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Course Resources

Intersect currently offers courses on the topics below. You can download the following resources for self-paced study, ongoing reference, or to help determine if a course is right for you.

Excel Fu for Researchers

This popular intensive workshop runs over one day and comprises a series of hands-on exercises modelled around a mock research project. This module is targeted at researchers who would like to take a deep dive into using Excel, either to apply it to their research or to add it to their arsenal of eResearch skills. The course assumes a basic knowledge of Excel. 

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Introduction to Regular Expressions

Have you ever wanted to extract phone numbers out of a block of unstructured text? Or email addresses. Or find all the words that start with “e” and end with “ed”, no matter their length. Regular expressions (regexes for short) are a powerful way to match and make substitutions to text. Come along to this workshop to learn what they can do and how to apply them to your research.

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Data Visualisation with Google Fusion Tables

This three-hour workshop is an introduction to data visualisation techniques using data and hands-on activities in Google Fusion Tables. The course is ideal for participants who work with large data sets and want to convey their research outcomes clearly and persuasively in a visual manner. By creating a heat map by merging geospatial data and crime statistics, participants will gain skills in visualisation that they can apply to their research. The course assumes a basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel and of a web browser. 

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Cleaning & Exploring your data with Open Refine

This 3-hour workshop introduces Open Refine, a powerful tool for cleaning, normalisation and exploration of datasets. Attendees will work through the various features of Refine, including importing data, faceting, clustering, and calling into remote APIs, by working on a mock humanities research project.

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There is also a version tailored to bio-medical researchers:

High-Performance Computing (HPC) Courses

Intensive Beginner to Intermediate HPC - Introduction to Unix for HPC 

This one-and-a-half day course introduces attendees to using Unix for our HPC computing facilities. It is aimed at researchers and PhD students who have not used or have had only limited exposure high performance computing.

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You will also need to print and bring with you a copy of the "Intermediate HPC - From Unix to HPC" course materials below.

Intermediate HPC - From Unix to HPC

This 3-hour course introduces attendees to our HPC computing facilities and is aimed at those with Command Line Unix Experience. It is targeted at participants who want to learn how to manage jobs the HPC machine using PBSPro and understand the architecture of the HPC machine, the layout of the disk partitions, and when to use the machine. This module assumes a basic knowledge of Unix.

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Advanced HPC - Parallel Programming for HPC

This intensive full-day course introduces different parallel programming methods: OpenMP as a widespread method for a shared memory programming model and MPI as the standard for a distributed memory programming model. It is targeted at C and Fortran programmers

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Introduction to Machine Learning

A half-day workshop comprising a series of hands-on exercises and slide-based background material. Attendees will leave with two key skills – how to cast their research problem as a machine learning problem, and how to determine an appropriate evaluation technique that is relevant to their research goals. They will also be exposed to and have a chance to experiment with a collection of machine learning algorithms.

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NCI Changeover (Vayu - Raijin) - HPC users course

This four hour workshop introduces the NCI's (National Computational Infrastructure) high performance computing (HPC) machine - Raijin. It covers the basic user instructions how to work successfully with Raijin and is useful for both new users as well as for users who used the previous system, Vayu. The course covers the following: a hardware and software overview, how to login, how to get resources, how to compile code, how to manage jobs, how to manage files, how to optimise and debug programs. It is a hands-on course with exercises. Participants should already know how to work with Linux. 

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