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CMSY 136 Integrated Software Applications - Online

After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to use the integration features of Microsoft® Office to copy, paste, link, and embed files from one program to another using Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Basic through advanced integration skills are covered. This course may be completed in fewer than 14 weeks. All of the work may be done outside of class if student has compatible software.

CMSY-101 Beginning Spreadsheets
CMSY-103 Beginning Databases
CMSY-104 Advanced Word Processing
CMSY-116 PowerPoint
CMSY-126 Introduction to Internet or CMSY-129
Principles of the Internet
Michele Savage
Office Technology Classroom
(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, choose the semester, and complete the pre-semester notification form.

Overall Course Objectives.

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

  • Complete real-world projects relating to the Microsoft Office suite of products.
  • Integrate multiple software products while completing projects.
  • Demonstrate creative and critical thinking skills while completing projects.
  • Develop independent work habits.
  • Select Internet search engine tools for locating appropriate information.
  • Use multimedia and graphics to enhance document and presentation design, layout, functionality, and appearance.
  • Analyze real-world business problems and then apply appropriate media and strategies to develop total-problem solutions.
  • Integrate and reinforce skills and knowledge acquired in previous courses

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Major Course Topics

  • Perform research on the Internet to access supportive material and hyperlinks
  • Use Word to:
    • Create a newsletter
    • Prepare tables and use table styles
    • Create reports, using WordArt, clip art, and graphics
    • Develop diagrams
    • Insert hyperlinks
    • Develop a brochure
    • Implement a mail merge operation
    • Save a document as a Web page
  • Use Excel to:
    • Prepare workbooks with appropriate formatting and enhancements
    • Create charts
    • Add formulas
    • Create scenarios
    • Use lookup for calculations
    • Work with complex formulas
    • Create PivotTables
    • Set up a budget
  • Use Access to:
    • Set up tables
    • Create customized forms
    • Create queries and reports
  • Use PowerPoint to:
    • Create a slide presentation
    • Add animation and graphics
    • Create a table
    • Add charts
  • Use Integration to:
    • Integrate Word and Excel
    • Integrate Word, Excel, and Access
    • Integrate Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint

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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-136 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 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 lifestyle and learning style, visit

  • Microsoft Office 2010 (including Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word)
  • Complete homework assignments.

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Texts and Materials Required

Microsoft Office 2010 – Illustrated Second Course
Beskeen et al. | Course Technology, Cengage Learning, 2011 | ISBN: 978-0-538-74813-1

Two flash drives

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:

  • A Web browser

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There are no exams in this course.

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

Michele Savage,   

Last updated on 9-July-13
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