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Materials characterisation and failure analysis, 2011, MMK082

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2011-12-14 - 2012-01-29
Antal svar: 22
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 75%
Kontaktperson: Mats Norell»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Maskinteknik 300 hp
Klass: Övriga
Utbildningsprogram studenten tillhör: Maskinteknik 300 hp

Your own work

1. Approximately how many hours per week did you work with the course?

Estimate the total time in, including both lectures, project and your own studies. Try to estimate the average for the whole study period.

22 svarande

At most 10 hours»0 0%
About 15 hours»5 22%
About 20 hours»11 50%
About 25 hours»6 27%
About 30 hours»0 0%
At least 35 hours»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.04

- May be more since we were at Uni everyday for the project but that was very interesting so we didn"t see the time spending!» (About 20 hours)

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

22 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»2 9%
50%»1 4%
75%»5 22%
100%»14 63%

Genomsnitt: 4.4

- It was not because they were not interesting (instead they were) just I wasn"t here in Got.» (50%)

Learning outcome

The course syllabus states the the course goals in terms of learning outcomes, i.e. the knowledge, proficiencies and I attitudes to be acquired by the student during the course.

3. How understandable and reasonable are the course goals?

22 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»2 9%
The goals are difficult to understand»2 9%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»11 50%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»7 31%

Genomsnitt: 3.04

- The focus/depth of the exam has been diffuse during the course» (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)
- » (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.

20 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»18 90%
No, the goals are set too high»2 10%

Genomsnitt: 2.1

- This question is hard to answer because the goals was difficult to understand» (No, the goals are set too high)

5. Did the examination assess wheather you have reached the course goals?

22 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»10 45%
Yes, definitely»12 54%
I do not know/have not been examined yet»0

Genomsnitt: 2.54

- The exam was not what I had expected. It was too much details of every method. The exam did not reflect the lectures. I had been to every lectue and my notes and the lecture slides were not enough» (To some extent)
- Some questions was not relevant, since no lecture notes/lectures had considered the subject (DSC)» (To some extent)
- It is difficult to have an exam on a project course - the exam more or less was about the analysis methods as the course had a different focus. » (To some extent)
- There were more repeated questions on different ways: Eg: The Phase analysis questions» (To some extent)
- Some questions were a little vague.neeeded some clarification or could be rephrased» (To some extent)
- The project should be a part of the final mark.» (To some extent)

Teaching and course administration

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

22 svarande

Minor extent»0 0%
Some extent»9 40%
Significant extent»11 50%
Great extent»2 9%

Genomsnitt: 2.68

- "Studying questions" for each lecture would have been a great help for understanding the learning outcome from each lecture.» (Some extent)
- We mostly googled the different techniques to fins out more because the powerpoints were very bad in this course. There vere pictures and short texts but almost impossible to get the messege from them even though we attended the lectures ... My high grade has nothing to do with the powerpoint, it"s all thanks to google ,)» (Some extent)
- Sometimes there were too many information in the same lectures (4hours lectures) and it was difficult to keep the attention until the end.» (Some extent)
- Lecturers for different characterization method was helpful» (Great extent)

7. How did you find the lectures?

22 svarande

Poor»1 4%
Fair»1 4%
Average»9 40%
Good»10 45%
Very Good»1 4%

Genomsnitt: 3.4

- More information on slides would be good. Also good if the lectures are focused on specific learning outcomes. It is often difficult to know what we should read more about.» (Fair)
- There was big difference in the lecture-quality. Some "teachers" were well prepared while some just had 70 slides that including 40 slides of no value.» (Average)
- Hard to learn from lectures when no slides was avalible on course homepage. » (Average)
- Very different quality ...» (Average)

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

22 svarande

Minor extent»3 13%
Some extent»11 50%
Significant extent»7 31%
Great extent»1 4%

Genomsnitt: 2.27

- I know there is problem of finding a suitable course literature for this specific subject but the lecture notes/lecture handouts was not a good way of studying the course. It would rather be better to have specific sections in books (maybe on the internet)» (Minor extent)
- had to search for own literature to be able to understand much of the methods» (Some extent)
- learning questions and more litterature would have been helpful. Now I actually used Wikipedia to look up som of the methods... » (Some extent)
- Some text book would have prescribed, helping to grasp everything» (Some extent)
- The demo of the apperatures was the best part ... both in the department and in the classroom» (Some extent)
- Slides were the only material we had, and sometimes it was complicated to study upon them since mostly they were pictures or charts without explanation.» (Some extent)
- Not enough literture» (Some extent)

9. How would you rate the lab tour?

22 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»1 4%
Adequate»3 13%
Good»14 63%
Excellent»4 18%

Genomsnitt: 3.95

- May be the lab tour would have split into 2 sessions» (Fair)
- Fun and interesting» (Good)
- Could be more and shorter tours. Maybe a tour of the presented equipment at the end of the theoretical lecture is good?» (Good)
- The lab tour was really fascinating. I like it very much. But it lasted for a long time and I could hardly focus on the last part. » (Good)
- Just long» (Good)

10. How would you rate the study visit at Volvo?

21 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»1 4%
Adequate»1 4%
Good»8 38%
Excellent»11 52%

Genomsnitt: 4.38

- Interesting. Important to see where "real" jobs take place» (Good)
- Like the lab tour, visit at Volvo was amazing. There are so many advanced equipments there. But we got little time to write sth important down and it"s easy to forget things.» (Excellent)

11. What is your general impression of the project?

21 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»2 9%
Good»7 33%
Excellent»12 57%

Genomsnitt: 4.47

- I would prefere grades on the project» (Adequate)
- Great real life experience!» (Excellent)
- It"s great to get real hands-on experience with lab equipment.» (Excellent)
- That was the most interesting thing i"ve ever done in a course,so keep it exactly like that,it was exciting and very stimulating.» (Excellent)

12. Would you like the project to be graded?

22 svarande

Yes, grade the course only based on the project»6 30%
Yes, grade the course based on the project and the exam»12 60%
No»2 10%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 1.8

- a lot of time was spended on the project, it would be enough to only have this» (Yes, grade the course only based on the project)
- The fact is that we spent most of time working on the project,and that was hard to conciliate both with sutdying for the exam.» (Yes, grade the course only based on the project)
- The project is a huge part of the course. The largest part. Exam would still be good to see who has done the most work...» (Yes, grade the course based on the project and the exam)

13. How would you rate the support you got during the project?

22 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»3 13%
Good»11 50%
Excellent»8 36%

Genomsnitt: 4.22

- Very good email support and it was easy to schedule times!» (Excellent)
- Help recieved from the phd-student could not have been better. great!» (Excellent)
- Top notch.» (Excellent)
- Everyone was very helpfull and patient,thanks a lot!» (Excellent)

14. Do you have any suggstions for methods or types of projects to be included in, or excluded from, the course?

- DSE was on the exam but was not covered by the course in that respect»

Study climate

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

22 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»7 31%
Very Good»15 68%
I did not seek help»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.68

- During the project the help was excellent, although before the exam some more help would have been needed - maybe a summary lecture?» (Rather good)
- One problem when writing the report is that we are short of computers in the M-house. Yes we can bring our laptops, but on the other hand there is not enough with powerpoints in the studiehallen :(» (Rather good)

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

22 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»0 0%
Rather well»5 22%
Very well»17 77%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.77

17. How was the course workload?

22 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 4%
Adequate»15 68%
High»6 27%
Too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.22

- A bit high just at the end when we had to study for the exam,but instead it was adequate during the project time.» (High)
- Too high in the final weeks, when we also need to study for the exams. The project should be started earlier and given more time.» (High)

Summarizing questions

18. What is your general impression of the course?

22 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»5 22%
Good»11 50%
Excellent»6 27%

Genomsnitt: 4.04

19. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- The project!»
- The concept of the project was really good and stimulating»
- The project part»
- volvo visit»
- The projects of course.»
- Krste Projects Lab tour Volvo visit»
- The project!»
- Project should be preserved for the next year.»
- Project layout»
- project, lab tour»
- Projects»
- Project + volvo visit»

20. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- Perhaps the examination, I think the project could be 7,5hp. »
- the exam didn"t feel relevant - either it should be a graded project where the exam has less points or only a project with pass/no pass»
- course lecture textbook must be included»
- project should be graded and minimum attendance on lectures(i.e. 80%) and remove the exam»
- The grade on the projects.»
- The exam which is too much i think once again.»
- Lecture contents for all the sections were not balanced.Some lecture gives in depth details ,some not,so this should be balanced to the same level.»
- Lecture material, and more specifications of what to study.»
- That there is no influence of the project result on the final grade ...»
- study material»
- Literature»

21. Are there overlaps with other courses and, if so, please point these out and evaluate whether or not the overlaps were negative.

- there are overlaps with the other course of this quarter(mechanical performance of engineering materials) and that makes the learning goals a little unclear on both courses.»
- The period workload would be to high if together with a course with a completely different topic. Together with MPEM is was all all right.»
- No over laps.»
- Conflict/overlap with Mechanical performance of engineering materials with little clarity»
- No overlaps»

22. Additional comments

- There were more slides with only diagrams and lack of complete explanation»
- Excellent course!»
- This course gives a basic idea about Characterization technique and the project was really a nice opportunity.. »

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