Training News

Computer Centre is pleased to announce a series of courses scheduled for April to May 2001 to assist staff and students in using the Centre's facilities. The courses will cover the following areas:
  • Internet Browsing and Webpage Authoring
  • Chinese Input Method
  • Spreadsheet
  • Unix System and Application Software
  • PC Network and Services
  • Word Processing 
  • Web Course Tools
  • Parallel Programming
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Statistical Analysis
Most courses are open to all staff and students free of charge.  A fee is charged for courses provided by a course vendor. Some courses require pre-requisites.  Click on the course number to see the description of each course.

Users can apply on-line for these courses through the "CC Course Registration" icon in HKUWIN or click the "Staff Registration" or "Student Registration" links below.

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Staff Registration   Student Registration

Course Schedule
Courses on Web Browsing and Webpage Editing
C0815100 Basic HTML Editing Apr 3, 2001  9:30 am - 12:30 pm RR-201
C0316100 Using CGI programs in Webpages  Apr 17, 2001  9:30 am - 12:30 pm RR-201
C0616200 Introduction to HKU ESD Applications (Staff only) Apr 26, 2001  9:30 am - 12:30 pm RR-201
C0614000 Introduction to WWW  and Internet services  Apr 27, 2001  9:30 am - 12:30 pm RR-201
C0515100 Basic HTML Editing May 8, 2001  9:30 am - 12:30 pm RR-201
C0215000 Introduction to WebCT May 15, 2001 9:30 am - 11:30 am RR-201
C0416100 Using CGI programs in Webpages  May 21, 2001 9:30 am - 12:30 pm RR-201
C0215200 WebCT Basic Workshop May 22, 2001  9:00 am - 1:00 pm RR-201
C0215300 WebCT Advanced Workshop May 29, 2001 9:30 am - 11:30 am RR-201
C0716200 Introduction to HKU ESD Applications (Staff only) May 31, 2001  9:30 am - 12:30 pm RR-201
C0615100 Basic HTML Editing Jun 15, 2001 9:30 am - 12:30 pm RR-201
Note: RR = Run Run Shaw Building
Courses on Parallel Programming
C0813500 SP2 Parallel Programming with workshop Apr 26, 2001  2:30pm - 5:30 pm RR-101
C0913500 SP2 Parallel Programming with workshop May 25, 2001  2:30pm - 5:30 pm RR-101
Note: RR = Run Run Shaw Building
Courses on Microsoft Office and Other Topics

W0181900 Word 2000 (Staff only) Apr 9 & 10, 2001 9:30 am - 5:00 pm RR-201
W0481000 Dreamweaver 3 (Staff only)  Apr 19 & 20, 2001  9:30 am - 5:00 pm RR-201
W0281300 MS FoxPro (Staff only) Apr 23 & 24, 2001 9:30 am - 5:00 pm RR-201
W0182000 Excel 2000 (Staff only)  May 2 & 3, 2001 9:30 am - 4:30 pm RR-201
W0381700 Flash 4.0 (Staff onlly) May 17 & 18, 2001 9:30 am - 4:30 pm RR-201
Note: RR = Run Run Shaw Building

Staff Registration   Student Registration

Course Descriptions
Courses on Internet Browsing and Webpage Authoring
Introduction to WWW and Internet Services

This is a 3-hour introductory course. Course contents include:
    Introduction to Internet
    Using The Netscape Communicator 4 Browser
    Reading Chinese on WWW Browser
    Tour on the HKU Intranet
    Tour on the Global Internet

Basic HTML Editing

This 3-hour course workshop on HTML editing using the Netscape Communicator 4 Editor.  In the 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

Using CGI Programs in Webpages

This is a 3-hour course on using cgi programs in webpages.  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. Attendants must have HKUSUA computer account.

Introduction to HKU ESD Applications (Staff Only)

This is a 3-hour workshop on how to use electronic signatures in electronic documents. It will cover the following topics:

1.  Introduction to the PKI and ESD concept
2.  PKI infrastructure and ESD applications at HKU
3.  Using digital signature for HKU ESD applications
4.  Overview on building ESD applications for your department
Introduction to WebCT (Web Course Tool)

This 2-hour course will discuss the basic functionalities provided by WebCT from a student's point of view to give participants some feelings on what WebCT can do for their course. e.g. browsing course materials, attempting on-line quizzes, using bulletin boards.

WebCT Course Designer's Basic Workshop

This 4-hour course will cover steps for course designers (staff members who actually prepare courses on WebCT) to post lecture materials on WebCT, and to perform customization on course homepages.
Pre-requisites: Introduction to WebCT, Basic HTML Editing.

WebCT Course Designer's Advanced Workshop

This 2-hour course will cover more advanced features for course designers, e.g. preparing on-line quizzes, checking statistical data, managing student records.
Pre-requisites: WebCT Course Designer's Basic Workshop

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Courses on Parallel Programming
SP2 Parallel Programming with Workshop

This is a 3-hour seminar and workshop for people interested in parallel programming using the IBM SP2 Supercomputer. It covers the methodology of writing parallel programs using the message passing interface (MPI). Students should have programming experience in C or Fortran but experience in parallel programming is not needed. Sample programs will be given to users in the hands-on workshop.

High Performance FORTRAN

This 3-hour seminar on High Performance FORTRAN provides an easy way to write data parallel programs in MIMD computers such as the IBM SP2. The High Performance FORTRAN is an extension of the FORTRAN 90 in several areas, including:

Introduction to FORTRAN 90 Programming

This 9-hour course provides and introduction to the structure and syntax of the FORTRAN 90 language for FORTRAN 77
programmers. After taking this course, users will be able to write FORTRAN 90 programs using arrays and write reusable and
readable codes using the data encapsulation feature of FORTRAN 90.

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Courses on Unix System and Application Software
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 and mail quota allocations and commonly used Unix commands.

Seminar on MAPLE V

This is a 2-hour introduction course on the use of MAPLE V for mathematical computations.

The course covers:
    Maple Objects,
    Syntax of Maple V commands
    Some Common Operations
    Numerical Operations
    Programming in Maple V

Seminar on MATLAB

MATLAB is an integrated computing environment for numeric computation and visualization. This 2-hour seminar will give an
introduction on using MATLAB in numerical analysis, matrix computation and graphics etc.

Seminar on Mathematica

Mathematica is a general computer software system and language intended for mathematical and other applications. In this 2-hour seminar, examples of using Mathematica in numerical calculations, graphics, algebra and calculus, solving equations etc, will be shown.

Seminar on SAS

The SAS package is an integrated system for data analysis. In this 2-hour seminar, users will learn how to create a SAS
data set, to retrieve data from the data set and to perform some commonly used statistical procedures. Users are expected to have some statistics background.

Seminar on SPSS

This is a 2-hour seminar for users with some statistics background. Users will learn how to read the input data as well as to
perform some simple statistical analysis.

Connecting to the HKU Network (PPP, ACEnet and Hall Network)

This is a 3-hour seminar on the HKU network with an introduction to the network topology, network services, and the software for accessing the HKU network.  The HKU network can be accessed from the following venues:
    PPP - for dialing in from home
    Hallnet - for student residing in residence halls
    ACEnet - for accessing everywhere from any network point

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Courses on Microsoft Office and Other Topics
MS Word 2000 ($360)

This is a 2-day course especially designed for users who want to learn how to navigate through and work with documents; manipulate text; change formatting and page layout; and preview and print a document.

Course Outline :

    1. Word 2000 processing concepts
    2. Using dialog boxes and icons
    3. Documents editing
    4. Files save/retrieve and Management
    5. Files conversion and import/export filters
    6. Selecting fonts and using special text and symbols
    7. Auto formatting and style options
    8. Using thesaurus and hyphenation, spelling and grammar check
    9. Creating multiple columns and table
    10. Positioning text and graphics with frames
    11. Assembling documents with mail merge
    12. Working with long documents
    13. Printing master documents, envelopes and labels
    14. Data linking and embedding 
Chinese Inputting Method & Chinese Word 2000* ($360)

This is a 2-day course especially designed for users who are familiar with the English microcomputer working environment but with little experience on Chinese microcomputer operation. The course will cover :

PowerPoint 2000 ($200)

This is a 1-day course on making a professional presentation slide show using PowerPoint2000.  Contents include:

    1. Introduction to PowerPoint
    2. Creating a presentation using "Auto Content Wizard"
    3. Understanding PowerPoint views
    4. Adding clip art and pictures
    5. Customise slide shows
    6. Transition effects and text animation
    7. Printing slides and speaker notes
    8. Creating special text effects with WordArt
    9. Creating organisation charts
    10. Inserting Microsoft Word table and Excel spreadsheet
    11. Creating charts

Access 2000 ($360)

Access is a powerful database software allowing users to create database and database applications without any programming work.  This is a 2 day course.

Contents of this course include:

    1. The Access 2000 fundamental database components
    2. Using a database wizard
    3. Creating a database
    4. Defining data types and setting field properties
    5. Using the primary key
    6. Adding and deleting records
    7. Finding and replacing records
    8. Filtering and sorting records
    9. Relational database
    10. Making use of queries
    11. Using quick form and quick report
    12. Creating a customised form
    13. Changing design of forms
    14. Creating print reports
    15. Mailing labels
Ms Excel 2000 ($360)

The course outline of this 2-day workshop include :

    1. Spreadsheet concepts, basic movement
    2. data entry techniques & create formulas
    3. using special functions formatting
    4. cells formatting, data & formulas cell reference
    5. workbook save & retrieve
    6. using dialog box commands, icons & toolbars
    7. creating an embedded chart on worksheets
    8. creating graphical objects on worksheets
    9. worksheets printing techniques
    10. database query and table handling auto filter
    11. worksheet and workbook linking
    12. useful built-in & functions, PMT, vlookup, (if, sumif)
    13. add-in program, auto save
    14. graph and picture handling and slide show
    15. goal seeking and scenario manager

Adobe Photoshop 5.5  ($360)

This is a 2-day course on using the Adobe Photoshop, a software for photo retouching, image editing and color painting.
Adobe Photoshop 4.0 has many new and enhanced features in auto-updating of formats, multiple layers control, digital watermarks for copyright, effects filters, and other enhancements for control of quality etc.
Course outline :

    1. Photoshop Basic
    2. Selections, Mask and Channel Operation
    3. Enhancing Photo
    4. Montage and Collage
    5. Using Filters
    6. Painting
    7. Combining Photoshop and PostScript
    8. Special Effects
    9. 3D/4D Adding Depth and Motion
Adobe Illustrator 8  ($500)

This is a 2-day course on using the Adobe Illustrator 8, a popular illustration software that can create graphically rich artwork for print or the Web.

Course Outline :
    1. Basic concepts on computer graphic design
    2. Using various drawing tools
    3. Grid and guides
    4. Text editing, path type and area type and use of different fonts
    5. Rotating and resizing objects
    6. Mask effect, transforming objects from 2D to 3D
    7. Inserting graphic images

Web Creation Using Dreamweaver 3  ($500)

This 2-day course is designed for users who want to learn how to use Macromedia Dreamweaver 3, a powerful & professional visual editor for creating and managing web pages. With Dreamweaver, it's easy to create cross-platform, cross-browser pages.

Course outline :
    1. Dreamweaver Work Space
    2. Site Planning & Site Management
    3. Understanding Hyper Link
    4. Using Images & Animations
    5. Using Cascading Sytle Sheet
    6. Creating Forms & Frames
    7. Creating Interactive Homepage
Pre-requisite: Basic HTML Editing

Flash 4  ($500)

This 2-day course is designed for students who want to learn how to use Macromedia Flash 4, to produce special effects and animation, for a multimedia homepage.  It can help users produce home pages with vector and bitmap graphics, motion, MP3 audio, form input and interactivity.

Course outline :
    1. Flash Work Space
    2. Drawing and Editing Graphics
    3. Editing scenes and objects
    4. Using Timeline
    5. Creating animation and using sound files
    6. Using Actions
    7. Publishing and Exporting to movie
    8. Uploading homepage
Pre-requisite: Basic HTML Editing

Visual FoxPro 6.0* ($500)

This 2-day course provides an introduction to Visual FoxPro, a fast relational database management system in Windows.  It is a 32 bit Xbase database engine, the application can be used in Windows 95/98/NT environments.  It can also support Microsoft SQL Server/Client Server.

Course Outline:
    1. Starting Visual FoxPro
    2. Organizing with Project Manager
    3. Explore a database
        - Creating: new table, Query, view of local data, One-to-many form
    4. Ordering data using indexes
    5. Collecting tables into a database
    6. Finding information
        - Querying data, Updating data with views, Updating multiple tables
    7. Displaying information
        - Designing reports and labels, Displaying data in forms
    8. Visual FoxPro with other Application - Sharing information with other programs.

Graphic Design Using CorelDraw 8* ($500)

This 2-day course is designed for students who want to learn how to use Corel DRAW, the most popular vector-based drawing program that makes it easy to create professional artwork - from simple company logos to intricate technical illustrations.
Course Outline:

1. Basic concepts on computer graphic design
2. Using various drawing tools
3. Style and color of line
4. Text editing, Fit text to path, Uses of different fonts
5. Rotate, skew and resize objects, Group and combine objects
6. Mask effect, transform 2D objects to 3D using Extrude function
7. Inserting graphic images
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1. Since workshops on Microsoft Office97 and other programs for Windows are organised in conjunction with a course vendor, the Whiz Company, there is a nominal charge on the course.

For courses requiring a fee, please send payment to Computer Centre together with your registration form, or as soon as you have registered on the web, otherwise your registration is considered invalid and will be replaced by another applicant.  Payment can be made in cheque (payable to the University of Hong Kong), or through departmental requisition (for applicants supported by departments).   Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail or telephone at least one week before the commencement of the workshop. Once accepted, the fee is not refundable. However, substitution of participant is possible by written notification to the Centre.

2. The workshops on Chinese Word 97will be conducted in Cantonese.

3. Enrolment for some courses may be for staff only while others are for students only.  Where it is not specified, the courses are open to all staff and students of the University.

* The maximum number of participants for workshops held in Room 135, Old Library Building is 25; Room 201, Run Run Shaw Building is 22; and Room 101, Run Run Shaw Building is 20.

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