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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
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: 9am–4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and A$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: 9am–4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and A$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: 9am–4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and A$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: 9am–4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and A$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: 9am–4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and A$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: 9am–4.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course and A$350 JP course

To register and for more information about JP and CDec training Tel: +61 7 3392 2455 or visit: www.qja.com.au

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.

When: Wednesday 5 September to Wednesday 24 October, 6pm–8pm
Where: Room IG.02
Cost: A$350

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 WordPress.org 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

Website design and development for beginners

HTML and CSS are the foundational markup codes used to designate the information and design of a website page. In this course you will learn from an expert the basics of these codes and build your own small site from the ground up.

You will learn the principles of website design and how to design a website targeted to a specific audience.

This course is for anyone who had ever tried to learn these codes and given up or is interested to learn from the beginning.

Students must have computer literacy and a laptop and will be building their site in class.

Register your interest or for more information please email engagement@usc.edu.au

Facilitator: Pamela Blake

Pamela Blake is an interaction, graphic design and teaching professional. She is a veteran of the digital design industry and her experience includes supervising major student projects as well as designing, course coordinating and teaching courses for interaction and user experience design for the USC.

She also manages and designs for her own design studio. She is passionate about teaching students to enjoy and overcome the complexities involved in the engaging discipline of website design and development.

Pamela has a Bachelor of Computer Based design, winning the Faculty Medal in her graduating year, as well as a Master of Creative Arts in website design and development.

Week

Description

Week 1

  • Introduction to code editing software
  • HTML basics
  • Configuring colour and text with CSS
  • Web design and development best practices
  • The web page template
  • Validating your code

Week 2

  • Website design principles
  • Using colour, graphics and images for maximum effect
  • Web fonts best practice
  • Images file types, resolution and best practice for the Web
  • The CSS box model
  • Page layout
  • Floating page elements

Week 3

  • Lists and navigation menus
  • Page hyperlinks
  • CSS pseudo classes and interactivity
  • Image hyperlinks
  • Inserting and linking video
  • Video best practice for the Web

Week 4

  • CSS IDs and classes
  • Responsive page design
  • The viewport meta tag
  • CSS media queries

Week 5

  • Tables and forms
  • HTML structural elements
  • Email hyperlinks
  • Designing with wireframes

Week 6

  • Website design and usability
  • Installing an image gallery
  • Positioning with CSS
  • Graphical styling with CSS

Week 7

  • Breadcrumb navigation
  • Browser compatibility
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
  • Accessibility
  • Google fonts and Web font generators

Week 8

  • Responsive images and video
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
  • Domain names and hosting
  • Client/Server technology
  • Exploring further

 

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.

Duration: half day to full day courses available

Cost: A$150-$180

For more information email us.

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.

Presenter: Robert Ketton

For most of his professional life, Robert lectured in acting at the University of Southern Queensland. Robert has written some half dozen published plays as well as theatre related textbooks. Robert is a frequent ADFAS lecturer, professional MC and radio broadcaster.

During his university career, Robert ran a course for university lecturers entitled ‘Be a more Dynamic Speaker’. This course became a standard offering in professional development for academics and support staff and was always well subscribed.

Since leaving the university Robert has refined the course to appeal to a much wider community. Drawing on a wealth of experience he has designed a course that is practical and fun with participants being given the opportunity to learn the secrets of confident presentation within a supportive environment.

Duration: half day and full day courses available

Cost: A$150-$180

For more information about this course please email us.

Creative arts
Creative writing

This course explores the fields of both fiction and non-fiction (memoir), and will help you 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.

For more information please email engagement@usc.edu.au 

Duration: 8 week course, 2 hrs per week

Cost: A$400

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 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.

Creative writing masterclass

This 8 week course explores the fields of fiction and non-fiction (memoir), and will help participants better understand a wide array of advanced techniques used in creative writing. Each weekly workshop is designed to help participants build upon their existing writing skills. Prior writing experience and knowledge is favourable, but not essential. Throughout the course, participants will practise techniques designed to add texture, depth and sophistication to their writing, such as methods for brainstorming original and engaging plotlines, manipulating time, space and distance in narrative, developing a unique voice, and using experimental literary devices.

Outcomes for this course include, developing deep insights into personal writing style, gaining and implementing knowledge related to advanced writing techniques, as well honing the skills required to produce high quality and entertaining written work. Participants will be also invited to complete a short narrative (fiction or non-fiction), which they can share with the cohort. There will be in-class writing exercises each week, and short at-home readings to be completed.

When: Thursday 4 October to Thursday 22 November, 6pm–8pm
Where: Sippy Downs campus, room number to be confirmed
Cost: A$400

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

Facilitator: 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.

Writing nonfiction: From planning to publishing

This six week course introduces participants to the techniques they require to write nonfiction and the knowledge they need to understand the Australian nonfiction market. It is appropriate for writers of all nonfiction genres — from cookbooks to self-help books to history — with a special focus on narrative nonfiction (true stories that read like fiction). Topics covered include: developing ideas that appeal to publishers; learning how to conduct research, including at archives, online and in the field; plot, structure and chapter planning; methods for crafting character, setting, theme and dialogue; the ethical and legal issues that accompany writing about real people and events; and how to pitch nonfiction to publishers.

When: Tuesday 2 October to Tuesday 6 November, 6pm–8pm
Where: Room E1.04
Cost: A$300

For more information and to register visit the events page

Facilitator: Dr Jay Ludowyke is a narrative nonfiction author and academic. She teaches writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast and has been employed in local government and public libraries. Jay was the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award (a $75,000 scholarship) and her writing has appeared in esteemed literary and academic journals. Her book Carpathia: The extraordinary story of the ship that saved the survivors of the Titanic was published by Hachette Australia in July 2018.

Art in the Dark

Do you love art but want to experience more than just painting? This 8 week course gives everyone the opportunity to create art, working with a variety of mediums throughout the course. You will be encouraged to focus on all your senses, not just your vision, and the process rather than the outcome.

Art in the Dark is held in a relaxed, immersive and stimulating setting, assisting to make this a unique and rich experience. You will develop the skills to use for introspection, creative inspiration and relaxation, and each piece of work is created without judgement. There is no pressure for a certain outcome. although results might deliver an astonishing amount of visual delight and artful expression!

No previous experience is required.

What is supplied: All art materials

What to bring: Notepad, apron or old clothes, curiosity and willingness to explore intuitive expression. Small fee (approx. $5) for optional clay firing

When: Wednesday 12 September to Wednesday 31 October, 6–8pm
Where: Immerse Lab, Building E, Level 1, Room E1.02
Cost: A$350

For more information and to register visit the events page

Facilitator: Katrin Terton holds a Bachelor Degree in Art Therapy and Art Education. Katrin has had solo and group exhibitions in Germany and Australia, has been a finalist in various art prize competitions and also developed and facilitated various creative workshops throughout her career. In 2017 Katrin received a RADF grant to develop a new body of work for a multi-sensory art exhibition – Beyond Sight – to make her work accessible for blind, vision-impaired and sighted individuals and at the same time create awareness among the sighted population. Her work is often process oriented with a focus on the tenuous, liminal elements of the world around and within us, on transformation and impermanence.

Books as Art Workshop Series
Exploring Dystopian Fiction

Ever wondered if you are Divergent? Have you questioned how to resist the Capitol, or debated whether technology will save or destroy us? If you have, this two hour workshop is designed for you!

Explore dystopian fiction with published author Emily Larkin in this afternoon workshop. Emily will draw on narratives such as The Handmaid’s Tale, The Hunger Games, Divergent, and 1984 to analyse genre conventions, and discuss how you can utilise these in your own writing. You will be guided through activities to develop dark alternative societies, create character profiles, and build on current technology by blending fantasy with science fiction. A must-attend workshop for aspiring sci-fi authors!

Emily Larkin is an Australian author based in Queensland. She is completing her Doctor of Creative Arts at USC in October 2018, and has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Communication. Emily’s picture book The Whirlpool (illustrated by Helene Magisson) was published by Wombat Books in 2017. Her fiction has appeared in literary journals including Meniscus, Seizure, Number Eleven Magazine, Literary Orphans, Flumes, Streetlight Magazine, and The Zodiac Review. She is a recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award, and came second place in the Storytelling division of the 2018 Bunker Spoken Word event as part of the Horizon festival.

To read Emily's fiction, visit www.ehlarkin.com, or follow her at https://www.facebook.com/ehlarkinauthor/.

Where: USC Art Gallery
When: Friday 12 October, 3pm-5pm
What to bring: Notebook and pen
Cost: A$30
How to register: Visit the events page

For more information please email us

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