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: to be defined
Last update: 28 October, 2008
Responsible teacher: N.N (e-mail:
Tutors: 2 experts from the PAT development team
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:

Teacher: create and present the learning material

Tutors: help with the exercises, reply to questions

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
Teacher Responsible of the pedagogical content and coherence Give lectures
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 Help with technical issues connected to the course (availability of the material, accessibility) Course-related technical support 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 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.

Status of the document: submitted for evaluation on Oct, 28

-- KatiLassilaPerini - 06 Nov 2008

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