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Questionnaire on Masters thesis

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2010-09-29 - 2011-02-27
Antal svar: 4
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: ?%
Kontaktperson: Becky Bergman»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Chalmers
Klass: Övriga

Profile of Masters students

The aim of this section is to get an idea of the type of Masters projects there are.

1. How many Masters theses were you involved in last year?*

You might have been supervisor and/ or examiner

Frågan är kopplad till lärare: Becky Bergman»

4 svarande

1-5»3 75%
6-10»1 25%
10-15»0 0%
More than 15»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.25 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- 4 theses with 2 students in each project (8 students)» (1-5)

2. What percentage of your Masters students were Swedish?*

Frågan är kopplad till lärare: Becky Bergman»

4 svarande

0-25%»0 0%
25-50%»0 0%
50-75%»1 25%
75-100%»3 75%

Genomsnitt: 3.75

- Depending on which year we are talking about. varying between 40 and 75%» (50-75%)
- THis year 100%. This was an exception, in total about 2/3 of the students are Swedish» (75-100%)

3. What percentage of your Masters students were international?*

4 svarande

0-25%»3 75%
25-50%»1 25%
50-75%»0 0%
75-100%»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.25

- usually 1/3, see above» (0-25%)
- see 2» (25-50%)

4. What percentage of your students did company based projects?*

4 svarande

0-25%»0 0%
25-50%»1 25%
50-75%»2 50%
75-100%»1 25%

Genomsnitt: 3

- 50%» (25-50%)
- more towards 75% but I do not have any figures» (50-75%)

5. What percentage of your students did Chalmers based projects?*

4 svarande

0-25%»1 25%
25-50%»2 50%
50-75%»1 25%
75-100%»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2

- 50%» (25-50%)

6. How do your students USUALLY select their project?*

Rank the following in order of most common to least common.

Rangordningsfråga. Siffran anger medelposition.

1.The students have their own company contacts1.5
2.From the program homepage2.7
The students join a PhD project2.7
4.You as a supervisor suggest a project3

- We try to to make all projects available on a course homepage at studieportalen. Normally, a project made at Chalmers is a part of a PhD project (about 50%), the others are made at a company.» (?)

7. Are you usually the examiner for the students that you supervise?*

4 svarande

Always»2 50%
Very often»1 25%
Sometimes»0 0%
Seldom»0 0%
Never»1 25%

Genomsnitt: 2.25

8. Do you use PhD students as supervisors?*

4 svarande

Always»1 25%
Very often»1 25%
Sometimes»2 50%
Seldom»0 0%
Never»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.25

- when master projects are made at Chalmers» (Very often)
- If it is a theiss which is part of a PhDproject they always supervise and can be coached in that process - it is a good experience» (Sometimes)
Genomsnitt totalt för detta stycke: 1.25

Profile of Masters supervisors /examiners

9. How long have you been working at Chalmers?*

4 svarande

less than 5 years»1 25%
between 5-10 years»0 0%
more than 10 years»3 75%

Genomsnitt: 2.5

10. What is your position at Chalmers?*

Here we have used the Swedish job titles to make this as clear as possible.

4 svarande

(på denna fråga var det möjligt att välja flera svarsalternativ)

doktorand»1 25%
adjunkt»0 0%
lektor»1 25%
programansvarig»1 25%
forskare»2 50%
annat»0 0%

- Lärare och forskare, masterkoordinator» (forskare)

11. What is your highest academic qualification?

4 svarande

Bachelor thesis»0 0%
Master thesis»1 25%
PhD thesis»3 75%

Genomsnitt: 2.75

- also Docent» (PhD thesis)

12. How many peer reviewed journal articles have you had published?

4 svarande

1 25%
Less than 5»0 0%
5-10»0 0%
10-20»2 50%
More than 20»1 25%

Genomsnitt: 3.5

Process of supervision

13. In your opinion,what percentage of theses are well written at your department?*

4 svarande

0-25%»0 0%
25-50%»0 0%
50-75%»3 75%
75-100%»1 25%

Genomsnitt: 3.25

- It is a random result and the writing process is not sufficiently supported and scaffolded in my opinion» (50-75%)

14. How often do you tend to meet the students?*

4 svarande

Once a week»0 0%
More than once a week»0 0%
Less than once a week»2 50%
Less than every other week»0 0%
It varies a lot from group to group (see next question)»2 50%

Genomsnitt: 4

15. If it varies a lot, what does that depend on?*

- n.a.»
- If I am the main supervisor (not just examiner) I typically meet the students at least every other week, but it can be more often depending on the type of project and the students abilities to work independently. Whwn I am examiner and there is another main supervisor (a PhD student or someone at a company) I typically meet the students + supervisor 4-6 times during the project. In addition, I usually meet just the students to give feedback on their thesis report. »
- If they have an engaged supervisor at the company and stays there or if they are abroad I only meet/talk to them occasionally. If they are at the department it is daily. Soemtimes they do a part of their experiments at the department which makes the supervising more concentrated in periods»

16. What is the most important purpose of your meetings with students?*

Rangordningsfråga. Siffran anger medelposition.

1.to discuss the content of the thesis1.5
2.to answer any questions the students have2.2
3.to discuss the structure of the thesis2.5
4.to discuss the language in the thesis3.7

- Hwen i am main supervisor, it becomes more important and takes more time to guide, discuss and answer questions, but still the order of importance above holds.» (?)
- Ignore above. See: 1. The project work 2. The contents of the thesis» (?)

17. What are the MOST typical problems you encounter?*

4 svarande

(på denna fråga var det möjligt att välja flera svarsalternativ)

Content- students understanding the problem»4 100%
Content-providing a reasonable solution»3 75%
Structure-providing a logical structure for their text»2 50%
Technical issues e.g. equipment not working»2 50%
Language-writing in English»1 25%
Using references»1 25%
Others (please list below)»0 0%

- When i am just examiner, the main problem I have to deal with is that some students are not very good in writing. (I dont think the major problem here is the language (english) but rather the ability to write well structured, clearly and understandable» (Content- students understanding the problem, Content-providing a reasonable solution, Technical issues e.g. equipment not working, Language-writing in English)
- It is highly varying! We spend a lot of time in the beginning to coach them in the process of understanding the problem if it iresearch based - if it is company based the problem often is more closed. The logic of the text is a common problem for all on the other hand. IF the equipment fails it overruns everything else» (Content- students understanding the problem, Structure-providing a logical structure for their text, Technical issues e.g. equipment not working)

Assessing the thesis

18. How many students complete the thesis within 20 weeks?*

4 svarande

0-25%»0 0%
25-50%»1 25%
50-75%»1 25%
75-100%»2 50%

Genomsnitt: 3.25

19. How do you decide if a thesis has passed?*

4 svarande

(på denna fråga var det möjligt att välja flera svarsalternativ)

I use the Bachelor thesis criteria»0 0%
I use our own departmental criteria»1 25%
I discuss the thesis with colleagues»3 75%
I know what level a Master thesis should be»3 75%

- CHalmers rules for master thesis work» (I use our own departmental criteria, I discuss the thesis with colleagues, I know what level a Master thesis should be)
- Know is a too strong word. I try to judge, I often miss criteria but they are so highly individual in character and I have noone to discuss with. » (I know what level a Master thesis should be)

20. If a thesis is weak, what do you usually do?*

4 svarande

(på denna fråga var det möjligt att välja flera svarsalternativ)

Meet the students more often»2 50%
Discuss the thesis with colleagues»2 50%
Make more comments on the text»3 75%
Rewrite sections of the text»0 0%
Refer the group to someone else (if so, who?)»0 0%
Suggest the group take a course (if so, what?)»1 25%

- It is important to make the students start wrtiting at an early stage so that weaknesses can be dealt with » (Meet the students more often, Discuss the thesis with colleagues, Make more comments on the text)
- If I see it coming I meet them more often, suggest CHOCS for support of the writing. If they are 100% at the company and I do not realize in time that it will be too narrow or weak I would stay with commenting and state feedback questions on the text.» (Suggest the group take a course (if so, what?))
- 1. Discuss with the student how to solve» (Make more comments on the text)

21. Have you ever failed a Masters thesis that was presented for examination?*

4 svarande

More than 5 times (if so, how many?)»0 0%
2-3 times»0 0%
Never»4 100%

Genomsnitt: 3

- It will not be presented for examination if it is not good enough» (Never)

22. If you have failed a thesis, what was the main reason?*

- n.a.»
- »
- I have never failed a thesis. But I have made them redo the writing in an iterational very long process..»


23. Do you tend to use the guidelines for the Masters thesis from the Chalmers homepage?*

4 svarande

Always»2 50%
Very often»0 0%
Sometimes»0 0%
Seldom»0 0%
Never»2 50%
Haven"t seen them»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3

- I cant find them on the new Chalmers homepage!» (Always)
- We have our own guideline but I think it would fulfill the one at Chalmers homepage» (Never)

24. Which of the following would be useful to have?*

4 svarande

Masters thesis writing guide»0 0%
Masters thesis checklist»0 0%
Clear Masters thesis criteria»4 100%
Nothing else is needed»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3

- All three first suggestions (only possible to mark one» (Clear Masters thesis criteria)
- If it is possible but i doubt that we could produce something useful which would be genral enough to suit all types and specific enough to be useful» (Clear Masters thesis criteria)
- Also checklist would be useful» (Clear Masters thesis criteria)

25. Do you ever refer your students to CHOCS (Chalmers Open Communication Studio)?*

4 svarande

Often»0 0%
Sometimes»1 25%
Seldom»0 0%
Never»0 0%
I don"t know what CHOCS is»3 75%

Genomsnitt: 4.25

Genomsnitt totalt för alla frågor: 1.25
Beräknat jämförelseindex: 0.08

* obligatoriska frågor

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