Feb 24, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or the sophomore year.

Catalog Description:

CAP1517 - Advanced Computer Applications (3 hrs.)

This course is offered to enhance students’ computer literacy and meet the needs of students in the associate degree and/or certificate programs. The students will learn from hands-on experiences advanced skills in word processing, spreadsheet applications, database management, and graphical presentations in the Windows environment.

Course Classification:



CAP1516 Computer Applications, or acceptable prior experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint

Controlling Purpose:

This course is offered to enhance students’ computer literacy and meet the needs of students in the associate degree and/or certificate programs.

Learner Outcomes:

The student will confidently demonstrate use of Microsoft Office along with performing Windows operating functions. The student will demonstrate advanced skills to analyze information, select proper format, organize information, and generate output. The student will learn from hands-on experiences, utilizing programs in a graphical user interface, word processing, spreadsheets, database management, and graphical presentations.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other content as time allows.

UNIT 1: Word Processing

Outcome: The student will utilize Word’s advanced features in creation of complex tables, merge documents with IF statements, and desktop publishing.

  • Add borders and shading to a document
  • Create a watermark
  • Use section and page breaks
  • Create custom tabs sets
  • Create a chart from a Word table
  • Use the Draw Table feature to create a table
  • Use formulas to calculate sums in a table
  • Use the format painter
  • Create headers and footers for a section
  • Create merge and data files
  • Use IF statements in a merge document
  • Create and print envelopes and mailing labels
  • Use desktop publishing techniques to create a newsletter, including columns, drop caps, and pull quotes
  • Insert and format graphics
  • Change character effects and character spacing
  • Work with shapes and the drawing canvas
  • Insert and format WordArt

UNIT 2: Spreadsheet

Outcome: The student will gain the Excel skills necessary to create and manipulate a database, create templates and workbooks containing formulas with 3-D references, and create financial formulas and data tables.

  • Create a template and create a workbook from the template
  • Create formulas that reference cells in different sheets in a workbook
  • Create cell names and use cell names in writing formulas
  • Enhance embedded charts
  • Add comments to a cell
  • Add headers and footers to a workbook
  • Change print margins and name and print sections of a worksheet
  • Find and replace text in the workbook
  • Create and display a database table
  • Query a table using both AutoFilter and criteria ranges
  • Use automatic subtotals and database functions
  • Protect a worksheet
  • Create financial formulas
  • Build data tables
  • Analyze worksheet data by changing values
  • Apply conditional formatting with an icon set
  • Create a lookup table

UNIT 3: Database

Outcome: The student will develop the ability to create and modify forms and reports, as well as create macros, switchboards, and combo boxes.

  • Create a form with different formats, column headings, and controls
  • Create a report with multiple fonts, colors, and controls
  • Add fields to a table, including Yes/No, date, OLE, and memo fields
  • Change label properties
  • Add totals and subtotals to a report
  • Modify subform designs
  • Enter data into OLE fields
  • Change special effects and colors of labels
  • Create, modify, and use macros
  • Create a combo box
  • Create, modify, and use a switchboard
  • Create multi-table reports and forms
  • Use the input mask wizard
  • Create PivotTables and PivotCharts

UNIT 4: Graphic Presentations

Outcome: The student will incorporate a variety of PowerPoint’s advanced features to create slide presentations which include action buttons, action settings, sound effects, hyperlinks, custom backgrounds, and customized clipart.

  • Create custom slide presentations
  • Create custom clipart
  • Change existing clipart with the group and ungroup commands
  • Create custom handouts
  • Embed visuals into presentation, including a Word table and an Excel chart
  • Create a presentation from a Word outline
  • Create a custom background by adding a picture
  • Add action buttons and action settings
  • Add sound effects and hyperlinks to slides
  • Create and format SmartArt graphics

Projects Required:

The student will save and submit required lessons.


Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Materials/Equipment Required:

Computer, printer, & software

Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Timeframe:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability, which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.