General description of the training project

I: General information of the training

Title: Using Physics Analysis Toolkit (PAT) in your analysis
Internet address of the learning environment:
Last update: 4 December, 2008
Responsible teacher: Frédéric Ronga (e-mail:
Tutors: Benedikt Hegner, Salvatore Rappoccio, Sudhir Malik, Roger Wolf, Benedikt Mura, Charles Plager
Local organization & technical support: Kati Lassila-Perini (CERN), Sudhir Malik (FNAL)
Teaching level: post-graduate, further education
Discipline: software development, data analysis
Estimated number of participants: 10-20
Main goal of the training:
- participants: develop the software needed in his/her analysis using the common tools provided by the toolkit, and learn the computing tools and procedures for the output data handling
- project team: train future experts, get feedback to improve the product and the documentation
Pedagogical approach of the training:
Every participant will have an analysis project and the outcome of the training should be a valid and usable analysis code.
Brief description of the scenario - tasks and expected results:
Phase 1 - Introduction to the basic tools:
- presentation of the working environment for the course
- presentation of the projects- discussion, finding common areas
- get familiar with the software environment and the data formats
- learn the basic functionalities provided by the toolkit and understand why it is convenient to use them
- write the first prototype of the data analysis using the toolkit
- keep logbook of the progress and difficulties encountered
Phase 2 - Understanding the details:
- learn the principles of the different components of the toolkit and understand their functioning through exercises
- understand what the toolkit provides for the project
- improve and complete the prototype of the data analysis using the toolkit
- keep logbook of the progress and difficulties
Phase 3 - Data analysis in practice:
- learn how to access and analyze the data provided by the prototype
- get familiar with the final working environment (data accessed through grid, storing and re-accessing the output data)
Phase 4 - Evaluation:
- summary of the logbooks and the difficulties encountered
- evaluation of the projects by the tutors

II: Organization

Ratio: Presence/remote 30%/70%
Brief description of the management of the training - tasks and roles:
Responsible teacher: present the learning material, guarantee the coherence
Tutors: help with the exercises, reply to questions
Content providers: plan a learning module and provide contents
Participants: prepare a project use-case, complete the exercises, prepare the project, keep logbook
Tools: web area for links to contents, discussions and logbooks, code repository for exercises, videoconferencing fro transmission and recording
Management tools: Web site, discussion forum, code repository, e-mail (project team)

III: General roles and tasks

People Role Task
Responsible teacher: Responsible of the pedagogical content and coherence during planning: intervene in the planning of the learning material by the content providers
Teacher Give lectures
Content providers: Expert on separate learning modules Provide learning material
Tutors: Guide the participant in their exercises and in their project Lead hands-on sessions
Reply to questions in discussion forum
Private tutoring
Technical support: Practical arrangements Organize the rooms and EVO connections and recordings
Course-related technical support Help with technical issues connected to the course (availability of the material, accessibility)
Project management: Take care of the timely execution of the plan Plan and manage the project
Participants: Complete the analysis project integrating the issues learnt
Give feedback
Interaction between the protagonists:
- project team: direct contact, e-mail discussion
- discussion sessions and questions during the lectures
- discussion forum and logbooks
Tools for interaction:
- project description and organization documents (wiki), meetings, e-mail for the project team
- discussion forum, wiki logbooks for the participants
Constraints and limits:
- availability of tutors

IV: Evaluation modalities

Evaluation criteria of the different activities: - simple, illustrative exercises evaluated by the result obtained (e.g. histogram)
- progress followed in the logbook
- final project evaluated by by tutors by analyzing the structure of the software
Date of the final evaluation: two months from the start of the training
Feedback: - on training: discussion and feedback form in the end of the course
- on the toolkit: discussion, logbook keeping track on the difficulties encountered.

-- KatiLassilaPerini - 06 Nov 2008

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