MCT140 - Introduction to Microsoft Excel

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Last revision date 2018-09-24 01:06:37.754
Last review date 2018-11-07 14:37:43.085

Subject Title
Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Subject Description
This introductory course enables participants to construct spreadsheets and prepare graphs. Topics include: formulas, formatting and customizing worksheets, and charting and graphing.

Credit Status
Participating students who attend at least 70% of scheduled classes receive a document confirming he/she attended this course.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Create and use worksheets and charts.
2. Build formulas and use built-in functions.
3. Enter, edit and format information on the worksheet.
4. Enhance worksheets with fonts and borders.
5. Design, edit and format charts.
6. Save and retrieve files.
7. Print worksheets.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

MCT100 or equivalent experience. 

Topic Outline

Introducing Excel

  • What is an Electronic Spreadsheet?
  • Looking at the Excel Screen
  • Using AutoFill and Flash Fill
  • Managing Worksheets

Constructing Cell Data
  • Editing Cells and Undoing Changes
  • Copying and Moving Data
  • Inserting and Deleting Rows and Columns
  • Adjusting the Columns and Rows
  • Finding and Replacing Data
  • Using AutoFill
  • Managing Worksheets

Using Formulas
  • Using Formulas
  • Using Math and Statistical Functions
  • Using Text Functions
  • Using Absolute and Relative Cell References
  • Displaying Formulas

Formatting the Worksheet
  • Changing Cell Alignment
    • Formatting a Cell
    • Changing Cell Alignment
    • Clearing Cell Contents
    • Themes
    • Using Cell Styles
    • Conditional Formatting

Viewing and Printing Workbooks
  • Changing Worksheet Views
  • Printing and Previewing the Workbook
  • Customizing the Page Layout

Working With Charts and Graphics
  • Creating a Basic Chart
  • Moving and Resizing Charts
  • Changing Chart Types
  • Working with Pie Charts
  • Changing the Chart Layout and Location
  • Using Sparklines
  • Printing Charts
  • Using Quick Analysis tool
  • Drawing Shapes
  • Modifying Graphic Objects
Organizing Data
  • Working with Named Ranges
  • Go To a Cell or Named Range
  • Using Tables
  • Sorting Data
  • Filtering Information
  • Removing Duplicate Rows
  • Outlining

Using Data Tools
  • Customizing Excel
  • Finding and Replacing Data
  • Using Hyperlinks
  • Importing and Exporting Data
  • Using the accessibility Checker Tool

Mode of Instruction
Classroom instruction and extensive hands-on experience will be provided with each participant having exclusive use of a computer. Additional modes of instruction will include class discussion and question and answer period. 

Prescribed Texts

The following course materials will be provided:
Excel 2016 Core

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
There is no formal testing or process to evaluate the students understanding. It is up to the student to evaluate his/her own progress. Students must attend 70% of classes to receive a document confirming he/she attended this course.

Approved by: Sharon Estok, Denis Gravelle