National Student Survey

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This tutorial is based around responses to the National Student Survey. The raw data, originally from HEFCE is available as tab delimited file NSS_2014_FT.txt

SET07102 Software Development Assessment

<source lang='java> import java.util.*; import*; public class NSS { public String UKPRN; // A unique identifier for each institution public String institution; // The name of the institution public String subject; // The subject of the degree studied public String level; // You may ignore this field public int question; // Questions numbered 1-22 public int score; // Total of agree and definitely agree public int[] answered; // The percentage of students who responded // 0 - STRONGLY_DISAGREE to // 4 - STRONGLY_AGREE public int response; // Number of students who responded public int sample; // The number of students eligible to respond public boolean aggregate; // You may ignore this field

//Responses are coded in the answered array //For example answered[NSS.MOSTLY_AGREE] gives the number of students //Who responded AGREE to that question public static int DEFINITELY_DISAGREE = 0; public static int MOSTLY_DISAGREE = 1; public static int NEITHER = 2; public static int MOSTLY_AGREE = 3; public static int DEFINITELY_AGREE = 4; } </sorce> The questions asked in the survey are:

  • Q01 "Staff are good at explaining things",
  • Q02 "Staff have made the subject interesting",
  • Q03 "Staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching",
  • Q04 "The course is intellectually stimulating",
  • Q05 "The criteria used in marking have been clear in advance",
  • Q06 "Assessment arrangements and marking have been fair",
  • Q07 "Feedback on my work has been prompt",
  • Q08 "I have received detailed comments on my work",
  • Q09 "Feedback on my work has helped me clarify things I did not understand",
  • Q10 "I have received sufficient advice and support with my studies",
  • Q11 "I have been able to contact staff when I needed to",
  • Q12 "Good advice was available when I needed to make study choices",
  • Q13 "The timetable works efficiently as far as my activities are concerned",
  • Q14 "Any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively",
  • Q15 "The course is well organised and is running smoothly",
  • Q16 "The library resources and services are good enough for my needs",
  • Q17 "I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to",
  • Q18 "I have been able to access specialised equipment, facilities, or rooms when I needed to",
  • Q19 "The course has helped me to present myself with confidence",
  • Q20 "My communication skills have improved",
  • Q21 "As a result of the course, I feel confident in tackling unfamiliar problems",
  • Q22 "Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course"