Advanced Spreadsheeting using Excel

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 235

       Course Name: Advanced Spreadsheeting using Excel

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

CAB 135 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course is a continuation of Electronic Spreadsheeting Using Excel (CAB135). Students will learn advanced Excel techniques such as developing customized Excel applications including automating tasks with macros, using advanced functions, using advanced filtering techniques, using what-if analysis tools, and connecting to external data.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Develop customized applications using features including; defined names; data validation; protecting cells, worksheet, and workbooks; comments; and macros.
  2. Use advanced functions to examine and manage data, including logical, lookup, text, and database functions.
  3. Analyze data using advanced analysis tools and techniques, including What-If and Scenario tools.
  4. Connect to and access external data, in order to analyze and manage the data.

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. Developing an Excel Application
  2. Working with Advanced Functions
  3. Working with Text Functions and Creating Customer Formats
  4. Performing What-If Analyses
  5. Connecting to External Data
  6. Advanced Filters, Database functions, and Summary IFS functions

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

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

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.