This course is very abstract and it is run in a way that will be unfamiliar to a lot of students. The lecturer is eccentric, but wants you all to do well. The fortnightly assignments can be easy marks if you put in an effort. There are also optional labs that you get bonus attendance marks for. One of them you make a magnet levitate, it's pretty good. The assignment and exam questions are very conceptually driven, which many find hard. Ultimately it has an incredibly low fail rate, and is an easy course to get a 6 or 7 in if you put in the effort.
Semester 1 - 2015
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Lectures are often run by tutors. They are less knowledgeable but you get things explained different ways.
Is the textbook necessary?
Yes (lots of PDFs online)
Very easy mathematically
Bonus marks from labs
Interesting content if you don't stress too much about assessment
Questions require thinking outside the box
How bonus marks quantitatively affect grade is not transparent
Lets just start this by saying that Surya is really different. What other reviews say is correct, in that Surya gives a very American education. I've been to MIT and studied in Canada, and Surya teaches exactly as they do over there. They spew information and to keep up you have to spend 100% of your waking hours studying just to keep up, and you always feel dumb and have no idea what's going on. It would be nice if Surya could overcome this, but I can tell he never will.
Surya's dedication to this course is amazing though. He has MADE a separate website to submit assignments, and it's god damn fantastic. LaTeX is great to submit assignments in, and the whole marking system of Platypus is better than Blackboard, and the transparency is great.
On the final, it isn't predictable at all, and you will have no idea what's going to happen. This good news is that you can just bumble around and spew all your knowledge and buzzwords, and you'll get good marks.
The best way to do well in this course is to try really hard in the 5 assignments. If you do well in these, you'll have pretty much guaranteed yourself a 5 or higher.
The course content is very interesting, however you feel confused throughout the semester. The tutors are really helpful in learning the course content for the week. The assignments are done using Platypus - an online submit system that using LaTex to write equations. LaTex most of the time doesn't work or deletes your work. In addition, there is a complete box that must be ticked everytime you submit an answer or else it is not submitted. I forgot to check the completed boxes and thus lost 15% of the marks.
Overall, the course is well structured, it is just handy if you know transfer functions and Laplace Transforms. Also, google and the textbook are your greatest resources in this course for understanding the content
This course is both easy and hard. If that makes sense. Make sure you are roughly familiar with transfer functions, laplace transforms. The course co-ordinator, Surya Singh, is super involved, and makes the lectures funny nd generally enjoyable. The assignments are done using an online non-blackboard system. Which, you will have to learn to use. The assignments will make you learn to write in LaTeX (math text-edit language). And make sure you keep backups since it may delete your work.
The content however while being somewhat structured, can easily get confusing and difficult. But with the help of Google and the textbook, it's all all made much easier.
Semester 1 - 2014
Bachelor of Engineering
Surya Singh is fantastic
Assignments are made easier with Google
Some content is difficult to understand.
The weekly tutor run lecture is a hit or miss.
You feel confused in general throughout the semester.