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MPALG 1213-2 Algorithms, advanced course, TDA251|DIT280

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2012-12-21 - 2013-02-01
Antal svar: 19
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 36%
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.

19 svarande

University of Gothenburg»3 15%
Chalmers University of Technology»16 84%

Genomsnitt: 1.84

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.

19 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»0 0%
Around 20 hours/week»4 21%
Around 25 hours/week»6 31%
Around 30 hours/week»5 26%
At least 35 hours/week»4 21%

Genomsnitt: 3.47

- The assignments took some time, but that"s great!» (Around 25 hours/week)

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

19 svarande

0%»2 10%
25%»1 5%
50%»3 15%
75%»7 36%
100%»6 31%

Genomsnitt: 3.73

- I work full time so it was not possible. I was following as closely as possible though, by reading and doing the exercises.» (0%)
- I cannot go to Monday"s lectures» (50%)
- Missed some of the exercises but tried to attend all of them. » (75%)
- I did not participate in all exercises sessions, but almost all lectures.» (75%)

4. What prevented you from attending exercise sessions?

- Time»
- I felt self-study fit better with my schedule.»
- Same as above.»
- Clashing events»
- Too much individual/group work. Want more exercise solving on the blackboard.»
- It would have been beter with fewer exercises and prepared solutions at the end. Alternative that the students read the exercise for 5 minutes and gave it a try, then the teatchers showed the solutions and explained the method to use. »
- Had to work on weekly subbmission»
- Assignment deadlines on the same day. My time was better spent at home solving the mandatory assignments. Exercise sessions on fridays would have been better.»
- I did not have enough time to prepare properly the exercises. »
- Frankly, the tutor (Leonid?) had a really shitty attitude.»
- I did not like them. I would had liked those who held the sessions to give a problem, maybe give a hint 15 minutes later, and in the end solve the problems for the whole class. The way I learn the best is to try to solve the problem myself, preferably by discussing with a friend, and then getting a presentation of how the problem can be solved. Since I had other obligations, the whole sessions became frustrating.»
- The exercises were too difficult and had no huge relation to the lectures. And I had the feeling that the exercise were quite a lot related to the preceding algorithms course, which I did not attend at chalmers.»
- Own tardiness.»
- The exercise sessions weren"t a priority since the lectures and hand-in assignments felt more important to prioritize to get a good grade. I think most people felt that it was more worth working on the assignments than attending at the exercise sessions even if they probably were good.»
- They had the wrong approach. I would like to see some examples exercises solved during the exercises instead of just working of your own. The exercise sessions was not presented that well. The exercise room was not optimized for working on your own with exercises but rather listening to a teacher doing exercises on the black board, and the approach with the exercises was the opposite.»
- I thought it was enough to do the assignment and focus on them instead. It was to much to do other exercises aswell and I don"t think I learn very much from being there. I think it would have been better to have exercises were someone showed how to solve some examples instead and show how to formulate the answers in the assignment. »

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)

5. How understandable are the course goals?

19 svarande

The goals are difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»3 15%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»16 84%

Genomsnitt: 2.84

6. 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.

18 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»18 100%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2

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

18 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»5 27%
Yes, definitely»13 72%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.72

- "Linear programming" is one of the bullet points in the course content list, however the course doesn"t cover that much LP compared to other parts - Network Flow for instance. Idea: perhaps have couple of LP problems in one of weekly exercises.» (To some extent)
- I did not have time to do all the exercises on the exam since it clashed with an other exam. I liked the hand in assignments and the opportunity to get direct feedback.» (To some extent)
- A very good exam covering all of the topics presented during the course.» (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

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

19 svarande

Small extent»1 5%
Some extent»5 26%
Large extent»5 26%
Great extent»8 42%

Genomsnitt: 3.05

- I cannot tell because I was not present, but all my questions were answered very quickly by email. » (Some extent)
- Excellent presentation of problems and solutions - black board teaching wont get much better than this! Attended all lectures because the teacher is so good!» (Great extent)
- Great lectures. Damaschke is skilled, gives entertaining lectures and is much more pedagogical than most other lecturers.» (Great extent)
- I would like to have more interactivity between the teacher and the student during lectures.» (Great extent)
- Great lectures!» (Great extent)

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

19 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»4 21%
Large extent»7 36%
Great extent»8 42%

Genomsnitt: 3.21

- I liked the lecture notes. Very good!» (Large extent)
- This teacher puts great effort in the lectures and on top of that he provides summaries - everything nicely LaTeX-typeset and written in concise and clear English. Bravo!» (Great extent)
- The course book is really good but too expensive.» (Great extent)

10. What would be the most rewarding form of oral exercises in this course?

- None»
- High-level explanation of core course concepts.»
- Wow, what a nice piece of English language this question is. »
- The weekly exercise sets were good and rewarding (considering also the optional ones as bonus). Maybe this course could also function with oral exercises, some short questions testing the critical ability of the student.»
- Oral examination an exercise.»
- Perhaps on the exercise-sessions we could have discussed this weeks assignment »
- Can"t think of anything. I think written exercises are better for such complex problems, giving you more time to provide solid proofs, not just hand-waving.»
- There were not oral exercises»
- I don"t think oral excercises would be fitting at all.»
- Perhaps present the hand-ins orally. »
- I don"t see why that must be a part in the course. Most people who"s taking the course doesn"t take it for the oral part at all. That"s probably something Chalmers want, not the students.»
- I dont understand the question.»
- I don"t know.»

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

19 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»0 0%
Rather well»4 21%
Very well»15 78%

Genomsnitt: 3.78

- The teacher comes to the lectures with exercise questions printed out. Excellent!» (Very well)
- Clear and precise.» (Very well)
- But I would like to have handouts before class so I can prepare.» (Very well)

Study climate

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

19 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»6 31%
Very good»11 57%
I did not seek help»2 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.78

- Very good, not considering excercise sessions.» (Very good)

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

19 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»2 10%
Rather well»5 26%
Very well»6 31%
I did not seek cooperation»6 31%

Genomsnitt: 3.84

- You were not supposed to collaborate on assigments.» (I did not seek cooperation)
- I liked to work that way since it ensured you understood all the concepts yourself.» (I did not seek cooperation)

14. How was the course workload?

19 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»6 31%
High»13 68%
Too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.68

- "Hight", but this is an advanced course so how would one expect less? » (High)
- It was high in the beginning of the course because of the two first handouts. I thought that the first two handouts were a lite bit too much to do in a week and that the last handouts where to easy. » (High)
- I think the exercises and exam takes a lot more time than the people responsible for the course seem to believe.» (High)

15. How was the total workload this study period?

19 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»6 31%
High»9 47%
Too high»4 21%

Genomsnitt: 3.89

- I studied 150%» (High)
- models computation beside this.» (Too high)
- It was usual to sleep between 5 and 6 hours each day» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

16. What is your general impression of the course?

19 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»0 0%
Adequate»1 5%
Good»5 26%
Excellent»13 68%

Genomsnitt: 4.63 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- Maybe too much workload.» (Good)
- Really nice course!» (Excellent)
- The course was really interesting. A very good insight into more advanced algorithm topics.» (Excellent)
- One of the best courses I"ve taken!» (Excellent)

17. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- The is one of the better courses given at D/IT - not much to change! »
- The exercise sets and the take home exam»
- Good home exam and lecture notes. Liked the course»
- I think that the course is good, but should be more hints in hand-in exercises.»
- The weekly problems & their format were excellent.»
- I was satisfied with the course as it was, gives time and room for some own thinking and analysis which I found very good and interesting. Like the more "scientific" perspective of the course. Don"t make oral exercises part of examination or mandatory. »
- The examination methods.»
- Everything except the exercises.»

18. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- Not definitely, but maybe some sections from chapter 12 of the course book (even though I guess that local search is part of other courses).»
- Another form of exercise sessions.»
- Exercises»
- The problem sessions. I can do problem solving at my house. I would like to change these sessions, instead of having the student solve problems, the teacher can solve them on the board by teaching how to think over the problem and explain how to think and what techniques to use.»
- Exercise sessions on different days than the assignment deadlines.»
- Excercise session format»
- Sometimes the slides can be hard to read if you missed a lecture. Not a major problem but worth mentioning.»
- The opportunity to prepare before class. Either with lecture hand-out presented the day before class or by informing which part of the book to have a look at.»
- The exercises, maybe having exercise lectures instead? Where someone solves exercises on the black board, just to give some examples.»

19. Additional comments

- An excellent course! Thank you!»
- This is a subject I really enjoy, and I believe that the course was very good. I did invest a lot of time in the course, but despite this, I did not pass. I am unsure why I didn"t manage to solve the exam questions, but apparently, I did not become skilled enough in the problem solving. »
Genomsnitt totalt för detta stycke: 4.63

Genomsnitt totalt för alla frågor: 4.63
Beräknat jämförelseindex: 0.9

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