Computers and Management Information Systems (CMIS) 245
Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows) (Revision 10)
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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 365 suite of products and develop skills in using software designed to meet today’s business needs.
After completing this course, you will
- be familiar with concepts and terminology common to desktop applications used in business.
- be proficient in using Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint software.
- have practical knowledge of common business situations in which desktop applications are used and have a foundation for further independent learning.
The textbook is a comprehensive MS Office tutorial and reference. It goes somewhat beyond the learning expectations of an introductory course; therefore, this course does not cover all the chapters in the textbook. 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 Multitable 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: Word||25%|
|Assignment 2: Excel||25%|
|Assignment 3: Access||25%|
|Assignment 4: PowerPoint||25%|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Poatsy, M. A. (Ed.). (2020). Exploring Microsoft Office: Introductory (2019 Ed.). Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-13-540254-2.
A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
All other learning resources will be available online.
This course was designed to be completed using a PC-based version of Microsoft Office 365 or Office 2016 that includes the four main applications: Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
Mac versions are NOT officially supported.
Due to the widening discrepancy between the Mac and PC versions of Office and the number of issues this creates for students and tutors, it is strongly recommended that students NOT register in CMIS 245 with the intention of completing the course using a Mac computer.
Students who decide to proceed in this course using a Mac should be aware that they will need to make special provisions regarding MS Access and should contact the Course Coordinator before registering.
As an AU student, you are entitled to five free copies of Microsoft Office. For further information, go to http://itss.athabascau.ca/students/docs/software.html
Challenge for Credit Overview
The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about 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. A copy of the textbook is available for purchase via a Pearson website. A link to this site will be provided once your challenge request has been approved. You can also acquire a print textbook on your own if you wish.
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 10, November 6, 2020.
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