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CamTools: Getting Started Thu 11 Aug 2016   14:00 CANCELLED

CamTools is an online system used to create sites to support teaching, research, and collaboration. Within a CamTools site academics, students, administrators and guests can use a collection of online tools to collaborate, communicate and share resources.

Aimed at those looking for a general introduction to the system, this course covers all basic functions of CamTools and offers hands-on experience of running a site as an administrator. You will practice working with the most useful tools (uploading documents, updating a calendar, posting announcements etc), and managing a site (adding site members, creating groups etc). By the end of the course you will have developed a fully functioning CamTools site, populated with a standard set of tools.

Moodle: Getting Started Thu 17 Oct 2019   14:00   [More dates...] [Places]

Moodle as the Virtual Learning Environment will be supporting teaching and learning at the University.

This training session will introduce participants to Moodle and cover the system basics such as the course structure, enrolment to a course, and roles for course members.

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Moodle: Managing Access within Your Course Mon 7 Oct 2019   10:00   [More dates...] [Places]

This advanced training session will introduce participants to various ways of managing access to the course material in Moodle, including groups and groupings.

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CamTools: An Overview Tue 2 Jul 2013   16:00 Finished

CamTools is a system used to create websites to support teaching, research, and collaboration. Within a CamTools site, academics, students, administrators and guests can use a collection of online tools to collaborate, communicate and share resources. This demonstration will give you an overview of the system and how it can be used.

CamTools for Research: Getting Started Thu 13 Jun 2013   14:00 Finished

CamTools is a system used to create websites to support teaching, research, and collaboration. Within a CamTools site, academics, students, administrators and guests can use a collection of online tools to collaborate, communicate and share resources. Aimed at those intending to use CamTools to support a research project, this course will give you hands-on instruction and practice of using CamTools, managing a site, and adding tools and participants. It will show you how to use tools for sharing resources, making announcements, creating a calendar, setting up forums, using a wiki, and more. You will leave the course with a fully functioning CamTools site, populated with a standard set of tools to support a research project.

CamTools: Communicating Thu 20 Jun 2013   14:00 Finished

This course will introduce you to the various communication tools available in CamTools such as email, forums, chat rooms and announcements.

CamTools: Controlling Access to Your Site Thu 13 Mar 2014   10:00 Finished

You may want to make your site available to everyone across the University or only to invited members; you may want to make some information on the site accessible only to a specific group of your site members; you may want to give different site members permissions to carry out different tasks on your site. This course will introduce you to the ways that can be managed in CamTools.

CamTools: Getting Feedback from Your Members Thu 12 Dec 2013   10:00 Finished

This course will introduce you to the Swift Survey facility which allows you to survey members of specific CamTools site(s) or an adhoc group of participants.

CamTools: Make the Most of Your Wiki Thu 13 Mar 2014   11:30 Finished

This course will introduce you to the Wiki tool, which allows you to instantly create a webpage or series of webpages, easily edited and contributed to by the site administrator and, if appropriate, by site members.

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Adobe Photoshop CC: Introduction (Level 1) Tue 11 Jun 2019   09:30 Finished

Adobe Photoshop CC is the latest version of the favourite image manipulation and editing tool of the professional graphics industry and photographers. It enables digital and scanned-in photographs, pictures and graphics files to be edited and offers a dazzling array of drawing, special effects and filtering tools. Knowing where to start with such a comprehensive and feature-filled package can be daunting. This presentation aims to equip new users with the basics, using live demonstrations throughout.

Please note: This course requires that you use your CRSid and Raven password to log into Adobe Creative Cloud. If you currently log in to use Microsoft Office, then the same login details are used, and you do not need to do anything except to know your Raven password.

Otherwise, if you do not know your password, or have not changed your Raven password in the last three years, you must do so before attending the course, please go here: you can set the same password.

Please arrive to START THE COURSE PROMPTLY in order to set up the Adobe environment, if you don’t then you may find it more difficult to follow the instructor.

ATLAS.ti: An Introduction for Qualitative Research Mon 10 Jun 2019   09:30 Finished

This course will introduce ATLAS.ti a Computer Aided Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) which supports qualitative and mixed methods research. It provides a means to collect, organise and analyse content from interviews, focus group discussions, surveys and audio.

C++: Programming in Modern C++ Wed 4 Jan 2017   09:30 Finished

This is an introduction to programming in modern C++, based on the book "'Programming: Principles and Practice using C++"' (2nd ed.) by Bjarne Stroustrup. The aim is to teach participants how to write non trivial, practical programs that are comprehensible and portable. Participants should also be able to understand and modify most well-written C++ applications, though not necessarily every aspect of them.

C++ is a large and complicated language, which is reflected in the length of this course. The creator of C++, Prof. Stroustrup, estimates that newcomers to programming will have to devote in excess of 200 hours' of work to learn how to program in C++ properly. Please bear that in mind if signing up for the course. It would also be of help (though not essential) if attendees have some prior programming experience in another language, e.g. Python.

This course is intended to build on the introductory EndNote course and give attenders practical experience of editing EndNote output styles.

EndNote output styles control the way EndNote sets out references and their citations in printed documents. By editing these, you can achieve precise control of the way your bibliography is set out.

An introduction to using the bibliography program EndNote to store references and notes and use them to achieve correct referencing in your documents without re-typing. This course covers both EndNote Desktop and the free, browser based, "lite" version, EndNote Online.

Using EndNote will enable you to keep a note of references as you research online so that you will always be able to document your sources correctly. It can save you time as you should never need to retype references and you can alter their layout with a couple of mouse-clicks.

Endnote: Train The Trainer new Wed 14 Dec 2016   10:00 Finished

The course is a train the trainer session including an introduction to EndNote 8, plus an opportunity to discuss supporting EndNote in a Research University environment, use of EndNote for Systematic Reviews and Q&A session.

Excel 2016: Analysing and Summarising Data Thu 20 Jun 2019   09:30 Finished

This hands-on course is a follow up from the Excel: Introduction course.

Excel 2016: Managing Data & Lists Thu 13 Jun 2019   09:30 Finished

LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system; it includes features designed for the production of technical and scientific documentation. LaTeX is the de facto standard for the communication and publication of scientific documents. It is available on Unix, Windows and Macintoshes.

When would I use LaTeX instead of Microsoft Word? For scientific and technical documentation/thesis and when submitting articles to Journals that require LaTeX.

Mendeley is a free, open source reference management program. It was originally primarily intended as a way to manage collections of PDF documents and this is still its main strength in comparison with other tools such as EndNote and Zotero.

Mendeley can be used to insert reference citations and a bibliography of cited references into Word and Open Office documents and may be of interest to anyone wanting a free reference management program which will create BibTeX citation keys and paste them into a LaTeX document.

This is a basic introductory course and probably will not be very useful to those who are already using the program and who have specific queries about the way it works.

Users who need help with more advanced features can request individual help via the UIS service desk email:

MySQL: Implementing a Relational Database Design Thu 2 May 2019   14:00 Finished

This beginners course equips you with the skills to implement a relational database design entity relationship diagram (ERD) into a MySQL database. Please be prepared for a fast paced course, but the materials provided can be used for consolidation after the course.

NVivo: An Introduction for Qualitative Research Wed 3 Jul 2019   09:30 Finished

This course will introduce NVivo a Computer Aided Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) which supports qualitative and mixed methods research. It provides a means to collect, organise and analyse content from interviews, focus group discussions, surveys and audio.

PowerPoint 2016: Further Use (Self-paced) Thu 2 Mar 2017   09:30 Finished
PowerPoint 2016: Introduction Tue 7 Mar 2017   09:30 Finished
  • This course gives a "quick start" introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint which is a widely used software application for preparing presentations

This course is part of the Scientific Computing series.

This course is aimed at those new to programming, or who have never been formally taught the principles and basic concepts of programming. It provides an introduction to the basic concepts common to most high level languages (including Python, Java, Fortran, C, C++, Visual Basic). The aim of the course is to equip attendees with the background knowledge and confidence necessary to tackle many on-line and printed programming tutorials. It may also help attendees in deciding which programming language is suitable for their programming task.

Knowledge of the concepts presented in this course is a pre-requisite for many of the other courses in the Scientific Computing series of courses (although not for the "Python for Absolute Beginners" course).

Python 3: Advanced Topics (Self-paced) Tue 2 Jul 2019   09:30 Finished

This course is part of the Scientific Computing series and is suitable for people who have Python experience equivalent to either of the introductory courses: Introduction for Absolute Beginners or Introduction for Programmers

These sessions consist of a selection of self-paced mini-courses, each taking at most a half-day. Python expert(s) from the UCS will be present to answer questions or address difficulties with these. Attendees can select from the available topics to most closely meet their individual needs. Attendees are welcome to attend more than one session to work through multiple topics. If an attendee finishes a topic with time to spare they may select another, and so on.

Python 3: Introduction for Absolute Beginners Wed 19 Jun 2019   09:30 Finished

This course is part of the Scientific Computing series.

This course is aimed at those new to programming and provides an introduction to programming using Python, focussing on scientific programming. This course is probably unsuitable for those with programming experience, even if it is just in shell scripting or Matlab-like programs. By the end of this course, attendees should be able to write simple Python programs and to understand more complex Python programs written by others.

As this course is part of the Scientific Computing series, the examples chosen are of most relevance to scientific programming.

This course is part of the Scientific Computing series.

This full-day course introduces the Python programming language to those who are already familiar with another high level programing language such as C/C++, Fortran, Java, Perl or Visual Basic. The aim of this course is to give such programmers sufficient familiarity with Python that they can attend any of the more advanced Python courses organised by the Computing service and easily follow any of the widely available Python tutorials on the more complex aspects of the language.

This course covers all the material contained in the "Programming: Python for Absolute Beginners" course, but in a more abbreviated fashion suitable for those who already have significant programming experience. This course does NOT cover the more complex aspects of the language (for such topics see the other Computing Service Python courses), nor is there much explicit discussion of the object oriented features of Python.

If you are an accomplished and experienced programmer you may find this course too slow, you may prefer to self-teach the course rather than attend in person, the full set of notes can be downloaded.

Research Computing: Infrastructure as a Service new Thu 4 Jul 2019   09:30 Finished

The Research Computing Infrastructure as a Service (RCIS) provides instant high performance compute, storage, network resources and other functionality. It helps avoid the expense and complexity of buying and managing your own physical servers and other data centre infrastructure. It enables IT practitioners and research groups to build their own scalable platforms that fit their exact needs and requirements. Departmental IT or Research Groups are able to submit an application here to rent a portion of the available cloud resources, on which to build their own research computing platforms without needing to first provision physical hardware in their home department.

Please register your interest in the course and we will be in touch when we have finalised dates.

After some years of dominance by packages owned by the Thomson Reuters organisation, the number of options available for managing references and inserting formatted reference citations into documents has expanded considerably. This course aims to provide a basic over-view which will assist you to select one which is best suited to your scholarly interests and field of work.

Coverage of packages is not intended to be exhaustive but you should come away with a broad-brush idea of what reference management software can and can't do to assist your work and the strengths and weaknesses of some of the most common ones.

The Business Information Team within Academic and Financial Planning and Analysis (AFPA) - formerly Planning Resource Allocation Office makes data for reporting and analysis for different parts of the University. They are currently using a Tableau Server for publishing and sharing their reports and data sources, to enable their data users to access the information, interact with the data, and create their own analysis in a safe environment.

In this presentation, the Business Information Team will show you how the Tableau Server operates and some of the work they are doing. They will present the structure of their Tableau site, the active directory groups, and the people and projects that are live and using Tableau across the University Administrative Services.

The Tableau Server core license is available to all members of the University. AFPA has implemented the administrative site, while UIS are developing a strategy to implement the Teaching and Research sites.

Unix: Building, Installing and Running Software Mon 25 Feb 2019   14:00 Finished

This course is part of the Scientific Computing series.

It is common for a student or researcher to find a piece of software or to have one thrust upon them by a supervisor which they must then build, install and use. It is a myth that any of this requires system privilege. This course demonstrates the building, installation and use of typical software ranging from trivially easy examples (the "configure, make, install" scheme) through to the evils of badly written Makefiles. Common errors and what they mean will be covered and by the end of the course the student should be able to manage their own software without needing to pester their system administrator.

The course is designed to take someone from having no knowledge of the Unix command line to being able to navigate around directories, and doing simple file manipulation. Then some of the more basic commands, will be introduced, including information on how to get more help from the system itself. Finally accessing remote computers by ssh and the most basic of shell scripts will be introduced.

Unix: Simple Shell Scripting for Scientists Mon 10 Jun 2019   14:00 Finished

This course is part of the Scientific Computing series.

No previous experience of shell scripting is required for this course; however some knowledge of the interactive use of the bash shell is a prerequisite (see Simple Shell Scripting for Scientists: Prerequisites for details).

This course introduces shell scripting in bash for scientific computing tasks. Day one introduces very basic shell scripts in bash which process the command line in a simple fashion. Day two covers how to write more advanced shell scripts in bash. Day three covers how to make one's shell scripts more robust.

At the end of each day one or more exercises are set. It is VERY IMPORTANT that attendees attempt these exercises before the next day of the course. Attendees should make sure that they have allowed themselves sufficient study time for these exercises between each day of the course.

Web of Science indexes over 12,000 high-impact journals and over 160,000 conference proceedings, with current and retrospective cover of science, social science and humanities journals dating back to 1900. Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature (journals, books and conference proceedings). Coverage dates back to 1823, although pre-1996 coverage is currently not comprehensive. Both databases offer tools that will help you to identify key authors and publication trends and get alerts when new papers relevant to your work are published.

This course is mainly aimed at students writing their thesis. It is a task-focused version of the Word: Mastering Advanced Features which is aimed at staff creating reports. Please do not book yourself on both courses. It is designed to give a overview of the advanced features of Microsoft Word that are most relevant to producing dissertations, theses and other long documents.

This course is an introduction to reference management using the free, open-source program, Zotero. Zotero is a free plug-in for the Firefox web browser which allows you to collect and store references from online sources; add your own annotations and finally use your stored references to insert correct citations into a Word, Open Office, or LaTeX document.