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MPALG 1213-3 Algorithms for machine learning and inference, TDA231|DIT380

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2013-03-15 - 2013-04-12
Antal svar: 19
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 44%
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.

18 svarande

University of Gothenburg»1 5%
Chalmers University of Technology»17 94%

Genomsnitt: 1.94

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»2 10%
Around 20 hours/week»3 15%
Around 25 hours/week»8 42%
Around 30 hours/week»4 21%
At least 35 hours/week»2 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.05

- I think the home works were ment to be easier than how students felt about them. We do not have any prior courses in Matlab nor was the lab PM crystal clear.» (At least 35 hours/week)
- Sometimes about 50 hours/week» (At least 35 hours/week)

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

19 svarande

0%»3 15%
25%»1 5%
50%»1 5%
75%»4 21%
100%»10 52%

Genomsnitt: 3.89

- I was ill and missed some.» (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.

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

4. 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»11 57%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»8 42%

Genomsnitt: 2.42

- Not really interested in the goals after the course is done:( » (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)

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.

18 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»1 5%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»14 77%
No, the goals are set too high»3 16%

Genomsnitt: 2.11

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

17 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»10 58%
Yes, definitely»7 41%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.41

- Not all techniques were tested» (To some extent)
- Fisher discriminant, Perceptron, Boosting, Kernel methods. Not all of these were properly explained or examined.» (To some extent)
- I like home exams in courses like this.» (Yes, definitely)

Teaching and course administration

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

19 svarande

Small extent»4 21%
Some extent»10 52%
Large extent»4 21%
Great extent»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.1

- It was hard following the lectures and I am sorry but I have a hard time finding good constructive feedback regarding them. They got better in the end though.» (Some extent)

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

19 svarande

Small extent»3 15%
Some extent»10 52%
Large extent»4 21%
Great extent»2 10%

Genomsnitt: 2.26

- Going through chapters in the free book "out of order" was confusing.» (Small extent)
- The BAR-book felt more like a reference than a book with nice-to-read intuitive explanations. Also jumping from chapter to chapter, which we did, was troublesome when terms/concepts from previous chapters were used (the book"s chapters are not as independent as the author may say). I would recommend that the teachers give reading instructions in a better book instead.» (Some extent)
- The recommended book is a bit overwhelming in some parts and others aren"t explained very clearly.» (Some extent)
- Mostly the slides.» (Large extent)

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

19 svarande

Very badly»1 5%
Rather badly»6 31%
Rather well»8 42%
Very well»4 21%

Genomsnitt: 2.78

- Deadlines were too short and several times posted before the material in question had been covered. Deadlines were changed a lot which made it more confusing and frustrating. A home exam should be able to be handed in online (rather than in person), so a student could do it even if he is out of town.» (Very badly)
- You never knew when assignments were going to be posted. Give the students a schedule with dates when assignments will be posted and the deadlines, including the topic(s).» (Rather badly)
- Example is that we had to go to school to give the home exam. This was annonced after the exam released. This is realy bad as people could have gone far from time.» (Rather badly)
- When we wrote the exam there was 2 assignments that wasn"t graded yet and one that we haven"t handin yet... It would have been nice to know how many points I got on the assignments BEFORE the exam. » (Rather badly)
- Big delays in handout results.» (Rather badly)
- Would be very well if home assignments was written more clearly. They were sometimes unnecessary hard to decode.» (Rather well)
- Although the handouts were sometimes unclear.» (Rather well)
- Homepage info was good, not too crowded. But the corrections of the homeworks, and the deadlines, all of those things take/took too much time which is bad for several reasons, at least two: (1) You lose valuable feedback of your work. (2) You are unable to plan ahead. These things are hopefully easy to fix until next time.» (Very well)

Study climate

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

19 svarande

Very poor»1 5%
Rather poor»3 15%
Rather good»10 52%
Very good»4 21%
I did not seek help»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.05

- The scheduling of the consulting time was horrendous. Some weeks it was more or less the day after the assignment was give, some weeks it was on the day before the hand-in. Besides the bad scheduling of consulting times, there should be more than one date available for each assignment.» (Very poor)
- In many other courses, the PhD-student gives "study sessions" where he/she goes through problems on the blackboard in a booked lecture hall. This would have been very appreciated if your time allows it. So basically one extra "class" every week consisting of this.» (Rather good)
- Everybody asked questions at the office hours so Vinay got a lot of work... It would have been better if there more than one person you could ask. For everyone.» (Rather good)
- Although a stressed helper, it worked very well thanks to the specified helping times.» (Very good)

11. 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»8 42%
I did not seek cooperation»4 21%

Genomsnitt: 3.73

- Maybe it is not bad idea to make the homework as a group work. I think that would make it easier for the student to understand and also lower the workload for them.» (Rather poorly)
- Cooperation was not a main point in the course, but the discussions we had were fine (for homeworks that is).» (Rather well)

12. How was the course workload?

19 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»2 10%
Adequate»6 31%
High»7 36%
Too high»4 21%

Genomsnitt: 3.68

- The homeworks need to be more thought out. Often the datasets were not so interesting and the same is true for the solutions.» (Low)
- Especially for me with some of the complicated math.» (High)
- 40 hours/week, not acceptable when we take two courses each period.» (Too high)
- The workload was too uneven with the short deadlines and bad organisation of course material compared to what the exercises were.» (Too high)

13. How was the total workload this study period?

19 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»1 5%
Adequate»5 26%
High»7 36%
Too high»6 31%

Genomsnitt: 3.94

- I read three courses, to much.» (Too high)

Summarizing questions

14. What is your general impression of the course?

19 svarande

Poor»3 15%
Fair»2 10%
Adequate»4 21%
Good»8 42%
Excellent»2 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.21 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- The course content structure felt ad-hoc. The homeworks were sometimes almost not even connected to the lectures. There are too many delays. These are the things I"d wish you focused on till next year.» (Poor)
- The organisation was too confusing and the exercises could be better matched with the rest of the course material. » (Poor)
- The home works brought the course down. » (Fair)
- A good, interesting course. However. The administration didn"t work at all.» (Good)
- Not very good impression at the start, I had some throuble following the lectures. But now I feel like I know the subject. So I"m feeling positive.» (Good)

15. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- Be more clear in the descriptions of the homeworks! And when and where to report the exam, this sould be in the exam thesis.»
- Homeproblems and project-like work.»
- Home assignments! They take some time but you learn as much.»
- The homework assignments»
- The use of slides available for students for download (they turned out quite useful).»
- Devdatt is in my opinion an excellent teacher and should continue. »
- Keeping half of the mark to be via home work problems.»

16. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- Better information. Faster grading of the assignments. If something was wrong in an assignment. Enlighten us with what was wrong, instead of saying "There"s an error in task 2". We are here to learn after all. Since there is no re-submissions it would be good to know what was wrong so it"s possible to avoid doing the same error in future hand-in"s. There"s another reason to why faster grading of assignments would be good. Even if the assignments don"t build on each other, some content in them are similar and it would be good to know if you were correct in the last hand-in.»
- The homeworks deadlines sould be in the right part of the week this sould be timed so the students dont have to sit on the weekends.»
- The home work PMs. »
- Nothing»
- Concepts should be thoroughly explained in a clear and consistent manner. Deadlines should not be so short (rather overlap instead). Exercises should be less ambiguous. Exercises should touch basic concepts more thoroughly (rather than touching advanced unrelated topics briefly and fleetingly, which makes students do tedious tasks without understanding them).»
- Some of the assignments could be made more interesting. A bit more of planification and better organisation when it comes to correcting homeworks.»
- Devdatt should do all the lectures,I think exercise sessions would be beneficial and the feedback from the assignments should be quicker. It"s hard to start an assignment that uses some older code if you don"t know if that code is correct.»
- The last third of the course become much more demanding than the two first thirds and it was very hard to understand the advanced topics (MCMC, Topic Modeling,...). I think it would be good to shorten the introduction/basic part a bit and spend more time on them.»
- Home exam. Some preparation for what to expect at least.»

17. Additional comments

- How very noble of you exposing a students less well structured email on the course webpage instead of trying to help the student.»
- This course is hard...»
- The course is incredibly hard and even though only ELEMENTARY statistics, mathematical analysis, and linear algebra is required, it feels like a high grade in all those courses and perfect recollection is needed.»
- The prerequisites are "elementary linear algebra and probability". However, in the course many times some (sometimes hard) mathematical concepts are introduced very hastily with insufficient explanation.»
Genomsnitt totalt för detta stycke: 3.21

Genomsnitt totalt för alla frågor: 3.21
Beräknat jämförelseindex: 0.55

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