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Course Descriptions, Fall 2014

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Adobe Creative Suite
Dreamweaver Dreamweaver is a powerful tool that makes creating your own website easy. In this class, you will learn how to use Dreamweaver to edit and format text, create links, and work with images. We will also explore some of the basics of the CSS panel to help establish a consistent design for your website.
Illustrator This Adobe Illustrator Class will cover the basics of creating vector-based graphics using Illustrator's most common tools and filters. Topics include drawing shapes and paths, the pen tool, typography, brushes, swatches, and many more.
InDesign This ShortCourse serves as an introduction to InDesign, Adobe's desktop publishing software application. Topics covered will include an overview of InDesign's interface, document setup, basic text, and working with objects. This InDesign course will give you the basics skills on which you can then develop further skills and become proficient at using this powerful layout program.
Photoshop - I In this course you will learn about some of the basic tools and palettes in Photoshop. Topics will include selecting; transforming; layers; masking; text, including special effects; and using the gradient tool in making montages. Specific examples will be used in the class to help in the learning process. You will receive all the files and materials you need for the class.
Photoshop - II In this advanced course you will learn how to correct torn photos, remove unwanted items, and perform simple lighting corrections. You will also learn how to use some tools that will enable you to turn an ordinary or dull image into an image that will stand out and capture the attention of the viewer.
Microsoft Office
Access - I This beginner-level Access ShortCourse will help familiarize you with the fundamentals of Microsoft Access 2013 to help you get started using this program. You will be introduced to the rules and guidelines for creating a relational database. In this course you will learn the foundation of a good database design. This course assums that you are familiar with Microsoft Office 2013 new interface.
Access - II Access - part II ShortCourse is designed as an intermediate course to Microsoft Access- part I ShortCourse. This course explores viewing, editing, navigating, sorting, finding, and filtering records, in addition to printing data and implementing and maintaining table relationships. This course also covers Expression Builder, and calculated fields. You will learn how to create parameter queries that make a query ask for input. This course assumes that you are familiar with database design basics.
Excel In this ShortCourse, you will become familiar with the fundamentals of Excel 2013. Topics include navigating within a spreadsheet, using worksheets and workbooks, entering information, using formulas, using functions, formatting information, printing, auto formatting, filling in information, sorting, and filtering.
Excel Charts In this shortcourse you will learn how to use Microsoft Excel to create many kinds of charts to help you display data in ways that are most meaningful to your audience. This course assumes the basic knowledge of Excel 2013.
Excel Data Analysis This ShortCourse, will cover some of the statistical analysis functions built into Excel, as well as those included with the Analysis ToolPak. In this course, you will learn how to use Excel 2013 for Descriptive and Inferential statistics, t-Test, ANOVA, Correlation, and Regression. This course assumes the basic knowledge of Excel 2013 and knowledge of basic college level statistics.
Excel Formulas & Functions In this shortcourse you will learn how to create formulas in Excel 2013. How to use Excel's built -in , predefined formulas, called functions, to make quick work of complex calculations. Several financial, mathematical, and statistical functions will be introduced.
Excel PivotTable Excel PivotTables, are a great way to summarize, analyze, explore, and present your data. You can also use PivotTables to make comparisons, detect patterns and relationships, and discover trends. In this ShortCourse you will learn how to create, format, and print PivotTables. Participants should have basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel 2013 to gain the most from this ShortCourse.
Excel PowerPivot In this ShortCourse you will be introduced to the basic features of PowerPivot for Excel 2013, and the benefits of using PowerPivot for your analytical needs. PowerPivot is an add-in for Excel 2013, which helps you create Data Models. A Data Model is a new approach for integrating data from multiple tables, building a relational data source inside an Excel workbook. Excel Data Models provide tabular data used in PivotTables, PivotCharts, and Power View reports. You will benefit from this ShortCourse the most, if you are familiar with Microsoft Access, and Excel PivotTable.
OneNote Microsoft Office OneNote is a note-taking software. With OneNote you have the ability to assign "tags" to your notes, copy and drag from any application, webpage, and PDF into a OneNote page, create Outlook tasks or appointments, even contacts directly from the notes. You can record audio and/or video directly into a note page, you can draw, highlight, email, use the Windows key + S to screen clip any area of your desktop without losing the mouse focus on a menu or highlighted item! A powerful feature of OneNote is the ability to convert handwritten text into type.
Outlook Microsoft Outlook is an electronic planner. In this shortcourse, you will learn the basics of using Outlook: how to move between Outlook folders, how to sort each folder and change your view of it, how to access files through Outlook, and how to use Outlook Today.
PowerPoint This course introduces the basics of creating a PowerPoint presentation using outlining, graphing, and drawing tools and creating a Web page from the presentation. Topics included are ways to deliver a PowePoint presentation including self-running presentation.
Word Topics will include menu structure, formatting information, working with margins and orientation, editing, managing files, printing, page numbering, columns, creating and using tables, and customizing Word documents.
Statistics
SAS - I SAS (pronounced saas) is a computer application that can be used to perform statistical analyses. This Shortcourse will introduce you to SAS Syntax-based programming. It is intended to familiarize new SAS users for Windows interface, and teach the basic programming skills needed to perform elementary data manipulation and analytical tasks in SAS. This Shortcourse assumes that the users are familiar with elementary statistics.
SAS - II In this ShortCourse you will learn more about SAS Syntax-based programming in Windows environment. Some SAS mathematical and statistical functions, as well as, some popular statistical procedures such as PROC TTEST, PROC CORR, and PROC REG will be discussed also. In this ShortCourse it is assumed that you are familiar with elementary statistics and you have already taken SAS ShortCourse - Part I.
SAS Enterprise Guide -I SAS Enterprise Guide (EG) is the most powerful module in SAS. It is a project-oriented Windows application designed to be used by novice SAS users as well as researchers and business decision makers who are already familiar with SAS programming for exporting data and results to other applications and creating reports, queries, and charts. As you access data and build tasks, SAS Enterprise Guide generates SAS code for you. For this ShortCourse, it is assumed that you have completed the Base SAS ShortCourse or already know how to create SAS data sets. It is also assumed that you are familiar with Elementary Statistics.
SAS Enterprise Guide -II In this ShortCourse, you will learn how to use SAS Enterprise Guide to create Graphs, Reports and Queries. In this ShortCourse, it is assumed that you have completed the Base SAS ShortCourse and SAS Enterprise Guide -I or already know how to create SAS data sets. This ShortCourse also assumes a familiarity with Elementary Statistics and Microsoft Access Queries.
SPSS - I SPSS provides a powerful statistical analysis and data management system in a graphical environment, using descriptive menus and simple dialog boxes to do most of the work for you. Most tasks can be accomplished simply by pointing and clicking the mouse. This ShortCourse will cover basic statistical procedures with IBM SPSS Statistics, the Statistical software for the Social Sciences. This ShortCourse assumes that you are familiar with elementary statistics.
SPSS - II This ShortCourse will cover more of Statistical Analyses such as T Tests, ANOVA, and Linear Regression, using SPSS software. In this ShortCourse it is assumed that you are familiar with elementary statistics and you have already taken SPSS - I ShortCourse.
Web Development and Publishing
Accessibility for the Web Accessibility is a key component of any web design. Taking into consideration standards and practices that maximize the usefulness of your site to the widest variety of publics possible is not just a good idea but in many cases it is mandatory. This course will cover some basic information about how to meet accessibility guidelines and keep your web site compliant with various regulations. We will cover who accessibility affects as well as some techniques to create accessible images, tables and layouts.
Expression Web This course covers the basics of Microsoft Expression Web. Expression Web is a web site designing software from Microsoft. It is a tool for building and enhancing Web sites with design elements such as cascading style sheets. Instead of being part of the Office suite, Expression Web is part of the Expression suite. Microsoft Expression Web gives you all the tools you'll need to produce high-quality Web sites the way you want them. Expression Web enables you to design, develop, and maintain exceptional standards-based Web sites.
Workshops
Cognos Student Reporting Cognos is a powerful tool to help you manage data and create detailed reports, using a Web Portal. Using the Student Banner data, participants will learn how to create spreadsheets / documents for use in tracking students, class schedules and rosters, and many other uses. Reports can be created at any time, on any PC, using this web-based tool. Participants must have taken Student Banner Training prior to enrolling in this course.
Cyber Security 101 Cyber security is the practice of keeping our personal information secure, as well as protecting our personal safety online. This workshop will teach the basics of cyber security. Topics include identity theft, phishing scams, malware, passwords, WiFi, apps, social media, online reputation, and cyber bullying. This information is relevant to TTU faculty, staff and students in their roles at Texas Tech, and also in their roles as friends and family members.
LYNC Microsoft LYNC is the client application for real-time (synchronous) communications. In this course, you will learn how to use Lync to improve your efficiency by communicating quickly and easily using instant messaging (IM), voice, and video. View presence information about other users and initiate real-time communication from within an Outlook message, avoiding the need to switch applications and search for users. You will also learn how to control incoming communications with alerts, automatic call forwarding and the ability to manually set your status. This course will also cover Lync's integration with Outlook scheduling, how to share applications, desktop, documents, as well as video & voice - giving you many different ways to communicate with others using a consistent and simple user interface.
MATLAB This ShortCourse provides an introduction to the MATLAB technical computing environment. The course is intended for beginning users. Topics include: Working with the MATLAB user interface, Entering commands and creating variables, Analyzing vectors and matrices, and Visualizing vector and matrix data. Prerequisites: Undergraduate-level mathematics and experience with basic computer operations is assumed for this ShortCourse.
Mediasite Mediasite is a video delivery system that can help automate the recording, distribution, management, and analytics of video and multimedia presentations. This ShortCourse covers basic audio video tips, use of the Mediasite version 6 management portal, how to use Mediasite with Blackboard, and how to upload any video content for secure streaming via TTU systems. A Mediasite recorder and AV setup will be present for some hands-on training with the device.
Online Reputation Management This workshop will teach you how to Manage Your Online Reputation. First impressions are no longer always made face-to-face with a handshake. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other up-and-coming social media platforms have changed the way reputations are made ??? and ruined. With literally billions of people on social media, sharing, tagging and tweeting, it is important to be aware of your online reputation and to actively manage it. Topics for this workshop include why your online reputation matters, how to manage it and what we can learn from others who had to learn about online reputation management the hard way. This information is relevant to TTU faculty, staff and students in their roles at Texas Tech, and also in their roles as friends and family members.
Raising Digital Citizens Technology is constantly evolving, and so are the risks. This presentation provides parents with an overview of today's threats and suggestions for safely raising their children in a digital world. Topics include: Online manners, Age-specific recommendations for online activities, Overview of apps, cyberbullying and other risks, General safety, awareness and protection tips, and Online resources.
SharePoint Microsoft SharePoint is a web application platform that makes it easier for people to work together. You can use sites to share documents, collaborate on projects, and share information. SharePoint 2010 works seamlessly with Office 2010 products to make your organizations workflow much easier to manage. Although the most common use of SharePoint is document management, it can be easily customized to fit the needs of your organization through use of shared calendars, task lists, and other features. This starter course is designed for people who are inexperienced with SharePoint and to help them learn how to understand the roles of SharePoint 2010, how to access and navigate through a SharePoint site, and how to integrate with Office 2010 applications.
SkillSoft Online Learning Discover SkillPort, your portal to training and on-the-job support tools that enhance your business and technical skills. These courses are available to the TTU Community, anytime, anywhere from cbt.ttu.edu. Choose from thousands of self-paced, interactive, online courses with topics in Leadership, Communication, Management, Desktop Software and much more. Come learn how to access and navigate these courses with a guided tour, and take a learning break to upgrade your brain!
TTU Web 101 This ShortCourse is designed to be a primer for anyone working with Texas Tech University websites. TTU Web 101 provides an introduction to the policies and best practices that all TTU web pages should incorporate. Topics covered include University Policies, Identity Guidelines, Hosting Options, Accessibility, Search Engine Optimization, and Help Resources. Although this class is open to anyone interested, the material covered will be tailored to the unique conditions of the TTU web environment.
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