Microsoft® Office Access 2003: Level 1

Course Specifications

Course number: 084460
Software: Microsoft® Office Access 2003
Course length: 1.0 day(s)
Certification: Microsoft Office Specialist: Microsoft® Access 2003

Course Description

Most organizations maintain and manage large amounts of information. One of the most efficient and powerful information management computer applications is the relational database. Information can be stored, linked, and managed using a single relational database application and its associated tools. In this course, you will be introduced to the concept of the relational database by using the Microsoft® Office Access 2003 relational database application and its information management tools.

Course Objective: You will be introduced to the features of the Access 2003 application.

Target Student: This course is designed for students who wish to learn the basic operations of the Access 2003 database program to perform their day-to-day responsibilities, and to understand the advantages that using a relational database program can bring to their business processes. The Level 1 course is for the individual whose job responsibilities include working with tables to create and maintain records, locate records, and produce reports based on the information in the database. It also provides the fundamental knowledge and techniques needed to advance to more technical Access responsibilities, such as creating and maintaining new databases and using programming techniques that enhance Access applications.

Prerequisites: To ensure the successful completion of Microsoft® Office Access 2003: Level 1, we recommend completion of one of the following Element K courses, or equivalent knowledge from another source: Delivery Method: Instructor led, group-paced, classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities.


This course is one of a series of Element K courseware titles that addresses Microsoft Office Specialist (Office Specialist) skill sets. The Office Specialist program is for individuals who use Microsoft’s business desktop software and who seek recognition for their expertise with specific Microsoft products. Certification candidates must pass one or more proficiency exams in order to earn Office Specialist certification.

Hardware Requirements

For this course, you will need one computer for each student and one for the instructor. Each computer will need the following minimum hardware components:

Platform Requirements

Software Requirements

Performance-Based Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

Course Content

Lesson 1: An Overview of Access 2003
Topic 1A: Understand Relational Databases
Topic 1B: Examine the Access Environment
Topic 1C: Open the Database Environment
Topic 1D: Examine an Access Table

Lesson 2: Managing Data
Topic 2A: Examine an Access Form
Topic 2B: Add and Delete Records
Topic 2C: Sort Records
Topic 2D: Display Recordsets
Topic 2E: Update Records
Topic 2F: Run a Report

Lesson 3: Establishing Table Relationships
Topic 3A: Identify Table Relationships
Topic 3B: Identify Primary and Foreign Keys in the Relationships Window
Topic 3C: Work with Subdatasheets

Lesson 4: Querying the Database
Topic 4A: Create a Select Query
Topic 4B: Add Criteria to a Query
Topic 4C: Add a Calculated Field to a Query
Topic 4D: Perform a Calculation on a Record Grouping

Lesson 5: Designing Forms
Topic 5A: Examine Form Design Guidelines
Topic 5B: Create a Form Using AutoForm
Topic 5C: Create a Form Using the Form Wizard
Topic 5D: Modify the Design of a Form

Lesson 6: Producing Reports
Topic 6A: Create an AutoReport
Topic 6B: Create a Report by Using the Wizard
Topic 6C: Examine a Report in Design View
Topic 6D: Add a Calculated Field to a Report
Topic 6E: Modify the Format Properties of a Control
Topic 6F: AutoFormat a Report
Topic 6G: Adjust the Width of a Report

Appendix A: Microsoft Office Specialist Program