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Parallel computer organization and design, Lp 3 Vt10, EDA281/DIT530

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2010-03-01 - 2010-03-16
Antal svar: 9
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.

9 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»4 44%
Around 20 hours/week»4 44%
Around 25 hours/week»1 11%
Around 30 hours/week»0 0%
At least 35 hours/week»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.66

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

9 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»0 0%
50%»0 0%
75%»4 44%
100%»5 55%

Genomsnitt: 4.55

- one exercise session missed» (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. How understandable are the course goals?

9 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»0 0%
The goals are difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»5 55%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»4 44%

Genomsnitt: 3.44

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.

9 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»9 100%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2

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

9 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»3 33%
Yes, definitely»5 55%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»1 11%

Genomsnitt: 2.77

Teaching and course administration

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

9 svarande

Small extent»3 33%
Some extent»3 33%
Large extent»2 22%
Great extent»1 11%

Genomsnitt: 2.11

- The teaching has been a disaster. Half of the lectures was not held at all, and the rest covered _one_ topic, cache coherence. The first lecture I attended Sally spent 30 minutes of the lecture updating the course homepage.» (Small extent)
- I could not learn this course well because I could not learn so much from teacher due to her many absence. But, the delivered exercises helped me a lot in understanding the course.» (Small extent)

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

9 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»1 11%
Large extent»7 77%
Great extent»1 11%

Genomsnitt: 3

- The Culler/Singh book was quite good, but really outdated. A few things has happened since -98... The book draft really needs more work, parts of it was completely impossible to follow. In my opinion cache coherence is a quite simple and intuitive topic, best illustrated with more visual aids and less text.» (Some extent)

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

9 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»2 22%
Rather well»4 44%
Very well»3 33%

Genomsnitt: 3.11

- When the course started the course homepage was not available at all, only a two years old version. later on a new one appeared, but it was not linked to from the student portal. It was neither mailed out to us attending the course. Use the student portal! I know Sally had problems with the permissions, but that"s not really a valid excuse. Fix it!» (Rather badly)
- There were some issues with scheduling lectures.» (Rather badly)

Study climate

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

9 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»3 33%
Very good»5 55%
I did not seek help»1 11%

Genomsnitt: 3.77

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

8 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»1 12%
Rather well»2 25%
Very well»5 62%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.5

- My lab parter was not really interested in the course at all. I had to explain such trivial concepts as speedup to him. He also barely spoke at all, not even guaranteed to respond if I asked him an explicit question.» (Rather poorly)

11. How was the course workload?

9 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»3 33%
Adequate»5 55%
High»1 11%
Too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.77

- Course load was not so much. But, actually, I could not grasp the things only due to the fact that in the begging of the course the most of the time is spent by not lecturing and in the end of quarter when every body is heavily burdened then the course was going to be covered.» (Adequate)

12. How was the total workload this study period?

9 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 11%
Adequate»4 44%
High»2 22%
Too high»2 22%

Genomsnitt: 3.55

- Took three courses, worked 20% and took an extra course outside Chalmers, so I have only myself to blame.» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

13. What is your general impression of the course?

9 svarande

Poor»2 22%
Fair»2 22%
Adequate»3 33%
Good»1 11%
Excellent»1 11%

Genomsnitt: 2.66

- There is more to parallel computer organization and design than cache coherence... We barely touched message passing, directory-based protocols or any other subject for that matter.» (Poor)
- Due to focus of the course, some details are left out of scope. Of course, it is impossible to cover all implementation details, but still, I don"t feel that I know enough to, e.g., describe some results of lab assignments in full detail without any doubt left.» (Adequate)

14. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- Seriously, nothing. »
- Exercises and Labs should be preserved at all.»
- the entire syllabus...»
- Nothing should be removed from the course.»

15. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- Rename the course to 7.5 HEC Cache Coherence techniques. The labs did not really give you anything, the actual work to do was trivial but still required lots of time due to meaningless simulations...»
- labs are kindergarden»
- couple of more labs cud be added for practical know how..»
- Perhaps course should be organized as a project (similar to TDA282 course).»

16. Additional comments

- (1) I request to teacher to please don"t leave the class at all. If she is not able due to any reason then there must be an alternative. As its a quarter system setup and only two lecture absence causes 15 percent reduction in the total lectures. (2) I think that the work load should be in the begging of the quarter and not at the end.»

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