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TKITE 1112-2 Databases, TDA357

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2011-12-12 - 2012-01-15
Antal svar: 50
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 25%
Kontaktperson: Mattias Bingerud»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Informationsteknik 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.

49 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»15 30%
Around 20 hours/week»19 38%
Around 25 hours/week»12 24%
Around 30 hours/week»2 4%
At least 35 hours/week»1 2%

Genomsnitt: 2.08

- Didn"t take the course but received the evaluation anyway.» (?)
- Due to another course (LEU420) that required over 40 hours work per week I did not have the time to work as much with the databases course as I would have liked to» (At most 15 hours/week)
- I went to 1 lecture and 1 exercise in the whole course because the lectures all clashed with my other, in my opinion harder, course "Reglerteknik". I Also felt my time was better spent on the Labs then in exercises.» (At most 15 hours/week)
- I took 3 courses this LP, didn"t allocate much time for databases.» (Around 20 hours/week)

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

49 svarande

0%»6 12%
25%»4 8%
50%»7 14%
75%»15 30%
100%»17 34%

Genomsnitt: 3.67

- Didn"t take the course but received the evaluation anyway.» (?)
- Due to an insane schedule I had no time or possibility to attend the lectures.» (0%)
- 1 lecture and I asked 2-3 questions about the labs. That was more or less it.» (0%)
- It clashed with my other course, Models of computation, which I found more important.» (0%)
- Kursen krockade totalt med reglertekniken.» (25%)
- Alla föreläsningar jag hade krockade och jag valde att gå på den andra kursen så därför har jag inte kunnat medverka i mera» (25%)
- I attended most of the lectures. I attended two of the supervised lab sessions and two of the exercise classes.» (50%)
- 100% lectures, 50% excercies/labs» (75%)
- Didn"t go to the exercises.» (75%)
- The lectures was very good! an improvement for next year would be to make some of the solutions to problems presented on lectures available on the course web-page.» (100%)
- Very good and pedagocial» (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.

3. How understandable are the course goals?

49 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»13 26%
The goals are difficult to understand»2 4%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»10 20%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»24 48%

Genomsnitt: 2.91

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.

40 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»38 95%
No, the goals are set too high»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.05

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

40 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»7 17%
Yes, definitely»30 75%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»3 7%

Genomsnitt: 2.9

- Some questions took alot of time to answer and I felt I did not have enough time to answer all» (To some extent)
- alot of the examination content were above what was taught in class and previous exams.» (To some extent)
- Tentan tog rätt bra upp de flesta moment i kursen. Var lite svårt att hinna med allt.» (Yes, definitely)
- However I"m not sure 4th normal form was taught in lectures, maybe it was just me not being there.» (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

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

49 svarande

Small extent»6 12%
Some extent»10 20%
Large extent»23 46%
Great extent»10 20%

Genomsnitt: 2.75

- I did not attend the lectures, however when I asked questions during the labs the support was flawless.» (Some extent)
- Didn"t teach how to think, only syntax.» (Some extent)
- Helped me through the labs» (Some extent)
- In general the excercises could be better, the course assistant should engage 15 min to go through some of the questions on the tutorial sheet so it"s more clearer to understand the procedure to solve these questions» (Some extent)
- Slides» (Large extent)
- I read the slides, which were very helpful.» (Large extent)
- Especially the laborations and exercises were of great help» (Large extent)
- Graham Kemp är den bästa föreläsare jag har haft.» (Great extent)
- Graham has very good pronounciation, which is nice for a change on Chalmers» (Great extent)
- The lectures were very professional. Graham is absolutely one of the best lecturers I have had at Chalmers.» (Great extent)

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

49 svarande

Small extent»20 40%
Some extent»15 30%
Large extent»10 20%
Great extent»4 8%

Genomsnitt: 1.95

- No extent» (Small extent)
- Det mesta går att finna på internet och eftersom labbarna är oraclebaserade så hjälper inte boken där.» (Small extent)
- I almiost read nothing more than the slides, and looked up stuff on the internet» (Small extent)
- The book is useless and there are no answers to the questions» (Small extent)
- Answers for the course book are needed to give some guidance » (Small extent)
- Although the teachers slides were VERY helpful, the book wasn"t almost at all.. (Not saying this is bad though! :))» (Small extent)
- The links on the homepage was helpful.» (Some extent)
- I only used the course literature when I needed to look something up, the slides from lectures was almost always extensive enough. Very expensive book considering how much it was needed.» (Some extent)
- Internet...» (Some extent)
- The lecture notes where great» (Some extent)
- At the beginning I was doubtful regarding yet another thick and wordy course book. But the book actually turned out to work very well for me. Lecture slides were relevant and well structured.» (Large extent)
- I didn"t even look in the course book because the lecture slides are really good, and because there are so much information on the internet (W3schools.com).» (Large extent)
- Please provide slides with answers to the boxes in the lecture note.» (Great extent)
- I barely read the book, but the slides, as I said, were good.» (Great extent)

8. To what extent have the lab assignments been of help for your learning?

49 svarande

Small extent»1 2%
Some extent»2 4%
Large extent»22 44%
Great extent»24 48%

Genomsnitt: 3.4

- Bra upplägg på labbarna som ger en överblick av ett arbetssätt när man gör databaser.» (Large extent)
- Unfortunately we were not able to complete or assignments, see below.» (Large extent)
- But, this is nead to update the lab PM, very unclear how you wish to solve the task» (Large extent)
- More than half the material in the course I learned directly from the lab. The knowledge needed for the exam and for the labs were very similar.» (Large extent)
- The labs are great.» (Large extent)
- It was great to see the result of what was taught in class and most of all it was fun!» (Great extent)
- Nick Smallbone is awsome » (Great extent)
- Almost everything I learned, I learned from the lab assignments! Very nice! Keep doing that.» (Great extent)
- The best lab made. It felt like everything were brought up in a good planned way.» (Great extent)

9. To what extent has the assistance and feedback from the course assistants been of help for your learning?

49 svarande

Small extent»5 10%
Some extent»16 32%
Large extent»18 36%
Great extent»10 20%

Genomsnitt: 2.67

- Need for more consensus between them how to solve it, and has often been very hard and understand what they want you to be correct.» (Small extent)
- I have not asked for help.» (Small extent)
- I didn"t have time to use the assistant supervised time slots.» (Small extent)
- En av labbhandledarna var svår att förstå för han bröt på franska eller nåt sånt.» (Some extent)
- The feedback we got was very helpful. The only bad thing was that we had to wait over a week to get feedback on our first assignment on the Fire system, which had the effect that we were behind on assignments for the whole duration of the course. I think we would have learned a lot more from the course if we could"ve completed the assigments on time.» (Some extent)
- The assistants were very good and very helpful. But the course material (slides) was enough. Speaking for myself and the group I studied with.» (Some extent)
- Too bad not all the assistans knew the whole course, some could bcnf and 3nf, others could not but those who could really did a great job explaining the details!» (Large extent)
- I greatly appreciate the course assistant Nick Smallbone, a fantastic help! Graham Kemp gave some advice that did not work for Oracle, this should not happen in the future.» (Great extent)
- Very helpful» (Great extent)
- As I said Nick Smallbone :) » (Great extent)
- The course assistans were very helpful, devoted and also very friendly!» (Great extent)

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

49 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»2 4%
Rather well»26 53%
Very well»21 42%

Genomsnitt: 3.38

- Didn"t take the course but received the evaluation anyway.» (?)
- The course needed more assistants and better exercise rooms.» (Rather badly)
- iSQL Sidan var skit! Borde fixas något bättre. Men kurshemsidan var bra.» (Rather well)
- The homepage linked from the portal was apparently an old one, which I didn"t notice until the last week or something. But it didn"t seem to matter.» (Rather well)
- Except some labs where we had to wait a very long time to get the first reject/accept...» (Very well)
- better than the book» (Very well)
- All the information that i ever wanted about the course was there. Also a plus for multiple exam papers. I think the course web page for TDA357 can stand as a model for other courses.» (Very well)

Study climate

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

48 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»3 6%
Rather good»15 31%
Very good»26 54%
I did not seek help»4 8%

Genomsnitt: 3.64

- Not enough course assistants in the later weeks» (Rather good)
- The rooms for the scheduled lab sessions were always full.» (Rather good)
- Again the course staff was fantastic.» (Very good)

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

49 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»0 0%
Rather well»11 22%
Very well»36 73%
I did not seek cooperation»2 4%

Genomsnitt: 3.81

13. How was the course workload?

49 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»3 6%
Adequate»28 57%
High»15 30%
Too high»3 6%

Genomsnitt: 3.36

- Lab 2 was maybe too big, and views should be put on lab 3» (High)
- "High" mostly because of the lab assignments, they took a lot of time. The assignments were fun though and also my primary source of learning and understanding.» (High)
- the last lab assignment was due too close to the exam» (High)

14. How was the total workload this study period?

49 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»15 30%
High»18 36%
Too high»16 32%

Genomsnitt: 4.02

- I"ve been reading 3 courses instead of 2 this period, else it would have been fine.» (High)
- I took three courses.» (High)
- I had to make a choice which course to focus on, there was no way that I would be able to pass both.» (Too high)
- Dum reglerteknikkurs.» (Too high)
- read 3 courses» (Too high)
- This mainly due to the LEU420 course "Routing technology"» (Too high)
- I"m from Automation and Mechatronics and I chose this course myself, so I don"t know if I should even answer this question.» (Too high)
- But it was my own fault for studying 3 courses.» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

15. What is your general impression of the course?

48 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»2 4%
Adequate»9 18%
Good»23 47%
Excellent»14 29%

Genomsnitt: 4.02

- The subject is both interesting and useful.» (Good)
- Great lab and great lecture notes but the book is pretty much useless when it comes to the questions because there is no way to know if what you have done is correct» (Good)
- Very good introduction to databases! Covered a lot of interesting subjects.» (Excellent)
- Föreläsaren är en av de bästa jag har haft» (Excellent)
- Great course! Great teacher!» (Excellent)
- I loved how practical the course was. And that we got to actually do database design from week 1. I liked that the course was not about how to design a database management system, but rather get to understand how they work and what they do.» (Excellent)

16. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- The lab assignments was a great way to learn.»
- Nick Smallbone»
- Graham Kemp.»
- Programming assignment.»
- The possibility to get help on exercises and assignments.»
- The lab assignments were very good.»
- Graham, TA"s giving hints and not the answer»
- Labs»
- The labs.»
- Graham»
- Nick Smallbone»
- projects»
- The lab and the staff.»
- Every faculty involved»
- The same structure with organisation, excercises, etc»
- The lab assignments! But maybe a bit less work on each assignment, especially the second one. And of course the teachers slides! They were awesome! :)»
- Lab assignment and excersises »
- lectures and lab»
- Everything.»

17. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- The exams needs to be smaller. Some tasks have to much unnecessary data, less data would still test my knowledge.»
- Avoid clashing lectures with other courses people take. I understand this can be difficult, but when 2 of 2 lectures clash...»
- Gregoire Detrez»
- iSQL website.»
- Make sure all course assistants are capable of helping the students on time. This was not the case with Gregoire Detrez.»
- The slides. Don"t hide the solutions to examples under those blue boxes. I want to be able to view them without copy-pasting the text into an editor.»
- Consider having more labs, and maybe skip the exam? Programming on paper works rather badly...»
- We had a very good "lab examiner" for the first 2 labs, but then it changed and for the last lab we got it accepted 4 days past the final deadline, handed it in 3 days before first deadline. Why put alot of workload on "teachers" who can"t handle it?»
- the book.»
- if there is a possibility to get hold of at least some of the answers to the questions in the book then that would be great, if not then more questions with solutions please :)»
- The instructions to the last lab assignment can be clearer. We thought that our program were supposed to answer all questions, but it were not, which made it alot easier. »
- exam instuctions on A4»
- Less sub-chapters and more in-depth knowledge on these preserved (for example XPath and Xquery can be left out)»
- Some of the questions on the tutorials should be solved on the whiteboard by the teachers assistance to give better guidance and answers should be handed out for the course book»
- Not much, although I didn"t like that we had XML in the course. I would like to learn XML but I don"t think we had enough time to learn it.»
- faster correcting of assignments»
- Going through 4th normal form more in the lectures.»

18. Additional comments

- I would like some examples for self-study, especially on the XML-parts. Maybe some minor lab assignment on that, so that we get to try it out. Learning by doing.»
- Preserve some of the co-teachers but consider the ones that are not able to give feedback in time...»
- It took very long time to get feedback on the labs. Sometimes over a week. That"s just not right. I would prefer 2 days top.»
- If you look at the bigger picture then the course have been great and I really enjoyed the content.»
- Overall great course! Really liked it!»
- Don"t change anything. It is good the way it is!»
- great course, great teacher and great lab helpers!»
- Really nice course and professor.»
- Didn"t take the course but received the evaluation anyway.»

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