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At the end of the course students were surveyed to obtain their response to several questions. With regard to the course objectives stated, the students were asked to assess their knowledge prior to and after taking the course, in the specific module on a score of 1 to 5, one being the least. Figure below shows how they evaluated the effect of the course on their understanding of the four course modules.

The data show that there was a significant improvement in their exposure to the four course modules. The difference between after and before is a measure of the value added by the new ID course, and correlated to the students' assessment of the instructor's teaching evaluation. In the same survey the students were also asked the question: "Did the course have a multi-disciplinary perspective?" The student responded on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 representing "very great extent" and 1 representing, "not at all". The average response was 4.3, suggesting that the students do perceive the course content as interdisciplinary.