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Applied Industrial Ecology, ENM021, MPECO, VT11, ENM021

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2011-03-20 - 2011-03-31
Antal svar: 20
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 62%
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.

17 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»1 5%
Around 20 hours/week»5 29%
Around 25 hours/week»7 41%
Around 30 hours/week»2 11%
At least 35 hours/week»2 11%

Genomsnitt: 2.94

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

17 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»0 0%
50%»2 11%
75%»7 41%
100%»8 47%

Genomsnitt: 4.35

3. Please estimate how many hours you have spent on the assignment 1 on material metabolism.

- 20»
- it is very hard to estimate. 20-25 h»
- 45»
- 20»
- 35-40 hours»
- 50»
- 35»
- 35»
- a lot...»
- around 35 hours»
- 40 hours»
- more than 40 hours,,I think»
- 50»
- 20»

4. Have the assignment 1 on industrial metabolism been useful for your learning?

17 svarande

Very useful»6 35%
Rather useful»10 58%
Not so useful»1 5%
Not at all useful»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.7

- It enables to print in our brain the method of this tool and to find the challenges that one is confronted to.» (Very useful)
- Understood the tool clearly first in the end of the course. » (Rather useful)
- Nice to get hands-on experience with MFA. Everyone runs into the same problem of lack of data. Maybe the assignment could be changed so the whole class collectively works on one or two MFA"s, with work for the different groups broken down by activity (i.e. extraction, manufacturing, use, etc). It could culminate in a publication or at least a presentation to the department, which would encourage use of reliable data and defensible procedures. Individuals would still get to go through the process of hunting for data, but the end result would be something much more substantial that everyone played a part in. In it"s current form, I felt at least some groups just didn"t try that hard, either by just directly pulling someone else"s MFA data or by not bothering to look for numbers at all in many cases.» (Rather useful)

5. Please estimate how many hours you have spent on the assignment 2 on technology assessment.

- 25»
- 25-30»
- 40»
- 30»
- 40-45 hours»
- 60»
- 35»
- 30»
- also a lot...I think 40 hours is a reasonable figure but it might be more because after the while time has no dimension»
- 40»
- 30 hours»
- 40»
- 60»
- 15»

6. Have the assignment 2 on technoloy assesment been useful for your learning?

17 svarande

Very useful»10 58%
Rather useful»7 41%
Not so useful»0 0%
Not at all useful»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.41

- The combination of the two assignments made it easier to understand the concepts etc.» (Very useful)
- I would make assignment #2 a smaller portion of the course and avoid stressing a connection between #1 and #2. I think the results were interesting, but too heavily guided by assignment #1, at least in some cases.» (Rather useful)

7. Have the seminars been useful for your learning? Please write which seminars that have been more or less useful.


- The concept was good, but the discussion in my groups were kind of dull to be honest.»
- The Indicator seminar would have been better in a suitable classroom where the seminar leader could walk around and help the students. The technology assessment seminar was a good start to assignment 2 but not so useful to the total learning of the methodology compared to the assignment. The Exergy seminar gave at least some idea of what exergy could be used to. Which the exergy lecture didn´,t give. »
- Didnt attend the exergy seminar»
- sometimes so much things to read that it is hard to see and remember the important concepts, to define them clearly»
- I"m just not a fan of the seminar format. I think it would help to give more structure to the discussions. Maybe make it into a debate or have each student be assigned to present their interpretation of one paper during the course and the discussions will be higher quality.»
- Didn"t attend the exergy seminar.»

The concept industrial ecology
18 svarande

Very useful»4 22%
Rather useful»10 55%
Not so useful»4 22%
Not at all useful»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2

19 svarande

Very useful»4 21%
Rather useful»10 52%
Not so useful»5 26%
Not at all useful»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.05

Technology assessment
19 svarande

Very useful»3 15%
Rather useful»10 52%
Not so useful»6 31%
Not at all useful»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.15

Characteristics of tools and methods
17 svarande

Very useful»4 23%
Rather useful»7 41%
Not so useful»6 35%
Not at all useful»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.11

Exergy analysis
17 svarande

Very useful»0 0%
Rather useful»5 29%
Not so useful»10 58%
Not at all useful»2 11%

Genomsnitt: 2.82

8. Do you think that the part on exergy analysis should be kept or taken away from the course? Please write if you have any suggestion for how this part should be changed to be kept in the course.

17 svarande

Should be kept as it is»2 11%
Can be kept if it is changed (see suggestions below)»6 35%
Should be taken away.»9 52%

Genomsnitt: 2.41

- I think it should be kept but in different way. It can more focus on tools, like sankey diagram » (Should be kept as it is)
- It is hard to see how exergy analysis is connected to the other instruments. If this could be made clearer it would be ok to keep it.» (Can be kept if it is changed (see suggestions below))
- More applied exercises on industry.» (Can be kept if it is changed (see suggestions below))
- I have nothing against the exergy notions, but I must admit that I did not catch the real meaning, usefulness and purpose of exergy tool even after the lectures. And i didn"t understand the exercises, exercises that may not be so useful in the understanding of the role that exergy can play in applied industrial ecology. Better defining this concept and explain concrete examples (explain the articles that one has to read for instance maybe) might be a suggestion.» (Can be kept if it is changed (see suggestions below))
- If it"s included, I think it needs to either be given more time or less time. As it is, there isn"t enough teaching to prepare us to actually use the methods but it"s more than simply a run-though of the theory. So I would say either forget about asking us to do exercises or dedicate more time and actually teach us how to do the calculations.» (Can be kept if it is changed (see suggestions below))
- explaining the qualitative functions and applications as we did on the seminar. Without so many calculations that very few people understood.» (Can be kept if it is changed (see suggestions below))
- I did not see the reason for having it in this course.» (Should be taken away.)
- Should be taken away, as it is now most students does not understand that part at all end ignore it to learn other parts better. » (Should be taken away.)
- Does not belong in this course.» (Should be taken away.)

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.

9. How understandable are the course goals?

16 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»1 6%
The goals are difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»1 6%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»14 87%

Genomsnitt: 3.75

- I think they mostly have just the right level of detail.» (The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn)

10. 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.

16 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»15 93%
No, the goals are set too high»1 6%

Genomsnitt: 2.06

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

17 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»8 47%
Yes, definitely»9 52%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.52

- It is really hard to know how to answer at the examination. The examinator expects us to answer questions very deaply and in a 4 hour exam you do not have time for this. In my opinion a course with two projects and 5 seminars should not ha a exam at all. If personal reflection and seminare notes where made a little bit serious the cours can still have personal grades without a exam! » (To some extent)
- We should be allowed to use words we know without explaining them on a whole page. We are masterstudents and have been studied the subject for a long time, it feels like we are beeing treated like 10 year olds. The exam looses it meaning if we have to explain every word we wright instead of focusing on answer the questions.» (To some extent)
- Asking for memorization of lists, categories, characteristics, etc. isn"t an effective way to tell if the students have learned, in my opinion. Given the "Applied" course title, the exam could use a different structure to really assess whether the learning goals have been met. For example, have the exam be a case study (or series of small cases) and make the student propose appropriate methods to get at the desired information. They obviously have to know all about the tools to be able to make motivated choices, and they also show that they can apply them to study sustainability questions under various circumstances.» (To some extent)

Teaching and course administration

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

17 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»9 52%
Large extent»5 29%
Great extent»3 17%

Genomsnitt: 2.64

- Not very many lectures, but generally okay. In some cases, slide presentation could expand understanding by, for example looking at real applications from scientific literature rather than summarizing the basic course literature that students should have already read. Application examples could also help keep the lectures more varied and interesting.» (Some extent)

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

17 svarande

Small extent»2 11%
Some extent»5 29%
Large extent»9 52%
Great extent»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.52

- As there are many readings, when one reads an article, one understands quite well but then most of the things are forgotten, and therefore I find it to some extent a bit unfair that some exam questions could referred to contents in the literature.» (Some extent)
- The articles have help a lot» (Large extent)
- Most of the papers were interesting and useful. I wasn"t a fan of the tool classification paper. One can learn more effectively which tools are appropriate when by actually using them or seeing them used by others, I think.» (Large extent)
- thanks for comprehensive powerpoint. I like that» (Large extent)

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

17 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»0 0%
Rather well»7 41%
Very well»10 58%

Genomsnitt: 3.58

- No problems that I recall.» (Very well)

Study climate

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

17 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»6 35%
Very good»11 64%
I did not seek help»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.64

- Sten was hard to contact during the week of the exam, making it harder to study his part.» (Rather good)
- The use of scheduled supervision sessions was very effective.» (Very good)
- Very helpfull with supervison» (Very good)

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

17 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»1 5%
Rather well»3 17%
Very well»13 76%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.7

- I haven"t had many good experiences with group work. In general, it penalizes people who work hard and take pride in their work by forcing them to share the benefits with others who care and do less.» (Rather poorly)

17. How was the course workload?

17 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»10 58%
High»5 29%
Too high»2 11%

Genomsnitt: 3.52

- The amount of work is fine, but it could be reallocated to the various tasks (i.e. make the MFA a bigger part, make the TA smaller, scrap the seminars and make the rest of the work about small problems to apply more different tools.)» (Adequate)
- even if we are somehow well guided, for a first exercise the level of demand is high.» (Too high)

18. How was the total workload this study period?

17 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»12 70%
High»4 23%
Too high»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.35

Summarizing questions

19. What is your general impression of the course?

18 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»1 5%
Adequate»6 33%
Good»8 44%
Excellent»3 16%

Genomsnitt: 3.72

- In general, given the course title, it seems like there could be a greater focus on applying tools for different settings/problems. I also feel the seminars aren"t very effective teaching tools.» (Fair)
- Take away the examination and the workload is more adequate. » (Adequate)
- Really good course! It is good that it really were a applied course, sufficient number of lectures and much seminars and work with assignments.» (Excellent)

20. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- The seminars, but with a more extensive preparation before, maybe instead of a written exam in the end.»
- The distribution of lecture/seminars/assignments»
- Ulrika»
- The projects»
- The both projects and thier supervisions. »
- The assignments which is a good opportunity for learning and practice. »
- The assignments were very good.»
- The early part of the course looking at the history and definition of the field was my favorite part.»
- The assignments.»
- Technology Assessment»
- the seminars»

21. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- The articles for the TA seminar should be changed. »
- Exergy..?»
- Skip the exam, it was useless. It felt like we only had to learn a lot of lists to pass it. It was really bad. It is also realy bad that we had to explain concepts that we"ve had a lot of courses in already and that we know, on the exam when there"s a hard time limit. Ulrika said that we for example should explain what we mean with "system" but we all already know that. Extend the projects and skip the exam so that the course becomes applied. »
- Take away the exam, this exam is not a examintion for 3 ETCS, it is a exam for 7,5 ETCS which means that the workload for the course is at least as 10 ETCS. »
- The part about exergy and the one about input/output analysis that felt a bit too brief to include in the course. I definitely think that it seems to be a tool of great importance so why not give it even more space and make something more out of it next year?»
- The way the exams is corrected. More focus of if the question is answerd instead of giving less points because the words used were not explaind.»
- Not definitely, but sometimes the seminars do not help me to better understand the concepts because they "only" based their reflexions on the articles, and as I said before, to understand well all the articles, one should read them carefully several times, which, combined with the assignments, is really not possible. Too much reading is more confusing than anything else, but it is my personal point of view. Maybe the assignments should be more directed by the teacher.»
- Don"t bother teaching I/O methods when giving it so little time. It would be relatively easy to teach the basic method, then have a small assignment to use the EIOLCA tool put out by Carnegie Mellon University, so the students can really see the power of the tool. Additionally, see the comment about the exergy session.»
- Get more credit fro the work with the assignments since they were very time demanding and you can only get bonuspoints and benefit form them if oyu get a 4 or 5 on the exam.»
- 2 exergy lectures, it can be only one and one seminar»

22. Additional comments

- Though it were a great course and I Do really think I"ve met the course goals, I"m not sure I will get the grade I"m worth, due to not being sure of how to formulate and describe on the exam.»
- I think it"s seems reasonable to have an exam. I"m sure it helped me to undertand the concept of the course better than what would have been the case without it.»
- It was hard in exercise 1 and 2 to just do a presentation as the only result, I"m more used to do a report and a presentation. It appears to be hard for the teacher to judge how much work has been put into the exercises.»

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