Presentation Software Using PowerPoint

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 130

       Course Name: Presentation Software Using PowerPoint

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Hands-on computer experience using software that runs in a Windows operating system environment.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces the Microsoft PowerPoint program. Content includes planning, composing and creating complete desktop presentations by creation of slides consisting of words, diagrams, pictures, charts, graphs and other images produced on computer, note pages and audience handout pages. Specialized drawing tools and built-in word processor used to create professional presentations.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • become comfortable with PowerPoint’s environment creating  solid foundation to confidently use the software’s powerful abilities to create graphic presentations.
  • learn to use the specialized drawing tools and build-in word processor with its own spelling checker to create the text and visual elements most often found in presentations.
  • generate special visual effects with the design features.
  • create a variety of charts using PowerPoint’s own graphing system along with all the drawing, coloring, and text editing features available in the software.
  • develop, preview and revise slide presentations.
  • customize colors and add to text, graphics, pictures, and images copied to PowerPoint from other applications.
  • learn to import drawings, text, and slides from other popular software packages.

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

  1. Creating and Editing a Presentation
    1. Starting PowerPoint
    2. PowerPoint Window
    3. Create Presentation
      1. Choosing a Document Theme
      2. Creating a Title Slide
      3. Formatting Characters
      4. Saving the Project
      5. Adding a New Slide
      6. Creating a Text Slide with a Single Level Bulleted List
      7. Creating a Text Slide with a Multi Level Bulleted List
      8. Creating a Closing Slide
      9. Changing Document Properties
    4. Work With Presentation
      1. Slide Navigation in Normal View
      2. Slide Show View
      3. Quitting PowerPoint
      4. Starting PowerPoint and Opening a Presentation
      5. Check for Spelling Errors
      6. Correct Errors
      7. Display Presentation in Grayscale
      8. Print Presentation
      9. Help
  2. Creating Presentation with Illustrations and Shapes
    1. Create Slide from a Blank Presentation
    2. Change Views to Review Presentation
    3. Change Layout
    4. Insert Clip Art and Photographs into Slides
    5. Resize Clip Art and Photographs
    6. Format Title and Content Text
    7. Adding and Formatting Shapes
    8. Adding Transitions
    9. Printing Outline and Handouts
  3. Using Web Page Preview and Save Presentation as a Web Page
  4. Creating Presentation with Custom Backgrounds and SmartArt Diagram
    1. Create Presentation from Word 2007 Outline
    2. Format Slide Backgrounds
    3. Using Word Art
    4. Create and Format a SmartArt Graphic
    5. Create and Modify a SmartArt Diagram
  5. Working with Information Graphics
    1. Develop the Core Presentation Slides
    2. Customize the Entire Presentation Elements
    3. Insert and Format a Picture and Clip into Slides Without Content Placeholders
    4. Adding Hyperlinks
    5. Adding a Table to a Slide and Formatting it
    6. Adding a Chart to a Slide and Formatting it
    7. Revise and Customize Individual Slides
    8. Adding and Formatting Action Buttons
    9. Run Slide Show with Hyperlinks and Action Buttons
  6. Collaborating on and Delivering Presentations
    1. Collaborating on a Presentation
    2. Protecting, Securing, and Sharing a Presentation
    3. Using Presentation Tools to Navigate
  7. Reusing a Presentation with Multimedia
    1. Formatting Pictures and Text
    2. Adding Multimedia to Slides
    3. Preparing for and Rehearsing Delivery
  8. Creating Self-Running Presentation with Animated Shapes
    1. Customizing Presentation Masters
    2. Adding and Formatting Numbered Lists
    3. Reusing Slides from an Existing Presentation
    4. Using Animations in a Presentation

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, demonstrations, hands-on exercises, projects, individualized instructions.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attend seminars as scheduled.
  2. Attend lab as required.
  3. Complete required assignments and exams.
  4. Seminar schedule may be adjusted based on needs of the class.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Microsoft PowerPoint Comprehensive Concepts and Techniques, by Shelly, Cashman, Green; Course Technology
USB Drive

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Applications, exercises, exams and final project; an in-class presentation.

XI.   Other Course Information

Software users! Copying software is in violation of Federal law and College policies. Suspected violations will be vigorously investigated and, if warranted, appropriate penalties will be applied. Specifically, you do not have the right to make copies of software for yourself or others, or receive and use unauthorized copies of software.


Successful completion of this course will help prepare you for the Microsoft Office Application Specialist (MCAS) Exam for PowerPoint. Oakton Community College does not guarantee that you will pass the MCAS exam after completing this course. If you do not pass the MCAS, you cannot retake this course for free or receive a refund for the MCAS exam.

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

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.