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Introduction to communication engineering, SSY120, MPCOM,HT2007

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2007-10-26 - 2007-11-26
Antal svar: 55
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 73%
Kontaktperson: Lena Peterson»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Chalmers
Utbildningsprogram studenten tillhör: Elektroteknik 300 hp

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.

55 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»8 14%
Around 20 hours/week»16 29%
Around 25 hours/week»6 10%
Around 30 hours/week»10 18%
At least 35 hours/week»15 27%

Genomsnitt: 3.14

- The project took the most of the time» (Around 20 hours/week)
- The work load was not too high» (Around 20 hours/week)
- Lectures were easily grasped in the class but the exercises sessions needed further study.» (Around 25 hours/week)
- Of course it is including the time i spent for the project » (Around 25 hours/week)
- The project consumed a lot of time but worth it.» (Around 30 hours/week)
- This course is really good.» (Around 30 hours/week)
- The course load is heavy with the project.» (Around 30 hours/week)
- High workload due to project» (At least 35 hours/week)

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

55 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»2 3%
50%»2 3%
75%»16 29%
100%»35 63%

Genomsnitt: 4.52

- I was sick one week, otherwise it would be 100%» (75%)
- I missed first two weeks beacuse of last registration.» (75%)
- Except one exercise lecture. » (100%)

3. How many of the lectures did you attend?

55 svarande

0-25%»0 0%
25-50%»0 0%
50-75%»3 5%
75-100%»52 94%

Genomsnitt: 3.94

- Good lectures» (75-100%)
- I attended all the lectures.» (75-100%)

4. How many of the exercises did you attend?

55 svarande

0-25%»1 1%
25-50%»0 0%
50-75%»8 14%
75-100%»46 83%

Genomsnitt: 3.8

- The exercise sessions conducted by the TA are not synchronized.» (75-100%)
- All but one.» (75-100%)

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.

5. How understandable are the course goals?

55 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»4 7%
The goals are difficult to understand»2 3%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»18 32%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»31 56%

Genomsnitt: 3.38

- i think they have been fulfilled. erik taught us very well.» (I have not seen/read the goals)
- Actually, there should have some weekly quiz system so that we can be more related with the course for presure» (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)
- I did not read the goals very carefully.» (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)
- It is expected that lecturer repeat the main objectives several times. This help students to remember more easiler.» (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)
- I think that was very clear.» (The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn)

6. 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.

53 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»3 5%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»45 84%
No, the goals are set too high»5 9%

Genomsnitt: 2.03

- the project tok much time» (No, the goals are set too low)
- the course contents taught in class should be increased a little. The number of journal articles should be reduced to 3. The journal papers for reading should be given at least 2-3 weeks before the end of study period, not one week before. » (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)
- Yes, this was very reasonable for me. It provided a useful background that I might have lacked.» (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)

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

54 svarande

No, not at all»4 7%
To some extent»23 42%
Yes, definitely»26 48%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»1 1%

Genomsnitt: 2.44

- I could"ve been wider» (To some extent)
- the exam didnt cover all the parts of the course (naturally), and therefor some parts that I was good at did not show up on the exam. I consider myself to have the knowledge for passing the course, but I did not pass the exam.» (To some extent)
- The examination was understanding based and appropriate questions were selected.» (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

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

55 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»12 21%
Large extent»29 52%
Great extent»14 25%

Genomsnitt: 3.03

- Teacher have good willingless to help students for their learning.» (Large extent)
- Mostly the lectures.» (Great extent)

9. To what extent did the lectures help you learn the course?

55 svarande

Small extent»3 5%
Some extent»9 16%
Large extent»28 50%
Great extent»15 27%

Genomsnitt: 3

- You don"t learn by seeing slides.» (Small extent)
- It was good that the first lectures were focused on the things that was needed for the project.» (Large extent)
- The lectures are very helpful.» (Great extent)
- Very good Lectures. Both well structured and clear on key points. Like the format of mixing slides with the blackboard.» (Great extent)

10. To what extent did the exercises help you learn the course?

55 svarande

Small extent»3 5%
Some extent»23 41%
Large extent»20 36%
Great extent»9 16%

Genomsnitt: 2.63

- The actual time on questions solved during the exercise was small and the indepth view about the questions was not tht much clear.We knew how to solve some particular questions but the logic was not that much clear.» (Some extent)
- Unlike the lectures, the exercizes were not proposer. Lack of experience in TAs were discernable.» (Some extent)
- Very good TA"s. More of the teaching should be exercises. » (Large extent)
- The exercises were ok, but the exercise class was too slow. Should have covered more material in those.» (Large extent)

11. To what extent did the projects help you learn about...


- What was new about the project was that it was in english and with different cultures mixed, which was valuable. for those who didn"t take part of similar projects earlier it was probably a help in a large extent but I had some prior experience.»
- The project offered great instructions on practical experience.»
- Industry based projects should be organised in future because it helps to understand real life problems and it also motivates that we are workin with some company.»
- The project was very good, a lot thanks to the TA"s. »
- Very good and well managed project. Liked it very much.»
- Great project allthough abi too timeconsuming»
- Team work can be beneficient when every group member takes part to the work, which was not the case in every group.»
- The best part of course was project. The project definitions has good points.»

...designing a communication system?
55 svarande

Small extent»1 1%
Some extent»3 5%
Large extent»21 38%
Great extent»30 54%
Don"t know»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.45

55 svarande

Small extent»6 10%
Some extent»15 27%
Large extent»13 23%
Great extent»21 38%
Don"t know»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.89

...running a real-life development project?
55 svarande

Small extent»3 5%
Some extent»10 18%
Large extent»21 38%
Great extent»21 38%
Don"t know»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.09

12. How useful were the the following project elements for your learning?


- going to ericsson was reall good, since we had the chance to ask questions and get an idea of how real engineers work.»
- Experience workshop was the best part because we learnt the views and problems and solutions to those problems from many people.»
- It was well worth reading, can be an interesting subject, but much of this is straight forward and your own common sense gets u far.»
- Per Mathisson var verkligen en besvikelse.»

Document "Working in Projects"
55 svarande

Not useful»4 7%
A little useful»16 29%
Useful»23 41%
Very useful»12 21%
Did not read/attend»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.78

Guest lecture
55 svarande

Not useful»4 7%
A little useful»21 38%
Useful»18 32%
Very useful»11 20%
Did not read/attend»1 1%

Genomsnitt: 2.7

Experience workshop
55 svarande

Not useful»2 3%
A little useful»10 18%
Useful»15 27%
Very useful»19 34%
Did not read/attend»9 16%

Genomsnitt: 3.41

13. Did you postpone most of the project work until the last week before delivery?

55 svarande

No»37 67%
Yes»16 29%
Don"t know»2 3%

Genomsnitt: 1.36

- But we did have to work alot towards the end anyway, but it was because we changed to a better solution late and decided to go for it to ensure we would have a good product at the presentation day.» (No)
- I worked a lot on the project.» (No)
- Nej det var fullt upp hela tiden.» (No)
- We did not plan it that way, but because it didn"t work we had to change a lot.» (Yes)
- It was not intentional, but automatically the most work of project has done on last week.» (Yes)

14. If you answered "Yes" to question 13 above, what were your reason(s) for doing so?

(Multiple answers are possible)

55 svarande

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

I didn"t know how to begin.»5 9%
I didn"t know how hard it was.»5 9%
I needed more theoretical knowledge first.»12 21%
The instructions were unclear.»1 1%
Other reason (please explain below).»3 5%

- bad teamwork» ()
- Lazy» (I didn"t know how to begin., I didn"t know how hard it was., I needed more theoretical knowledge first., Other reason (please explain below).)
- Due to problem with hardware in lab.» (Other reason (please explain below).)
- U just tend to work like this, the more the pressure the more u do.» (Other reason (please explain below).)
- It was difficult to reach TA for consultation.» (I needed more theoretical knowledge first., The instructions were unclear.)

15. The project was defined through a set of requirements to fulfill, with a lot of freedom to choose your own working style and methods. Which type of project do you prefer?

53 svarande

The type of project used in this course»36 67%
A traditional lab project with step-by-step instructions»10 18%
Don"t know»7 13%

Genomsnitt: 1.45

- This type is good, keep on with it.» (The type of project used in this course)
- This project was very very useful. and i recommend that this project should remain as it is. » (The type of project used in this course)
- choose partners with different cultures» (The type of project used in this course)
- If it will be a traditional project... then there will be less group discussion and less brain storming.» (The type of project used in this course)
- More open and fun.» (The type of project used in this course)

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

53 svarande

Small extent»3 5%
Some extent»22 41%
Large extent»21 39%
Great extent»7 13%

Genomsnitt: 2.6

- The lectures and excersises gave more!» (Some extent)

17. Was the text book (Anderson: Digital transmission engineering) understandable and useful?

55 svarande

No»8 14%
Yes, a little»15 27%
Yes, somewhat»24 43%
Yes, very»5 9%
Didn"t read»3 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.63

- The book was not very useful for learning quite complicated to follow.» (No)
- Här skulle ni haft nått alternativ mellan No och Yes,a little. Boken var i vilket fall väldigt rörig, den funkar säkert bra som referenslitteratur för en redan färdig ingenjör men som lärobok håller den inte.» (No)
- I didn"t read the book very often.» (Yes, a little)
- the language of this book is hard to understand! i don"t think this book is a good choice.» (Yes, a little)
- The text book is not self reading book and is a condensed book.» (Yes, a little)
- Somewhat confusing edify» (Yes, somewhat)
- i havent read much of the book. but the chapter i have read was written in a very good way.» (Yes, somewhat)
- The book was ok, though a bit old fashioned for a overview course.» (Yes, somewhat)
- In combination with the focus given by lectures and the project it was indeed useful. As a stand-alone book I cant really say.» (Yes, somewhat)

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

55 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»2 3%
Rather well»24 43%
Very well»29 52%

Genomsnitt: 3.49

- Every teacher should give handouts.» (Very well)
- it is ok» (Very well)
- Very good to get the lecture handouts at the begining of the lecture.» (Very well)
- Well structured.» (Very well)

Study climate

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

55 svarande

Very poor»1 1%
Rather poor»2 3%
Rather good»14 25%
Very good»37 67%
I did not seek help»1 1%

Genomsnitt: 3.63

- TAs were not accesible as I expect.» (Rather good)
- There were almost always someone to ask.» (Very good)
- Erik was always encouraging students to ask questions and this help us a lot.» (Very good)
- Men Erik måste inse att det är okej att svara på svenska om man frågar honom lite avskilt.» (Very good)

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

54 svarande

Very poorly»1 1%
Rather poorly»7 12%
Rather well»26 48%
Very well»19 35%
I did not seek cooperation»1 1%

Genomsnitt: 3.22

- Det var intressant att jobba med utländska studenter.» (Very well)
- we only worked in group regarding the project, but pre-exam studying was done alone.» (I did not seek cooperation)

21. How was the course workload?

55 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»3 5%
Adequate»24 43%
High»22 40%
Too high»6 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.56

- should be increased somewhat by increasing some course contents.» (Adequate)
- The project took alot of time and should have a greater inpact on the grade.» (Adequate)
- Not too high, might have been more.» (Adequate)
- project» (High)
- Mostly due to extra time spent on the project due to having a bit harder time to work in this project group than earlier project groups.» (High)
- The project took to much time. You didn"t have time to study the rest of the course.» (High)
- There was a lot of time invested in the project, compared to the value of it in the course.» (Too high)

22. How was the total workload this study period?

55 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»3 5%
Adequate»13 23%
High»30 54%
Too high»9 16%

Genomsnitt: 3.81

- The other course was very intensive...» (Adequate)
- Laborations and homeworks in random processes course, at the same time as hectic periods for the project. It wasn"t exactly wasted time though.» (High)
- Two courses taking to much time. » (Too high)
- Because in the beginning most students are not setteled and dont know the routine here and most are not used to this quarter system so many problems were faced.» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

23. What is your general impression of the course?

55 svarande

Poor»1 1%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»7 12%
Good»33 60%
Excellent»14 25%

Genomsnitt: 4.07

- The project was very good, but it took to much time. There were to few exercises, this was shown at the exam when alot of thing there had never been seen in an exercise before.» (Good)
- Erik is one of the best teachers i know so far and he made this course worth remembring.The TA"s are also good but they need to be more helpful to the students and give concepts like erik and not just present the solution.» (Excellent)
- Liked this course. Gives me good background.» (Excellent)
- En perfekt introduktionskurs» (Excellent)

24. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- The project»
- project, Company involvment. Experience workshop, Erik+Kasra+Alex, articles»
- - The teamwork project, as it is a good experience for real-life projects. - Separation between lecture and exercises sessions.»
- The project working »
- The project. It was a good way to learn.»
- Erik Agrell»
- there should have quiz session in each week in every course, so that can be familiar with the studies»
- dont know»
- The project.»
- the project can help me a lot, so in my opinion the project should be preserved»
- It will be of great help if the project can be carried out as usual,and the lecture and handout is excellent.»
- Project in the form of a customer requested product, it was an interresting and fun way to deal with it.»
- Erik !!!!»
- The project, maybe as a single course. More exercises»
- The project»
- project »
- The project »
- The project»
- Eriks föreläsningar, det är svårt att tro att det är första året som kursen ges allts sitter så bra.»
- text book!»
- The project. I really learned a lot from it. »
- The teacher, the topics and the project.»
- project»
- i think the project is so important , but i have to think about my written paper. so sometimes i cant focus on the project totally. but i know the project could make me learn more .»
- More documents and references shall be provided (not for capacity but to find propoer text book for each student.)»

25. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- The book that we used is not that satisfying, should pick some one that can state the idea more clearly and with more examples.»
- Coursebook»
- - Although the project should be kept, it should be more accessible for students and more according to their learning pace and level in the course. - More computer-based exercises.»
- the evaluation method, give more importance to the project grading. »
- The influence of the project on the grade. It should be increased.»
- the time needed for project was so much and we spent so many hours of our time in the lab except studying.»
- I think book course book sould be changed.»
- there should have quiz session in each week in every course, so that can be familiar with the studies»
- dont know»
- the textbook, it is really not understandable.»
- The time period for the project can be a little longer, concerning the degree of diffuculty of the project.»
- 0. All the marks should be divided throughout the quarter and not just for the final exam. Like marks for homeworks, workshops,etc. 1. The lecturer should attend a few exercises as a feed back and look whether the emphasis is on concepts or not. 2.The links to different literature like the reaserch papers should be given a lot earlier so that we dont have to study those near the exams.»
- More gudelines how to start the project.»
- More exercises»
- Make it so that the points you score on the project has impact on how many points you need on the exam to pass. Cause ppl barely finnishing their project got more time too study while people who struggled to make a good project got little time too prepare for exams especially in conjunction with the abhorrent probability lab and the relating exam.»
- Text book»
- perhaps the final exam should be more similar with the practice exams handed out.»
- Can"t really say, i don"t really see anything that i think should be changed.»
- The course book and the course content should have some hirarechy»
- Boken»
- text book»
- Maybe the exercise class.»
- grading system,project should be given more score»
- the project is good, but i think it should have more rate in the whole scores. »
- No part needs considerable changes.»

26. Additional comments

- Thanks to Erik, Kasra and Alex»
- Great course, but high workload.»
- Too much time was spent on the project, compared to the grade percentage that we got(1/9 of the total grade). I think, in order to make students much motivated, a higher grading percentage should be given on the project even if it is a team work thing»
- The project was good and well defined.»
- The course offered great benefitial instructions on communication.»
- 1.More practice exams should be provided and exam should not be very tough and not make students fear from it and study day and night for it.At Master"s level there should be friendly exams. »
- I would like to say that i have included Erik among my personal list of the best lecturer i have come across. I admire his methodology and his way of approach towards students.I would like to say that he keeps it up. »
- Over All the course was finely designed, but it should be kept in mind, that first 2 months are difficult for international students so the workload should be minimal.»
- This course is very necessary, it helps a lot to review the basic and important knowledge of communication Engineering which will definately be used in the future.»
- Interesting and good course.»
- no »

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