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Complex Systems Seminar, FFR141

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2012-05-16 - 2012-06-05
Antal svar: 15
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 50%
Kontaktperson: Claes Andersson»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Teknisk fysik 300 hp

Your own effort

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.

1. Area overview

A goal of the course is to provide an overview over research areas and applications of complexity science. Would you say that the course meets this goal?

15 svarande

No»2 13%
Somewhat»5 33%
Yes, it was useful»6 40%
Yes, it was highly useful»2 13%

Genomsnitt: 2.53

- No, lectures by PhD-students and professors would be needed to accomplish the goal.» (No)
- Since the topics were chosen so freely, many of them weren"t current research areas.» (Somewhat)
- The range of presentations is skewed by our lack of awareness, especially at the start of the year, as to what complexity science encompasses. » (Somewhat)
- Some presentations didn"t seem to adhere to the scope of the course.» (Yes, it was useful)
- I got to learn about a lot of new topics.» (Yes, it was useful)
- I would say the goal was met, however, given the extent of complexity science, it was not always clear if topics fell into that field. There were a few presenters with subjects that were hardly relevant to the master programme.» (Yes, it was useful)
- There were a very wide range of areas covered in the talks.» (Yes, it was highly useful)

2. Presentation skills

Would you say that your ability to produce and present a talk has improved as a result of the course?

15 svarande

No»2 13%
Somewhat»8 53%
Yes, it was useful»4 26%
Yes, greatly»1 6%

Genomsnitt: 2.26

- No, I have held plenty of presentations in high school, university and other environments.» (No)
- Not much. The focus of the course did not seem to be to be a better presenter, only one lection was set aside to this. It is however good with practical experience and I"ve never had such a long presentation before.» (Somewhat)
- The invited talk at the beginning of the course was useful to polish my presentation skills.» (Somewhat)
- This was the first presentation that I had given in a number of years and so was a great help.» (Yes, it was useful)

3. How understandable are the course goals?

15 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»5 33%
The goals are difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»2 13%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»8 53%

Genomsnitt: 2.86

- The only goals I found was one sentence on the student portal page, "The student should acquire basic skills in presentation and report writing on a scientific topic on a graduate (masters) level in complex systems science". Which do not feel the course has fulfilled at all. » (I have not seen/read the goals)

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.

12 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»4 33%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»8 66%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.66

- I can not seem to find the goals, but the 7.5 credits felt like they where wasted on just sitting there listening. Many times the presentations were mediocre and most of the time my focus was somewhere else.» (No, the goals are set too low)

Teaching and course administration

5. Teacher/Course administrator

How would you rate the Claes Andersson as a teacher/administrator in this course?

14 svarande

Poor»3 21%
Ok»4 28%
Good»7 50%
Very good»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.28

- Turns up late, or not at all. Doesn"t seem to understand when its time to stop asking questions» (Poor)
- There where many cancelled presentations with only one or two days notice. I know of people that did not receive these notes and ended up in an empty class room instead. There seemed to have been some trouble with the referees comments arriving on time to the presenter. » (Poor)

6. Communication

How would you rate the communication between the teacher and the students concerning topics, schedule, goals and other relevant issues?

15 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Ok»6 40%
Good»4 26%
Very good»5 33%

Genomsnitt: 2.93

- Many cancelations of classes in little or no advance.» (Ok)
- Sometimes emails which Claes should forward from presenters to reviewers (or vice versa) don"t get through. This is bad.» (Ok)
- At times the seminars are left on time edit when they are not actually scheduled, causing confusion about whether there is a class or not.» (Good)

7. Peer review #1

Peer review is one of the pillars of scientific work, and it is represented in this course as a requirement to review and provide comments on other students" presentations.

As a PRESENTER, did you find this system useful?

15 svarande

No»1 6%
Somewhat»4 26%
Yes, it was useful»9 60%
Yes, it was highly useful»1 6%

Genomsnitt: 2.66

- I only received one of the peer reviews and they where not toughing the subject I was presenting only scratching the surface on the actual presentation.» (No)
- Reviewers must understand the topic from the presentation, which isn"t that easy» (Somewhat)
- There were so many misunderstandings as to what I was or was not going to discuss it was hard to find any constructive suggestions to use.» (Somewhat)

8. Peer review #2

As a REFEREE, did you find the peer-review system useful?

15 svarande

No»0 0%
Somewhat»7 46%
Yes, it was useful»8 53%
Yes, it was highly useful»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.53

- The demands could be clearer and set higher.» (Somewhat)
- Often only a presentation is provided, and if the presenter plans on talking a lot it can be hard to give advice about the presentation beforehand.» (Somewhat)
- Difficult to understand the presentation without more background» (Somewhat)
- The state of peoples presentations when handed to us meant that it was very difficult to give any constructive critisisms» (Somewhat)
- I felt I tried to make constructive critics and point out weaknesses on the subject that was hard to grasp. But just looking at the presentation slides does not give much information of what the presenter actually will say. » (Somewhat)

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

15 svarande

Small extent»5 33%
Some extent»9 60%
Large extent»0 0%
Great extent»1 6%

Genomsnitt: 1.8

- The was very little teaching regarding presentation and peer reviewing in the course. » (Small extent)
- I already know how to hold a presentation. It was nice to learn a subject of my own choosing.» (Some extent)
- It was a good chance to become familiar with topics in Complexity Science and to explore possible directions of research for myself.» (Some extent)

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

15 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»3 20%
Rather well»8 53%
Very well»4 26%

Genomsnitt: 3.06

- Schedule wasn"t always updated and as a result we had a few lessons which were cancelled without our prior knowledge or to which no teacher showed up.» (Rather well)

Study climate

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

15 svarande

Very poor»1 6%
Rather poor»1 6%
Rather good»3 20%
Very good»8 53%
I did not seek help»2 13%

Genomsnitt: 3.6

- The atmosphere for class discussion in the seminars was good.» (Very good)

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

15 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»2 13%
Rather well»5 33%
Very well»8 53%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.4

- The little co-operation needed, someone to make a practice run with.» (Rather well)

13. How was the course workload?

15 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»4 26%
Adequate»11 73%
High»0 0%
Too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.73

- It is very concentrated around your own presentation. If it clashes with big hand-ins in other courses these could definitely suffer.» (Low)

Summarizing questions

14. What is your general impression of the course?

15 svarande

Poor»4 26%
Fair»2 13%
Adequate»2 13%
Good»7 46%
Excellent»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.8

- I do not feel that I got an overview of the CAS subject.» (Poor)
- Listening to unprepared and uninspired talks doesn"t make you interested in the research areas. Let people from different areas at Chalmers and elsewhere come and talk instead if you want to show what"s happening in the area.» (Poor)
- There is some motivation for a course of this type, but it doesn"t feel fun. There is little personal development during the course» (Poor)

15. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- Every thing was fine about the course except its duration. »
- The need to clear a topic and to show the presentation draft, so that you are at least a bit prepared»
- The format of the course is good. Two presentations a session of about 30 mins.»
- The wide range of topics presented and the open atmosphere for asking questions.»

16. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- The duration of the course is too much. It is better to have it just in two quarters, but in more days in a week, not once per week. »
- The initial lecture about how to hold a presentation (Hans Malmström) was uninteresting and not useful for holding presentations. Too many presentations were about subjects unrelated to CAS, there should be stricter rules for which subjects that are OK.»
- Decrease the amount of talks you have to listen to.»
- It is better to have this course on the second year than first year.»
- The amount of information provided to the referees is often too small to make a helpful comment.»
- Teacher, topics could be posted beforehand so listeners and reviewers have the possibility to think/read about it before hand.»
- The structure of reviewing presentations before they are given.»
- The reviewing system. Make sure the referees makes an honest attempt, maybe even a meeting before the presentation. »

17. Additional comments

- I found it confusing that this course overlap all four studying periods and are mandatory. Giving that one has to study an extra 7.5 credits or take a very low tempo period where you skip 7.5 credits. It does not fit into the overall structure of 15 credits per period that the master program otherwise try to follow. »

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