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Intermediate Excel

Course Number: CAS 171
Transcript Title: Intermediate Excel
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 10
Lecture / Lab Hours: 40
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0
Approved delivery mode:


CAS 170 or instructor permission

Course Description

Introduces advanced features of Excel to design and create accurate, professional worksheets for use in business and industry. Includes financial, logical, statistical, lookup, and database functions; pivot tables; "what-if" analysis with data tables; importing data; complex graphs; macros; and solver features. Focuses on ways to ensure accuracy including proofreading techniques and critical thinking to determine what data to present and how to present it. Prerequisite: CAS 170 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Use critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision making skills to independently design and create complex Excel spreadsheets following current professional and/or industry standards.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

A letter grade will be issued for this course based upon:

  • Performance tests
  • May include objective tests, scored assignments, or projects
  • May include the use of skill assessment software

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • Communicate effectively using appropriate spreadsheet vocabulary.
  • Use critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills in developing the spreadsheet design for various business problems.
  • Proofread for accuracy in the entry of data and creation of formulas.
  • Assess the document for readability.
  • Make effective use of the advanced tools available in spreadsheet programs.
  • Integrate the use of spreadsheets with other applications including the Internet.

Competencies, Skills

  • Create formulas using relative, absolute, and mixed references.
  • Plan, create, modify, and enhance the appearance of charts.
  • Produce and execute macros.
  • Create databases and use data forms, conditional formatting, sorting, filtering, and extracting features.
  • Use PivotTables and PivotChart to summarize data in databases.
  • Generate Web pages from spreadsheets and hyperlink to other documents.
  • Use lookup functions in worksheets.
  • Import data into Excel from text files, databases, and the World Wide Web.
  • Design professional spreadsheets based on analyzing needs and data.

May also include the following Excel features:

  • Nested If statements
  • Naming cells
  • Validation
  • Logical and financial functions
  • Protection features
  • One-and two-variable data tables
  • Auditing tools
  • Visual Basic
  • Customizing the Excel toolbar
  • Solver and scenario manager

Department Notes

A major goal is to develop better computation skills. Improved spreadsheet design through critical thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving is also emphasized.