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TME225 Mechanics of fluids, TME225

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2012-10-24 - 2012-11-23
Antal svar: 38
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: ?%
Kontaktperson: Lars Davidson»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Chalmers: masterskurs

Goals and goal fulfilment

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

1. How understandable are the course goals?

37 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»5 13%
The goals ar difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give som guidance but could be clearer»3 8%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»29 78%

Genomsnitt: 3.51

- The learning outcomes are very detailed and really helped me to prepare for the exam.» (The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn)
- Great to have learning outcomes!» (The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn)

2. What programme do you follow?

38 svarande

Master programme Applied Mechanics»24 63%
Master programme Engineering Mathematics»7 18%
Master programme Automotive Engineering»0 0%
Erasmus student»6 15%
Other»1 2%

Genomsnitt: 1.76

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

35 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yies, teh goals seem reasonable»35 100%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2

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

36 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To som extent»10 28%
Yes, definitely»25 71%
I have not been examined yet»1

Genomsnitt: 2.71

- where the shit was the turbulent properties???» (To som extent)
- I don"t know if it"s that smart to have the exact same questions as in the learning outcomes.» (To som extent)
- This exam seemed to be a little harder than the two old exams.» (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

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

37 svarande

Small extent»2 5%
Some extent»17 45%
Large extent»14 37%
Great extent»4 10%

Genomsnitt: 2.54

- The lectures are a bit too unstructured for my taste. The pace was also to low with too much repetition.» (Some extent)
- I would"ve liked more structure in the lectures. E.g. more headlines on the blackboard, so one easier can get the bigger picture of it all. » (Some extent)
- but I have to say that I generally tend to have better learning results studying using books» (Some extent)
- One thing is that when drawing pictures this should be more structured. Some lectures it was impossible to understand what the picture was about because we talked about something else and then we retured to drawing a pic of something else because you had forgot it before.» (Large extent)

6. How large part of the lectures offered did you attend?

38 svarande

0-25%»3 7%
25-50%»2 5%
50-75%»6 15%
75-100%»27 71%

Genomsnitt: 3.5

7. How large part of the computer workshops did you attend?

37 svarande

0-25%»5 13%
25-50%»6 16%
50-75%»12 32%
75-100%»14 37%

Genomsnitt: 2.94

- I solved the computer assignments at home, together with other students.» (0-25%)
- I would prefer rooms with Linux.» (25-50%)

8. How much time did you spend on this course, as compared to the course "Mechanics of solids"?

35 svarande

Much less»1 2%
Less»7 20%
Similar»18 51%
More»8 22%
Much more»1 2%

Genomsnitt: 3.02

- did not take Mechanics of solids» (?)
- Compared to Functional Analysis on Engineering Mathematics programme.» (Less)
- Both courses were like a walk in the park» (Less)
- I spent more hours on this course due to the larger workload from the Assignments in this course.» (More)
- But the results at the exam showed that I clearly should have spend more time on Mechanics of solids» (More)

9. How useful was assignments 1 (laminar channel flow) for your learning

37 svarande

Not at all»0 0%
To some extent»10 27%
Large extent»11 29%
Great extent»13 35%
Much more»3 8%

Genomsnitt: 3.24

- I did not learn so much more than I already known from previous course in fluid mechanics, but as repetition it was good. » (To some extent)

10. How useful was assignments 2 (turbulent channel flow) for your learning

38 svarande

Not at all»0 0%
To some extent»8 21%
Large extent»12 31%
Great extent»14 36%
Much more»4 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.36

- I felt as if I wasn"t really fully aware of what the point of the assignments were until I was studying for the exam. Not really sure how to change this though.» (To some extent)
- could have learnt more, but didn"t get enough time.» (Great extent)

11. To what extent has the lectures in part I (together with Mechanics of Solids) been of help for your learning?

37 svarande

Not at all»1 2%
To some extent»11 29%
Large extent»17 45%
Great extent»7 18%
Much more»1 2%

Genomsnitt: 2.89

- For me, it was mainly repetition.» (To some extent)
- men jag menar hu mycket behöver man kunna om index, verkade ju under dessa veckor som dessa innefattade halva kursen,, » (To some extent)
- As I had no background in solid mechanics the initial 2 weeks provided me with the knowledge necessary to understand the rest of the material in the Mechanics of Solids course. For the Mechanics of Fluids course it was not that important for the rest of the course I felt.» (Large extent)

12. To what extent has the computer workshops in the two Assignments (two channel flows) been of help for your learning?

37 svarande

Not at all»3 8%
To some extent»11 29%
Large extent»12 32%
Great extent»8 21%
Much more»3 8%

Genomsnitt: 2.91

- There has been times where the assistance of the TA"s have come in hand. But I felt that it wasn"t necessary to have as many scheduled workshops as there were.» (To some extent)

13. To what extent has the lecture notes been of help for your learning?

37 svarande

Not at all»1 2%
To some extent»3 8%
Large extent»4 10%
Great extent»18 48%
Much more»11 29%

Genomsnitt: 3.94

- From the learning outcomes I could deduce what was important and not in the course.» (Great extent)
- Sometimes it was hard to understand the physical meaning of some terms. Some terms are only mentioned by name and not its physics. » (Great extent)
- Invaluable» (Great extent)
- specially the turbulent plots, gave clear sense to what happened» (Much more)
- klockrent att inte betala en tusenlapp för en bokjävel som man ändå bara läser i en gång» (Much more)

14. Did you watch the movies on the www page?

38 svarande

Not at all»8 21%
To some extent»15 39%
Large extent»6 15%
Great extent»9 23%

Genomsnitt: 2.42

- It was hard to keep awake while watching them.» (To some extent)
- A movie from the 1940? Really? I watched the first but couldn"t stop laughing. There must be better movies. » (To some extent)
- Synd på lite väl dåligt synkat ljud, mycket roliga annars» (Great extent)
- It was sometimes hard to hear due to bad sound. » (Great extent)

15. How useful were the movies on the www page for your learning?

35 svarande

Not at all»7 20%
To some extent»13 37%
Large extent»7 20%
Great extent»4 11%
Much more»4 11%

Genomsnitt: 2.57

- I suppose they are very useful,but have not had time to watch them all.» (?)
- Have seen them before in an earlier course.» (Not at all)
- As I did not watch them I can"t have an opinion. But it doesn"t hurt how have this option. » (Not at all)
- Didn"t watch all the movies. Watched a few. They seem to contain a lot of information, and i think, it requires some time to watch and re-watch in order to completely comprehend what is being said.» (To some extent)
- I could find some of my own answers through watching them. » (Much more)

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

37 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»0 0%
Rather well»16 43%
Very well»21 56%

Genomsnitt: 3.56

- It would be good if I as a student could see a well prepared homepage a couple of weeks before the course strarts. Then I could prepare better and know what kind of literature I will (or will not) need and get the idea of the course. » (?)

Study climate

17. How were the oppurtunities för asking questions and getting help?

37 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»12 38%
Very good»19 61%
I did not seek help»6

Genomsnitt: 3.61

- The PhD students helped alot when they were availbale. » (Very good)

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

37 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»4 11%
Rather well»14 38%
Very well»18 50%
I did not seek cooperation»1

Genomsnitt: 3.38

19. How was the course workload?

38 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 2%
Adequate»27 71%
High»8 21%
Too high»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.28

- If you dont take both courses (Solids and Fluids) you just get double work but not double credits the two first weeks. That doesnt seem fair. » (Too high)

20. How many hours per week did you spend on this course?

38 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»6 15%
Around 20 hours/week»11 28%
Around 25 hours/week»16 42%
Around 30 hours/week»4 10%
At least 35 hours/week»1 2%

Genomsnitt: 2.55

- It was pretty much to do the first two weeks for us who didn"t take the mechanics of solids course.» (Around 20 hours/week)
- It was less in the beginning and much more towards the end of the period definitely.» (Around 25 hours/week)

21. How was the total workload this study period?

38 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»2 5%
Adequate»14 36%
High»20 52%
Too high»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.57

- Overall low, but quite high when the last assignments should be handed in.» (Low)
- The assignments were rather time consuming. But as these are only on a pass fail basis, at least I didn"t feel the need to produce anything more than necessary. So in the end I felt the course load wasn"t that demanding.» (Low)

Summarizing questions

22. What is your general impression of the course?

37 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»4 10%
Good»20 54%
Excellent»13 35%

Genomsnitt: 4.24

23. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- The joint part with Mechanics of solids! »
- Learning outcomes, assignments, summaries»
- Adequate work load, good with the computer assignments, helpful lab assistants and teachers!»
- The learning outcomes. These are gold in this course.»
- I think the course is well designed and everything can be preserved. I liked the course.»
- övningsledaren som pratade så lågt»
- The learning outcomes. But you should really make the students understand the weight of doing them from the Start. They were really helpful, but for myself, I started doing them a little to late. »
- computer assignment»
- Lars!!!!!! Great teacher! »
- Lecture notes, learning outcomes »
- Course content and the examination style.»
- Lecture notes»

24. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- More structure when writing on the blackboard! »
- Although I like to work with Matlab, I think that universities should also use non-commercial software. There is a huge amount of open source pakages for phyton, implementing basic and advanced numerical algorithms.»
- sometimes the lectures were not clearly structured and it was hard to follow what was going on on the blackboard. if the notes on the blackboard were as well prepared as the summaries, it would be perfect.»
- The first two weeks for those who do not take both courses, it was very many scheduled hours. »
- More structure on lectures. »
- Lectures could be more structured and clear, eg. explain why a derivation is shown»
- A few numericals can also be included. But then it will also increase the workload.»
- pm säger att en demonstration i labbet skulle finnas med, det tycker jag hade varit trevligt! »
- Try to have more days between the solids and fluids exam»
- Perhaps it is possible to find other movies of better sound, or add some comments in text to clearify where it is hard to hear. »
- Bigger or more computer rooms. Was completely full.»

25. Additional comments

- None»
- Maybe it is to soon right now, but I would like to get information on re-exam. Like when, where and how to sign up. I rather not miss taking the exam again»
- I feel that this course lays a really good basis for further fluid dynamics courses!»

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