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Excel for Business

Course Code: CSIS 1190
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course gives students a brief introduction to information technology concepts before concentrating on essential Excel topics used in the business world. Information technology concepts covered include searching the Internet efficiently, managing files/folders, and computer security and backup. Excel topics include the basic fundamentals to advanced functionality, such as what-if analysis and macros. Word processing, database, and presentation software will be used as tools for presenting finished projects and assignments. Note: Students who have received credit for CSIS1110 or CSIS1140 cannot receive additional credit for CSIS1190.

Course Content

  1. Operating system concepts – finding files and organizing folders, using utilities such as backup and firewall
  2. Browser and search-engine concepts – efficient and advanced searching techniques
  3. Word processing and Presentation software concepts – basic features and functions to produce quality business reports, memos and presentations
  4. Excel concepts
    • basic: worksheet environment, navigation, formatting, entering data/formulas, editing
    • intermediate: cell references, recalculating formulas, designing templates, "what if" analysis, charts and graphs
    • advanced: Financial functions, specialized functions, table lookup, pivot tables and pivot charts, multisheet workbooks, importing from other sources, data forms, dashboards and templates, macros
    • application: creating a complete, working project that could be deployed and implemented in a business environment

Methods of Instruction

Lecture, seminar, demonstration, and hands-on exercises.

Means of Assessment

Assignments/Labs (min 3)  20-30%
Term Tests (min 3) 30-45%
Final Examination 20-30%
Total 100%

**In order to pass the course, students must, in addition to receiving an overall course grade of 50%, also achieve a grade of at least 50% on the combined weighted examination components (including quizzes, tests, exams).

Learning Outcomes

  1. Use operating system software to manage files/folders, perform computer backups and ensure the computer environment is secure;
  2. Use client browser software and search engines to efficiently search for resources on the Internet;
  3. Use Word Processing software to produce business standard reports that include a Title Page, Table of Content, various body options and Work Citations;
  4. Use Presentation software to produce business standard presentations;
  5. Describe the main features and functions of Excel;
  6. Use computers as a tool to solve Excel business problems, i.e. analyze a problem, develop the appropriate Excel application, and test the Excel solution;
  7. Use built-in functions in Excel;
  8. Produce charts and graphs in Excel;
  9. Demonstrate the correct usage of forecasting and what-if analysis in Excel;
  10. Use advanced Excel features such as Pivot tables and charts; multiple spreadsheet development and macros.

course prerequisites

Pre-Calculus 11 (C or better) or Foundations of Math 11 (C or better) or MATU 0410 (C or better) or approved substitute OR currently active in: 

PBD Finance

PBD Accounting and Finance

PDD International Business Management


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


CSIS 1110

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.