The course was okay overall, it started off pretty easy but picked up REALLY suddenly and it can be easy to fall behind. the video assignment was very very easy and everyone that i spoke to did surprisingly well. the quizzes are self paced with multiple attempts too which is a bonus. This was the first year that they decided to include a mid semester exam which was good in some ways because it was easier than expected but really backfired in others. I found that as the semester went on and exams and assignments were constantly coming through, I did not have the time to get help and really understand the harder topics towards the end of semester, so I looked at the past papers to see how much those topics are generally assessed. When i did the past papers there did not seem to be too many questions on the later topics so I thought i would get through it without knowing them too well but I was unaware at the time that they did not have mid semester exams previously so the content was much more spread out on the previous final exams. In the final exam this semester unfortunately almost all of the content assessed the harder topics and from what i gathered a LOT of people felt that they didn't do well.
As someone who's wanted to know about chemistry for ages, I really enjoyed this course. I was worried that there would be way too much information smooshed into it and that it would be really demanding but overall it was a fairly easy course. The pace starts off slow (which was great because you are a bit screwed if you don't get the fundamental concepts) and then really picks up and just keeps on going.
PASS was a freaking godsend. I even went twice a week sometimes. The lectures are all fairly theoretical and it's easy to tell yourself you understand the content without actually understanding it. As far as I'm concerned the lectures were just prep for the PASS worksheets which is where the concepts taught in lectures were actually applied in an examinable format. The biweekly online tests also went a way to making sure you could apply the taught knowledge but I don't even want to imagine having to struggle through them without prepping for them in PASS.
If there's one thing that was a letdown in this course it was the textbook. I don't think I opened it more than twice. The practice problems it provided had a really clunky layout and were inferior to PASS sheet questions anyway. As far as background reading goes it was fine but there are so many online youtube videos that explain the content much more excitingly that I ended up just using them for my prereadings. (crashcourse chemistry on youtube was just as much of a godsend as PASS).
I'd have to say that this was probably my favourite course this semester, but that might just be because I'm a little bit in love with chemistry. But it also had a really clear structure, some very engaging lecturers, and enjoyable study problems so you decide.