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CMSY 103 Beginning Databases - Online

After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to use beginning features of Microsoft® Access that include tables, queries and multiple table queries, forms, and reports. This course may be completed in fewer than 14 weeks. All of the work may be done outside of class (except tests) if student has compatible software.

Cindy Salopek
Office Technology Classroom
(443) 518-4876

Registered Students | Overall Course Objectives | Major Course Topics | Course Format | Orientation | Course Requirements | Materials | Exams |

Registered Students

Immediately after enrolling, please go to, choose the semester, and complete the pre-semester notification form.

Overall Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Create a database.
  • Modify a database.
  • Use sort and query features.
  • Create forms and reports.

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Major Course Topics

  • Creating a Database Table
  • Modifying a Table
  • Creating Relationships between Database Tables
  • Using Wizards and Help
  • Performing Queries and Filtering Records
  • Creating Forms
  • Creating Reports and Mailing labels
  • Importing and Exporting Data

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Course Format

  • This course is not self-paced.  However, students may accelerate their pace so that they may finish the course in fewer than 14 weeks.
  • The syllabus lists course requirements.
  • This schedule is posted in the learning management system and is available for students all semester.
  • No on-campus meetings are required.  however, this course does require on-campus attendance for tests.  The tests may be taken during any open hours in the Office Technology classroom.  Please note, however, that all CMSY-103 online students are welcome to come to the Office Technology classroom to do classwork and/or to receive personal help from an instructor.
  • Modules contain course instructions.
  • Canvas learning management system is the method of communication.
  • Real-time chats are not required.

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This course has a face-to-face orientation; held on the Saturday morning p4rior to the semester start.  Please click on to view the orientation schedules.
Course Requirements

For complete technical requirements, specific course instructions, and information to help you assess options that best fit your lifestyle and learning style, visit

  • Microsoft® Access 2010
  • Come to the Office Technology classroom to take tests which have deadlines for completion.
  • Complete three homework assignments which have deadlines for completion.

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Text and Materials Required

Microsoft Access 2010 Level 1, Benchmark Series
Rutkosky and Rutkosky | Course Technology, Cengage Learning 2011 | ISBN: 978-0-76384-306-9
Additional textbook information:  Please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Two flash drives

Review the Technical Requirements link above. The course requires:
  • A Web browser
For purposes of verification and assessing learning outcomes, this course has three theory exams and three production exams, which have deadlines for completion. The exams must be taken at the college during any open hours in the Office Technology classroom.

If you have any questions or comments about this class, please send a message to Cindy Salopek,

Last updated on 08-Jul-13

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