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Mr.

Ortega
jortega@vvuhsd.org
www.jortegalla.weebly.com
(760) 955-3400, ext 46152

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Advanced Computers Syllabus


Course Description
This year long course is designed to introduce and enhance essential computer skills needed for a technological
society. Emphasis is given in providing students with practical working knowledge of the most commonly used
computer applications in the market today. Using authentic project-based instruction, students will apply their
acquired word-processing (MS WORD), spreadsheet (MS EXCEL), database (MS ACCESS), presentation
(MS POWERPOINT) and publishing (MS PUBLISHER) skills to demonstrate proficiency within each
application. An intensive 7 week Touch Typing Unit will be incorporated at the beginning of the first
semester. Successful completion of this course will provide students with appropriate software application
expertise and typing skills that could be readily applied in any education and employment setting.

State and National Standards


Course content is guided by the following state and national education standards:
California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards: Information Support and Services
Pathway A7.1 Know common industry-standard software and its applications.
National Standards for Business Education: Information Technology goal #5 - Productivity Software
Identify, evaluate, select, use, and customize productivity software.

Course Objectives
1. Touch Typing Skills Student should be able to:
1.1. Key in alpha-numeric data accurately and expeditiously using proper touch typing technique. By the
end of the year, students should be able to:
1.1.1. Meet the minimum speed of 30 words per minute (wpm).
1.1.2. Meet the minimum 98% accuracy rate.
2. Spreadsheets Student should be able to:
2.1. Managing the Worksheet Environment - Navigate through a worksheet, print a worksheet or workbook,
and personalize the worksheet environment
2.2. Creating Cell Data - Construct cell data, apply AutoFill, and apply and manipulate hyperlinks
2.3. Formatting Cells and Worksheets - Apply and modify cell formats, merge or split cells, create row and
column titles, hide and unhide rows and columns, manipulate Page Setup options for worksheets, and
create and apply cell styles
2.4. Managing Worksheets and Workbooks - Create and format worksheets, manipulate window views, and
manipulate workbook views
2.5. Applying Formulas and Functions - Create formulas, apply cell references in formulas, apply
conditional logic in a formula, apply named ranges in formulas, and apply cell ranges in formulas
2.6. Presenting Data Visually - Create charts based on worksheet data, apply and manipulate illustrations,
create and modify images by using the Image Editor
2.7. Analyzing and Organizing Data - Filter data, sort data, and apply conditional formatting.

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3. Word Processing Student should be able to:
3.1. Identify general terminology associated with word-processing software and its functions
3.2. Create and format various personal and professional word processing documents using advanced wordprocessing features, using blank documents and templates
3.3. Produce desktop publishing documents incorporating both text and graphics such as business cards,
newsletters with mastheads, and advertisement flyers
3.4. Apply a variety of formatting techniques to a multipage research paper using approved publication
standards such as American Psychological Association and Modern Language Association
3.5. Improve touch typing skills using the keyboard and keypad to input data
3.6. Demonstrate knowledge of file protection, sharing and security features
4. Publications Student should be able to:
4.1. Create a variety of different types of publications (i.e. newsletters, brochures, catalogs, flyers, signs,
invitations, postcards, business cards, letterheads, envelopes, business forms, greeting cards, calendars,
advertisements, web sites, banners, labels, award certificates)
4.2. Start with a pre-designed Publisher publication and adapt it to create your own publication
4.3. Add text to a publication, revise and reposition the text, create columns, and continue a story on another
page
4.4. Add images to a publication, change how the image looks, and control how text wraps around it
5. Presentations Student should be able to:
5.1. Create new presentations using templates and blank sheets
5.2. Understand the different PowerPoint views
5.3. Set a presentation to run unattended either through looping or by adding action buttons
5.4. Insert a variety of graphs, images, ClipArt, WordArt, SmartArt, tables and charts in presentation
5.5. Include object animations and slide transitions in presentations
5.6. Create templates for future presentations complete with custom master slides and slide layouts
5.7. Embed audio and video options including trim and bookmarking
5.8. Record custom narration to run during individual slides
5.9. Customize the Quick Access toolbar and the ribbon to create an environment unique to your personal
work in PowerPoint
5.10. Print a variety of different presentation handouts
6. Databases Student should be able to:
6.1. Design, create and format tables using MS Access
6.2. Create and manage queries
6.3. Create and manage reports
6.4. Use templates to create a database
6.5. Apply a variety of different functions such as sum, sort, filter and find
6.6. Apply a variety of multiple conditions such as and, or, and in
6.7. Import data from an Excel spreadsheet into an Access table
6.8. Set relationships between two tables

Mr. Ortega
jortega@vvuhsd.org
www.jortegalla.weebly.com
(760) 955-3400, ext 46152

Home of the Spartans


Pacing Guide
The following Pacing Guide dates will be used to assist in the content delivery throughout the year.

Week Qtr Sem

Dates

Behavior Expectations & Digital Citizenship

August 15th to August 19st

Touch Typing

August 22nd to
October 7th

First

(7 weeks)

Word Processing
(6 weeks)

October 11th to
November 18th

2
Publications
(4 weeks)

Spreadsheets

(8 weeks)

Second

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38

Unit

Databases
(4 weeks)

Presentations

November 28th to
December 21st

January 10th to
March 3rd

March 6th to
April 7th

(7 weeks)

April 10th to
May 26th

Touch Typing Final Assessment

May 30th to June 5th