Computer News No. 119  Jan.-Feb. 2006

Training News

The following are the training courses arranged by the Computer Center till April 2006 to help our staff and students learn how to use the various software and services.  Most courses are open to HKU staff and students free of charge.  Some courses are provided by a course vendor and a fee is charged for these courses (e.g. the Microsoft Office series and other PC software). Click on the course number to see the description of each course.

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Course Schedule

Note: RR = Run Run Shaw Building    
 

Courses on Statistics Software
Introduction to SPSS for Windows 8 Mar, 2006 9:30am - 12:30pm RR-201
Introduction to SPSS for Windows 12 Apr, 2006 9:30am - 12:30pm RR-201

Courses on Web Page Browsing and Authoring
Using CGI Programs in Web Pages 1 Mar, 2006 9:30am -12:30pm RR-201
Web Page Editing with FrontPage 15 Mar, 2006 9:30am -12:30pm RR-201
Web Page Editing with FrontPage 19 Apr, 2006 9:30am -12:30pm RR-201
Using CGI Programs in Web Pages 26 Apr, 2006 9:30am -12:30pm RR-201


Courses on Parallel Programming
Parallel Programming with Workshop 28 Apr, 2006 2:30pm-5:30pm RR-201

Courses on Unix System and Applications

Introduction to PV-WAVE 22 Mar, 2006 2:30pm-5:30pm RR-201
Using PV-WAVE in 2D Visualization 29 Mar, 2006 2:30pm-5:30pm RR-201

Courses provided by course vendors on PC software

Dreamweaver MX 2004
HK$500
6, 7 Mar, 2006 9:30am - 4:30pm RR-201
Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 - Introduction
$250
20 Mar, 2006 9:30am - 4:30pm RR-201
Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 - Advanced
HK$250
21 Mar, 2006 9:30am - 4:30pm RR-201
Introduction to Flash MX 2004
HK$500
22, 24, 29, 31 Mar, 2006 6:30pm - 9:30pm RR-201
Microsoft Access 2003 - Introduction
HK$500
27, 28 Mar, 2006 9:30am - 4:30pm RR-201
Microsoft Access 2003 - Advanced
HK$500
10, 11 Apr, 2006 9:30am - 4:30pm RR-201
Microsoft Excel 2003 - Advanced
HK$500
24, 25 Apr, 2006 9:30am - 4:30pm RR-201

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Users can apply on-line for attending these courses through the web by visiting HKU Portal (http://hkuportal.hku.hk)  => Services tab => Workshop and Courses (under Computer Centre Services)

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Course Descriptions


Courses on Statistics Software

 

Introduction to SPSS for Windows

This is a course on the SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Science) for Windows PC. Users will learn how to read the input data as well as to perform some simple statistical analysis. Contents include:

1. SPSS for Windows - SPSS Modules, Getting Help
2. Getting Started, SPSS Manager, Creating and Editing Chart
3. Statistical Analysis with Dialog Box Interface
4. Data Files
5. Data Editor
6. Working with Output
7. Working with Command Syntax
8. Data Transformations
9. File Handling and File Transformations
10. Some Statistical Procedures
11. Utilities
12. Production Facility

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Courses on Web Page Browsing and Authoring


Web Page Editing with FrontPage

This is a 3-hour course workshop on HTML Editing using Microsoft FrontPage. In this workshop, students would be doing the following exercises:

Exercise 1

- Create a document, try colors, fonts, bullets lists etc.

Exercise 2

- Create targets and hyperlinks

Exercise 3

- Create a table

Exercise 4

- Using image files in your document

Exercise 5

- Uploading your document to the server

Pre-requisite: Attendants must have the HKUSUA computer account.

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Using CGI Programs in Web Pages

This is a 3-hour course on using CGI programs in Web Pages. Contents include:

Exercise 1 - Running CGI program on the web server
Exercise 2 - Imbedding CGI programs in a web form
Exercise 3 - Putting a counter in a homepage
Exercise 4 - Putting a guestbook in a homepage

Pre-requisite: Basic HTML editing knowledge.

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Courses on Parallel Programming


Parallel Programming with workshop

This course is suitable for researchers and their assistants who need to run programs with very long execution time. By parallelizing and executing the program in a computer cluster environment, the execution time may be reduced significantly, for example, from 2 days to 2 hours. Students must have programming experience in either C or Fortran.

The course is designed for our HKUHPCC Linux environment which consists of a PC-cluster of 356 CPUs (178 nodes of dual CPU architecture).  For technical details on HKUHPCC cluster, please refer to: http://www.its.hku.hk/ccsystem/hkuhpcc.

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Courses on Unix System and Applications

 

Introduction to PV-WAVE

PV-WAVE is a software that provides an integrated comprehensive visual data analysis environment to analyze/present scientific data in various graphical formats.  The software is currently available on the Linux and Microsoft Windows platform, and is supplied by Visual Numerics, the company that also supplies the well-known scientific library IMSL (International Mathematical and Statistical Libraries).

In this first introductory seminar, the capability and fundamental concept of the software will be highlighted.  File input and output, together with simple 2-D visualization will then be discussed.

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Using PV-WAVE in 2D visualization

PV-WAVE is a software that provides an integrated comprehensive visual data analysis environment to analyze/present scientific data in various graphical formats.  The software is currently available on the Linux and Microsoft Windows platform, and is supplied by Visual Numerics, the company that also supplies the well-known scientific library IMSL (International Mathematical and Statistical Libraries).

In the second seminar, 2-D visualization will be further discussed, followed by an overview on 3-D visualization.  Other topics including animated picture show and programming within PV-WAVE will also be discussed.

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 Courses provided by course vendors on PC software course (fee required)
 

Adobe Photoshop CS2 - Introduction ($500)

This is a 2-day course on using the Adobe Photoshop CS, a software for create, edit, and retouch digital images.

Course outline:

1. Introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS
2. Photoshop CS Interface
3. The Toolbox
4. Palettes
5. Layers
6. Color
7. Artwork
8. Image Manipulation
9. Type
10. Printing
11. Transformation
12. Masks
13. Easy Filter

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Dreamweaver MX 2004 ($500)

In this 2-day workshop, participants will learn how to design and create a web site, text editing, creating hyperlinks, using forms to collect data and other site management skills.

1. Overview of Dreamweaver MX 2004
2. Workflow for Creating Web Site
3. Exploring the Workspace
4. Creating and Opening Documents
5. Laying Out Page
6. Formatting Text
7. Using Cascading Style Sheet
8. Inserting Images
9. Hyperlinks and Navigation
10. Tables
11. Add Multimedia and Interactive Elements
12. Frames
13. Layers
14. Forms

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Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 - Introduction ($250)

The course outline of this 1-day workshop includes:

1. PowerPoint 2003 Overview
2. Create A New Presentation
3. Understand PowerPoint Views
4. Editing In Slides
5. Bullets And Numbering
6. Insert Picture And WordArt
7. Drawing Objects On A Slide
8. Change The Look Of Object
9. Create Table, Chart and Organization Chart
10. Apply Design Template
11. Present a Slide Show
12. Printing A Presentation

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Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 - Advanced ($250)

In this 1-day workshop,  emphasis is placed on using efficient editing techniques, essential skills for multimedia elements as well as advanced animation techniques.

Course outline:

1. Insert Multimedia Components - picture, music, sound, voice, movie
2. Create an Interactive Slide Show with Hyperlinks
3. Linking and Embedding Objects e.g. Excel charts or files
4. Customizing PowerPoint Default
5. Master View in PowerPoint
6. Template
7. Custom Animation
8. Enhancing a Slide Show - set timings, full-screen movie etc.
9. About Custom Show
10. Packaging Presentations onto a CD
11. Password Protection

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 Introduction to Flash MX 2004  ($500)

This is a 4-evening course on using Flash MX 2004, a software for create animations and interactive products.  In this introductory course, participants will also learn how to create Flash document, use drawing tools, create animation, export and publish Flash document.

Course outline:

1. Introducting Macromedia Flash MX 2004
2. Basic Drawing And Painting
3. Importing And Managing Graphics
4. Creating Text
5. Using Layers And Frames
6. Using Symbols And Libraries
7. Adding Simple Animation
8. Help And Support
9. Using Behaviors
10. Publishing

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Microsoft Access 2003 - Introduction ($500)

In this 2-day workshop, participants will learn the features of Access 2003 and basic database management through hands-on experience. Course outline :

1. Simple Database Table
2. Table
3. Extracting data by query
4. Using Form
5. Using Report
6. Publishing a database as a web page
7. Working with external data

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Microsoft Access 2003 - Advanced ($500)

An advanced course for individuals who have mastered the basics of setting up and using an Access database. Providing hands-on experience in designing advanced forms and reports. Participants may learn the basics of creating and utilizing macros; creating and publishing Data Access Page. And also learn the basic integration with corporate database.

The course outline of this 2-day workshop includes:

1.

Database Operation

2.

Define relationships between tables

3.

Perform Sophisticated Data Analysis

4.

Forms

5.

Other Forms - Graph, Switchboard

6.

Report

7.

Creating pages by Data Access Page Designer

8.

Publishing Access Report with XML features

9.

Integrate with corporate environment

10.

Build application

11.

Macros

12.

Customisation

Pre-requisite: Knowledge of Windows and Access Introduction level.

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Microsoft Excel 2003 - Advanced ($500)

In advance Excel 2003 training, you will learn how to analyze, create, and navigate through important data by using some commonly used functions, formula evaluation, and data analysis e.g. Goal Seek, Scenario and Pivot Table. Participants may then learn the skills to manage critical business data easily.

The course outline of this 2-day workshop includes:

1.

Reference and Name Box Usage

2.

Formulas

3.

Formula Auditing

4.

Data Form

5.

Sorting and Filtering

6.

Using Outline

7.

Subtotal

8.

Chart Customisation

9.

Pivot Table

10.

Financial Analysis

11.

Protection

12.

Sharing Data with Other Applications

13.

Macro

14.

Internet and Excel

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Notes for Registration:

    1.  Users can apply on-line for attending these courses through the web by login HKU Portal (http://hkuportal.hku.hk) => Services tab => Workshop and Courses (under Computer Centre Services)
     
    2.  Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail or telephone at least one week before the commencement of the course.
     
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    Some courses are organised in conjunction with a course vendor.  There is a fee charged on these courses.

    For courses requiring a fee, please send payment to Computer Centre as soon as you have registered on the web, otherwise your registration is considered invalid.

    Payment can be made by either:

    • cheque (payable to "The University of Hong Kong"), or
    • through departmental requisition (for applicants supported by departments) as either of the following:

    Once accepted, the fee is not refundable.  However, substitution of participant is possible by written notification to the Centre.

    Computer Centre reserves the right to cancel the courses if there is insufficient enrollment.  Applicants will be notified by email or telephone of the course cancellation and all course fees collected will be refunded in full.
     

    4. The maximum number of participants for a course:
    - 25 in Room 135, Old Library Building
    - 22 in Room 201, Run Run Shaw Building
    - 20 in Room 101, Run Run Shaw Building

Computer Centre runs courses in the following areas throughout the year to assist staff and students in using the Centre's facilities:

    • Email and Network Services 
    • HKU Portal Services  
    • Web-based Learning Systems 
    • Web Page Authoring
    • Unix System  
    • Parallel Programming 
    • Statistical Analysis Software
    • Bioinformatics Software
    • Word Processing  
    • Spreadsheet 
    • Powerpoint Presentations 
    • PC Database Systems
    • PageMaker 
    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • Dreamweaver

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