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MS Office Pro

  • Name:

    MS Office Pro (BCOM110)

  • Department:

    Computers and Electronics

  • Credits:

    0.5 (semester course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:


MS Office Pro


This course provides an innovative way to learn Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access), along with the basics of using a computer. All learning materials and hands-on activities can be accessed online without using a textbook or installing the Microsoft Office applications, as Office Pro simulates both the Microsoft Windows operating system and Office applications. This means students can learn, practice, and test their skills without having Microsoft Office installed on their computers. Office Pro combines a variety of learning methods and remediation to help students master essential Microsoft Office skills via the LabSim simulation software.

Special Notes:

LabSim requires a 64-bit operating system, 3GB Ram, and a computer running Microsoft Edge 20+ (Windows 10), MS Internet Explorer 10+, Google Chrome 31+, or Apple Safari 8+ (Mac).

Students must be 13 by the start date of the course.


If you’re like me, you’ve heard about Microsoft and you’ve likely heard of Microsoft Office. While there are various versions and different bundles, most often you have Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. It is often the case that one can open Microsoft Word and set off on a wild adventure of typing their favorite recipe or composing the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid. However, many users experience difficulties in using the ribbon to format their document into the envisioned masterpiece.

Microsoft Excel can be a daunting sheet of rectangles that sends many people back to Word to create a simple table. Moreover, PowerPoint can often seem powerless if the idea of adding animations and transitions seems over a person’s head.

It doesn’t have to be this way! In this course, through video-guided instruction, students will learn the ins and outs of all things Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. There are plenty of practice labs that can be repeated until mastery is achieved. Beyond that, this is a certification course that allows a student to take a comprehensive exam and receive a certificate announcing to prospective colleges and future employers that they’re looking at an Office wiz!

Embark on the journey with us today and cast aside your doubts as this class will make you an expert in no time at all.

If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.

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