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Assessing sustainability assignments, MPEMA, Ht10, ENM035

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2010-10-21 - 2010-11-08
Antal svar: 22
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 73%
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»0 0%
Around 20 hours/week»6 27%
Around 25 hours/week»10 45%
Around 30 hours/week»4 18%
At least 35 hours/week»2 9%

Genomsnitt: 3.09

- I spent at least 40 h / week. Massive reading material course.» (At least 35 hours/week)

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

22 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»1 4%
50%»5 22%
75%»5 22%
100%»11 50%

Genomsnitt: 4.18

- Since the coordination with other courses was a bit astray, I was at times double booked. I didn"t attend one of the recomended lectures in the supplementary course.» (50%)
- Did not find it very useful.» (50%)
- I took the SD course last year so I didn"t attend those lectures.» (75%)

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?

22 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»0 0%
The goals are difficult to understand»3 13%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»9 40%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»10 45%

Genomsnitt: 3.31

- I would say that this question is open for discussion, the goals are somewhat hard to understand since they are quite vague.» (The goals are difficult to understand)

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.

22 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»20 90%
No, the goals are set too high»2 9%

Genomsnitt: 2.09

- The goals are definetly reasonable due to the flexibility that is built-in, into the goals. The questions could perhaps be a little higher given that the workload doesn"t increase which seems like a difficult equation especially since the workload is already very high. » (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)

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

22 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»9 40%
Yes, definitely»7 31%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»6 27%

Genomsnitt: 2.86

- I would personally like a scheduled meeting to review or get response on the final report and performance during presentation and opposition.» (To some extent)
- There definitely needs to be more emphasis on the goals more and more throughout the course. It is easy to side track from the goals and it is important to understand the goals for the assessment so these need to be stressed upon constantly throughout the course. » (Yes, definitely)
- I didn"t have any feedback yet.» (I don"t know/have not been examined yet)

Teaching and course administration

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

22 svarande

Small extent»3 13%
Some extent»14 63%
Large extent»3 13%
Great extent»2 9%

Genomsnitt: 2.18

- There has not been any teching reslly.» (Small extent)
- The lectures could have been better connected with the projects. I had also been good with more background about different ways to assess sustainability, and present different tools that could have been useful in the projects.» (Small extent)
- Good lectures, the litterature seminar was OK, but perhaps a workshop or some knd of case study would be more fun or give more. (should be mandatory however)» (Some extent)
- It was difficult to know how to use what was said at the lectures/seminars in the writing process. I think the mid-term seminar was the most useful "lecture" in the course.» (Some extent)
- This course has triggered deep motivation for career choices. It deals with different perspective and although there is a lot to take in, the approach of lectures and tutors is quite subtle and thus helps learning to be more enjoyable. » (Great extent)

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

22 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»11 50%
Large extent»8 36%
Great extent»3 13%

Genomsnitt: 2.63

- The litterature was interesting and I think the discussion seminar was somewhat useful. But I still think it was difficult to know what we really were doing. Some questions or guidance could be good, eg. sumarize the questions that were discussed in the seminars or maybe other questions of interest when discussing assessments.» (Some extent)
- Course literature was definitely important, however, there should be more emphasis on the literature that is most important and why we should focus on this. Completing the circle of learning!» (Great extent)

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

22 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»0 0%
Rather well»13 59%
Very well»9 40%

Genomsnitt: 3.4

- I did not succeed in sending the mail to Urkund. Could have been clearer. The student portal is not always functioning. We have had this problem since I began my studies at 2003!» (Rather well)
- Not much to comment on.» (Rather well)
- There were some vague points, as to what was expected and it was often not clear what actually should be focussed on in assessments. overall the admin was good. » (Rather well)

Study climate

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

22 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»3 13%
Rather good»7 31%
Very good»11 50%
I did not seek help»1 4%

Genomsnitt: 3.45

- I don"t think it"s enough with only two meetings with your supervisor when doing such a large project.» (Rather poor)
- Having personal tutors certainly provided a personal relationship to ask questions. It was often the aim of each class to ask and discuss any matters, especially with the literature review and mid seminar. » (Very good)

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

22 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»2 9%
Rather well»11 50%
Very well»4 18%
I did not seek cooperation»5 22%

Genomsnitt: 3.54

- There is definitely a language barrier between the students. Forming the student representatives for feedback helps form relationships among students as they have to communicate with other students about issues, both positive and negative. However, as the topics for assessments differ it is often not necessary to need to communicate with fellow students about individual work. » (Rather well)
- not much cooperation reqiured in this course, but the little we had (in lessons and feedback) worked well» (Very well)

11. How was the course workload?

22 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»6 27%
High»12 54%
Too high»4 18%

Genomsnitt: 3.9

- But just because too much time was spent on trying to figure out what the report was supposed to be about.» (High)
- In the beginning there were a lot of lectures and also recommended lectures. I think the amount of hours expected per week is too much, although this may differ due to language backgrounds. Restructuring the mandatory appointments for the project to more than 2 milestones would definitely even out the workload. » (High)
- It takes a long time to write! The result of my writing didn"t end up at the level which I expected it to.» (High)
- The course load during the period has been exeptionally high, not only due to this course but the combined workload has been massive.» (Too high)

12. How was the total workload this study period?

22 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 4%
Adequate»3 13%
High»11 50%
Too high»7 31%

Genomsnitt: 4.09

- I only took one course.» (Low)
- (I"m not following the EMA program)» (High)
- This course together with Environmental Analysis of Water might not have been optimal.» (Too high)
- Totaaly f-cking wicked» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

13. What is your general impression of the course?

22 svarande

Poor»1 4%
Fair»1 4%
Adequate»7 31%
Good»11 50%
Excellent»2 9%

Genomsnitt: 3.54

- The task what to write about could have been much clearer because it"s a very diffuse subject. Also the outcome of the projects could have been clearer so one knows where to end up.» (Fair)
- I loved this course and the think-on-you-own approach for the projects, made it interesting also to attend the presentations. » (Good)
- A very interesting, open and free, concept that requires a lot of thinking.» (Good)
- I loved this course. It is something new and a good perspective on achieving results. the lectures are interesting, personal, and easily approachable which adds a lot to the value of the course. Definitely there should be more focus on the relationship between the course goals and the project reporting. » (Excellent)

14. How much benefit can you get from this course for your future study?

22 svarande

None»0 0%
a little»1 4%
some parts of»8 36%
a lot»13 59%
I don"t know»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.54

- Especially good was the information gathering processes, how to find relevant papers.» (a lot)
- I will surely use this course information for a career path and future aspirations. » (a lot)
- Good experience to have written a report on my own.» (a lot)

15. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- lectures»
- Structure was good»
- All»
- the porjects are great. Meadows text is great, some of the other text did I find a bit urelevant for the course (but stil of personal interest)»
- The assignment(discuss in group)»
- The format»
- Mid-term presentation»
- well guidance from supervisors on the report writing»
- The subject is very interesting.»
- Lectures, mentors, course goals. »
- Discussion seminars»
- Mid-term presentation with feedback from another student and from supervisor.»
- More lectures on writing reports. More guidance»

16. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- clearer introduction to the project work, what is expected of us.»
- Endnote, it should have more implementation »
- Better coordination with the other courses that is electable from the different programmes.»
- The lectures regarding the handeling of referenses was a bit overlapping, same thing came up twice.»
- the difficulty in assignment, it is too difficult»
- Better supervision!»
- Have the mid-term presentation one week earlier so one have more time to change things. Also have more meetings with the supervisor, at least 4 during the period.»
- nothing»
- I had a lot of difficulty to understand what was the goal of the report. I can"t see the link between the lectures and the report. The subjects of lectures were too wide and not linked with my report.»
- relevance of course goals and report project work. Hours expected. Suggested lectures from another course, not so necessary. More milestones. »
- don"t write 12.00 pm! it is very confusing. you don"t know if it is midday or midnight :)»
- Bettet info about What should be the goal and lectures within the different Fields »
- Better supervisors»

17. Additional comments

- This course is interesting»
- I think that the supervisor should guide the projects better since this is a very broad subjects and difficult to get a grip of when you"re not so familiar with it.»
- The course is excellent.»
- I believe that If I had achieved the final result of my individual project a couple of weeks before the deadline than my final project would have been much more sufficient. More milestones create better learning of the goals and concepts. It wasnt until the end when all of this came together. Thus it seems it could or should come together much earlier. »

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