Dr Juri Karlovsek has taken over the course when I took it in semester 2 2022.
The good: He is very approachable, knowledgable if you approach with very specific questions
The Bad: He runs lecture time workshop style which unfortunately isn't very helpful. Most of the time is wasted in workshop activities like googling things and reading it out to each other on the microphone. Very little time (< 1hr per week out of 3 hours lecture time) is allocated to him going through lecture material. As a result, unless you do a lot of reading between class and tutorial time, you don't understand enough of the concepts to even attempt the tutorial questions.
Even if you complete all the tutorials (copy pasted worked examples from the assigned textbook), the final exam is copy pasted from a different textbook, which means the terminology and formulas presented in the final is different than what you have been using. There are very few worked examples unless you go through the textbook questions and buy a solutions manual or something in your own time. You get to bring in a double sided sheet of notes to the final, but don't worry, it won't help you at all.
Don't get lulled into a false sense of security by the midsemester exam - the mid semester is very straightforward compared to the nasty surprise of the final.
One of the easier engineering courses you will encounter in your degree. The course has plenty of material to study with, past papers with full solutions, similar exam style to mathematics courses where they recycle same questions so you know exactly what questions will be on the exam. Last but not least, Alex the lecturer is a beautiful German man, and every time he says "ya" it gives me hope for the future. 10/10 would take this course again if I could.
This course is the first soil mechanics course you'll do, and most people would consider this to be the easier course in 2nd year semester 2. The lecturers can be a bit daunting with the amount of information, but the studio/tutorial sessions sums up everything you need to know for the final very well. The lecturer Alex is perhaps one of the nicest people you'll ever meet, and is always open to extending deadlines if study load becomes too heavy.
Overall, a great course with the potential to do very well in.