Data is everywhere. Whether you are at the grocery store, office, laboratory, classroom, or ballpark, you are awash in data: prices, schedules, performance measures, lab results, recipes, contact information, quality metrics, market indices, grades, and statistics.
Most job roles today involve some form of data management. In the case of data workers, it may be their primary job task. For some, like research scientists and accountants, data management may be a strong component of the job. And for others, such as sales clerks or those in the skilled trades, data management may consist of an incidental job responsibility such as time reporting or recording a sale. But virtually everyone is affected in some way by the need to manage data.
A relational database application such as Microsoft® Office Access® 2013 can help you and your organization collect and manage large amounts of data. Access is a versatile tool. You can use it as a personal data management tool (for your use alone), or you can use it as a construction set to develop applications for an entire department or organization. In this course, you will learn how to use Access 2013 to manage your data, including creating a new database; constructing tables; designing forms and reports; and creating queries to join, filter, and sort data.
You can also use this course to prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification exam for Microsoft Access 2013.
This course is designed for students who wish to establish a foundational understanding of Microsoft Office Access 2013, including the skills necessary to create a new database, construct data tables, design forms and reports, and create queries.
To ensure success, students should be familiar with using personal computers, and should have experience using a keyboard and mouse. Students should be comfortable in the Windows® 8 environment, and be able to use Windows 8 to manage information on their computers. Specific tasks the students should be able to perform include: launching and closing applications, navigating basic file structures, and managing files and folders. To meet this prerequisite, you can take any one or more of the following Logical Operations courses:
- Using Microsoft® Windows® 8
- Microsoft® Windows® 8 Transition from Windows 7
Lesson 1: Getting Started with Access
Topic A: Orientation to Microsoft Access
Topic B: Create a Simple Access Database
Topic C: Get Help in Microsoft Access
Lesson 2: Working with Table Data
Topic A: Modify Table Data
Topic B: Sort and Filter Records
Topic C: Create Lookups
Lesson 3: Querying a Database
Topic A: Join Data from Different Tables in a Query
Topic B: Sort and Filter Data in a Query
Topic C: Perform Calculations in a Query
Lesson 4: Creating Advanced Queries
Topic A: Create Parameter Queries
Topic B: Create Action Queries
Topic C: Create Unmatched and Duplicate Queries
Topic D: Summarize Data
Lesson 5: Generating Reports
Topic A: Create a Report
Topic B: Add Controls to a Report
Topic C: Enhance the Appearance of a Report
Topic D: Prepare a Report for Print
Lesson 6: Customizing the Access Environment
Topic A: The Access Options Dialog Box