There were too many people on the course. I don't know how you achieve his, but there has to be some sort of matching of peoples abilities within each course. Basically, there have been two levels of excel ability, and the course has had to run at the lower level. Ian clearly knows his stuff, and was most useful when I got a moment or two with him, but some people in the class were getting stuck on the most rudimentary points
I found the pace slow for me but that could be due to me asking questions or there being more students than anticipated. I learnt a lot but not as much as I would have liked. Exercises were good but would have liked them to be more numbers based: see how I can apply my learning to e.g. an accountants database. The booklet seems good, haven't gone through it all yet. I am satisfied though shame we weren't able to finish it - hopefully we'll be able to have an additional few hours to cover the segment we couldn't do in class.
I really enjoyed the course both content and presentation. The time flu by without me noticing which for me was amazing. I tend to drift away after a couple of hours. Although, the content was harder to assimilate than I initially expected and for this reason I felt that one day is not enough to cover everything, at least for a beginner like me.