CAWT-140 - Survey of Microsoft Office Programs - Melanie Lipman


Course: Survey of Microsoft Office Programs
Professor: Melanie Lipman
Format: Online
Textbook: Microsoft Office 365, Office 2016 – Shelly Cashman Series



I have been teaching Information Technology at the college level for over 25 years, in the Department of Computer Applications & Web Technologies at College of the Canyons. I come to College of the Canyons with many years of teaching experience. I have taught in several community colleges such as Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles Valley College, and East Los Angeles College.

In this day and age, we are fortunate to be able to offer distance learning courses in order to accommodate so many of you who may not have the time or resources to attend classes on campus due to modern societal pressures, including professional obligations, familial responsibilities, and financial or health concerns. It should not, however, be assumed that a distance learning class is in any way easier than an on-campus class. In fact, just the opposite may be true since, to be successful, students in online classes must rely more on their own resourcefulness, discipline, good time management and study habits, as well as finding within themselves the means to remain motivated. Although this course is taught entirely online with no campus attendance requirement, my hope is to get to know each of you the same as if we interacted face-to-face in a classroom.

Course Description:Microsoft Office logo

This class introduces students to the major applications in the Microsoft Office 2016 Suite (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint). The Microsoft Office Suite is the most widely-used collection of productivity applications employed by all manner of businesses and organizations in the modern office workplace. Microsoft Office skills are in great demand and taking this course represents a major step forward in advancing your job market viability.

Students will work on a variety of interesting productivity exercises that simulate those projects encountered in a real, modern office environment. Students will be able to assess their progress by using the Cengage Skills Assessment Manager SAM (through MindTap), an engaging and interactive online simulator that transforms students into Microsoft Office concept masters. SAM (through MindTap) is not only powerful and effective, but it is also fun to use.

The course will be administered 100% online, including all exams. All student assignments will be submitted on Canvas or submitted directly to the MindTap website through the individual assignment links in each module on Canvas.

This course requires proficiency with the operating system of your computer, computer file management, the Internet, a browser (especially Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer or Edge), and the ability to send e-mail.

CAWT 140 is required for the AS Degree and Certificate of Achievement programs in either Computer Applications or Administrative Assistant offered by the Department of Computer Applications & Web Technologies.

Course Requirements:

SKILL REQUIREMENTS -- Prior to taking this course, students should have acquired the following skills:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Windows (especially file management).
  • Proficiency with the Internet and browsers (especially Google Chrome, Firefox, and IE or Edge)
  • Proficiency with e-mail, including the ability to send and receive
  • Proficiency with the creation and extraction of zip archives (.zip files)

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS – Prior to taking this course, students must have in their possession or access to the following:

  • Cengage Unlimited MindTap account which includes access to the MindTap Program and the E-Book
  • The complete Microsoft Office 2016 Suite application (special student pricing available at
  • Reliable access to broadband Internet
  • A computer with Windows 7 or higher
  • Browser software (Latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox)
  • Adobe Reader, Version 9 or higher (free download at
  • Adobe Flash Player, latest version (free download at
  • Izarc, Winzip (free download from, 7 zip (free download from or an equivalent archive and file extracting utility(a zip and unzip program)
  • Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 have a built-in archiving utility
  • A media player that is compatible with mpg4, mov, wmv, and swf formats (free VLC media player is recommended:
  • A College of the Canyons e-mail account
  • IMPORTANT: Students must have access to a desktop or regular laptop computer to work effectively with Use of the Surface Pro, tablets, or smartphones is problematic with SAM and these devices are not adequate for this class


Canvas Accounts:

Student Canvas accounts are created automatically once course fees are paid. During the first week of class, it is important that all students log into Canvas to update their Profile and to change their password, if necessary. Students who have already used Canvas in previous semesters should still have an active password, which they may continue to use. Make sure the e-mail address recorded in Canvas is your correct MyCanyons e-mail account. If you are new to Canvas, make sure you change your password immediately after initial login. Passwords are case-sensitive and must be entered exactly as created. Store your password in a safe place. I do not have access to your password.

The course can be accessed via Canvas at on the first day of class. Follow the login instructions at the bottom of the screen to log in. Here, you can also access Canvas user guides with helpful tips for navigating and using Canvas. For any Canvas related issues please call the Canvas Student Support line at (661) 362-3344 during college business hours, or (877) 889-9052 for 24/7 support.

Students must log into Canvas daily and are responsible for reading all content posted in Canvas. Please do not share passwords with others. The integrity of your Canvas account is your responsibility.


All students must use their e-mail account created for them by the College. In order to authenticate student identities and comply with FERPA regulations, instructors have been asked by the College to respond only to student e-mail originating from a account. The account is integrated with Microsoft’s Windows Live, which includes a free 7GB One Drive account for cloud data storage. All students must make sure that they have activated their e-mail account. To activate your account, log into MyCanyons (WebAdvisor) on the college web site and follow the appropriate links related to student e-mail.

Please always insert your course number (140 and course section number) in the Subject header of your e-mails and identify yourself at the end of your e-mail messages with your full name.

For class-related issues, all e-mail correspondence to me should be sent to the e-mail address posted in Canvas ( and NOT to my general COC account. If you send your e-mail messages directly through Canvas, they will be routed to the correct account.


Microsoft Office 365, Office 2016 – Shelly Cashman Series

Authors: Steven Freund and Mary Last, et al.

E-book is included in the Cengage Unlimited – MindTap Account

Printed textbook rental cost is $7.99 through Cengage Unlimited

Cengage Unlimited:

Cengage Unlimited is a subscription program from Cengage Publishing. When students subscribe to Cengage Unlimited, they will have access to ALL Cengage digital learning platforms, ebooks, and online homework and study tools, for one price, for the length of their subscription, for any course that uses Cengage materials.

Students will have the opportunity to subscribe for one term for $119.99, one year for $179.99, or two years for $239.99. If students want a printed book, they will be available for rental for just the cost of shipping, $7.99.

When the subscription ends, students can keep up to six textbooks in a “digital locker” and access them anytime for up to a year at no cost. Students may also upgrade to a longer subscription at any time during their subscription period for the difference in the price of the two subscriptions.

Students will be able to purchase this subscription through the campus bookstore or from directly. The price is the same!

Click Here for More Information about Cengage Unlimited:

Review the video and scroll down to read all the information about this exciting new program. Also, make sure to read the FAQ Page for Students:

From the COC Bookstore:
Cengage Unlimited - 1 term Subscription
Instant Access Code ISBN: 9780357700006
Price: $119.99

From the Cengage Website:
Cengage Unlimited - 1 term Subscription
Instant Access Code ISBN: 9780357700006
Price: $119.99


Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE tutoring resource to COC students including:

  • Face-to-face & ONLINE tutoring
  • Testing Center: offers test proctoring services for courses that have required proctored exams
  • Study Jam Review Sessions
  • Computers with over 300 software programs For more information visit the TLC Website.

Disabled Students Program & Services (DSPS)

College of the Canyons DSPS provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC.  A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Disabled Students Program & Services website. 

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress – it could save someone’s life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text “Courage” to 741741. It’s free, available 24/7, and confidential.


If you have further questions regarding the course or need to contact me, please e-mail me at and insert the course number (140 and course section number) in the Subject header of your e-mail.

I hope that you find this online course a worthwhile experience and look forward to meeting you online.

Melanie Lipman, Professor
Chair, Computer Applications & Web Technologies
College of the Canyons

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