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Computer News No. 138 Mar.-Apr. 2009

Training News

The following are the training courses arranged by the Computer Center till June 2009 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.

"register now" image 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)

Course Schedule

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

Courses on Running Statistics Software
 
Introduction to SPSS for Windows 20 May, 2009 2:30pm - 5:30pm RR-201

Courses on Scientific Computation & Visualization

Parallel Programming with Workshop 27 Apr, 2009 9:30am - 12:30pm RR-201
Introduction to PV-WAVE 10 Jun, 2009 9:30am - 12:30pm RR-201
Parallel Programming with Workshop 29 Jun, 2009 9:30am - 12:30pm RR-201

Courses on Web-based Learning System
 
Developing Online Courses with Blackboard/WebCT Vista (Basic) 29 Apr, 2009 3:30pm - 5:30pm RR-201
Developing Online Courses with Blackboard/WebCT Vista (Advanced) 13 May, 2009 3:30pm - 5:30pm RR-201
Developing Online Courses with Blackboard/WebCT Vista (Basic) 10 Jun, 2009 3:30pm - 5:30pm RR-201
Developing Online Courses with Blackboard/WebCT Vista (Advanced) 24 Jun, 2009 3:30pm - 5:30pm RR-201

Courses provided by course vendor on PC software

MS Excel 2007 - Power Features
HK$1,050
18, 19 May, 2009 9:30am - 4:30pm RR-201
MS Powerpoint 2007 – Advanced
HK$1,100
22 June, 2009
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 Page Browsing and Authoring

Introduction to Web Page Editing

This is a 2-hour course workshop on introduction to HTML Editing using Microsoft Expression Web. In workshop, you will learn how to

  • create a web page using Microsoft Expression Web.
  • enter and format text in Microsoft Expression Web.
  • create and maintain hyperlinks to pages on other sites.
  • using tables to arrange data.
  • insert, resize and position images.
  • transfer your web page to the web.hku.hk server.

Pre-requisite: Attendee must have an account on web.hku.hk (hkusua) server.

A web.hku.hk account is automatically created for all new students at the time of registration at HKU.

Staff can create their own web.hku.hk account as follows:
Login HKU Portal at http://hkuportal.hku.hk
=> Click the Services tab
=> Click the link Apply for Personal Web Account and fill in the electronic form.

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Introduction to Web Page Authoring and JavaScript

This is a 2-hour workshop serves as a introduction to web page authoring and JavaScript. Examples and source codes are provided for a number of common JavaScript functions. The purpose of this workshop is to provide content and guidance for attendants who are interested in creating simple scripts or "cutting and pasting" scripts from other pages in order to customize them for their own web pages. The workshop will not cover major programming concepts.

Pre-requisites: Attendants should posses a working knowledge of  HTML editing including the use of forms, or have attended the workshop 'Introduction to Web Page Editing'.

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Courses on Running
Statistics Software

Introduction to SPSS for Windows

This is a 3-hour workshop serves as a introduction to SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Science) for Windows PC. Attendants are expected to have knowledge on statistics as the course does not cover statistical concepts or how to carry out statistical analysis.  You will learn how to use SPSS for Windows to read input data as well as to perform some simple statistical analysis by pointing and clicking the mouse.  Contents include:

  • Getting Started with SPSS for Windows
  • Setting up an SPSS data file
  • Importing and exporting data
  • Creating and editing simple charts
  • Using COMPUTE function to create new variables
  • Recoding existing variables
  • Simple Statistical Procedures

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Courses on Unix System and Applications

Introduction to Unix

This is a 3-hour introductory course for users with little or no Unix experience.  The course will cover the Unix computing environment, the Unix file system, the editor, email, disk quota allocations and commonly used Unix commands.

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Introduction to MATLAB

Matlab is an integrated computing environment for numeric computation and visualization. This 3-hour seminar will give an introduction on using Matlab in numerical analysis, matrix computation and graphics etc.

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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 course, the capability and fundamental concept of the software will be highlighted.  File input and output, simple 2-D and 3-D visualization, together with other topics including animated picture show and programming within PV-WAVE will also be discussed.

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Courses on e-Learning Support System

Developing Online Courses with Blackboard/WEBCT Vista (Basic)

This workshop will introduce the Blackboard/WebCT for online course development.   Contents include:

- the user interface of edit and teach functions
- simple 'Quickstart' page to start off a new course
- Windows like browse function for uploading course notes and files
- how to set up assignment and assessment
- how to send email to students within Blackboard

This workshop aims at helping first time course developers of Blackboard to get started with the common tools to develop their online courses.

Note: Computer Centre is supporting the Blackboard platform for hosting electronic courses for use by all University teachers but not helping individual teachers to produce web pages for their courses.   Teachers shall produce and maintain the web pages for hosting Blackboard courses on their own.

Pre-requisite: Attendants must be a teacher or teaching assistant who manages Blackboard course(s). The workshop is not open to students.

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Developing Online Courses with Blackboard/WEBCT Vista (Advanced)

This 2-hour workshop will cover more advanced features for course developers, e.g. student performance reports, group assignments and gradebook.

Pre-requisites: Attendants must be a teacher or teaching assistant who manages Blackboard course(s). The workshop is not open to students. Participants are expected to be familiar to using a Blackboard course, or have attended the workshop 'Developing Online Courses with Blackboard/WebCT  (Basic)'.

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Courses Provided by Outside Vendors on PC Software
(Fee Required)

MS Excel 2007 - Power Features (Course Fee: $1,050)

In this 12-hour workshop, users will learn how to analyze, create and navigate data by using Microsoft Excel 2007.  This course will also introduce some commonly used functions, formula evaluation, and data analysis with Pivot Table.

Course contents:

1. Skills Enhancements - Shortcut Keys, Data Input Aids and Input Methods
2.

About Reference and Formula Workflow for Creating Web Site

3.

Use of Built-In Functions

4.

Formula Auditing

5.

Data Manipulations

6.

Data Consolidation

7.

Highlighting Significant Figures with Conditions

8.

Sorting

9. Expanding and Collapsing Data Using Outline
10.

Filtering Data Using Complex Criteria

11. Advanced Chart Formatting
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Using Pivot Table
Protection and Sharing
Macro

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MS Powerpoint 2007 - Advanced  (Course Fee: $1,100)

In this 6-hour workshop, techniques on making professional-looking presentations will be covered which include tips on enriching presentations with images, tables, charts and animations, designing a smooth presentation flow and making attractive slide shows for drawing audiences’ attention.

Course contents:

1. PowerPoint 2007 New User Interface
2. New file extensions and XML Formats
3. Secret Ingredients of a Good Presentation
4. Convert MS Word Contents to PowerPoint
5. The Art of Consistency
6. Working with Tables
7. Working with Charts
8. Working with Images
9. Drawing Tips and Techniques
10. Working with Sounds and Movies
11. Working with Animation Effects
12. Create Custom Show
13. Setup an auto-run slide show
14. Consistent Presentation Contents in any Computers
15. Navigation in your slide show

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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
    • Statistical Analysis Software
    • Word Processing  
    • Spreadsheet 
    • Powerpoint Presentations 
    • PC Database Systems
    • Dreamweaver
    • Illustrator
    • Photoshop

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