I think this course deserves an update because for second/third year there's never any indication.
I took this in 2020 semester 1 (online).
It's not insanely difficult at least the first half but it progressively gets more challenging. The last two assignments are tough and the final exam was particularly difficult this semester compared to previously. This could be because of COVID in general all exams were slightly tougher but more so this course because it didn't even utilise any of the later concepts which meant wasted study. Just to add the questions were also tougher.
The lecturer for the second half of the course (Dr Travis Scrimshaw) is the worst professor I have ever come across at UQ so if you come across any unit taught by him simply pick another one. The first half was tough but definitely manageable and also interesting.
The second half comprised of a whole week 13 that at the end was revealed was non examinable and lecture notes that were straight copied from the textbook but were absolutely impossible to read.
I think if you had taken this course in the earlier years say 2015-2018 the finals were pretty easy honestly. 75% could be done without too much of an issue and with decent study. Definitely in 2018 even more but the last two years have shown the level of difficulty has increased.
I actually wish this semester had just been taught by Ramiro. Then the final might not seem so tragic but who knows. ALSO NO PAST EXAM SOLUTIONS WTF UQ.
Hopefully future students don't have to have Travis teaching this course because if you do my sympathies.
Overall not bad but toward the lower end of my experiences at UQ.
I found the course content quite challenging during the semester, however after revision you realise that it's not that bad. So I would suggest keeping on top of everything or you will have a heart attack during swotvac.
I wouldn't suggest going to lectures because you will be furiously writing down notes trying to keep up with the lecturer. It's not like math1051/1052/2001 where you have a workbook and fill in the spaces. In lectures there's no time to process anything that is being taught since you're trying to write everything down at the same time.
Tutorials are pretty useful for assignments and covering iffy concepts that were in lectures. It depends on the tutor though (there were two in my semester) because one tutor just went over assignment and lecture stuff when asked and let you do your own thing and but one would do a rehash of most concepts covered within that week and do examples of assignment questions.
The exam was easy compared to previous years. This could be due to a different course coordinator.
Also, there were worked tutorial sheet solutions for only a few questions on each sheet and these were released over swotvac but it was annoying how one tute sheet was released less than 24 hours before the final exam, however none of the content in that tute sheet was in the exam so yeah I can't really complain in hindsight.
Semester 1 - 2015
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
easy final and midsem (compared to other semesters)