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Classes and Workshops

  • Pre-registration is required for all classes. 
  • All classes listed below take place in downtown Oakland.
  • Log into UC Learning Center (UCLC) to pre-register and see full class description and location. (See instructions at bottom of this page.)
  • For general information about learning and development opportunities at UCOP, visit the Local Human Resources webpage.

APRIL 2017

PowerPoint – Introduction

Date: Wednesday, April 19
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Microsoft PowerPoint Introduction helps the learner build proficiency in developing persuasive, dynamic slide show presentations which combine graphics, text and animation effects. Participant will learn to expedite presentation creation with the Outline mode, Masters and Templates tools.

Excel for Power Users

Date: Wednesday, April 26
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Microsoft Excel’s array of analytic capabilities make it an invaluable problem-solving tool in any context. However, to use Excel’s most sophisticated features effectively requires more than a knowledge of the application’s formulas and menu options. To take mastery of Excel to the next level requires the ability to apply Excel’s arsenal of analytic tools to derive meaning from the data and arrive at more effective solutions. Excel for Power Users training provides the learner with practical experience using the application’s most powerful features and sophisticated data analysis techniques to develop better solutions faster, and implement those solutions with a greater understanding of the complex set of factors which affect business outcomes.


MAY 2017

Project Management, Part 2: Planning and Estimating a Project

Date: Thursday, May 4
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Learn how to build a professional-grade project plan and detailed estimates. Topics:

  • How to construct a “work breakdown structure”
  • How to construct a “network diagram,” connecting tasks to show their logical relationships
  • How to perform critical path analysis, “crashing,” and “fast-tracking” to meet project requirements
  • How to manage scope
  • How to create a project staffing plan
  • Discuss the role of a change management plan
  • Development and application of a communications management plan

Influencing Without Authority

Date: Thursday, May 4
Time: 1 to 5 p.m.

The ability to exercise influence without authority is one of the most important skills of an effective professional. This course will develop the learner’s capability to assess and increase influential power to accomplish objectives. This workshop explores the primary strategies of influence –reciprocity, communicating to influence, and influencing styles. The participant will learn how to select the most appropriate strategy for the circumstances.

Google Analytics

Date: Tuesday, May 9
Time: 9 to 11 a.m.

This course will provide a basic understanding of some of the main components of Google Analytics and some of the ways of accessing and filtering data. This will provide the tools to acquire a better understanding of the behavior of users on your site.

Write Right: Baseline Business Writing

Date: Wednesday, May 10
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This foundational course provides the basics of grammar and writing clearly.  Participants learn key characteristics of good writers and practice those skills in the session. They will learn the current, best practices in business writing. Topics include:

  • The sentence –the foundation of language—and how to punctuate it
  • Verbs—the heart and soul of every sentence
  • Grammar and capitalization guidelines
  • Key hints for writers

Completing this course is recommended before registering for the UCOP Get to the Point! workshop.

SharePoint – Document Management

Date: Wednesday, May 10
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

SharePoint is a powerful tool to manage documents and other files by providing secured, web-based document libraries. There are many features of libraries that can make your SharePoint experience a success, but it is equally important to understand the common pitfalls to avoid. This workshop takes a deep dive into SharePoint’s document management features including those that are often overlooked or underutilized. Of equal importance are the best practices that will be woven into the workshop.

Excel – Pivot Tables

Date: Thursday, May 11
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An Intermediate Level Excel background is strongly encouraged.

The pivot table in Excel is arguably the most powerful tool in the entire Microsoft Office suite. When the success of the organization relies on the ability of its employees to analyze complex data efficiently and quickly, it is essential that you master pivot tables. A pivot table is a data summarization tool that can automatically sort, group, count, filter, report, and summate data with simple dragging and dropping. UCOPs pivot tables training will enhance your ability to manipulate, analyze, and interpret large quantities of data and empower you to make effective, data-driven solutions.

Through hands-on lessons in our computer lab, accompanied by the pivot tables training curriculum, you will learn to:

  • Import and prepare large datasets into Excel
  • Setup data and create a pivot table
  • Understand source data considerations
  • Respond to changes in source data
  • Work with Report Layout options
  • Group PivotTable data and create Calculated Fields
  • Sort and filter data
  • Create data subsets and extract detail from a pivot table
  • Create a Pivot Chart
  • and much more

Critical Thinking

Date: Thursday, May 18
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Throughout history, inquisitive people have been concerned with the art and science of astute thinking. In the 21st century, the ability to engage in reflective thought has been viewed as a fundamental characteristic of an independent person and as a skill for an increasingly wide range of jobs. As a result, the topic of Critical Thinking is one more way to gain a competitive advantage in career and organization development. Participants will benefit by learning how to:

  • Analyze and evaluate various kinds of documents
  • Evaluate the reasoning in an argument and determine its validity
  • Make complex decisions with more efficiency and effectiveness
  • Take a multi-perspective view of an issue for better decisions

Working with Difficult People

Date: Thursday, May 18
Time: 1 to 5 p.m.

Success in dealing with difficult people begins with understanding how we behave, as well as, how we impact others. Planning for, and approaching challenging people with effective communication tools and techniques, leads to more positive outcomes. In this half-day workshop, you will:

  • Recognize how your own attitudes and actions impact others
  • Find new and effective techniques for dealing with difficult people
  • Learn successful techniques for managing and dealing with anger
  • Develop coping strategies for addressing difficult people and difficult situations

Project Management, Part 3: Scheduling and Tracking

Date: Thursday, May 25
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Part of a 3-class series. In this course, students learn how to convert a project plan and estimates into a project schedule, and to track and communicate project status. At the conclusion of this half-day course, students will be able to:

  • Create a project schedule
  • Perform what if analysis to optimize the project schedule
  • Understand the role of project management software in managing the schedule
  • Conduct effective project progress reviews
  • Track the health of the project using “Vital signs”
  • Continuously monitor and update risks to the project.





To register for any of these classes, go to the UC Learning Center:

  • Log in using your UCOP login and password
  • Using the Search box on the left, type in the name of the class you want
  • Click the session you want, then click on the Register box and Submit

If you enroll in a class and are unable to attend, please be sure to cancel your registration so that your slot can be made available to others interested in the class. Cancel through the UC Learning Center 48 hours before the scheduled class time, or contact John Blake in Learning & Development at 510-587-6258 or