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Computing ShortCourses offered each semester by Technology Support are free of charge, non-credit courses designed to help all members of the TTU community improve their computer skills.

Below you'll see the list of ShortCourses by category and you can click on the title to read the description. Most classes are located at the Advanced Technology Learning Center, you may visit the ATLC Main page for directions and room information. Once you have identified the ShortCourse you would like to attend, you can register online. You can also download and print the course handouts at any time. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: An eRaider account is required for each participant to register and attend a ShortCourse. Please read the ShortCourse Policy to learn more about parking information, customized ShortCourses, and general policies.

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Photoshop - I 3 Upcoming

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.

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Photoshop - II 3 Upcoming

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.

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Mathematics & Statistics

Excel Data Analysis 2 Upcoming

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 2016 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.

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JMP 2 Upcoming

JMP (pronounced "jump"), a product from SAS, is a powerful and interactive data visualization and statistical analysis program. This ShortCourse provides a general introduction to the JMP software. It introduces the structure of the JMP Window; preparing and manipulating data; using interactive graphs to learn from your data; and performing simple statistical analyses. This ShortCourse assumes that the users are familiar with Elementary Statistics.

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MATLAB 2 Upcoming

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.

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R Commander 1 Upcoming

In this ShortCourse, you will become familiar with R Commander, a point-and-click interface to free software R. R Commander allows users to focus on statistical methods rather than remembering R commands. This ShortCourse describes the use of R Commander under Windows Operating System. This ShortCourse assumes that the users are familiar with Elementary Statistics.

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SAS - I 3 Upcoming

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.

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SAS - II 3 Upcoming

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.

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SAS Enterprise Guide -I 1 Upcoming

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.

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SAS Enterprise Guide -II 1 Upcoming

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.

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SAS Studio 1 Upcoming

SAS Studio is a module in SAS. SAS Studio is different because it is a tool that you can use to write and run SAS code through your web browser. Two free SAS programs: SAS University Edition and SAS OnDemand also run SAS Studio. With SAS Studio, you can access your data files, libraries, and existing SAS programs and write new SAS programs. This ShortCourse assumes that users are familiar with Elementary Statistics.

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SPSS - I 1 Upcoming

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.

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SPSS - II 1 Upcoming

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.

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Access - I 1 Upcoming

This beginner-level Access ShortCourse will help familiarize you with the fundamentals of Microsoft Access 2016 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 assumes that you are familiar with Microsoft Office 2016 new interface.

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Access - II 1 Upcoming

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.

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Excel 3 Upcoming

In this ShortCourse, you will become familiar with the fundamentals of Excel 2016. 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.

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Excel Charts 2 Upcoming

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 2016.

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Excel Formulas & Functions 2 Upcoming

In this ShortCourse you will learn how to create formulas in Excel 2016. 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.

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Excel PivotTable 2 Upcoming

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 2016 to gain the most from this ShortCourse.

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OneNote 2 Upcoming

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.

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Outlook 2 Upcoming

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.

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PowerPoint 2 Upcoming

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.

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SharePoint 2 Upcoming

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 works seamlessly with Microsoft Office 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 2013, how to access and navigate through a SharePoint site, and how to integrate with Office 2013 applications.

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Skype for Business 2 Upcoming

Microsoft Skype for Business is the client application for real-time (synchronous) communications. In this course, you will learn how to use Skype for Business 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 Skype for Business'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.

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Professional Skills Workshops

3D-Printing 3 Upcoming

This workshop will provide you with an overview of modern 3D printing processes. Specifically, we will discuss several types of 3D printing, the types of software used for 3D rendering, and use cases for 3D printing, both academic and commercial. We will discuss 3D printing services and resources available on campus, including services available through the ATLC. Additional topics include best practices for 3D design, submission and production, specific to fused deposition modeling and additive printing. This ShortCourse will include a live demo of a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer.

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Mediasite 2 Upcoming

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.

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Safe Computing Practices and Guidelines

Safe Computing Practices 2 Upcoming

In a time of constant network-based attacks, viruses, and worms, safe computing is critical for successful computing. This course details a number of security measures necessary to thwart hackers and intrusion attempts. Course includes an overview of intrusion methods and suggestions for safe and secure desktop computing. Designed for the typical computer user, course materials address desktop security and are part of the CIO's campus Safe Computing Campaign.

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Web Development & Publishing

Accessibility for the Web 2 Upcoming

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.

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Dreamweaver 2 Upcoming

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.

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Expression Web 1 Upcoming

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.

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Web Analytics 1 Upcoming

This ShortCourse for Texas Tech University web editors and developers is designed to assist in creating web pages that are properly constructed using the best practices to insure they are optimized for modern search engines. In the first hour of the course we cover the basics of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) including tagging, images and links, proper headings, meta information, and content relevance. The techniques are all explored within the OmniUpdate environment. In the second hour we cover web analytics, learning how to measure collect and analyze your web traffic. We will cover the what kinds of information one can get from analytics in addition to what information is important and how to use things like bounce rate, page hits, and demographics to help improve your overall site.

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TTU Web 101 1 Upcoming

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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