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Applied Mechanics Master Programme Evaluation-13, MPAME

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2013-12-10 - 2014-01-11
Antal svar: 30
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 73%
Kontaktperson: Peter Folkow»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Maskinteknik 300 hp
Utbildningsprogram studenten tillhör: Maskinteknik 300 hp


1. Where did you study for your Bachelor degree?*

Please comment if you studied in another country than your native country.

30 svarande

Sweden - Chalmers»25 83%
Sweden - another university»0 0%
University outside Sweden»5 16%

Genomsnitt: 1.33

- Engineering Physics» (Sweden - Chalmers)
- NOTE!! I spent my first year of the master as an exchange student, hence I will not be able to answer some of the questions.» (Sweden - Chalmers)
- Germany» (University outside Sweden)

2. What is your opinion on the information about the master programme when you applied?

Information from home pages, programme administration etc.

30 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Rather poor»3 10%
OK»7 23%
Good»15 50%
Very good»5 16%
I did not seek/need information»0

Genomsnitt: 3.73

- Applied mechanics page was useless» (Rather poor)
- My 2nd choice was KTH in Stockholm. The information about their corresponding Master"s programme provided on their homepage was not as detailed and transparent. In my case, this was a reason why I chose Chalmers and not KTH.» (Very good)
- The programme looked very well structured. Opted for Chalmers over KTH while applying, since, a similar programme I was looking for at KTH, Aerospace Engineering, wasn"t as structured as Applied Mechanics here, at least, as per my preferences of subjects are concerned.» (Very good)

Your own effort

3. How many hours per week have you spent studying at this programme?

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 programme.

30 svarande

Around 30 hours/week or less»3 10%
Around 40 hours/week»10 33%
Around 50 hours/week»12 40%
Around 60 hours/week or more»5 16%

Genomsnitt: 2.63

- As usual, working hours increase close to exams. Also, a lot of time is spent on assignments.» (Around 40 hours/week)
- Formula Student year 1 ~ 80h/week Fall year 2 ~ 35h/week» (Around 60 hours/week or more)
- Very high workload during periods.» (Around 60 hours/week or more)

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

30 svarande

0%»1 3%
25%»4 13%
50%»1 3%
75%»8 26%
100%»16 53%

Genomsnitt: 4.13

- 25% year 1, 100% year 2» (50%)
- For most courses. » (100%)

Goals and goal fulfilment

The programme syllabus states the goals in terms of learning outcomes, i.e., knowledge, skills and attitudes to be acquired by the student during the education. The learning outcomes are (excerpts):

After the master programme in Applied Mechanics the students should be able to

-formulate mechanical engineering problems as mathematical models.

-use advanced topics regarding mathematical modelling as well as computational and experimental techniques relevant for the specialized tracks.

-show insight and ability to work in teams and collaborate in groups with different compositions.

-be able to give written and oral presentations of their conclusions and knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

5. How understandable are the programme goals?

29 svarande

The goals are difficult to understand»1 3%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»8 27%
The goals are clear enough»20 68%

Genomsnitt: 2.65

- did not read» (?)
- There is no experimental work throughout the entire Master program. I would like to have some labs and experiments to get a feel for the subjects. » (The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer)

6. Are the goals reasonable for a master degree?

29 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
No, the goals are a bit too low»4 13%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»25 86%
No, the goals are a bit high»0 0%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.86

- did not read» (?)

Programme layout

The masters programme in Applied Mechanics consists of four compulsory corses in the first two quarters (Mechanics of solids, Mechanics of fluids, Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), Structural dynamics) and the compulsory courses "Finite element method - structures" and "Project course" in quarter three and four.

7. What do you think of the programme layout?

30 svarande

Poor»1 3%
Rather poor»3 10%
OK»12 41%
Good»9 31%
Very good»4 13%
No opinion»1

Genomsnitt: 3.41

- I was only interested in the fluid courses and would have liked to take more fluid courses instead of some of the solids courses (especially mech. of solids and FEM structures were really boring)» (Poor)
- Varför så många obligatoriska kurser utanför det spår man valt?» (Rather poor)
- Better this year» (Rather poor)
- More on a personal note - I have spend a lot of time of Sturctural Dynamics and FEM (structures) which is not relevent for me now.» (OK)
- Solids and fluids doesn"t have much in common, I would rather not have been forced to study both subjects since they are heavy in themselves, and I knew from the start that i wanted to work with solids. » (OK)
- Mechanics of solid was too basic, cfd was too far away from what we can use » (OK)
- Unfortunately, the course schedule was changed for this autumn quarter so that Rigid Body Dynamics was given in quarter 2 and not quarter 1. Thus, there was no dynamics course in quarter 1 but a poor choice of courses which go really deep into applied mechanics (fatigue & fracture, turbomachinery). I think all three tracks (solid, dynamics, fluid) should be treated equally and I had the impression that the course offer in the dynamics track is not as good as in the other two tracks which I regret a lot.» (Good)
- More » (Good)
- The programme layout is perfect.» (Very good)
- är väll fortfarande ingen som fattar vad vi sysslade med i fem-kursen, » (Very good)

8. Do you miss a course or a topic in the master programme?

28 svarande

Yes»8 28%
No»20 71%

Genomsnitt: 1.71

- Optimization(Structural) topics/courses with focus on CAE» (?)
- Yes, a course in APPLIED fluid mechanichs would have been great. The courses are in general very theoretic.» (Yes)
- Sub-structure modeling for the dynamic part, and MORE dynamic courses.» (Yes)
- Advanced Finite element usage (i.e. investigating how different B.C., loads and other assumptions influences the solution) using commercial software.» (Yes)
- More about really use a commercial software like starccm or fluent if regarding CFD. Some other programming except matlab would also be good like python. » (Yes)
- Hard to say what you miss... But an more advanced course after Rigid Body Dynamics would be appreciated.» (Yes)
- A more "hands on" FE-course» (Yes)
- That would be a more applied course, such as learn using some program eg ansys» (Yes)

9. Are there any courses that you think should either be heavily revised or even removed from the programme?

30 svarande

Yes»11 36%
No»19 63%

Genomsnitt: 1.63

- The Computational Fluid Dynamics course (CFD) had very poor electronic lecture notes and also the lectures itself were not that good. Additionally, we spent a majority of the time in the computer assignments for looking for errors in our MATLAB codes and the PhD students had difficulties to help us. So, the learning outcome could have been much better.» (Yes)
- Multiphase flow - it has a strange organization. No course memo and we had some home tasks in the course but we got two of them the last week of the course (one of them have we still not got and we have until monday in the exam week to do them)» (Yes)
- The Rigid body dynamic course is way to basic for a 2nd year master course, perhaps even a 1th year master course.» (Yes)
- The Finite Element Method-structures could be made more understandable. Since, it involves lots of mathematics, which sometimes seems abstract, the lecture and the lecture notes at least should follow the same notations, and structure. The two different printed notes on different topics should share a connection. The project course should comprise of not 6, but 4. 6 is a little too many. In the panel too, there should be professors from both solids and fluids stream.» (Yes)
- I have not learned anything from the FEM structures program that I can apply in my future endeavours. » (Yes)
- Something about potential flow and lattice-boltzmann.» (Yes)
- Ser ingen anledning till att det skall vara obligatoriskt att läsa exempelvis structural dynamics.» (Yes)
- Cfd should be revised» (Yes)
- Material MEchanics. More connection to real materials.» (Yes)
- Structural dynamics vibration control, the introduction fluid course» (Yes)

10. Impressions of the Computational solid mechanics specialisation.

NOTE! Only answer this question if you attended at least 3 courses in the Computational solid mechanics specialisation (Composite mechanics, Material Mechanics, Fatigue and fracture, Finite element method - solids).
What is your impression of the


- Scripting using commercial software to non-academic problems would be useful. »
- Composite mechanics should spend more time on the design part than the basics»

relevance of the courses to this specialisation?
16 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»0 0%
OK»2 14%
Good»7 50%
Very good»5 35%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 4.21

balance between theory and numerical/experimental simulations in this specialisation?
16 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»1 7%
OK»6 42%
Good»7 50%
Very good»0 0%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 3.42

coupling to industrial problems in this specialisation?
16 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»4 28%
OK»7 50%
Good»3 21%
Very good»0 0%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 2.92

teachers in this specialisation?
16 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»0 0%
OK»1 7%
Good»9 64%
Very good»4 28%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 4.21

11. Impressions of the Fluid dynamics specialisation.

NOTE! Only answer this question if you attended at least 4 courses in the Fluid dynamics specialisation (Compressible Flow, Turbulence Modelling, Turbomachinery, Gas Turbine Technology, Multiphase Flow).
What is your impression of the


- The courses overall are too theoretic, especially CFD, turbulence modeling, mech of fluids. It would have been good to learn more about how to use CFD in practice, when too apply a certain turbulence model etc. Turbomachinery, Gas Turbine Technology and Compressible Flow was good courses in my opinion.»
- I would like to see more focus towards multiphase flow and thermodynamics.»
- jag är mycket besviken på att det inte var fler labbar/demonstrationer (inte bara krångla med fluent) Var bara turbomachinery som hade en riktigt labb med riktigt vatten! »
- way to much theory»

relevance of the courses to this specialisation?
12 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»1 10%
OK»1 10%
Good»3 30%
Very good»5 50%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 4.2

balance between theory and numerical/experimental simulations in this specialisation?
12 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»4 40%
OK»0 0%
Good»5 50%
Very good»1 10%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 3.3

coupling to industrial problems in this specialisation?
12 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»3 30%
OK»5 50%
Good»1 10%
Very good»1 10%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 3

teachers in this specialisation?
12 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»0 0%
OK»3 30%
Good»4 40%
Very good»3 30%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 4

12. Impressions of the Structural dynamics specialisation.

NOTE! Only answer this question if you attended at least 2 courses in the Structural dynamics specialisation (Structural dynamics - model validation, Rigid Body Dynamics, Structural dynamics control).
What is your impression of the


- There should be another course instead of Rigid Body Dynamics»
- Rigid body was too basic»

relevance of the courses to this specialisation?
10 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»0 0%
OK»1 12%
Good»6 75%
Very good»1 12%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 4

balance between theory and numerical/experimental simulations in this specialisation?
10 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»0 0%
OK»2 25%
Good»1 12%
Very good»5 62%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 4.37

coupling to industrial problems in this specialisation?
10 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»0 0%
OK»2 25%
Good»3 37%
Very good»3 37%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 4.12

teachers in this specialisation?
10 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»0 0%
OK»0 0%
Good»2 25%
Very good»6 75%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 4.75

Programme administration

13. What is your general impression of the programme administration?

Programme administration means the programme director (Lennart Josefson) and student administrators (Carina Schmidt and Ulla Lindberg-Thieme).

30 svarande

Very poor»1 3%
Poor»0 0%
OK»12 41%
Good»12 41%
Very good»4 13%
No opinion»1

Genomsnitt: 3.62

- Carina and Ulla are great and always very helpful. Lennart feels quite arrogant judged by the times I"ve met him.» (OK)
- Either they have a too high workload or they don"t really care or know about consequences when it comes to help students sometimes. I like them but from experience there has occurred some issues along the way. But as I wrote, maybe the time might not be there for them.» (OK)
- Didn"t speek to anyone but Lennart..» (OK)
- I really liked all information meetings and information about thesis offers etc.» (Very good)

14. What is your opinion of the information as a current student within the program?

Information about programme layout, specialisations, elective courses, theses, PhD studies.


- I have not heard much about PhD Studies»
- The only one that have kept us informed about Theses and PhD studies throughout the program is Lars Davidsson, else nothing special.»
- Theses and PhD information is good only due to the e-mails sent by Lars Davidsson.»
- When I searched for a thesis there was a page that was really not up to date, if such a page exists then it should be sort of up to date or removed.»
- Would be good with better information regardning abroad studies.»
- The information about the master thesis came really late. The meeting with the companies was good however.»

Program information
30 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»1 3%
OK»9 30%
Good»16 53%
Very good»4 13%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 3.76

29 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»2 7%
OK»10 37%
Good»9 33%
Very good»6 22%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 3.7

Elective courses
30 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»5 16%
OK»10 33%
Good»9 30%
Very good»6 20%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 3.53

30 svarande

Very poor»1 3%
Poor»6 21%
OK»8 28%
Good»12 42%
Very good»1 3%
No opinion»2

Genomsnitt: 3.21

PhD studies
30 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»10 37%
OK»7 25%
Good»10 37%
Very good»0 0%
No opinion»3

Genomsnitt: 3

15. What is your opinion on the support from the Student centre (Johan Bankel, Lilian Sandström)?

30 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»1 5%
OK»2 11%
Good»6 35%
Very good»8 47%
Did not seek their support or help»13

Genomsnitt: 4.23

- Poor support from Johan Bankel regarding my abroad studies. Email response etc..» (Poor)
- Lilian is the best! :P » (Good)
- Mycket bra! Johan är ju lite virrig men mycket hjälpsam så här finns inget att klaga på! » (Very good)
- They are always helpful.» (Very good)

Study climate

16. Did you feel welcomed by Chalmers and the staff at the master programme during your first days?

30 svarande

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»4 13%
Yes definitely»25 86%
No opinion/did not attend»1

Genomsnitt: 2.86

- I think there would be great with some contact with the students in the second year of the programme during the first weeks.» (To some extent)
- Evening at Liseberg and the dinner afterwards was very much appreciated.» (Yes definitely)

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

30 svarande

Poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»0 0%
OK»2 6%
Rather well»12 40%
Very well»16 53%
Did not seek cooperation with my fellow students»0

Genomsnitt: 4.46

- Dis not seek very much cooperation since I studied courser in different order and also have taken courses from other programs.» (OK)
- Definitely a lot of group work for the assignments.» (Very well)

18. What do you think of the principle of having mixed groups (culture, gender) in some of the courses?

30 svarande

Bad»1 3%
Rather bad»1 3%
OK»4 15%
Good»9 34%
Very good»11 42%
No opinion»4

Genomsnitt: 4.07

- I have never noticed this principle at all.» (Bad)
- Hard working with Erasmus students since in most cases their knowledge with matlab was very poor, else nothing.» (Rather bad)
- Is it a principle? Good for people to see othe perspectives.» (Good)
- As a (European) foreigner I can also say that I always felt very welcome at Chalmers and in Sweden in general.» (Very good)
- Mixed of gender was poor (unbalance number of girls) » (Very good)
- Maybe not applicable since most are male from Chalmers in the class» (No opinion)

19. How are the opportunities to come in contact with teachers?

General impression of the staff"s accessibility.

30 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»0 0%
OK»3 10%
Good»7 23%
Very good»20 66%
Did not seek contact»0

Genomsnitt: 4.56

- Depended on the course.» (OK)
- Most of them at least.» (Good)
- Nån lärare hav viljat att man ska boka in tid med övningslärarna om man har frågor utöver lektionstid. Detta är det värsta man vet som student, å resulterar i värst fall i att man struntar it!» (Good)
- Most teachers have opens doors all day and a very friendly when offering help.» (Very good)
- Always glad to help!» (Very good)
- Exceptional. Only exception CFD where lectureer and a supervisor seemed not to beintreseted in teaching.» (Very good)

20. Are your impression that the student opinions and results from course evaluations have significant impact and are taken seriously?

30 svarande

Not at all»1 4%
To some extent»16 66%
Yes, definetly»7 29%
No opinion»6

Genomsnitt: 2.25

- Very depending on individual teacher» (To some extent)
- Hard to tell since I wont be taking the courses againg next year...» (No opinion)

21. What do you think of attending an education given in English instead of in your native language?

30 svarande

Bad»0 0%
Rather bad»0 0%
OK»5 17%
Good»6 20%
Very good»18 62%
No opinion»1

Genomsnitt: 4.44

- it is not a problem at all!» (Good)
- Since most of the literature is in English» (Very good)

22. To what extent is your knowledge/competence from your bachelor degree sufficient to attend this programme?

Did you have the prerequisites that you need to start and follow the courses in the programme? If you feel that you lack any knowledge, please comment.

30 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
OK»8 26%
Good»12 40%
Very good»10 33%

Genomsnitt: 4.06

- Should have been better in mathematics..» (OK)
- Math, it was hard to realize how important eg linear algebra was when you entered first grade. Back then it was only math without any feeling for how to use it later. » (OK)
- I would like to have some more math course in the Bachelor that consider Fourier series. It was included in some courses and it would be even better if one could have seen that more before the master» (Good)
- Vi som kommer från maskin kan ingen statistik!!!! För den kursen är kass, men av någon anledning är det samma upplägg på den år efter år? » (Good)
- Mathematics in some extent. Stdents from physics and mathematical eng is more prepared. » (Good)
- At the beginning as I didn"t have any Fem courses it sounded terrible but it was easy to catch up, if I knew it before I came to chalmers it would be even easier » (Very good)
- I studied mechanical engineering at Chalmers so I had learned almost everything I needed.» (Very good)

23. What is your opinion about that you are expected to have computer skills in Matlab?

When attending this programme, you are supposed to have some knowlege in Matlab.

30 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Poor»0 0%
OK»6 20%
Good»9 30%
Very good»15 50%

Genomsnitt: 4.3

- I think doing so many assignments in MATLAB, will certainly help in getting better at it. It is not very necessary to be very good at Matlab beforehand, although it is better to know.» (OK)
- It is good to have some basic knowledge of Matlab. But at time it is little to much. I would like to have more assignments in commercial software since it is more relevant for industrial future. » (OK)
- No problems if you are from chalmers, but I guess it would be great to stress for foreign students that apply for the program that knowledge in MATLAB is expected.» (OK)
- Matlab is not the only program out there, but it"s probably quite easy to learn. » (OK)
- If you have done your bachelor at Chalmers this is not a problem.» (OK)
- Since MATLAB is a standard tool both in academics and in industry, this should be expected. Also, MATLAB is not hard to learn...» (Very good)
- I think it is good! Or everybody should be expected to have some kind of knowlege in programming before starting AM.» (Very good)
- There might be necessary with help even though the knowledge is very good.» (Very good)

Summarizing questions

24. What is your general impression of the programme so far?

30 svarande

Very Poor»0 0%
Poor»0 0%
OK»7 23%
Good»12 40%
Very good»11 36%

Genomsnitt: 4.13

- It would have been better with specific fluid and solids programms, since most of the students seem to be interested in only one of the subjects. The name of the program is also a bit misleading, considering the focus in most courses on theory. Perhaps "Theroretical Mechanics" would be a more suitable name?!» (OK)

25. Considering your experience from this programme, would you choose this programme if you could turn back time?

30 svarande

No»4 15%
Yes»22 84%
I do not know»4

Genomsnitt: 1.84

- Jag hade definitivt valt Engineering mathematics istället. Då hade jag kunnat välja alla de kurser jag är intresserad av på MPAME, och även exempelvis optimering och annat matnyttigt.» (No)
- Its a tricky question, but this program was much more computation and mathematical than I expected. The alternative would have been product developement. The courses are very equally constructed with CAs and exams so if you dont like that layout its hard to get away with something else eg more project work.» (No)
- With some modifications, like more dynamic courses» (Yes)

26. What would be the best way to keep in contact for the future?

We would like to keep in contact with you after graduation, preferrably in such a way that you can easily come in contact with other former students as well.

29 svarande

Mail»21 72%
LinkedIn»2 6%
Facebook»6 20%
Other»0 0%
Not interested»0 0%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 1.48

- michael-schreck@gmx.de» (Mail)
- Both Facebook and LinkedIn are an option.» (Facebook)
- Linkedln may also be good» (Facebook)

27. What should definitely be preserved?

- The variety of courses to choose from.»
- - Open and friendly environment - Quality of lectures»
- The programme layout in general.»
- The academic level and the overall focus of the courses. The strong connection to industry.»
- Intro courses (mech. of solids and fluids) Project course»
- Magnus & Lars »
- Assignments»
- High demands on students. Matlab should always play a big part in the master.»
- The whole department is very helpful (have been mostly on the third floor, solid track). It have always been easy to reach the teachers för questions. This is appreciated!»
- rigid body, the first structural dynamics course and the first solid course»

28. What should definitely be changed?

- I cannot think of anything.»
- I think it should be a posibility to have elective courses in year one at the the first semester (autumn). In this way one can chose if one want to read a course in year one or year two. Personally, there were a lot of elective courses I wanted to read in the second semester but now I do not have the posibillity to read them due to the master thesis. but if they where in the autumn I would get a second chance to chose them again!»
- The dynamic specialization»
- FEM - Solids and Rigid Body dynamics should not lie in the same quarter since both takes a lot of time. Have worked approx 60h/week or more this quarter»
- Finite Element Structures is an important course. But some changes could be made to make it more understandable. The connection between lecture and the study material is missing.»
- Would like to have a experimental side to the courses taken. More practical and industrial oriented assignments. »
- More ordinary courses with commercial software»
- Fewer mandatory courses.»
- Teaching skills to the teachers, to attract more attention instead of feeling bored»
- The amount of members in the groups for the project in lp4. Should be less. »
- Some more connection to reality, especially in very theoretical courses. It is sometimes not obvious at all what real problems the theory can be applied to. »
- A larger variaty of courses. Add courses that are more applied, as the title of the program sais.»
- Move Rigid Body Dynamics to first period of year 2. That way one can choose both the FEM-solids and the Struct. Dyn. Control courses in the next period. »
- Structural dynamics vibration control, the introduction fluid course»

29. Additional comments

- None.»
- Overall it is a really good master with a lot of opportunities, BUT the focus on the dynamic side of the master feels un-prioritized.»
- none»
- It has often been very high workload on assigments, it would be good to review the content in some of them so that the students learn the important things and don"t have to spend a lot of time on less important things...»
- I don"t understand why we have to take a MTS-course. I"m taking "arkitekturhistoria" this spring parallel to the master"s thesis, simply because I must, and I can"t see how it will make me a better engineer. »

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