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Our continuing education courses provide the community with opportunities for lifelong engagement with the University of the Sunshine Coast. Whether it is for personal or professional development we have a course to suit you.

JP and CDec training

JP and CDec training

Justice of the Peace and Commissioner for Declarations training

The Queensland Justices Association is conducting courses at all USC campuses. Handbooks and learning resources will be supplied to students who enrol and morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Students need only to supply their own lunch, bring a note book and a pen.

Where: USC Sippy Downs
Room: EG.10
When: CDec course Saturday 1 September 2018
JP course Saturday 1 September and Saturday 8 September 2018 (essential to attend both days)
Time: 9.00am-4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and $350 JP course

Where: USC SouthBank
Ground Floor, Building A1 (SW1), 32 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane, Qld, 4101
Room: SBA1-G.11 
When: CDec course Monday 24 September 2018
JP course Monday 24 September, Tuesday 25 September and Wednesday 26 September 2018 (essential to attend three days)
Time: 9.00am-4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and $350 JP course

Where: USC Noosa
Noosa Drive, Noosa
Room: N1.03
When: CDec course Tuesday 3 July 2018 
JP course Tuesday 3 July and Wednesday 4 July 2018 (essential to attend both days) 
Time: 9.00am-4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and $350 JP course

Where: USC Gympie
71 Cartwright Road, Gympie
Room: GY.G.16
When: CDec course Thursday 5 July 
JP course Thursday 5 July and Friday 6 July (essential to attend both days) 
Time: 9.00am-4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and $350 JP course

Where: USC Caboolture  
Cnr Manley and Tallon St, Caboolture
Room: J2.03
When: CDec course Monday 9 July 
JP course Monday 9 July and Tuesday 10 July (essential to attend both days) 
Time: 9.00am-4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and $350 JP course

Where: USC Fraser Coast
161 Old Maryborough Road, Hervey Bay
Room: TBA
When: CDec course Thursday 12 July 
JP course Thursday 12 July and Friday 13 July (essential to attend both days)
Time: 9.00am-4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and $350 JP course

To register and for more information about JP and CDec training tel: +61 7 3392 2455 or visit:

Website design and development
Website creation with WordPress

WordPress is one of the largest free content management systems in the world. In this course, you will learn the basics of building your own website or blog using WordPress. Topics cover the fundamentals of free WordPress software, how to install it on your hosting account and how to create a beautiful website or blog tailored to your individual audience.

Facilitator: Pamela Blake has extensive experience in introducing undergraduate designers to this powerful software and helping them to overcome the complexities of WordPress design and development. This course is for anyone that wants to set up, self-host and manage a WordPress site effectively. Students must have computer literacy and a laptop as you will be building your website in class. Please bring a credit card to the first lesson to buy your domain name and hosting.

Week Description
Week 1
  • Buying a domain name and hosting 
  • Introduction to the software
  • How to install WordPress on your hosting account
  • Introduction to website design 
  • How to choose the best theme for your site and install it
Week 2
  • Browser compatibility
  • Introduction to usability principles to maximise your audience’s satisfaction
  • Introduction to the WordPress backend dashboard
  • Settings and configuration
  • The difference between WordPress pages and posts
  • Using the text editor
Week 3
  • How to organise your site’s information for your individual audience
  • How to write and appeal to your individual audience 
  • The WordPress media library
  • How to use images and colour for maximum effect
Week 4
  • How to organise your site’s custom navigation menu 
  • Editing posts and pages
  • How to create a link
  • Widgets, what they are and how to organise them for maximum effect
  • Plugins, what they are and how to choose and install them
Week 5
  • WordPress security and HTTPS
  • Using categories and tags
  • How to add new users and their roles
Week 6
  • Emailing posts to your site
  • Enabling and managing comments
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
Week 7
  • Contact us forms
  • Google analytics
  • Backing up your site
Week 8
  • Introduction to the Gutenburg editor
  • Introduction to WordPress child themes
  • Exploring further

For more information and to register visit the events page

Business skills
Introduction to Project Management

This course offers an overview for small business owners and/or employees who find themselves running projects but may not feel that they have the structure, system or strategy in place to achieve the best results.

Facilitator: Dericka Frost holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of the Sunshine Coast. Prior to completing this, Dericka worked in the business sector in areas such as recruitment, project management and office administration.

How to register: For more information and to register visit the events page

Public speaking skills

Present like no-ones' watching: taking the pain out of public speaking

Public speaking is one of the most feared of all human activities, which is why good speakers are so respected. They have conquered the fear and have dared to share their passion and vulnerability; they have experienced the liberation of being able to communicate!

An introduction to vocal dynamism will ensure your audience is continually engaged. This is a practical course conducted in a supportive environment. Individual feedback will be provided on the day.

How to register: For more information and to register visit the events page

Creative arts
Creative writing

This course explores the fields of both fiction and non-fiction (memoir), and will help participants better understand a wide array of techniques used in creative writing. It will equip participants with the fundamental skills required to write effectively and with confidence. Throughout the course, participants will experiment with finding their own 'voice’ and developing their personal writing style. Writing techniques and topics such as plotting, structure, character development, language choice, dialogue, point of view, significant detail, setting, and theme will be investigated. Outcomes for this course include, developing insights into personal writing style and direction, gaining the skills required to produce engaging written work in a chosen writing genre, producing a sample of written work, and practising editing techniques for prospective publication. There will be in-class writing exercises each week, and short at-home readings to be completed.

Course outline:

Topic 1: Sourcing creative ideas, tapping our muse, developing a writing practice

Topic 2: Tackling memoir and writing from real life, what to write about when crafting memoir, key features of engaging/entertaining memoir

Topic 3: Investigating the short fiction form, what's the difference between short stories and flash fiction, key features of engaging/entertaining short fiction, investigating the story pyramid

Topic 4: Developing characters, round vs flat characters, methods of characterisation

Topic 5: Explore setting, roles/functions of setting, crafting a believable setting

Topic 6: Point of view and dialogue, types of point of view, purpose/s of dialogue, tips for writing great dialogue

Topic 7: Tackling theme, theme vs topic, techniques for developing theme (including symbolism), discuss Hemingway's Iceberg Theory (in relation to theme)

Topic 8: The importance of editing, types of editing, editing for publication

Facilitator: Dr Eileen Herbert-Goodall

Dr Eileen Herbert-Goodall is a writer and an experienced editor. Eileen is Director, Field of Words, the writing organisation dedicated to helping writers grow. She also teaches high school students through USC’s Creative Writing Excellence Program. Eileen has had many pieces of non-fiction and short fiction published and is the author of a cross-over novella titled The Sherbrooke Brothers. She is presently working on her second novella and a collection of short stories. She holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts.

How to register

For more information or to register visit the events page.

Books as Art Workshop Series
Flash Fiction

What is it? Short stories less than 2000 words. Part poetry, part narrative. Join author, Josh Wildie for an exploration into the intriguing world of writing flash fiction. Learn tricks and techniques to creating short stories that will stick with your reader long after they put down the page. This fun three-hour workshop will get your creative juices flowing and prove big ideas can come in just a few words.

No experience required.

What is supplied: all art materials

Where: USC Art Gallery

Cost: $35

Presenter: Josh Wildie is an award-winning writer from the Sunshine Coast. He has a Master of Professional Practice (Creative Writing) from the University of the Sunshine Coast. Among other places, his writing can be found in Idiom 23, Field of Words, the Nabu Review and the Hunter Writers Centre’s Grieve Project Anthology. He was also a finalist in the Newcastle Short Story Award.

How to register

For more information and to register visit the events page.

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