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KE029 - Rosie 2 - A Child Protection Simulation: Serious Games & Simulation in Child Protection

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Rosie 2 - A Child Protection Simulation

Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018 (week 20)
Time: 15:00-18:00
Number of hours: 3 hours
Employability Points: 15 points maximum
(Based on 100% attendance)

 

Course outline

A half-day session combining lecture delivery with seminar discussion. You will learn about contemporary approaches to learning in child protection and the application of and potential for learning through simulation and serious games. The child protection (serious game) concept offers a safe and new medium to explore and reflect upon child protection assessment and practice. It offers a unique and innovative way to evaluate child protection situations.
"Rosie 2: A Child Protection Simulation is a computer-based simulation developed by the Centre for Child Protection (CPP). It is a professional learning tool designed to be used by professionals working in child protection - such as social workers, nurses, teachers, the police - to explore and better understand child neglect.
The course looks at:

  • what is a serious game/simulation?
  • what are the benefits of technology in professional training?
  • how and why did the CPP develop "Rosie 2"?
  • playing the game
  • eye tracker and facial recognition technology

The session is relevant to many programmes of study and will enhance your understanding of the potential for enhanced learning through technology.

Please be aware that this course discusses difficult and sensitive issues relating to child protection. We would encourage you to seek appropriate support and advice if the course content raises any personal issues or causes you distress.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you will:

  • gain an overview of the current policy and practice base of child protection and safeguarding in the UK context
  • be able to identify and discuss some of the key elements of child neglect
  • gain knowledge of the relevance and potential of new technology in the field of child protection
  • gain an understanding of the use of eye tracker and facial recognition technology within current CPP research

 

KE044 - Journalism (Medway Campus)

Start date: Monday 11 June 2018 (week 30)
End date: Friday 15 June 2018 (week 30)
Time: 10:00-16:00
Number of hours: 25 hours contact time + 5 hours private study
Location: Medway Campus
Employability Points: 60 points maximum (based on 100% attendance)

 

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Journalism

Course outline

This course offers an intensive immersion in the basic principles and practices of professional journalism in the multimedia age. During five consecutive days of teaching, you will learn what professional journalists do, how they do it and how their work informs the public sphere. You will experience the pressure and the pleasure of making real journalism  to real deadlines under professional leadership. 

Monday: What is journalism for? Reporting politics. Reporting for newspapers. Journalism law and ethics.

Tuesday: Making a newspaper.

Wednesday: Editorial conference. Reporting for radio. Making radio news.

Thursday: Editorial conference. Reporting for television. Making television news.

Friday: Editorial Conference.  Reporting online. Making news for the Internet.

  • six hours of lectures, five hours of newsroom workshops, 12 hours live news days, two hours of editorial conferences. 
  • you will be expected to spend five hours reading newspapers, listening to radio news and, watching television news in preparation for editorial conferences and news days.

Watch the video.

 

Please note, this course takes place at the Medway Campus. A free shuttle bus is available from the Canterbury campus.

You must book a ticket online before you travel.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will:

  • Be aware of major debates about the value and purposes of journalism
  • Have a basic understanding of the relationship between government and journalists
  • Understand the responsibility journalists have to report accurately and fairly
  • Understand key processes, principles and skills involved in writing for publication in print and online
  • Understand what a news story is and why different news providers treat them in different ways
  • Acquire writing, interviewing and note-taking skills and experiment in deploying them in the coverage of news stories
  • Understand key processes, principles and skills involved in reporting for radio, television and online
  • Know how to gather organise and deploy ideas for radio, television and online journalism
  • Develop basic skills in writing cues, reports and headlines for radio and television news bulletins.
  • Understand the structure of editorial teams in broadcasting, newspapers and online publications.  
  • Have a basic understanding of those elements of the English legal system within which the law relating to freedom of expression and the media is administered.
  • Have an understanding of the ethical principles underlying the notion of freedom of expression, its promotion by the state and also the restrictions placed upon it by the law
  • Have an understanding of the tensions between the state’s support of freedom of expression and the legal restrictions placed upon it  

 

KE051 - Clio Barnard Workshop: Writing And Directing Feature Length Fiction For Cinema. The Selfish Giant

Start date: TBC
End date: TBC
Time: 17:00 - 20:00
Number of hours: 3 hours
Employability Points: 10 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

SELFISH-GIANT

The Selfish Giant

Course outline

The interactive workshop will last for three hours; it will explore writing and directing a feature film for theatrical distribution using The Selfish Giant (Dir. Clio Barnard Film4 BFI 2013 90mins) as a case study.

One hour will focus on discussing development, research and screenwriting, another hour on pre-production/production/post-production, and another hour on distribution and exhibition.

The workshop will give the participants an introductory overview of writing and directing a feature film for theatrical distribution from initial idea through to completion and exhibition.

All participants must watch the film in preparation for the workshop. You can access  a DVD of the film free of charge in the university library. You can also stream it via the BFI
http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-the-selfish-giant-2013/ and claim the cost of this if you bring proof of payment to the workshop.

Learning outcomes

During this module, students will:

  • explore the writing and directing of a feature film for theatrical distribution using The Selfish Giant (Dir. Clio Barnard Film4 BFI 2013 90mins) as a case study
  • have the opportunity to discuss what is involved with the development, research and screenwriting of a film
  • consider key concepts involved with film production such as pre-production/production/post-production
  • explore what is involved with the distribution and exhibition of a feature length film

 

KE068 - Excelling in the Graduate Recruitment Cycle: Your Guide to Applications, Interviews and Assessment Centres

Start date: Thursday 30 November (week 10)
End date: Thursday 14 December (week 12)
Time: 16:00-18:00
Number of hours: 6 hours (3 x 2 hour sessions)
Employability Points: 30 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

Dirty History

Excelling in the Graduate Recruitment Cycle

Course outline

This practical module will provide participants with the opportunity to:

  • Practice interview technique and explore the different types of question asked at interview
  • Take part in a mock assessment centre and receive feedback
  • Understand exactly what employers are looking for on an application form.

All sessions will be workshop-based and includes one session in a computer suite, providing participants with practical opportunities each week.

Learning outcomes

  • By the end of this course, students should:

    • Have the knowledge to perform well at interview
    • Be aware of what employers look for in application forms
    • Have a deeper understanding of the structure, purpose and style of an assessment centre

KE086 - Zak & Lottie, tackling online radicalisation & sexual grooming

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Zak & Lottie, tackling online radicalisation & sexual grooming

Date: Wednesday 7 February (week 16)
Time: 13:00-16:00
Number of hours: 3 hours
Employability Points: 15 points maximum
(Based on 100% attendance)

 

Course outline

A standalone 3 hour workshop based on the Centre for Child Protection serious game simulations Zak, spotting the signs of radicalisation and Lottie, tackling online sexual grooming. There will be an introduction into grooming methods.

Students will then go through the simulations as a group with the opportunity for small group activities and self- reflection on their own internet usage and safety.

Please be aware that this course discusses difficult and sensitive issues relating to child protection. We would encourage you to seek appropriate support and advice if the course content raises any personal issues or causes you distress.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an increased awareness around the process of radicalisation of Individuals, particularly those who are involved in the transition from home to university.
  • Identify and discuss factors/indicators of radicalisation in their peers
  • Consider aspects of internet safety
  • Self-reflect on their own and other behaviour
  • Understand where and to whom they should report their concerns on radicalisation, internet safety, sexual grooming and exploitation.
  • Identify some of the procedures in place to support individuals in a pre-criminal space
  • Recognise the grooming process
  • Understand how to stay safe both on and offline
  • Identify and discuss  factors/indicators of online sexual grooming and exploitation
  • Self-reflect on their own and friends behaviour

 

KE094 - Who are you? Improving your prospects by knowing your strengths (for postgrad students only)

Start date: 10 January 2018
End date: 11 January 2018
Time: 09:30-16:30
Number of hours: 13 hours (2 x 6.5 hour sessions)
Employability Points: 60 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

who are you

Who are you?

Course outline

(Please note: this course is for postgraduate students only - this course takes place in the final week of the Christmas vacation)

This two-day workshop is designed to help you to develop your professional and personal effectiveness by enhancing your self-awareness, and awareness of others. The workshop will be entirely activity-based and will be an opportunity to develop the following transferable skills: working with others – teamwork and collaboration; networking; negotiation; problem solving and critical thinking; communication and presentation.

Day 1

0930-0945

Arrival and registration

Coffee/tea

 

0945-1000

Welcome

 

 

1000-1100

Building bridges

A practical icebreaker activity

 

1100-1330

MBTI

An intro. to Myers-Briggs personality types.

 

1330-1400

Lunch

 

 

1400-1600

Not for Profit

Adventures in the third-sector

 

1600-1630

End of day debrief

 

Day 2

0930-0945

Arrival

Coffee/tea

 

0945-1000

Welcome

 

 

1000-1225

Flooded Out

Negotiation, compromise and communication.

 

1230-1315

Lunch

 

 

1315-1445

Team challenge

Teamwork, competition and time management.

 

1445-1500

Break

 

 

1500-1545

End of course debrief

Reflection & future planning.

 

1545-1600

Close

 

 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Better understand how you and other people perceive the world and make decisions
  • Recognise the strengths that you and others bring to a team
  • Better understand the dynamics of working with other people
  • Better understand how their values shape your decision making

 

KE095 - How to communicate with confidence

Dates: Wednesday 31 January to 7 February 2018 (Weeks 15-16)
Time: 13:00-16:00
Number of hours: 6 hours (2 x 3 hour sessions)
Employability Points: 30 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

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How to communicate with confidence

Course outline

This interactive workshop will help you to communicate clearly and confidently even when faced with challenging situations.  Through group work and self-reflection activities we will cover how your preferred communication style affects your relationship with others, how to speak so that others listen and how to really listen to others.  We will practice various techniques which will enable you to have constructive conversations with others rather than avoiding them or having a confrontation.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • recognise various communication styles and respond appropriately
  • identify your own preferred communication style and its impact on others
  • enhance communication with others using effective listening skills
  • give and receive feedback (compliments and criticisms) in a constructive manner
  • communicate effectively with others instead of arguing or avoiding them
  • deal confidently with other people’s expectations and demands (without feeling anxious or guilty)
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KE096 - Sharpen your writing skills for work

Start date: Wednesday 28 February 2018 (Week 19)
End date: Wednesday 7 March 2018 (Week 20)
Time: 13:00-16:00
Number of hours: 6 hours (2 x 3 hour sessions)
Employability Points: 30 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

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Sharpen your writing skills for work

Course outline

At the university's career fair, graduate recruiters put communication skills top of the list. Sadly for them, about 20 per cent of graduates’ English skills are not up to scratch for the workplace.

Employers look for confident, professional communicators. They want people who write clearly, concisely and effectively. Whether you’re emailing a colleague or drafting the annual report, your writing has to be accurate, and make things happen.

This practical workshop course will help you make your words count. We’ll pin down the function of different kinds of writing. We’ll identify who we’re writing for. We’ll learn about tone, content and structure. We’ll include a scattering of grammar and punctuation so you’ll avoid the worst pitfalls.

Above all, we’ll write. Bring a pen and paper or a laptop and be ready to try out all kinds of writing.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand what writing skills employers look for
  • Be ready to write clearly, accurately and effectively in a professional context
  • Have a toolkit for approaching any piece of writing, from emailing the CEO to writing a press release
  • Be ready to write a persuasive and effective CV.

 

 

KE097 - Meditation for study, work and life

Date: Wednesday 21 February 2018 (Week 18)
Time: 13:00-16:00
Number of hours: 3 hours (single session)
Employability Points: 10 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

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Meditation for study, work and life

Course outline

A practical introduction for students into meditative practices drawing from Mindfulness (awareness in the moment), Focus and Taoist approaches and exploring their application to support students’ study, work, life and goals.

Basic principles and aims of meditation will be presented first, highlighting its key attributes as a low-cost, proven, effective, systematic method for training the mind, coping with stress and helping us to achieve goals.

Background, principles and strengths of the three meditative techniques to support students’ specific study, work and personal goals will then be examined followed by a representative practise of:

  • Mindfulness meditation (awareness in the moment)
  • Focus meditation
  • Taoist meditation

Outlines of the historic, religious and philosophic background of each approach will provide students with context to consider the contemporary interest in meditative practices and relevance of meditation to their own situation.

To conclude students will consider experiences, and may seek advice on continued practise and further developments in the field, such as pain-management.

Students should wear shoes with flexible soles and comfortable clothes to keep warm while sitting meditating and to allow mobility in light preparatory and for mindful movement.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • understand the potential of meditation for study, work and life
  • illustrate some of the roots and purposes of meditative practise
  • identify basic principles of meditation and how they are applied
  • learn contemplative skills of mindfulness, focus, and personal transformation
  • pragmatically apply a toolkit of 3 meditative approaches to suit their needs

 

KE104 - Student Mentoring at University (Canterbury Campus OR Medway Campus)

Start date: 1 November 2017 (Canterbury), 3 November 2017 (Medway) (Week 6)
End date: 22 February 2018 (Canterbury), 24 February 2018 (Medway) (Week 18)
Time: 13:00-14:00 (Canterbury) OR 14:00 - 15:00 (Canterbury or Medway)
Number of hours: 12 hours (12x 1 hour sessions)
Employability Points: 60 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)
Location: Canterbury campus OR Medway Campus

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Student Mentoring at University

This course will provide an understanding of mentoring in an academic setting and a recognition of how the skills gained can be applied in the workplace.  For those already mentoring on the Academic Peer Mentoring Scheme, the course will enhance and extend the skills learned in training, and those new to mentoring will develop an understanding of the core elements of how to support their peers.

Course outline

  • Week 1: Introductions and discussion on what new students find challenging about university study
  • Week 2:What are mentors' characteristics and what skills do you need to develop?
  • Week 3: Planning a session: you will work together in subject groups to plan the content of a mentoring session.
  • Week 4: Research methods for evaluating mentoring. You will develop a questionnaire to analyse the impact of your mentoring.
  • Week 5: Team work: you will be introduced to Belbin's team roles theory and will use it to identify your own role in the mentoring team.
  • Week 6: Mid-year review.
  • Week 7: Planning a session: how to help a mentee to set goals and plan their time.
  • Week 8: Equality issues in mentoring and power dynamics.
  • Week 9: Careers Service session reflecting on mentoring skills and developing your CV.
  • Week 10: Mental health and wellbeing session recognising students' stress and signposting to services.
  • Week 11: Cross cultural communication.
  • Week 12: Evaluating yourself as mentor.

Learning outcomes

  • On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Understand the role of mentoring at university
    • Communicate effectively with other students face to face and via email
    • Guide small groups of students in their learning and facilitate discussion
    • Work effectively as part of a small team
    • Reflect on the skills of mentoring such as communication, problem solving, team work and leadership

This course will be running at both our Canterbury and Medway campuses. Please ensure you sign up for the correct course. The Canterbury sessions are on Wednesdays, the Medway sessions are on Fridays.

 

 

KE105 - Beginners' Presentations with Microsoft ® PowerPoint

Dates and times: Friday 26 January 2018 (Week 14) 11:00-12:00 OR Tuesday 6 March 2018 (Week 20) 15:00-16:00
Number of hours: 1 hour
Employability Points: 5 points
Location: Canterbury campus

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Beginners' Presentations with Microsoft ® PowerPoint

Course outline

This is a practical computing session covering:

  • How to prepare a Presentation from scratch in Microsoft ® PowerPoint
  • How to use themes, slide layouts and tools to create a consistent presentation
  • How to apply a variety of formatting features
  • How to set up a slide show and apply slide transitions

You will be provided with a workbook should you wish to continue exploring in your own time.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use presentation fundamentals
  • Create new and work with existing presentations
  • Use themes and pre-defined presentations
  • Insert and work with different slide layouts
  • Use a variety of formatting tools
  • Use different PowerPoint ® objects, e.g. Pictures, Charts, Shapes
  • Set up a slide show
  • Apply slide transitions

 

KE106 - Preparing Essays with Microsoft ® Word

Dates: Thursday 15 February 2018 (Week 17)
Times: 11:00 - 12:00
Number of hours: 1
Employability Points: 5 points
Location: Canterbury campus

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Preparing Essays with Microsoft ® Word

 

Course outline

This is a single practical computing session covering:

  • How to prepare an essay in Microsoft ® Word using word-processing features
    and safely save files to the Kent network.
  • How to apply a variety of formatting features to enhance essays and use some
    automatic formatting features to save time
  • How to review and prepare your essay for printing

You will be provided with a workbook should you wish to continue exploring in your own time.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use word processing fundamentals
  • Create new and work with existing documents
  • Edit text and arrange text easily
  • Apply formatting to text and paragraphs
  • Use editing tools to find and replace text
  • Use the spell checker
  • Understand headers and footers
  • Change page layout options

 

KE108 - Beginners' Spreadsheets with Microsoft ® Excel

Dates: Thursday 15 February 2018 (week 17)
Times: 15:00-16:00
Number of hours: 1
Employability Points: 5 points
Location: Canterbury campus

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Beginners' Spreadsheets with Microsoft ® Excel

 

Course outline

This is a single practical computing session covering:

  • How to prepare a spreadsheet in Microsoft ® Excel
  • How to create simple formulae and use basic built-in functions
  • How to apply a variety of formatting features and set print options
  • How to prepare a worksheet for printing

You will be provided with a workbook should you wish to continue exploring in your own time.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use spreadsheet fundamentals
  • Create new and work with existing spreadsheets
  • Create simple formulae
  • Format the display of cells
  • Edit, copy and move cells
  • Set printing options and preview
  • Use basic functions

KE109 - Preparing Dissertations or Extended Assignments with Microsoft ® Word

Dates and Times: Tuesday 5 December 2017 (week 11) 10:00-11:30 OR Thursday 7 December 2017 (week 11) 14:00-15:30 OR Thursday 22 February 2018 (week 18) 10:00-11:30 OR Tuesday 6 March 2018 (week 20) 10:00-11:30
Number of hours: 1.5
Employability Points: 10 points
Location: Canterbury campus

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Preparing Dissertations or Extended Assignments with Microsoft ® Word

 

Course outline

This is a single practical computing session covering:

  • How to prepare a dissertation or extended assignment in Microsoft ® Word using many of the
    advanced features
  • How to apply and modify styles to create consistent looking documents and enables the
    creation of a table of contents
  • How to use referencing tools including footnotes, endnotes and captions
  • How to create tables of figures
  • How to divide your documents into sections and control page numbering
  • How to use different headers and footers across document sections

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Produce professional looking documents
  • Apply and modify styles
  • Create tables of contents
  • Use referencing tools including footnotes, endnotes and captions
  • Create tables of figures
  • Work with sections

You will be provided with a workbook should you wish to continue exploring in your own time.

KE113 - Business start-up workshops with the Hub and Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce - Canterbury Campus OR Medway Campus

Start date: Friday 13 October 2017 (Canterbury), Wednesday 11 October (Medway) (week 3)
End date:
Friday 10 November 2017 (Canterbury), Wednesday 12 November (Medway) (week 7)
Number of hours: 10 (5 x 2 hr sessions every Friday from 13:00-15:00)
Employability Points: 50 points maximum (based on 100% attendance)
Location: Canterbury campus or Medway campus

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Business start-up

Course outline

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, who have been advising and guiding individuals through the process of how to start and run a successful business for years, will run six two hour workshops spread over 6 weeks. Delivered in group sessions with like-minded students, you will benefit from a series of intensive workshops that will cover the following topics:

  • Generating a business idea,
  • Testing a business idea
  • Developing marketing research
  • Understanding sales processes
  • Pricing
  • Planning cash flow
  • Knowing your tax, insurance and VAT requirements
  • Understanding the elements of a business plan

Workshop One:'The Beginning'

  • Introductions
  • Ideas Generations
  • Group Task and Presentations
  • Guest Key Note Speaker

Workshop Two: 'What do you need?'

  • Legal
  • Insurance
  • Tax
  • Regulatory
  • Landlord
  • Operational
  • Staff
  • Timetables
  • Bookkeeping/records
  • Guest Key Note Speaker

Workshop Three: 'Sales and Marketing'

  • PESTEL analysis
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Who is the customer?
  • Who will sell and how?
  • Buying drivers
  • S&M template
  • Intellectual property rights - identifying and defending
  • Guest Key Note Speaker

Workshop Four: 'Finance and Funding'

  • Personal budget
  • Cash flow and P&L objectives
  • Start-up and running costs
  • Funding help
  • Guest Key Note Speaker

Workshop Five: 'Tax, Insurance and Liability'

  • Different business structures
  • Accruing for tax, different types
  • Your liabilities – the risks
  • Insurances
    • Personal Insurance
    • Public Liability
    • Business
    • Professional associations
    • Critical person
    • Employer’s
  • Task –your liabilities and insurances you require, where you might get them from
  • Guest Key Note Speaker

Workshop Six: 'The Business Plan'

  • Why bother, who is it for?
  • KICC template
  • Elements of the business plan
  • Guest Key Note Speaker

Learning outcomes

The workshops have been structured so that all students who are interested in freelancing or being
self-employed can feel confident that they’ll walk away with valuable information. Whether you
want to start a business after graduation, or use freelancing as a tool to build a portfolio, these workshops
are the right starting point.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Pitch a business idea
  • Understand the finances, legalities and processes for starting up a business
  • Identify a suitable structure for a business plan

 

KE125 - Advanced Spreadsheets 1: Lookup Functions in Microsoft ® Excel

Date and Time: Wednesday 15 November 2017 (Week 8) 15:00-16:00 OR Friday 17 November 2017 (week 8) 10:00-11:00 OR Wednesday 24 January 2018 (week 14) 11:00-12:00
Number of hours: 1
Employability Points: 5 points
Location: Canterbury campus

 

Please note: you will require a good working knowledge of Microsoft ® Excel for this workshop

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Advanced Spreadsheets 1 Microsoft ® Excel

Course outline

This is a single practical computing session covering Lookup Functions in Microsoft ® Excel, including:

  • How to create a lookup table in Microsoft ® Excel
  • How to use vertical and horizontal lookup functions
  • How to populate lists using lookups

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use vertical and horizontal lookup functions
  • Create lookup tables
  • Confidently use lookups to populate lists

You will be provided with a handout.

KE126 - Advanced Spreadsheets 2: Sorting and Filtering Lists in Microsoft ® Excel

Date and time:Wednesday 22 November 2017 (week 9) 15:00-16:00 OR Friday 24 November 2017 (week 9) 10:00-11:00 OR Friday 2 February 2018 (week 15) 11:00-12:00
Number of hours: 1
Employability Points: 5 points
Location: Canterbury campus

 

Please note: you will require a good working knowledge of Microsoft ® Excel for this workshop

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Advanced Spreadsheets 2 Microsoft ® Excel

 

Course outline

This is a single practical computing session covering sorting and filtering lists in Microsoft ® Excel, including:

  • How to sort a list safely
  • How to filter information in a list
  • How to filter using an advanced tool to select multiple data

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use basic Sorting and Filtering tools
  • Use an advanced filter to pick out specific data

KE127 - Advanced Spreadsheets 3: PivotTables in Microsoft ® Excel

Date and time: Wednesday 29 November 2017 (week 10) 15:00-16:00 OR Friday 1 December 2017 (week 10) 10:00-11:00 OR Wednesday 7 February 2018 (week 16) 11:00-12:00
Number of hours: 1
Employability Points: 5 points
Location: Canterbury campus

 

Please note: you will require a good working knowledge of Microsoft ® Excel for this workshop

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Advanced Spreadsheets 3 Microsoft ® Excel

 

Course outline

This is a single practical computing session covering PivotTables in Microsoft ® Excel, including:

  • How to create a PivotTable in MS Excel
  • How to filter a PivotTable
  • How to filter and group data in PivotTables
  • How to create a PivotChart

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Create a PivotTable
  • Format PivotTables
  • Filter PivotTables
  • Group data in PivotTables
  • Create PivotCharts

You will be provided with a handout.

KE143 - Advanced Spreadsheets 4: Charts in Microsoft ® Excel

Date and time: Friday 8 December 2017 (week 11) 10:00-11:00 OR Wednesday 21 February 2018 (week 18) 11:00-12:00
Number of hours: 1
Employability Points: 5 points
Location: Canterbury campus

 

Please note: you will require a good working knowledge of Microsoft ® Excel for this workshop

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Advanced Spreadsheets 4 Microsoft ® Excel

 

Course outline

This is a single practical computing session covering charts in Microsoft ® Excel, including:

  • How to create different charts
  • How to format and enhance charts
  • How to set up charts for printing

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Create simple charts
  • Explore different chart types
  • Format charts
  • Enhance charts
  • Print charts

You will be provided with a handout.

KE144 - Advanced Word Processing: Mail Merge in Microsoft ® Word

Dates and times: Wednesday 6 December 2017 (week 11) 15:00-16:00 OR Monday 12 March 2018 (week 21) 15:00-16:00
Number of hours: 1
Employability Points: 5 points
Location: Canterbury campus

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Advanced Word Processing: Mail Merge in Microsoft ® Word

 

Course outline

This is a single practical computing session covering:

  • How to prepare a mail merge document
  • How to edit and organise recipient lists
  • How to use mail merge rules
  • How to complete a mail merge
  • How to mail merge to labels

You will be provided with a workbook should you wish to continue exploring in your own time.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Create and edit a mail merge document
  • Work with various data sources
  • Merge documents
  • Perform merge queries
  • Merge labels

 

KE151 - European Computer Driving Licence

Dates: Wednesday weeks 14-23 (24 January 2018 - 28 March 2018)
Times:
15:15-16:15
Number of hours: 10 hours (10 x 1 hour sessions)
Employability Points: 50 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)
Location: Canterbury Campus

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European Computer Driving Licence

Course outline

The ability to use a computer effectively is an essential life skill. Computer skills enable people of all ages to understand and use technology to improve their personal and professional lives. Certified computer skills can help the holder’s professional life by making them more attractive to employers, while increasing their ability to communicate and access information and services in their personal life.

This course offers computing sessions with trainers available to support online learning and guidance to complete the full ECDL Extra qualification. Depending on initial IT skill level there may be 1-4 hrs per module online learning required outside of the sessions.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate to employers their IT knowledge by gaining an internationally recognised IT qualification covering Word processing, Spreadsheets, Presentations and Improving Productivity

KE154 - Environmental Management and Auditing

Dates: TBC Spring term
Times:
TBC
Number of hours: 8 hours (4 x 2 hour sessions)
Employability Points: 40 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)
Location: Canterbury Campus

Forest

Environmental Management and Auditing

Course outline

Session 1: Environmental Management Systems (EMS) pt 1:

  • Types of EMS
  • Drivers for Environmental Management
  • Setting up and running an EMS

Session 2: Environmental Management Systems (EMS) pt 2:

  • Setting up and running an EMS
  • Behaviour Change programmes
  • The ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ approach

Session 3: Environmental Management Systems (EMS) pt 3:

  • What is auditing?
  • Auditor skills
  • Audit techniques
  • Guided audit

Session 4: Auditing (practical)

  • Conducting 1 or 2 basic environmental audits of University buildings
  • Understanding audit results
  • Making recommendations

Sessions 1 and 2 will be classroom based and will consist of presentations and small-group excercises.
Sessions 3 and 4 will be part classroom based and will also involve students conducting pre-arranged environmental audits of University buildings.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand the drivers for Environmental Management in organisations
  • Develop a knowledge of Environmental Management Systems and how organisations use them to manage their impacts
  • Understand the potential benefits and challenges of an environmental behaviour change programme and develop the skills necessary to influence positive environmental behaviour in the workplace
  • Learn basic environmental auditing skills
  • Conduct several environmental audits of University buildings

KE155 - An Introduction to Sustainability

Dates: TBC Spring term
Times:
TBC
Number of hours: 8 hours (4 x 2 hour sessions)
Employability Points: 20 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)
Location: Canterbury Campus

Earth from space. Image Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring

An Introduction to Sustainability

Course outline

Week One – What is Sustainability? (2hrs interactive lecture with exercises and group activities)

  • Definitions of sustainability
  • Sustainability explained with natural science
  • What sustainability challenges are we facing globally?
  • Trends for energy use, population growth, lifestyle, food production and need.
  • An introduction to the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Using a PESTLE analysis to understand a sustainability issue: Food

Week Two – Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability (Part One) (2hrs interactive lecture with exercises and group activities)

  • Environmental: An introduction to the Climate Change Challenge
  • Environmental: Ecosystem Services and biodiversity decline
  • Economic: Are economic growth and sustainability incompatible?
  • Economic: Who pays for socials and environmental damage?

Week Three – Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability (Part Two) (2hrs
interactive lecture with exercises and group activities)

  • Social: Human Needs
  • Social: The importance of toilets!
  • Social: Inequality around the world
  • Understanding systems and the connectivity of the problem
  • Case studies from around the world

Week Four – Innovating for a sustainable future (2hrs interactive lecture with exercises and group activities)

  • Doing more with less
  • Sustainability: A catalyst for innovation
  • Examples from Architecture, Zero Waste Design, City Planning…
  • Collaborations across curricula and sectors
  • Behaviour change interventions
  • What are we doing here at Kent?
  • What can you do?

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Give a concise definition of sustainability
  • Have an understanding of the key environmental, social and economic challenges facing the world
  • Describe systems thinking
  • Give examples of innovations/solutions to global challenges
  • Talk about what is currently being done at Kent around sustainability and what they can do as individuals

 

 

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