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MVE160 - Mathematical modelling

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2012-05-22 - 2012-06-04
Antal svar: 18
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 39%
Kontaktperson: Erika Thorsell»

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.

18 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»8 44%
Around 20 hours/week»6 33%
Around 25 hours/week»4 22%
Around 30 hours/week»0 0%
At least 35 hours/week»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.77

- The course has been hard to study to since there is no real course book so it"s spread out and it"s annoying.» (At most 15 hours/week)

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

18 svarande

0%»1 5%
25%»2 11%
50%»5 27%
75%»4 22%
100%»6 33%

Genomsnitt: 3.66

- I think the lectures were quite bad, I didn"t see any connection between one lecture and another.» (50%)
- Most of the lectures were good. But the lectures with powerpoint wasn"t giving anything. Since I can"t focus if a lectures is held with powerpoint.» (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.

3. How understandable are the course goals?

18 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»5 27%
The goals are difficult to understand»2 11%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»5 27%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»6 33%

Genomsnitt: 2.66

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.

14 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»2 14%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»12 85%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.85

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

15 svarande

No, not at all»2 13%
To some extent»5 33%
Yes, definitely»3 20%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»5 33%

Genomsnitt: 2.73

- It was represenative for the course, but the bar was set to low.» (To some extent)

Teaching and course administration

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

18 svarande

Small extent»7 38%
Some extent»8 44%
Large extent»2 11%
Great extent»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 1.83

- It"s hard to know what the headlines are when Alexey underlines pretty much everything.» (Small extent)
- Some of the lectures felt a bit shallow, that they only touched the subject matter instead of presenting it in a thorough manner.» (Some extent)

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

18 svarande

Small extent»2 11%
Some extent»8 44%
Large extent»6 33%
Great extent»2 11%

Genomsnitt: 2.44

- AP is good but to have 5 coursebooks is really bad. In this cours i would have needed one to read from cover to cover to get the subject, this jumping makes it very difficult.» (Small extent)
- Jag skulle gärna se att man höll sig till en bok nästa år, typ AP.» (Small extent)
- There are way too many books, pick one !» (Some extent)
- The main part of my learning was based on lecture notes from previous year and solutions to old exams.» (Some extent)

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

18 svarande

Very badly»3 16%
Rather badly»4 22%
Rather well»10 55%
Very well»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.5

- Old exams did not appear on the course homepage. A lot of links lead to GU sites without explanations for Chalmers students. The spelling, grammar, and formatting of the course home page is unbelievably bad. The site also mixes English and Swedish.» (Very badly)
- The course books were handed out with a usb stick and not all books were used.» (Very badly)
- The web page had incorrect info.» (Very badly)
- For example the course page said that the presentations should be 30 min long but he said 15. And he dident care enough to change it even when we informed him. » (Rather badly)
- late updates if any. No information about the project. » (Rather badly)

Study climate

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

18 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»3 16%
Rather good»7 38%
Very good»7 38%
I did not seek help»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.33

- He dident understand the questions and then answered easyer ones instead.» (Rather poor)
- I did not seek help for the exam studying, but for the project we did not get very good inspiration.» (Rather poor)

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

18 svarande

Very poorly»1 5%
Rather poorly»1 5%
Rather well»3 16%
Very well»13 72%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.55

- After finding a partner...» (Very well)

11. How was the course workload?

18 svarande

Too low»2 11%
Low»1 5%
Adequate»14 77%
High»1 5%
Too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.77

- Project took a lot of time, as they always do.» (Adequate)
- The time spent on the project was alot more than the course itself.» (Adequate)
- He complained that we had not done alot on our project but when were we supposed to do it? We had two assignments to do on top of the projects and one of the assignments was during easter break which isn"t ok.» (Adequate)
- If I really would have learned all that was in the course it would have been to hard, now it was ok.» (Adequate)
- because of the lack of work of the other students on the project» (High)

12. How was the total workload this study period?

18 svarande

Too low»1 5%
Low»5 27%
Adequate»6 33%
High»6 33%
Too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.94

- I took Applied Optimization along with this course, and I understand that the situation was different for students who took other courses.» (Low)
- because of the lack of work of the other students on the project» (High)
- I took 3 courses since there are many interesting courses for EM during spring and we have alot of mandatory courses.» (High)

Summarizing questions

13. What is your general impression of the course?

18 svarande

Poor»5 27%
Fair»4 22%
Adequate»5 27%
Good»3 16%
Excellent»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.5 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- Theres no theme in the course, what to learn is hard to grasp, the lectures is really bad and the assignment wery unclear.» (Poor)
- innehållet är väldigt spretigt, ingen röd tråd i kursen. Stor variation i innehållets svårighet. Vissa saker kändes så avancerade att man förstod att det var områden man inte skulle examineras på. Skapa en tydligare profil på kursen så att man förstår dess innehåll bättre. Gå från basic till mer avancerat. Inte tvärtom!» (Poor)
- The material seems a bit scattered, perhaps there could be a clearer divide between the ode part and the modeling part of the course.» (Adequate)

14. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- A modelling project is nice to do from start to finish.»
- The assignments, the project, the ode theory.»
- hand ins, tenta»
- That the exam is just like earlier years.»
- projektet, men med någon slags lärarledning skriven i text. Hade ingen aning om vad som krävdes för att uppnå ett visst betyg...»
- The project, its really interesting and fun»

15. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- The lectures could be more structured.»
- I think there should be hand ins each week nstead of a project. In that way you have to learn about everithing thought out in the course.»
- Write a compendium instead of using a huge amount of different books.»
- It would have been easier to keep up with the lectures if there was just one book that the lectures followed. That way it would be easy to look up the material from the lectures in the book, both before and after the lecture. A more comprehensible list with recommended exercises (again, from just one book) would also be a good thing.»
- The lectures. The projekt should be more like the assigments, clear instruktions, make this, study that. Like it is now it took us 2 weeks to understand what the projekt was all about "modell something" is not wery clear. If its more like assignments it can be more adapted to the course and leactures.»
- Använd färre kursmaterial. en bok brukar räcka. Bli tydligare vad som ingår i kursen. Många föreläsningar var irrelevanta..»
- The project should be replaced by 5-7 compulsory exercises, similar to the home exercises in the courses. »

16. Additional comments

- It is a pity that this course is mandatory for EM. I didn"t exactly learn anything of value in this course that I can use in my education, it is way too late in the education for that. I have taken PDE courses for instance and don"t need small lectures about how to solve PDE problems etc. I thought it would focus more on modelling problems and not solving. Modelling was easy and I would"ve liked to learn modelling tricks which I could"ve used in other courses.»
- Choose one book for course litterature and stick with it (with exceptions if additional material is needed for the projecs of course).»
Genomsnitt totalt för detta stycke: 2.5

Genomsnitt totalt för alla frågor: 2.5
Beräknat jämförelseindex: 0.37

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