Computer News No. 126  Mar.-Apr. 2007

Training News

The following are the training courses arranged by the Computer Center till June, 2007 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 title to see the description of each course.

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Course Schedule

Note: RR = Run Run Shaw Building   OLB = Old Library Building   KB = Knowles Building
 

Courses on Web-based Learning Systems
 

Developing Online Courses with WebCT Campus Edition 6 21 Jun, 2007 9:30am - 12:30pm RR-201

Courses on Web Page Browsing and Authoring
 
Web Page Editing with FrontPage 9 May, 2007 9:30am - 12:30pm RR-201
Using CGI Programs in Web Pages 16 May, 2007 9:30am -12:30pm RR-201
Web Page Editing with FrontPage 13 June, 2007 9:30am - 12:30pm RR-201
Using CGI Programs in Web Pages 20 June, 2007 9:30am -12:30pm RR-201

Courses on Statistics Software
 
Introduction to SPSS for Windows 2 May, 2007 9:30am - 12:30pm RR-201
Introduction to SPSS for Windows 27 June, 2007 9:30am - 12:30pm RR-201

Courses on Scientific Computation & Visualization

Parallel Programming with Workshop 30 Apr, 2007 2:30pm - 5:30pm RR-201
Introduction to PV-WAVE 4 May, 2007 2:30pm - 5:30pm RR-201
Using PV-WAVE in 2D visualization 11 May, 2007 2:30pm - 5:30pm RR-201
Parallel Programming with Workshop 29 June, 2007 2:30pm - 5:30pm RR-201

Courses provided by course vendors on PC software

MS Excel Macro & Programming using VBA HK$900 25 & 27 Jun, 2007 9:30am - 4:30pm RR-101
Adobe Photoshop CS2 - Introduction
HK$900
26 & 28 Jun, 2007 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 => Workshops and Courses (under Computer Centre Services)

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Course Descriptions


Courses on Web-based Learning Systems

Developing online course with WebCT Campus Edition 6

This workshop will introduce the WebCT Campus Edition 6 for online course development. The major enhancements in WebCT CE6 include redesigned user interface to separate edit and teach functions, simple 'Quickstart' page to start off a new course, easier file upload with Windows like browse function, enhanced 'Chat', 'Whiteboard' and 'Who's Online' communications, sharable assignments, etc.

Note: Computer Centre is supporting the WebCT platform for hosting electronic courses for use by all University teachers and cannot support individual teachers on producing web pages for their courses.   Teachers shall produce and maintain the web pages for hosting WebCT courses on their own.   Users are welcome to enroll in the training course on "Web Page Editing with FrontPage" organized by Computer Centre should they wish to learn more on how to create web pages.

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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 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 Scientific Computation & Visualization

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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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

This is the second course in the use of PV-WAVE. (The first course is "Introduction to PV-WAVE".)

In this course, 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.

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).

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

 MS Excel Macro & Programming using VBA   ($900)

The course outline of this 2-day workshop includes:

1. About Macro In Microsoft Excel
2. What Is Visual Basic Application
3. Working With Projects
4. Understanding Scope
5. Manipulating Excel Objects
6. Working With Event
7. Using Variables In VBA
8. Controlling Program Flow
9. Debugging VBA
10. Working With User Forms
11. User Defined Functions Introduction

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Adobe Photoshop CS2 - Introduction ($900)

This is a 12-hour workshop on using the Adobe Photoshop CS2, a software for creating, editing, and retouching digital images.

Course outline:

1. What's New in Photoshop CS2
2. Understanding Graphics : Bitmap and Vector; image size and resolution etc.
3. Understanding digital colours
4. About Adobe Bridge
5. Understanding the Work Area
6. About Layers
7. About Selection
8. About Transformations
9. About effects and filters
10. About repairing and retouching images
11. About type
12. About saving image files
13. About printing

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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 => Workshops 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  
    • Scientific Computation & Visualization
    • Statistical Analysis Software

    • Word Processing  
    • Spreadsheet 
    • Powerpoint Presentations 
    • PC Database Systems
    • Dreamweaver
    • Illustrator
    • PageMaker 
    • Photoshop

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