Computers and Management Information Systems (CMIS) 245
Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows) (Revision 7)
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Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)
Precluded Course: CMIS 245 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for CMIS 301 and/or 302 (those students can register in CMIS 311).
Faculty: Faculty of Business
CMIS 245 has a Challenge for Credit option.
This course will help you develop the skills required to use microcomputer applications effectively in a business environment. Using a hands-on approach of "learning by doing," you will learn to use the Microsoft Office 2013 suite of products and develop skills in using software designed to meet today's business needs.
After completing this course, you will have achieved the following course objectives:
- You will be familiar with concepts and terminology common to the following desktop business applications: word processing, spreadsheets, presentation managers, and database management systems.
- You will be knowledgeable about and proficient in using Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint software.
- You will have good knowledge of how the software may be used in common business situations.
The textbook is a comprehensive MS Office tutorial and reference, and it goes somewhat beyond the learning expectations of an introductory course; therefore, not all the chapters in the textbook are covered in the lessons. After you have gained some experience and proficiency in using the software through the lessons in this course, however, you will be able to continue learning and developing new skills independently.
This course has been organized into 12 lessons, as follows:
Lesson 1: Office Fundamentals
Lesson 2: Microsoft Word Basics
Lesson 3: Editing and Formatting in Word
Lesson 4: Tables and Merge Printing in Word
Lesson 5: Microsoft Excel Basics
Lesson 6: Excel Formulas and Functions
Lesson 7: Excel Charts
Lesson 8: Introduction to Microsoft Access
Lesson 9: Relational Databases and Multi-Table Queries
Lesson 10: Advanced Query Techniques
Lesson 11: Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
Lesson 12: Presentation Development
There are no examinations in this course.
The table below summarizes the evaluation activities in this course:
|Assignment 1||Assignment 2||Assignment 3||Assignment 4||Total|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Poatsy, M. A. (Ed.). (2014). Exploring Microsoft Office 2013 (Vol. 1). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
All other materials are available online.
You must have a PC version of Microsoft Office 365 or Office 2013 that includes the four main applications: Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint (note that not all versions of Office 2013 include Access). Due to the widening discrepancy between the Mac and PC versions of Office and the number of issues this creates for students and tutors, students will not be allowed to register in CMIS 245 with the intention of completing the course using a Mac computer.
As an AU student, you can purchase Office 365 at a special student price. To purchase the software, go to http://itss.athabascau.ca/students/docs/software.html
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
The assignments are based on activities from the course textbook, therefore you must acquire a copy of the textbook in order to complete the challenge requirements. You must also meet the software requirements shown above. The cost of the textbook is approximately $147 plus shipping costs. To confirm the cost or order the textbook, email email@example.com or phone 1-800-788-9041 Ext 6366.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 7, July 30, 2013.
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