Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CAS 246
Course Title:
Integrated Computer Projects
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Course Description

Builds upon previous computer and business knowledge to create individual and group projects using software found in today's workplace. Uses integrated software (i.e. MS Office) and current technology to further develop professional software skills. Prerequisites: CAS 216 and CAS 170 or instructor permission. Recommended: CAS 109, CAS 140, CAS 171, and CAS 217. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:

  1. Integrate various software applications to plan, create, and present projects following current professional and/or industry standards.
  2. Use critical thinking skills to solve unfamiliar business-related problems through the integration of various computer software applications.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Grading of this class will be based on completion of project(s) developed individually and as part of a team. May also include objective examinations or other assessment methods.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Software integration
  • Use resources effectively (Figure it out for yourself!)
  • Use unfamiliar software

Competencies, Skills

  • Integrate software packages to create a project
    • Merge data among various software for presentation in different media
    • Link spreadsheet and word processing documents
    • Link spreadsheet and database documents
    • Link database and word processing documents
    • Use OLE and DDE links
    • Track changes in a shared document
  • Use unfamiliar software such as voice recognition, web tools, database tools, multimedia, etc.
    • Use software tutorials and help features to learn the program
    • Create content for business documents with unfamiliar software
  • Use presentation graphics software
    • Create a classroom presentation
    • Integrate with other business documents
    • Create presentations that are accessible to those with disabilities
  • Use Internet resources
    • Use E-mail, calendaring, filtering, and address books 
    • Search the Internet for information and resources (including tutorials)
    • Select and save appropriate copyright free images
    • Use electronic discussion
  • Use database software
    • Design a database
    • Create, manipulate, and report
  • Demonstrate electronic file management
    • Sharing files
    • Creating and organizing folders
    • Uploading and downloading files and/or folders to intranets and the Internet
  • Integrate other office technology as appropriate such as scanners, digital camera, drawing pad, multimedia devices, etc.