Microsoft® Office Access 2003: Level 3

Course Specifications

Course number: MAS-L3-84462
Software: A custom installation of Microsoft
Ò Office XP Professional
Course length: 1 day
Certification: Microsoft
Ò Office Specialist: Access 2003

Course Description

Your training in and use of Microsoft® Office Access 2003 has provided you with a solid foundation in the basic and intermediate skills for working in Microsoft® Office Access 2003. You're now ready to extend your knowledge into some of the more specialized and advanced capabilities.

Course Objective: You will create complex Access databases using forms, reports, and macros.

Target Student: This course is designed for the student who wishes to learn intermediate and advanced operations of the Microsoft® Office Access 2003 database program. The Level 3 course is for the individual whose job responsibilities include working with heavily related tables; creating advanced queries, forms, and reports; writing macros to automate common tasks; and performing general database maintenance. It is also designed as one in a series of courses for students pursuing the Microsoft® Office Specialist Certification for Microsoft® Office Access 2003, and it is a prerequisite to taking more advanced courses in Microsoft® Office Access 2003.

Prerequisites: To ensure the successful completion of Microsoft® Office Access 2003: Level 3, we recommend completion of the following courses, or equivalent knowledge (familiarity with basic and intermediate features of Access tables, relationships, queries, forms, and reports) from another source:

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


Microsoft: 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 product 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: Structuring Existing Data

Topic 1A: Import Data

Topic 1B: Analyze Tables

Topic 1C: Create a Junction Table

Topic 1D: Improve Table Structure


Lesson 2: Writing Advanced Queries

Topic 2A: Create Unmatched and Duplicates Queries

Topic 2B: Group and Summarize Records Using the Criteria Field

Topic 2C: Summarize Data with a Crosstab Query

Topic 2D: Create a PivotTable and a PivotChart

Topic 2E: Display a Graphical Summary on a Form


Lesson 3: Simplifying Tasks with Macros

Topic 3A: Create a Macro

Topic 3B: Attach a Macro to a Command Button

Topic 3C: Restrict Records Using a Where Condition


Lesson 4: Adding Interaction and Automation with Macros

Topic 4A: Require Data Entry with a Macro

Topic 4B: Display a Message Box with a Macro

Topic 4C: Automate Data Entry


Lesson 5: Making Forms More Effective

Topic 5A: Change the Display of Data Conditionally

Topic 5B: Display a Calendar on a Form

Topic 5C: Organize Information with Tab Pages


Lesson 6: Making Reports More Effective

Topic 6A: Cancel Printing of a Blank Report

Topic 6B: Include a Chart in a Report

Topic 6C: Arrange Data in Columns

Topic 6D: Create a Report Snapshot


Lesson 7: Maintaining an Access Database

Topic 7A: Link Tables to External Data Sources

Topic 7B: Back Up a Database

Topic 7C: Compact and Repair a Database

Topic 7D: Protect a Database with a Password

Topic 7E: Determine Object Dependency

Topic 7F: Document a Database

Topic 7G: Analyze the Performance of a Database


Appendix A: Microsoft Office Specialist Program