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MPALG 1213-2 Cryptography, TDA351|DIT250

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2012-12-21 - 2013-02-01
Antal svar: 50
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 41%
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.

48 svarande

University of Gothenburg»0 0%
Chalmers University of Technology»48 100%

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.

50 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»20 40%
Around 20 hours/week»17 34%
Around 25 hours/week»9 18%
Around 30 hours/week»4 8%
At least 35 hours/week»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.94

- My other course, Routing Technology, simply took all my time. I would have liked to spend more time on this course, but just didn"t have it.» (At most 15 hours/week)
- The whole course was easy and didn"t require much of my time.» (At most 15 hours/week)
- I had 2 courses in discrete mathematics at my university, which made some parts of the course quite easy » (At most 15 hours/week)
- absolutely not sure» (Around 20 hours/week)
- Including the course at coursera.org» (Around 25 hours/week)

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

50 svarande

0%»5 10%
25%»7 14%
50%»5 10%
75%»17 34%
100%»16 32%

Genomsnitt: 3.64

- About two lectures... They were very good though, just a bit to early in the morning...» (0%)
- I read up on the slides at home.» (0%)
- it was almost always at 8am and the course material on the website had a very good quality. Thus I never intended the lecture.» (0%)
- I mostly used the slides.» (25%)
- too early lectures» (50%)
- I overslept a couple of times... :|» (75%)
- The exercise solutions were so well explained and detailed that they make it almost pointless to attend the exercise session» (75%)
- Very good lectures» (100%)
- Very good lecturer. Felt updated, engaged, well spoken and so on. Could teach other lecturers quite a bit about didactics.» (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.

To review the learning outcomes for this course, click here. (Opens in new window)

4. How understandable are the course goals?

50 svarande

The goals are difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»8 16%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»42 84%

Genomsnitt: 2.84

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.

49 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»2 4%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»47 95%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.95

- Handinassignments should give credits not only be compulsory» (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)

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

49 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»9 18%
Yes, definitely»39 79%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»1 2%

Genomsnitt: 2.83

- Perfect exam, challenging, fun and I felt like I learnt stuff during the exam.» (Yes, definitely)
- I liked the exams. Studying for the exam thought me alot, good variation of the questions. The labs and stuff was also nice.» (Yes, definitely)
- The exam was very well designed, as it didn"t require the knowledge of details but required a much broader understanding of the area. I deem this much more helpful then the studying of details.» (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

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

50 svarande

Small extent»6 12%
Some extent»11 22%
Large extent»20 40%
Great extent»13 26%

Genomsnitt: 2.8

- Björn is one of the best teacher at Chalmers if not the best!» (Great extent)
- As said before, good lecturer!» (Great extent)

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

50 svarande

Small extent»10 20%
Some extent»15 30%
Large extent»16 32%
Great extent»9 18%

Genomsnitt: 2.48

- Had the course literature available but did not feel the need to read much. The slides were sufficient in most cases when doing exercises and hand-ins.» (Small extent)
- didn"t get it» (Small extent)
- i didnt use any book» (Small extent)
- I have not even bought the book, but the lecture slides were great. » (Some extent)
- The big 488p slide blob is a great idea. » (Large extent)
- handouts were good. didn"t really open the book» (Large extent)
- Good book though of intimidating size. Good lecture slides and excellent resources page.» (Great extent)
- The slides were of very good quality.» (Great extent)

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

49 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»0 0%
Rather well»13 26%
Very well»36 73%

Genomsnitt: 3.73

- The webpage was finished, a lecture plan, lecture notes, assignments, old exams, all of it was up *before* the course started. I have never seen this on Chalmers before. And solutions (understandable and readable!) to this years exam was posted the same day! If all teachers at CS (or indeed Chalmers) would take a weekend course in course administration for Björn, life as a student would be a lot easier...» (?)
- Other courses should look at how this course handheld this, exceptional! » (Very well)
- Great job!» (Very well)
- simple and fair» (Very well)
- Best course page so far» (Very well)
- I especially liked the online labs. The teaching assistants also quickly replied to questions via email.» (Very well)

Study climate

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

49 svarande

Very poor»1 2%
Rather poor»3 6%
Rather good»10 20%
Very good»23 46%
I did not seek help»12 24%

Genomsnitt: 3.85

- I had problems debugging my programming assignment and got very poor feedback as to why it did not work. I e-mailed my assigned grader and asked more specifically what was going wrong inside my methods and the reply i got was simply that "he didn"t know". This just seems lazy to me since he should have known, and if he didn"t he had (I assume) multiple working variants of the lab he could compare it to to see where mine differed. The same grader also gave me returns for using my own notation and for describing a message exchange with words instead of with notation. Note that this was a very easy question that only required the sending of 2 messages. This course was the first time, in my 5 years at Chalmer"s, that I have failed the lab part of a course. » (Very poor)
- Only weak point of the course imo, that there were few organized opportunites for asking questions. Michal does a really good job at giving feedback on the handin assignments (though it could have been faster) but I happen to know he is also an awesome "handledare" and I"d have liked to see more of that.» (Rather poor)
- The course assistants should give better hints and explanations when an assignment is rejected. Not just "wrong on question 2" or something like that.» (Rather poor)
- The course tutors where incredible! Super-helpful guys!» (Very good)
- BvS is very forthcoming and helpful when presented with questions.» (Very good)

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

49 svarande

Very poorly»1 2%
Rather poorly»0 0%
Rather well»6 12%
Very well»31 63%
I did not seek cooperation»11 22%

Genomsnitt: 4.04

- The only cooperation was the programming assignment» (Very well)

12. How was the course workload?

50 svarande

Too low»1 2%
Low»5 10%
Adequate»37 74%
High»6 12%
Too high»1 2%

Genomsnitt: 3.02

- Perfectly balanced, for once the lab and assignments didn"t take *all* of my time so I had time to do exercises, read the book, read some in the papers linked from the resources page etc.» (Adequate)

13. How was the total workload this study period?

50 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»4 8%
Adequate»25 50%
High»16 32%
Too high»5 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.44

- As I mentioned earlier, my other course took a lot of time.» (High)

Summarizing questions

14. What is your general impression of the course?

50 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»2 4%
Good»28 56%
Excellent»20 40%

Genomsnitt: 4.36 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- I liked the fact that it was more about learning and understanding the concepts, rather than having to memorize too many details.» (Good)
- Interesting material!» (Good)
- maybe a bit easy? or is the teaching so good that I find it easy, hard to tell.» (Good)
- Very fun and interesting course overall» (Good)
- Assignments are quite easy and require no deeper understanding of the subject.» (Good)
- Best course ever.» (Excellent)
- Very good teacher/examinator!» (Excellent)
- Epic lectures! interesting topcis =)» (Excellent)
- Very well structured course. Laborations are top notch.» (Excellent)

15. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- Björn, Michal, web page, book, assignments except #3, ...»
- The assignments were a lot easier than I expected, but they definitely helped in gaining a better understanding of the material. Unfortunately I did not have time to do any of the exercises myself, but I did learn a lot from the exercise sessions as well.»
- The assignments were a lot of fun and Björn"s presentation slides are nice... so keep them.»
- Clear exampels, definitions and good questions for the exam. »
- All of it»
- Exercise sessions were really good since it didn"t linger on the trivial stuff (which is good, in contrast to some other courses). Assignments were good, albeit too easy in some regards (elliptic curves & protocols in particular).»
- Björn von Sydow»
- Assignments»
- Great administration and interesting classes! »
- The teacher!»
- No comments. »
- I think this course is well made, maybe it should be harder? or is it just that good?»
- The course-layout and lectures.»
- the first homework was nice»
- The assignments, since I"m going to need to do them again.»
- Most of the labs were very good»
- All the assignments»
- Slides, labs and the style of the exam.»

16. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- More "handledningstillfällen", change the ECC assignment to be a little less confusing»
- On the problem sessions I would have liked it if Björn took a little more time on each exercise and did proper notes on the black board, not just scribbling down some keywords.»
- Nothing I can think of»
- Can"t think of anything, maby the correction of the assignments could be done faster»
- The materials are great and up to date. »
- don"t know.»
- The first hand-in should perhaps be put a little later in the course.»
- I got a fail on many assignments multiple times and the teacher just said it was wrong, not what was wrong. VERY BAD. It was also quite inconsistent as some students passed with the same answers as some who failed.»
- Exam too easy»
- The elliptic curve crypto lab was not good.. I did not learn much from it.»
- Covering actual cryptographic libraries along with best practices on how to use them in actual applications. Possibly including an assignment on constructing a rudimentary system that needs to use basic cryptographic primitives.»
- Maybe try to not schedule 2 lectures at 8am each week (this is why i never attended the lecture itself).»

17. Additional comments

- Awesome subject.»
- There"s too much content in this course, way too much. That and I think there"s a dissonance between the exam and the content of the lectures, the exam is focused on problem solving but the lectures are more about learning facts.»
- This course helped me to think the subject matter and worked individually. It"s creative course for me. I had to understand the subject matters not to memoriz. Thanks .»
- Nice cource :)»
- The lecturer is very good :)»
- Thank you for the interesting time.»
- The assignments were very good.»
Genomsnitt totalt för detta stycke: 4.36

Genomsnitt totalt för alla frågor: 4.36
Beräknat jämförelseindex: 0.84

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