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ACSM 101: Introduction to Computers

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at ENGL 099 or higher OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 094
AND
-Placement at college level reading OR
-Concurrent enrollment in READ 091

Introduction to Computers will introduce students from any major to the essential computing concepts including computer hardware and software, in addition to the Internet and World Wide Web. Students will work with a current operating system in addition to software packages used in business and industry. Ethical and social issues will be emphasized. Keyboarding ability recommended. Credit will not be awarded for students who have taken ACSM 102 and ACSM 103 combined. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

ACSM 125: Powerpoint

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ACSM 101 or CSCI 101 OR
-Permission of division dean
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099 and ENGL 101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This course is a comprehensive exploration of designing and creating presentations. Students will learn the key concepts and techniques of Microsoft PowerPoint to create professional presentations. Keyboarding skills are recommended. 1 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

ACSM 135: Spreadsheets - Excel for Windows

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ACSM 120 OR
-Passing ACSM 120 proficiency exam
AND
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 094
AND
-Placement at college level reading

Students of this course will develop a working knowledge of the basic and advanced capabilities of the Windows-based spreadsheet software program Microsoft Excel. The course is taught in an exercise-oriented approach, which will prepare students to develop spreadsheet solutions for accounting, financial analysis, and many other business planning situations. Topics explored in this course include: spreadsheet design, creation of graphs, templates, linking of files, database management, and macros. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

ACSM 136: Excel Level I

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ACSM 101 or CSCI 101 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Placement at ENGL 099 or higher OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 094
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This course will introduce students to the use of spreadsheets through Microsoft Excel. Students will receive hands-on instruction in creating, editing, formatting and enhancing worksheets and charts, and adding visual interest to workbooks. Credit will not be awarded for students who have previously taken ACSM 135. 1 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

ACSM 137: Excel Level II

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ACSM 136
AND
-Placement at ENGL 094 or higher
AND
-Placement at college level reading

If placed at two or more developmental levels, concurrent enrollment in or completion of GENS 105 is also required.

This course will build on the skills developed in ACSM 136 with emphasis on creating and using advanced functions and formulas, and working with tables and data features. Students will receive hands-on instruction in creating and modifying charts, using conditional formatting rules and custom number formats, filtering and sorting data, creating PivotTables and customizing Sparklines. 1 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

ACSM 138: Excel Level III

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ACSM 137
AND
-Placement at ENGL 099 or higher OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 094
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This final course in the Excel series will focus on using data analysis features to make good business decisions. Students will receive hands-on instruction in using auditing tools, creating assumptions and performing What-If analysis, protecting and sharing workbooks, automating tasks using macros, creating custom templates, and importing, exporting and distributing data. 1 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

ACSM 145: Database Applications - Access

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ACSM 120 OR
-Successfully passing the ACSM 120 proficiency exam
AND
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 094
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This course will introduce students from any discipline to the major components of database management systems with a thorough coverage of database use and applications. Students will use the database to create files and business reports, including file design and maintenance, report generation, and advanced concepts. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

ACSM 146: Access Level I

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ACSM 101 or CSCI 101 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Placement at ENGL 099 or higher OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 094
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This course will introduce students to the major components of database management systems using Microsoft Access. Students will receive hands-on instruction in creating and managing tables, queries, forms, and reports, and will develop an understanding of the relationships between these functions. 1 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

ACSM 147: Access Level II

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ACSM 137
AND
-Placement at ENGL 099 or higher OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 094
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This course will build on the skills developed in ACSM 146, with emphasis on data storage and retrieval measures. Students will receive hands-on instruction in using data filters, forms and advanced query techniques, as well as creating relationships between tables and lookup fields. 1 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

ACSM 148: Access Level III

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ACSM 147
AND
-Placement at ENGL 099 or higher OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 094
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This final course in the Access series will focus on advanced form techniques and managing a database. Students will receive hands-on instruction in creating and modifying custom forms, reports and macros, importing data and linking to tables in another database. 1 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

ACSM 155: Word Processing - MS Word

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ACSM 120 OR
-Successfully passing the ACSM 120 proficiency exam
AND
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 094
AND
-Placement at college level reading

Students of this course will develop a working knowledge of the basic and advanced capabilities of the Windows-based word processing program Microsoft Word. The course is taught in an exercise-oriented approach, which will prepare students to produce a variety of documents, from one-page letters to multiple page newsletters and brochures. Word processing features including formatting, printing, merging, desktop publishing, and use of templates will be explored during the semester. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

ACSM 156: Word Level I

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ACSM 101 or CSCI 101 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Placement at ENGL 099 or higher OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 094
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This course will introduce students to the basics of word processing software using Microsoft Word. Students will receive hands-on instruction in creating, formatting, and editing Word documents, and working with envelopes and labels. 1 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

ACSM 157: Word Level II

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ACSM 156
AND
-Placement at ENGL 099 or higher OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 094
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This course will build on the skills developed in ACSM 156, with emphasis on enhancing Word documents. Students will receive hands-on instruction in creating tables and charts, inserting images, tracing changes and comments, merging documents, and managing a data source. 1 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

ACSM 158: Word Level III

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ACSM 157
AND
-Placement at ENGL 099 or higher OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 094
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This final course in the Microsoft® Word series will focus on using advanced techniques to manage documents. Students will receive hands-on instruction in creating and customizing Themes and Styles, inserting references, creating indexes, forms and outlines, and working with macros. 1 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

ACSM 296: Topics in Microcomputer Applications

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This course will offer students an opportunity to study a special topic or current issue which is unique and infrequently offered as part of their program. The course is intended to familiarize students with some of the latest microcomputer applications. The topic will be announced in the schedule book. Because topics studied will change each semester, ACSM 296 may be repeated up to a total of 6 credit hours. 1-6 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.