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Digital Integrated Circuit Design**, MCC090

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2010-10-22 - 2010-11-19
Antal svar: 11
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 30%
Kontaktperson: Kjell Jeppson»

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.

11 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»1 9%
Around 20 hours/week»2 18%
Around 25 hours/week»1 9%
Around 30 hours/week»4 36%
At least 35 hours/week»3 27%

Genomsnitt: 3.54

- very much effort went in to the home assignments» (Around 30 hours/week)

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

11 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»1 9%
50%»1 9%
75%»5 45%
100%»4 36%

Genomsnitt: 4.09

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?

11 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»1 9%
The goals are difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»3 27%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»7 63%

Genomsnitt: 3.45

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.

10 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»8 80%
No, the goals are set too high»2 20%

Genomsnitt: 2.2

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

11 svarande

No, not at all»1 9%
To some extent»6 54%
Yes, definitely»3 27%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»1 9%

Genomsnitt: 2.36

- Many questions on the exam was sort of "half finished" and felt like they just came out of thin air. for example "Determinie the model parameter alpha...". This was given without the model it self or what kind of parameter alpha was?» (To some extent)

Teaching and course administration

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

Lectures, exercises, hands-on laboratory sessions, home assignments

11 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»5 45%
Large extent»3 27%
Great extent»3 27%

Genomsnitt: 2.81

- I found the teaching to have been rather redundant for the work nessecary to pass the various excercises, assignments and laboratories.» (Some extent)

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

10 svarande

Small extent»1 10%
Some extent»3 30%
Large extent»5 50%
Great extent»1 10%

Genomsnitt: 2.6

- There is much good reading, but almost no examples and the existing examples feel trivial. Then comes the home assignments which are much more complex problems. And since almost all tasks that are in the book are also home assignments, so naturally there is no solutions. This means that students have no use of these tasks for home study since one is basically studying blind so to speak.» (Some extent)

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

10 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»2 20%
Rather well»7 70%
Very well»1 10%

Genomsnitt: 2.9

- not enough complimentary material to augment the difficult parts of the course.» (Rather badly)

9. How do you rate the lectures as a tool for achieving the course learning outcomes?

11 svarande

Not so helpful»1 9%
Rather helpful»3 27%
Very helpful»5 45%
Excellent»2 18%

Genomsnitt: 2.72

10. How do you rate the home assignments as a tool for achieving the course learning outcomes?

10 svarande

Not so helpful»1 10%
Rather helpful»1 10%
Very helpful»6 60%
Excellent»2 20%

Genomsnitt: 2.9

- the home assignments were not intuitive in how they were supposed to be carried out. The understanding was not the hard part, but understanding how Kjell wanted it to be represented or used with the given resources.» (Not so helpful)
- But it"s kind of unfair that it is immensely hard to solve the home assignments with just help of the book (jeppson"s). Students were more or less forced to attend the lectures to be able to solve the assignments.» (Very helpful)

11. How do you rate the hands on laboratory sessions as a tool for achieving the course learning outcomes?

11 svarande

Not so helpful»2 18%
Rather helpful»5 45%
Very helpful»3 27%
Excellent»1 9%

Genomsnitt: 2.27

- They seriously need to find some new software or run the current one in an environment where lag and crashes (or the ability to run it through remote access) are not a problem.» (Not so helpful)
- But the IT system and Cadence it self are in many cases a cause for problems when it just randomly stops working and such.» (Rather helpful)

12. How do you rate the compendium as a learning tool for achieving the course learning outcomes?

9 svarande

Not so good»1 11%
Rather good»5 55%
Very good»3 33%
Excellent»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.22

- I did not read compendium» (?)
- Good explanations in the text, but there are almost no examples, and no tasks with solutions to do for home studying. » (Not so good)

13. What is your opinion of the text book written by Weste & Harris

11 svarande

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

Not so good»0 0%
Rather good»3 27%
Very good»1 9%
Excellent»0 0%
Real value for money»0 0%
Too expensive»4 36%
Never bought it»6 54%
Going to buy it later for the project course»0 0%

Study climate

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

10 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»2 20%
Rather good»2 20%
Very good»5 50%
I did not seek help»1 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.5

- The assignments were bad with feeling of isolation and none-helpful TAs, the lectures had better atmosphere, but in essence were not contributing.» (Rather poor)

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

11 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»1 9%
Rather well»3 27%
Very well»7 63%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.54

16. How was the course workload?

11 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»2 18%
High»7 63%
Too high»2 18%

Genomsnitt: 4

- mostly the home assignments» (High)
- Too much diversion with assignments, labs, exam and lectures. Is there no other way to acquire the needed knowledge without the widespread layout?» (High)

17. How was the total workload this study period?

11 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»1 9%
High»4 36%
Too high»6 54%

Genomsnitt: 4.45

- 3 courses and part-time job. It made the time required for all the various assignments along with the rather bad group experience utterly impossible. There is no way you can spend days in a lab button-mashing keyboard and trying, trying, trying to understand and perform the task at hand.» (Too high)

Home assignments

The purpose of the home assignments are to train the student skills specified in the intended learning outcomes of the course and to prepare the student for the hands-on laboratory session
and the written exam

18. What is your general impression of the home assignments ?

11 svarande

Not so good»0 0%
Good»9 81%
Excellent»2 18%

Genomsnitt: 2.18

- The solutions them selves were not too hard to do, but to realize how to do these assignments were a real pain. And the "little" book (by jeppson) was in many cases not of much help.» (Good)
- They would have been better had you really had time to understand them, and if they would have had a more pedagogical format, so you could focus on the learning and topic instead of trying to understand the format the assignment was given in, and how you should incorporate it.» (Good)

19. How time consuming were the home assignments?

11 svarande

Did not take much time»0 0%
Appropriate»6 54%
Too time consuming»5 45%

Genomsnitt: 2.45

20. To what extent did the home assignments prepare you for the written exam?

11 svarande

Not at all»2 18%
So so»5 45%
To a great extent»4 36%

Genomsnitt: 2.18

Hands-on Laboratory session

21. What is your general impression of the hands-on laboratory session?

11 svarande

Not so good»1 9%
Rather good»4 36%
Good»5 45%
Excellent»1 9%

Genomsnitt: 2.54

22. Do you think that the laboratory session should be extended with more exercises?

11 svarande

Yes»3 37%
No»5 62%
No opinion»3

Genomsnitt: 1.62

- There will be not time in the universe to fit that...» (No)
- Decide what the course should be about, Hands-on or theory. And go in that direction and minimize the needed work in the other areas.» (No opinion)

23. What is your opinion of the Cadence tools?

11 svarande

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

I appreciate to train my design skills on an industrial tool»7 63%
The entrance threshold to the Cadence system is too high»2 18%
The entrance threshold to the Cadence system is OK»1 9%
I have previous experience of the Cadence tool set»1 9%
No opinion»2

- And it randomly stops working some times for no good reason. And the error messages are impossible to understand, since it mostly just says "something is wrong, fix it"» (I appreciate to train my design skills on an industrial tool, The entrance threshold to the Cadence system is too high)
- Too bad the actual tool stability or the computer environment was laggy and prone to crashes.» (I appreciate to train my design skills on an industrial tool)

Summarizing questions

24. What is your general impression of the course?

11 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»1 9%
Adequate»3 27%
Good»5 45%
Excellent»2 18%

Genomsnitt: 3.72

- The course itself is fair, it"s the circumstances and the collaboration with the parallel course which makes the topic to broad and include too many elements for a single course.» (Fair)

25. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- Home assignments, labs, »
- Calculations of delay for digital circuits,adders»
- hand in"s and the lectures»
- The home assignments were fun and interesting, but you had to put a lot of time on them. Til next year maybe they should be less time consuming. And also the introductory lab, just to get to know Cadence. VERY good!»
- Home assignment, even if it"s time consumming, it was a good way to review the week lecture and to make exercises. »
- Labs working with cadence are very useful and should be preserved to next year. the home assignments also were very useful»

26. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- Nothing much.»
- the course book must be much more complete with examples and solutions to problems, and many more problems for home study are needed»
- The labs were very fun, but unfortunately the teaching assistants were a bit lost and when they fixed something they were not able to explain how they did it. »
- More practice and exercises would have be appriciated.»
- Re-focus the course, streamline it according to either hands-on or theory and please drop the efforts taken to try to cover all bases through this and the VHDL parallel course. You can"t hardly do that with only 2 courses, it becomes too unfocused.»

27. Additional comments

- I enjoyed this class and learned a lot in a few time, thank you.»
- it"s good to have two lab groups on two different days»

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