Hands-on Information Technology & Biomedical Courses

This hands-on training is addressed to a wide audience, from newcomers, introduced to basic installation and configuration of Debian GNU/Linux or basic techniques in biotech/biomedical research,  to highly skilled IT or biomedical professionals trained to design and execute biomedical experiments or implement enterprise scalable, high performance,  virtualization/cloud computing solutions.

The courses are progressive in nature, enabling newcomers the opportunity to build practical, effective skills which have useful and measurable output at all levels.

We employ almost exclusively Free/Libre Open Source software and Open Access know-how. This affords attendants unique portability for both, tools and skills acquired with us. Professionals and students, beginners or experts, employee or employers are in constant move. The ability to use these tools anywhere in the world translates to versatility and adaptability.

We provide computers and materials for all attendants. However, we highly recommend to everyone to attend GNU/Linux 101 and install Debian GNU/Linux into your own computers. Then you can use your own computer in virtually all courses we provide.

COURSES

GNU/Linux Operating System - From Laptop to Cloud Computing Servers

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Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system, known for its stability and universality. It runs almost any conceivable hardware, from a smartphone, a workstation or a scalable supercomputer and has packaged more than 30,000 applications, ranging from daily office computing to most complex business, electronics or bioinformatics applications. The following hands-on courses cover Debian GNU/Linux from basic desktop installation to enterprise scalable implementation.

Linux 101 - Debian GNU/Linux Installation and Configuration
Linux 102 - Debian GNU/Linux - in Small Office Local Area Network
Linux 103 - Virtualization/Cloud Computing Basics with Debian GNU/Linux
Linux 104 - Debian GNU/Linux in Enterprise Infrastructure - PART I
Linux 105 - Debian GNU/Linux in Enterprise Infrastructure - PART II

Business & Office Applications

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Tens of thousands of Free/Libre Open Source applications are available to be used, modified and distributed freely for any purpose - domestic, commercial, educational, public administration. The range of software is wide and includes office applications (word processing, presentation, spreadsheet), to 2D image processing, or video editing. This lectures cover practical aspects of the ubiquitous OpenOfffice.org suite, GIMP bitmap image processing and InkScape vector image. The multimedia section will cover hands-on audio editing with Audacity, video editing with KDENLive, and  web broadcasting with VLC. This courses are aimed at people willing to change from proprietary to open source software and get digital freedom and flexibility at home, school or business. The topics are:

Office100 - Intro to OpenOffice.org - Word Processing, Spreadsheet & Presentation

Image100 - Introduction to Image Processing with GIMP and Inkscape

Web Technologies

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Millions of websites run Apache HTTP web server.  You will be enabled to install, configure and troubleshoot Apache Web Server, ProFTPD server and Cyrus IMAP/Postfix mail server.  New comers will build and design a multiple basic webservers/sites, while seasoned IT professionals will deploy scalable, cutting edge content management solutions, optimized for publishing and business flow.   Prerequisites are basic GNU/Linux skills you learned in Linux 101 (install Debian GNU/Linux), Linux102 (Configure a LAN), and Linux103 (Server Virtualization).

WebServer 101 - Hands-on Apache Web & FTP Server
WebServer 102 - Content Management Servers
WebDesign 101 - Basics in Website Design - Content and Tools
MailServer 101 - Installation & Configuration of Cyrus IMAP Collaborative Mail Server

Introduction to Database and Programming

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Object-relational database systems are the backbone of present IT infrastructures. This series give practical skills on PostgreSQL, the world's most advanced open source database and MySQL the world's most popular open source database. In addition, you are going to be introduced to PHP, perhaps the most utilized language for dynamic web content, and Python, a powerful, yet clean, object-oriented programing language, used to power scalable solutions, yet suitable for newcomers in programming.

Database 101 Practical Relational Database Management System - PostgreSQL and MySQL

ScriptProgramming 101 - Introduction to PHP Web Development

OO Programing 101 Introduction to Python

Basic Computer Hardware & Electronics

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The ubiquity and importance of electronics and computers makes them essential for our technological fitness. This hands-on series aims to jump-start beginners and demystify electronics and computer technology. As complex electronics may look, they are built from mere 9 basic components: diode, transistor, field effect transistor, photo transistor, LED, quartz crystal, transformer, capacitor and resistor. You will learn their function, and build simple useful circuits. Personal computers will be also presented in an easy functional manner. This are the courses:

PC 101 - Brief Introduction to Personal Computer

PC 101 - How to Build (Assemble) Your Computer

Electronics 101 - Practical Introduction to Electronics

Applied Bioinformatics

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This hands-on, jump-start course on analysis and quantification of biological and clinical data is addressed to busy researchers, physicians, graduate, medical, undergraduate students, and other health care or biomedical professionals. Special courses for high school students, teachers  and general public will be provided along with basic biological concepts. This is nether a software development, nor a statistics course. This is how to install and use top-notch, cutting edge open source bioinformatics software tools, in a production environment. The topics are:

BioINFO 102 - Image Analysis and Quantification

BioINFO 103 - Gene Expression Microarray Analysis

BioINFO 104 - In-Silico Protein and Gene Processing with EMBOSS

BioINFO 105 - 3D Analysis of Biomolecular Crystal Structures

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Training Objectives: 

We aim to provide courses that are:

  1. Practical and hands-on, student adapted, with attention to clear cut, easy to identify outcome. 
  2. Easy to understand and integrate concepts applicable in production.
  3. Build confidence and motivation that you can apply and develop skills beyond the class and build independence.
  4. Everything you learned should be portable, so it can be applied anywhere in the world, at any institution

FREE as in FREEDOM:

We aim to provide an easy IT biotech/biomed gateway to any human interested, regardless of age, gender, professional and financial status.

Our strategy is simple; provide meaningful and practical training at a rock bottom price. Most introductory classes cost you less than minimum wage per hour, or an equivalent of few packs of domestic beer. The barrier to enter future is your true motivation, we will be glad to have you in.

We have special discounts for high school students and groups.

Feel free to contact us.