METR4201

METR4201

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By: Lachlan MacLean
Grade Achieved: 5
Overall Rating of Course Difficulty: 4/5 – Fairly Difficult
Most Relevant Content Came From:  Lectures, Tutorials, Contact Sessions
Lecturer: Ross McAree
How Good Was The Lecturer? 5/5 – Awesome Lecturer!
Semester Taken: Semester 1, 2014

In This Course:
– The lecturer does not just read off the slides.
BUT:
– Assignments/exams are not necessarily marked fairly.
– You can NOT do the whole course online.
– This course DOES NOT give ‘free’ or participation marks
– Staff will not give good assignment/exam hints.
– The textbook is actually necessary.
-This course HAS a final.

Overall Comment:

TL;DR: Interesting and challenging with a good lecturer, approach with care – hard final.

Ross honestly put in the most effort towards trying to make sure everyone knew the contact compared to any lecturer I have had so far.  In saying this he has very high expectations of everyone as a result.

The course is different for everyone, it is very conceptual and being able to see a problem for what it really is (if that makes sense) is a must.  The questions often seem very hard until you do them and then they seem easy, as a result DO NOT fall into the trap of thinking you know everything because you can do worked examples.  The final exam will likely bone you, I dropped from a high 7 to a low 5 in the exam, however I found the midsem easy (only because I was lucky enough to see the problem for what it was immediately).