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Estimated Completion Time

18 Weeks

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Powerpoint: Office Fundamentals Series

Learn to create clean and professional presentations while also building your skills as a speaker, leader, and marketer! Create and format presentations while inserting multimedia, images, transitions, and animations to make a dynamic final product! Content of this course will also be applicable to the Microsoft Office Suite certification exam.

During this course, you will learn career-related skills and earn a badge for this accomplishment. A badge is a digital certification of your career-related learning that you can share on social media or with higher education platforms, colleges, potential employers, peers, and colleagues. Select this link to learn more about badges.

Course Requirements

Required Materials:

  • Microsoft Office (or Office 365 subscription)
  • Audio recording device
  • Video recording device

Major Topics and Concepts

Unit 1: Plugging into PowerPoint

  • Create a PowerPoint document.
  • Format the appearance and layout of PowerPoint slides.
  • Collaborate and share PowerPoint projects with others.
  • Utilize different views available in PowerPoint.

Unit 2: Make a Powerful Point

  • Draw on design principles when creating a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Format text and WordArt in a slideshow.
  • Create and format shapes and images in a slideshow.
  • Order and group objects on a slide.
  • Import a Word Outline to create a slideshow.

Unit 3: Chart Your Future

  • Understand various types of business metrics.
  • Create, import, and style tables, charts, and graphs in PowerPoint.
  • Choose the best chart for a given scenario.
  • Manipulate data in a PowerPoint table, chart, and graph.

Unit 4: Growing Pains

  • Perform the leadership roles of a team leader.
  • Communicate effectively with others.
  • Create, insert, and format SmartArt Graphics.
  • Convert lists to SmartArt graphics.

Unit 5: The AV Club

  • Design a multimedia presentation.
  • Include sound effects in a presentation.
  • Insert and configure video in a presentation.
  • Identify new presentation technologies.

Unit 6: Animators, Ready!

  • Apply slide transitions including timing and effects.
  • Animate slide objects such as text and shapes.
  • Sequence, order, group and time multiple animations.
  • Utilize a motion path in an animated object.

Unit 7: The Final Product

  • Apply final formatting to a presentation.
  • Evaluate and plan a presentation’s approach and form.
  • Proof a presentation for publication.
  • Protect a presentation for sharing.

Unit 8: Making It

  • Build a marketing plan and materials.
  • Market and manage a personal online presence.
  • Effectively work in, manage, and lead a team.
  • Evaluate a presentation’s success.

Credits .5


  • Animation
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of animation by describing transitions, summarizing the animation process, and creating transitions as well as object and text animations.
  • Capstone Project
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the presentation creation process by creating a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Compelling Data Presentations
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of effective data presentations by creating tables, charts, and graphs.
  • Marketing
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of marketing by describing product and self marketing principles and explaining the marketing machine.businesses, and describing the processes involved in marketing.
  • Multimedia Presentations
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of multimedia presentations by explaining the benefits of using multimedia and creating a presentation that includes interactive features.
  • PowerPoint Essentials
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of PowerPoint essential features by creating slides, explaining collaboration tools, and comparing presentation views.
  • The Art of Design
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the art of design by summarizing design principles, creating graphics, and evaluating typography.
  • Using PowerPoint as a Communication Tool
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of using PowerPoint as an internal communication tool by using SmartArt Graphics to create organizational charts, progress charts, and presentations to support addresses by leadership.



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