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MPALG 1112-4 Algorithms, TIN092|DIT600

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2012-05-23 - 2012-06-10
Antal svar: 24
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 38%
Kontaktperson: Mattias Bingerud»

Opening question

1. Which university do you belong to?

Some of our courses are taken jointly by students of the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. In order for us to be able to look at the answers of each student group separately, we would like you to indicate which university you are registered at.

24 svarande

University of Gothenburg»5 20%
Chalmers University of Technology»19 79%

Genomsnitt: 1.79

Your own effort

2. 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.

24 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»6 25%
Around 20 hours/week»8 33%
Around 25 hours/week»7 29%
Around 30 hours/week»3 12%
At least 35 hours/week»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.29

- Läste som extrakurs.» (At most 15 hours/week)

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

24 svarande

0%»2 8%
25%»0 0%
50%»3 12%
75%»9 37%
100%»10 41%

Genomsnitt: 4.04

- I would have attended more but had also 3 more courses to partisipate in. The lectures are good.» (75%)
- One of the lectures collided with another course each week.» (75%)
- Flesta föreläsningarna.» (75%)
- Both lectures and exercises» (100%)

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.

To review the learning outcomes for this course, click here. (Opens in new window)

4. How understandable are the course goals?

23 svarande

The goals are difficult to understand»1 4%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»1 4%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»21 91%

Genomsnitt: 2.86

- Questions about the written goals are pretty pointless. No one really looks at them. The reason is that it"s almost impossible to write down meaningful goals for learning in this way. These questions should be removed from all the evaluation forms. It"s better to ask concrete things about the course instead.» (?)
- Cba reading» (The goals are difficult to understand)
- Requires understanding of concepts that are learned during the course.» (The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn)

5. 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.

23 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»22 95%
No, the goals are set too high»1 4%

Genomsnitt: 2.04

- See 4.» (?)

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

22 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»9 40%
Yes, definitely»13 59%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.59

- See 4.» (?)

Teaching and course administration

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

24 svarande

Small extent»1 4%
Some extent»4 16%
Large extent»10 41%
Great extent»9 37%

Genomsnitt: 3.12

- It"s good that slides were uploaded on the homepage in case one miss a lecture.» (Some extent)
- I give this credit for the labs, since i did not attend the lectures. » (Large extent)
- Excellent with handouts! I think Erland should not push "this is difficult" and also expect a lot of feedback from a group of students who all dislike being wrong.» (Great extent)
- The lectures have been great! They increasingly provided an understanding about the new techniques needed to pass the assignments and be able to solve the exercises.» (Great extent)

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

24 svarande

Small extent»9 37%
Some extent»9 37%
Large extent»5 20%
Great extent»1 4%

Genomsnitt: 1.91

- Almost nothing, but then again I think that I learned most of it during the lectures» (Small extent)
- With all the workload with the labs I hardly had time to study the book.» (Small extent)
- I opened the book once or twice» (Some extent)
- Seems like a good book but there are a lot of pages.» (Some extent)
- I got the most out of the lecture slides and attending lectures and exercises.» (Some extent)
- Book"s exercises and the course assignments have been good» (Large extent)
- Slides, yes.» (Large extent)

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

24 svarande

Very badly»1 4%
Rather badly»2 8%
Rather well»17 70%
Very well»4 16%

Genomsnitt: 3

- It worked fine until the day before the exam, on that day the coursepage were offline...» (Rather well)
- The lab assignments were uploaded to the homepage rather late.» (Rather well)
- The webpage was down the day before the exam, otherwise it was good» (Rather well)
- Except before the exam when the course homepage with the exams was down, but I guess that was Chalmers misstake» (Rather well)
- Some assignments were made available a little late, but hand in have been neagotiable.» (Rather well)
- I think that the laborations should be available earlier.» (Rather well)
- Some labs were released some days late, so we hade days were we couldn"t begin.» (Rather well)
- Crash day before exam.» (Rather well)

Study climate

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

23 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»5 21%
Rather good»11 47%
Very good»7 30%
I did not seek help»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.08

- Easy to ask at lectures but hard to get help with the assignments otherwise. » (Rather poor)
- Questions could be asked either by mail or on the lectures. There should be assigned time for the labs.» (Rather poor)
- I would like there to be an opportunity to sit and do exercises with the possibility to ask questions.» (Rather good)
- On lectures - maybe too good. Too many questions sometimes made the lectures halt.» (Rather good)
- Quick email replies from both Bassel and Erland!» (Very good)
- Replies from Bassel have usually been helpful and to the point» (Very good)

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

24 svarande

Very poorly»1 4%
Rather poorly»1 4%
Rather well»10 41%
Very well»11 45%
I did not seek cooperation»1 4%

Genomsnitt: 3.41

12. How was the course workload?

24 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 4%
Adequate»13 54%
High»10 41%
Too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.37

- However, it was rather heavy to first have a ~2h lecture followed by ~2h exercises, the brain was in overdrive every Wednesday. Would be nice if that could be spread out a bit better.» (Adequate)
- I did not work as much as had been needed to obtain high scores on the exam.» (Adequate)
- The workload with the labs should be reduced so that the student actually have time to spend on general studying of the subject.» (High)

13. How was the total workload this study period?

24 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 4%
Adequate»8 33%
High»12 50%
Too high»3 12%

Genomsnitt: 3.7

- I was able to slack a little on the other course I took.» (Adequate)
- Kandidatarbete.» (Adequate)
- Bachelor thesis plus long lab assignments» (High)
- I planned to take 4 courses this study period, which made the algorithm course suffer a lot b/c I didn"t have much time to study outside lectures/assignments.» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

14. What is your general impression of the course?

24 svarande

Poor»1 4%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»3 12%
Good»13 54%
Excellent»7 29%

Genomsnitt: 4.04 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- I have some new tools when programming now :) » (Good)
- I love problemsolving, and I felt that this course gave me a good foundation to tackle complex problems I never thought I could solve.» (Excellent)
- Dock. Det är väldigt svårt att motivera den noggrannhet som krävs i bevisföringen..» (Excellent)

15. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- The lectures.»
- The labs, they were really good a bit time consuming but worth it considering the knowledge you gained.»
- everything»
- The labs was interesting and a great way to learn.»
- The assignments but I think that there should be more of them and that covers all the areas, I feel that divie and conquer and induction algorithms was left out this year in the assignments.»
- The assignments»
- The lectures and the slides»
- Slides,exercise....»
- I think the tempo of new concepts and techniques where perfect, so the lectures and topics should definitively be preserved.»
- I think the general structure of the course is good and that you should strive to preserve as much of this structure as possible.»
- I think the course covers the different areas of basic algorithms in a very good way. The lectures managed to present the material in a very pedagogical way most of the time.»
- Problemklasser.»
- Handouts of the lectures»

16. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- Make the assignments available earlier. »
- maybe some language details in class. such as one guy that was corrected for saying "x over y" for x/y. X over y is in fact the correct way of saying it, and Erland had it confused with binomial coefficients (that is "x select y"). also N! is n factorial, not N faculty. faculty is something else entirely . there were also some ambiguities in the assignments. such things is not very important, but is a little distracting and can easily be fixed. »
- I felt that despite all the talk about it. The exam was a little bit fuzzy on witch steps (of describing algorithms) should be done on some questions.»
- Well I thin kthat it should be 1 person in each group like I did the assignments because I feel that I learned alot more that way but I guess that it is too expensive»
- Exam questions need to be a little more distinct. No Handwawing! - you should know that :p»
- There should be booked hours for laborations so you can have acces to someone to share ideas and to talk about difrent ways of looking att the problems.»
- I hope that we could get a collection of exercise problems to practice more.(it is ok not handed in)»
- Perhaps not put an ~2h exercise right after ~2h lecture, at least not in the afternoon. »
- The lab assignment was released to late compared to there deadline. I think that it should be clearer when the second deadline for lab submissions are.»
- Change the grading system for the labs. When you get accept on the labs you should pass, like in all other courses. Upload lab PMs and lecture slides earlier so that it"s possible to begin in time. There should be assigned time for the labs, since they are mandatory.»
- I think it would be better if the exercise was on Thursday or Friday, to let the content from the lectures sink in a little.»
- Things that could be improved: * The part about log/uniform cost criteria. The lecture and slides were confusing. There were no material about this in the text book. But the topic in it self is not so hard, it should be possible to do it in a better way. * Some formulations in the assignments was a bit unclear. E.g. 3.2. * It was difficult to know in how much detail you had to present you assignment solution. Maybe an "example assignment solution", with the expected level of detail, available on the homepage, could be a good help? »
- Minska tid ägnad åt DP.»
- The exam should closer reflect what has actually been shown on the lectures»

17. Additional comments

- very good and valuable course!»
- Very rewarding in terms of effort/enjoyment. Hard work.»
- When having a small number of questions with a lot of points on the exam it is a huge drawback if you can not completely solve the first problem part.»
- Seems like the spring and autumn course have quite different contents and focus on different things. Shouldn"t they be more similar since they have the same course code etc? »
Genomsnitt totalt för detta stycke: 4.04

Genomsnitt totalt för alla frågor: 4.04
Beräknat jämförelseindex: 0.76

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