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Word 2016 for Beginners

2.0 hours

This course is designed to help beginners to use Word in an effective and efficient manner.

This session will cover:

  • Creating and saving documents
  • Selecting text
  • Character formatting and format painter
  • Line spacing
  • Page setup (margins/orientation)
  • Document navigation
  • Inserting page breaks
  • Paragraph alignment
  • Cut, copy and paste
  • Inserting symbols
  • Simple tabs
  • Difference between Save and Save As...
  • Find and replace

Prior knowledge: Knowledge of using a PC

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

PowerPoint 2016 for Beginners

2 hours

This session aims to give you a grounding in the use of PowerPoint for the production of presentations for lectures or demonstrations.

This session will cover:

  • Creating a presentation (various layouts/re-order)
  • Add pictures
  • Add transitions
  • Add simple animations
  • Printing (slides and handouts)
  • Skills for running your presentation
  • Using the presentation elsewhere

Prior knowledge: Word 2016 for Beginners or equivalent knowledge

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

Excel 2016 for Beginners

2.5 hours

This course provides a basic introduction to Excel 2016. You will learn how to create a simple worksheet and use it to carry out a range of basic operations.

This session will cover:

  • Backstage view
  • Creating and saving a simple spreadsheet
  • Inserting data - text, numbers and dates
  • Formatting
  • Selecting parts of a spreadsheet
  • Building simple formulas
  • Displaying formulas
  • Filling a series
  • Using the Sum function
  • Working with rows and columns
  • Moving and copying data
  • Sorting and filtering
  • Hiding and freezing
  • Headers and footers
  • Print preview and printing

Prior knowledge: Word 2016 for Beginners or equivalent knowledge

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

Word 2016 - Formatting Tips and Techniques

2.0 hours

This session is for people who want to learn more about Word.

This session will cover:

  • Paragraph formatting (indenting/additional line spacing/tabs)
  • Cut and paste using the clipboard feature
  • Bullets and numbering (using and customising)
  • Simple headers and footers
  • Simple page numbering
  • Applying borders (text/paragraphs/pages)
  • Sorting text
  • Using watermarks
  • Using Find and Replace
  • Opening/Editing PDFs
  • Save as PDF

Prior knowledge: Word 2016 for Beginners or equivalent knowledge

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

Word 2016 - Tables and Pictures

1.5 hours

This session is for Word users who wish to produce tables and would like to manipulate text around pictures.

This session will cover:

  • Creating tables and using the main features
  • Inserting clipart and pictures
  • Manipulating text around pictures and tables
  • Enhancing pictures
  • Add captions to tables and pictures
  • Make a Table of Figures (or Tables)
  • Use pictures as backgrounds
  • Save as PDF

Prior knowledge: Word 2016 for Beginners or equivalent knowledge

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

Excel 2016 - Charts

1.5 hours

This course will enable you to produce charts in Excel. You learn how to add and format charts of different types.

This session will cover:

  • Creating a bar and pie chart
  • Creating column, line, area and scatter charts/li>
  • Customising a chart
  • Changing a chart type
  • Adding trendlines, error bars and data tables

Prior knowledge: Excel 2016 for Beginners or equivalent knowledge

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

Excel 2016 - Pivot Tables

1.25 hours

This course builds on your basic Excel knowledge. You will learn to use the power of pivot tables and pivot charts to present and manipulate data.

This session will cover:

  • Creating a pivot table
  • Switching fields
  • Slicers
  • Formatting
  • Calculated field
  • Sorting
  • Pivot charts
  • And Pivot tables, a tool which can automatically sort, count and total the data stored in one table or spreadsheet and create a summary of it.

Prior knowledge: Excel 2016 for Beginners or equivalent knowledge

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

PowerPoint 2016- Further Skills

2 hours

This session is for people who want to learn more about PowerPoint and aims to continue from the PowerPoint: Introduction course. If possible, please bring your own headphones.

This session will cover:

  • Adding video and sound
  • Inserting Excel data
  • Using organisational charts (SmartArt)
  • Linking to external web pages
  • Using slide masters
  • Custom animation
  • Automating slide shows
  • Using your presentation elsewhere

Prior knowledge: PowerPoint 2016 for Beginners or equivalent knowledge

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

Take control of your PowerPoint

1.0 hours

This session is for people who want tips on how to run a smooth presentation using PowerPoint 2016.

This session will cover:

  • Linking to external web pages
  • Automating slide shows
  • Tips on how to move around your presentation
  • Using your presentation elsewhere (screen width/fonts)
  • Producing Notes

Prior knowledge: PowerPoint 2016 for Beginners or equivalent knowledge

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

Publisher 2016 - Posters and Flyers

1.5 hours

An Introduction to using Publisher for basic desktop publishing to work with text and pictures to create posters and flyers.

Prior knowledge: Word 2016 for Beginners or equivalent knowledge

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

Photoshop CS6

3 hours

This course will enable you to get started with using Photoshop CS6. It will also be equally useful for users of other recent versions of Photoshop including Photoshop CC and CC 2015.

This session will cover:

  • Using the Photoshop interface
  • Digital image basics
  • Making selections
  • Working with layers
  • Transforming images
  • Tonal and colour corrections
  • Retouching and repairing images
  • Masks, filters and blending modes
  • Layer effects
  • Working with text
  • Printing, sharing and saving images

Prior knowledge: You will need to be a confident PC user

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

MindView 6 - Get Started with Mind Mapping

1 hour 15 mins

This course will introduce to the basics of mind mapping and then show you how MindView can be used as your mind mapping tool of choice.

This session will cover:

  • What is mind mapping
  • 8 steps to successful mind mapping
  • The MindView screen
  • Adding branches
  • Choosing styles and layouts
  • Adding pictures, icons and comments
  • Attaching files and hyperlinks
  • Formatting, moving and styling branches
  • Printing
  • Citations
  • Timelines

Prior knowledge: You will need to be a confident PC user

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

Endnote Online - limited functionality

1.5 hours

A brief introduction/overview to using the Free Web version of EndNote to manage your citations and create a bibliography. You will need to signup for an account before you attend (go to www.myendnoteweb.com)

This session will cover:

  • Using an EndNote Basic (web) account
  • Adding the EndNote Toolbar to your browser
  • Collecting citations
  • Selecting reference styles
  • Include citations in a Word document

Prior knowledge: Good word processing skills and an understanding of how to use the Library online Electronic Resources. Also be familiar with referencing - for guidance please refer to the Library Infosuss.

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

Endnote X7 Desktop - Full functionality

2.5 hours

This session will cover:

  • How to obtain the software and/or use EndNote Web
  • Creating a new library
  • Manually adding a reference
  • Importing a reference from an online database such as Scopus
  • Importing PDFs to create references
  • Organising, sorting and searching an EndNote library
  • Inserting citations into a Word document using Cite As You Write (CWYW)
  • Editing and managing references in Word
  • Inserting images

Prior knowledge: Good word processing skills and an understanding of how to use the Library online Electronic Resources. Also be familiar with referencing - for guidance please refer to the Library Infosuss.

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

Outlook 2016 – Managing email and calendars

This session will look at the following topics in the Outlook email and calendaring system.

This session will cover:

  • Choosing an alternative signature
  • Change text case in email text
  • Have Outlook automatically close a message after replying or forwarding
  • Have Outlook spellcheck an email before sending
  • Attachments
  • Inserting a Screenshot in an Outlook 2010 message
  • Resend an email message
  • Keyboard shortcuts for Outlook 2010
  • Quick Steps
  • Calendar Invitations
  • Viewing various day spans in the calendar
  • View non-consecutive dates

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

Word 2016 – Managing headers, footers and page numbering for your thesis

1.5 hours

This course is particularly useful for those who will be creating long documents, such as a thesis, dissertation or report.

This session will cover:

  • Creating different Headers and Footers in the same document
  • Page Numbering
  • Using Section Breaks (e.g. to divide documents into chapters)

Prior knowledge: Word 2016 for beginners or equivalent knowledge

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

Word 2016 – Creating an automatic table of contents for your thesis

1.5 hours

This course is particularly useful for those who will be creating long documents, such as a thesis, dissertation or report.

This session will cover:

  • Creating & modifying an automatic Table of Contents
  • Using styles (use and modify)
  • Using the Navigation Pane
  • Adding Footnotes & Endnotes

Prior knowledge: Word 2016 for beginners or equivalent knowledge

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

CV tips and tricks in Word

1.0 hours

Lay out your CV to show employers you are fimilar with Word features.

This session will cover:

  • Introduction to tables
  • Indenting text
  • Page breaks
  • Heading styles
  • Paragraph formatting

Prior knowledge: Word 2016 for Beginners or similar knowledge

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

Excel 2016 - Functions

2 hours

This course builds on your basic Excel knowledge. You will learn how to harness the power of formulas to unlock the mathematical power of Excel.

This session will cover:

  • Conditional formatting
  • Absolute and relative referencing
  • Defined names
  • Displaying formulas
  • Using the fill handle
  • Order of evaluation in formulas
  • Functions (Statistical, logical, lookup, maths, text, date)
  • Using IF statements
  • Using VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP

Prior knowledge: Excel 2016 for beginners or equivalent knowledge

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

MindView 6 – for project management

1 hour

This course will show you how to use MindView for project management. It will be assumed that you know how to use MindView.

This session will cover:

  • Work breakdown structure
  • Task and project management
  • Adding information to tasks
  • Project calendars
  • Task predecessors
  • Working with resources
  • Gantt view
  • Editing information in the Gantt view
  • Reporting
  • Exporting to Microsoft Project and Outlook

Prior knowledge: MindView 6 - get started with mind mapping

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

OneNote 2016 - An Introduction (Staff Only)

1 hour 20 minutes

OneNote is a digital notebook (wiki) which can be used to gather and organise notes, to-do lists, screen clippings etc. It provides easy searching, can be shared with others and accessed from multiple devices. This course provides a brief introduction to the main features.

There are no courses planned at present but you can

sign up to the waiting list in Sussex Direct

(click on the link to be informed when a place is available)

The courses currently provided by IT Services are listed on this page. Please see the descriptions for details of how to reserve a place.

Some ITS Courses have been reviewed and renamed with a level number to indicate the attendance order and application skill.

  • Level 1 indicates an introductory course
  • Level 2 indicates an intermediate/follow on course
  • Level 3 indicates an advanced/follow on course

Please address any queries about courses to its-training@sussex.ac.uk.

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Updated on 14 February 2017