Tutors: Dr Christopher Cooling
Course Credit: 1 Credit
Prerequisites: No previous programming experience is assumed or required
Course Duration: 3 hour session
Format: Microsoft Teams with live teaching and hands-on practice

Course Description

LaTeX has become the industry standard for technical documents across the sciences - capable of producing articles, letters, books, slides and posters which are standardised, aesthetic and clear. Typesetting is also a widely transferable skill beyond academia. This workshop introduces you to the key concepts which underlie the LaTeX language and its various uses, and guides participants through the creation of a simple document template which can be used as the basis for their future articles.


  • What is LaTeX?
  • Creating a document
  • Chapters, sections and paragraphs
  • Tables of contents
  • Modifying text
  • Lists
  • Equations
  • Special Characters
  • Figures
  • Tables
  • References
  • Title pages
  • Common errors

The course will be delivered through a combination of slides, and hands-on practicals.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Recognise the advantages of LaTeX and its applications in the wider context of typesetting
  • Identify the key features for reading and compiling an existing .tex document
  • Develop new technical documents from simple templates
  • Create simple equations, figures, tables, lists and references within LaTeX
  • Assess and troubleshoot common compiler problems and use online aid tools

Pre-course setup


  • Tuesday 27 April 2021, 14:00-17:00, Microsoft Teams - FULLY BOOKED, waiting list spaces available
  • Thursday 03 June 2021, 10:00-13:00, Microsoft Teams