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TKDAT 1213-2 Operating systems, EDA092|DIT400

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2012-12-21 - 2013-02-01
Antal svar: 17
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 18%
Kontaktperson: Maria Sörner»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Datateknik 300 hp

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.

16 svarande

University of Gothenburg»0 0%
Chalmers University of Technology»16 100%

Genomsnitt: 2

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.

17 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»9 52%
Around 20 hours/week»4 23%
Around 25 hours/week»2 11%
Around 30 hours/week»2 11%
At least 35 hours/week»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.82

- NO TIME on regular lectures.» (At most 15 hours/week)

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

17 svarande

0%»3 17%
25%»8 47%
50%»0 0%
75%»2 11%
100%»4 23%

Genomsnitt: 2.76

- I couldn"t stand the teacher Arne. He was way to hard too listen to so it gained nothing to be there and listen.» (0%)
- I went to the first 1-2 lectures. The lecturer did not seem comfortable lecturing and the lectures provided little value.» (0%)
- The lectures really need to be improved. the content is good, but the presentation is not.» (25%)
- The lectures were often hard to understand and relatively slow. I got more out of studying by myself.» (25%)

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?

16 svarande

The goals are difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»5 31%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»11 68%

Genomsnitt: 2.68

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.

17 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»3 17%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»14 82%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.82

- The goals say "modern" operating system, but we deal with early Unix system and old algorithms.» (No, the goals are set too low)

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

17 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»10 58%
Yes, definitely»5 29%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»2 11%

Genomsnitt: 2.52

- The exam was completely fact-based which is a bit boring in my opinion. I like to use my brain and think. The lab however was good.» (To some extent)
- One course goal was "to implement some simple routine in an operating system". The labs that were supposed to cover this goal felt "toy-ish" and far too removed from the reality of operating systems.» (To some extent)

Teaching and course administration

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

17 svarande

Small extent»12 70%
Some extent»5 29%
Large extent»0 0%
Great extent»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.29

- With all due respect , the Professor is a bit old to be teaching. I respect him a lot because he has all the experience but he was a bit slow for class interaction.» (Small extent)
- The lectures were very boring and uninspiering. I would suggest that you send Arne on a course in pedagogy.» (Small extent)
- have mostly been reading in the book and read course slides. The slides are good and contain a lot of information, But someone need to figure out a interesting way to present it without mumbling and just reading the slides.» (Small extent)
- Read comment before about the teacher.» (Small extent)

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

17 svarande

Small extent»3 17%
Some extent»3 17%
Large extent»4 23%
Great extent»7 41%

Genomsnitt: 2.88

- The lecture contents/slides were all boring.If the course is taught with lecture slides who have all required information in them then it would be great.» (Small extent)
- Everything I learnt was from the material.» (Great extent)

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

17 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»4 23%
Rather well»9 52%
Very well»4 23%

Genomsnitt: 3

- The course page is a bit messy.» (Rather badly)
- Finding information was difficult since the page contained a lot of noise.» (Rather badly)

Study climate

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

17 svarande

Very poor»2 11%
Rather poor»4 23%
Rather good»4 23%
Very good»4 23%
I did not seek help»3 17%

Genomsnitt: 3.11

- The lab assistants seemed to not know how to debug C code in a good way.» (Very poor)
- Lab supervisors could/would not answer any questions beyond "is this correct".» (Very poor)
- Very competent Teacher and TA:s, Again it is making the lectures interesting that is the problem. The knowledge that teacher/TA:s have in the area is very good.» (Very good)

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

17 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»0 0%
Rather well»2 11%
Very well»15 88%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.88

- They were those that I had to rely on» (Very well)

12. How was the course workload?

17 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»7 41%
Adequate»9 52%
High»1 5%
Too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.64

- The labs were unnecessary complicated on a implementation level» (High)

13. How was the total workload this study period?

17 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 5%
Adequate»8 47%
High»5 29%
Too high»3 17%

Genomsnitt: 3.58

- Other course: control engineering» (High)
- Due to the course "Reglerteknik".» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

14. What is your general impression of the course?

17 svarande

Poor»2 11%
Fair»3 17%
Adequate»6 35%
Good»6 35%
Excellent»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.94 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- Would not recomment in its current shape.» (Poor)
- The teaching was pretty worthless. The labs seemed to be outdated long ago.» (Poor)
- The lectures were bad and the labs were good.» (Fair)
- I had high expectations for this course, but was disappointed. The simulation environment abstracts away far too much of what is present in a real operating system. Sometimes the algorithms/concepts themselves can be fairly simple, and the difficulty lies in making a correct and efficient implementation on real hardware.» (Fair)
- The lectures was not so good, so I did only attend some of them. Usually, in other courses I always go to the lectures, but this time it was not worth it.» (Adequate)
- The focus seems a bit all over the place» (Adequate)
- Really interesting course with a lot of nice things learned» (Good)

15. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- The lab»
- Labs are nice, exciting and educating. Problem sessions was a really nice feature.»
- The assistant teacher Ionnis. The teacher that gave any help.»
- the labs»

16. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- 1. The course goals say "modern" operating systems. However, we deal with OS"es as they looked in the 80"s. A friend borrowed his father"s book on operating systems. The book was from 1984 I believe, and the figures were the exact same - including figure numbers (!) - as the ones on the overhead pictures during lectures. I hardly believe operating systems haven"t changed for 30 years. Of course some fundamental concepts are the same, but I believe many things are outdated. 2. Another example is the hardware. How is relevant to learn exact algorithms for disk head movement in hard drives? First thing, this is controlled by the HDD driver/controller rather than the OS. Second, we haven"t even mentioned (that I am aware of) how an SSD works. In the lecture, the example HDD specs were from the 90s when a HDD could barely hold a few songs in todays standards. 3. Lastly, the lectures present interesting facts. However, that amount of information could be delivered in 25 minutes, meaning the low pace of a two hour lecture is görtråkigt.»
- Professor Lecture Slides »
- The lecturer or his way of teaching»
- Do something about the lectures and please convert overhead pictures to powerpoint. It is a great course with interesting material, please find a way to present it in a nicer way!»
- The teacher! He probably knows a lot, but neither I nor my friends gained anything from trying to listen to him on the lectures. It was like listen to some old tape. He was not even a little bit pedagogical! Also the labs should be renewed, they seemed way outdated! Also, the instructions for the second lab was very poor! It was more of a guessing experience than actually learning anything.»
- The labs. Make them more about the subject and less about how good the students are at implementing in C.»
- Change lab 2.1 and 2.2 to something more realistic.»

17. Additional comments

Genomsnitt totalt för detta stycke: 2.94

Genomsnitt totalt för alla frågor: 2.94
Beräknat jämförelseindex: 0.48

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