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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Business Applications
Module Code CA113
School School of Computing
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Jane Kernan
Semester 2: Jane Kernan
Autumn: Jane Kernan
Module TeachersJane Kernan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
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This course aims to broaden the student’s computer literacy skills through the use of current Microsoft Office suite providing the students with increased competence, productivity, and credibility in any business environment. Emphasis is on word processing, spreadsheets and presentations working with: Word, Excel and Power Point. Students should master to an advanced level on how to use the applications in the MS Office suite and how to transfer data from one application to another. After course completion, students will be able to use these programs to their full capacity for both business and personal use.

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop a working knowledge of an integrated software suite.
2. Demonstrate marketable skills for enhanced employment opportunities. Create complex documents by adding components such as, customized lists, tables, charts, graphics and macros.
3. Describe proper computer techniques for designing and producing various types of documents
4. Learn the mail merge function to merge variable information into a standard document and create envelopes and mailing labels.
5. Develop the skills necessary to create macros, audit and analyze worksheet data, incorporate multiple data sources, import and export data, and share data with other applications.
6. Create and format spreadsheets, save time with Excel’s table and list management features, including AutoFilter and Automatic Subtotals. Create and use interactive PivotTables, and lookup tables to summarize and retrieve sets of data on the fly.
7. Create professional, high-impact presentations. Customize your presentation with colour, texture, animation schemes, slide templates and slide transitions.
8. Manipulate data from one software application to various other applications within the integrated suite.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory24Tutorials and assignments
Independent Study77No Description
Group work12presentation
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Develop a working knowledge of an integrated software package

Complex documents creation

Techniques for document design

Mail Merge

Macro development

Import and export data

Advanced functionality in spreadsheets

Mastering presentation skills

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ParticipationProblem based learning100%Every Week
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

  • David A. Wilson: 2002, Managing information, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, 9780750656214
  • Sherry Willard Kinkoph: 0, Teach Yourself Visually Microsoft Office 2007,
  • Ed Bott: 0, Microsoft Office 2007 In Depth,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
COMBUSBSc in Computing for Business
Date of Last Revision11-JAN-11

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