Course Content and Outcome Guide for CAS 170
- Course Number:
- CAS 170
- Course Title:
- Beginning Excel
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
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- Lab Hours:
- Special Fee:
Course DescriptionIntroduces the basic features of Microsoft Excel and spreadsheet concepts to design and create accurate professional worksheets for use in business and industry, and academic environments. Includes entering data; creating formulas; professional formatting; creating charts; creating, sorting, and filtering lists; creating and using templates; and working with functions. Focuses on ways to ensure accuracy including proofreading techniques and critical thinking to determine what data to present and how to present it. Recommended: Placement into RD 115, WR 115 and MTH 20. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
A major goal is to develop better computation skills. Improved critical thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving skills will also be emphasized.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:
1. Use Microsoft Excel to create personal and/or business spreadsheets following current professional and/or industry standards.
2. Use critical thinking skills to design and create spreadsheets.
3. Communicate in a business setting using spreadsheet vocabulary.
4. Be prepared for intermediate level Excel course.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
A letter grade will be issued for this course based upon:
- performance tests
- may include objective tests, scored assignments, or projects
- may include the use of skill assessment software
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Themes, Concepts, Issues
- Communicate effectively using appropriate spreadsheet vocabulary.
- Use critical thinking and problem solving skills in designing the spreadsheets for various business problems.
- Proofread for accuracy in the entry of data and creation of formulas.
- Assess the document for accuracy, readability, and appearance.
- Develop efficiency with specific sets of skills through repetitive reinforcement.
- Students will develop proficiency through reinforcement and assessment on the following skills:
- Building basic worksheets by entering text, numbers, and formulas.
- Generating pie and column charts by using the chart wizard.
- Developing skills in formatting, saving, and printing accurate, readable worksheets.
- Creating formulas using absolute and relative references, if and average functions, AutoSum, and grand total. Developing skills in managing multiple-sheet worksheets.
- Developing decision-making skills by using what-if analysis on spreadsheets.
- Creating lists and using sort and filter features.
- Creating a spreadsheet from data with no specific instructions.
Students will be familiar with the following skills:
- Using help features.
- Creating templates.
- Using 3-D referencing.
- Generating Web pages from spreadsheet documents.
- Using additional functions such as PMT, maximum, and minimum.
- Using linking and embedding concepts.
- Students may be exposed to additional spreadsheet skills/concepts as time allows.