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MPCSN 1213-3 Distributed systems, advanced course, TDA297|DIT290

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2013-03-15 - 2013-04-12
Antal svar: 19
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 45%
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»0 0%
Chalmers University of Technology»19 100%

Genomsnitt: 2

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»4 21%
Around 20 hours/week»6 31%
Around 25 hours/week»3 15%
Around 30 hours/week»3 15%
At least 35 hours/week»3 15%

Genomsnitt: 2.73

- Assignments were not assignments. More like Lab projects» (Around 30 hours/week)

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

19 svarande

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

Genomsnitt: 3.78

- already done with the labs» (50%)

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»5 26%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»11 57%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»3 15%

Genomsnitt: 1.89

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»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»14 77%
No, the goals are set too high»4 22%

Genomsnitt: 2.22

- Especially considering the credits it seems to be not fair to have such big assignments and get no credits for them.» (No, the goals are set too high)

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

19 svarande

No, not at all»1 5%
To some extent»10 52%
Yes, definitely»4 21%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»4 21%

Genomsnitt: 2.57

- I only didd the laboration part» (I don"t know/have not been examined yet)
- The exam was really hard. One could not know what to focus on.» (I don"t know/have not been examined yet)

Teaching and course administration

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

19 svarande

Small extent»7 36%
Some extent»10 52%
Large extent»1 5%
Great extent»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 1.78

- Phillipes seems like he is unprepared, unable to get out what he wants to teach or not familiar with the English language. He takes too long pauses between meanings/words, like he dont know what to say next.» (Small extent)
- Lecturer needs proper pedagogics. Hard to understand. Doesn"t explain the basics. Lecture slides are overly complicated.» (Small extent)
- I had to look for on internet and watch recorded material from lectures for the same course in another university. The way that professor chose to present material of the course was not helping in the learning procedure. » (Small extent)
- The teacher really needs to go on a course in pedagogic teaching, very confusing and hard to listen to him more or less all the time. He feels very confused in what he is trying to teach. Nothing personally!» (Small extent)
- You needed to go to the lectures because the slides were confusingly written and the literature felt like it tried to explain things in such a hard way as possible.» (Some extent)
- Some very important concepts should be explained more clearly maybe with different methodological approach and more interaction with the students. So that the teacher get a better understanding if the audience understand the material and if he/she need to explained the things again.» (Some extent)
- The pace of lectures was not appealing.» (Some extent)
- Lectures would be better if the subjects were put into context. Alot of the times there were very abrupt ends/starts of subjects, which made it harder to follow.» (Great extent)

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

19 svarande

Small extent»8 42%
Some extent»4 21%
Large extent»6 31%
Great extent»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 2

- The slides of the lectures were hard to understand and will definitely need a work through.» (Small extent)
- The course book is not good but the papers are.» (Some extent)
- Reading guidelines very vague. Roughly half to one third of the recommended material does not seem to be covered in the course (exam/lectures).» (Some extent)
- Without the book I shouldn"t pass the course.» (Great extent)

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

19 svarande

Very badly»6 31%
Rather badly»6 31%
Rather well»6 31%
Very well»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.1

- There were a lot of information that only was brought up during lectures, unclear what extra assignments that were available or how they were to be done etc.» (Very badly)
- No exams on the course site, was forced to pay to get them from DC.» (Very badly)
- The material provided was very bad organized. *A big part of the presentations(power points) were published very late on the course web site - 2 weeks before the exams. *The power points are looking more like temporary drafts than the material presented for a course.The sides sometimes are unorganized,without a constant structure and without the required description that would help the reader to understand what they are talking about. » (Very badly)
- No clear reading instructions until the last half, or more, of the study period = VERY bad.» (Rather badly)
- Long time to get feedback on lab submissions.» (Rather badly)

Study climate

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

19 svarande

Very poor»3 15%
Rather poor»5 26%
Rather good»6 31%
Very good»2 10%
I did not seek help»3 15%

Genomsnitt: 2.84

- There where no laboration times and barley any office hours to get help on.» (Very poor)
- The labs is really hard, and there is no lab slots? THIS SUCKS. » (Very poor)
- Lectures or nothing. No emails were answered.» (Rather poor)
- Would be much better if there were consultation sessions for the lab assignments.» (Rather poor)

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

19 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»0 0%
Rather well»4 21%
Very well»14 73%
I did not seek cooperation»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 3.84

- Had to rely on them for trying to figure out what to do.» (Very well)

12. How was the course workload?

19 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»10 52%
High»4 21%
Too high»5 26%

Genomsnitt: 3.73

- Very low in the beginning of the course, very high with some of the assignments and very high in the end of the course.» (Adequate)
- The material is quite wide and there are a lot of readings. This combined with the assignments made the load high.» (High)
- Horrible labs made the course unnecessary hard. Most of the time did not go to trying to figure out the actual problem but what to do and why the code given did not work as stated» (Too high)

13. How was the total workload this study period?

19 svarande

Too low»0 0%
Low»0 0%
Adequate»9 47%
High»8 42%
Too high»2 10%

Genomsnitt: 3.63

Summarizing questions

14. What is your general impression of the course?

19 svarande

Poor»10 52%
Fair»4 21%
Adequate»3 15%
Good»2 10%
Excellent»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 1.84 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

- Skip the exam, make it a big project instead incorporating everything we went through in the course from the ground up. No external buggy code, no unclear labs. Hand in proof with each implementation.» (Poor)
- Many students that took the basic course was discouraged by the fact that Pillipes was teaching this advanced course and i understand that fully. » (Poor)
- Interesting topic but sadly the course is a mess. Needs refactoring. Labs were not good. Same framework should be used for all labs so time can be spent on learning about distributed systems and no to learn a new framework for every lab.» (Poor)
- Lack of reading instructions, compare to many other courses. Reading instructions to this years course book came very very late in the course. Page references in the lecture slides point to previous years course book, never updated through out the course. Lecture slides lack information, for example explanation of variable definition, or reference to such.» (Poor)
- The labs were not corrected until some day just before the final deadline. The last Lab hasn"t even been corrected now, almost 2 weeks after the final deadline.» (Poor)
- The course can be designed to be taught in a different direction where we can learn the application of algorithms and concepts in real world. The course had a very interesting syllabus but we were not guided well.» (Fair)
- The course should probably been much better if the teacher didn"t felt so confused all the time.» (Fair)
- Intreresting topic, good labs but poor consultation (and the time to get feedback).» (Adequate)

15. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- There are a lot of things that can be better»
- Nothing»
- Labs are both interesting and challenging.»
- The advanced distributed systems course is very important subject for students who are going to Computer Networking Industry. So The topics and syllabus is good, but how they have organized and taught was poor. If they organize well and properly deliver it to the students, i think this is the best course»
- The programming assignments.»
- Nothing?»
- The topics and the organization of the course.»
- The syllabus.»
- The labs were great but the student will need more teaching in how to perform them.»

16. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- Lab PMs must be changed. MUST!»
- - Phillipes need to change his lectures very much (Speech, pronunciation, delivering of the subject) »
- Assignments were more lab projects. Lab periods should be applied to the course since getting help on these small projects was very difficult. »
- The course book is not good for the scope of this course. Exercise sessions would benefit this course a lot. For example practicing on proofs, would lead to more questions in class too.»
- Improved reading instruction, make sure it"s updated. Point out the master thesis as a core tool to understanding the course. Make lecture slides more informative regarding definition of Linearizability»
- The labs must be corrected much sooner.»
- formation and contents of Lecture Slides, The quality of teaching»
- The way that the course material is presented»
- THE LABS. More preparation for the exam, I mean - I didn"t wether I should study proofs or techniques. And if there is 150 (!) pages extra material than the book there must be more pinpointed than this course.»
- Teaching methodology should aim for more interaction. The assignments should either be reduced or should give some credits.»
- The lecture slides, the teaching direction and better organization of lab assignments.»
- The main teacher needs to be more confident in speaking in front of students. A more structured way of how the whole course is performed is needed I think, or it"s just because of the teacher.»
- Make the slides available before the lectures if possible. There was a link to last years slides but no mention whether how correct they would be for this year.»

17. Additional comments

- Overall feel was that the course was ill-prepared and all over the place.»
- Since over 50% of the students dident attend to the lectures, i assume someone will look into the reason rather then dismissing it.»
- Course materials such as slides should be updated so that they are more informative than the ones being currently used. Examiner and TAs should try to encourage more interaction from the students during lectures. Lastly, results of assignments need to be returned in a more timely manner. This may be related to how complex the so-called "assignments" were.»
- The course have interesting content, but the lecture slides and reading instructions should be improved.»
- I have taken the exam 3 times before and failed. This time I don"t know how it went because the correction is not finished. I don"t understand how it can take this long. It has been 3 weeks now, whats the deal with that?»
- The last lab assignment was very interesting to work on but the presentation of the same topic by 25 groups in a single day gets monotonous and boring. We would have preferred variety of projects like 1 topic for 5 groups. This would make it interesting and as well expose us to wider applications where the concepts can be applied.»
- Lecturer made repeated statements that all material was necessary for the exam, however on the exam only content from the lectures were used, while the reading material goes far beyond the lectures.»
Genomsnitt totalt för detta stycke: 1.84

Genomsnitt totalt för alla frågor: 1.84
Beräknat jämförelseindex: 0.21

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