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V13 - Model predictive control, SSY280

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2013-03-18 - 2013-04-18
Antal svar: 29
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 70%
Kontaktperson: Marie Iwanow»

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.

29 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»3 10%
Around 20 hours/week»8 27%
Around 25 hours/week»7 24%
Around 30 hours/week»9 31%
At least 35 hours/week»2 6%

Genomsnitt: 2.96

- The workload was to high! Spent ~40h/week during week 4,5 and 6 for this course alone» (Around 30 hours/week)

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

29 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»0 0%
50%»2 6%
75%»3 10%
100%»24 82%

Genomsnitt: 4.75

- The teaching was excellent. Could have been more examples during the lectures.» (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.

3. How understandable are the course goals?

29 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»5 17%
The goals are difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»5 17%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»19 65%

Genomsnitt: 3.31

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.

27 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»1 3%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»26 96%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.96

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

27 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»8 29%
Yes, definitely»19 70%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.7

- All of the course material is hard to test on a written exam.» (To some extent)

Teaching and course administration

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

29 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»5 17%
Large extent»15 51%
Great extent»9 31%

Genomsnitt: 3.13

- good teacher but not teaching assisstant» (Large extent)
- Faisal is great. Thumbs up for him!» (Large extent)
- Good interchange between powerpoint and blackboard on the lectures. It is much easier to follow the lecture when the board is used. » (Great extent)
- Bo & Faisal are a great team.» (Great extent)

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

29 svarande

Small extent»3 10%
Some extent»11 37%
Large extent»12 41%
Great extent»3 10%

Genomsnitt: 2.51

- I only used the lecture notes. The book was a worthless purchase.» (Small extent)
- Did not read the course book so much, i mostly read the lecture notes.» (Some extent)
- Did not use the book at all. » (Some extent)
- The course book where so expensive that many students didn"t but it. The lecture notes where good. I wish that there where a similar thing as the lecture notes for the exercises instead of the papers with references to tasks that where handed out during the exercise sessions.» (Some extent)
- The course book was hardly used. The lecture notes were handy.» (Large extent)
- The Lecture notes were of great help. The course book, not so much.» (Large extent)

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

29 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»0 0%
Rather well»12 41%
Very well»17 58%

Genomsnitt: 3.58

- Well structured. NOTE: The news page on pingpong wasn"t used properly, since a separate news page was created. Would be helpful for the students if it was used properly since these news pop up as notifications on the pingpong mobile app» (Very well)

Study climate

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

29 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»1 3%
Rather good»9 31%
Very good»19 65%
I did not seek help»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.62

- The TA was very helpful, but more time on schedule to come and ask for help would be good» (Very good)
- Faisal deserves good credits. He gives good explanations for a greater theoretical understanding.» (Very good)
- Faisal was brilliant with helping students who visited his office.» (Very good)
- Faisal have been very helpfull. » (Very good)
- Faisal always took time to help us and the other students.» (Very good)

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

29 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»0 0%
Rather well»4 13%
Very well»25 86%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.86

11. How was the course workload?

29 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 3%
Adequate»10 34%
High»15 51%
Too high»3 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.68

- Spent ~40h/week during week 4,5 and 6 for this course alone» (Too high)
- The assignments were too difficult.» (Too high)

12. How was the total workload this study period?

29 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 3%
Adequate»12 41%
High»12 41%
Too high»4 13%

Genomsnitt: 3.65

- counted hours week 5, ended up on 70h, average was around 60h» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

13. What is your general impression of the course?

29 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»1 3%
Adequate»1 3%
Good»20 68%
Excellent»7 24%

Genomsnitt: 4.13 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- Strange feeling of the course. The course had really good assignments. The lecturenotes was good and a lot of work was put to understand all steps that were made. The notes were really concise and very hard to follow by your own. I got the feeling that the lectures didn´,t help to go through every detail and then the math became really unpleasant for us students with absolute no background knowledge e.g. in differentiating matrices and so on. Another thing that was not so good was the tasks that were calculated on the exercises. » (Fair)
- The overall impression of the course is good. There are things that definitely can be improved. The first thing: More practical examples during lectures! It was hard to make the practical connections yourself. And also, i would like to have more detailed explanations and derivations during lectures - it was some times hard to sort out the details yourself, especially when more andvanced linear algebra was involved. Second: A practical lab would be good to have - to really get the connection to reality. I also have to give extra creds to Faisal who did a really good job with the excerises and hand-ins. His exercices were very good which helped ALOT during the learning process. Altough, he could have been a little bit nicer during the oral examination.. hehe. » (Good)
- Everything was good. The lectures, the exercises, and the home problems. On top of that we got to visit PreefRaf. Bo seems to understand, unlike Balazs and Paolo Falcone, that lecturing a theoretical/mathematical course is best done with the help of the blackboard and not exclusively power point slides. Faisal did a good job on the exercise sessions and also took the time to write solutions to the exercises which is a good thing. The home assignments/hand ins felt well designed, their content relevant and interesting. This course somewhat compensated for Linear Control System Design for the understanding of LQ controllers and cost functions in general.» (Excellent)

14. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- Visit at company»
- the aural exam was very good»
- The lecturer and TA, super! Good to have lecture notes to follow during the course. The assignments where aslo really good!»
- The labs, lectures, lecture notes, trip to preem.»
- Bo »
- The assignments played a great role in learning the course and should definately be preserved. I really appreciated the company visit which was relevant for the course. First company during four years at Chalmers, would be interesting to have in more courses. I liked the oral examination because it gives the students a possibilty to explain things that was unclear in the report and to gain more understaning. »
- The lecturer»
- Bo as lecturer. The hand-ins where also very good.»
- The red line through the course. The assignments together with the lectures was well planned.»
- The TA"s in-depth questions during the oral exams dealing with the material that was beyond the scope of the assignments were very, very good. There"s a very big difference between understanding the material thoroughly and just answering some questions, I"m very glad that the course used the assignments as a method of getting us to the point where we did have a more complete understanding. Without the oral exam assessment of the otherwise pass/fail assignments, the course would have been missing something important. The tour of Preemraff was also very interesting and insightful.»
- Mostly of the structure»
- Faisal »
- Company visit»
- The first two hand-ins.»

15. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- Don"t make the field trip in week 7, I was planning to join but I couldn"t find the time for it. I know many other people has the same oppinion»
- new textbook this year - more solutions to the exercises. »
- I read all related chapters in the textbook and I feel that 729 kr wasn"t worth it. The lecture notes were much better. The textbook didn"t give much extra good information.»
- The second assignment was too demanding. The third felt pointless.»
- The assignments could be handed out earlier so one can get familiar with the material. No need to wait to an explicit date to hand them out in my opinion.»
- Repeat the basic stuff a little more.»
- Not much»
- More clear in the beginning with the terminology words like DP, Reference, Target, Setpoints and so on. (Horizon was very well explained this yeah tho so does not need to improve in my opinion)»
- Don"t need to change a thing.»
- The final assignment was trivial enough to be pointless. There should be a more rigorous assignment dealing with optimization and stability. Having easier assignments towards the end doesn"t benefit the students at all when the topics that the assignments skip over feature prominently on the exams.»
- More time on the second assignment»
- The exercise tasks. »
- Remove hand-in 3.»

16. Additional comments

- I would have liked to have solutions to all exercises.»
- Overall a really good coruse that I liked!»
- Great and interesting topic covered in the course. It was clear that modelpredictive control is in some way an quite exotic method of control which surely will be interesting for us students in the future.»
- No»
- The course could be much better, it needs time to develop. I think the course was really interesting but needs time to be better. Much to do!»
- It"s a shame that many other master courses, like Mechatronic Design, Modeling and Simulation and Linear Control System Design does not live up to the standard of this course and others from the Signals and Systems deparment. Model Predictive Control and Mechatronic Design were like night and day, the former one of the best thus far and the latter by far the worst.»
Genomsnitt totalt för detta stycke: 4.13

Genomsnitt totalt för alla frågor: 4.13
Beräknat jämförelseindex: 0.78

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