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TMA947 Nonlinear optimisation

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2012-12-20 - 2013-01-21
Antal svar: 20
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 28%
Kontaktperson: Erika Thorsell»

Your own effort

1. 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.

20 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»3 15%
Around 20 hours/week»4 20%
Around 25 hours/week»7 35%
Around 30 hours/week»4 20%
At least 35 hours/week»2 10%

Genomsnitt: 2.9

- Tempot var mycket högt i kursen» (Around 25 hours/week)

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

20 svarande

0%»1 5%
25%»0 0%
50%»4 20%
75%»5 25%
100%»10 50%

Genomsnitt: 4.15

- The the lecture and exercise on Fridays collided with another course (Computational fluid dynamics). Since it"s rather common to have those two courses at the same time I really think this should be solved until next year.» (75%)
- Other course at the same hours.» (75%)
- Föreläsningarna innehöll för mycket bevis och för lite exempel och tillämpningar. Räkeövningarna var fantastiskt bra för detta men inte avanerade nog för att man skulle kunna klara tentan tyvärr.» (75%)

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.

3. How understandable are the course goals?

20 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»8 40%
The goals are difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»6 30%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»6 30%

Genomsnitt: 2.5

- Please make it more clear that for grade 4 and 5 there is no point limit, but that the teacher will asses the grade himself. Not many students knew this. » (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)

4. 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.

15 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»13 86%
No, the goals are set too high»2 13%

Genomsnitt: 2.13

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

16 svarande

No, not at all»1 6%
To some extent»4 25%
Yes, definitely»9 56%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»2 12%

Genomsnitt: 2.75

- But the exam questions are of a "tricky" kind, that is they are not testing knowledge and if the course goals are reached but more if you are able to see the "trick" needed to solve the task. Further, the exam questions are WAY harder than the exercises. It"s rather mean to say "we take this briefly cause it"s not so important" at the lecture when going through the proof that was on the exam...» (To some extent)

Teaching and course administration

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

20 svarande

Small extent»3 15%
Some extent»5 25%
Large extent»9 45%
Great extent»3 15%

Genomsnitt: 2.6

- The use of powerpoint is not really the best way to go about teaching most of the non-linear program part. For LP"s this is a good method though.» (Small extent)
- -I did not care for the lectures since they were in ppt, but the exercises were good.» (Some extent)

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

20 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»4 20%
Large extent»13 65%
Great extent»3 15%

Genomsnitt: 2.95

- The litterature was actually very helpful and I read the larger part of it. I can"t say that about many courses. » (Large extent)

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

20 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»3 15%
Rather well»10 50%
Very well»7 35%

Genomsnitt: 3.2

- I was one of a few that showed up for the first scheduled lecture which apparently was canceled with out any of us getting any notice. Also, though the pingpong site was well updated the other website was not as well updated and it took me a while before I understood there was a pingpong site.» (Rather badly)
- Some documents were from previous periods when the course was given and it took quite some time for e.g. the document with recommended excercises to be updated.» (Rather well)
- Hand outs should be posted at least within 24 hours before the exam. » (Rather well)
- I remembered that some old exams with answers contained some mistakes, but when I try to recall which ones, I only recalled mistakes in older exams that apparently weren"t on the new course page. E.g. minus sign in 2009-08-28, problem 3, and a missing minus sign in 2010-01-13 problem 4.» (Very well)

Study climate

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

20 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»5 25%
Very good»12 60%
I did not seek help»3 15%

Genomsnitt: 3.9

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

19 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»0 0%
Rather well»3 15%
Very well»14 73%
I did not seek cooperation»2 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.94

11. How was the course workload?

20 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»5 25%
High»10 50%
Too high»5 25%

Genomsnitt: 4

- If one attempts to do all the exercises for bonus points this leads to a large workload.» (High)
- I believe the workload was too high. Not in the sense that the course was unreasonably difficult but between a project in two parts and two computer labs there was little time to work with the recommended excercises which is invaluable for the learning process (at least for me personally).» (Too high)

12. How was the total workload this study period?

20 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»4 20%
High»10 50%
Too high»6 30%

Genomsnitt: 4.1

- TMA947 and DAT036 certainly took its toll but still, really great courses, both of them.» (High)
- Mainly due to the combination of a lot of projects in both of my courses (CFD being the other).» (Too high)
- Depending on other courses» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

13. What is your general impression of the course?

19 svarande

Poor»2 10%
Fair»1 5%
Adequate»3 15%
Good»7 36%
Excellent»6 31%

Genomsnitt: 3.73 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- Too much material in the course» (?)
- I felt we never really digged deep into the methods used for optimization. I would have prefered a little more focus on the algorithms.» (Good)
- I was surprised at first to encounter so much linear programming since the course is called nonlinear optimization at Chalmers. I think introduction to optimization might be the better name.» (Good)
- Has gotten me really interested in optimization.» (Excellent)
- The course is very interesting and brilliantly fun. Somewhat tricky to get an intuitive understanding of stuff at an early stage in the course. Had to do more calculations than usual to understand concepts.» (Excellent)

14. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- Bonussystems worked very well as a motivation to keep up with the pace of the course. I really appreciated the master classes as an oppurtunity to get a further insight in the area and work with something more advanced in a pretty casual manner.»
- Great lectures and lecturers.»
- The exercise sessions with a brief repetition of wha t was said on earlier lectures were very well. »
- Bonus point system made sure that eventhough high workload in my other course I stayed somewhat in phase.»
- Bonus system for pass/fail level. It"s a good carrot for starting with exercises from week 1.»
- Very good exercises.»
- The main problem of this course is related to TA s of it.This course is very important in my major and i think its too hardfor them to teach or arrange the lecture classes I think if the main teacher was available in lectures then it was useful ,although i appreciate their work, they are not experienced for this course maybe some easier course would be better to teach by TA s. thank to all.»
- - (Happy with the course.)»
- att man kunde få bonuspoäng av att förbereda uppgifter. »

15. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- In my opnion using slides fot the lectures makes it more difficult to follow. If possible i would like this changed. If kept it would be helpful to have the slides available earlier (this year they were sometimes uploaded the same morning when the classes started at 8 am).»
- I did not find computer lab 1 or project part 2 very educating. Either or both could possibly be removed.»
- Not very good with PowerPoint presentations I think.»
- Less powerpoint»
- Bonus system for higher grade. I don"t want to decide at an early stage what grade I"m aiming at, I want to try everything in the course first.»
- More written on the blackboard.»
- More fair examination!»
- De föreberedda uppgifterna borde inte alltid redovisas, iallafall inte alla. det tog jättelång tid att sitta igenom och gav inte så mycket att se någon annans lösning när man reda gjort uppgiften. Dessutom höll redovisningarna låg kvalite tyvärr.»
- Condense the number of theorems slightly. Also don"t rush through the proofs too fast when presented on lecture. »

16. Additional comments

Genomsnitt totalt för detta stycke: 3.73

Genomsnitt totalt för alla frågor: 3.73
Beräknat jämförelseindex: 0.68

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