I found 'Traffic' to be a very enjoyable course which contained several practical aspects. All of the marks come from 5x6% assignments which are due approximately every fortnight and 65% final exam. There is also a 5% participation mark which is awarded depending on how many lectures and tutorials you attend. This mark is recorded using clicker questions, fortunately its based on participation not accuracy. The first two assignments are relatively straight forward, however a sound knowledge is crucial to achieve an accurate assignments without spend numerous hours completing it. The next 2 assignments require the use of SIDRA which is a computer program that is actually used by professional engineers. The program takes a while to understand an it is taught very poorly in class. If you work in groups you can accelerate the time it takes to complete these assignments. Unfortunately if you make 1 small mistake when using the program, it may greatly effect your SIDRA and you will not be compensated for when marking. The 5th assignment is by far the easiest, ironically it is also the module that is taught the worst.
The final exam is very doable if you attend lectures and tutorials as the content is easy and is easy to grasp and maintain in your memory. Unfortunately, the exam is hard to cramm for if you have not attended lectures as doing past exams will not help you learn the course and the final exam will be different from the practice/past exams.
Semester 1 - 2013
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Yes. There is 5% participation mark for Lecture & Tutorial attendance
Is the textbook necessary?
Interesting concepts that changes your view about the roads you drive on every day
Assignments are easy if completed in groups
Content is relatively easy to follow for practically minded students
2 Assignments require computer program know which is poorly taught