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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 fee is £100 for staff of University departments and £100 + VAT for staff of University Colleges and students.

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 POSTPONED

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).

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 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 24 Jun 2020   09:30 CANCELLED

Bookings for this course are placed on hold in response to the rapidly changing events due to COVID-19. The status of these courses will be reviewed towards the end of April 2020. See the University's COVID-19 page for up to date information.

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.

Bookings for this course are placed on hold in response to the rapidly changing events due to COVID-19. The status of these courses will be reviewed towards the end of April 2020. See the University's COVID-19 page for up to date information.

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.

Relational Database Design Tue 5 May 2020   09:00 CANCELLED

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.

Research Computing: Infrastructure as a Service Thu 19 Mar 2020   09:30 CANCELLED

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.

Research Computing Services: FEniCS Conference Workshop new Tue 23 Jun 2020   09:00 CANCELLED

Bookings for this course are placed on hold in response to the rapidly changing events due to COVID-19. The status of these courses will be reviewed towards the end of April 2020. See the University's COVID-19 page for up to date information.

FEniCS tutorial held alongside the FEniCS 2020 conference. The tutorial will be run by the FEniCS-X developers and expert users.

Booking for this event can be made online

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.

SCOPUS: Get Started (Online) new Self-taught Booking not required

This is free introductory training on using the SCOPUS abstract and citation database, created by the professional academic trainers at SCOPUS and selected for curation by UIS training staff.

You can access the training here

Use your Raven password to access the SCOPUS reference database

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.

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