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Fusion Energy 2011, RRY115

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2011-03-31 - 2011-04-15
Antal svar: 10
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 52%
Kontaktperson: Tünde Fülöp»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Chalmers: masterskurs

Your own effort

1. Please describe your background (educational, work experience, previous environmental courses.)!

- I am an undergrad student at F doing my third year.»
- BSc in Engineering Physics from Chalmers, incl. one course (4.5 ECTS) in environmental Physics. Masters Program in Electric Power Engineering (1st year).»
- Nuclear engineering»
- - Diploma studies of mechanical engineering with specialisation in power engineering, 5th year - Working as student research assistant in thermodynamics over 2.5 years - Previous corses: Sustainable energy production, radiation protection, nuclear chemistry, renewable energy sources, environmental aspects of engineering»
- My bachelor ground is Electrical Engineering. I can"t choose any in the "Choose first" part so I write here: Radio and Space Science Enter in 2010-fall semester»
- I am student from electrical engineering. Right now I am studying in Radio and Space science masters program. »
- general background for my bachelor (maths, physics, chemistry, computer science). Nuclear engineering since I am at Chalmers.»

2. How did you find the difficulty level of the course in relation to your background?

9 svarande

Too easy»0 0%
Suitable»9 100%
Too difficult»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2

3. 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.

9 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»5 55%
Around 20 hours/week»2 22%
Around 25 hours/week»0 0%
Around 30 hours/week»1 11%
At least 35 hours/week»1 11%

Genomsnitt: 2

- Basiclly, I follow the handout note 1 step by step. But for the note 2 part(after Tokamak lectures), each week I only spend time during each lecture. In the finaaly eassy stage, I spend quite a lot time on my topic,A lot time spent on find related materials. » (Around 30 hours/week)

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.

4. How understandable are the course goals?

9 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»0 0%
The goals are difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»2 22%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»7 77%

Genomsnitt: 3.77

5. 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.

9 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»1 11%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»8 88%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.88

- I just didn"t have time at the end» (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)
- I learnt plasma from other courses like space science technique before. When I selected course, I saw there will be plasma lectures in this course. And I am happy because I can learn more plasma physics in this course. » (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)

6. Should the course cover more or fewer topics?

9 svarande

more»1 11%
reasonable»8 88%
fewer»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.88

- I think could cover more about the plasma diagnostics. Maybe it is better add one lecture specific about fission, not just a compariation between fusion and fission. Because fission become a hot topic again due to Japanese nuclear leakge. » (more)

7. Which subjects are particularly difficult?

10 svarande

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

basic notions»1 10%
plasma physics»5 50%
ignition criterion»1 10%
tokamaks»2 20%
stellarators»2 20%
plasma heating»0 0%
diagnostics»4 40%
safety»0 0%
inertial confinement»1 10%
design»0 0%

- Plasma physics can be very difficult but in this course I can accept this level of difficult.Maybe because the first time I contact Tokamaks, ther are many concepts on this topic I think.» ()

8. Which subjects are particularly interesting?

- Tokamaks, Stellartors and all the experiments that have given information.»
- Plasma physics, Heating, Diagnostics.»
- Design, safety, tokamaks and stellarators»
- Plsma physics, plasma dignostics, safety, plsma heating.»
- Plasma physics»
- The plasma heating was particularly interesting»


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

9 svarande

0%»1 11%
25%»1 11%
50%»2 22%
75%»2 22%
100%»3 33%

Genomsnitt: 3.55

- Was not in Göteborg during the study period, otherwise i would have attended.» (0%)
- Unfortunately I was just 2 weeks available in Göteborg so could only attend lectures in these weeks.» (25%)
- I missed one the safety lecture due to one lab from another course. » (100%)

10. To what extent have the lectures and discussion sessions been of help for your learning?

9 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»4 44%
Large extent»3 33%
Great extent»2 22%

Genomsnitt: 2.77

- I could not join the discussion sessions so this assessment just applies to the lectures.» (Some extent)
- Did not attend but the pdf:s online were helpful!» (Some extent)
- Diffrens between the lectures and the discussion. I wasn"t at the discussion, but i learned all that i knew from the lectures.» (Large extent)
- The lectures held a quite high pace, and seldom gave time to fully understand the concepts already in class. Quite a lot of additional self-study was required for full understanding.» (Large extent)
- I think each students submit some problems and the teacher answer them during the problem solving lecture are very good. Because I never meet such case that the students can be so active. Although I also ask the teacher questions on other courses, but none of the teacher from other courses are so active! » (Great extent)

11. If there were more lectures, would you actually attend more?

9 svarande

yes»7 77%
no»2 22%

Genomsnitt: 1.22

12. How much did you understand already in class?

8 svarande

(almost) everything»0 0%
most of it»4 50%
part of it»3 37%
a bit, I got an idea»1 12%
(almost) nothing»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.62

- Some topic would be hard if go deeper. And I forgot some knowledge. » (most of it)
- Sometimes the lectures have to be better adapted to students. A tendency is that the lecturers do not consider the lack of fusion-specific background knowledge (specific nomenclature...) of the students. » (part of it)
- The most problem are many equations from the physics if there is not such a deep background in plasma physics and much new parameters which in the beginning sometimes don"t seem reasonable» (part of it)

13. What is your opinion about Tünde"s lectures?

- They were intresting. I think there might be some improvment on the slides. Not sure what though.»
- Interesting and clear. An improvement could be a slower pace of talking, and giving better opportunities for reflection and understanding already during the lecture.»
- Good but to much physics! »
- Lectures were very well performed. Sometimes too fast but probably caused by the mass of informations.»
- Her lecture are concise and easy understand.She gave most of the lectures which impress me because usually professors are not going to give many lectures, the PhD students will do. . It is very good that necessary review are given at the end of each lecture and at the beginning of each lecture. »
- Very nice. She explained everything very well. Very friendly and helpful lecture. Simply great. »
- Very good, with enough exemples of the current techniques in use and explications when needed.»

14. What is your opinion about Istvan"s lectures (ICF and discussion sessions)?

- Clear, good pace. Well covering answers to discussion session questions.»
- I liked his lectures!»
- Well performed (Only present in ICF session).»
- He can explain a lot but sometimes my brain is in a state of saturated.He is a very good exam supervisor.»
- Not so bad, but not good also. He is friendly and tried to clear everything. But i dont know why, he always looked at board, never looked at us. In lecture time he lectured himself, suddenly he laughed at self. »
- Useful for the explication of the tricky parts.»

15. What is your opinion about Thomas" lecture (heating)?

- It was intresting, but not sure if he knew how much we had covered»
- Easier to follow the reasoning during class in this lecture compared to the others.»
- did not attend»
- Was not present.»
- Interesting. Also the topic is interesting.»
- So nice»

16. What is your opinion about Dirk Hartmann"s lecture (stellarators)?

- This was the best lecture of the course. It got me intrsted on going there on the summer as a road trip. Will se if it happens though»
- Interesting. Should definitely be preserved to next year if possible.»
- Very good!»
- Was not present.»
- Vivid.I think it is very good that in this course the real engineer/manager can give guest lectures!We can learn the knowledge we can"t get from the textbook!That is of practical use.»
- That was great. Very clear picture.»

17. What is your opinion about Gergely Papp"s lecture (safety, diagnostics)?

- High pace, still very clear. Good with forced interaction of the students in the class - this could possibly be used by the other lecturers as well.»
- Good with a high tempo. lot of information but it was very intresting.»
- Was not present.»
- He speake fast.He is very confident. Impressed with his interactive activities during the lecture.»

18. What is your opinion about Albert"s lecture (design)?

- Structured and clear. An improvement could be to have better interaction with the audience.»
- It was good!»
- Was not present.»
- He speaks fast.I think the fusion actor design is very useful.Maybe a small matlab project/simulation can be designed next time. »
- good, but helpful»

Course organisation

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

9 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»0 0%
Rather well»0 0%
Very well»9 100%

Genomsnitt: 4

- Good that everything was posted!» (Very well)

20. To what extent has the course literature been of help for your learning?

9 svarande

Small extent»1 11%
Some extent»1 11%
Large extent»1 11%
Great extent»6 66%

Genomsnitt: 3.33

- It would be better to add a short explanation for the variables in the compendium - sometimes it is hard to understant what"s the meaning.» (Large extent)
- A tendency in the fusion literature (used in this course) as well as the course compendium is a high rate of "standard notation" i.e. that many symbols and notations are not explicitly explained. This is probably not a problem for the experienced fusion physicist but can be very annoying and time consuming for students.» (Great extent)
- Tünde is very generous because she print out the handout materials! For some courses in Chalmers, students have to buy some documents like published papers, old exams and exercises.:( » (Great extent)

21. To what extent have the links on the course home page been of help for your learning?

9 svarande

Small extent»1 11%
Some extent»6 66%
Large extent»1 11%
Great extent»1 11%

Genomsnitt: 2.22

- I didn"t go through all.» (Great extent)

Study climate

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

9 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»0 0%
Very good»9 100%
I did not seek help»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 4

- I never have such a course that teachers are so encoughing students to ask and write down questions. » (Very good)

23. How was the course workload?

9 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»9 100%
High»0 0%
Too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3

- Not enough time for the essay writting as I choose a topic given at the end of study quater 3.» (Adequate)


24. What is your opinion about the oral exam?

- Good, although there are many topics which are not examinated, maybe have some more questions and separate them so each question covers a different topic.»
- More effort could be put into creating more representative questions at the exam, instead of choosing randomly from a huge list. The questions one got on the exam only covered a small amount of the course content, some in very deep detail (on the limit to non-relevance). Questions that better cover the core contents of the course would be appreciated. »
- A very good Exam! I learned a lot. Oral exams is a very good way to learn. Istvan was great!»
- Well carried out and flexible dates. Istvan was well responsive to examinee.»
- Very Good! Istvan explain me the question what I can"t answer very detail. I fail in the first oral exam. Istvan is very kind and permit me re-take oral exam a week later. So finally I don"t need to worry about fusion during Easter holiday.:) »
- Good examination form!»
- Its the best way for for testing student I think. Oral exam help me to learn many things and help me to find out my mistakes. »
- I like this kind of exam because it really shows how you understan the lectures. Considering that fusion is a little bit different from other physic lecture, I think it was really appropriate.»

25. What is your opinion about the term paper?

- Good to be able to chose a subject of interest to dig into. More sophisticated feedback on the term paper is reasonable (more than just the number of points).»
- It was okey, a bit boring.»
- Appropriate workload and good to show some topics in the course-pm»
- A little bit push as I need to learn diagnostics first.But it really helps me for the oral exam preparation.»
- Very interesting and fun!»
- Thats great. Its gave me chance to study deeply in particular area.»
- Good way to make us o research, and learn more, about a specific aspect of fusion»

26. What is your opinion about the hand-in problems?

- The first was a bit low on what to do. The secound were better, but i didn"t have enogh time as i wished»
- Great, especially part 2 for understanding the plasma parameters.»
- Good concept! Makes the students work more continuously during the course. Good level on the problems.»
- did not attend.»
- Appropriate difficulty level.»
- Difficult, my physics foundamental need to be improved! Albert is happy to help me!»
- Really good»
- i dont like it at all. Its Pathetic »
- The principle was good, but the content maybe not really appropriate. However, it is hard to find appropriate exercises at this level.»

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

9 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»3 33%
Yes, definitely»5 55%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»1 11%

Genomsnitt: 2.77

- Here there is room for improvements, mainly regarding the oral exam.» (To some extent)

Summarizing questions

28. What is your general impression of the course?

9 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»1 11%
Good»4 44%
Excellent»4 44%

Genomsnitt: 4.33

- Interesting subject. The course was very good at rising an interest for fusion, while still covering a lot of physics.» (Good)
- The teacher group are really fantastic!For some courses in Chalmers, teachers are some kind of formalization with student representatives.But in this course Tünde are very active and kind. For example she remind us to start the essay as early as possible. Not so many students on this course but she still choose , I think, many coures representatives. So she may get more useful feedback.» (Excellent)
- Fun and gives a good perspective, not just on fusion energy, but also environmental issues.» (Excellent)

29. Did the course meet your expectations?

9 svarande

Yes, completely»4 44%
Yes, almost»4 44%
Somewhat»1 11%
No, not at all»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.66

30. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- The guest lektures»
- Hand in problems and term paper. Guest lectures.»
- More about the engineering of the fusion reactors.»
- Organisation of examination with oral exam, termpaper and hand-ins. The teaching style and guest lectures.»
- Students would very glad if professor could give most of the lectures, the handouts, the guest lectures, the essay, oral exam.»
- You can introduce some new handins problem that like short notes(2 or 3 pages) about a particular topic(like essay). It will help to study more.»
- The way we can ask questions during the lecture, the guest lecturers, the oral exam and the term paper.»

31. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- More hand-ins! More questions on the oral exam»
- Better coverage of the course content in the oral exam. More feedback on the term paper.»
- Less plasma physics. »
- Explanation of the variables in the compendium (see question 20)»
- I know fusion simulation takes time and cpu sourse but I think it is better to add one small matlab project or simulation in the middle of this course. Maybe more vadios or flash during the lecture.»
- Handins math problem.»
- The type of homework maybe.»

32. Did you get interested in learning more about fusion energy or plasma physics?

9 svarande

yes, much»6 66%
somewhat»3 33%
not more than before»0 0%
no»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.33

33. Additional comments

- It was a satisfying course with pleasant people :-)»
- I think this course is vrey useful. Because sustainable energy requirement will be huge in the near future. And most people do not understand fusion energy even misunderstand nuclear energy. From this Japanese earth quake, mankind should really investigate a lot on fusion energy which is much safety and high efficiency. »
- Thanks to every staff of this course, especially Tunde.»

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