Sweet jesus this guy is bad. I didn't think it was possible for a lecturer to be detrimental to the course content. He routinely puts in zero effort to all course content he teaches, not making an effort to fix mistakes or fix his writing tool during the online lectures, instead opting to "just explain" which works wonders for those who didn't watch the lecture. If you can avoid this guy, do it.
Ian Wood is by far the most useless lecturer I have encountered at UQ.
He is an impressive example of how little work a lecturer can do and still maintain paid employment. Ian decided to "teach" an entire semester of STAT2201 by giving no lectures of his own, and instead directly referring the students to the previous year's lecture slides. There was zero contribution from Ian to any of the material, and to make matters worse, he changed the final exam format to his own tastes without providing or updating any teaching/learning content to cover the changes in the exam. Zero video tutorials, zero sample exam reviews, students went the entire COVID semester without ever even seeing Ian's face.
When consulted about errors in assignment marking and given quantitative numerical evidence on errors, he would ignore them and say the mark would remain unchanged. Marking was done entirely by his PhD student, not by him, maintaining his zero-contribution status.
Emails were never replied to over the whole semester, and then strangely a day before the final exam, he must have answered them all - incredibly poorly as expected. This showed that he was receiving emails but ignoring them entirely. It would have been smarter to not reply at all and pretend he never received them, but clearly Ian doesn't make up for his laziness with intelligence.
As the icing on the cake, Ian Wood didn't allow for a SeCAT teaching evaluation to be completed for his course. I was under the impression these were mandatory as every other subject I've undertaken has offered one - but UQ seems to have made course evaluations optional - and obviously Ian Wood didn't want his abysmal teaching made public knowledge.
I'm writing this review so there may be some documentation of what can only be described as blatant theft of students' tuition fee money ($1200+ per domestic student, far greater for international) by both UQ and Ian Wood.
Next time it would be great if UQ could hire someone who did literally ANYTHING, this would be an improvement over Ian Wood.
Which course did you take? (e.g. MGTS1301)
No positive points
ZERO contribution to teaching
Directly opied/pasted previous year lecturer's work
Dr Ian Wood is the most knowledgeable and helpful lecturer I have ever met, because
- He makes the lecture so much more interesting
- He knows almost anything regarding the topics that he cover.
- He really wants his students to learn and grow
- Students can reach out to him at any hours during the day, and he is always willing to help.
Glad that he teaches one of the most important topics of Data Science course.
UQ needs more lecturers like him.
Dr Ian Wood is the best Lecturer I have ever come across.
1. He is extremely helpful - he sits with students even after lecture / prac hours to make students understand. Students can visit his cabin at any time for doubts - he is ready to help anytime
2. Highly knowledgeable. He knows almost everything in his field of lecture.
3. He makes lectures very interesting.