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Microwave engineering, MCC121, MPWPS, HT2011, MCC121

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2011-12-11 - 2012-01-22
Antal svar: 20
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 46%
Kontaktperson: Sheila Galt»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Elektroteknik 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.

20 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»1 5%
Around 20 hours/week»6 30%
Around 25 hours/week»9 45%
Around 30 hours/week»2 10%
At least 35 hours/week»2 10%

Genomsnitt: 2.9

- too high workload » (At least 35 hours/week)

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

20 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»1 5%
50%»4 20%
75%»3 15%
100%»12 60%

Genomsnitt: 4.3

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?

20 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»1 5%
The goals are difficult to understand»1 5%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»7 35%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»11 55%

Genomsnitt: 3.4

- Recommended chapters of the book would have been appreciated. » (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)
- Well not exactly but it was sometimes hard to comprehend what exactly we were supposed to be able to calculate and what to just be familiar with. Especially in the end» (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)

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.

19 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»1 5%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»14 73%
No, the goals are set too high»4 21%

Genomsnitt: 2.15

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

19 svarande

No, not at all»4 21%
To some extent»8 42%
Yes, definitely»4 21%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»3 15%

Genomsnitt: 2.31

- I learned far more then the exam reflects...» (To some extent)
- Last question were just strange» (To some extent)
- The degree of difficulty of the exam problems are higher than the ones solved in the tutorials.» (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

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

20 svarande

Small extent»6 30%
Some extent»9 45%
Large extent»4 20%
Great extent»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 2

- The lectures were very dissapointing. What is the aggregate value of attending a class of a lecturer that follows by heart the book? He is just paraphrasing som» (Small extent)
- First lectures, it was difficult to understand Jan Stake"s lectures but he showed improvements» (Small extent)
- The lectures could have been combined with more real life examples and more applications.» (Some extent)
- The tutorials weren"t that good! It doesn"t feel like he is really prepared when he uses solutions others have done instead of his own! » (Some extent)
- Some part of the course were familiar from previous studies, moslty the earlier parts. Sadly i didnt feel they became much clearer after the course. And Jan used a sometimes unsmooth combination of powerpoint and whiteboard, in my opinion its smoothest if one is the "main".» (Some extent)
- Especially the tutorials.» (Large extent)

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

20 svarande

Small extent»3 15%
Some extent»7 35%
Large extent»9 45%
Great extent»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.4

- The recommended book is not easy to follow. » (Small extent)
- The lecture notes on pingpong were not really helpful, really uncomplete.» (Small extent)
- Although the course litterature is very hard to understand. Better books are available.» (Large extent)
- The course book was good but a bit too basic on some parts (like the branch line coupler for example). It could been accompanied with some other book.» (Large extent)

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

20 svarande

Very badly»1 5%
Rather badly»4 20%
Rather well»10 50%
Very well»5 25%

Genomsnitt: 2.95

- PingPong is a bad system! And the communication from the teachers could be done through different places which makes it harder to stay updated! » (Very badly)
- Only becouse of the hideous lab in the end, or well its deadline which Vincent for rather strange reasons refused to move.....» (Rather badly)
- The result for the home assignment has not been returned jet, in week one of study period 3 and neither has the exam result. This is to long time.» (Rather badly)
- The home assignment was good but the 3D Lab home assignment must be handed out earlier next year. It was quite painful having the deadline Sunday before the exam week.» (Rather well)
- ping pong seems to be a good tool. It worked very well.» (Very well)

Study climate

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

20 svarande

Very poor»1 5%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»11 55%
Very good»7 35%
I did not seek help»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.35

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

20 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»0 0%
Rather well»8 40%
Very well»10 50%
I did not seek cooperation»2 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.7

- We had a lot of group discussions and that is what is good about this course, a lot to discuss about!» (Very well)

11. How was the course workload?

20 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 5%
Adequate»5 25%
High»9 45%
Too high»5 25%

Genomsnitt: 3.9

- Laboratory 3 was not very easy and the persons responsible it did not provide much help at all. One refused to answers questions (Vincent Desmaris) and the other (Hawal Rashid) never replied.» (High)
- The laborations of this course were set too late in date. One day before the space exam, there were a laboration hand in. The hand in was too difficult. It affected my grade in the space course. Some student mailed Vincent Pierre Desmaris for pushing the deadline date for a couple of days. The return mail of him was arrogant. His attityd were disrespectful and as a student, the impression of this whole course is not well. I actually like microwave courses but i will not take the continuation courses now.» (Too high)
- Too high at the end of the course when the 3D-lab was running parallell with repetition for exams.» (Too high)

12. How was the total workload this study period?

20 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 5%
Adequate»9 45%
High»7 35%
Too high»3 15%

Genomsnitt: 3.6

- The space course were perfect. But microwave, because of the laborations, the difficulty of it, it made this whole period tough» (High)

Summarizing questions

13. What is your general impression of the course?

19 svarande

Poor»2 10%
Fair»5 26%
Adequate»7 36%
Good»5 26%
Excellent»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.78

- too much work and not so enough time to learn everything. » (?)
- Jan Stake has improved as a teacher. Vincent should maybe be a bit nicer.» (Poor)
- The labs were very interesting. The person responsible of the first two laboratories helped a lot.» (Fair)
- It was rather unorginized in the beginning but got better i the end.» (Adequate)
- Content is excellent, but maybee more weeks for the course...» (Good)
- Jan got better and better during the course which was fun to see!» (Good)
- So far the toughest course» (Good)

14. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- Home assignment, lectures and the very well performed tutorials.»
- The tutorials were very good this year!»
- The teacher, the assignments.»
- Mustafa özen. He is a helpful teacher.»
- The labs, including the 3d lab, but the 3d lab needs some changes, see next question.»
- Good contents and lecture/exercise organization»
- The labs and the teachers»

15. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- Lab 3 was the most terrible thing I ever have seen. Good thing to use the software, and waveguide technology, but transformer was no good at all. The exam contained z-y smith charts, but not in color. All problems solved in tutorial, lectures and at home was done in color. Using black and white is way harder. Try to provide color smiths next year or inform that they will be in black and white.»
- Tutorials. Solve harder problems and more explanation when the problems are solved on the board. Recommended book. A good literature would be Microwave Engineering of Pozar, it is very easy to follow. Lectures. More preparation on the lectures. If Chalmers is so strict with the students about plagiarism, it is incongruous to have teachers that follow by heart books.»
- Lab 3.»
- Maybe the course could have skipped basic theory about waveguides, which we have experience from earlier courses (and maybe set it as a prerequisite). Then we could have focused more on the latter part of the course and maybe even included filters!»
- The workload on the laboration handin (3D lab) and the date of the deadline of the 3D lab. Also if Vincent could be more understandable.»
- 3D lab deadline, and the treatment of students complains. I was rather upset by Vincent, reasons Of "fairness" for not moving it. In my world its not a competition between me and my fellow students rather we are all here to LEARN something . And with the deadline placed like it was the learning did get a beating, since you would have to proiritize between studing for the examn or doing the lab. And why even change courses if all were to be fair, since it wouldnt be "fair" to have different courses between years, since some student might have had a harder/easier one! »
- Condense the 3D-lab, it is a good laboration but the assignment is too extensive. The lab-pm specified to hand in 3-4 pages, everyone I talked to turned in almost 10 pages.»
- 1. The 3d lab maybe needs clearer instructions, at least for the optimizing part. Also, EMPro should be made available on the computers at Chalmers. You cant"t expect everyone to have a computer powerful enough to run heavy simulation software. 2. The tutorials could be more focused on understanding rather the just solving the problems. It was very much just picking the right equations.»
- Deadline of the 3D lab wasn"t chosen properly.. definitely too late right before our first exam.»
- Thhe exam difficulty and the home assignement(not given back before exam).»

16. Additional comments

- The content of the course is to large.»
- Thank you for this great course. Maybe it"s tough but i think it is a great course. The course should be modified a little more.»
- I think the course have improved over the weeks, so keep it up! Since it was rather unclear in the start.»
- The tutorials were not always good. It did not feel like the tutorials were properly prepared.»

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