This course is rewarding when you put in the effort it need and the content is very interesting and pracitcal. Recently (2021) the course has been undergoing a content overhaul when Alina became the course coordinator. It is my understanding that it is now far more enjoyable, as it was in my experience.
The course is broken up into 3 sections with roughly an even amount of time allocated to each. Signals and Systems is taught in the first 8 weeks and focuses on the specifics of analogue to digital and then back again, including topics such as filtering, windowing, digital convolution. This content is taught well by Alina and Michael and the two 20% assignments are written such that with reasonable effort you can get full marks.
The last section of the course is Control, taught in my semester by Azin. Doing METR4201 simulataneously leaves a lot to be desired by this section. The content is fairly simplistic comparatively but if you arent doing METR4201 you will find it challenging. It is also taught very quickly going from classical control (laplace domain) into modern control (state space) then finally into digital state space control. For this section the assignment was straight forward and required half the effort compared to the 2 previous ones. However, the assignment was written in a very vague way that required dozens of ED discussion posts to clarify how they wanted the task to be solved.
My biggest gripe with this course is that the marking rubbrics for the 60% worth of assignments was not available until grades were released.
Overall, one of my favourite courses taken so far.
This course is very abstract and it is run in a way that will be unfamiliar to a lot of students. The lecturer is eccentric, but wants you all to do well. The fortnightly assignments can be easy marks if you put in an effort. There are also optional labs that you get bonus attendance marks for. One of them you make a magnet levitate, it's pretty good. The assignment and exam questions are very conceptually driven, which many find hard. Ultimately it has an incredibly low fail rate, and is an easy course to get a 6 or 7 in if you put in the effort.
Semester 1 - 2015
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Lectures are often run by tutors. They are less knowledgeable but you get things explained different ways.
Is the textbook necessary?
Yes (lots of PDFs online)
Very easy mathematically
Bonus marks from labs
Interesting content if you don't stress too much about assessment
Questions require thinking outside the box
How bonus marks quantitatively affect grade is not transparent
Lets just start this by saying that Surya is really different. What other reviews say is correct, in that Surya gives a very American education. I've been to MIT and studied in Canada, and Surya teaches exactly as they do over there. They spew information and to keep up you have to spend 100% of your waking hours studying just to keep up, and you always feel dumb and have no idea what's going on. It would be nice if Surya could overcome this, but I can tell he never will.
Surya's dedication to this course is amazing though. He has MADE a separate website to submit assignments, and it's god damn fantastic. LaTeX is great to submit assignments in, and the whole marking system of Platypus is better than Blackboard, and the transparency is great.
On the final, it isn't predictable at all, and you will have no idea what's going to happen. This good news is that you can just bumble around and spew all your knowledge and buzzwords, and you'll get good marks.
The best way to do well in this course is to try really hard in the 5 assignments. If you do well in these, you'll have pretty much guaranteed yourself a 5 or higher.
The course content is very interesting, however you feel confused throughout the semester. The tutors are really helpful in learning the course content for the week. The assignments are done using Platypus - an online submit system that using LaTex to write equations. LaTex most of the time doesn't work or deletes your work. In addition, there is a complete box that must be ticked everytime you submit an answer or else it is not submitted. I forgot to check the completed boxes and thus lost 15% of the marks.
Overall, the course is well structured, it is just handy if you know transfer functions and Laplace Transforms. Also, google and the textbook are your greatest resources in this course for understanding the content
This course is both easy and hard. If that makes sense. Make sure you are roughly familiar with transfer functions, laplace transforms. The course co-ordinator, Surya Singh, is super involved, and makes the lectures funny nd generally enjoyable. The assignments are done using an online non-blackboard system. Which, you will have to learn to use. The assignments will make you learn to write in LaTeX (math text-edit language). And make sure you keep backups since it may delete your work.
The content however while being somewhat structured, can easily get confusing and difficult. But with the help of Google and the textbook, it's all all made much easier.
Semester 1 - 2014
Bachelor of Engineering
Surya Singh is fantastic
Assignments are made easier with Google
Some content is difficult to understand.
The weekly tutor run lecture is a hit or miss.
You feel confused in general throughout the semester.