Introduction to Spreadsheets


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Spreadsheets
    B. Course Number: CS 224 - 10828
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Shook, Angila
    G. Office: C.M. Burke University Center (UC) 232
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2658
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 7:30:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);10:15:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);12:15:00 PM-12:45:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 7:30:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 7:30:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);10:15:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 7:30:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    If you need a different time, please contact me to setup an appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course is designed to give students a thorough understanding of spreadsheets, and prepares students for the MOS: Microsoft Office Excel Expert certification exam. The student should gain extensive hand-on experience in each facet of the application


    The target audience is the individual who requires a beginning to advanced course in spreadsheets (using Microsoft Excel). There is no guarantee of transferability and the student is advised to check with the receiving institution if they intend to transfer to another institution.



    Cengage Unlimited
    Microsoft Office 365 & Excel 2016: Comprehensive
    Author(s): Freund, Steven M.
    ISBN: 1-305-87072-7
    ISBN-13: 978-1-305-87072-7
    Edition / Copyright: 17 - Current Edition
    Publisher: Cengage Learning
    Book Type: Paperback
    Sam 16 Assessment (only need one license if taking multiple courses requiring)
    Course Technology
    ISBN-13: 978-1-337-37266-4


    Flash drive or a google account for saving course work.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Late work will not be accepted!

    Final semester grades will be awarded based on the following percentages.
    Course Professionalism 10%
    Training (apply mode) 10%
    Reviews/Projects 30%
    Chapter Lectures 10%
    Module Exams 25%
    Proctored Final Exam 15%

    All communication and submitted work must follow the communication standard.
    Communication standard:
    • No text language (For example do not use i, BTW, LOL, IDK…)
    • Correct spelling and proper capitalization
    • Complete sentences (Start a sentence with a capital letter and end it with a period.)
    • Logical organization

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    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    Students in the Computer Science Departments should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of industry specific ethics (self & community),
    2. Prepare and interpret documents,
    3. Interpret and characterize data appropriate to the course (critical thinking),
    4. Demonstrate computer skills appropriate to the course, and
    5. Demonstrate the value of professionalism in the workplace.


    At the completion of the course, a student should:
    1. Demonstrate Managing Data in a spreadsheet
    2. Develop spreadsheets with Formulas and Functions
    3. Develop a Professional-Looking Worksheet
    4. Produce spreadsheets with Charts and Graphics
    5. Produce spreadsheets with Excel Lists
    6. Manage with Multiple Worksheets and Workbooks
    7. Produce spreadsheets with Excel's Editing and Web Tools
    8. Develop an Excel Application
    9. Produce spreadsheets with Data Tables and Scenario Management
    10. Use Solver for Complex Problems
    11. Import Data into Excel
    12. Extend Excel with Visual Basic for Applications


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


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    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
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    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
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    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.



    Topics Covered

    Due Date

    Learning Outcomes


    Module 1

    Industry specific ethics (self & community),

    January 22

    I2, I6, I7,D1, D5


    Module 2

    Creating a Worksheet and a chart

    Formulas, Functions, and Formatting

    Working with Large Worksheets, Charting, and What-If Analysis

    Module training and exam

    January 29

    February 5

    February 12

    February 15

    I4, D2,C1,C2,C3,C4


    Module 3

    Financial Functions, Data Tables, and Amortization Schedules

    Working with Multiple Worksheets and Workbooks

    Creating, Sorting, and Querying a table

    Module training and exam

    February 25

    March 4

    March 11

    March 15

    I4, D2,C2,C5, C6,C9


    Module 4

    Templates, Importing Data, and Working with SmartArt, Images, and Screenshots

    Working with Trendlines, PivotTables, PivotCharts, and Slicers

    Formula Auditing, Data Validation, and Complex Problem Solving

    User Interfaces, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), and Collaboration Features in Excel

    Module training and exam

    March 22

    April 8

    April 15

    April 19

    April 26

    May 3

    I4, D2,C7, C10, C11


    Final Exam May 4-7 (proctored)