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Technical change and the environment, ENM015, Ht11

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2011-12-05 - 2012-01-23
Antal svar: 39
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 54%
Kontaktperson: Monica Månhammar»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Elektroteknik 300 hp

Your background

There are many students in each category and an individual student cannot be identified.

1. What program do you follow?

39 svarande

Technology, Society & the Environment»9 23%
Other Chalmers Master Program»18 46%
Erasmus student»6 15%
Other»6 15%

Genomsnitt: 2.23

- Software Engineering» (Other Chalmers Master Program)
- Electric Power Engineering» (Other Chalmers Master Program)
- Sustainable Energy Systems» (Other Chalmers Master Program)
- IT» (Other Chalmers Master Program)
- Erasmus Mundus Industrial Ecology» (Other)
- Nordic Master: Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering» (Other)
- Erasmus Mundus-Industrial Ecology» (Other)
- IT» (Other)
- I take it as an MTS-course.» (Other)

General impression

2. What is your general impression of the course?

39 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»2 5%
Adequate»5 12%
Very good»18 46%
Excellent»14 35%

Genomsnitt: 4.12

- Very good lectures, tricky abit to tricky midterm exam perhaps.» (Excellent)
- Good combination of examinations, very good lectures.» (Excellent)

Goals and goal fulfilment

The course goals were stated 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?

39 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»6 15%
The goals are difficult to understand»2 5%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»8 20%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»23 58%

Genomsnitt: 3.23

- Jag har antagligen sett dem, men kommer inte ihåg» (I have not seen/read the goals)
- Difficult to see how exactly can these knowledge be used "in the real world". Maybe more concrete applications to policy making/lobying could be usefull.» (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)
- Perhaps to what extent» (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)

4. Are the goals reasonable considering your background and the number of credits?

Answer this question and the succeeding one, only if you do know the course goals.

34 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»34 100%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2

- But as I said before they are difficult to understand/read.» (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)

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

34 svarande

No, not at all»1 2%
To some extent»10 29%
Yes, definitely»21 61%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.7

- Perhaps more questions with less points, even though the last one was great.» (To some extent)
- But as I said before they are difficult to understand/read.» (Yes, definitely)
- I would have liked to know how I can get some feedback on my homne exam. I spent a lot of time on the course and it would be interesting to know what I have learnt and what I have missunderstood.» (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

6. How do you value the quality and relevance of the lecture(s) given by Björn Sandén?

39 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»3 7%
Very good»16 41%
Excellent»18 46%
No opinion»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 4.48

- Would be much better with more discussion... Björn should maybe ask us more questions, to make us think by ourself.» (Adequate)
- Better slides» (Very good)
- I like the interactive parts. There were more questions in the class than many of my other classes.» (Very good)
- Very interesting to listen to.» (Excellent)

7. How do you value the quality and relevance of the lecture(s) given by Martin Edlund?

39 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»1 2%
Adequate»5 12%
Very good»21 53%
Excellent»4 10%
No opinion»8 20%

Genomsnitt: 4.33

8. How do you value the quality and relevance of the lecture(s) given by Staffan Jacobsson?

38 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»1 2%
Adequate»6 15%
Very good»12 31%
Excellent»6 15%
No opinion»13 34%

Genomsnitt: 4.63

9. How do you value the quality and relevance of the lecture(s) given by Duncan Kushnir?

38 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»1 2%
Adequate»9 23%
Very good»19 50%
Excellent»7 18%
No opinion»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 4

- Duncan just needs some more time to grow into the lecturer role i think. Tip: 80 slides of powerpoint isnt something that you want to put your students throu in just 2 hours. Hard to learn anything under those conditions.» (Adequate)
- The lecture was good, but a bit to much repetition. Most of the things had already been brought up in previous lectures by Björn. Don"t know if this was intentional.» (Very good)

10. How do you value the quality and relevance of the assignment A?

39 svarande

Poor»1 2%
Fair»4 10%
Adequate»18 46%
Very good»14 35%
Excellent»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.3

- The fact that we don"t know which technology we are talking about is disturbing for the understanding. A comparison between two actual technologies, or between an actual subsidy policy and an "ideal" one would be more concrete.» (Fair)
- Discussion could have been better orchestrated.» (Adequate)

11. How do you value the quality and relevance of the assignment B?

39 svarande

Poor»2 5%
Fair»3 7%
Adequate»14 35%
Very good»16 41%
Excellent»4 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.43

- I did not participate, but the make-up assignment was good» (Adequate)

12. How do you value the quality and relevance of the assignment C?

38 svarande

Poor»1 2%
Fair»7 18%
Adequate»14 36%
Very good»13 34%
Excellent»3 7%

Genomsnitt: 3.26

- Understand the purpose of the assignment but could maybe been planned withouth a lot of mathematics.» (Poor)
- This one was kind of in a weird place, perhaps would have been better later on when policies had been discussed more during lectures» (Fair)
- It was really easy, and still I didn"t learn that much. » (Fair)
- This seemed, im my eyes, a little bit malplaced. No other focus was given the mathematical models of change in the course. I say either a little bit more of this, or nothing at all. » (Adequate)

13. How do you value the quality and relevance of the assignment D?

39 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»4 10%
Adequate»13 33%
Very good»17 43%
Excellent»5 12%

Genomsnitt: 3.58

- Missed this one» (Adequate)
- Really liked that movie, interesting!» (Excellent)

14. How do you value the quality and relevance of the assignment E?

39 svarande

Poor»1 2%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»6 15%
Very good»26 66%
Excellent»6 15%

Genomsnitt: 3.92

- But understanding exactly what is wanted is not easy. A session about how to research relevant data and how to write the report/organise the references is needed !» (Very good)
- Good exercise overall!» (Very good)
- It was an interesting assignment.» (Very good)
- Good way of getting to try and apply the teachings of the course!» (Excellent)
- A lot of fun and a good way to learn to use the concepts of the course. The presentation was also a lot of fun and even though it took all afternoon it was really interesting to hear all the other groups, it didn"t get boring.» (Excellent)

15. How do you value the quality and relevance of the book by Ponting: A (new) green history of the world?

39 svarande

Poor»2 5%
Fair»3 7%
Adequate»11 28%
Very good»13 33%
Excellent»6 15%
No opinion/have not read»4 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.76

- I never bought nor read the book but I don"t feel like I missed something.» (Poor)
- Everything needed about the history for further work was brought up during the first lectures anyway. » (Poor)
- Can easily be removed. Doesn"t present new concepts compared to the other sources.» (Fair)
- Very intresting book, but maybe a bit to much to read in it compared to the content of the coarse.» (Adequate)
- I liked it, although it was a lot to read in the very first weeks.» (Adequate)
- It ran out on cremona, and I therefore had to order mine online, it took a while, I got in in week 3 of the course. Please make cremona order more books next year.» (Very good)

16. How do you value the quality and relevance of the book by Grübler: Technology and global change?

39 svarande

Poor»2 5%
Fair»4 10%
Adequate»11 28%
Very good»10 25%
Excellent»5 12%
No opinion/have not read»7 17%

Genomsnitt: 3.84

- I read only 2 chapters of the book, it was just boring.» (Poor)
- But this book is very expensive, and not "didactic" at all : difficult to find any clear definition of the concepts. » (Adequate)
- The book is a bit boring sometimes, but it does contain a lot of interesting information.» (Adequate)
- The text was boring, but i suppose that"s the way text books are.» (Adequate)
- Though very expensive...» (Very good)
- Good but not as fun as ponting.» (Very good)
- Also intresting more relevant i guess than ponting. » (Excellent)
- I really enjoyed reading this book. » (Excellent)

17. How do you value the quality and relevance of the collection of articles?

39 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»5 12%
Adequate»9 23%
Very good»20 51%
Excellent»3 7%
No opinion/have not read»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.69

- I guess you cold remove some articles, they are so many....» (Adequate)
- Didn"t read too many of them» (Adequate)
- Some articles are difficults and really long, and I think there are too much articles to read, it"s impossible to read them especially when we are a non native english speaker!» (Very good)
- Though you could decrease the amount of articles by two or three - now it was a bit to much to read.» (Very good)
- Some of them overlap a bit which can be interesting but also a bit tedious when reading them all.» (Very good)
- A relevant and various set of articles.» (Very good)
- Some were better than others. It is a LOT of articles when the two books are to be read as well.» (Very good)
- But too many!» (Very good)
- Very good selection, learned a lot from it.» (Excellent)

18. To what extent has the lectures been of help for your learning?

39 svarande

Small extent»3 7%
Some extent»4 10%
Large extent»18 46%
Great extent»14 35%

Genomsnitt: 3.1

- I don"t go out of the lectures with a clear view of its content. A presentation of the lecture"s learning objectives may be usefull. A systematic presentation is welcome. IMPORTANT : provide a "printer friendly" version of the slides, without the black background, to save ink !» (Small extent)
- Really good lecutrer» (Great extent)

19. To what extent has the assignments been of help for your learning?

39 svarande

Small extent»1 2%
Some extent»10 25%
Large extent»21 53%
Great extent»7 17%

Genomsnitt: 2.87

- Not so mutch the assignments but more the discussions, they were reel good!» (Great extent)

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

39 svarande

Small extent»5 12%
Some extent»19 48%
Large extent»10 25%
Great extent»5 12%

Genomsnitt: 2.38

- More intresting than learning.» (Some extent)
- Didn"t have time to read all I was supposed to read. It"s a shame. » (Some extent)

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

39 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»1 2%
Rather well»20 51%
Very well»18 46%

Genomsnitt: 3.43

- Not your fault, but the new studentportalen is a major pain! Also there was some confusion about the hand in date for assignment C. Other than that all was good.» (Rather badly)
- Had to make contact to get file handins up and running.» (Rather well)
- A lot of misunderstanding of hand-in date and time.» (Rather well)
- Well structured, good information and updated regulary» (Very well)

Your own effort

22. How was the course workload?

39 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 2%
Adequate»20 51%
High»15 38%
Too high»3 7%

Genomsnitt: 3.51

- the assignments doesn"t really help, and the E is too heavy compared to the others. Maybe a weekly assignment like the midterm exam would help realize what point we missed.» (Low)
- It was very good that the hours were distrubed through the whole course.» (Adequate)
- Very much to read, so to combined with a other course with high workload will take its toll.» (High)
- It was a lot to read, good with the midterm then, but hard when you couldn"t buy the book at cremona, to many articles it made it stressful.» (High)
- But due to that this was my first non-electric course. » (High)
- Massive amounts of litterature/text to read. I am not used to this type of studying.» (High)
- In the other course there was not a lot to read which made it possible to read all the literature in this course. But if I had taken another, more timeconsuming course as well as this one, the workload would have been extremely high .» (High)
- To much literature » (High)
- To much to read in my oppinion» (Too high)

23. 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.

39 svarande

At most 10 hours/week»4 10%
Around 15 hours/week»8 20%
Around 20 hours/week»12 30%
Around 25 hours/week»15 38%
At least 30 hours/week»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.97

- lot of reading, informations difficult to extract.» (Around 25 hours/week)

24. How large percentage of the lectures did you attend?

39 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»2 5%
50%»1 2%
75%»19 48%
100%»17 43%

Genomsnitt: 4.3

- more than 75% but not 100%» (75%)
- Almost everyone exepct two because I was ill.» (75%)

Study climate within the course

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

39 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»15 38%
Very good»18 46%
I did not seek help»6 15%

Genomsnitt: 3.76

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

39 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»0 0%
Rather well»13 33%
Very well»26 66%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.66

Summarizing questions about the course

27. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- Assignments, Guest lectures»
- The assignments, the lectures and the good athmosphere in the class»
- Assignment E»
- Guest lectures, optional assigments, presentations.»
- the midterm exam, the articles and the related discussion»
- Humor Assigments are nice to do»
- I think the course has reached its dominant design - and I like it!»
- The midterm, guest lecturers »
- The overall course structure and the gust lectures. »
- I liked that very concrete topics were included, as the movie about the electric car and the lecture about Minesto. I also liked the form of the home exam very much - even though it was very hard.»
- The home exam»
- midtermexam»
- The assignments and the home exam, they are interesting and relevant.»
- Articles, content of lectures.»
- The discussions!»
- All the assignments, the midterm exam and the home exam.»
- Most things I guess, overall a good course!»
- everything except (see below)»
- ponting book»
- Björn.»
- Layout was good, Björn was good.»

28. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- Less groups in one room when presenting Assignment E»
- revise the reading content a bit, narrow it down.»
- Assignment B»
- Grübler text book was interesting to read but in some parts it comes to verify the things written in the articles. Avoiding to buy thi (sorry to say but it is very expensive) book will be thankful.»
- HA1 classroom is too big. it is not a good place for interaction between lecturer and students.»
- more interaction and feedback opportunities (if the teacher ask me a question, I can realize if I have understood or not).»
- little bit less articles to read, or at least more help to read them...»
- Maybe a politician could attend a lecture - just to hear an other stakholders opinion or feedback.»
- maybe a little less reading workload if possible»
- The midterm exam. I felt that it was unfair since you needed to remember exact details of a specific authors opinion or theory which meant that even if you had read the texts and understood the principles you might get the wrong answer. On the other hand, if you hadn"t studied the text in detail, you would still get approximately 3 points just by guessing. I received three points on the exam, and those points where definitively not well deserved. This does not encourage students to begin their reading from the beginning of the course.»
- Maybe give some more assistance on assignment C»
- The midterm exam and the two expensive books should be dropped. Instead, I believe that those 10 points should be attributed to assignments. It"s much easier and more interesting to invest him/herself in a work than in long readings.»
- Maybe assignment C.»
- I didn"t like the midterm, it feels a bit lika a lottery...»
- Maybe reduce the number of articles somewhat.»
- Clearer deadlines online, was a little confusing with some differences in times for deadlines online and on the schedule.»
- Less litteratur and clearer goals »
- the amount of material to be read»
- less reading material»
- The recommended reading was massive in the first weeks. I think it would be better to mix the reading a bit during the course.»
- Even though history is important, it seemed to me that it was a bit overestimated in the course. Would rather like to see an angle on modern takes on solving environmental problems (modern technical change).»

29. Additional comments

- Over all very pleased with the coarse. Top three of the master coarses I have read.»
- Discussion / assigment of some articles?»
- it would be better to have some reading guidance on the course literature. for example, listing several key questions for each of the articles that deserve more attention to when reading them.»
- Supress the dark background fro the printed slides.»
- Merry Christmas!»
- More people should get to know this great MTS-alternative.»
- Good course overall, liked the historical aspects. Felt like I have a better understanding of long-term technical changes. Would recommend the course to others.»
- The written exam was not a good way of testing skills, i heard of one guy who did not know a single question and randomly guessed him self to 6 bonus points and another guy who only got 2 bonus points by guessing. So it"s a lottery both if you know the answers and if you don"t and I don"t think lotteries belong in the exam purposes!»
- The main problem for this course was that I already had Sustainable Development and Sustainable Energy Future courses. Hence, I didn"t really learn anything new in this course... For what it"s worth, my overall impression would be much more optimistic if it was the first course in the "energy and resources history" field I had.»
- An interesting course. Do not regret reading it.»
- Very fun to do a home exam for once: it required a completely new way of working and it was a fun challenge.»
- It is very hard to remember who is who and what the differernt assignments was about when just a name or letter is given. If you give the theme the lecture and a summary of the assignment in the question it will be easier to answer them.»

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