Professional Development and
Training Unit


The Professional Development and Training Unit offers the following short courses:


MS Office Essentials 2010

In the world today the Microsoft Office Suite is a powerful tool used to create professional-looking documents. This course is an introductory course that will help you get started, stay organised and successfully complete high-quality work in any PC environment. Microsoft Office is a software suite that consists of different applications that complete different activities. This course introduces users to the following applications:

  • Introduction to Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Internet concepts

It is important to become familiar with the various components of this software, since it allows for compatibility across multiple computers and is an asset for various jobs.

Managing with Microsoft Office 2010

Managing with Microsoft Office is an intermediate/advanced course which allows users to have a deeper insight into the following Microsoft Office applications:

  • Microsoft Word - creating documents using tables, charts, and watermarks and creating professional newsletters.
  • Microsoft Excel - spreadsheet management using formulas to manipulate data and managing worksheets.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - creating and editing presentations.
  • Microsoft Access - database creation/development.

Web Design

Web designing is used as a general term to describe any of the various tasks involved in creating a web site. More specifically, it refers to the tasks focused on building the front-end/ back-end of a web page.

This course allows users to design web pages using Microsoft Front Page from inception to completion. It entails the following concepts:

  • Creating Hyperlinks
  • Adding Graphics, Images and Tables to your Web page
  • Creating Page Animation and Text Effects
  • Publishing a Web to a Virtual site

Project Management Concepts using 2010

Project management is the discipline of planning, organising and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives.

More and more organisations are heading towards “project-based” organisations, and as such, knowledge of Project Management techniques and tools are fast becoming critical to most job roles. We have chosen MS Project as the introductory teaching tool as its common Office component, which makes it ideal for first timers.

Introduction to SPSS

Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) is among the most widely used software for survey analysis. It is used by market researchers, health researchers, survey companies, government, education researchers, marketing organisations and others.

Some of the topics that will be demonstrated during the course are as follows:

  • Statistical analysis and the relevance of SPSS
  • About SPSS and capability of the software
  • Data collection instruments and data structures
  • Analysing inferential and descriptive statistics in SPSS
  • Preparation and presentation of independent/group project


PC Maintenance & Repairs

This is a non-examinable course targeted at computer users wishing to learn more about the inner workings of their personal computers and to be confident to perform their own repairs and upgrades. On completion, participants will be able to troubleshoot their hardware and operating system, and build a computer.

A certificate will be awarded on completion.

A+ Certification

This course is targeted at computer technicians who wish to succeed in the information technology field. A+ certification proves that the candidate has a broad-based knowledge and competency in core hardware and operating system technologies including installation, configuration, diagnosing maintenance and basic networking. It is designed and implemented by Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

A certificate will be awarded on completion.

Network+ Certification

Network+ Certification provides the technical knowledge of networking solutions so that candidates can describe the features and the function of networking components and have the knowledge and skills needed to install, configure and troubleshoot basic networking hardware, protocols and services. This is designed and implemented by CompTIA. Students learn from installing a network card routing different Local Area Networks (LANs) to and from a Wide Area Network (WAN).

A certificate will be awarded on completion.

Business Writing Skills

Good communication is at the root of good relations which affect morale and productivity. All communicators, no matter how competent and experienced, need to feel confident and in control when relating to others, especially on paper, where one’s competence is glaringly obvious and undeniable. A training course, such as this, presents an opportunity, a second chance, so to speak, to reinforce the standards of which we should be aware or need to be reminded and to offer guidelines and updates of which we may be unaware.

Participants in this seminar will doubtless respond enthusiastically to the exposure. We all need to look back at the basics of our communication. It is especially important that we make ourselves clear in a correct, complete, concise and courteous manner.

The increased efficiency in communication can be seen immediately, since the course participants can put newly-learned skills into instant use.


We also offer customised training to companies and organisations which have special needs.

Schedule of Computer and Writing Skills Training Programmes


Security Training Programme


For further details, please contact the Computer Laboratory at: 662 2002 Ext 82711, 82712