Electronic Spreadsheeting Using Excel

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 135

       Course Name: Electronic Spreadsheeting Using Excel

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: MAT 060 and hands-on experience using Windows software.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course offers instruction in the use of Microsoft Excel for planning, designing, and developing Workbooks. It prepares students to use Excel for the development of spreadsheets using simple and complex formulas and functions, charts, and tables. Additionally, students will learn to create and use PivotTables, Pivot-Charts, manage multiple worksheets and workbooks, and utilize what-if analysis.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  • Describe Spreadsheeting concepts including the Excel working environment.
  • Demonstrate the use of various types of data: text, numbers, and dates.
  • Demonstrate the use of cells, ranges, and worksheets.
  • Use worksheet data to, create and execute both basic and complex formulas and functions. Such as arithmetic, statistical, date and time, financial, and logical functions.
  • Create and maintain Excel Tables, Charts, PivotTables, and Pivot Charts.
  • Use multiple worksheets and workbooks to manage and analyze both internal and external data.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to solve business problems using Excel.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Getting Started with Excel
   1.    Introducing Excel
   2.    Planning a Workbook
   3.    Entering Text, Numbers, and Dates in Cells
   4.    Working with Columns and Rows
   5.    Working with Cells and Cell Ranges
   6.    Working with Formulas
   7.    Introducing Functions
   8.    Working with Worksheets
   9.    Editing your Work
   10.    Using the Spelling Checker
   11.    Previewing and Printing a Worksheet

B.    Formatting a Workbook
   1.    Formatting Workbooks
   2.    Formatting Text
   3.    Working with Color
   4.    Formatting Data
   5.    Formatting Worksheet Cells
   6.    Working with the Format Cells Dialog Box
   7.    Copying and Pasting Formats
   8.    Applying Styles
   9.    Working with Themes
   10.    Formatting a Worksheet
   11.    Working with Table Styles
   12.    Introducing Conditional Formats
   13.    Hiding Worksheet Data
   14.    Formatting the Worksheet for Printing

C.    Working with Formulas and Functions
   1.    Understanding Cell References When Copying Formulas
   2.    Working with Functions
   3.    Working with AutoFill
   4.    Working with Logical Functions
   5.    Working with Date Functions
   6.    Working with Financial Functions

D.    Working with Charts and Graphics
   1.    Creating Charts
   2.    Working on Chart Design
   3.    Formatting a Pie Chart
   4.    Editing Chart Data
   5.    Working with Column Charts
   6.    Creating a Line Chart
   7.    Adding a Data Series to an Existing Chart
   8.    Creating a Combination Chart
   9.    Working with Shapes
   10.    Creating a Chart Sheet

E.    Working with Excel Tables, PivotTables, and Pivot Charts
   1.    Planning a Structured Range of Data
   2.    Creating an Excel Table
   3.    Maintaining an Excel Table
   4.    Sorting Data
   5.    Filtering Data
   6.    Using the Total Row to Calculate Summary Statistics
   6.    Inserting Subtotals
   7.    Analyzing Data with PivotTables
   9.    Creating a PivotTable
   10.    Refreshing a PivotTable
   11.    Grouping PivotTable items
   12.    Creating a PivotChart

F.    Managing Multiple Worksheets and Workbooks
   1.    Using Multiple Worksheets
   2.    Grouping Worksheets
   3.    Copying Worksheets
   4.    Referencing Cells and Ranges in Other Worksheets
   5.    Using 3-D References to Add Values Across Worksheets
   6.    Printing a Worksheet Group
   7.    Linking Workbooks
   8.    Updating Linked Workbooks
   9.    Opening Destination Workbooks with Source Workbooks Closed
   10.    Creating an Excel Workspace
   11.    Creating a Hyperlink
   12.    Creating Templates
   13.    Creating a Custom Workbook Template
   14.    Saving a Workbook as a Web Page

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, demonstrations, hands-on, class discussions, short practice exercises.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Completion of a spread-sheeting project, in addition to a minimum of five (5) spreadsheet assignments and one(1) exam.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation will be based on grades received on spreadsheet assignments and exams.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.