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BOM Geographic information system (VVT105), VVT105

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2012-03-13 - 2012-03-27
Antal svar: 14
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 34%
Kontaktperson: Ingela Gustafson»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Väg- och vattenbyggnad 300 hp
Utbildningsprogram studenten tillhör: Väg- och vattenbyggnad 300 hp

Learning outcomes and examination

Before you answer these questions, please check in the course syllabus what is stated about learning outcomes of the course.

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

14 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»3 21%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»11 78%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.78

- It is acceptable if you haven"t taken a GIS course before. But is miles from being acceptable if you already have.» (No, the goals are set too low)

2. To what extent have you reached the learning outcomes?

14 svarande

0-20%»0 0%
20-40%»0 0%
40-60%»3 21%
60-80%»10 71%
80-100%»1 7%

Genomsnitt: 3.85

- More practise» (60-80%)
- The 3rd accignment about the network mapping should have been done. There was plenty of time, the assignment work in class was just way too slow.» (60-80%)

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

Please consider all kinds of examiantions during the course: assignments, projects, seminars, final written exam, etc.

14 svarande

No, not at all»2 14%
To some extent»7 50%
Yes, definitely»4 28%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»1 7%

Genomsnitt: 2.28

- It is ludacrus to have an examination in a course like this. It tells nothing about students ability to use the software. » (No, not at all)
- The second assignment was not good. Since the computers were so slow, we could not try different things and get to know the program by trial and error. We had to just follow the list of things that we should get done, cause otherwise we would never make the whole assignment on time. It was very frustrating since we had to wait for 5 min as soon as we pressed some button in the program. MOst of the time was just spent waiting. This makes me want to NOT recommend the course to other people so it really has to be changed til next year!! » (To some extent)

Teaching and learning

4. To what extent has the organised teaching activities been of help for your learning?

14 svarande

Small extent»4 28%
Some extent»4 28%
Large extent»5 35%
Great extent»1 7%

Genomsnitt: 2.21

- The computer exercises are good, however during the arcGIS-exercises the instructions contained a lot of faults which was very confusing» (Small extent)
- The computer exercises did nothing for me, but some of lectures did shed a light on new things. But it was very general. Error in data applies to any course, not just this one.» (Some extent)

5. To what extent has the teaching material and the course home page been of help for your learning?

14 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»2 14%
Large extent»12 85%
Great extent»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.85

- Just to prepare for this exam.» (Some extent)
- Good with study questions» (Large extent)
- But no possibility to read the lecture material since there is only pictures.» (Large extent)

6. How were the opportunities to get feedback and for asking questions and getting help from teachers and supervisors?

14 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»1 7%
Rather good»9 64%
Very good»4 28%

Genomsnitt: 3.21

- Especially during the computer exercises.» (Rather poor)
- During the computer exercises we had to wait for long to get help since everyody had questions all the time. Another teacher or smaller good would be recommendable. Not another old student if you add a person to answer questions, cause they don"t always know the answer.. Better to have smaller groups. » (Rather good)

Course organisation

7. How well did the course organisation, course information, course home page, handouts etc work?

13 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»3 23%
Rather well»7 53%
Very well»3 23%

Genomsnitt: 3

- All handouts should be put on pingpong. Now, everything was not there, so if you missed a class, you might have missed some smaller exercises.. » (Rather well)

Study climate

8. To what extent have the facilties at Chalmers been appropriate to support your studies in this course, e.g. lecture halls, study rooms, equipment, computer labs etc.

14 svarande

Small extent»3 21%
Some extent»3 21%
Large extent»6 42%
Great extent»2 14%

Genomsnitt: 2.5

- We had some great probelms with the computers during the labs, this effected the possibilities to understand and perform the excersise.» (Small extent)
- The computer programs work too slow on the computers at Chalmers.» (Small extent)
- Computers very low when using ArcGIS. Most of the time was spend to wait rather than to practise.» (Some extent)
- The software functioned well in the computer labs, if the data was saved in "my documents" but not on the network drive. This is something that should be known to the course administators but still they kept telling people to save it on the network drive, costing people valuable time and patience.» (Large extent)

9. How much of your available time for studies in this study period did you spend on this course?

It is assumed that 50% of the time in one quarter is used for a course of 7,5 credit units.

14 svarande

less than 20%»1 7%
20-40%»5 35%
about 50%»7 50%
60-80%»1 7%
more than 80%»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.57

10. How was the course workload?

14 svarande

Too low»1 7%
Low»3 21%
Adequate»9 64%
High»1 7%
Too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.71

- It was simply too low. I know I had background with the software but when the course assignments have step-by-step guides about how to do it you don"t need people to do the whole exercises during classes. The fact that the 3rd assignment had to be skipped due to too little time to do it is telling for the lack of workload in the course.» (Too low)
- Low in terms of practise and projects but adequate or even high for the theory part which is, in my opinion, interesting but will be useless for most of students in their future work.» (Low)

Summarising questions

11. What is your general impression of the course?

14 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»2 14%
Adequate»8 57%
Good»4 28%
Excellent»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.14

- This is not a master"s level course. Put this in our bachelor program. If people lack the background for it when entering the program they can catch up very easiliy by doing the toutorials in the first week.» (Fair)
- It was very interesting, but the second assignment really lowers my overall impression of the course, since it was so poor. » (Adequate)
- Not enough practise for arcGIS, only the raster calculator and the reclassification tools were used.» (Good)

12. What is the remaining value of the course in the future

13 svarande

Very small»1 7%
Rather small»0 0%
Neutral»8 61%
Rahter high»4 30%
Very high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.15

- I was hoping to see what the network mapping was about but since that assignment was skipped I did not learn anything new.» (Very small)
- The question is unclear. » (Neutral)

13. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- The computer exercises»
- Assignments, could also add more, and have more hand ins instead of un exam.»
- MapInfo + ArcGIS»
- The DRASTIC assignment is a good project, but only as a toutorial on how to use rasters, it should not be THE assignment in the course. »

14. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- The second assignment!»
- The capacity to use the ArcGIS. Due to large problems with the program/our Chalmers accounts, we couldn"t even do the Assignment in ArcGIS since the computer was just having errors and worked extremely slow. »
- the computer most be upgraded to handle the softwar.»
- The lecture slides»
- More well-organized lectures.»
- 1. I would skip MapInfo. If people learn how to use ArcGIS they will know how to use Mapinfo. You might just as well teach people how to use every GIS software out there. 2. Have people do their own report. The dataset used has huge potential for making a proper report, not just a powerpoint presentation. 3. Skip the exam and use assignments. If people know how to do the assignments they will know how to use geographical information systems. 4. More computerlab time and less lectures. When there is 10-20% attendance in the lectures you don"t need a course evaluation to know the lectures are not working. I know the this course evaluation looks very negative but I just really like GIS and I don"t think the course made other people impressed about it. Bottom line: Move this basic course to the bachelor studies. If you want GIS in the master"s studies, which I agree there should be, make it more challanging.»

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