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UNA016 - Environmental policy instruments, Vt 2010, MPECO, UNA016

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2010-03-23 - 2010-03-30
Antal svar: 23
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 38%
Kontaktperson: Kathrine Jahnberg»

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.

22 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»10 45%
Around 20 hours/week»7 31%
Around 25 hours/week»0 0%
Around 30 hours/week»5 22%
At least 35 hours/week»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2

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


- Jessica was uninspiring.»
- Too complicated calculations at Magnus" lectures»
- It felt like Jessica was pretty restricted in her teaching and what she was supposed to say. I would like so see her get freer hands to personalise her lectures, because sometimes it think maybe she had to talk about things that she did not think mattered that much (and I agree, the history part was sometimes overwhelming). She is a really good lecturer.»
- All were good instructors in their own way.»

Thomas Sterner
23 svarande

0%»1 4%
25%»0 0%
50%»2 8%
75%»3 13%
100%»17 73%

Genomsnitt: 4.52

Jessica Coria
23 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»1 4%
50%»7 30%
75%»5 21%
100%»10 43%

Genomsnitt: 4.04

Magnus Hennlock
23 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»1 4%
50%»2 8%
75%»8 34%
100%»12 52%

Genomsnitt: 4.34

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?

23 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»3 13%
The goals are difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»13 56%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»7 30%

Genomsnitt: 3.04

- The 60% part of "knowing everything" about examples in the world, in the exam was distrurbing. Otherwise it was okay.» (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)
- i don"t remember exactly though» (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.

20 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»20 100%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2

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

20 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»13 65%
Yes, definitely»6 30%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.4

- There where not really any calculation questions as in those two exams that were on the course home page before. In that sence they need to explain more how the exam is going to be» (To some extent)
- a bit unfair to make large questions of that few subjects, I couldn"t show all i had larned» (To some extent)

6. The examination: Was it easy to understand the questions?

23 svarande

No, not at all»5 21%
To some extent»13 56%
Yes, definitely»3 13%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»2 8%

Genomsnitt: 2.08

- Why so many points and so few questions! That is very unfair if there is som e question you don´,t understand. Very bad that there was no teacher visiting the exam and no number to call!!!! That is against all chalmers policy!» (No, not at all)
- Th teacher should attend the exam to answer questions...» (No, not at all)
- This exam was the worst. The last third question was tough. But the fourth question was impossible. I tried to talk to my classmates after the exam, but noone had understood that question. It seemed like something we had not gone through in the course. And, no one came by to answer questions! In every exam I have ever taken at Chalmers someone comes by once, but usually twice to answer questions. It was really bad that noone showed up for this one.» (No, not at all)
- I had questions that I wanted to ask but there where no phone number or a teacher attending the exam. An exam at Chalmers the students have the right to ask questions!» (To some extent)
- There were a couple of questions which could have better redaction. Also, it would have been so much better been able to ask someone as usually in Chalmers.» (To some extent)
- question 3b) was really ill formulated» (To some extent)
- The examination was a bit strange compared to other years. So we were not really prepared to this kind of thing, and some questions were a bit difficult to understand.» (To some extent)
- Some of the examination was not consistent with the material taught throughout the course nor with the exercises/ problems or previous exams. Although critical thinking can be expected, it seems that a large jump was taken from the exercises to part of the exam. In addition, knowledge of EPI history made an unexpected presence on the test.» (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

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


- Thomas Sterner, very good and interesting lecturer, but tends to drift away and therefore the somewhat lower grade. »
- Thomas lectures where interesting but he always talked around the topic and never finished his power points. He also talked about same stuff as the other teachers where going to talk about. I had very hard to follow Jessica when she where teaching because she talked fast and in a monotom voice Magnus was the best of them in teaching. Structured and talked about the relevant things connected to the lecture.»
- Thomas: The slides from the cost distribution lecture could be improved. Jessica: Excellent lecturer. Magnus: Goes too fast sometimes, makes it hard to follow and then you loose motivation on the lecture.»
- I would like to give Jessica higher grade, because she is a good lecturer, but she wasn"t really given the most interesting topics (or something).»
- More structure would be nice from all three.»

Thomas Sterner
23 svarande

Small extent»1 4%
Some extent»3 13%
Large extent»6 26%
Great extent»13 56%

Genomsnitt: 3.34

Jessica Coria
23 svarande

Small extent»6 26%
Some extent»5 21%
Large extent»4 17%
Great extent»8 34%

Genomsnitt: 2.6

Magnus Hennlock
23 svarande

Small extent»1 4%
Some extent»4 17%
Large extent»10 43%
Great extent»8 34%

Genomsnitt: 3.08

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

23 svarande

Small extent»1 4%
Some extent»8 34%
Large extent»8 34%
Great extent»6 26%

Genomsnitt: 2.82

- It is really nice when the course and the literature follows each other.» (Great extent)

9. How did you like the course book?

- It was good to have a book that follows the course closely. Formulas in the book are written very strange and are hard to understand. »
- Good in some ways but really boring to read because it was just alot of text with little pictures... Yes there where small boxes and diagrams but in the long run that becomes very uninspiring. »
- it was ok, but the fact that the lectures and th reading plan didn"t match was irritating.»
- Hard to read. Very much information and also a little difficult to understand some times.»
- It could result interesting to read, but with more time and slowly.»
- takes time reading, very intense, could have been shorter and skipped some parts»
- Good, but With to much focus on Mathias and formulas.»
- The book is way too big, we don"t have time to read it. For me, i bought it but as i knew i wouldn"t have time to read everything, i didn"t read anything. It"s a bit a pity. Moreover, for the few i"ve read (for the project mainly), the text is way too long, there are too many repetitions and so the text could be much more synthetic and shorter.»
- Sometimes goes into details too much but overall the book is good and covers the most important parts of the learning objectives.»
- Pretty interesting, 4/5»
- ok»
- A bit too thick, but overall good»
- It is easy to read, but it is difficult to look things, words and concepts up in it because you have to read the whole text to get an explanation.»
- It"s good as reference litterature.»
- Very interresting.»
- I really like it»

10. How large part of the book did you read?

23 svarande

0%»1 4%
25%»4 17%
50%»6 26%
75%»6 26%
100%»6 26%

Genomsnitt: 3.52

- I only read the chapters mentioned in the syllabus» (75%)
- 100% of the chapters in week plan.» (100%)

11. What was good/ bad with the course book?

- Good - text where alot of information Bad - just text and no pictures and inspiring things»
- Good: Described the different policy instruments so they were easy to understand. Bad: To much text with difficult words and concepts.»
- The book goes around a subject too much. The slides result more objective.»
- A lot to read.»
- Cf Question 9»
- Bad that some chapters go into too great detail, good that the book covers the entire course.»
- the first 5 chapters was kind of non informative and took very long to read. chapters 6 and forward seemed more relevant for the course»
- It was rather scientific, used difficult words and phrase constructions (bad), it included many examples (good)»
- Not easy to look things up.»
- yes,it is good»

12. What is your opinion of the policy instruments exercise?

- it was good, good for understanding the difficulties but I didnt learn so much to do the calculations.»
- Good but could have been more clearer defined instructions of how the evaluation and grading would be.»
- exercise was good even thiough we wre too many in our group (7)»
- Good and interesting. Gave a good experience on how it might work in real life buisness sectors.»
- Excellent, the best part of the course, where I really started to understand the course goals.»
- Good asignment, it was Open giving freedom in how to Solveig it.»
- Very interesting. It allows us to really understand what are the different instruments, how they work and what are the effects. We were also able to see how it can influence companies, and how companies can try to influence them. I really enjoyed this exercise !»
- Very good»
- Very fun and educational. »
- can"t remember»
- very intreresting exercise, and one of the most interesting I havre done here at chalmers»
- Outstanding! Especially the presentation and the freedom to decide how to do it, and also the "real life" way to do it, with making up the facts and manipulating the numbers»
- Fun. But the group did not manage to work together at all, which made my learning experiece less than optimal.»
- fun and beneficial»
- Taught me a lot!»
- Fun, but too big groups. Hard to organize the work.»

13. Was the case study useful for your understanding of policy instrument design?

- yes»
- Yes it was.»
- yes!»
- Yes it was.»
- Absolutely.»
- Yes definitly. However it was not reflected in the exam»
- Yes, very! But give clear instructions from beginning (e.g about grades and credits)»
- Yes, all calcyulations.»
- Yes a lot.»
- Yes»
- To some extent, yes»
- yes. some of the lectures was kind of messy so it made understanding more clear»
- yes»
- Yes, but in my group we split the instruments, so each member only new his own instrument, I was lucky, I made the presentation slides, so I had to understand all instruments»
- Yes.»
- Yes»
- Yes!»
- Yes»
- yes, i think it is very useful, at first, i don"t understand anything,but after it ,I ,u,n,d,e,r,s,t,a,n,d, ,m,u,c,h, ,m,o,r,e,»

14. Was the time you spend on the assignment proportional to the amount of points you could receive?

23 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»8 34%
Yes, definitely»14 60%
I don"t know»1 4%

Genomsnitt: 2.69

- I spent a great deal of time on the assignment, more than was required but I found it interesting to explore it in greater depth.» (To some extent)

15. Did you get clear information regarding the project and the presentation?

22 svarande

No, not at all»1 4%
To some extent»8 36%
Yes, definitely»13 59%
I don"t know»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.54

- More clearer defined instructions of how the evaluation and grading would be.» (To some extent)
- really difficult to understand who and how many that was supposed to present the project» (To some extent)
- We were not really sure about what the hand in was supposed to include or how extensive it was supposed to be.» (To some extent)
- There was unclarity about how the bonus points worked. Thomas said that if people would know that you got points for speaking during the case study presentations, everybody would speak. Not good policy for a policy course!» (To some extent)

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

23 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»3 13%
Rather well»17 73%
Very well»3 13%

Genomsnitt: 3

- some slides were missing from a couple of lectures..» (Rather badly)
- Except for the exam sign-up» (Very well)

Study climate

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

23 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»1 4%
Rather good»8 34%
Very good»10 43%
I did not seek help»4 17%

Genomsnitt: 3.73

- But example Thomas always during the breaks went somewhere which made it hard to ask questions» (Rather good)
- It was not easy to get hold of anyone except for e-mails. But on the other hand the e-mail responds form Thomas came fast.» (Rather good)

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

23 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»3 13%
Rather well»9 39%
Very well»11 47%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.34

- The group assignment did not work that well. It was difficult to divide the task in a good way.» (Rather poorly)
- Use to be very well, but not this time.» (Rather poorly)
- Bad in the exercise.» (Rather well)
- Differing ambitions resulted in some troubles with the case excercise, which resulted in that two out of four people in the group did 90 percent of the work.» (Rather well)
- We had very different opinions about how to work in a group, so we had some difficulties in agreeing on one way to do it» (Rather well)

19. How was the course workload?

22 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»2 9%
Adequate»19 86%
High»1 4%
Too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.95

- Could have been higher demands on us. It feels like we just touched this subject. We could have learned so much more... This should be a master course on Chalmers » (Low)
- together with the other coarse it was a really tough period with high work load» (High)

20. How was the total workload this study period?

23 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»3 13%
Adequate»12 52%
High»7 30%
Too high»1 4%

Genomsnitt: 3.26

- Together with the other course, the weeks in the middle were hellish. Too much at times, but I think the other course is to blame for that.» (High)

Summarizing questions

21. What is your general impression of the course?

23 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»0 0%
Good»19 82%
Excellent»4 17%

Genomsnitt: 4.17

- Could have been hard» (Good)
- A bit difficult to see how and where I can apply the new knowledge, but just to know such things is very good» (Good)
- Except for the examination.» (Good)

22. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- case study, magnus as lecturer»
- The subject!»
- the exercise»
- The case study.»
- The assignment and the debate.»
- Case»
- The case study. The format of courses, the order the subjects are seen.»
- The case excercise»
- the project»
- Case study! And Thomas" lectures»
- The case study.»

23. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- Alot more calculations excersies. We hadn´,t calculated anything untill the " summary lecture" if such a large part of the exam is calculations there should be possibilities to calculate all the way throgh the course. »
- Clear instructions in how the examination of the case study will be and contact information on the exam AND A TEACHER THAT COMES TO ANSWER QUESTIONS!»
- add some guidance on calculations...or at least make it clear that is will be a large part of the exam.»
- Dont know.»
- The availability of a professor on duty during the examination, that was actually very disapointing.»
- Keep down the amount of slides... Plan the lectures better so there is enough time. Exam should reflect the general focus in the course! 3 hour lecture is not recommended.»
- Less math, it makes basic concepts more complicated. More lectures held by Thomas.»
- The book. If the book cannot be changed, maybe don"t ask to buy it and don"t expect students to have read it. Maybe a few texts could replace it.»
- More Thomas, less Magnus»
- The exam!»
- The bonus point system. It should be stated clearly how you get them.»
- It is very vad that the rules for examination is secret before the presentation. The worst I have seen at Chalmers. This has to be changed!»

24. Additional comments

- It would be nice to have feedback on the projects quite quickly after the end of the case study. This would also help for the examination preparation. It would also be nice to have the results of the examination quicker...»

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