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CNDS Survey 2001/2002

Module operation: Semester 1, 2001/2002.

Form: Feedback form

General:
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General comments

 

 

 

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1. Overall assessment of the module?

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3 [3%]
20 [22%]
41 [44%]
28 [31%]

Comment:
Over 74% rate the module as very good or excellent. In fact nearly 97% thought that it module was good, or better. Many modules have pluses and minuses, so it's nice to see that there are more very goods and excellents than anything else.

 

 

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2. How would you rate the quality of the teaching pack?

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2 [2%]
11 [12%]
36 [39%]
45 [47%]

Comment:
Nearly 86% of all students reckon that the teaching pack is either very good or excellent. In fact 98% thought that it was good or better. In the future more work will be done on integrating the teaching pack with the WWW material.

 

 

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3. How would you rate the organisation of the module?

1 [1%]
3 [3%]
17 [18%]
35 [38%]
37 [39%]

Comment:
The module is taken by part-time and full-time students, so it's nice to see that most thought that the organisation was either very good or excellent. Every student should have had the same experience, although some students who studied the module remotely, and came in on a single evening for one hour every week maybe didn't have the same experience as the rest of the students. Overall the majority of students reckoned that the organisation was excellent.

 

 

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Fair

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4. How would you rate the quality of the lectures?

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3 [3%]
15 [16%]
35 [38%]
39 [42%]

Comment:
The module is taken by many modes of study, including part-time, and evening classes. As much as possible we tried to give everyone the same educational experience, but this is difficult. 97% of students reckoned that the quality of the lectures were good or better. As much as possible we tried to cover the high-level objectives of units, and show demonstrations of the key principes. I, personally, do not see any advantage is going over the details of the notes, as this should be done away from a lecture.

 

 

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Fair

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5. How would you rate the knowledge of the lecturing team?

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0
3 [3%]
34 [35%]
57 [63%]

Comment:
Everyone thought that the knowledge of the lecturing team with good or better. In fact 96% of students reckoned that it was very good or excellent. Academics are sometimes critised for their up-to-date knowledge, so it is nice to see that the knowledge of the teaching team was reckonised. The School now has a Distributed Systems research group, with a heathly porfolio of research publications, and internationally reckonised publications, so hopefully we can grow this for the future.

 

 

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Fair

Good

Very Good

Excellent

6. How would you rate the help you received from the teaching team?

1 [1%]
6 [7%]
15 [18%]
31 [37%]
31[37%]

Comment:
An equal split between very good and excellent. With so many different modes of study and programmes it is difficult to give everyone a good level of support, so the result is a good one. I can only assume that the single poor rating relates to the flexiable-study, evening class. We tried as much as possible to support on-line questions, an open-door policy, surgery sessions for coursework submissions, on-line lectures on the WWW site, telephone support, but it's difficult to know if everyone is receiving the ammount of support that they require.

 

 

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Fair

Good

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7. How relavent was the module for your education in computing/ engineering?

2 [2%]
6 [7%]
18 [21%]
33 [37%]
28[33%]

Comment:
Not a bad result. The programmes covered ranges from a course which focuses on the integration of Management with Technology to Computing/Software Engineering, so it is nice to see that 92% of students reckoned that it was good or better, for relavence.

 

 

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8. How would you rate the interest of the tutorial sessions?

2 [2%]
15 [13%]
27 [31%]
31 [34%]
14[16%]

Comment:
Never an easy thing to get right, as there are so many students studying the module, so it's a good result. Each tutorial session has a worksheet to complete, so that everyone knew at which point they should be at.

 

 

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Fair

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9. How would you rate the information that you received on the module (such as Module Outline, Teachers Notes, and so on)?

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1 [1%]
11 [13%]
35 [40%]
41[46%]

Comment:
99% of students reckoned the information they received was good, or better. The aims of the module have been refined over the last few years, and we've setup a single reference page for all the module resources.

 

 

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Fair

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Very Good

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10. How would you rate the usage of e-mail and WWW support?

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1 [1%]
2 [2%]
18 [20%]
69 [76%]

Comment:
Email and WWW support, I think, are key in the foundation of any IT-related module, so is nice to see that it is appreciated. With nearly 300 students taking the module at Napier, and many others from franchised sites, it is impossible to keep everyone up-to-date, so the WWW site, and teaching pack helps with this. The only problem with this is that there may be too much information, but too much information is better than too little.

 

 

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Fair

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11. How would you rate the provision of on-line lectures?

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1 [1%]
6 [7%]
30 [37%]
45 [54%]

Comment:
Top score!!!!! We will make sure that all the lectures are on-line before the start of the module. My computer had a severe crash at the start of the module, so it took me a while to get things back, and the provision of on-line lectures was not a major priority. In these times many students cannot attend lectures, but are keen to actively study, so the on-line lectures are best for this. I don't think we can ever encapsulate the feedback and response that you get from a 'real' lecture, but on-line lectures help to give some feeling of the real thing. They also allow for students to re-read material, after the lecture, as it is reckoned that less than half of the concepts covered in a lecture are properly understood after the lecture.

 

 

Well below average

Below average

About the same

Above average

Well above average

29. How does this module compare with other modules that you have studied?

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2 [2%]
4 [5%]
26 [28%]
57 [65%]

Comment:
It's difficult to please everyone, especially with so many different ranges of programmes and so many students on the module, but 93% rating it above average, or better, is a good result. Over 65% rated it well above average.