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Operations planning and control, TEK420

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2012-12-18 - 2013-01-18
Antal svar: 42
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 56%
Kontaktperson: Linea Kjellsdotter Ivert»


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

42 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»1 2%
Around 20 hours/week»7 16%
Around 25 hours/week»20 47%
Around 30 hours/week»10 23%
At least 35 hours/week»4 9%

Genomsnitt: 3.21

- - spended hours were fluctuating » (Around 25 hours/week)

2. How did you experiences the course workload?

42 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»7 16%
High»24 57%
Too high»11 26%

Genomsnitt: 4.09

- It seemed more like a 7,5 point course than a 6 point, but you should rather "steal" some point from the other courses than remove something from the course» (High)
- I very much like the idea about the host company and that the students get insight in different areas of the same company. However the coordination lacks between the different courses which makes the students stressed. The workload for OPC might not be too high and I think that students studying a master program should manage to plan and prioritize between three courses but everything gets a bit mixed up and confused which have the effect that the workload seems higher than it actually is.» (High)
- The first case (host company) didnt fell very necessary since we already writes about it.» (Too high)
- Maybe take away case one and keep case two.» (Too high)
- Det blev för tungt med två ganska stora arbeten. Det var svårt att hinna med att hänga med då man inte hann läsa i boken under tiden. Det kändes inte som att det var mindre i denna kurs med 6 hp jämfört med en vanlig 7,5 hp. » (Too high)
- The workload does not correspond to a 6hp course. It is very heavy to have the term paper course in parallell.» (Too high)
- Way too high! » (Too high)
- Too many cases with to less time.» (Too high)

Learning objects

3. How understandable are the course goals?

42 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»4 9%
The goals are difficult to understand»1 2%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»16 38%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»21 50%

Genomsnitt: 3.28

- As always when you begin a new course it is diffucult to understand the course goals since the concepts are new. Try to examplify the goals and connect it to the different elements of the course.» (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)

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

40 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»32 80%
No, the goals are set too high»8 20%

Genomsnitt: 2.2

- Målen är OK, men det blir för mycket tillsammans med inlämningarna. » (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)
- It would help if we have a better explanation of concepts used during the course and that are unfamiliar for students with a background other than industrial engineering.» (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)
- Too much workload for only 6 credits.» (No, the goals are set too high)
- For being a course of 6 credits, the amount of assignments and overall workload is too high. » (No, the goals are set too high)
- I think that the course still feel like a 7,5 p course even though it is supposed to be 6. The overall workload this semester has been higher than any semester I"ve had before. I studied one year of master-courses before this semester so I"m not comparing it with the bachelor workload. It somehow feels that the Term Paper was added upon the other courses, without removing elements from theese courses.» (No, the goals are set too high)

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

40 svarande

No, not at all»2 5%
To some extent»19 47%
Yes, definitely»14 35%
I don"t know»5 12%

Genomsnitt: 2.55

- Think it would be good with more discussion question like the ones on the exam during lectures. Since the exams was very much connecting the dots, but not so discussed during lectures. Lectures mainly are about concepts but not the whole picture.» (To some extent)
- The focus in the exam was not quite in line with the rest of the course as two of the questions were hardly adressed in class.» (To some extent)
- Felt like the exam asked for topics which were not that much focused on during the course. Different way of approaching planning than what has been discussed. As well, the amount of questions did not match with the time given (4hours). » (To some extent)
- The quantitative questions were given too much weight in the examination with respect to other areas presented in the course. » (To some extent)
- I don"t remember the exam..» (I don"t know)

6. How relevant do you think the course content is in terms of a compulsory course at the SCM master?

42 svarande

Very irrelevant»2 4%
Rather irrelevant»2 4%
Rather relevant»21 50%
Very relevant»17 40%

Genomsnitt: 3.26

- OPC i think is relevant but the wide range of calculations dosent seems to be that relevant. Should be more focus on planing enviroment and adopting OPC strategy to different context» (Rather relevant)
- It is a very interesting course and you definitely get insight of the complexity of planning and controlling the operations. However since the whole course is based on a model developed by a teacher it would be interesting to discuss other models as well. » (Rather relevant)
- I think this is the one of the best courses given at the SCM program. It connects all different areas that are touched upon in different courses. However, it felt like time was too short to really understand the topic and many different parts were touched upon rather shallow. » (Very relevant)

Lectures and seminars

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

42 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»1 2%
50%»2 4%
75%»15 35%
100%»24 57%

Genomsnitt: 4.47

- 90%» (75%)

8. How did yo perceive the mix between lectures, guest lectures, seminars, own literature studies etc.?

41 svarande

Not a good mix»3 7%
Good mix»38 92%

Genomsnitt: 1.92

- did not attend a large part of the guest lectures » (?)
- Några av gästföreläsningarna var inte så bra. » (Not a good mix)
- I wouldn"t say that it was that big mix at all. Mainly lectures and the lectures were to long in order to pay attention to everything being told. » (Not a good mix)
- VERY good guest lectures!» (Good mix)
- - the non compulsory guest lectures were very interesting (big compliment to Nobel Biocare) - Lectures and Calculations were in a good mix whereas the connection and combination between both were a bit unclear» (Good mix)

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

42 svarande

Small extent»2 4%
Some extent»14 33%
Large extent»16 38%
Great extent»10 23%

Genomsnitt: 2.8

- But more discussions and connecting the concepts than just talking about them during lectures.» (Some extent)
- Lectures should be longer. That is, cover once chapter per lecture otherwise all learning relies (as it did) on the book.Since they are so tight and fast it is very hard to make notes of everthing the teacher said. So when we get to review them, they are just bullet points for the student. The book is supossed to be used in depth as well and I agree but if the lecture does not cover all then it is hard to know what is expected to grasp from the book. Furthermore, with the lectures only it is not be enough for even passing the exam.» (Some extent)
- There is so many different concepts so sometimes it has felt that it is easier to just read the book since only the lectures cut it, you still need the detail-level in the book as well!» (Some extent)
- Det kändes som om lektionerna var tagna direkt ur litteraturen, ingen vidare fördjupning presenterades» (Some extent)
- Is has helped quite a lot but the book is much more in detail so very hard to understand if the book is what is expected or if the level of the lectures was the level of detail expected. » (Large extent)
- - lecture is build on the book and the main parts were shown on the slides. » (Large extent)
- Sometimes the lectures were a bit fast, just reading the slides out loud. » (Large extent)
- The lectures could have been more detailed for all the methods in OPC. It feels like we wee given an overview at the lectures and then was supposed to know very detailed information at the exam and in the assignments. However, Linea was a great lecturer and very helpful if you needed help.» (Great extent)
- The lecturers show a great commitment and they always try to do their best to help us and ensure our success. The 3 main lecturers are really good professors.» (Great extent)

10. To what extent has the multiple choice questions during the lecture been of help for your learning?

42 svarande

Small extent»4 9%
Some extent»16 38%
Large extent»13 30%
Great extent»9 21%

Genomsnitt: 2.64

- - were good to check the basic knowledge but to this point of time it was for me not possible to be well prepared» (Some extent)
- Got me reading early.» (Large extent)
- Have a discussion before showing the answers. And make sure that the slide shows the right answers.» (Large extent)
- Very good!!» (Great extent)

11. To what extent has the "discussion questions" that you solved two and two during the lecture been of help for your learning?

42 svarande

Small extent»6 14%
Some extent»19 45%
Large extent»10 23%
Great extent»7 16%

Genomsnitt: 2.42

- Don"t know how much it helped my learning, but these kind of things in the middle of the lecture is still good to keep concentration» (Some extent)
- - interaction during the lectures were good to think about the topics - it would be more helpful to quote shorter questions. These were very long and not easy to understand» (Some extent)
- When having discussion questions I sugest that you ask the students to give the answers, and writing it down on the black-board rather than just show the answers on a slide. The answer slide could still be there but if you want the students to participate, well let them.» (Some extent)
- Fast för få» (Large extent)

12. To what extent has the quantitative planning seminar been of help for your learning?

41 svarande

Small extent»2 4%
Some extent»11 26%
Large extent»16 39%
Great extent»12 29%

Genomsnitt: 2.92

- A recommendation to Paulina is that she should have a longer time when she solves questions at the board. She only solves "easy" questions, but could benefit from explaining more advanced examples as well, the whole class is gathered so why not take the opportunity. Another recommendation is that when she notices that practically the whole class gets stuck on the same thing in the same question, why not raise the question and explain it to the whole classroom so that there can be a discussion around it. The exercises solved on the board are often very stressed, try to relax and do it more slovely because otherwise it is hard to keep up.» (Some extent)
- I would personally benefit from seminars that really aimed to create a good understanding of a certain topic. As it was now, four different seminars covered four different areas of quantitative planning and with each seminar covering a number of different problems, always not related. It felt like the seminars were beeing rushed through just because the aim of touching upon all areas. This, according to me, made it difficult to gain a deep understanding that was needed in order to solve the quantitative problems in the exam with satisfying results. Too many times it felt like starting from 0 understanding when starting the quantitative seminars since there is a distinction between reading the qualitative parts of the literature and understanding the calculations. » (Some extent)
- Without the quantitative seminars it would have been very hard to understand how to calculate. » (Large extent)
- I would like to have more seminars.» (Large extent)

13. To what extent has the OPC case study (description of an OPC process at the host company) been of help for your learning?

42 svarande

Small extent»8 19%
Some extent»12 28%
Large extent»18 42%
Great extent»4 9%

Genomsnitt: 2.42

- Case 1 remove Case 2 keep!» (Small extent)
- case study wasn"t about the OPC process at the host company so I don"t know what to anser on this question.... But regarding Chemicare, i didn"t think it really helped...» (Small extent)
- I think that the company report could be removed, and the case report could then be bigger and start earlier» (Some extent)
- Good but somehow, every group chose different processes --> wide spread of knowledge. » (Some extent)
- I feel thet it was unnecessary that we had to write one report for OPC and one report for the "term paper - HCC" course. There could have been more collaboration between the two courses. » (Some extent)
- - this was for me the best support to understand to deal with different environments and OPC tasks. - random groupings are useful but if there is a chance to gain bonus points it is sometimes annoying to have them due to different opinions and attitudes» (Large extent)
- I would introduce it as early as it is feasible.» (Great extent)

14. To what extent has the OPC company report been of help for your learning?

39 svarande

Small extent»11 28%
Some extent»10 25%
Large extent»15 38%
Great extent»3 7%

Genomsnitt: 2.25

- Too high workload in the wrong point in time. Did not help that much and since we got the results after the exam, it was hard to no weather what was written was correct or not. » (?)
- The host company report didn"t give me much but the OPC case report (ChemiCare etc.) was really good. » (?)
- Does not provide any additional input to the learning process rather than take time and effort that could be used for self studying.» (Small extent)
- The workload is horrible. We put so many hours (approx 30h per person i.e. approx 90 hours) in to making the report and we only got 2.5 bonus points, I do not see how that adds up as we lost so many hours studying for the real exam. The chemicare case description is not good at all and it is so hard to understand what you want us to actually write. So either you make it a part of the grade (say 20%) so that the work load seems resonable or you remove the case. My personal opinion is that you should award the groups 5 bonus points just for the sake of it, as the work load has not been resonable at all. » (Small extent)
- - little support from the company and we had a lot of discussion if we were allowed to use the information - was just a little help for understanding the topic and very time consuming» (Small extent)
- It took to much time from the other courses so it was quite hard to focus» (Small extent)
- too many group works in the SCM program in general» (Some extent)

15. To what extent has the guest lecture by Fredrik Helgesson (Nobel Biocare) helped you understand the subject?

36 svarande

Small extent»5 13%
Some extent»8 22%
Large extent»16 44%
Great extent»7 19%

Genomsnitt: 2.69

- missed it » (?)
- wasn"t there» (?)
- Great lecture!» (Large extent)
- VERY GOOD LECTURE -- KEEP! » (Large extent)
- - great topic, interesting powerpoint presentation (nice figures and a very clean design) and humoristic and perfect rhetorical lecture. The best guestlecture in all courses in the first semester» (Great extent)

16. To what extent has the guest lecture by Dr. Roger Lindau helped you understand the subject?

37 svarande

Small extent»7 18%
Some extent»16 43%
Large extent»11 29%
Great extent»3 8%

Genomsnitt: 2.27

- missed it » (?)
- wasn"t there» (?)
- Easier to understand how everything comes together and how it is actually applied » (Large extent)
- - nice presentation and lecture» (Large extent)

17. To what extent has the guest lecture by Åsa Hedendahl (Akzo Nobel) helped you understand the subject?

33 svarande

Small extent»9 27%
Some extent»13 39%
Large extent»9 27%
Great extent»2 6%

Genomsnitt: 2.12

- missed it » (?)
- Missed this lecture. » (?)
- I didn"t attend.» (Small extent)
- Only that they still struggle with the same problems.» (Small extent)
- Good lecture!» (Large extent)

18. To what extent has the midterm exam been of help for your learning?

39 svarande

Small extent»2 5%
Some extent»13 33%
Large extent»16 41%
Great extent»8 20%

Genomsnitt: 2.76

- never did it » (?)
- Got me started but if more credits of the total - more students would engage to a higher extent. » (Some extent)
- It was a good check of our knowledge and gave us an understanding of the course content.» (Some extent)
- Encouraged keeping up with the reading.» (Large extent)
- Got me start reading, very good!!» (Great extent)
- Great for start preparing yourself! » (Great extent)
- But very hard to get some extra points, could be a bit easier. » (Great extent)

19. To what extent has the course literature and articles been of help for your learning?

42 svarande

Small extent»7 16%
Some extent»10 23%
Large extent»18 42%
Great extent»7 16%

Genomsnitt: 2.59

- But the book has so many examples. Maybe teacher can help be more specific what"s important.» (Some extent)
- Boken var sådär. Vissa delar var bra beskrivande men ibland när man undrade något och slog upp det så var det ofta så att man inte förstod mer efter att man läst om det. » (Some extent)
- I didn"t think the main text book had enough depth and descriptions. It was hard to look up questions. The lectures gave more details.» (Some extent)
- With the book is more than enough. Please do not try to put much weight in the articles cause it would be too much.» (Large extent)
- The book has been useful but soo many details and zoo many pages. Hard to focus. » (Large extent)
- the book was very good, some articles good. "Elaborating a dynamic systems theory to understand collaborative inventory success and failures" did not help me at all» (Great extent)

Course administration

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

42 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»1 2%
Rather well»18 42%
Very well»23 54%

Genomsnitt: 3.52

- Nice work» (Rather well)

21. How were the opportunities for asking questions and getting help from the course tutor (Linea Kjellsdotter Ivert)?

40 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»5 12%
Very good»33 82%
I did not seek help»2 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.92

- Linea has done a great job! She has both had very good lectures and been a great support to the class! Thank you so much for all your help Linea! The course summary lecture was well planned and executed!» (Very good)
- - always friendly and willing to help - could sometimes tend to be more self-confident » (Very good)
- I really appreciate Linea"s wish to always help when questions arise and her positive attitude. » (Very good)

22. How were the opportunities for asking questions and getting help from the instructor (Anna Fredriksson)?

41 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»2 4%
Rather good»12 29%
Very good»25 60%
I did not seek help»2 4%

Genomsnitt: 3.65

- - good help for the Case study questions - took a lot of time to help the students - competent and friendly» (Very good)

23. How were the opportunities for asking questions and getting help from the exercise tutor (Paulina Myrelid)?

42 svarande

Very poor»1 2%
Rather poor»2 4%
Rather good»13 30%
Very good»19 45%
I did not seek help»7 16%

Genomsnitt: 3.69

- - very competent but one task in the last seminar wasn"t well explained and many students had question to it. Then this task was part of the exam. - During the seminar she should explain the tasks more slowly instead of rushing through it. » (Rather good)

Summarizing questions

24. What is your general impression of the course?

42 svarande

Poor»1 2%
Fair»1 2%
Adequate»9 21%
Good»27 64%
Excellent»4 9%

Genomsnitt: 3.76

- Really bad! Too much work... We also had 2 other courses at the same time, so it was impossible to do all 3 courses well! I don"t know how you were thinking when you planned this course??» (Poor)
- seemed at times quite unorganized and badly planned» (Adequate)
- A subject that is pretty hard to understand to begin with, was made harder because of sometimes lacking teaching skills of the lecturers.» (Adequate)
- Väldigt teoretiskt. Tyckte det var ganska svårt att få klarhet i distinktioner då allt hängde samman, varför blockuppdelningen tog överhanden från helhetsbilden.» (Adequate)
- But too much workload. Take away case 1.» (Good)
- Very good course but large workload. » (Good)
- Linea var superbra! Det var roligt att ha en föreläsare som var engagerad i att det skulle gå bra för eleverna. » (Good)
- Linea improves my impression of the course.» (Good)
- Very broad course with a wide spread of assignments. » (Good)
- - well structured but sometimes the red line was missing and the connection between the parts were missing» (Good)
- I really liked the course but I think it can be even better if it did not feel like it was being rushed through. » (Good)

25. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- Host company»
- Mid-term, quantitative seminars, »
- Case 2»
- Midterm exam, »
- multiple choice question»
- Linea.»
- Kurssammanfattningen var bra! Men nån liknande föreläsning med målen och exempel på företag borde kommit tidigare. »
- Same lectures and the calculating exercises sessions»
- just improve minor comment that you receive from the students feedback»
- Linea»
- midterm, quantitative exersises, teacher»
- Mid term and questions during lecture»
- Mid-term, the company case (chemicare etc.), and the process description thing. »
- - mid-term exam and example questions during the lecture - Guest lectures - Case study (ChemiCare and Handyman)»
- guest lectures, midterm, wuantitative seminars»
- Some more focus on the "counting" seminars, maybe have to of everyone»
- calculations seminars»
- Quantitative seminars»
- OPC case var bra för helhetsbilden. Mer tid till den »
- Everything»
- guest lecture was pretty good. I would like to be preserved it.»

26. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- Amount of calculation»
- Something should be done with the reports, maybe just keep the case report and make it bigger and start earlier instead.»
- The case could be better written to increase focus on the solving and not "trying to understand". Maximum 5 points is too little for a case of that size. »
- no»
- The host company case should be changed, and that is a matter for all the courses this semester.»
- Maybe one of the reports could be changed to a powerpoint presentation instead. Together with the other courses, especially the term paper and seminar course the emphasis on report writing takes too much time and effort. It is good to practise writing reports and be in group projects but in my opinion it is too much and too time-consuming. It would have been more useful for my own learning and understanding of the course to have more time to read course literature instead. However, the content of the cases are still interesting and important and my suggestion is therefore to maybe have a power point presentation and keep the discussions and seminars for one of the cases.»
- No host commpany case. I woul strongly recommend giving more examples during the lectures of real life and also like the ones given at the course summary, i.e. company A, company B example.»
- The Chemicare case study, please see comments there.»
- skip one of the two group exercises, case or host company»
- Amount of assignments, did not have the time needed to coordinate and focus since the final hand in of host company (term paper) was due the same week as the OPC Case (by Anna). Please reduce!!»
- Maybe share a seminar with freight transport system and Term Papers And Seminars in order to combine some of the presentations of the host company.»
- I would have apreciated if the case would have had more information in it and it wouldn"t be just "how you define the environment, thats how you get your answers". »
- - Calculation seminars (take more time to explain) - Host Company part was not helpful»
- some of the quest lecturers»
- OPC Host company case gav mindre, spec då detta var så pass tidigt i kursen. »
- Nothing»
- The double workload in the host company projects. There were too much overall (all courses) during the period and it was very hard to focus and do more than "just enough" because there were allways another project that needed attention.»
- there were a lot of assignment connected each other between compulsory courses during 2 period. It made me so confuse. Threfore, I think assignments compulsory courses is made more clear avoding to confusion. »

27. What is your educational background?

42 svarande

Chalmers I programme»20 47%
Chalmers other programme»10 23%
Sweden, other university than Chalmers»3 7%
European exchange student»1 2%
European MSc programme student with BSc from outside Sweden»3 7%
Non-European MSc programme with BSc from outside Sweden»5 11%

Genomsnitt: 2.33

- Maskin» (Chalmers other programme)

28. Additional comments

- Nice presentations during lecture but in general, a little hard to focus though since the long period of time. »
- This comment could be understood a bit humoristic: " We learned a lot about planning and the importance of planning. But why are two exams in the same programm, which are both mandatory, on two days in a row? It is impossible to prepare satisfying."»
- Good job and keep the positive spirit! Thank you»
- Difficult to manage time with three courses parallel»
- More time on crucial topics and definately more examples.»
- I think the teaching staff did a good job! You really conveyed your enthusiasm.»
- I have no any additional comments»

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