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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

Course introduces Microsoft Excel. Topics focus on business applications and problem solving.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to use Microsoft EXCEL for business applications and problems.  Specifically, the student will be able to

•    Work with the Excel interface
•    Use Excel’s Help features
•    Open and save workbooks
•    Navigate in workbooks and worksheets
•    Use various types of data including text, numbers, and dates
•    Work with cells, ranges, and worksheets
•    Work with themes, styles, and data bars
•    Enter, edit, and format data and content
•    Enter and edit formulas
•    Enter and edit arithmetic, statistical, date and time, financial, and logical functions
•    Setup and preview data for printing
•    Print data
•    Insert and modify charts and graphics
•    Use list features including sorting, filtering, subtotals, and pivot tables
•    Create and modify hyperlinks and put Excel data on a web page
•    Collaborate by inserting, viewing, and editing comments
•    Create and save templates as well as open a new workbook from a template
•    Create and maintain Excel Tables
•    Use lookup tables and functions
•    Share workbooks and track changes

V.    Academic Integrity

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.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

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, media-based, 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.