Microsoft® Office Access 2003: Level 2

Course Specifications

Course number: MAS-L2-084461
Software: Microsoft® Office Access 2003
Course length: 1 day
Certification: Microsoft Office Specialist: Access 2003

Course Description

As you begin this course, you should have the basic skills you need to work with a Microsoft® Office Access 2003 databases. This includes working with Access tables, relationships, queries, forms, and reports. But thus far you have been focusing on essential database user skills only. In this course you will consider how to design and create a new Access database, how to customize database components, and how to share Access data with other applications.

Course Objective: You will design and create a new Access database; improve queries, forms, and reports; and integrate Microsoft® Office Access 2003 with other applications.

Target Student: Microsoft® Access 2003: Level 2 is designed for the student who wishes to learn intermediate-level operations of the Microsoft® Access program. The Level 2 course is for the individual whose job responsibilities include creating new databases, tables, and relationships, as well as working with and revising intermediate-level queries, forms, and reports. It also introduces the student to integrating Access data with other applications such as Microsoft® Word or Excel. This course is also designed for students pursuing the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification for Access 2003, and it is a prerequisite to taking more advanced courses in Access 2003.

Prerequisites: To ensure the successful completion of Microsoft Access 2003: Level 2, we recommend completion of the following courses, or equivalent knowledge (basic familiarity with Access tables, relationships, queries, forms, and reports) from another source:

A basic understanding of Microsoft® Excel and Microsoft® Word would also be helpful, but is not required.

Delivery Method: Instructor led, group-paced, classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities.


This course is one of a series of 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.

Performance-Based Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

Course Content

Lesson 1: Planning a Database

Topic 1A: Design a Relational Database

Topic 1B: Identify Database Purpose

Topic 1C: Review Existing Data

Topic 1D: Determine Fields

Topic 1E: Group Fields into Tables

Topic 1F: Normalize the Data

Topic 1G: Designate Primary and Foreign Keys


Lesson 2: Building the Structure of a Database

Topic 2A: Create a New Database

Topic 2B: Create a Table Using a Wizard

Topic 2C: Create Tables in Design View

Topic 2D: Create Relationships between Tables


Lesson 3: Controlling Data Entry

Topic 3A: Restrict Data Entry with Field Properties

Topic 3B: Create an Input Mask

Topic 3C: Create a Lookup Field


Lesson 4: Finding and Joining Data

Topic 4A: Find Data with Filters

Topic 4B: Create Query Joins

Topic 4C: Join Unrelated Tables

Topic 4D: Relate Data Within a Table


Lesson 5: Creating Flexible Queries

Topic 5A: Set Select Query Properties

Topic 5B: Create Parameter Queries

Topic 5C: Create Action Queries


Lesson 6: Improving Your Forms

Topic 6A: Enhance the Appearance of a Form

Topic 6B: Restrict Data Entry in Forms

Topic 6C: Add Command Buttons

Topic 6D: Create a Subform


Lesson 7: Customizing Your Reports

Topic 7A: Organize Report Information

Topic 7B: Set Report Control Properties

Topic 7C: Control Report Pagination

Topic 7D: Summarize Information

Topic 7E: Add a Subreport to an Existing Report

Topic 7F: Create Mailing Labels


Lesson 8: Expanding the Reach of Your Data

Topic 8A: Publish Access Data as a Word Document

Topic 8B: Analyze Access Data in Excel

Topic 8C: Export Data to a Text File

Topic 8D: Merge Access Data with a Word Document


Appendix A: Microsoft Office Specialist Program