My experience in this course was too good for me not to write a review.
The course content is very well organised, with ALL the core content you're required to learn being in the course workbook.
As for the course staff, I couldn't have asked for more competent teachers. Both Dr Sam Hambleton and Dr Poh Wah Hillock were incredible. They both have distinct teaching styles and personally I found both of them equally as valid and effective. Sam is very by-the-book when it comes to lecturing, taking the time to explain every line, line by line. Poh's style is more vibrant and energetic. I know lots of people appreciated Poh's regular use of examples and visual representations of the workbook's content.
How to do well:
1. Show up. Most people don't show up to lectures or any of the countless help sessions available every week and then complain that they're not doing well. Coming to the lectures each week allows you to meet your lecturers (if you want) and, importantly, meet other people taking the course. Instead of hoping that you'll manage the motivation/discipline to watch the lecture recording, show up, ask questions and get involved - doing this alone, with around 5 or so extra hours of work per week is easily enough to get a 7 in this course.
2. You're not 'too good' for the help sessions/SLTs/consultations. The number of people, again, who blow off the help sessions as being for people who are weaker with the course material are wrong. Almost all of the people who showed up the HELP sessions performed very well in the course (6/7s). So if you don't have a clash, show up to the HELP sessions - the SLTs are particularly useful. In the SLTs, you typically go through past paper questions, in which Poh further explains the core content more in depth, with additional examples. These are also a great place to get to know people in the course as they are smaller groups.
3. Get into a weekly routine of completing the relevant practice resources for that week. For example, let's say you've just finished your first week of Vectors. Complete the applicable Vector Practice Quizzes, Workshop sheets and past paper questions. Boom! That's it. You're done for the week. Do this every week and you will very likely get a 7.
As a final, general note, if you're worried about not being mathematically competent enough to take this course, whether it's because you think you 'suck at maths' or because you're out of practice, don't be. Simply show up, build relationships with your lecturers, tutors and peers and you'll be fine. There is more than enough help available - make use of it.
Semester 2 - 2021
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
Yes - the workbook serves as a summary of all core course content.
Personally I found this course pretty straight forward with a great structure overall. The bound lecture notes ($15.50) were really helpful when following the working done throughout the lectures. Weekly assessable tutorial quizzes were also helpful, even though they weren't worth much they encouraged students to attend tutorials - hence stay somewhat up to date with the content. The lecture materials uploaded online were very concise including the standard recordings plus downloadable completed lecture notes with the lecturers annotations and a brief summary of each chapter being covered. Assignments were given with ample time to complete and marks were generally received a week afterwards. The final exam required plenty of study/preparation as the first half (part A) required a total of 80% (20 of 25 marks) to pass. This means cramming would not be suggested as quite a large amount of content (chapters 3 - 9) was covered. Another positive was that the content covered in the mid semester exam (chapters 1-3) wasn't included in the final.