Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CAS 109
Course Title:
Beginning PowerPoint
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Course Description

Introduces the basic features of Microsoft PowerPoint, producing multimedia slideshows for presentations to be delivered on a projection system, personal computer, or automated to run independently on a kiosk. Explores informational, educational, business, and personal presentations. Includes animations, transitions, and designs. Recommended: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:
1. Use Microsoft PowerPoint to create personal and/or business on-screen presentations following current professional and/or industry standards.
2. Use critical thinking skills to independently design and create on-screen presentations.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

A Pass/No Pass grade will be issued based upon:

  • Completion of all assigned units.
  • Completion of a final presentation slideshow.
  • May include objective tests.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • Presentation vocabulary
  • Design
  • Audience considerations

Competencies, Skills

  • Create multiple slide presentations, re-arrange and manipulate multiple slides
  • Views such as normal, slide master, outline, slide sorter, and slide show
  • Layouts and placeholders
  • Designs
  • Design issues and best practices
  • Bullets and fonts
  • Animations and transitions
  • Assess the presentation for accuracy, readability, appearance, and consistency
  • Insert and manipulate clip art, other pictures and sounds
  • Spell check and proofreading
  • Handouts and notes
  • Audience identification and feedback
  • Other related topics