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Algorithms, advanced course Lp2 ht10, TDA251 / DIT280

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2010-12-07 - 2010-12-17
Antal svar: 24
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 40%
Kontaktperson: Victoria E»

Your own effort

1. How many hours per week did you spend on this course?*

24 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»8 33%
Around 20 hours/week»8 33%
Around 25 hours/week»6 25%
Around 30 hours/week»2 8%
At least 35 hours/week»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.08 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

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

24 svarande

0%»2 8%
25%»2 8%
50%»3 12%
75%»13 54%
100%»4 16%

Genomsnitt: 3.62 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

Genomsnitt totalt för detta stycke: 2.85

Goals and goal fulfilment

3. How understandable are the course goals?

24 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»5 20%
The goals are difficult to understand»2 8%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»3 12%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»14 58%

Genomsnitt: 3.08

4. Are the goals reasonable considering your background and the number of credits?

19 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»1 5%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»17 89%
No, the goals are set too high»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 2

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

24 svarande

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

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»3 12%
Yes, definitely»16 66%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»3 12%

- I liked the exam very much. The form of it was perfect with a take-home exam. Also, it reviewed what we had studied in the course without copying excersies from the hand-ins. Very good!» (Yes, definitely)
- I thought the exam was a bit harder than it should be.. » (To some extent)

Teaching and course administration

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

24 svarande

Small extent»2 8%
To some extent»2 8%
Large extent»7 29%
Great extent»13 54%

Genomsnitt: 3.29

- I didn"t have the opportunity to attend any.» (Small extent)
- The course notes were very helpful» (Large extent)
- The teacher Peter is really great and he maid the subject really fun and interesting to learn. » (Large extent)
- Much easier to learn by example on the blackboard as opposed to powerpoints that was in the basic course.» (Great extent)
- Brilliant lectures!» (Great extent)
- For once, I actually learned the course continuously by going to lectures instead of checking everything up when I encounter it on an old exam question. The lectures were great and I actually looked forward to going to them most of the time.» (Great extent)

7. Were the hand-in exercises on the proper level?*

24 svarande

Too low»3 12%
Adequate»17 70%
High»3 12%
Too high»1 4%

Genomsnitt: 2.08

- Especially the last hand-ins were too easy. I think the first two hand-ins had a good level.» (Too low)
- The problems in the hand-ins were largely on a good level, however there were a bit too few.» (Too low)
- They were really funny» (Adequate)
- Overall adequate, som were harder than others. A very good way to learn and understand the course.» (Adequate)
- They were good and I learned a lot from them. The ones about network flows were a bit easy, especially the first ones. If you taken the basic course in algorithms then it was easy » (Adequate)
- They were at a high level, but that just meant that they were not trivial and a good challenge.» (High)
- Especially the first week felt quite overwhelming, but they were also very interesting and as with the lectures, I started looking forward to another set of problems to start dealing with.» (High)

8. How was the exercise feedback?*

- Good»
- good»
- short, but helpful comments if with bigger problems.»
- A bit too many tips sometimes, be clearer where the error is and hold out on tips until the second submission.»
- The feedback was OK, also, it is good to be able to resubmit»
- Good»
- The grading could be clearer. If the feedback said "ok" was that 3,4 or 5?»
- Too short and minimalistic, especially for me not attending the lectures/ex sessions, this was my only contact with the staff. I wish to have receieved more exhaustive explanations, at least some points putting the feedback in perspective. Something like "in this situation it"s like this.. but in general.."»
- Good, however on some feedbacks it was a bit unclear of what I"ve done wrong in an exercise.»
- Very good.»
- Perhaps a bit too implicit, the correct answer was rather obvious. »
- Good. »
- No complaints»
- Very fast and good. Worked very well.»
- A bit to consise. Would have been better if you"d got some indication about grades.»
- good»
- Sometimes it was hard to know exactly what we were expected to do, but most of the time good.»
- It was good.»
- OK»
- Good in the form that it pointed in the general direction but did not give you the solution, which is how feedback should. However, sometimes I were a bit confused if I had not proven a thing clearly enough or if it should not be there at all.»
- relatively short feedback which did not answer my questions. poor!»
- Sometimes I felt I would have liked a bit more feedback on the form of my hand-in. I was unsure as to how formal I should be sometimes, but often the only comment was "OK". I understand that it may be unreasonable to go into such detail with the sizable number of hand-ins, though.»
- Very good »
- Sometimes the feedback was a bit vague, but I guess I"m just used to too much handholding from other courses.»

9. Did you like the exam form?*

24 svarande

Yes, because...»18 75%
No, because..»2 8%
I haven"t taken the exam yet.»4 16%

Genomsnitt: 1.41

- It was hard and time consuming, but somehow I liked it anyway. It took me about 16 hours to finish. I would have prefered having the exam not colliding with my other exam. Perhaps next year, ask the student where they have their other exams and adapt the exam placement.» (Yes, because...)
- it fits the course content. I don"t think smaller questions in a typical 4h exam would have been suitable. And a take-home exam felt natural when all the compulsory exercises already went along the same track.» (Yes, because...)
- I had time to think through all questions without too much stress. However, I did not have an exam in the two days of the home exam but if I did I would probably have thought that it was a bit stressed.» (Yes, because...)
- It worked well because there were so many questions and you didn"t have to write long answers (if you knew them).» (Yes, because...)
- it tested overall understanding without requiring too much effort.» (Yes, because...)
- it gave us the time to think about the problems. On the other hand it was not as easy as Peter said it would be (at least not for me), but took a substantial amount of the 36h time.» (Yes, because...)
- A "normal" 4-hours exam would have been too stressful since this kind of course requires some thinking and even some tests before you get the answer. So a 36 hour take-home exam removed the stress.» (Yes, because...)
- Much less stress than a ordinary exam.» (Yes, because...)
- Algorithms on this level are either you know how to work with it and can solve a home exam otherwise you can"t. If it would be a traditional exam you would have to study and remember so much details that the main goal of the course would be a bit lost on the way. » (Yes, because...)
- Yeah, because it actually felt like it covered the whole course instead of there being just a few quite randomly selected questions on parts of the course, plus it was less stressful than a regular exam.» (Yes, because...)
- It did seem to cover alot of the course so thats good. But it was quite hard and alot of questions. » (No, because..)
- It took a lot of time. A part of me started to hate algorithms even though I like this topic very much :) i do not think it really showed what I have learned in the course. » (No, because..)

10. How was the exercise feedback?*

- Good»
- good»
- same question as 8?»
- I already answered this.»
- The feedback was OK, also, it is good to be able to resubmit»
- Good again»
- answered in question 8...»
- The exam feedback you mean? I haven"t received it yet...»
- See question 8...»
- Very good.»
- This question is a repeat»
- Good. »
- Isn"t this the same question as 8?»
- see 8?»
- See 8.»
- Good»
- Sometimes it was hard to know exactly what we were expected to do, but most of the time good.»
- It was good.»
- Same as question 8 I suppose...»
- See number 8?»
- relatively short feedback which did not answer my questions. poor!»
- See above.»
- Good »

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

24 svarande

Small extent»5 20%
Some extent»6 25%
Large extent»7 29%
Great extent»6 25%

Genomsnitt: 2.58

- Literature was not needed since the lectures were thorough and notes were posted on the course website. » (Small extent)
- Mostly read lecture notes and used the book for look-up from time to time.» (Some extent)
- I used the lecture notes far more than the book, though it was definitely helpful too.» (Large extent)
- The lecture notes are great.» (Great extent)
- Again, since I didn"t attend the lectures...» (Great extent)
- The lecture notes were great.» (Great extent)
- Peters lecture notes was a good complement to the book and the course book was also very good. One of my favorite books at home. » (Great extent)

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

24 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»1 4%
Rather well»8 33%
Very well»15 62%

Genomsnitt: 3.58

- I would like if the exercises where handed in to a Fire system or similar. It would probably be easier to keep track of all returns etc.» (Rather well)
- Maybe the course could use the Fire system instead of e-mail?» (Rather well)
- I don"t think a more fancy way of submitting exercises would do much improvement, at least not on the student side..» (Very well)
- A mailing list would be good to announce info. Example :one of the exercises had an error and I didn"t realized it until there was an update on the course page until I had made a lot of effort to solve it (which was impossible without the comment on the course page) » (Very well)

Study climate

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

24 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»1 4%
Rather good»7 29%
Very good»9 37%
I did not seek help»7 29%

Genomsnitt: 3.91

- I had discussed the problems with student colleagues.» (Rather good)
- I think the questions in the hand ins were of a form that help is not really possible, largely it"s one "step" so giving you that step makes it trivial. » (Rather good)
- Excellent response time on questions asked by mail.» (Very good)

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

24 svarande

Very poorly»1 4%
Rather poorly»2 8%
Rather well»5 20%
Very well»9 37%
I did not seek coopeation»7 29%

Genomsnitt: 3.79

- It was mostly me and a fellow physics student who cooperated. » (Very well)

Summarizing questions

15. What is your general impression of the course?

24 svarande

Poor»1 4%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»1 4%
Good»10 41%
Excellent»12 50%

Genomsnitt: 4.33

- It was a fun course, with fun material covered. However I managed (I think anyhow) to pass the course while also studying two other courses, as well as being active in student life and doing re-exams from previous years. In other words, if I had taken this as a "full time" course rather than an added bonus I would have been very disappointed with the low work load. » (Good)
- The best course I have taken. » (Excellent)
- Fun» (Excellent)
- Really liked the material, the general setup of the course and Peter is a great lecturer. Looking forward to the machine learning course! :)» (Excellent)

16. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- exersices»
- Fast update of lecture material, very good!»
- The lecture notes on the website. The lecturer.»
- Exercise sessions»
- The learning by example.»
- The lectures by Peter. Keep up the good work!»
- The compulsory exercises, they make you keep up the work during the course of the course.»
- The layout of the course, having regular hand ins means you are forced to keep up, and getting feed back and resubmissions means you can learn what you were wrong about and improve it. I suspect this will rather greatly improve learning outcomes. »
- The enthusiasm of the lecturer. The hand-ins and the exam. »
- Nice lectures and the fun puzzles i.e exercises.»
- Everything»
- The exercises.»
- Excersises and home-exam!»
- Hand in exercises, Peter, »
- Peter <3»

17. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- maybe the course slides»
- Some practical exercise or lab could be added.»
- The Fire-system would have been nice for exercises and perhaps the exam. Mailing exercises is unstructured.»
- The exercise sessions where quite messy. But, perhaps the Phd students eventually become better teachers.»
- Not "definately", but maybe the compulsory exercises could be "guided" a little more. I mean the pm:s, not the feedback. Not that they need to be easier, but to make a clearer connection to the underlying theory, like "there are 4 ways to do... but not proved that... now you shall develop..."»
- I think the exercise sessions on fridays were very unstructured.»
- Deadlines are strict, rather than strict with penalties. »
- Nothing, I think. »
- Use Fire system instead of email»
- Nothing»
- It would be nice if not all lectures were at the same time as the Cryptography course.»
- Maybe look over the excerssises wording and change some of them. Maybe more width.»
- It felt like there was quite a disproportional focus on network flow in the course, maybe give a bit more room to other stuff?»
- The exercise sessions at Fridays was not very well executed. »

18. Additional comments

- the teacher speaks a bit fast than I could follow»
- because of thickness I could not attend the lectures the last 3 weeks, so my feedback is mainly about week 1-4. But with the lecture notes given on the course website it was easy to follow.»
- Thanks for a nice course»
- Very rewarding course! Kudos!»
- Great course overall! »

Additional comments

Genomsnitt totalt för alla frågor: 2.85
Beräknat jämförelseindex: 0.46

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