Microsoft Office Specialist – Certificate

Students completing this program are prepared to assume a variety of positions in an automated office setting. The program recognizes the increasingly important role of the personal computer in modern business and is designed to assist students in developing their skills in the use of graphing, personal management, project management and electronic presentations. The Microsoft Office Specialist program provides a framework for measuring student proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and prepares students for the industry recognized Microsoft exams for measuring an individual’s mastery of Office applications. Students completing the program could be hired at entry-level positions such as secretaries, help desk technicians, administrative assistants and stenographers. Students can continue and pursue an associate degree in the executive assistant program.

Minimum credits: 16
Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses: 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits: 4


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CIS 104 Keyboard Speed/Accuracy 1

(FORMERLY CIS 011) At course entry your keyboarding speed and accuracy is measured. A diagnosis of your specific keyboarding problem is made. Your skill improvement goals will be established and appropriate practice lessons selected. Periodic program check timings will be administered to measure your progress.

CIS 117 Microsoft® Outlook® Workshop 1

(FORMERLY CIS 024) Learn to use Outlook® components to create and use the calendar feature to schedule meetings and multiple day events, establish a ”contacts” database, keep journals, notes and use the task manager for prioritizing jobs. This is an optional component of the Microsoft® Office® User Specialist Expert certification tests. Typing ability necessary to be successful in this course.

CIS 119 Microsoft® PowerPoint® – Windows® 2 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Students will learn how to create electronic presentations using design templates, slide layouts, the outline tab, clip art, from other programs such as Microsoft® Word® and how to enhance slideshows with visual elements in presentation formats. Student will also learn how to create presentations for the web, self-running presentations, presentations containing interactive documents and how to collaborate work groups. Keyboarding skills are essential.

CIS 120 Microsoft® Word® Comprehensive – Windows® 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Produce, store and revise letters, memos, tables and reports using Microsoft® Word®. Headers, footers, mail merge, document assembly, grammar and spell checker, thesaurus, and outlining are covered. Keyboarding skills are essential.

CIS 121 Microsoft® Excel® Comprehensive – Windows® 3 ENG 085,* ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher

Learn Excel® components: charts, creating workbooks, using drawing tools, formatting and auditing worksheets, functions, Internet and intranet documents, modifying and printing workbooks, ranges, database queries, importing and exporting data, macros, working with multiple workbooks, working with existing and creating new templates, and advanced workgroup functions. Keyboarding skills are essential.

CIS 122 Microsoft® Access® Comprehensive – Windows® 3 ENG 085,* ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher

Planning, creating and displaying databases, sorting and report preparation, data entry screens, data validation and selection, and multiple file operations. Keyboarding skills are essential.

CIS 201 Advanced Information Technologies 3 ENG 085*, ENG 090* and CIS 101*

(SAME AS ECM 201) This course enhances electronic communication skills and computer concepts essential to using current advanced information technologies. Topics include web collaboration, web conferencing, web 2.0 applications, social media, mobile computing, file conversions and cross-platform compatibility.