This course, as every other Electronics course can be easy if you prepare for them. If you're not familiar with the revision work covered in the first week then you'll have a lot of problems throughout the course. Everything covered in the course is linked and you have to apply everything from first week. Its absolutely crucial that you know KCL, KVL, thevenin/norton, etc. If not then get onto it fast. The mini-assignments are quite easy and straight forward, however time consuming. But if you're having problems with the fundamentals then you won't enjoy the assignments.
The practicals were good, mainly because of the tutors. Absolutely amazing tutors. They explain everything really well, and give you practical examples. The solar PV practical is really chill and informative, don't stress it. Also something that I recommend. Try to figure out the MOST efficient and time-effective manner to do questions that come up in the assignments. The midsem/final exams require VERY GOOD time management, which is why I had trouble getting above a 5. Knowing how to do the questions isnt enough.
To give you a quick rundown on what you need to achieve an easy 5 or higher:
1) know the first weeks content like the back of your hand
2) GO to SAHAS lectures. He explains concepts and the fastest possible way to get to solutions. His methods are very effective.
3) krause has good methods as well, however I personally found faster methods from an electrical engineering book that worked for me. Keep in mind that there are multiple ways to do the questions. Figure out the ways that work for you.
4)after you did the questions, always ask yourself: "how could i do this faster?"
As a side note. The book I used was by Louis Nashelsky
Good luck and dont stress it
Semester 1 - 2016
Electrical and Biomedical Engineering
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Theres one good tutor holding things together and the pracs arent bad, Saha is great but krause wont put the due date on the assignments, its really not clear when the weekly assignments are due. The tutorials are the most painful thing, effectively compulsory if you want 5% of the course, sit in a room for two hours while a tutor sometimes puts up a question or solution every half an hour.
Semester 1 - 2014
While the actual course content is quite interesting, the structure and running of the course was quite poor. The single 2 hour lecture (from 4-6 on a wednesday) is just a general bad idea - there's no break during it and its pretty much impossible to be completely focused for the entirety of it. The first half of the course with Saha didn't teach anything new, it was ENGG1300 under a different light. Saha would also do all the examples and working out on the tiny whiteboards in a huge lecture theatre, you could really only see it if you were in the first few rows.
The pracs for this half were completely opposite, the content was entirely new and foreign and it didn't feel like it was taught at all - you sort of just stumbled through it during the session. Prework for it wasn't made known before the labs and only one tutor seemed to understand my questions and answer accordingly. There were more good tutors in the tutorials though, so I probably just chose a bad prac.
The second half of the course was interesting - transistors, diodes and the like. Krause would actually do the examples and working on the projector too, and his examples were helpful. However the textbook was still a much better resource for actually learning the content and examples - the lecture slides were mostly just pictures from the textbook and equations. The pracs for this half were soldering and had a little amplifier project which was a lot of fun, but again I only found one tutor that was helpful during the final testing practical.
The blackboard organisation was poor as well, it was just generally unorganized and marks for the assignments/tutorials and pracs were last updated 30/4, with the marks from 2 assignments. There have been 7. Krause had the lecture slides up before the lectures which was very useful, but often he changed them before the lecture - in fact the slides posted under "2014 slides" were just copied from "2013 slides" most of the time.
The solar PV demo was really interesting though, and the lecturer who ran that explained everything really well and interacted with the students. He was great.
You can enjoy this course more by skipping and lectures and just reading the textbook during that 2 hour block. Just don't expect to get your marks back or any feedback. The good tutors are your best resource.
Semester 1 - 2014
ELEC2003 is a very poor course, and here is why:
Learning Materials: The lecturers put the lecture slides on the internet. And there is a textbook. This is pretty much it. You gain more from reading the textbook, than attending the lectures. There are also tutorial sheets if you REALLY can stand to look at drawings of lines for more than 5 minutes before your head explodes. So you get a very limited amount of learning materials.
Learning Activities: There is one 2 hour lecture that finishes at 6pm. Nobody can pay attention for 2 hours straight, and there isn't even a break. And it makes me miss dinner. 1/10 would not recommend. The tutorials? One 2 hour tutorial each week, and guess what, mine starts at 8am, on the same day as the lecture. Drawing it out from 8am, to 6pm. Kill me now. Again, nobody can work for 2 hours straight. Especially if it's something as boring as circuit analysis. We do get a cool project though, however the long arduous labs aren't particularly interesting either.
Blackboard Management: TERRIBLE. It's week 13, and there have only been 8 announcements on blackboard. The average amount of words per announcement is around 15, and usually only to fix mistakes on assignments, or tell us that assignments have been marked, and are now available to be (very inconveniently) picked up. The amount of effort that has gone into Blackboard is really bad. REALLY bad.
Course Content: The course content is dirt boring. But it's a compulsory subject, and essential knowledge for electrical engineering, and I appreciate this, so I'm marking it half decently.
Course Structure: There does seem to be structure evident. You never know what assignments are due, or when, but the layout of the course is easy to grasp. Mostly because you simply don't do anything cool, and the course is very simple, but admittedly, I know what I'm doing.
Contact Availability: Both these lecturers are dodgy, and very hard to get a hold of. My 4 week old email still has no reply, and it's about my marks not being recorded. I've sorted it out with tutors, but the course co-ordinator has been zero help. Just bad.
This course is bad, and needs a complete overhaul. If it wasn't compulsory, nobody in their right mind would undertake it.
Semester 1 - 2014
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Physics
Honestly just a poorly run course. Administration for this course was extremely poorly managed with marks not regularly being updated. No reminders on assessment being due other than word of mouth or if you checked the assignments folder the due date might be in the title of the document if you're lucky. Very little other communication on the details of our project. The teaching style was not personally best for me and I know a fair number of others who agree that a single 2 hour lecture with no break in the middle is not the best way for effectively communicating course material as most people do not have an attention span this long.
The lecture slides were somewhat useful but were mainly figures and paragraphs taken straight from the textbook in a different order which came across as more difficult to understand compared to the textbook itself. The tutors and the textbook are the only bastions of hope for partaking in this course as it currently is. As far as courses go this course does not come close to the standard of other courses within the engineering department that I have taken.
Semester 1 - 2014