CAWT-155 - Microsoft Excel I - Victor Jadaon


Course: Microsoft Excel I
Professor: Victor Jadaon
Format: Online
Textbook: Shelly Cashman Microsoft® Office 365 & Excel 2016: Comprehensive, Authors: Freund/Starks/Schmieder



My name is Victor Jadaon, and I will be your guide for this learning experience called distance learning. I come to College of the Canyons with many years of teaching experience. I have taught in several community colleges such as Los Angeles Valley College, Los Angeles Pierce College, Moorpark College, Glendale Community College, and Cal Lutheran University.

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.


This course will be conducted entirely online. Please check the schedule of classes for course start and end dates. Canvas will not be available until the first day, so please wait until then to try to log in.

In order to take this class, you must have access to the Internet and the ability to send email. You must also have access to a PC which has Microsoft Excel 2016 installed. You may also need Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Some assignments will be submitted on the MindTap Website through the links in each module on Canvas. Access to this website will have to be purchased. All other assignments will be submitted on Canvas using the links provided in the modules.

You will have the entire semester to complete the course.  You are responsible for all the material covered in all modules as well as all the assigned material at the end of each module. Help from the instructor is available as needed via email or by appointment. There will also be a Help Forum for students to help each other.

Please read the entire orientation letter on the pages below before proceeding with the course.  These pages will provide you with important information about required materials and required technology.  Understanding more about how this particular online course is designed and of its requirements will help you get off to a strong start.

Course Description:

Introduces the latest version of Microsoft Excel, including formulas and functions as related to charting, formatting worksheets, creating absolute cell references, working with large worksheets, conducting what-if analysis, and using Excel to create static and dynamic Web pages. Prepares students for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification core exam.

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. Please do not share passwords with others. The integrity of your Canvas account is your responsibility.

Your username for Canvas will be the same as your MyCanyons email username. You must have a email address!

The initial password for everyone is students (lower case)

Here are some examples:

Joe M. Smith jmsmith students
Sandy L. Brown slbrown students


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. 

Canvas Web Site:

  • There will be a one-to-three business day delay after late enrollment before a student may be able to log on to Canvas. If you have enrolled late into this course you must email me at for me to hold your place.
  • Once at the Canvas site login and click the course card on the Dashboard to enter. Read the information on the Home Page, which is the page you see when you first enter a class and change your password. You will find instructions for how to change your password posted in the
  • Students must log on to Canvas during the first day of class and post to the Attendance Forum that they are present or they will be automatically dropped by the
  • Students should log in to Canvas at least once per day to check for new announcements. You are responsible for all information disseminated through

When you first enter Canvas, please tour our “classroom” and become familiar with all the materials available for this class. Below are a couple things you must do before beginning your coursework:

  • Change your password, if it is still “students”.
  • Read ALL of the Announcements posted
  • Post to the Attendance Forum
  • Register and Login to MindTap through Canvas
  • Upload your Autobiography using the link provided in the Autobiography Module

Before logging in to Canvas, you may want to watch some videos at their website:

I recommend the following:

All Users Section

  • Notification Preferences
  • User Settings & Profile Picture
  • Canvas App for Android phones and tablets
  • Canvas App for iPad
  • Canvas App for iPhone

Student Section

  • Assignment Submission
  • Canvas Overview
  • Discussions
  • Files
  • Grade



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)


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 MindTap. Use of the Surface Pro, tablets, or smartphones can be problematic with MindTap and these devices are not adequate for this class.

NOTE: Students MAY NOT use MS Office 2016 or earlier versions of MAC programs.



Shelly Cashman Microsoft® Office 365 & Excel 2016: Comprehensive
Authors: Freund/Starks/Schmieder

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

COC Student Email:

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. The link below will take you to the instructions for setting up your COC Student Email.

Contact Information:

  • My Email:
  • Correct e-mail protocol is very important. Make sure to review the Email Instructions below for proper e-mail

Email Responses:

E-mail’s will not necessarily be responded to immediately. It could be up to 48 hours before you receive a response, if one is needed, excluding Saturday and Sunday.

E-mail Instructions

I use filters to route the e-mail messages I receive into folders. These folders are arranged according to the course section number. If the e-mail messages that you submit to me are not properly identified in the Subject line, they will not be routed to the correct location.

To ensure that your e-mails are routed correctly, follow these instructions:

  • In the subject line of an e-mail, enter your course number (using capital letters), followed by a space, and the section number of your course (the section number below is just an example not your actual section number), followed by a space, hyphen and another space; then your full name, followed by a space, hyphen and another space; and the subject of your message (see below).

For example: CAWT 101 87871 – Amy Brown – Module 1

  • In the body of your e-mail, be sure to again include your full name and any questions, problems or comments you may
  • If you are sending an attachment, make sure to include a message which references that attachment in the body of the e-mail.


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.



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


Victor Jadaon
Computer Applications and Web Technologies Department

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