A laboratory exercise worth 2 points, one written exam worth 2 points.
32 students, (3 D, 4 Dr, 1 F, 3 X, 14 IM, 7 SU)
The laboratory exercise results:
The laboratory exercise was performed in groups of two students and then presented both as a written report and a demonstration of the developed visualisation (of airflow over a wing).
The written exam was based on a few questions on terminology and theory and the rest on practical application of visualisation methods on various example data. The students were allowed to use the course book during the exam.
As made clear by the statistics above, the
IM students have not done very well on this course, as only half of them
have passed the exam and many of these just barely. The reasons for
this are not clear, but a likely reason may be insufficient prior knowledge.
The visualisation course requires an introductory computer graphics course
as prerequisite, but it seems that many of the IM students in fact have
not studied computer graphics before and the two-hour refresher was obviously
not sufficient. Furthermore, that VTK,
the chosen programming platform, was object-oriented appears to have confused
some of the students. Possibly some OOP course should also be included
as a prerequisite.
The alternative, to not require computer graphics and OO as prerequisites, seems unpalatable, as that would require spending time on matters unrelated to visualisation. Still, the IM students have limited time at their disposal and them taking courses in computer graphics has been considered as unfeasible, so if it is considered important for them to study visualisation, something should be done to give them a better chance to take part in the course.
One alternative would be to select some suitable text books for them and require that they read up on the matter on their own, but that wouldn't be really effective, as they would likely need guidance and help anyway. A short intensive course would perhaps be possible to arrange, but experience suggests that it would be non-effective unless the students were fairly into the subject anyway.
Apparently this is a difficult issue and will have to be discussed further before the next version of the course starts in January 2001.