This is a pretty good mechanical engineering course, and probably one of the easier mech courses in 3rd year.
Heat Transfer isn't lectured very well, mostly because of the lecture slides. It's a bunch of equations and pictures with not enough examples. You have to learn from the tutorials more so than the lectures. It's all taken from the textbook so I found I was better off getting the textbook and just reading the chapters than watching lectures, as the textbook explains everything much more in depth.
Thermodyanmics is taught well, with a fair few examples. The power cycles at the end of the course are a little difficult as there are so many to remember. Combustion is taught very briefly so you don't walk away from the course thinking you have learnt much about it.
Teaching staff are really friendly. Practicals are good. There's a fair few quizzes but overall they are not too bad. Good, interesting course.
Semester 1 - 2016
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
Yes - it helps heaps for Heat Transfer
Fun, interesting content, not too difficult
Tutorials help with learning
Friendly course staff
Heat Transfer is better off being taught through textbook
3400 is an exemplary mech course, it's well set out the lectures are well delivered and the exams aren't overly hard. Don't be afraid to learn from the tut solutions, there's basically no other way. It ends up being a kind of anatomy of thermo questions, there are like 6 different regimes to learn all in somewhat shallow depth but hey it's heat transfer. The thermo side is covered in classic engineering style, if you actually want to understand thermo go and do PHYS2020. The thermo in this course has a focus on solving questions which is fine but it doesn't give a really good understanding of entropy and friends.