Tom McDonald - British Columbia Institute of Technology

Professor: Tom McDonald
Department: Accounting
College: British Columbia Institute of Technology
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: FMGT3210
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Leaves blanks in his notes to give an illusion that his lectures provide value. That's all his lectures are good for.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: FMGT4210
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Another instructor at BCIT who's long due for retirement. He might have understood what he was teaching 10 years ago, but now he's just on auto pilot. Tries to pass off not caring about the class as some kind of a joke. Class requires you to self-teach. If you are someone who's not good at math, you will struggle in cost accounting.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: FMGT3210
  • Grade Received: D-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Reads off of slides and not very informative. Exam questions are way harder than practice questions.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: FMGT3210
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Truth be told, Tom McDonald is honestly a laid back instructor. He likes to finish class early if we finished covering the stuff to be covered. As for lectures, he gives out the notes, gives you time to figure out the calculations and asks if your okay with the calculations before he moves on. But you have to CAREFULLY listen to him and follow thro
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: FMG2711
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
His class is very easy- going. I hope his in-class lecture would be a little bit more clear. You have to spend a lot of time for weekly-assignments and final projects if you are a beginner of Sage50.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: FMG2711
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I very much enjoyed this class and Tom's instruction. He is a great instructor with extensive knowledge of the subject and has a refreshing sense of humour. It is expected that you study your textbook (as it should be) since there is quite a lot of material to cover in a very short time. I would definitely take another course from Tom if offered.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: FMGT2710
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Reads off slides and expects you to learn by yourself.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: FMGT3210
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Tom is a very caring person, however his teaching style in lecture / labs could use some work. Lectures consisted of him reading off word documents to fill in the blanks for notes packages. The textbook provided a better explanation of concepts. When asked a question in lecture he was often unable to answer on the spot.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: FMGT4210
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
To some extent, Tom is really hard to access after class. He did not update his office hour on his schedule. Besides, his lecture is so boring. Reading lecture notes and textbook was all he did during the lecture. Sometimes, he also get confused by some concepts as an instructor. Graham is much better than Tom.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ACCT2711
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Fantastic prof and just a really great person. He's really funny and although he needs to work on engaging his class a bit more I really enjoyed every second with him.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: FMGT4210
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The best prof I have ever had. He is the kindest person and really knows his stuff! He needs to engage his class more but I still loved his course!
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: FMGT4210
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Tom was by far the worst instructor I have ever had. I believe he has the knowledge to teach this course, however, he clearly lacks the ability to teach. He simply reads off the excel and notes packages with a monotone voice, and never engages the class once. I would strongly recommend reading the textbook and skip the class--complete waste of time
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: FMG2711
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Tom is a great instructor. I Have loved to take his course.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: FMGT2540
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He tends to teach poorly when addressing big groups, and does not know how to effectively use groups to teach. However, he is a good/caring prof who is nice and open to questions. And we see him at Muggs sometimes too which is always great.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: FMGT3210
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I really like Tom as a person; he is so nice & friendly & cheerful. He is so likable! However, his teaching could be a little better. I think his pace was fine, but he didn't explain concepts very well, and both his lectures & labs consisted of a lot of copying off the board. I think if he talked and explained more then I would understand more.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: FMGT3210
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I adore Tom. he is soo nice, so helpful, so funny and kind-hearted. He's adorable!! He listens to feedback, he makes sure he's not going too fast with material, he's amazing. superr nice.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: FMGT2711
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
i think he's fairly nice, he answered my questions well, and he was clear in his explanations and overall teaching. I enjoyed the class.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: FMGT1152
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
For the most part, not very helpful.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: FGMT1152
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
knows accounting, shouldn't be a teacher. always late for class. but is aware that his students aren't interested in accounting and is an easy marker.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: ACCT2711
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Below average. Significantly lacks knowledge of real accounting work - hear "I don't know" from him literally every class. Never replies to emails, even if important. One of the most easygoing ones you can find.
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