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Revision Date: 25-Mar-23

Summer 2023 | CIS-1430-VO04F - Spreadsheets

Flex Class

FLEX courses are online courses with flexible assignment submission, allowing students to manage their completion pace during the semester. FLEX courses remain open for enrollment throughout the first half of the semester. Flex course enrollment for Summer 2023 ends on July 7.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-23-2023 to 08-14-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Glenn Marvel
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Deb Grant

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
Digital and Technical Literacy
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive examination of spreadsheet software. Students will build a variety of spreadsheets using simple and complex formulas, functions, graphics, database features, sorts, linkages within spreadsheet and between spreadsheets, and macros. Basic computer skills are required.

Essential Objectives

1. Demonstrate ability to manage workbook options and settings including multiple workbooks, macros, workbook versions, privacy and protection, comment management, editing and display languages, and language-specific features.
2. Manage and format data using Flash Fill, advanced Fill Series options, custom number formats, data validation, groups, subtotals, and removing duplicate data.
3. Develop proficiency with advanced formulas and functions including but not limited to logical and Boolean functions, nesting multiple functions, date and time functions, and financial functions.
4. Proficiently choose the correct data functions for various application such as VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, MATCH, and INDEX functions.
5. Summarize data from multiple ranges with the Consolidate feature.
6. Perform what-if analyses with tools such as Goal Seek and Scenario Manager.
7. Troubleshoot formulas with trace precedence and dependence, validate and evaluate formulas using error checking rules, and monitor cells and formulas using the Watch Window.
8. Manage advanced charts and tables including dual axis charts, maps, advanced chart types.
9. Create PivotTables and PivotCharts using slicers, and calculated fields and incorporate styles and appropriate details.
10. Design, plan, and organize spreadsheets that accurately and ethically convey information, thoughts, and ideas.
11. Explain how the use and presentation of data and spreadsheets can be used to persuade, inform, and misinform, particularly around systems of inequality and social change.
12. Evaluate and cite digital information effectively and ethically.

Required Technology

Students in this course will need access to Microsoft (MS) Office. This software is available on CCV lab computers at CCV academic centers and to CCV students free of charge through Office 365 online or by a download of MS Office. Information on how to download the MS Office suite can be found HERE.

The MS Office suite can be installed on Windows 10/11 PC and Macintosh computers and laptops. It cannot be installed on a Chromebook. MS Office on a Macintosh computer does not include all of the features supported by Windows and there are significant menu differences.

If you have difficulty in acquiring or accessing this resource for your course, please contact your advisor or financial aid counselor.

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Basic Spreadsheets


The Smart Method - Basic Skills - Session 1

  • Saving files
  • Using Versions feature (Windows only)
  • Create a Google Account
  • Update Canvas profile picture
  • Quiz on reading
  • Self-Assessment


Basic Skills Continued - Cloud Computing


The Smart Method - Basic Skills - Session 2

The Smart Method - Essential Skills - Session 3 Lessons 12 & 13

The Smart Method - Expert Skills - Session 8

Cloud Computing writing included in assignments on Canvas

  • Using Canvas and Google Drive
  • Anonymous vs. Specific Sharing
  • Intro to O365 and File Sharing
  • Basic Skills Lessons 2-1 through 2-17
  • Understanding lineal and exponential series
  • Using automatic and manual Flash Fill
  • Mortgage worksheet - References, Copying, PMT function
  • Quiz on Basic Skills Session 2
  • Self-Assessment


Formatting & Efficiency Tools


The Smart Method - Essential Skills - Session 3

The Smart Method - Essential Skills - Session 4

  • Mixed References
  • Create a Template
  • Check Spelling
  • Formatting tools
  • Mix of skills from Essential Skills - Session 4
  • Quiz on Essential Skills - Session 3
  • Self-Assessment


Conditional Formatting, In-Cell Graphing, Advanced Functions (Part 1)


Essential Skills: Session 4 - Lessons 15-17

Expert Skills: Session 3 – Lessons 1-16

Instructor video: “Functions and Sparklines Applied"

  • Conditional formatting
  • Sparklines
  • Rotate text
  • More sparklines and formatting
  • Advanced functions
  • Project:Functions and Sparklines Applied
  • Project:Essential Skills Session 4 Challenge
  • Quiz on Essential Skills Session 4
  • Quiz on Expert Skills Session 3
  • Self-Assessment


Tables and Ranges


The Smart Method Expert Skills - Session 1

  • Lessons from Expert Skills Session 1
  • End of Session Exercise - Expert Skills Session 1
  • Quiz on Expert Skills Session 1
  • Self-Assessment


Forms, Names, and Formula Auditing


The Smart Method - Expert Skills - Session 4

Instructor written instructions on Microsoft O365 and Google Drive Forms

YouTube videos and Microsoft and Google forms

Goodwill Community Foundation tutorials on Google forms

  • Make a Microsoft Office 365 quiz or survey and share with class
  • Make a Google Drive quiz or survey and share with class
  • Complete Expert Skills - Session 4 lessons
  • Quiz on Expert Skills Session 4
  • Self-Assessment


Sheets and Books, Charts and Graphs


The Smart Method - Essential Skills - Session 5

Lecture articles about Charts

  • Essential Skills Session 5 Lessons
  • Essential Skills Session 5 end of Session Exercise
  • Project:Information around Us
  • Self-Assessment




The Smart Method - Expert Skills - Session 9

Instructor lecture on 3D Maps and included links

Instructor video on Google Maps & Spreadsheets

  • Make a Google Map from a spreadsheet
  • Make an Excel 2D or 3D Map
  • Self-Assessment


Advanced Functions (Part 2)


The Smart Method - Expert Skills - Session 3

  • Complete Expert Skills Session 3 Lessons
  • Quiz - Expert Skills Session 3
  • Self-Assessment


Data Integrity, Subtotals, Validations


The Smart Method - Expert Skills - Session 2

  • Expert Skills Session 2 end of session Exercise
  • Project:Make a reusable Order Form
  • Quiz - Expert Skills Session 2
  • Self-Assessment


Working across Worksheets and Workbooks


The Smart Method - Essential Skills - Session 6

  • Share previous graphical work (map or chart)
  • Essential Skills Session 6 end of session Exercise
  • Quiz - Essential Skills Session 6
  • Self-Assessment


Printing with Excel, Excel Forms


The Smart Method - Essential Skills - Session 7

The Smart Method - Expert Skills - Session 7

  • Expert Skills Session 7 end of session Exercise
  • Quiz - Essential Skills Session 7
  • Quiz - Expert Skills Session 7
  • Self-Assessment

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.