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Structural Dynamics 12/13, TME141

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2013-01-11 - 2013-02-02
Antal svar: 55
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 63%
Kontaktperson: Peter Folkow»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Maskinteknik 300 hp
Utbildningsprogram studenten tillhör: Maskinteknik 300 hp

1. In which program are you registered?

Erasmus etc. choose "Other".

54 svarande

MPAME»32 59%
MPSEB»17 31%
Other»5 9%

Genomsnitt: 1.5

- The one and only!!» (MPSEB)
- Product Development» (Other)
- ERASMUS» (Other)

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.

55 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»2 3%
Around 20 hours/week»13 23%
Around 25 hours/week»9 16%
Around 30 hours/week»19 34%
At least 35 hours/week»12 21%

Genomsnitt: 3.47

- I gave up due to too high press that period.» (At most 15 hours/week)
- Some weeks less though» (Around 30 hours/week)
- Hand in tasks took about 20-25 h/week. Learnt a lot from it, however very time-consuming.» (Around 30 hours/week)
- spent much time on the assignments» (Around 30 hours/week)
- Hand ins where hard but very good when the exam came up» (Around 30 hours/week)
- Very high work on the first two weeks, alot more than 40 h then....» (Around 30 hours/week)
- Too much! Did not have as much time as I wanted for the other course I was attending. » (Around 30 hours/week)
- appx. 30-35 h/w» (At least 35 hours/week)
- Much work with weekly assignments.» (At least 35 hours/week)
- spent a lot of time doing assignments» (At least 35 hours/week)
- The weekly assignments were good in such a way that you learnt a lot from them but they were much too time consuming. We were several peoples helping eachother each week and we still struggled to hand them in on time. » (At least 35 hours/week)

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

54 svarande

0%»4 7%
25%»3 5%
50%»13 24%
75%»14 25%
100%»20 37%

Genomsnitt: 3.79

- Lectures only (almost)» (50%)
- All lectures but only the first and last assignment sessions (my first expression was that it was no use to go there because they calculated wrong a lot of times on the board)» (50%)
- I attended all lectures, but only the first few problem solving exercises. I felt very little was explained during the problem solving sessions, but a large number of problems were soled. For me personally I would have been better off if fewer problems were solved but with a more clear description on how to deal with the problems. Describe the methodology and relate to the lectures. » (50%)
- A bit to theoretical, perhaps some more practical examples.» (50%)
- I stopped attending the problem solving sessions because I didn"t feel that I learned from them. » (50%)
- The fluid dynamics course took up too much of my time for me to be able to attend all the lectures. » (75%)
- Skipped most of the problem solving sessions since it many times was unclear what was to be solved. The connection to the hand-in taks was somewhat weak as well as the link between lectures and problems.» (75%)
- Almost every lechture but not on The exircise, needed to put focus on The hand ins» (75%)
- I went to all lectures except at the very end when we struggled to manage a lot of hand-ins and presentations in both courses. I went to almost none of the problem solving lectures, I worked with the assignments instead.» (75%)

4. What was your priority of this course compared to the other courses you follow?

55 svarande

Much lower»3 5%
Somewhat lower»6 11%
Equal»14 26%
Somewhat higher»20 37%
Much higher»10 18%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 3.52

- I only did what was "required" in this course and still spent more time on this than the other» (Much lower)
- For future application as a structural engineer, the concrete course felt more relevant. However, I think I ended up spending far more time on this course due to the assignments. » (Much lower)
- Not by choice! The fluid dynamics course had mandatory assignments that took up almost all of my time the last three weeks. » (Somewhat lower)
- The priority was lower but I still had to spend much more time on this course in order to keep up. » (Somewhat lower)
- I see them both as equally important but I ended up spending a lot if more time on this one since the work load was very heavy each week» (Equal)
- It became a higher priority, although it was meant to be of equal priority with the other course, due to its very high work load. » (Much higher)
- the assignments took a lot of time but still I consider them important because they help understanding and applying structural dynamics.» (Much higher)
- Eventually skipped the other course since it was boring and this course took almost all of my time and energy.» (Much higher)
- Spent more time on this course, because it was needed.» (Much higher)
- Due to the fact that the assignments took at least 20 hours each week to solve it took priority over other courses» (Much higher)
- I had to spend alot of time on this in order to understand.» (Much higher)
- wanted to give priority to the other subject, CFD, since I want to go into fluids, but I ended up spending more time in structural than CFD because of the assignments.» (No opinion)

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.

5. How understandable are the course goals?

54 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»16 29%
The goals are difficult to understand»1 1%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»14 25%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»23 42%

Genomsnitt: 2.81

- Unfortionately» (I have not seen/read the goals)
- Very clear» (The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn)

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.

42 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»1 2%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»39 92%
No, the goals are set too high»2 4%

Genomsnitt: 2.02

- There where some mathematical concepts like Lagrange and Laplace transformations that where new concepts. On top of the core of this course, it was at the beginning of the course very heavy to capture these concepts. » (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)
- the students from Structural eng have no experience of Laplace and fourier. » (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)

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

43 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»11 25%
Yes, definitely»31 72%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»1 2%

Genomsnitt: 2.76

- I think some parts of the examinations where a little hard to understand. I know that i wasn"t alone to feel this way. » (To some extent)
- The exam covered mostly chapters not covered completely by the assignments, which made the exam a bit more difficult than I expected. » (To some extent)
- My opinion is that the exam was, compared to the old ones, much harder. Maybe if we had more time it would have gone better.. Also you said that the exam will have the same kind of questions as we"ve done in class but you haven"t really calculated springs just talked about them :(» (To some extent)
- The exam was tricky but good, hard compared to earlier exams» (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

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

54 svarande

Small extent»7 12%
Some extent»20 37%
Large extent»15 27%
Great extent»12 22%

Genomsnitt: 2.59

- We went through the lectures very fast. One always had the feeling to understand it but when it came to the assignments, it always wasn"t that easy. But here of course, teaching is not to blame, it is due to the difficulty of structural dynamics.» (Some extent)
- I think it was more of a secondary school teaching, where we are told what to do and how to do, given algorithms to solve all kind of problems (that helped solving the problems). But it lacked insight. The lectures missed the "why". No one knew why we did, what we were doing.» (Some extent)
- The lectures are very good and I like the handed out lecture notes» (Large extent)
- Very good teaching, by the professor and the phD students.» (Great extent)
- Very good lectures!» (Great extent)

9. What is your opinion of the lectures?

Any suggestions for improvement?

55 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Rather bad»2 4%
Adequate»15 30%
Rather good»19 38%
Very good»14 28%
No opinion»5

Genomsnitt: 3.9

- Too many PPT slides just passing by. Maybe a bit too basic examples. I would rather have some more comprehensive examples.» (Rather bad)
- More examples and connection to the reality!» (Rather bad)
- Subject is overall difficult, would rather see more examples to increase basic things. » (Adequate)
- I don"t like PP presentations (I get always sleepy when watching the screen compared to then I write all my self. It is harder to take own notes on PP, but I do like that you can bring the lecture notes to the exam.» (Adequate)
- Always overdued and what was standing on the pp-slides was not always what we actually went through it felt like and had a lot of text but was not always relevant. It is good to have these kind of slides but they can become more detailed with even more relevent information some times as the book was not teaching in the same way.» (Adequate)
- The lectures were good, but the problem solving sessions were not» (Adequate)
- The lectures are quite good, but sometimes the pace is very slow. » (Rather good)
- Except for when the lectures went over time (which happened alot).» (Rather good)
- process during class wasn"t so changeable to make more interest, example was solved parallel to lecture note was really good and especially the assignments as covered the whole part,but the moreover the lecture notes format wasn"t much motivated. and the last lecture on Friday was useless as usually no one had much concentration to follow » (Rather good)
- Very good to hand out The powerpoint on each lesson!» (Rather good)
- Really goood that you gave us the ppt"s by each lecture!!» (Rather good)
- However could be more focuse on how to model different structures» (Rather good)

10. What is your opinion of the guest lecture showing experiment example?

55 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Rather bad»0 0%
Adequate»6 10%
Rather good»7 12%
Very good»12 21%
Did not attend»30 54%

Genomsnitt: 5.2

- Interesting, rarely experiments are shown in courses.» (Adequate)
- Thought it where very insteresting to see how they set up the experiment ant the amount of work it took to do that.» (Very good)
- It was really interesting to see the experiment,i.e. how the vibration was applied and the way the results were processed by Matlab.» (Very good)
- We should have more of these, if possible.» (Very good)
- Really good motivation!!» (Very good)
- makes more interest how closed is our calculations in real » (Very good)
- Made me certain to go the structural path of the master» (Very good)
- There was no information about when this event should take place, so I missed it since I didn"t attend the problem solving sessions. » (Did not attend)
- I missed, but seemed good! » (Did not attend)
- I heard that is was good.» (Did not attend)

11. What is your opinion of the guest lecture from Volvo?

54 svarande

Very bad»1 1%
Rather bad»2 3%
Adequate»10 18%
Rather good»8 14%
Very good»8 14%
Did not attend»25 46%

Genomsnitt: 4.75

- Seemed like they didnt do anything in particular» (Very bad)
- The lecture as such was decent, but felt irrelevant for me as a structural engineer. It felt more as a marketing scheme. But it was nice to see that they actually use the exact same principles as those we are taught. » (Rather bad)
- The work there sounded extremly boring» (Rather bad)
- Not very relevant for the building industry related to MPSEB.» (Adequate)
- Interesting to see how it works outside Chalmers» (Rather good)
- It was great from both the theoretic view and the way the lecturer connected the theory to the way it becomes practice at Volvo. Good to say the way "Volvo" looks at things.» (Very good)
- makes more interest how closed is our calculations in real world» (Very good)
- Interesting, but not very relevant for the students from MPSEB.» (Very good)
- INTRESSTING» (Very good)
- I was actually sick this day, I would have liked to attend, I heard it was interesting» (Did not attend)

12. What is your opinion of the problem solving sessions?

Any suggestions for improvement?

55 svarande

Very bad»7 15%
Rather bad»15 33%
Adequate»13 28%
Rather good»7 15%
Very good»3 6%
No opinion»10

Genomsnitt: 2.64

- Hard to follow the tutor in the first part. Made me stop going there.» (Very bad)
- The ones I attended was very bad. The calculations on the board was wrong and it ended up that the correct solutions should be uploaded on the course homepage and the rest of the task we didnt have time to solve. After that I only went on the last repetition (it was much better though)» (Very bad)
- Unfortunately one of the teachers was disorganized and had trouble explaining. It was too difficult for me to follow. » (Very bad)
- Reza was good and structured, but sadeghs sessions where quite messy. » (Rather bad)
- Often made mistakes in solving problems, so that even when I attended I had to wait a couple of days for the corrected solutions to be uploaded. Stopped going after the first couple of weeks. » (Rather bad)
- better in the seconed part. Try to be more structured in your assesment of the problems. » (Rather bad)
- Weak connection to lectures and hand in tasks.» (Rather bad)
- First part: Not good. Did everything too fast. Second part: Ok.» (Rather bad)
- Saddeq- needs inprovement. Reza- good» (Rather bad)
- I think there is potential for the solving sessions but it would be greater if the solutions could be given in advance and the student could follow the teacher with it. And there were to many problems to solve as it always went overtime. Those teaching were really kind but could develop their way of teaching.» (Rather bad)
- The PhD students were not so good at explaining the problems» (Rather bad)
- did not attend» (Rather bad)
- The sessions didn"t help me at all (attended two of them and never came back). » (Rather bad)
- First part was really bad, didnt really learn anything on them. Felt like they didnt really have the knowledge about the course.» (Rather bad)
- The last problem solving sessions were good, but the first were to messy.» (Rather bad)
- Sadegh could be more structured and organised. The assignments could be more detailed, maybe less of them since teachers seemed stressed. Quality over quantity. » (Adequate)
- Assistants couldn"t always explain or understand questions.» (Adequate)
- I liked the handouts that we got in the last part of the course. In that way, we could follow the calculations better (and make notes) and not only try to copy the text as fast as possible.» (Adequate)
- Went trhoug The task rather fast sometimes» (Adequate)
- Unfortunately, the first PhD student wasn"t that good. His sessions often weren"t structured very well and we had problems with his English. The second PhD student therefore was really brilliant. » (Rather good)
- The first guy was a bit weird, the second one had things more in order» (Rather good)
- it was more the same that just solution are written on the board instead of ...» (Rather good)
- It was good, and there were some good discussions sometimes.» (Rather good)
- The problem solving session were essential. Especially, the continuous systems part with Reza solving everything so clearly.» (Very good)
- (No opinion)

13. Would you like more detailed solutions?

Where all calculations are shown explicitly.

55 svarande

Yes»26 57%
No»19 42%
No opinion»10

Genomsnitt: 1.42

- try to clearefy the perpos of each step in the calculations and try to be clear » (Yes)
- During the few occasions I attended, the hard parts where often left out and we where advised to check the solutions on the homepage, it often took extensive time between the session and the day the solutions where uploaded making it hard to recall what the session was all about.» (Yes)
- Yes sometimes it"s better to get slow and detailed instead of going to fast and do many tasks» (Yes)
- It is easier to study at home if they are more detailed» (Yes)
- I don"t think anybody could do all the tasks himself. But the offer was still very good.» (No)
- Depends on the question » (No)

14. Solving the more extensive problems.

What strategy do you prefer for the more involved solutions (besides putting them on the home page):


- I personally learn better when following the solution on blackboard, which allows for time to think about the next step. If the entire solution is in front of me, I just keep reading. It would be ok to have the trivial parts on OH. »
- Somethings was just the same and a waste of time repeating over and over again, and the matrixes, could be on the projector »
- I like to get the handouts before the lecture and make notes during the session»
- WOuld be good to also be able to get the solutions in advance to be able to actually follow the solutions.»
- Some long calculation of derives can be done on projector, but blackboard is king when learning so as much blackboard as possible»

only blackboard
53 svarande

Very bad»1 2%
Rather bad»4 9%
OK»10 22%
Rather good»10 22%
Very good»19 43%
No opinion»9

Genomsnitt: 3.95

combine blackboard and projector
54 svarande

Very bad»2 4%
Rather bad»2 4%
OK»14 31%
Rather good»17 37%
Very good»10 22%
No opinion»9

Genomsnitt: 3.68

only projector
53 svarande

Very bad»15 34%
Rather bad»15 34%
OK»6 13%
Rather good»7 15%
Very good»1 2%
No opinion»9

Genomsnitt: 2.18

nothing in class, only homepage
53 svarande

Very bad»24 53%
Rather bad»8 17%
OK»8 17%
Rather good»3 6%
Very good»2 4%
No opinion»8

Genomsnitt: 1.91

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

55 svarande

Small extent»2 3%
Some extent»14 25%
Large extent»24 43%
Great extent»15 27%

Genomsnitt: 2.94

- Not a very good book, but the lecture notes where great! » (Some extent)
- The book was helpful in some cases but very expensive of course.» (Some extent)
- Mostly lecture notes.» (Some extent)
- I did not have time to read the book so it"s sad that I paid for that. The lecture notes has been useful during the assignments even if I miss some examples (sometimes it is to general and it is hard to understand how to use it)» (Large extent)
- Good lecture notes.» (Large extent)
- the book is very good» (Large extent)
- It can be difficult to find appropriate information for the assignments in the book. The lecture notes have been a great help» (Large extent)
- Great book, I believe it will be a good guide for the future also. Good lecture notes, directly to the point. » (Great extent)
- Lecturenotes was good» (Great extent)
- Your lecture notes especially» (Great extent)

16. What is your opinion of the book?

54 svarande

Very bad»2 3%
Rather bad»3 5%
Adequate»19 37%
Rather good»19 37%
Very good»8 15%
No opinion»3

Genomsnitt: 3.54

- The only thing that was good with the book was that it had an index, but that was not very impressive either, 750 spänn men kom igen???» (Very bad)
- To not be using the book to a large extent it would be better to print out the small amount of relevant information.» (Rather bad)
- Not exactly a novel, quite hard to read. But it"s comprehensive, which is good.» (Adequate)
- A lot of text for not so much information (American style). Good examples though.» (Adequate)
- The book was okay. It sometimes gave a little more insight into the problems. But it only contained numerical approach and lacked continuous.» (Adequate)
- No chance in hell to have time reading it though.» (Rather good)
- It is a good book, however it takes time to read it to get a good understanding» (Rather good)
- One of the best books I have had at Chalmers!» (Very good)
- good that each chapter can be read as a "fristående" book» (Very good)
- have npot have time to read it! Also I didn"t use it on the exam, only lecture notes!» (No opinion)

17. What is your opinion of the lecture notes?

55 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Rather bad»0 0%
Adequate»9 16%
Rather good»26 47%
Very good»20 36%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 4.2

- I think the layout is a bit blurry, no clear distinction of the relevant equations. It is however a good condensation of the course. » (Adequate)
- boring» (Adequate)
- They were pretty good but if possible they could be developed to be more interesting to read.» (Adequate)
- They were like the lectures. Provided just algorithms to solve a problem. So, they were not that great.» (Adequate)
- A bit to general sometimes, some simple examples would improve the lecture notes» (Rather good)
- Some sort of index might make it easier to find stuff in the lecture notes» (Rather good)
- The are well structured and only contain necessary information. In some cases, more detailed descriptions would have been helpful.» (Very good)
- Clear notes and good linkage between different slides using equation numbers. Could be developed by adding keywords on the first slide in order to more clearly show what topics are covered at the specific lecture. Sometimes the solutions/descriptions differs from the solutions in the book. Perhaps it could be outlined with a comment on how and why it differs.» (Very good)
- Hard to understa d maybe at first look but then understanding them they where easy and simple built up» (Very good)
- Maybe some more reference to pages in the book would be nice if one wants to read more aboutsomething» (Very good)

18. What is your opinion of the assignments?

Includes the 5 assignments for the bonus points, and the compulsory FEM assignment.

55 svarande

Very bad»1 1%
Rather bad»3 5%
Adequate»13 23%
Rather good»22 40%
Very good»16 29%

Genomsnitt: 3.89

- To large amount of work for few points. It´,s not worth doing them (only good for your own learning)» (Very bad)
- Extremely large and took a huge amount of time. They were good for learning but with so few to ask about the assignments it was really too hard. » (Rather bad)
- To difficult in relation to the prerequisities I have from my civil engineering field.» (Rather bad)
- The problem was that they were too extensive and very time-consuming.» (Rather bad)
- Some took too much time and were tedious. » (Adequate)
- Uhm... What FEM assignment?» (Adequate)
- The took too much time to solve, so it wasn"t time to solve the other exercises in the course» (Adequate)
- The first assignment was very good. The next ones okay but missed certain concepts that could have been covered.» (Adequate)
- maybe too long for some assignment» (Adequate)
- The tasks themselves are good and provide a lot of knowledge, however they are much too time consuming. Perhaps a bit more guidance of where to find answers, how to begin and how to solve them is the solution. » (Adequate)
- would be good to actually calculate them before handing them out. » (Rather good)
- They where good but took to much time. It had also been nice for us from the civil engineering department to deal more with programing real examples that could stretch over few weeks.» (Rather good)
- They were good! The contents of the course was the same as in the lectures the exercises the assignments and also the exam. Like you would expect it to be! They might have been a litte too timeconsuming» (Rather good)
- I would like problems that apply better to civil engineering» (Rather good)
- Somewhat time consuming. 5 possible BP feels justified.» (Rather good)
- Good for the learning, but they took to long time » (Rather good)
- The assignments were extremely time consuming, at least for students from MPSEB (since we had much less experience with some parts of the course s.a. Laplace and Fourier transforms)» (Rather good)
- To much work..» (Rather good)
- They really get you working on the different parts of the course but the workload was too high!» (Rather good)
- I think the assignments where a very good thing. They took quite alot of time but besides assignments in for example the CFD course I felt that you learned alot from them.» (Very good)
- Too much work load on the one hand, but on the other hand, the assignments covered so many interesting realms of dynamics that I was scientifically too excited not to solve them. » (Very good)
- The assignments forced everyone to study continously throughout the entire quarter. This was really reassonable.» (Very good)
- The assignments where very good, they where hard and demanding but you learnt very much from doing them. (This question is probably not updated to this year"s course - there was no compulsory FEM task?)» (Very good)
- But time consuming and quit difficult sometimes» (Very good)
- Never spent so much time on a course. But I think it was good and worth it, because I learnt very much from the assignments so it was much easier to study for the exam!» (Very good)
- They took too much time, but they increased my understanding!» (Very good)
- The assignments were very helpful for understanding and applying the theories from the lectures. » (Very good)
- Good assignments! Really felt that i learned something when doing them.» (Very good)

19. Would you prefer simpler problems (and less bonus points) to concentrate on other course issues?

54 svarande

Small extent»23 47%
Some extent»19 39%
Large extent»6 12%
No opinion»6

Genomsnitt: 1.64

- Yes and no, The points was needed but I think the problems took to long time to calculate.» (?)
- Wouldn"t had put the NEEDED time without the bp"s» (Small extent)
- No i think it was good besides the first week that where quite hard. I also more liked when you had a few more tasks with less points per task then in assignment 1.» (Small extent)
- They are good as they are! If there is some smaller example in lecture notes it would be easier to "start"» (Small extent)
- I would prefer problems of the same difficulty but less in number in each assignment, cause I found the problems too many, but not too difficult. Just difficult.» (Small extent)
- No. Keep it as it where.» (Small extent)
- No, absolutely not. » (Small extent)
- Some of the problems where too extensive (but not all of them)» (Some extent)
- Maybe not simpler but fewer. » (Some extent)
- I think that the problems can be kept as they are if the help to solve them is increased. Make it easier for the students to find the answers more quick by pointing out important chapters or methods to solve problems. Sometimes it takes a lot of time just to know where to begin. If this is not possible perhaps the problems should be simplified.» (Some extent)
- Yes! It was very time-consuming. » (Large extent)
- One of the reasons why it took so long time to solve the problems was because the problems themselves were on a quite high level. I think it would be more pedagogical if the problems were a little bit easier to be able to really understand the problem.» (Large extent)

20. What is your opinion of the written exam?

55 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Rather bad»5 9%
Adequate»15 28%
Rather good»28 52%
Very good»5 9%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 3.62

- Not very similar to the ones handed out, but I guess you were nice when grading, so that makes something at least» (Rather bad)
- I thought i came very well prepared and that i would be able to atleast understand and know what to answer on all questions even if i wouldn"t get all points. The thing was that i didn"t know what to calculate in maybe 3 subtasks.» (Rather bad)
- Very hard., it feels like that the grade sadly won"t reflect what I believe is my knowledge.» (Rather bad)
- Many strange questions compared to earlier exams...» (Rather bad)
- I think the exam questions were very difficult and did not reflect what had been done in the course. From what I performed at the exam I think I should have failed but I actually received a 4. So in the end I got a grade that reflected my knowledge but I would have preferred to have easier questions but tougher grading. » (Rather bad)
- Hard, but fair. » (Adequate)
- The exam was not easy but this is a Master"s course, so...» (Adequate)
- I was so focused on the completion of the assignments, that I didn"t have enough time to study for the other parts of the course, so maybe I cannot judge the exam itself in more detail. Maybe the exam should stick more to the chapters covered by the assignments. Perhaps, that would make the exam more fair to some extend. » (Rather good)
- In comparison to the exams handed out the one we had was quite hard. However, after seeing my grade on the course, that was perhaps just an illusion caused by the cold and fever I hade during exam =P» (Rather good)
- If you had made the assignments thoroughly the exam was not a problem = Good.» (Rather good)
- It is good to test the more lengthy calculations on the assignments and simpler examples on the examination (as it was). Otherwise it is to easy to make small mistakes.» (Rather good)
- It was hard but good» (Rather good)
- It was nice to see that many things learnt from the assignments come handy in the written exam. It tested if you had understand what you did in the assignments» (Rather good)

21. Do your course grades (Fail, 3, 4, 5) reflect your knowledge in your opinion?

53 svarande

Small extent»3 5%
Some extent»21 39%
Large extent»29 54%

Genomsnitt: 2.49

- Don"t know yet» (?)
- Not at all, feel that i know more than i could show on the exam» (Small extent)
- Personally I think I"m over graded.. but I have not collected the exam jet.» (Some extent)
- I believe that the knowledge I gained from the course should be closer to 5, than to 4 (that was my actual grade), but knowledge is knowledge no matter what grade at the end.» (Some extent)

22. How well did the course administration work?

Includes materials on the home page, student"s paper material (lecture notes, assignments, old exams), gradings of assignments

55 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Rather bad»1 1%
Adequate»13 24%
Rather good»25 47%
Very good»14 26%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 3.98

- TOO slow grading of assignments. Very bad that you did not get the two last assignments before the exam.» (Rather bad)
- Would have been better to have it on pingpong» (Adequate)
- would like assignments to be corrected faster» (Adequate)
- Prefer pingpong» (Adequate)
- A bit slow grading of the assignments. » (Rather good)
- But you should use pingpong!!!» (Very good)

Study climate

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

55 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»1 1%
Rather good»12 21%
Very good»35 63%
I did not seek help»7 12%

Genomsnitt: 3.87

- Non of the tutorial teachers (P.hD students) knew what the assignments was and they couldnt help. The help we got was often missleading » (Rather poor)
- Very helpful teacher! The assisting teachers are also very glad to help. This is very much appreciated» (Rather good)
- I think it would help if the assistants where better prepared and had looked on the assignments on beforehand. Many times when we got up to ask we couldn"t get answers because they hadn"t looked at the assignments yet. I guess that would lead to a more even distribution between Peter and the assistants. Now it felt like you had to go to Peter all the time.» (Very good)
- All the teaching stuff was available lots of times during every week.» (Very good)
- Good to have specific hours that one could seek help during.» (Very good)
- Was always greeted nice when i visited Peter and the exercise guys» (Very good)
- it was the best» (Very good)
- Almost every course on applied mechanics are good becasue The teachers always help you if they their» (Very good)

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

55 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»3 5%
Rather well»7 12%
Very well»42 76%
I did not seek cooperation»3 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.81

- That part is the weakest in my opinion, concerning most of the courses. I think most of the students try to cooperate with the others more hours than the actual personal studying, which I think my not be the most efficient way for a more in too deep knowledge. However, its only my opinion and I am not sure about which method actually is more productive. » (Rather poorly)
- I would never have managed the assignments without my fellow students. » (Very well)
- Without my fellow students, I would not have learnt as much as I did and I think that is a common opinion. » (Very well)
- it was the most challengeable course for discus ting » (Very well)

25. How was the course workload?

55 svarande

Too low»1 1%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»10 18%
High»24 43%
Too high»20 36%

Genomsnitt: 4.12

- The assignments took a lot of time I would have preferred to spend on the CFD course. » (Adequate)
- Some of the assignments were very time consuming (I may have overdone them a bit). On the other hand was it a very good way to learn the stuff.» (Adequate)
- The assignments took a lot of time!» (High)
- but it was intresting» (High)
- Too high work load. It took some time that was scheduled for the other course, which was also demanding (Concrete structures). » (Too high)
- By far the most time consuming course that I have had during my 4,5 years of studies.» (Too high)
- It is really mentally tough to have one assignment each week, it doesn"t suit me. I know that the assignments were optional, but there is still a created pressure that you "should" do them.» (Too high)
- The assignments was very time consuming» (Too high)

26. How was the total workload this study period?

55 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»7 12%
High»16 29%
Too high»32 58%

Genomsnitt: 4.45

- If I only count the compulsary courses. I took some other courses as well and thus the workload was too high.» (Adequate)
- Higher than during the bachelor years» (High)
- Structural Dynamics: Too high Concrete Structures: Reasonable to high Total: High to Too high» (Too high)
- Since sinisia did not really tell you what was important in his course it was only thunder-study that felt ok» (Too high)
- Some people could handle the workload but I and a lot of students from what I saw and heard could or could not handle it but did not feel well and felt unhappy and sad about the situation. I was lying home crying for a week because of everything and I don"t think that is really good, especially after beeing able to pass the bachelor without feeling that sad. And is not only because of just this course.» (Too high)
- Structural concrete is a hard course Too so the amout of effort to gett ā high grade in both was insane » (Too high)
- But it was enjoyable.» (Too high)
- It was difficult to manage two interesting and both time consuming courses at the same time» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

27. What is your general impression of the course?

55 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»2 3%
Adequate»13 23%
Good»25 45%
Excellent»15 27%

Genomsnitt: 3.96

- Very high workload, but I think that"s ok since I managed the exam in a good way, which was because I made the optional assignments.» (Good)
- I would have liked more connections to civil engineering and how we can use this methods in real life. I think that the course was a bit too theoretical» (Good)
- WE would like more knowledge applied on bridges!» (Good)
- Besides the too high work load, I believe it will be a good guide for similar problems in practice later on.» (Excellent)
- Keep it like this, I really liked the course and learned a lot!» (Excellent)
- Except of the exam A very interesting and fun course» (Excellent)
- intressant kurs. » (Excellent)

28. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- I would definetly keep the assignments since they forced me to learn. I think that this kind of course when you cover a lot of different methods you need to practise them and thats where the assignments are very good.»
- The lecture notes.»
- Courses, assignments»
- Most of the things were very good.»
- Assignments, excellent LaTeX lecture notes, open door every time »
- Assignments and the lectures.»
- Bonus point system. »
- The demonstration!!»
- Peter!!!»
- Assignments with bonus points.»
- the assignments»
- assignments examples parallel lectures »
- The Assignments»
- Assignments»
- The lectures and lecture notes»
- Assignments, somewhat smaller though.»
- Lectures»
- The assignments. »
- The bonus points for assignments. That is some motivation to do the assignments well.»
- the assignments but maybe shorter»
- The book and lecture notes.»
- It is a good idea with the assignments.»
- The assignments but perhaps a bit altered or with more guidance. Peter is also a very nice teacher»

29. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- Assistants better prepared to answer questions on assignments. Nothing else what i can think of :)»
- Improved problem solving sessions for the first part of the course. Hard to follow the tutor.»
- Experiments, the course could have a plan on the first page»
- Maybe the work load should become a bit lower. »
- Problem solving sessions.»
- More practical building examples.»
- A little more prepared assistants»
- Problem solving sessions.»
- preventing lectures late on Friday exercise classes become something more than just writing the solution »
- Better help teachers. Texas was ok bit saddiq was very sketchy on hos lectures. »
- More blackboard solving on the exercising sessions »
- Problem solving lectures, they were hard to follow.»
- Smaller assignments»
- Remove all explicit calculations (trivial calculations of course) »
- The layout of the assingments. Try to adopt the teaching, so that it considers the prerequisities of the students of civil engineering in a good way as well. Perhaps it is reasonable to divide this course into two ones, one for civil engineering students and for mechanical engineering.»
- A little more time on continuous approach. This time it was more numerical, which didn"t give much insight. Even, in the numerical part, it should be explained, why we use certain method, the motivation behind following one model.»
- More practical influences during theory lectures, to get the physical meaning of stuff.»
- The work load and I think that Peter should be in charge of the problem solving exercises.»
- The problem solving sessions, can these be incorporated in the assignments in some way?»

30. What do you think about this course content and the dynamic content in the course "Mechanics of solids" in MPAME, could any parts be switched?

Only answer this question if you followed the course "Mechanics of solids".

- I don"t think that the dynamics part in the mechanics of solids where really neccesary. Or the other option is to extend it with maybe a problem solving session and 1 more lecture. As it was now I think it didn"t had much to do with the rest of the course and it was to few hours of it to really learn something. Extend or take away.»
- The content in Mechanics of solids is more suitable to be part of the Structural Dynamics corse.»
- I don"t have the feeling, something should definitely be switched.»
- Good»
- Save the dynamic parts in "Mech of solids" to this course. At least I didn"t understand it until this course.»
- Skip the dynamic part in Solids.. »
- Not so good»
- no. »
- The wave propagation part in MoS would fit better in this course»
- No opinion. »
- Remove the dynamic content from the Mechanics of Solids course, didnt see the meaning of having it there»
- In that matter it was perfect.»

31. Additional comments

- Great job in general by everyone. Thank you for a very interesting course!»
- Wonderful teacher!!!!»
- Peter Folkow was always easy to talk to and he was always eager to help. Kudos to that!»
- None»
- Peter is a very friendly, competent and helpful teacher. »

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