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CMSY 110 Software Applications for Micros - Online

After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to use word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphic software. This course is designed for the beginning student and does not include advanced concepts. Keyboarding skills are strongly recommended.

Credits                                        3
Prerequisites                              None
Instructor                                   Cindy Garnsey
Office Technology Classroom     DH 301
Phone                                          (443)518-4876

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

Registered Students

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

Overall Course Objectives

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

  • Use basic features of Windows.
  • Use a word processing package to create, edit, format and print documents.
  • Use a spreadsheet package to calculate, analyze, and chart data.
  • Use a presentation graphics package to enter and edit text, graphics, and pictures in slides.
  • Use a database package to create simple forms, tables, queries, and reports.

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Major Course Topics

  • Windows Features
           o    Mouse Operations
           o    Manipulating a Window
           o    Windows Explorer
           o    Creating Folders
           o    Moving, Copying, Deleting, and Renaming Files and Folders
  • Word Processing
            o    Creating, Saving, and Printing Documents
            o    Formatting Paragraphs and Characters
            o    Headers, Footers, and Footnotes
            o    Editing Documents—Move, Find, Replace, Spelling
            o    Clip Art
  • Spreadsheets
            o    Creating, Saving, and Printing Worksheets
            o    Formatting Worksheets and Cells
            o    Charts
            o    Relative and Absolute References
            o    AVERAGE, MAX, MIN, and IF Functions
  • Databases
            o    Creating, Saving, and Printing Tables
            o    Forms
            o    Reports
            o    Filter and Query
            o    Changing the Structure of a Database
            o    Adding, Changing, and Deleting Records
            o    Creating Validation Rules
  • Presentation Graphics
           o    Creating, Saving, and Printing Presentations
           o    Inserting and Deleting Slides
           o    Themes
           o    Normal, Slide Show, and Slide Sorter View
           o    Clip Art

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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.  Please note, 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-110 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 mandatory face-to-face orientation held on the Saturday morning prior to the semester start.  Please click on to view the orientation schedules.

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Course Requirements

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

  • Install Windows 7, Microsoft® Word 2010, Microsoft® Excel 2010, Microsoft® Access 2010, and Microsoft® PowerPoint 2010 on your computer.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course, but if you do not have typing skills, you will have difficulty with the word processing part of the course.
  • Come to the Office Technology classroom to take tests which have deadlines for completion.
  • Complete homework, labs, and trainings. 

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Texts and Materials Required

Microsoft Office2010 Introductory  (bundled with SAM 2010)
Shelley and Vermaat | Course Technology, Cengage Learning, 2011 | ISBN: 1111877343

A flash drive

Additional textbook information:
  Please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Technical Requirements for Online Courses

Review the Technical Requirements link above. The course requires:

  • Internet Explorer

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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 Garnsey,  

Last updated on July 9, 2013
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