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cnds feedback form results (2002/2003)
[More detail] [PDF Version]

These are the results of the on-line questionaire.


General module information

 
Score
Poor
Fair
Good
Very Good
Excellent

1. Overall assessment of the module?

4.03

 

4
[3%]

28
[21%]

59
[45%]

40
[31%]

 

Result: 76% rate the module as very good or excellent.

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

4.09

2
[2%]

2
[2%]

22
[17%]

59
[46%]

43
[34%]

 

Result: 96% rate the teaching pack as good or better

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

3.94

8
[7%]

30
[25%]

49
[40%]

38
[29%]

 

Result: 69% rate the organisation of the module as very good or excellent.

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

4.08

3
[2%]

23
[18%]

47
[37%]

53
[43%]

 

Result: 80% rate the lectures as very good or excellent.

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

4.57

12
[10%]

30
[24%]

84
[66%]

 

Result: 90% rate the knowledge of the teaching team as very good or excellent.

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

 

3.90

1
[1%]

8
[7%]

30
[24%]

50
[41%]

37
[28%]

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

 

3.76

5
[4%]

15
[12%]

23
[18%]

45
[36%]

38
[30%]

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

 

3.57

4
[3%]

11
[8%]

43
[36%]

45
[36%]

23
[17%]

9. How would you rate the information that you received on the module (such as the module organiser, timetable, and so on)?

 

4.00

1
[1%]

5
[4%]

29
[24%]

47
[38%]

42
[33%]

10. How would you rate the usage of email and WWW support?

4.63

 

1
[1%]

11
[9%]

21
[18%]

93
[72%]

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

4.60

   

12
[10%]

26
[21%]

87
[69%]

 
No comment
Poor
Fair
Good
Very Good
Excellent

12. How would you rate the information that you received about the details of the class tests (such as exam outline, and so on)?

4.08

3
[3%]

20
[17%]

57
[47%]

42
[31%]

13. How would you rate the fairness of the test papers?

3.78

3
[3%]

9
[8%]

19
[15%]

63
[50%]

25
[19%]

14. How would you rate the relavence of the coursework?

3.91

3
[3%]

4
[3%]

22
[19%]

61
[48%]

33
[25%]

15. How would your rate the level that assignment has increased your knowledge of this area computing?

3.89

3
[3%]

6
[4%]

23
[19%]

60
[48%]

30
[25%]

16. How would you rate the quality of the support in the practical sessions?

3.62

4
[3%]

11
[9%]

39
[32%]

44
[34%]

22
[17%]

17. How helpful was the on-support for the tests/coursework (such as through MSN/Email/WWW submissions)?

4.31

1
[1%]

18
[15%]

42
[36%]

61
[48%]

Additional questions

 
No comment
Well below average
Below average
About the same
Above average
Well above average

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

4.33

2
[2%]

13
[10%]

52
[41%]

60
[47%]

 

Result: 88% rated the module above average, compared with other modules. In fact, the majority rated it well above average.

 
No comment
Well below average
Below average
About the same
Above average
Well above average

27. How would you rate the help you have received from the Teaching Staff on this module?

4.3

   

20
[17%]

43
[36%]

56
[47%]

 

Result: More than half of the students rated that help they received was well above average. In fact, even though there were over 400 students on the module, 83% rated that the help they received was above average.

General comments (if any)

This course beat all the others hands down...

A very interesting class and very relevant in todays communications driven age.

I found this module very interesting and feel that I have learned a lot, more than I normally do from modules

I do not see the need in changing the module as it is clearly organised in a much better way than the other modules I have taken. In fact, I think that other modules should run in the same way, such as the Q&A section for exams and the online help with MSN etc.

I thought this module was in general well organised and taught. However, I thought it was a bit strange that us multimedia students had to study networking to that level of knowledge. On the whole, it was still a good module to be taught.

The module was a challenge to study every week to perform knowledge. But sometimes I found it hard, the teaching pack should explain in detail the most interesting points. In general the module was very enjoyable and very good structure

It would have been good to know, what questions we got wroung on the Exams, so we know what problems we were having I feel this module had a lack in feedback on exams. Fair and stricly covered LA's and topics.

I was expecting it to also have a bit of a practical side to it...but quite good and interesting overall.

Overall very organised and taught module, though volume of e-mails causes a problem.

Enjoyed the course.... was a lot to learn yet the pressure never seem on (well it was but never that much)

This has been one of the most challenging modules yet, but because it was consistently interesting and relevant to the course i have really enjoyed it.

The module was a bit technical for me

The help and support Dr.Buchanan offered really was outstanding and his passion for the subject unrivaled. All of the material on his web site was most informative and pertinent, the tests were very, very good and truly served to lodge quite complex concepts well and truly in my mind.

i would like more hands on stuff like configuriing routers or setting up a small network with about 4 computers

Dr Buchanan is a credit to the univeristy. Why aren't other lecturers following his online repository & teaching method? I enjoyed the module immensely, the content was vast, I had to work hard to get the benefit. Id do it again in an instant.

the best teacher we ever had in network computing....

Bill's website was always up to date and very helpful in helping you to prepare for an upcoming exam, definetly well above the standards of other websites in other modules, other websites seemed to be there because they had to be as a pre-requisite of the module but were never updated and never held any useful information at all. This was not the case with the CNDS site.

Very interesting topic for hardware engineers. We have to deal more and more with networking and software in the systems we design, so it was good to understand the basic principles behind CNDS.

Best module Ive studied at napier so far. The online web page was absolutely superb, not had any other module where it was that well organised. Its good to see a lecturer which actually takes an interest in what he is talking about and has such a good knowledge of it. The availability of the help with using messenger for quick questions is brilliant. And then posting the questions on the web page truly helps to think more about the work. If only half the modules were as well done as this one, it would be far better.

high quality of teaching, just one thing, thank you. Espacialy, the project, search by myself new information was very interesting more then write exam. The subject was also very well chose, the Wireless is so the next step of networks

Definitely, the best network teaching we have ever received.

Bill, I couldn't study too much last months, because I've been ill for a couple of months this semester. I've passed all modules but I've got a fair marks. In any case, I've enjoy your module so much. Things have been change on my head: Networks and Distributed Systems will be part of my professional life in the future. Thanks for everything and go on supporting new ways of doing things online.

Thanks Bill - a thoughraly enjoyable module - keep it up!

Well done Bill, I can't say I've been in a more interesting, well organised module than CNDS (at this university).

Bill, I was massively impressed with the organisation, communication and resources availability that byou have incorporated into this module. It really helped the learning experience and allowed us to concentrate on the right areas rather than worry where to get information and study the wrong things. Thank You.

It's an area that i'm very interested in, so that may bias my opinion a little bit, but most probably the best and most relevant module i've done in the past 3 years!

Bill was regularly available for questioning on msn messenger which is a far more instant medium than email.

The CNDS module was perhaps the most enjoyable of the entire MM course. Certainly the best organised.

If every module was as well organised and supported as CNDS, learning would be far easier.

thanks to be a teacher, schools need more people interested by what they teach

As this was not particularly in my line of interest it was essential to have a dedicated lecturer to enthuse on the subject. I felt that all the time spent creating online quizzes, WAP access, email updates and MSN Q&A made all the difference to my understanding of the module!

Undoubtedly an excellent module, especially for those pursuing networking degrees, from the software engineering perspective I found it difficult, although appreciating the relevance and value of networking, to get as involved in the module as I would have liked. This may have been in part as a consequence of, apart from time constraints, having a prdetermined view that I only wanted to have a cursory knowledge or overview of networking and did not particularly appreciate having to explore deeper. As time went by however I began to appreciate that this was a somewhat jaundice and shortsighted view, as the module progressed I beagn to wish I had put more effort into it than I had, although learning much, I could have learned much more as every oportunity was extended to do so. That said, all credit to the module, even though for much of the time I was reluctant to apply myself, I find that I have still learned much and have broadened my perspective. Keep up the good work!

i would prefered if the assignment no 3 was 2 be handed in before xmas. i know that i could have done this bit i knew i could have time after xmas to do it. but i have really enjoyed this module the most this semester

The best module I had in semester one.

My only comment is that there was too much information to really learn anything at a level where you had a complete understanding of the topic, there were always sections that you had to miss out and hope they didn't come up in a test. If this was the only subject that had to be studied it would have been okay, but as we all have another 3 sometimes the amount of learning seemed a bit excessive. But overall this was a fantastic module but also the first module I didn't receive a merit for my tests due to the volume of data and the timescales.

I generally just dont feel this module fitted adequately into a software eng course. though relevant in some areas i could have benefited from a software angled approach on networking with topics on wireless security and mobile computing and mobile networking being large parts of the course as these are areas of concern in the software engineering areas. granted though someone has to write software to implement such networking, its just that that wont be me.

was a pleasure to do the module, really enjoyed the sleepless nights before deadlines - honest!

The fact that initially we were told that we won't have a course work and then a few weeks towards the end, we were suddenly told that we'd have it, put us under tremendious pressure.I would suggest that it would be good for student to know from the on set that they will or will not have a coursework or even tests for that matter.

As you've probably guessed by now, i only wish Bill could teach all of our modules as i couldn't fault him as a lecturer. He made learning fun, worthwhile and thus made it easier to learn the topics covered.

I enjoyed this module and found it to be very interesting. I also felt that the lectures were made more interesting and fun compared with some other modules. I also liked the way that we were assessed. However please see my comments above on the last assessment. -I would have preffered another test!

bill is the best lecturer in the uni, most interesting, best support, highest knowledge level

I found CNDS to be a very interesting module with excellent lectures and support provided. Possibly the most enjoyable module I have studied at Napier so far.

If every module I studied here at Napier was this interesting, well structured, managed and delivered, it would make getting my degree a pleasure.

I fet there was excellent support from Bill.He is the only Lecturer that keeps you updated through e-mail.I felt very secure Knowing that I could communicate with Bill through his website.His website is excellent. The only comment I would make is that it took a while to realise all resources were there for tests. The exams were a bit shocking! and not particularly well spread in terms of content .I don't Know if MMT students are ready to have trick multiple choice answers having little Knowledge of the subject compared to Network students.It certainly threw me! I was more at the stage of of identifying if something was right or wrong. I felt I needed to go back and get some real basic information on networks in order to understand the more complex stuff. Overall I thought the module would be excellent for other students other than MMT students, as it is too advanced for MMT. I would have expected to go into this much depth with web design instead.

Overall i enjoyed the the content, layout and way in which the course was taught. However, i would like to have seen more in the way of practical work with the opportunity to see and work with some pieces of network hardware, possible in tutorials

Other lecturers should observe this module and learn a few things. In the lectures the concepts were placed in an interesting way and there was always practical demonstrations including one with a live Wap phone which dialed up on the main screen to show how mobile networks worked.

There were many students on the module but you never felt that you couldnt ask a question from the lecturer. The MSN address is always there to ask a question at most times of the day.

the module was very difficult for me. I find network computing confusing at times. the class was intense but necessary. lectures were interesting and sometimes fun. the addition of some humour made the lesson go in a lot quicker as well as giving a slight wake up call when things turned a little mundane. there was help when I needed it pitched at my level and when I required an actual example, it was given to me. Therefore everything was covered that needed to be.

Help provided was an inspiration compared to some of the modules on our course.

So far it is the best module has ever been in. The continuous assessment is the good thing. At the end of the semester I bet that most of us will remember what was tough which is definitly not the case for the other modules. However try to change less the way students will be assess because most of us do not understand why we went from online tests to report. Finally, Bill Buchannan is very enthousiatic and is always there for us. This is the strongest point of the module ! Best of luck.

A well structured and interesting module to learn. All the exam details etc were well published on the web page and there were plenty of revision materials available.

An very well structured and interesting module, although I am not sure of the direct relevance of it to Multimedia. I am glad to have taken it though as I have learned a great deal and enjoyed the material.

Tests were too hard strugled to get more than 40% and made alot of silly mistakes in the written sections of both tests.

Good rounded module, one of the better ones I studied.

felt the module covered the networking aspects too deeply for a Multi Media course

At the start of the semester I did not think that I would do well in this module as it is not in my area of interest. Bill managed to make the information interesting and understandable and in doing so gave me the opportunity to gain interest and knowledge in this subject.

First class. Years ahead of the rest.

I would say that if it wasn't for the fact the Mr Buchanan is an excellent lecturer, i would of found this module alot harder. The help i recieved was outstanding and the response time of e.mails made all the difference.

Really interesting well supported module... Because of this I and many other student have developed a great respect for him as a teacher.

Personally I think that if all modules were organised as well as this, and as much support given for all modules then, I think I would have no problem getting an honours degree. The support from Bill and his team was exceptional.

This module is the best module I have ever took part in at Napier University. Thankfully, one lecturer is very organised!

Just near of the perfection... I'm french and in my university I never see so many elements to help students to success

My comments

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. It's not easy to actually know how well a module is going, so a survey such as this helps to see if there are any major problems. I've tried to be as fair to everyone as possible, but with over 450 students on the module I can never win. For some it is too easy, and to others it is too difficult. For some there is too much work, and to others there isn't enough. On balance I think we have done well this year. The marks seems to be spread well, and with a reasonable average.

- To be completed.

The successes this year were:

1. Usage of E-mail and WWW support. Score: 4.61
2. The provision of on-line material. Score: 4.60
3. Knowledge of Teaching Team. Score: 4.57
4. Comparison with other modules. Score: 4.33
5. On-line support for tests/courseworks. Score: 4.31
6. Help received from Teaching Staff. Score: 4.30
7. Quality of Teaching Pack. Score: 4.09
8. Quality of Lectures. Score: 4.08
8. Information received on tests/coursework. Score: 4.08
10. Overall assessment of module. Score: 4.03