Maui Community College Course Outline 1. Alpha and Number

Maui Community College
Course Outline
1. Alpha and Number
BUSN 232
Course Title
Business Computer Spreadsheets
Three (3)
Date of Outline
October 18, 2005
2. Course Description
Covers business spreadsheets with special attention to advanced techniques required by experts. Develops critical thinking skills for applying software tools to business problems. Covers
financial and logical functions, custom formatting, charts and graphs, multi-sheet and shared
workbooks, formula auditing, data importing,
Web features, one-variable and two-variable data tables, and application development tools.
(Formerly BCIS 246.)
3. Contact Hours/Type
Three (3) hours Lecture/Lab
4. Prerequisites
BUSN 151 with at least a C, and BUSN 189 with
at least a C; or consent.
Recommended Preparation
Approved By
5. General Course Objectives
To develop an expert level of skill with a spreadsheet application program. To develop critical thinking skills with business problems. To work confidently with formulas, financial functions, custom formatting, charts and graphs, multi-sheet and shared workbooks, formula auditing, data importing, WWW features, one-variable and two-variable data tables, and application development tools.
For detailed information on how BUSN 232 focuses on the Maui Community College general
education standards, see the attached curricular grids.
6. Student Learning Outcomes
For assessment purposes, these are linked to #7. Recommended course content.
Upon completion of this course, the student will
a) create a spreadsheet to solve a business problem or calculation where the problem
statement is given in broad terms without detailed specifications;
b) apply generally accepted standards for the presentation of data, totals, formatting, labeling, and overall spreadsheet documentation;
c) perform basic spreadsheet operations, such as insert, delete, and move cells; enter and
edit cell data; spell check; find and replace; manage files and folders; format and print
d) modify workbooks, insert and delete worksheets, modify worksheet names and positions;
e) manage workbooks by creating, editing and applying templates;
f) demonstrate the use of 3-D references within a workbook and between workbooks;
g) demonstrate the use of absolute, relative and mixed cell references;
h) demonstrate the use of data consolidation;
i) create and revise formulas and functions commonly used in business spreadsheets including logical, statistical, financial, lookup and reference functions;
j) create, modify, and print graphics, graphs, and charts;
k) import and export data from a variety of sources and create queries;
l) publish workbooks and worksheets to the Web;
m) use named ranges in formulas and macros;
n) create, edit, and run macros;
o) audit formulas, locate and resolve errors, and identify dependencies in formulas;
p) demonstrate the use of data validation tools;
q) analyze data with pivot tables, pivot charts, what-if analysis, goal seek, scenarios, onevariable and two-variable data tables;
r) create applications, which include shared workbooks; modify passwords, protections, and
s) track, accept, and reject changes to shared workbooks and merge workbooks.
7. Recommended Course Content and Approximate Time Spent on Each Topic
Linked t o #6. Student Learning Outcomes
1-2 Weeks:
Review of basic business math and spreadsheet basics (a, c, i)
1-2 Weeks:
Formulas and functions (a, f, g, h, i, m, o, p, q)
1-2 Weeks:
Multiple worksheets and workbooks, 3-D references, data consolidation,
templates (a, d, e, f, h, r)
1-3 Weeks:
Formula auditing, editing and Web tools (a, l, o)
1-2 Weeks:
Graphics, charts and graphs, shared workbooks (a, b, j, q, r, s)
2-3 Weeks:
Application development tools, macros, security features, data validation
features (a, m, n, p, r)
2-3 Weeks:
Data tables, pivot tables, goal seek, scenarios, what-if analysis (a, q)
1-2 Weeks:
Importing and exporting data (a, k, l)
1-2 Weeks:
Critical thinking and problem solving exercises (a)
8. Text and Materials, References Materials, Auxiliary Materials and Content
An appropriate text(s) and materials will be chosen at the time the course is to be offered
from those currently available in the field. Examples include:
June Jamrich Parsons, Dan Oja, Roy Ageloff and Patrick Carey, Microsoft Excel 2002:
Comprehensive, Thompson Learning, 2002.
Text(s) may be supplemented with:
Accompanying practice exercises if available
Articles, handouts and/or exercises prepared by the instructor
Magazine or newspaper articles
On-line materials
Appropriate films, videos or Internet sites
Television programs
Guest Speakers
Other instructional aids
9. Recommended Course Requirements and Evaluation
Specific course requirements are at the discretion of the instructor at the time the course is
being offered. Suggested requirements might include, but are not limited to:
Examinations (written, oral or practical)
In-class exercises
Homework assignments
Projects or research (written reports and/or oral class presentations)
Attendance and/or class participation
10. Methods of Instruction
Instructional methods vary considerable with instructors and specific instructional methods
will be at the discretion of the instructor teaching the course. Suggested techniques might include, but are not limited to:
lecture, problem solving, and class exercises or readings
class discussions or guest lectures
audio, visual or presentations involving the Internet
visual step-by-step instruction with students following along
student class presentations
group or individual projects
other contemporary learning techniques (e.g., Service Learning, Co-op, School-to-Work,
self-paced, etc.)