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Put some power in your Powerpoint and Outlook

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Next week’s Powerpoint and Outlook training is especially for all the Tygerberg users.

If you want to put some power in your presentations or learn how to optimise your Outlook usage for more than just sending e-mails, join us at Gerga on the 22nd and 23rd.

Intermediate Outlook 2010:  22 October  

Customizing Message Options, Organizing and Locating Messages, Setting Calendar Options, Tracking Activities Using the Journal, Managing Tasks, Sharing Folder Information, Customizing the Outlook Environment

Intermediate Powerpoint 2010: 23 October

Getting Started with PowerPoint, Creating a Basic Presentation, Formatting Text on Slides, Adding Graphical Objects to a Presentation, Modifying Graphical Objects in Presentations, Working with Tables, Working with Charts, Preparing to Deliver a Presentation.

To enroll, just follow these easy steps. No registrations can unfortunately be done by the IT Service Desk on behalf of staff.


Learn more about SharePoint

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Only two months remain of this year, but if you’re still up for learning SharePoint, here’s your opportunity. 

On 31 October and 1 November a SharePoint level 1 two-day course will be presented for all SharePoint owners, as well as those who might be using this platform in the near future. 

During the two day course you will use, create, and edit content in a team website. You will also create and perform basic management of a team site using SharePoint Foundation 2010. This course is designed for individuals who will need to access information on a Microsoft SharePoint team site or for individuals who may need to create and manage a team website.


Introducing Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010
Working with Lists
Working with Libraries
Communicating with Team Members
Working Remotely with SharePoint Content
Customizing Your SharePoint Environment
Creating a Team Site
Performing Basic Site Administration
Branding a Site Collection
Managing Lists
Managing Libraries
Managing Form Libraries
Managing Content Structures
Managing Workflows
Working with Indexing and Searching
Working Offline Using SharePoint Workspace 2010
Managing the SharePoint Applications Using Central Administration
Managing User Access
Managing Site Security
Managing Site Usage
Managing Site Maintenance

If you’re still typing with two fingers, you can improve your typing speed and skill by attending the Typing course on 8 November in Stellenbosch at the CTU offices.

To enroll, just follow these easy steps. No registrations can unfortunately be done by the IT Service Desk on behalf of staff.


Are you digitally literate?

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Do you sometimes feel as if you and your pc aren’t speaking the same language? There’s an easy solution and it will only take up four days of your life.

Make sure you know everything there is to know about computers by joining us from the 14th to the 17th of October on Stellenbosch campus and beat your computer at it’s own game.

To prepare you psychologically, we’ll give you the course content (see below) and to enroll, just follow these easy step by step instructions.



 Introduction to Computers

  1. The Role of Computers
  2.  Parts of a Computer
  3.  Using a Computer
  4.  Overview of a Keyboard
  5.  Using a Mouse
  6.  Input, Output, and Storage Devices

Common Computer Terminology

 Introduction to Hardware

  1.           What Is an Operating System?
  2.           Overview of Programs and Data

 Introduction to Networks

  1.           Using the Internet

Computer Performance and Features

  1. Types of Computers
  2. The Role of Memory
  3. Computer Performance
  4.  Productivity Programs
  5.  Communication Programs
  6.  Educational and Entertainment Programs

Computer Operating Systems

  1.  Functions of an Operating System
  2.  Introduction to the Windows Vista GUI
  3. Start Menu Options
  4.  Working with Windows-Based Programs
  5.  Managing Files and Folders
  6. Performing Basic File Operations

Career Opportunities

  1. Understanding the Widespread Reach of Computers
  2. Overview of Career Opportunities



Introduction to Productivity Programs 

  1. Overview of Productivity Programs
  2. Features of Productivity Programs
  3. Using Office 2010 Templates and Office Online
  4. Overview of Office Web Applications

Common Features and Commands 

  1. Introduction to the User Interface
  2. Using the Pointer
  3. Working with the Ribbon
  4. Using the Toolbars
  5. Keyboard Techniques for Entering Text
  6. Advanced Keyboard Techniques for Entering Text

Introduction to Word Processors 

  1. Getting Started with Word 2010
  2. Creating a Document by Using a Template
  3. Editing and Formatting Text
  4. Working with Tables and Pictures
  5. Proofreading a Document
  6. Creating a New Online Document
  7. What Is Desktop Publishing?




Introduction to Computer Security and Privacy 

  • What Is Computer Security and Privacy?
  • Natural Threats
  • Measures for Protection from Natural Threats
  • Threats from Human Actions
  • Measures for Protection Against Threats from Human Actions
  • Computer Threats and Measures for Protection

Protecting Your Computer

  • Guidelines for Protecting Your Computer
  • Best Practices for Securing Online and Network Transactions
  • Measures for Securing E-Mail and Instant Messaging
  • Measures for Protecting Your Computer

Protecting Your Family from Security Threats 

  • Measures to Protect Your Privacy
  • Online Predators
  • Guidelines for Protection from Online Predators

Keeping Your Computer Secure and Updated 

  • Securing a Computer
  • Configuring the Computer Security Settings
  • Keeping the Computer Up-to-Date

Computer Ethics

  • What Is Intellectual Property?
  • Copyright Violation and Prevention
  • Legal Concerns with Information Exchange



The Digital Experience 

  • Benefits of Digital Technology
  • Digital Technology and Media Devices

Introduction to Digital Audio

  • Characteristics of Digital Audio
  • How to Copy and Convert Digital Audio
  • Speech Recognition and Synthesis
  • Digital Audio

Introduction to Digital Video 

  • Characteristics of Digital Video
  • Digital Video Editing and Output Formats
  • Web Video Technologies
  • Digital Video and Web Technologies

Introduction to Digital Photography 

  • Overview of Digital Cameras
  • Digital Image Management and Editing
  • Printing Digital Images

Enjoying Digital Media on Your Computer 

  • Organizing Digital Media on the Computer
  • How to Enjoy Digital Media on the Computer
  • Using the Computer As a TV

Digital Technology and Career Opportunities 

  • Digital Technology and Your Work Place
  • Career Opportunities As Information Workers
  • Career Opportunities As IT Professionals
  • Career Opportunities As Developers

Adobe Acrobat one-day course

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Adobe Acrobat is a family of application software and web services developed by Adobe Systems to view, create, manipulate, print and manage files in Portable Document Format (PDF).

If you work with pdfs on a daily basis and would like to learn more about the optimal use of Adobe Acrobat, then this is the course for you. Read more on Adobe Acrobat here.


9 September 2013 (Full day)


Stellenbosch University:  E-Classroom at SUN Library





Anyone wishing to extend their Adobe Acrobat Professional skills.


Please send an e-mail to with the number and names of the delegates.


MS Project for a more organised office

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Does a large portion of your day consist of managing projects and seeing to it that everything runs smoothly? Whether you are a project manager or just closely involved with projects within your department, MS Project could make your task easier.

Microsoft Project (MSP, MSOP or WinProj) is a project management software program, developed and sold by Microsoft, which is designed to assist a project manager in developing aplan, assigning resources to tasks, tracking progress, managing the budget, and analyzing workloads. (SOURCE: Wikipedia)

Information Technology offers free MS Project 2010 Level 1 and 2 courses to staff.  But you’ll have to jump at the opportunity!  

Only two dates are available – 

Microsoft Project Level 1: Stellenbosch –  19 & 20 March

Microsoft Project Level 2: Stellenbosch – 8 & 9 April



MS Project Level 1

Getting started with Microsoft Project

Creating a Project Plan

Managing Tasks in a Project Plan

Managing Resources in a Project Plan

Finalising a project Plan

Ms Project Level 2

Exchanging Project Plan Data with Other Applications

Updating a Project Plan

Managing Project Costs

Reporting Project Data Visually

Reusing Project Plan Information

Enrolling can be done online by signing on at the staff portal and selecting the SUN-e-HR option. E-mail us at for more information. See IT’s selfhelp-wiki for more information.


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