Microsoft® Office Excel 2003: Level 1

Course Specifications

Course number: 084260
Software: Microsoft® Office Excel 2003
Course length: 1.0 day(s)
Certification: Microsoft® Office Specialist: Excel 2003

Course Description

You have basic computer skills such as using a mouse, navigating through windows, and surfing the Internet. You have also used paper-based systems to store data that you run calculations on. You now want to migrate that data to an electronic format. In this course, you will use Microsoft® Office Excel 2003 to manage, edit, and print data.

Course Objective: You will create and edit basic Microsoft® Office Excel 2003 worksheets and workbooks.

Target Student: This course is designed for persons preparing for certification as a Microsoft® Office Specialist in Excel, who already have knowledge of the Microsoft® Office Windows 98 (or above) operating system, and who desire to gain the skills necessary to create, edit, format, and print basic Microsoft® Excel 2003 worksheets.

Prerequisites: To ensure your success, we recommend you first take the following Element K course or have equivalent knowledge:

If you have taken an introductory course for an earlier version of the Windows operating system, this will also meet the prerequisite.

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: Getting Started with Excel

Topic 1A: An Overview of Excel

Topic 1B: Navigate in Excel

Topic 1C: Select Data

Topic 1D: Enter Data

Topic 1E: Save a Workbook

Topic 1F: Obtain Help

Lesson 2: Modifying a Worksheet

Topic 2A: Move and Copy Data Between Cells

Topic 2B: Fill Cells with Series of Data

Topic 2C: Edit Cell Data

Topic 2D: Insert and Delete Cells, Columns, and Rows

Topic 2E: Find, Replace, and Go To Cell Data

Topic 2F: Spell Check a Worksheet

Lesson 3: Performing Calculations

Topic 3A: Create Basic Formulas

Topic 3B: Calculate with Functions

Topic 3C: Copy Formulas and Functions

Topic 3D: Create an Absolute Reference

Lesson 4: Formatting a Worksheet

Topic 4A: Change Font Size and Type

Topic 4B: Add Borders and Color to Cells

Topic 4C: Change Column Width and Row Height

Topic 4D: Merge Cells

Topic 4E: Apply Number Formats

Topic 4F: Create a Custom Number Format

Topic 4G: Align Cell Contents

Topic 4H: Find and Replace Formats

Topic 4I: Apply an AutoFormat

Topic 4J: Apply Styles

Lesson 5: Developing a Workbook

Topic 5A: Format Worksheet Tabs

Topic 5B: Reposition Worksheets in a Workbook

Topic 5C: Insert and Delete Worksheets

Topic 5D: Copy and Paste Worksheets

Topic 5E: Copy a Workbook

Lesson 6: Printing Workbook Contents

Topic 6A: Set a Print Title

Topic 6B: Create a Header and a Footer

Topic 6C: Set Page Margins

Topic 6D: Change Page Orientation

Topic 6E: Insert and Remove Page Breaks

Topic 6F: Print a Range

Lesson 7: Customizing Layout

Topic 7A: Split a Worksheet

Topic 7B: Arrange Worksheets

Topic 7C: Freeze and Unfreeze Rows and Columns

Topic 7D: Hide and Unhide Worksheets

Appendix A: Microsoft Office Specialist Program