Overall review, the course was alright, the assignments were easy and the exams were reasonably easy so long as you study in advance, the pre-lecture quizzes were sometimes a nuisance but I found surprisingly helpful.
Lectures: Sometimes are boring, but that's just the content of the course, if you aren't into logic or similar areas of maths you'll probably find the lectures boring, but not really something you want to miss (with exception for the occasional one)
Tutorials: Waste of time, I found they just went over the same content in the lectures, so if you have a question and can't find it online (including forums) go and ask the lecturer, but apart from that just miss it, and if you want to keep on top of things, do the tutorial sheet when it gets uploaded to blackboard.
Note: Textbook which is prescribed is not needed as all the info is supplied however, they do tell you to do readings on pages for HW, so if you're looking for a 7, pickup the textbook.
Math1061 is the easiest subject I have ever taken. The only way you could find it genuinely hard is if you don't have a mathematical brain at all and have to take it as part of your program. Seriously, most of the course is definitions and applying those mathematical definitions to well-rehearsed situations. Obviously, there's a massive downside to this - it's super boring. I love maths and it was really, really boring. My suggestion to anyone who grasps mathematical concepts rather easily is to not go to a single lecture and either watch the recordings at 1.5x speed, or complete the workbook without watching the lecture at all. Then you can actually enjoy whatever interesting mathematics is at play without the lethargy of sitting in a boring lecture. Don't get me wrong, the lecturer, Diane, is absolutely lovely and genuinely cares that everyone understands a concept and does well, but this care borders on high school-style or over-bearing parent. Although the occasional anecdote about her kids and the sort really endeared me to her, her frequent gaffs make lectures move slow. Love you, Diane, but speed it up please.
The course is largely unstructured, with only mid-sem and final exams and four assignments. The assignments range in difficulty from super easy to mildly challenging, and the exams are exactly as you would expect them to be from past papers. No surprises there. The tutorials were so boring and useless that it's inutility is trumped only by the contacts. They present more problems and work through them in the contact (from what I could tell) but no one goes. The tutorial (again, as far as I could gather) was largely just time to work on problems and assignments with a bit of guidance from the tutor. You probably won't need any help provided you keep up with the very slow pace of the lectures.
So overall, an easy subject that may bore you to death. I wouldn't recommend it as an elective to anyone unless they need to boost their GPA, but if you have to do it as part of your program, it's not a bad deal at all. If anyone's looking for an interesting first year maths subject to do as an elective, math1051 is definitely the way to go.
Semester 1 - 2014
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
Lecturer genuinely cares
Tutorials and contacts are a waste of time (and lectures too for that matter)