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Algorithms, advanced course Lp 2 Ht11, TDA251/DIT280

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2011-12-08 - 2011-12-22
Antal svar: 29
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 11%
Kontaktperson: Åsa Samdell»

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.

28 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»2 7%
Around 20 hours/week»9 32%
Around 25 hours/week»12 42%
Around 30 hours/week»4 14%
At least 35 hours/week»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 2.75

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

28 svarande

0%»1 3%
25%»5 17%
50%»3 10%
75%»10 35%
100%»9 32%

Genomsnitt: 3.75

- Due to collisions with other courses. But the lectures were generally very good and instructive.» (50%)
- Lectures but not excercises» (75%)
- Antended to all lectures but only one exercise session» (75%)

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?

28 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»3 10%
The goals are difficult to understand»1 3%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»5 17%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»19 67%

Genomsnitt: 3.42

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.

26 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»1 3%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»22 84%
No, the goals are set too high»3 11%

Genomsnitt: 2.07

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

26 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»2 7%
Yes, definitely»15 57%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»9 34%

Genomsnitt: 3.26

- Very interesting exam, I really liked it!» (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

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

28 svarande

Small extent»1 3%
Some extent»11 39%
Large extent»9 32%
Great extent»7 25%

Genomsnitt: 2.78

- Since the other course I was taking took a lot of time towards the end of the period, I didn"t feel I had the time to go to lectures.» (Some extent)
- One of the best teachers ive had so far. The lectures were excellent!» (Great extent)
- Great lectures» (Great extent)
- Damaschke is a inspiring lecturer» (Great extent)

7. About the hand-in exercises: Did you get enough time and help? Would you prefer fixed office hours for that? Did you feel motivated to resubmit insufficient solutions? Other comments?

- Hand in exercise were unclear if they were passed or not. Could use something less ambiguous than OK. Like "passed" if no corrections are necessary. The last example sheet was a nightmare.»
- I only had to resubmit one exercise set, and it didn"t have many serious problems either. And I prefer books/notes to lectures, so office hours are not useful for me. »
- The took plenty of time, the last set was really hard... But I found it very useful.»
- There was enough time. It is good that you can resubmit solutions, because you learn more.»
- Yes, resubmit are important.»
- It would be good if the exercise assistants could help you with the hand in exercises»
- Didn"t need much help, so I have nothing to complain about :)»
- I thought that some feedbacks were very hard but it did make me learn more and to be more accurate.»
- No help requested. I thought the assessments of home assignments was well balanced, not to picky or too lax.»
- More help and better feedback is needed. Feedback in the form of the level of clearness of the question is not giving me anything more then a grudge.»
- When comparing accepted solutions to those of others, I felt that some student got of easy while others had to do more. There seemed to be occasions where one student got his solution accepted where another had to resubmit when solutions, even though solutions where basically the same. I think that unclear/insufficient feedback might be one of the villains behind this.»
- I enjoyed them, all but the last was relatively easy and maybe the level could be slightly slightly higher»
- The only hand in exercise I could have used a little bit more time and help with was the last one. Maybe it would be a good idea not to hand out the hardest question last in the course. »
- Yes.»
- There was enough time. The help was given if asked for it. Some time there was some misunderstanding on the feedback, resulting that one may have spend time on solving wrong problems. »
- Well, have them available on tuesdays rather than thursdays preferably. I didn"t get any "pointless resubmissions". :)»
- Did you get enough time and help? Yes Would you prefer fixed office hours for that? As long as you can ask in connection to lectures this is not necessary. Did you feel motivated to resubmit insufficient solutions? Yes »
- - concept of resubmissions worked very well - however, sometimes the hints could be more helpful, but of course, this is non-trivial without spoiling the solution - If you don"t get to the correct solution, you have no chance to understand - it would be great to discuss the solutions to hand-in exercises in the exercise sessions (possibly in an extra session).»
- The hand in exercise was ok.»
- I think they were good. Maybe you could have handed the exercises out on the wednesdays instead of thursdays.»

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

27 svarande

Small extent»3 11%
Some extent»7 25%
Large extent»13 48%
Great extent»4 14%

Genomsnitt: 2.66

- Almost all from lecture notes.» (Some extent)
- Lecture notes on internet was great!» (Large extent)
- Didn"t open book, but was perfect with lecture notes!» (Large extent)

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

27 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»0 0%
Rather well»9 33%
Very well»18 66%

Genomsnitt: 3.66

- Nothing spectaular, but it wasnt needed» (Rather well)
- The next year I think you should use the fire system for submissions. Then you can see if you have submitted the work and have a more definitive respone if the submission was accepted or rejected.» (Rather well)
- Comments were on time (even though that time wasn"t set, duh) and were very comprehensive. Excellent job with that aspect.» (Very well)
- With the exception that is wasn"t crystal clear whether to submit again after feedback. This could have been clearer. » (Very well)

Study climate

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

27 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»3 11%
Rather good»6 22%
Very good»8 29%
I did not seek help»10 37%

Genomsnitt: 3.92

- bad attitude» (Rather poor)
- I only asked clarifications once (I think) and didn"t have many issues with the material.» (Very good)
- The time it takes to get feedback on resubmitted solutions is always short, great work!» (Very good)
- Only during the break during the lectures?» (I did not seek help)

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

27 svarande

Very poorly»2 7%
Rather poorly»0 0%
Rather well»6 22%
Very well»16 59%
I did not seek cooperation»3 11%

Genomsnitt: 3.66

- Didn"t collaborate with anyone» (Very poorly)

12. How was the course workload?

27 svarande

Too low»1 3%
Low»2 7%
Adequate»8 29%
High»15 55%
Too high»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 3.48

- Most of the exercises had totally unnecessary hints which made the problems easy if not trivial. When you have to work hard on the problem you understand it and the underlying solution method much better than if you breeze through it. Therefore suggestion: remove hints, or at least offer them only to the students who are actively seeking help. » (Too low)
- A bit to low. I reckon some of the hand-ins could be extended. But then again, having some spare time for individual studies is always handy.» (Low)
- High, but this was only a good thing.» (High)

13. How was the total workload this study period?

28 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»3 10%
Adequate»12 42%
High»9 32%
Too high»4 14%

Genomsnitt: 3.5

- Prob. my own fault. Also red TDA351 and MTS.» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

14. What is your general impression of the course?

29 svarande

Poor»1 3%
Fair»2 6%
Adequate»4 13%
Good»15 51%
Excellent»7 24%

Genomsnitt: 3.86

- Organisation was excellent, but the content could have been more difficult. » (Adequate)
- It felt too easy.» (Good)
- Great course! I"ll recommend it to all friends who haven"t taken it already!» (Excellent)
- Great lectures.» (Excellent)

15. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- I like the structure of the course, with weakly assignments and take home exam. It is very nice that peter takes his time to give feedback to all students and that you have opportunity to correct misstakes and so on. More courses at chalmers should be like this.»
- The amount of feedback, and the effort put into all feedback, that you provide. I never got "it"s wrong. Redo it.". This is very common in labs in other courses, and always very frustrating!»
- home exam»
- Lectures, »
- The take home exam.»
- Peter»
- Almost everything»
- Putting up lecture notes and having an inspiring teacher»
- - possibility of resubmissions - real-life examples for the algorithms discussed»

16. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- The only thing I can think of is that the we had two week with the second last assignment which was rather easy but only one week with the last that was very hard. Maybe that could be changed so that you have two weeks with the hard one instead.»
- I think you should try to not use mail for hand-ins. its easy for me to lose track of what has been excepted, and what has not.»
- exercises»
- Time of the exercises perhaps. Put it in conjunction with one of the lectures and I think more people would attend.»
- It would have been appreciated with more time on the last hand in exercise. A possible solution would have been not wait with this hand in exercise to the last week. »
- Get an overal view of what we are doing. We just went for a new problem in every lecture, and I didn"t understand how the different problems correlated.»
- - The outline could be clearer. Instead of just going from one problem to the other, it would be helpful to divide the course into several chapters in order to make the structure clearer. »

17. Additional comments

- Compared to the first algorithms course, this course felt a bit "less general". The first course focused on techniques more than on examples, and here we mostely followed the examples of already solved problems. Maybe I am wrong about it, but that is my impression. »
- Qualitative course, good job!»
- Thanks for an interesting course!»
- thanks»
- The grading is not at all transparent. It seems to depend on an overall impression rather than having points for exercises and exam questions. I have not gotten my grade yet, so I am not complaining because I"m not happy with my grade. Secondly, I don"t know yet if the grade will be explained when we get it. This is certainly necessary because at the moment I have no real idea how the grading is done. I find it more convenient to have a regular grading system with points for exercises and a scheme of grading. It makes it easier for students to understand their grade and for teachers to argue that the grade is justified.»

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