I took this course in Semester 1 2021 (not an option). This course was very interesting, first starting with high school physics resistors, working our way to AC circuits then more complex ideas of op-amps and filters.
Our lecturer was Phil Terrill, and he was really great on explaining the concepts. If you had any questions, he would stay back after the lecture to help out as well.
The thing that will really get you through the course are the practicals. The pracs are really 60% doing algebra to theoretically determine how a circuit should function, and 40% actually doing experimental work. However, this was really great as it gave me the time to practice what I had learnt in the lectures, and prepare me well for the weekly quizzes, midsem and final exam.
The tutors I had in the pracs were brilliant, and could answer even the most obscure questions I had. The tutors were also great at answering questions online on edstem, which was great in time for the final exam.
In terms of assessment, the weekly quizzes should be an easy 20% in the bag as you can just do the practice quizzes, which are almost copies of the actual quiz, and know how to get 100% for each weekly quiz (you get 3 attempts in case you mess up). The midsemester exam was probably the hardest piece of assessment, but if you practice your circuits, and especially take the time to do practice papers on blackboard, it makes your life easier. The filter report was quite an easy piece of assessment, especially as all the formatting had been done for you. The final exam was just a re-arrangment of past exams, so nothing too hard if you just do maybe 4-5 past papers, this subject can be quite an easy 7.
ENGG1300 is perhaps one of the more easier courses offered in the electrical engineering faculty. You start the semester learning basic DC circuit analysis, then into AC, then power systems, operational amplifiers and finishing up with control system. All of which is centered entirely around maths and hence ENGG1300 is likened to a maths course as opposed to an engineering course. By the end of the course, you would appreciate the value of Euler's formula in AC analysis and would've exhausted almost all your highschool math knowledge in solving all the various circuits. Yes, complex numbers aren't actually useless after all!
The pracs are largely spent analysing circuits, and with that actually building small circuits and playing with the multi-meter and oscilloscope. The pracs are a must as this is where you actually go through worked examples and do pay attention to the circuit building and oscilloscope sessions because it is tested (an easy 10%).
As for the lecturer, Peter O'Shea is an excellent from all angles. In explaining content he does so with enthusiasm (a rarity in the engineering department) and actually walks around the lecture theatre asking students if they were alright, when setting a class activity. In actually fact he makes electrical engineering appear so easy that when you actually sit down to attempt a question on your own, you would wish peter O'shea was sitting beside you. He also started a new genre of music, electrical rap, which he proudly demonstrated in a lecture, in addition to a gameshow, titled "Who wants to be an electrical engineer?"
It is an easy course, that is if you have a solid understanding in maths. It does specify that MATH B is required as a pre-requisite, though I would strongly recommend not taking this course if haven't done MATH C or MATH1050 previously, because you will have difficulty with complex numbers. Otherwise if you want an easy 7 in engineering, look no further.
Semester 1 - 2015
Is lecture attendance necessary?
No - Can watch online and survive
Is the textbook necessary?
No - Don\'t bother (plenty of copies in library if needed)
Seemed to be a well run subject in the past.
However, this year there was one change.
The course co-ordinatoor.
A/Prof Vaughan Clarkson is his name.
Although, I never met him personally, and I am sure he is a great guy.
His sudden changes were not appreciated.
First, saying the past mid-sems are a good guide, then changing alot of the exam, not cool. but no biggie.
However, going from Open Book exams with any calculator to Closed Book with restricted calculators really pushed it. Not only, was his content in lecture fully useless, honestly learnt nothing in lectures.
Had to go to L02 so Peter O'Shea could teach it. He actually made the class work during lectures which was appreciated. To show the difference, there was a case where Vaughan was away from the lecture and Peter O'Shea took the lecture instead. At the end of the lecture, every student stood up and applauded him.
I was there for that, it just happened, what an honour for him.
So, Thank you Peter. Vaughan. I dunno, maybe lecturing ENGG1300 isn't for everyone.
Course Evaluations did reflect that from everyone.
2 x 2 hour pracs are useful but only certain people stayed the full time.
Alot of people left after the first hour, or did not show at all.