OMGT 4853

OMGT 4853 — Data Processing Systems
Proficiency Exam Preparation
Course description:
Fundamentals of computers and data processing. Computer hardware and software. Spreadsheet
and presentation methods and applications. Introduction to database concepts and applications.
Required Textbook:
There are no required textbooks for this course. Students will be directed to various videos and
instructional websites.
Students who like textbooks may find this book useful: Excel 2013 All in One for Dummies, by
Greg Harvey (John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ, 2013). ISBN 978-1-118-51010-0 (paperback
book) or 978-1-118-55018-2 (e-book).
Required Software:
Students need a computer with Microsoft Excel (version 2010 or later).
Versions from 2003 or earlier versions will not allow successful completion of this course.
Course Goals/Objectives:
The course goal is to provide entering MSOM students with the Excel skills they need to succeed in
the MSOM degree program.
The course goal is NOT to teach the underlying mathematics behind any of these formulas; for
example, in the time value of money formulas, this course will only ensure the student can program
them into Excel. Students will learn the mathematics in their other courses.
The Proficiency Exam will be available to any student who is proficient in this course. The
exam will be open book, open notes, and limited Internet sites will be allowed. There is a 2
hour time limit for taking tests. ProctorU will be used while students take tests. Students
must make an appointment with ProctorU prior to taking the test.
Subjects covered
 Add numbers in Excel
 Basic Math in Excel (Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide)
 Basic formatting (commas in numbers; currency; percent;
decimal places; scientific notation)
 Using Functions (SUM, PRODUCT, SUMPRODUCT)
 Operator order
 Relative and Absolute Referencing
 Fill In Formulas
 Freeze or Lock Panes
 Range Names - define, audit, use, delete More Complex
Formulas (using multiple operators, cell references, and
 Use range names within formulas
 Mean, Standard deviation
 Weighted averages
 Create pie chart
 Create bar chart
 Create line plot
 Create XY scatterplot
 Pareto charts
 Histogram
 MAX and MIN and COUNT
 Transpose data
 Transpose a matrix
 Matrix multiply, matrix invert
IF statements – IF, AND, OR, SUMIF, COUNTIF
Data sort and filter
Pivot Tables
Goal Seek
Random number Generation - uniform, normal
Poisson Distribution
Monte Carlo Simulation
Time Value of Money Functions (PV, FV, NPV)