Visio Fundamentals

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 150

       Course Name: Visio Fundamentals

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Computer experience using software that runs in Microsoft Windows

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Comprehensive course covering the features and applications of Microsoft Visio.  This software creates graphical diagrams to communicate information that supplements text and numbers within business and technical documents.

IV.   Learning Objectives

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

  • Use the Visio interface and environment;
  • Work with objects, lines; master shapes, connectors, and text;
  • Plan and create a variety of diagrams;
  • Use various formatting options to format text, shapes, and lines;
  • Modify drawing scales;
  • Create, assign, and customize layers;
  • Create complex shapes;
  • Create and edit formulas and functions by using special drawing operations;
  • Add a predefined action and custom shape behavior to a shape, specify a behavior for double-click action, and create custom stencils;
  • Create and assign a background page;
  • Create and apply styles;
  • Create a custom template, and create a drawing based on a custom template;
  • Integrate Visio drawings with other programs, such as Microsoft Word and, Microsoft PowerPoint;
  • Print diagrams;
  • Work with web-enabling features.

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. Basics of the Visio environment
    1. Starting Visio
    2. Opening and saving files
    3. Identifying and working with elements of the interface
    4. Navigating in Visio
    5. Stencil overview
    6. Working with objects
    7. Using Help features
  2. Drawing tools and techniques
    1. Drawing objects
    2. Editing objects
  3. Creating basic diagrams
    1. Planning diagrams
    2. Master shapes
    3. Connecting shapes
    4. Dynamic connectors
    5. Text features
    6. Business diagrams
      1. Block diagrams
      2. Flowcharts
      3. Organization charts
      4. Network diagrams
      5. Project management diagrams
      6. Network diagrams
      7. Software diagrams
      8. Database diagrams
  4. Formatting diagrams
    1. Basic formatting techniques
    2. Formatting text blocks
    3. Formatting shapes and lines
  5. Page setup and printing
  6. Working with pages
    1. Creating and setting up a new drawing
    2. Working with background pages
    3. Working with lines
  7. Creating technical layouts
    1. Layers
    2. Drawing scales
    3. Precision techniques
    4. Dimensioning
  8. Advanced features
    1. Advanced layout and connection techniques
    2. Custom properties
    3. Reporting
  9. Templates and styles
  10. Integrating Visio with other programs
  11. Web-enabling features

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture and discussion, demonstrations, hands-on activities and practice exercises.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

Successful completion of a minimum of five (5) 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.

Manuals and textbooks specific to the software package.
SOFTWARE: Visio 2013

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

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.