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Beginning PowerPoint

Course Number: CAS 109
Transcript Title: Beginning PowerPoint
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 20
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F, P-NP (default), audit
Repeats available for credit: 0
Approved delivery mode:


Placement into RD 115 and WR 115

Course Description

Introduces the basic features of Microsoft PowerPoint, producing multimedia slideshows for presentations to be delivered on a projection system, personal computer, or automated to run independently on a kiosk. Explores informational, educational, business, and personal presentations. Includes animations, transitions, and designs. Recommended: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:

  1. Use Microsoft PowerPoint to create personal and/or business on-screen presentations following current professional and/or industry standards.
  2. Use critical thinking skills to independently design and create on-screen presentations.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

A Pass/No Pass grade will be issued based upon:

  • Completion of all assigned units.
  • Completion of a final presentation slideshow.
  • May include objective tests.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • Presentation vocabulary
  • Design
  • Audience considerations

Competencies, Skills

  • Create multiple slide presentations, re-arrange and manipulate multiple slides.
  • Views such as normal, slide master, outline, slide sorter, and slide show.
  • Layouts and placeholders.
  • Designs.
  • Design issues and best practices.
  • Bullets and fonts.
  • Animations and transitions.
  • Assess the presentation for accuracy, readability, appearance, and consistency.
  • Insert and manipulate clip art, other pictures and sounds.
  • Spell check and proofreading.
  • Handouts and notes.
  • Audience identification and feedback.
  • Other related topics.