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Computer Skills

 
Registration is required for all workshops.
Our Computer Skills: Foundations workshops are free for UB Students. You may register for any of our free workshops using UB's online calendar.

Computer Skills: Further Learning workshops are fee-based. These workshops are open to all, but seating may be limited. Please confirm space availability with the ALC prior to registration. Payment is required to reserve a seat: $10/UB students, $20/UB staff and alumni, $30/general public. Our registration form is available here.

For more information, call 410.837.5383 or stop by the Academic Center, Room 113.

Computer Skills: Foundations

These workshops review basic computer skills and applications with hands-on instruction. They are free for UB Students, but they fill up quickly. Reserve your seat for one of our upcoming workshops using UB's online calendar, or by clicking one of the links below.

Click the [+] alongside the titles to read the workshop descriptions and view upcoming dates.

          • PC Basics

            New to computers? Using the Windows operating system, learn to create, edit, organize, and save documents to both UB-provided storage and flash drives.

            Call or stop by the center to make an appointment

          • Sakai Basics

            UB's e-Learning platform is used in hundreds of regular classes, not just in online courses. Practice navigating in Sakai and learn how to track deadlines, submit assignments, manage files, take tests, message classmates, and participate in online discussions. You'll leave this hands-on workshop ready for class. 

            Thursday, Aug. 21, 10-11:30 a.m.
            Thursday, Sept. 4, 6-7:30 p.m.
            Monday, Sept. 15, 4-5:30 p.m.

            required: basic knowledge of Windows environment. See PC Basics

          • Mac Basics

            Making the switch from PC to Mac? No problem. Learn the basics of everything from the Mac operating system to Apple's unique mouse and keyboard to the system's file and folder structure. 

            Tuesday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-noon

            required: basic knowledge of Windows environment. See PC Basics

            • Adobe Creative Basics: Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop

              Explore Adobe's Creative Cloud using the basic tools, panels, and functions of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Learn about setting up, saving, and packaging documents appropriately and explore the functions and usability of each program. This workshop is for UB Students. 

              Friday, Sept. 5, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
              Friday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

              required: basic knowledge of Windows environment. See PC Basics

            • Excel Basics

              Create a simple spreadsheet to perform basic calculations and quickly organize information such as names and dates. Discover easy-to-use templates for expenses, calendars and reports. Format your data and text for clarity and polish and then print your results.

              Tuesday, Sept. 9, 12:30-2 p.m.
              Thursday, Sept. 25, 6-7:30 p.m.
              Friday, Nov. 14, 10-11:30 a.m.

              required: basic knowledge of Windows environment. See PC Basics

            • Writing Well with Word

              Whether it’s for work or for class, producing professional-looking papers and reports is about more than just the writing; formatting and presentation are crucial. Create a new document and then get comfortable with tasks like adjusting margins, numbering pages, using headers and footers and inserting tables—plus save time with shortcuts and templates.

              APA and MLA style formatting is not covered in this workshop, for more information please click here for useful documentation links.

              Tuesday, Sept. 30, 12:30-2 p.m.
              Friday, Oct. 24, 10-11:30 a.m.

              required: basic knowledge of Windows environment. See PC Basics

            • Presenting with PowerPoint and Prezi

              Getting ready to make a presentation? Learn to create your own slideshows and build professional PowerPoint and Prezi presentations to effectively communicate your points and engage your audience with elements like bullets, images, audio and video.

              required: basic knowledge of Windows environment. See PC Basics

              Tuesday, Oct. 7, 12:30-2 p.m.
              Friday, Nov. 21, 10-11:30 a.m.

Computer Skills: Further Learning

Our Further Learning workshops are a great tool to take your Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access skills to the next level. These workshops are hands-on and seating is limited to ensure small class size.

Due to their demand and in-depth focus, these workshops are fee-based. Please confirm space availability with the Achievement and Learning Center prior to registration. Payment is required to reserve a seat: $10/UB students, $20/UB staff and alumni, $30/general public. Our registration form is available here.

Click the [+] alongside the titles to read the workshop descriptions and view upcoming dates.

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  • Access 1

    Why create a database? What can Access do that a spreadsheet can't? Learn the difference between Access and Excel and build a simply database from scratch. Create and relate tables of information, make forms to easily enter data, and produce basic reports.

    Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Saturday, Nov. 8, 1:30-5:30 p.m.

    required: basic knowledge of Windows environment; see PC Basics

  • Access 2

    Import and manipulate data from a spreadsheet like Excel and produce visually appealing reports. Learn about sophisticated functions such as using advanced queries, updating information, finding what you need and deleting what you don't, and performing calculations. 

    Saturday, Sept. 27, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
    Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


    required: skills covered in Access 1; see above for details

  • Access 3

    Now that you can manipulate data in Access, add advanced control features and visualize your data in charts. Learn how to minimize errors during data entry, save time by automating processes and protect your database.

    Saturday, Nov. 15, 1:30-5:30 p.m.

    required: skills covered in Access 1 and 2; see above for details

  • Excel 1

    Easily manipulate tables of information—contact lists, schedules, budgets, and more—for presentation and analysis. Learn to sort alphabetically, chronologically, large to small, etc.; use basic formulas to add, subtract, multiply, and divide; and format and print with headers, footers, and gridlines.

    Friday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Friday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Friday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    required: basic knowledge of Windows environment; see PC Basics

  • Excel 2

    Perform more complex calculations in several tables. Create multi-step formulas and replicate patterns of numbers, dates, etc. without typing. Use pivot tables and functions to summarize your data (count, find average and locate maximum and minimum values) and display your results in charts and graphs.

    Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    required: skills covered in Excel 1; see above for details

  • Excel 3

    Perform sophisticated analyses on large tables of data using time-saving tools and more advanced graphics. Learn to automate repetitive processes with macros, perform "if...then" calculations, display only the data you need and change the look of cells based on their values. You'll also create advanced charts (dual axis, stacked, area, and trendlines). 

    Saturday, Oct. 25, 1:30-5:30 p.m.

    required:  skills covered in  Excel 1  and some skills from  Excel 2;  see above for details