Course Content and Outcome Guide for CAS 171 Effective Fall 2015
- Course Number:
- CAS 171
- Course Title:
- Intermediate Excel
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
- Special Fee:
Course DescriptionIntroduces advanced features of Excel to design and create accurate, professional worksheets for use in business and industry. Includes financial, logical, statistical, lookup, and database functions; pivot tables; "what-if" analysis with data tables; importing data; complex graphs; macros; and solver features. Focuses on ways to ensure accuracy including proofreading techniques and critical thinking to determine what data to present and how to present it. Prerequisites: CAS 170 or instructor permission. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
A major goal is to develop better computation skills. Improved spreadsheet design through critical thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving is also emphasized.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:
1. Use critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision making skills to independently design and create complex Excel spreadsheets following current
professional and/or industry standards.
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, problem-solving, and decision-making skills in developing the spreadsheet design for various business problems.
- Proofread for accuracy in the entry of data and creation of formulas.
- Assess the document for readability.
- Make effective use of the advanced tools available in spreadsheet programs.
- Integrate the use of spreadsheets with other applications including the Internet.
- Create formulas using relative, absolute, and mixed references.
- Plan, create, modify, and enhance the appearance of charts.
- Produce and execute macros.
- Create databases and use data forms, conditional formatting, sorting, filtering, and extracting features.
- Use PivotTables and PivotChart to summarize data in databases.
- Generate Web pages from spreadsheets and hyperlink to other documents.
- Use lookup functions in worksheets.
- Import data into Excel from text files, databases, and the World Wide Web.
- Design professional spreadsheets based on analyzing needs and data.
May also include the following Excel features:
- Nested If statements
- Naming cells
- Logical and financial functions
- Protection features
- One-and two-variable data tables
- Auditing tools
- Visual Basic
- Customizing the Excel toolbar
- Solver and scenario manager