Microsoft Office 2013
(10) Computer and Information Sciences
(005) Business Computer Applications
(G) General or Regular
This course is designed as an introduction to the common Microsoft Office applications including: Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Learners will polish documents, format data and apply formulas for calculations, create databases complete with rules and defined fields, design unique presentations to make them tell a story, and use professional standards in email communications. A capstone project will serve as a summative assessment integrating all of the Microsoft Office applications learned in this course.
At the end of this course the student will be able to:
  • Identify the different parts of the Microsoft ribbon
  • Locate the tools for adding special effects within each application
  • Practice using new features of the window pane
  • Identify unique ribbons, tabs and groups of each application
  • Access the online help features
  • Unit 1: Microsoft Office and Windows 7/8Word
  • Unit 2: Word
  • Unit 3: PowerPoint
  • Unit 4: Excel
  • Unit 5: Access
  • Unit 6: Outlook
Included is the etextbook: Microsoft Office 2013: Introductory, 1st Edition
Michigan Virtual School does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue diplomas. A final score out of total points earned will be submitted to your school mentor for conversion to their own letter grading system.
Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

It is recommended that your system requirements match that recommended by Microsoft for use of MS Office 2013 posted here: Or here:

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements:

Students can use chat, email or private message system within the course to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance.
In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by MVS. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the MVU Help Desk by email at or by phone at (888) 889-2840.
Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.
No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.
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