final note?»

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