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Course evaluation Technical Change and the Environment 2007, ENM015

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2007-12-11 - 2007-12-21
Antal svar: 40
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 83%
Kontaktperson: Björn Sandén»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Chalmers

General impression

1. What is your general impression of the course?

40 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»1 2%
Adequate»5 12%
Good»16 40%
Excellent»18 45%

Genomsnitt: 4.27

- more guest lecture» (Good)
- Interesting lectures and comments, but it could have been more disciussions.» (Good)
- Very good lectures. Good assignments. Interesting topics.» (Excellent)
- Very interesting and thought provoking» (Excellent)
- Extremely fun! Well organized and great lectures, especially from Björn!» (Excellent)
- I have enjoyed it very much. Great lectures, good chose of litteratur (Do not know very much about Grubler unfortunately), the hands-in were good or okey. In general an excellent course...Thanks! » (Excellent)
- very interesting and makes you to think:)» (Excellent)

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.

2. How understandable are the course goals?

40 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»3 7%
The goals are difficult to understand»1 2%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»17 42%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»19 47%

Genomsnitt: 3.3

- my own fault, the goals have been available» (I have not seen/read the goals)
- But it is always difficult to express knowledge in a few wordss...» (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)
- I have never seen any really clear course goals in any course, guess that they are inherently hard to make.» (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)
- I"ve saw the goals a week ago, but do not rememeber any of them. » (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)
- I have seen them several times but they are formulated in a quite complicated language so I cannot really remember what they say.» (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)

3. 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.

38 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»1 2%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»37 97%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.97

- I trust you the goals are reasonable, I really haven"t bothered reading them. The lecture"s have been great so I would guess I have a good grip on what"s important anyway :-)» (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)

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

39 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»17 43%
Yes, definitely»19 48%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»3 7%

Genomsnitt: 2.64

- I think the exam was rather vague and very "flummig" :) given all the literature to read, I think it would have been good with an exam where it was easier to show what you really learnt. Expressing ones opinion during time pressure doesn"t always give that good results...» (To some extent)
- To write the exam interesting and fun.» (To some extent)
- The questions assess whether you have reached the goals but they are very broad and it is difficult to know how much to include and it what way you should approach the questions. » (Yes, definitely)
- the combination of a quiz and a takehome seems wuite good to examine both knowledge and apply of knowledge. The quiz could be a little later, there was not that much time for reading» (Yes, definitely)
- Great way of examining the students. I learned a lot from the exam and it was probably the most fun I´,ve done on Chalmers so far.» (Yes, definitely)
- Was hard though» (Yes, definitely)
- that is really good to change perspectives on existing systems» (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

5. To what extent has the lectures been of help for your learning?

39 svarande

Small extent»2 5%
Some extent»7 17%
Large extent»13 33%
Great extent»17 43%

Genomsnitt: 3.15

- learning comes from reading» (Small extent)
- It was difficult to follow the class due to the language» (Small extent)
- interesting lectures! easy to participate, but there could be more rooms for discussions...» (Great extent)

6. How do you value the quality and relevance of the lecture(s) given by...?


- I did not attend the lectures which I answered with no opinion. The relevance of Lennart"s lecture was very good, but unfortunately Lennart was not a very good lecturer. I have really enjoyed attending Björn"s lectures. It"s a very good grade coming from me, since I"ve never really been a fan of lectures. »
- To many names I don"t recognize, I"m afraid I can"t distinguish them.»
- Don"t remember who"s who among those other teachers. Photos of each and everyone should be included here =) But I really liked the one lecturing about entrepeneurship.»
- Björn"s lectures are probably the most inspiring I"ve ever had! Very vivid and educational lecturing on a very interesting and relevant subject.»
- Missed two lectures unfortunately»
- Björn Sandén was close to excellent but a lack of concentration (maybe due to much skill and experience) lowered the grade. »

Björn Sandén
40 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»3 7%
Very good»10 25%
Excellent»26 66%
No opinion»1

Genomsnitt: 4.58

Martin Edlund
40 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»8 30%
Very good»10 38%
Excellent»8 30%
No opinion»14

Genomsnitt: 4

Staffan Jacobsson
40 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»2 6%
Adequate»9 31%
Very good»14 48%
Excellent»4 13%
No opinion»11

Genomsnitt: 3.68

Karl Hillman
38 svarande

Poor»1 4%
Fair»3 12%
Adequate»8 33%
Very good»10 41%
Excellent»2 8%
No opinion»14

Genomsnitt: 3.37

Lennart Bångens
39 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»2 8%
Adequate»13 52%
Very good»8 32%
Excellent»2 8%
No opinion»14

Genomsnitt: 3.4

Hanna Jönsson
39 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»2 8%
Adequate»7 30%
Very good»13 56%
Excellent»1 4%
No opinion»16

Genomsnitt: 3.56

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

40 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»19 47%
Large extent»18 45%
Great extent»3 7%

Genomsnitt: 2.6

- The first assignment was really interesting but the one with the debate didn"t learn me anything.» (Some extent)
- They have provided help for learning but i would have liked some kind of feedback to be able to know if concepts were understood and adressed in a good way.» (Large extent)
- I am actually in between some and large.» (Large extent)

8. How do you value the quality and relevance of the different assignments?


- The assignment D should be more specific I think in order to get a higher level on the result. »
- The assignments should have been marked, or with feedback - credits to count for the course»
- More environmental perspective in the assignment, especially Ass. D.»
- Assignment D should have been performed in another way. It was too many presentations, and too many details. If one was given extra credits for such an assignment, then at least people would put effort into making it a bit more interesting. The assignment itself (D) was fun though!»
- Got you thinking and inspired you to think about technology etc in a new way. Assignment B was a bit "krystad" as it is called in swedish. Not really for me. Assignement C was probably very good just that I did not do it focused enough or missunderstood something because I did not really understand the relations between factors at that time (remember some confusion at the quick runthrough of the assignement but I do think that it was a good assignment)»

Assignment A
40 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»3 7%
Adequate»15 37%
Very good»17 42%
Excellent»5 12%

Genomsnitt: 3.6

Assignment B
39 svarande

Poor»4 10%
Fair»3 7%
Adequate»7 17%
Very good»21 53%
Excellent»4 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.46

Assignment C
39 svarande

Poor»2 5%
Fair»2 5%
Adequate»11 28%
Very good»24 61%
Excellent»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.46

Assignment D
39 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»2 5%
Adequate»7 17%
Very good»20 51%
Excellent»10 25%

Genomsnitt: 3.97

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

40 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»9 22%
Large extent»22 55%
Great extent»9 22%

Genomsnitt: 3

- I"m rather lazy and usually never read course litterature. However - for this course I"ve made an exception and read the entire book by Ponting - It"s really a good one!:-)» (Some extent)
- practical thing: please use pagenumber in the compendium. the compendium cost 234 kr which is rather expensive for a compendium. In addition the total amount of literature is rather big, and cost thereafter. » (Some extent)
- too much to read!!» (Some extent)
- There was a bit too much reading.» (Some extent)
- All literature was interesting to read.» (Great extent)
- Wish that I had put more time on reading the material because it was good and instructive. Especially the compendium and Ponting. » (Great extent)

10. How do you value the quality and relevance of the different books?


- Collection of articles is very long - some repetitive things»
- In Grubler there was too much text for the information provided. The acquired information per hour was comparatively low for this book. »
- comment concerning books: as they are expensive there should be more pressure on the librery to supply the students (there is 2 copies of pointing and 2 of grubler) also the colletion of article should have a smaler price, maybe subizides ,) !!! »
- Very interesting literature, I focused on Ponting and Grubler rather than the compendium because it was easier to understand those texts and some of the texts in the compendium were very specific (eg. QWERTY) and not that relevant. I do think that it was too much to read, and especially when you find the subject interesting you really want to read it all=impossible!! Also, it got a bit too expensive buying all the books....»
- Maybe it would be sufficent with only one out of Grübler and the collection of articles. »
- I"m getting another Pointing as a christmas present for my father... Compendium relevant but much too long. Altogether there is an unreasonable amount of reading, if you read all of it. On the other hand it"s relevant to learn how to skim text and get the important bits quickly - this course definitely helped me on that.»
- Would be great with pagenumbers in the compendium. Does not have to be more fancy than handwritten in a corner»

Ponting: A (new) green history of the world
40 svarande

Poor»2 5%
Fair»1 2%
Adequate»6 15%
Very good»15 39%
Excellent»14 36%
No opinion/ have not read»2

Genomsnitt: 4

Grübler: Technology and global change
40 svarande

Poor»1 3%
Fair»3 9%
Adequate»7 21%
Very good»14 43%
Excellent»7 21%
No opinion/ have not read»8

Genomsnitt: 3.71

Collection of articles
40 svarande

Poor»1 2%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»12 32%
Very good»18 48%
Excellent»6 16%
No opinion/ have not read»3

Genomsnitt: 3.75

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

40 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»1 2%
Rather well»15 37%
Very well»24 60%

Genomsnitt: 3.57

- There were some lack of information, in some of the assignments.» (Rather badly)
- Guess the exam could be on the web as well?:-)» (Rather well)
- It makes it very easy for us if all lecture notes are posted in advance.» (Rather well)
- It was very good that the lecture notes was handed out before the lectures.» (Very well)

Your own effort

12. How was the course workload?

40 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»2 5%
Adequate»21 52%
High»17 42%
Too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.37

- To be honest - if one reads all the material (as I wish that I had done), the workload would have been very high but if you mainly consider hands-out etc, then it was adequate. » (Adequate)
- it could and should be better...» (Adequate)
- There was a lot of literature to read!» (High)
- The reading took much time of course!» (High)
- A lot to read in the first half of the course, prior to the "dugga".» (High)
- It has been a lot of work but definately worth it.» (High)

13. 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.

40 svarande

At most 10 hours/week»6 15%
Around 15 hours/week»10 25%
Around 20 hours/week»14 35%
Around 25 hours/week»8 20%
At least 30 hours/week»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.75

- As an exchange student I was more focused on the other course that I could count at my home university. This one was just for fun. And it was fun!» (At most 10 hours/week)
- Total: 21 h class 15h ponting 30h writing exam 10 h articles 20 h assignments » (Around 15 hours/week)
- No idea really..» (Around 20 hours/week)
- Maybe 25, this is hard to estimate.» (Around 20 hours/week)

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

39 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»1 2%
50%»6 15%
75%»18 46%
100%»14 35%

Genomsnitt: 4.15

- 21 hours » (?)
- Would have wanted to be there for everything. » (75%)

Study climate within the course

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

40 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»2 5%
Rather good»4 10%
Very good»27 67%
I did not seek help»7 17%

Genomsnitt: 3.97

- only in class» (Rather poor)
- Very little information given prior to the examinations about what to expect and how to prepare - especially for the 1st test.» (Rather good)
- If the teacher is available during the break it is usually enough.» (Very good)
- Easy to mail Björn with questions, quick reply.» (Very good)

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

40 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»1 2%
Rather well»10 25%
Very well»29 72%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.7

Summarizing questions about the course

17. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- Assignment B, the compendium and Björn.»
- Good mixture of lectures.»
- I especially like the fact that the examination questions are very unbounded and allows for the student to use his/her own imagination.»
- Discussions during lectured and debate for assignement B»
- assignmente, espeacially D»
- Basically everything.»
- the assigments»
- The assignments»
- the sequence of topics. Really liked the set up in this historical context. The lecture about politics.»
- The mid-term exam, was important since it forced me to read in the beginning.»
- Everything»
- The exam in the form it is now.»
- Everything. I especially like the debate and the home exam.»
- Grübler»
- The mid-term and the home exam. It was good to be forced to start reading. »
- Most things. A generally very very good course.»
- Everything»
- THe exam and Björns lectures.»
- Assigment A, alot of the articles, the lecture with Mr Edlund, Ponting, the high quality of "ordinary lectures", mid-term exame (good with incentives for studies)»
- The structure and contents of the lectures, they are by far the part of the course that encourages imaginary thinking the most. »
- The lectures and the form of exam»

18. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- Maybe find some literature about the some of the guest lecturer"s topics to make them feel more relevant and connected to the course.»
- More input on the assignments: The assignments were good but I got a feeling of there should be more to it. Either in form of feedback in order to know if you are on the right track or if they could provide some bonus points or credits for the exam. Some kind of essay practicing or advice for the exam. »
- I believe the groups for assignment D should be decided by the teacher in advance. This would create a better mix between international students and swedish students.»
- Debates on more subjects (maybe 2 ou 3 assignments of the same type as B)»
- the content of mid-term exam»
- Information about what will be in the mid-term, it was unclear that we would have to know not only the concepts and ideas, but also who came up with them»
- mer miljöperspektiv på uppgift D sidnr i kompendium kostnad kompendium?»
- more guest lectors»
- The midterm»
- I would like to hear a little more about future scenarios, but tha is probably also because I did not take the other course, sustainable energy futures.»
- The course did not contain any elements that definitely should be changed.»
- Nothing»
- Nothing I can think about.»
- Change the Ponting by another book or maintain only the Grübler and add some more articles or chapters of different books.»
- The mid-exam was very hard, difficult to now what in all the texts are important. »
- Remove some of the lengthier articles from the compendium. ALOT of reading on transport sector. Change assignment C to something less mathematical and more course relevant - more discussion/thinking.»
- Nothing come to mind»
- Assignement B»
- Nothing»

19. Additional comments

- nope»
- Bjorn is friendly and has a good sense of humor, which makes students feel more comfortable to participate in class, as well as make the lectures more interesting.»
- It is very inspiring with enthusiastic teachers such as Björn.»
- Duggan kollade inte om man förstått koncept utan om man visste vem som sagt vad. hemtentafrågorna skulle kunna delas ut en efter en för att få än mer kontinuerligt arbete. generellt önskar jag ännu mer fokus på miljöfrågor. »
- thanks for a nice course!»
- Nope.»
- Maybe too many assignments without grades, but if results seem alright anyway no change are needed.»

Study climate within your program

These questions relate to the program you are following, not only this particular course.

20. What program do you follow?

40 svarande

Industrial Ecology»26 65%
Other Chalmers Master Program»3 7%
Erasmus student»11 27%

Genomsnitt: 1.62

- I follow the program Industrial Ecology, but I not officialy accepted to that Master"s Program. » (Industrial Ecology)
- I took all courses of Industrial Ecology» (Erasmus student)
- unitech programme» (Erasmus student)

21. What is your general opinion of the study climate on the program?

39 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»8 20%
Very good»24 61%
Excellent»7 17%

Genomsnitt: 3.97

- no comments» (?)
- I love the program. 3 of 4 courses fo far has held a very high standard. Dedicated and nice lecturers, good connections between courses..» (Excellent)
- Great group of students!» (Excellent)

22. How is the workload in your program (the whole semester)?

40 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»2 5%
Adequate»24 60%
High»11 27%
Too high»3 7%

Genomsnitt: 3.37

- It"s low compared to previous years on Chalmers, but it"s hard for me to evaluate since I"ve been taking more courses than the mandatory courses in IE.» (Low)
- High mainly because of high degree of commitment. » (High)
- It has been a bit hard to find extra time to read lectures but I actually do not think that it should be changed. There are few things I would have liked them to exclude. I am going to push myself harder instead. Have been i a bit lacy at times » (High)
- Lots of reading» (High)
- 3 lectures MPECO + 1 external to the program» (Too high)

23. How was the total workload this study period?

40 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»2 5%
Adequate»17 42%
High»17 42%
Too high»4 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.57

- Much to read, but not difficult to understand. » (High)
- If you aim for good grades the work load is always high...» (High)
- same answer as question nr 22» (High)
- i choose to take all threee courses so i only have y self to blame» (Too high)

24. How are the opportunities to ask questions and get help?

39 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»13 33%
Very good»25 64%
I did not seek help»1 2%

Genomsnitt: 3.69

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

39 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»0 0%
Rather well»9 23%
Very well»30 76%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.76

- We are a group working together since 1st year of the bachelor. We work very well together. I don"t know how it would be to cooperate with the other students. For us I think it is very good that we got to choose our own groups. » (Very well)

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