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This course aims to enhance existing skills learned in Microsoft Word 2016 Level 1 by covering more specific documentation creation aspects such as working with multiple documents, formatting tables.

Microsoft Word 2016 - Level 3 (with Challenge Exercises) is designed for Microsoft Word users who are keen to extend their understanding and knowledge of the software beyond basic document creation so that they can create and work with features such as SmartArt, indexes, master documents, interactive fields and much more.

This introduction to building mobile apps explores the basic elements and options for an app, from the simpler menu-driven and webpage rendering approaches, to some of the possibilities involved in orientation and location-sensitive data inputs and augmented reality techniques. The course will include a review of some existing apps which help demonstrate many of the options available for apps, and provide the opportunity to design a basic app incorporating some of those elements. There will also be an overview of important security considerations, and ways to share and distribute a more polished app, either independently or via existing app repositories and stores.

MySQL: Implementing a Relational Database Design Thu 21 Nov 2019   14:00 [Full]

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.

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.

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Tue 22 Oct 2019 09:30 [Standby]
Wed 20 May 2020 09:30 [Places]
Wed 8 Jul 2020 09:30 [Places]

Haven't had the time to fully explore all that Excel, Word and PowerPoint has to offer? If so, now's your chance to pick up a few handy tips that you may not have discovered yet. You can save a lot of time and effort working with Excel, Word and PowerPoint if you know a few tricks and shortcuts.

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Wed 15 Jan 2020 09:30 [Places]
Thu 4 Jun 2020 09:30 [Places]

Confused between Office 365 and OneDrive and Office Online? Want a clear explanation of these and help getting started? Then this course is for you.

After a short presentation there will be the opportunity to set up your Office 365 account and use Office Online. You can try the new online applications such as Sway, Yammer or Forms and collaborate with others using online documents. Also bring your own device if you would like to get support installing the applications or working online away from your desk.

To participate in the course activities, if you have not already done so, you will need enable your account by synchronising your UIS Password with your University Microsoft account. Please do this at least one day before the class.

This is a fee-based online course for Oracle: Database Design and SQL.

In the first half of Oracle’s Database Design and Programming with SQL course you will learn to analyse complex business scenarios and create a data model - a conceptual representation of an organization’s information. In the second section you will implement your database design by creating a physical database using SQL, an industry-standard database programming language.

Completion of this course prepares you close to being ready to sit the external exam Oracle Database 11g: SQL Fundamentals I 1Z0-051. Read more about this exam.

This is a fee-based online course for Oracle: Database Programming with PL/SQL. If you are unfamiliar with the Oracle online course environment it is strongly recommended that you attend the Oracle Academy: Database Design & SQL, and Database Programming in PL/SQL Induction to the Online Environment course.

This course covers Oracle's PL/SQL, a procedural language extension to SQL. You will learn procedural logic constructs such as variables, constraints, conditional statements and iterative controls.

This online course prepares you toward the external exams:

  • Oracle Database 11g: Program with PL/SQL Exam Number: 1Z0-144 Read more about this exam and its associated fee.
  • Program with PL/SQL Exam Number: 1Z0-147 Read more about this exam and its associated fee.

This is a fee-based online course for Java Fundamentals & Java Programming. Both courses will be available upon receiving a confirmed booking, the courses cannot be booked separately.

The Java Fundamentals course:

  • Lays the foundation for those with little or no programming experience
  • Introduces fundamental programming concepts and terminology in an easy, engaging manner
  • Uses animations and games to introduce basic computer science concepts
  • Incorporates integrated development environments: Alice 3, Greenfoot, and Eclipse

The Java Programming course:

  • Builds upon the knowledge gained from Oracle Academy: Java Fundamentals
  • Enables students to further develop Java programming knowledge using Java SE7
  • Teaches the core APIs used to design object-oriented applications with Java
  • Uses the GridWorld case study to enhance student knowledge of core Java concepts

Completion of this online Oracle Academy: Java Fundamentals course prepares you to take the optional external Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 7 Programmer 1 exam 1Z0-803. Information on the exam fee and details of the exam can be found online.

Completion of the Oracle Academy: Java Programming course prepares you to take the external Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 7 Programmer II exam 1Z0-804. Exam details including fee can be found online.

Panopto Lecture Capture Demonstration new Mon 19 Sep 2016   14:00 Finished

Panopto is a lecture capture system with the ability to record any combination of video sources, in any configuration, in classrooms of any size. It can be used to record Video Presentations, Screen Recording, Multi-Camera Recording, Live Webcasting and Scheduled Recording. This session will be delivered by Panopto.

This course provides an introduction to Photogrammetry, or the creation of three-dimensional (3D) models from two-dimensional (2D) data obtained from photographs, while introducing related 3D concepts and technologies. Along with basic 3D concepts (point clouds, meshes, file formats) there will be an overview and experience of creating and managing 3D images, which will provide a better understanding of the process of capturing 3D data from a variety of objects (from a stone to a city). Specialist software (e.g. Agisoft Metashape) will be introduced in order to build a 3D model from a series of photos, using a trial version of the product to produce and adjust your 3D model.

Exploring some of the competing methods of capturing 3D data in several fields, including 3D scanning and CT scanning, will be combined with an overview of preparing the results for use in research, in publications, and in VR/AR/XR projects. In addition, some useful sources of information and guidance will be provided, along with software and hardware tips and some of the key repositories used for sharing your models, or for making use of models made by others, or just for getting inspired. This course also will provide an opportunity to meet others who are already using or would like to use photogrammetry or other 3D technologies in their research or personal projects.

PHP: From Basics to Data Collection Through a Webform Tue 10 Mar 2020   09:30 [Places]

This PHP introduction course explores the basic elements of PHP script programming. PHP allows web developers to write dynamic web pages, for instance by simplifying ways to collect data through a web form, and to process and include data, by placing small scripts directly into HTML files.

Session 1 will provide background, tools and exercises for writing and editing PHP in HTML files, uploading them to a web server, and making them available online. There will also be an introduction to programming in PHP, to help enable you to later adapt the examples to address your more advanced examples and projects.

Session 2 will extend the simpler exercises in Session 1, adding more options and capabilities, as well as providing new and more advanced examples. Using the tools and techniques from Session 1, there will be opportunities to adjust and partly customise the examples, and if time permits potentially begin a small exercise of your own.

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
PowerPoint 2016: Introduction (Self-paced) Wed 30 Nov 2016   09:30 Finished

This self-paced hands-on 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).

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Tue 14 Jan 2020 14:00 [Places]
Wed 6 May 2020 09:30 [Places]

The skills and knowledge acquired in this course are sufficient to be able to create real life working VBA applications within Excel. The learner will be able to work with VBA within the Excel environment to program and automate worksheet operations.

The skills and knowledge acquired in this course are sufficient to be able to create real life working VBA applications within Excel. The learner will be able to work with VBA within the Excel environment to program and automate worksheet operations.

The skills and knowledge acquired in Programming In VBA - Using Microsoft Word 2013 are sufficient to be able to create VBA applications in Microsoft Word 2013.

The skills and knowledge acquired in this course are sufficient to be able to create real life working VBA applications within Word. The learner will be able to work with VBA within the Word environment to program and automate document operations.

Publisher 2016: Creating Professional Publications Fri 19 May 2017   09:30 Finished

Do you want to create more professional publications by having a deeper appreciation of what Publisher can do for you? Through a series of graded exercises this course focuses on practical work giving you ample opportunity to use your PC skills to produce various publications. Please note that this course is largely about learning the software rather than design.

Python 3: Advanced Topics (Self-paced) Wed 11 Mar 2020   09:30   [More dates...] [Places]

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.

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Wed 11 Dec 2019 14:00 [Full]
Tue 7 Jul 2020 09:30 [Places]
Python 3: Introduction for Absolute Beginners Wed 29 Jan 2020   09:30   [More dates...] [Places]

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.

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Wed 6 Nov 2019 09:30 [Full]
Mon 11 May 2020 14:00 [Places]
Wed 24 Jun 2020 09:30 [Places]

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.

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Tue 26 Nov 2019 09:30 [Standby]
Wed 24 Jun 2020 09:30 [Places]
Relational Database Design Thu 13 Feb 2020   09:00   [More dates...] [Places]

This course gives a simple introduction to organizing your data in a relational database. It aims to explain the arranging of your data. It does not deal with specific relational databases systems such as Access, Oracle or SQL Server, or the technical tools that you would or could use to set up your database. The course aims to provide you with enough information to sit down and design your database, regardless of the database product that you intend to use. Exercises will be done on paper, without using computers.

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Thu 17 Oct 2019 09:00 [Standby]
Tue 5 May 2020 09:00 [Places]

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.

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Thu 19 Mar 2020 09:30 [Places]
Thu 9 Jul 2020 09:30 [Places]
Room Booker System Roadshow new Fri 19 Jul 2019   10:00 Finished
  • The Faculty of Education has recently adopted the University’s new room booking system Booker, and would like to invite you to a briefing session to learn more about the system.
  • Booker is a free, user-friendly, quick and robust cloud-based service that provides an effective means of managing rooms within any Department and also promotes the sharing of available room space. It’s part of the Education Space project being run by Professor Graham Virgo to improve the space utilisation within the University and to provide a uniform approach to the booking of rooms, both within departments and across University sites.
  • The Faculty of Education is hosting a briefing session during which the Booker team will provide a short demonstration of the system and its capabilities and you’ll be able to put questions both to the team and to current users of the system.
  • Refreshments will be provided at 10:00. The presentation will begin at 10:30.

Countless busy professionals are now turning to speech recognition to speed up creating documents and streamlining their workflow.

This course will focus on how to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking for education to improve accuracy and will show you how to customise the software for your writing style.

The aim of this course is to teach you how to achieve 99% accuracy with Dragon NaturallySpeaking so that you spend less time correcting mis-recognitions and more time dictating text at speeds of up to 140 words per minute!

With Dragon you are only limited to the speed you can think - come and learn how get Dragon working for you!

See success stories of how Dragon is being used by education.

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.

Statistics for the Terrified Self-taught Not bookable

Statistics for the Terrified is a common-sense basic guide to statistics, written in plain english with a minimum of mathematics (very little!). It makes statistics open to common sense. See online site Statistics for the Terrified

Access to the course contents is available on all MCS machines by following this pathway:

  • Start > Concept Stew > Statistics for the Terrified
Support for Migration To and Use Of Exchange Online new Tue 29 Aug 2017   10:00 Finished

This course is for IT Support Staff who may support users of Exchange Online. It will describe the mechanisms for migrations from Hermes and an on-premise Exchange service. The practical exercises will cover a range of operating systems and mail clients.

Please note that this is a one day course with two sessions and a break to lunch.

Using the Parallel Computing capabilities in MATLAB allows you to take advantage of additional hardware resources that may be available either locally on your desktop or on clusters and clouds. By using more hardware, you can reduce the cycle time for your workflow and solve computationally- and data-intensive problems faster.

In this seminar, we will discuss a range of workflows available to scale MATLAB applications with minimal changes to your MATLAB code and without needing to learn any shell or scheduler programming syntax.

TechLink Community: IT Forum new Wed 28 Nov 2018   14:00 Finished

University Information Services (UIS) is hosting an IT forum afternoon. The event will cover brief updates on UIS projects and services. Industry briefing sessions from Amazon Web Services (including merchandise giveaways) and Phoenix and a representative from Dell. There will also be shared projects from the IT community (Physics and the Healthcare Improvement Studies Insitute) .

TechLink Community: IT Forum Fri 29 Mar 2019   14:00 Finished

University Information Services (UIS) and the TechLink coordinators are hosting a second IT forum event. The afternoon event will cover UIS updates from the Infrastructure and DevOps Divisions and a representative from Dell.

  • 14:15-14:25: Introduction to IT Portfolios. Mark Rowland will give a brief overview of what the Portfolios are and who in the University is responsible for each element.
  • 14:25-14:55: The UIS Accessibility Working Group will update on work going on to ensure that we provide accessible services. They will highlight plans for institutions that will need to adapt to review the accessibility of their own websites and services and to write accessibility statements. There'll be a demo of screen reading technology working with inaccessible materials, and the difference that a few relatively simple updates can make to improve the experience for all.
  • 14:55-15:05: Rich Wareham from UIS DevOps will share what UIS's technology staff hope to achieve by starting a new Community of Practice following a recent unconference event.
  • 15:05-15:15: Break
  • 15:15-15:50: Phoenix Software (our Microsoft Office365 partners) will update on some of the shared Office 365 experience across the University, including how some institutions are using Mimecast, such as for GDPR compliance. - POSTPONED
  • 15:50-16:00: The recent Oxford IT Forum Conference was another excellent combination of talks and workshops, and vendor interaction. Brief highlights of the day will be provided by Ronald Haynes, along with ideas about further expanding our collaborative IT efforts with Oxford.
  • 16:00-16:30: Celebratory refreshments -This will be the final seminar of this academic year, and as usual, there will be some light refreshments to celebrate the end-of-term!

The Research Computing Services division has recently launched a new service which provides infrastructure as a service (IaaS) capability. The service provides instant high-performance compute, storage, network resources and other functionality. It helps to 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. More information can be found here https://www.hpc.cam.ac.uk/research-computing-cloud-services

The research Computing Services team will present Research Computing Cloud service capabilities and details about the platform that the service is built on. There also will be a live demo of the platform and a Q&A session.

Handling the large volume of spam, ransomware and other malware delivered via email to often indignant users has become quite a large part of standard IT duties over the past few years. Along with the increasing complexity of the tricks and techniques used by hacker groups for spearphishing and delivering malware, it is clearly apparent that there is only so much that professional IT staff can expect from their users in terms of determining what is, and is not, malware or phishing.

Yet the pressure on often relatively junior administrative and financial staff has not decreased and the time taken to try and work out what is genuine and what is not does not make for smooth time management. Most important of all, IT practitioners must not indulge in the blame culture when an incident happens, simply because the person blamed will probably never "own up" to making a possible mistake again. A positive culture - even admitting "Yes, it has happened to me" - is essential to encourage users to be open about mistakes.

This seminar will attempt to show some of the more common of the latest spammer tricks, and introduce some tools which (hopefully) will make your life easier.

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.

TechLink: Induction Day for new IT Staff new Fri 24 Nov 2017   09:00 Finished

Induction Day for new IT Staff

This day-long session introduces how IT works in the University of Cambridge, its idiosyncrasies and governance, what is expected of an IT professional working within the collegiate university and what resources are available for them. It covers IT specific material and does not duplicate the PPD Introductory Conference. The programme for the day is:

9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-9:50 Welcome to Cambridge
9:50-10:30 IT within the University
10:30-10:50 Coffee
10:50-11:30 The user
11:30-12:10 The network
12:10-13:30 Lunch — representatives from various service groups will be milling around to talk to
13:30-14:10 Your responsibilities
14:10-14:50 University-wide services
14:50-15:10 Coffee
15:10-15:50 Building the IT community
15:50-16:00 Conclusion and End

Kieren Lovell and Dr David Modic, from the Computer Laboratory, will be presenting on the most common attack vectors for Social Engineering, and connecting the research to practical advice for Researchers and Staff travelling to areas of increased risk.

As an experiment, we are looking to run this event in webinar format. Joining instructions will be e-mailed to those that have signed up by 11am on the day.

TechLink Seminar: The Blue Active Directory new Wed 22 Feb 2017   14:15 Finished

Bob Dowling will be talking about Blue, the UIS' Active Directory, what options it creates for Institutional IT staff and plans for further development.

TechLink Seminar: The Cyber Security Programme new Wed 22 Mar 2017   14:15 Finished

With the recent opening of the National Cyber Security Centre, Cyber Security is a phrase that we will soon be hearing a lot more frequently. Cassie Bradley, the Programme Manager for the UIS' Cyber Security initiative, will be talking about the projects that are in progress and introducing some of the people involved in making the University a more secure place to work.

Ashley Culver, Head of the UIS Security Operations Centre Security Engineering team, will talk about the teams two current large projects:

  • The Managed Firewall Service
  • The Intrusion Detection Service
TechLink Seminar: The Year Ahead new Wed 18 Oct 2017   14:15 Finished

Prof. Ian Leslie, the interim Director of UIS, will be presenting our annual view of the coming year in University IT.

Wojciech Turek, head of the Research Computing Platforms team and service owner for storage services will provide an overview of the recently released UIS storage services for research data and how they can benefit researchers and help to improve way researchers store and process data. Wojciech will also provide insight into the development of the forthcoming institutional storage service and Storage Self-Service portal. Matt Raso-Barnett and Paul Browne will look under the hood of the current storage services and provide insight into the storage platforms and how we built them.

Estonia has been at the forefront of Tech for a decade. Voting, taxes, prescriptions, and a whole lot more, are all online. Internet access is a right, laid down in the law.

Now, everyone can have the digital benefits that an Estonian takes for granted. Kieren Lovell will help you find out more on how you too can become a digital e-Estonian nomad.

Admin note: This will be presented as a webinar. The booking form lists a room as this is a requirement of the training booking system but there will be no activity in this room. Instead you should connect with a Flash-capable web browser and headphone or speakers from the comfort of your own Institution.

A course for Telephone Liaison Officers to learn the features of the Telecoms Administration Systems.

Unconscious Bias happens automatically, without conscious control, when our brains make quick judgements or assessments about people and situations. Combatting unconscious bias isn’t about blame. It’s about accountability.

This session will provide an introduction to implicit or unconscious bias and will help you start to understand how our biases influence the decisions we make.

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Wed 20 Nov 2019 10:30 [Places]
Thu 28 Nov 2019 11:00 [Places]
UIS Staff: Respect at Work Workshop new Tue 26 Jun 2018   09:30 Finished
  • In the context of professional conduct and the HE environment, it will cover dignity at work, harassment, bullying & sexual misconduct and breaking the silence
  • This workshop will consist of three parts, totalling 3 hours
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